The Best Products for Winter Skin at Every Budget

Winter is coming… and for most of us, that conjures up images of relaxing by the fireside, partaking in holiday festivities, inhaling the fresh brisk air and running around in the snow. But along with all that fun often comes extremely dry, tight and peeling skin.

With the temperatures dropping outdoors and the heat cranked up indoors, our complexions pay the price. Our skin loses moisture very quickly and gets irritated, red and sensitive. Along with using a humidifier, avoiding super hot showers and baths, and drinking plenty of water, your best bet to soothe winter skin is to incorporate products that are extremely hydrating, ultra soothing and devoid of moisture stripping ingredients like alcohol and clay.

I have rounded up the products that have brought my skin a lot of relief over the years. Whether you save, spend or splurge, there are tons of incredible options at every price point.

TONERS

Toners are a great way to remove any dirt left behind after cleansing. But if you choose the right one, it can really help impart some much needed comfort and hydration.

Save: January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist $24

Spend: fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner $44

Splurge: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence $179

SERUMS

With high concentrations of active ingredients, serums provide an effective boost to your routine. They work beautifully when layered before your moisturizer and really pack a punch.

Save: The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Serum $22

Spend: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hylauronic Cloud Serum $65

Splurge: Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum $95

OILS

Oils are a wonderful way to nourish your skin with antioxidants and calm redness and irritation. Because they absorb so deeply, they plump up your complexion and prevent water loss.

Save: Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil $22.50

Spend: LaLun Silver Moondrops $65

Splurge: Apothecary 90291 Midnight in Corsica Oil $150

MOISTURIZERS

A good moisturizer does exactly what it says it will do. It helps increase the moisture level in your skin and keep it from drying out. Layer over an oil and/or serum to really seal in the benefits.

Save: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream $12

Spend: Glycelene The Beauty Ointment $75

Splurge: Tata Harper Creme Riche $185

MASKS

If you’re looking to add a pampering weekly treat to your regimen, a nourishing mask is a great way to do that. The right mask will nourish and soothe dehydrated and sensitive skin.

Save: Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask $12

Spend: Amala Beauty Hydrate Mask $64

Splurge: fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask $150

LIP PRODUCTS

Because our lips have very few oil glands, they are quick to get chapped, especially if your heat is on indoors. Lip balms are created with thicker formulas to ensure your lips stay protected. Make sure to apply before bedtime!

Save: Smith’s Rosebud Salve $6

Spend: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask $26

Splurge: La Mer The Lip Balm $60

Have any products that you swear by in the wintertime?

Images via Beth Cath

Francesca is a professional makeup artist and the Beauty Editor of Darling Magazine. She finds joy in helping her clients feel beautiful through her natural and un-intimidating approach to makeup along with her wacky and dry sense of humor. When she's not on set, Francesca likes hanging out in her very small bungalow apartment with her very tall husband and very sweet French bulldog.

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