We hate to play favorites with the seasons, but winter isn’t at the top of our preferred list — as far as our skin goes, at least.
Sure, the cooler months are great for our constantly-cozy aesthetic, but they usually mark the time when our skin tends to be out of whack. Too much artificial heat (or lack thereof), not enough sunlight, and dryness caused by frigid air — and now face masks — is no recipe for the dewy, glowy, hydrated skin we typically aim for. Fortunately, a solid skin-care routine can help make up for that.
Small swaps, like trading an exfoliating cleanser for a cream one, can work to combat dull winter skin and breathe new life into your face. To help your skin live its best life this season, the Refinery29 beauty team broke down their go-to skin-care products for winter. Find our favorites, ahead.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel
“You really can’t go wrong with anything from German stem-cell scientist-turned-skin-care innovator Augustinus Bader, and this gentle gel cleanser is no exception. The light, barely-there lather is perfect for rinsing away light makeup before bed, as well as starting off the day with clean — but not stripped — skin. With a soothing base of sweet almond oil and rose water, in addition to the brand’s signature TFC8 blend, it’s an ideal pick for just about any skin type that could use a little TLC.” — Rachel Krause, deputy beauty director
Augustinus Bader Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel, $, available at NordstromHoliFrog Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop
“This silky serum-lotion hybrid has been an essential for me throughout the cold, dry season — I honestly can’t imagine my skin-care routine without it. I smooth a few drops on damp skin after cleansing and patting in my forever go-to COSRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, and my face is left perfectly comfortable with a soft semi-matte finish. I layer it under SPF during the day and a richer moisturizer or oil at night.” — Krause
Holifrog HoliFrog Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop, $, available at DermStoreMyth Magic Earth Oil 1000MG CBD
“My default setting is skepticism, so please trust me when I say that this CBD oil is not another example of marketing B.S.: Here, the much-discussed star ingredient is full-spectrum, U.S.-grown, and lab-tested for purity and potency. Paired with fast-absorbing, fatty acid-rich MCT oil, it’s a two-ingredient powerhouse of a formula that plays well with other skin-care products and leaves my reactive complexion visibly clearer and more balanced.” — Krause
Myth Magick Myth Magic EARTH OIL 1000MG CBD, $, available at Myth MagickINNBEAUTY Project Pimple Paste
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