Winter Weather Moisturizers for Every Skin Type
Cold, wintry weather is on the horizon, which means you’re likely digging deep into your closet to unearth your fur-lined boots and chunky knit sweaters in preparation. Smart move. Once your wardrobe is down pat, take the time to organize and build your skin care arsenal as well. Moisturizer is a hot ticket skin care item year-round (it’s a non-negotiable part of a skin routine after all!) but most especially in the fall and winter months—and it’s easy to understand why. Freezing temps and windy conditions can dry the heck out of skin, leading to potential flaking, creping, and overall dullness. But instead of picking any old moisturizer off the rack, look for a formula that’s been developed with your specific skin type in mind. Some might even help target additional skin concerns, from blemishes to excess shine. Whether your skin is ultra-sensitive or uber-oily, here are our top picks for moisturizers for your skin type!
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN: KIEHL’S BLUE HERBAL MOISTURIZER
This oil-free moisturizer formulated with salicylic acid absorbs fast and quickly and penetrates pores to help eliminate most acne blemishes (and prevent new ones from forming!) while allowing the skin to properly heal. An additional balancing effect allows the formula to mattify skin and reduce the appearance of large pores.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: DECLEOR HARMONIE CALM SOOTHING MILKY CREAM
Treat your sensitive skin like the fragile organ that it is with this day cream that melts onto skin to help calm skin discomfort. The soothing formula helps nourish and shield the skin from irritants by strengthening its moisture barrier, as well as reducing the signs of skin reactivity. All you’re left with is skin that feels soft, supple, and comfortable. Pretty sweet deal, don’t you say?
FOR DRY TO VERY DRY SKIN: LANCÔME NUTRIX DAY CREAM
Dry skin and winter weather aren’t bed buds. Help combat moisture loss with daily applications of a rich moisturizer, like this legendary treatment for very dry skin beloved since 1936. The formula can help soothe and smooth skin, while also helping to shield it against the drying effects of wind, cold, and other moisture-depleting conditions.
FOR OILY SKIN: LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR MAT
The only thing worse than oily skin with excess shine is oily skin with enlarged pores. Why not choose a moisturizer that can help tackle both downsides? This dual-action formula helps neutralize excess oil and refine the appearance of large pores in addition to providing daily moisture (yes, even oily skin needs hydration). The light matte finish makes it a perfect base for makeup as well.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat, $31.99
FOR COMBINATION SKIN: VICHY NORMADERM ANTI-ACNE HYDRATING LOTION
Have combination skin that’s prone to acne? This daily, oil-free moisturizer might just be your ticket to blemish-free skin. The mattifying formula—with glycolic acid and micro-exfoliating LHA—helps deliver targeted exfoliation to clear breakout triggers, improve skin’s texture, and minimize pore visibility. Oh and don’t sweat it, it’ll help take care of that excess shine you’re always complaining about too.
FOR MATURE SKIN: L’OREAL PARIS REVITALIFT TRIPLE POWER DEEP-ACTING MOISTURIZER
Anti-aging creams are a dime a dozen. Only a select bunch stand out amongst the pack. One in particular? This effective anti-aging cream—formulated with hyaluronic acid and Pro-Xylane— helps address three dimensions that can visibly age skin: repair wrinkles, refirm, and redensify the appearance of skin. With continued use, skin texture can appear smoother and feel deeply hydrated. Say hello to skin that looks firmer, younger, and lifted.
FOR DULL SKIN: GARNIER CLEARLY BRIGHTER BRIGHTENING & SMOOTHING DAILY MOISTURIZER SPF 15
Dull skin can happen to the best of us, but that doesn’t make it pleasant to deal with (or look at, truth be told). If dull skin is raining on your good-skin-day parade, try this brightening moisturizer formulated with an antioxidant complex of vitamins C and E, pine bark essence, and exfoliating LHA. The formula absorbs quickly (sans greasy residue!) to help transform dull, rough skin into smooth, polished-looking skin with a more radiant and even tone over time.