Fact: Your skin-care regimen needs a serious upgrade once the temperatures start to drop. The lightweight moisturizers and serums you reach for in the summer will not give you the protection you need against the elements. It can get rough out there, and the first thing to react will be your skin.
But, before you panic, rest easy: To get your routine in tip-top shape, all it takes is a couple of swaps. Ahead, we've rounded up some of our favorite winter pampering secrets. These guys will help keep your face protected, even when it gets below freezing. Stress not, and fear not: We've got this under control.
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Since the skin under your eyes is so incredibly thin, it's important to keep it extra hydrated in the winter. Fresh's gel eye cream is a classic for a reason — it keeps your thirsty undereyes quenched and supple, so you're pretty much immune to windchill irritation.
Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, $40, available at
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Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient to note during the blistery cold months because it's incredibly hydrating. Each of Hada Labo Tokyo's masks is drenched with a full bottle of serum containing this ultra-moisturizer: Slap it on after a day out in the chill, and you'll wake up with seriously refreshed skin.
Hada Labo Tokyo
Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask, $14.99, available at
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If you think all winter moisturizers have to be super heavy and thick in order to work, you haven't used Eve Lom's TLC Radiance Cream. Incredibly lightweight, the formula smooths onto your skin, creating a moisture barrier to protect you from the brutal temps. Bonus: It's so feather-light, you can even apply it over your makeup if you're feeling a little dry,
disrupting your cosmetics.
TLC Radiance Cream, $72, available at
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When your skin has gotten to the point that just about everything, even a breeze, makes it hurt, reach for this cream. Our beauty director Megan McIntyre swears by it.
Pure Cloud Cream, $65, available at
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Body balms are definitely something to look into if you're prone to getting chapped this time of year. We love Indie Lee's version because you can use it just about everywhere on your body — from your face, to your lips, to your cuticles.
Hydrating Body Balm, $32, available at
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A cleansing milk, like this one from Caudalie, is a great alternative to your typical cleanser come winter. It's rich, soothing, and contains ingredients like sweet-almond and grapeseed oils to nourish and soften your skin.
Gentle Cleansing Milk, $28, available at
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Mullein & Sparrow's luxe facial serum has high levels of omega-4 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, which help regenerate your skin. It gives a healthy dose of moisturizer, but is light enough to be worn under your face lotion for an added dose of hydration.
Mullein & Sparrow
Facial Serum, $13, available at
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What sets Sisley Paris's mask apart from others is its creamy texture. It's formulated with rose extract, which helps to smooth and heal your skin. Your face will be left plumped, hydrated, and looking twice as gorgeous as before you slathered it on.
Black Rose Cream Mask, $162, available at
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Renée Rouleau is the queen of creating products for specific skin types, catering especially to those with ultra-sensitive faces. Her Skin Recovery Lotion takes aggravated skin back to square one, no matter how reactive it may be.
Skin Recovery Lotion, $40.50, available at
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You know that point when your lips have gotten so red, chapped, and flakey, you think they'll never get back to normal? That's when you want to reach for this stuff.
Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm, $9, available at
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Skin in need of some serious recovery? Senior beauty editor Phillip Picardi swears by this holistic option from Tammy Fender. It's great for soothing traumatized skin when the regular guys can't get the job done.
Spontaneous Recovery Crème, $165, available at
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