Beat the winter skin care blues with these ultra-hydrating products

Banu Ibrahim
January 17, 2018

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  • From humidifiers to dermatologist-approved cleansers, these 8 products will help combat winter beauty woes.

Here's the cold, hard truth: Every year like clockwork, our lips are cracked to oblivion and our skin is practically begging for moisturizer. And by the time we remember just how badly harsh winter weather wrecks our skin, it's already too late.

Once the temperature drops, humidity decreases and the skin is vulnerable to drying out. All that indoor heating doesn't help with the lack of moisture in the air. The result (if you forgo a winter skin care revamp) could be an increase in breakouts, irritation or even more severe skin damage.

But this year, we've committed to stocking our skin care arsenal with ultra-hydrating products that will act as a first line of defense against the elements. These items have notable moisturizing properties to keep your skin up to snuff. So if you're already planning a haul for snow boots, scarves and gloves, throw these items into your shopping cart as well. That way, you'll be prepared when the temperature and the humidity start dropping. Winter is coming, after all.

Note: The prices below reflects the retailer's listed price at time of publication.

Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenation Eye Gels, 30 pairs ($60; patchology.com)

Our eyes often say it all during the winter. They tend to look puffier or fatigued and are prone to dryness. But it doesn't have to be that way. Take Patchology's Flashpatch Eye Gels, for example. These ultra-hydrating gels marry the benefits of caffeine and collagen, resulting in noticeably brighter and more moisturized under-eyes. When our team tested the product, we noticed a more awake and revitalized complexion in just five minutes. Overall, we found it to be a less oily and more effective option than typical under-eye creams. So if winter weather has got you looking down, these patches are an easy pick-me-up.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45; sephora.com)

We've waxed poetic about Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (link to feature). The gel hydrator acts the same way a sheet mask does, trapping moisture into the skin's surface for a noticeably more calm and hydrated complexion. You can use the gel as an overnight treatment, placing a small layer on your face and just washing it off in the morning, or as a quick 10-minute wash-off treatment. Although both were effective, our testing made us partial to the latter. In a few minutes, the product delivered a more even, brighter skin tone and stellar overall hydration. Take that, wind chill.

Safety 1st 360-Degree Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($29.99; target.com)

A major factor in your skin's health during winter is how much moisture is in the air around you. If you're the kind of person who needs to blast the heat, know that you're also pumping dry air into your home. That means your skin will likely become dehydrated and itchy as the air gets drier. The simple solution is investing in a humidifier that can pump cool mist throughout your home. It will help maintain your skin's hydration without your having to lift a finger.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($9.02; amazon.com)

Healthy, hydrated skin isn't just a product of sheet masks or creams. Using the right daily face wash can help protect the skin barrier. A cleanser we like is CeraVe's best-selling pick. This dermatologist-created product uses three essential ceramides — lipid molecules which hold the skin cells together and restore moisture to the skin's surface — to create a restorative cleanser. The product is also noted for its gentleness. It has a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association, which identifies skin care products that are safe to use for those with sensitive skin conditions. A 4.4-star rating from over 3,600 Amazon customers just seals the deal.

Goop Revitalizing Day Moisturizer ($100; shop.goop.com)

Although a long-lasting moisturizer is important throughout the year, during the colder months it feels especially crucial. It's an easy way to make sure your skin is still hydrated throughout the day when you might not have time or access to your skin care regimen. A solid all-day option is Goop's Revitalizing Day Moisturizer. When we tested out the product, we were sold on its hydrating properties and lightweight composition. It never felt oily or greasy on the skin. Not only does it give users that extra hydrating oomph in the morning to get through a hectic day, but it is a great base layer for other products, like makeup.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($46; sephora.com)

Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep, especially for your skin. While you're getting some shut-eye, your body produces a variety of hormones which repair cells that are key to sustaining the natural elasticity and tightness of the skin's surface. An overnight product like Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, that's full of skin-loving ingredients, can give your body some extra help. This nighttime oil uses a mix of essential oils, including lavender primrose,to help soothe irritated skin and promote brightness. On Sephora's site, it's received a number of stellar reviews, including 10,000 "love" ratings and an overall score of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Honest Beauty Magic Balm ($18; honestbeauty.com)

If you're not looking to add a lot of items to your beauty routine (hey, it's time-consuming enough as is), then opt for items that have more than one function, like Honest Beauty's Magic Balm. This soothing balm can be used pretty much anywhere on your face for a quick dose of soothing and skin-softening. The product is made from a blend of organic fruits and botanical oils and can be used as a lip repairer, cheekbone highlighter, under-eye balm or even cuticle treatment. Not bad for 18 bucks.

Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask ($12; sephora.com)

Sheet masks are like a la carte versions of skin repair. With them, you can choose what your body needs at any given moment, whether it be brightness, hydration or anti-aging. Since these are inexpensive and single-use, sheet masks are a great way to fill any gaps you might have in your skin care regimen. Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask is a solid option if your winter-ravaged skin needs some R&R. Fortified with green seaweed extract, which provides extra minerals and vitamins for the skin, and algin, a chemical found in brown algae that increases moisture retention, the mask is designed to help skin feel supple.

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