The Best Skincare Products to Prep Your Skin for Winter, According to Our Editors

December 01, 2023
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
aesop winter skincare set and moisturizer collaged onto a blue background

It’s a brand new month, which means that new products are making their way onto store websites and shelves and into our medicine cabinets. These are the products’s editors can’t live without this December.

Victoria, Content Director

CeraVe Healing Ointment 

CeraVe Healing Ointment is a mainstay in my house. I use it over my daily moisturizer to slug, on my  cuticles and on dry, rough patches on my elbows and knuckles. I highly recommend picking up a fresh tub every winter. When you need it, you’ll be glad you have it ready to go in your bathroom cabinet. 

Youth to the People Hand + Body Care Duo

I think a luxe hand wash and hand cream duo is one of the nicest gifts you can give or receive, and this one from Youth to the People is on my personal wishlist. Both formulas have notes of fresh greens, black pepper and cedarwood.

person collaged with cerave ointment and the youth to the people body cream and wash

Alanna, Managing Editor

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil Free Moisturizer

Although my skin gets a little drier around the winter time, I absolutely still need an oil-control moisturizer in my arsenal. I was stoked to learn that IT Cosmetics just dropped a brand new gel-cream formula with this need in mind. It works to mattify the skin while still keeping it super hydrated and nourished with niacinamide and squalane. Bonus: The lightweight gel-texture sinks in easily and makes my complexion look bouncy, refreshed and grease-free all day.

Starface Big Lil Gift Set

If you’re a pimple-patch obsessee like me, you’ll love this gift set by Starface with three types of their cult-classic patches: Hydro-Stars, Hydro-Stars in Black, and Hydro-Stars + Salicylic Acid. Bonus: The patches come in a cute yellow reusable travel case. My acne is getting the best Christmas gift ever.

person collaged on orange background with it cosmetics moisturizer and starface set

Ariel, Editor

Aesop Heartful Harmonies

This is my first time trying products from Aesop, and I’m hoping it won’t be my last. This kit comes with the brand’s ubiquitous hand soap (which guests have already complimented when they’ve come over), a rich hand cream that’s perfect for winter and a lightly floral, aromatic room spray. The latter is my favorite part of this set — spraying it makes me feel like I’m staying in a luxury hotel, even if it’s been way too long since I last tidied up my bedroom.

person collaged on a pink background with aesop set

Jordan, Associate Editor

Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum Holiday Gift Set

In the past couple of years, I’ve started to prioritize anti-aging with my skincare routine, which is why the Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum Holiday Gift Set is at the top of my wishlist this year. It consists of a full anti-aging skincare routine, complete with a serum, eye cream and moisturizer. The best part? At $172 for a $265 value, it’s a can’t-miss deal.  

Bubble Skincare Morning Rays Brightening Eye Cream

It’s the most wonderful — and busiest — time of the year, which means I am not always able to make the time to clock eight hours of beauty sleep every night. But with this vitamin-C-enriched brightening eye cream, my eyes will at least look awake and well-rested. In addition to brightening, it de-puffs and minimizes the appearance of dark circles.

person collaged on a purple background with a lancome set and eye cream

Kat, Social Media Editor

Kiehl’s Richly Hydrating Hand Care Trio Gift Set

It’s officially wintertime, which means my hands are getting super dry. If you know someone like me,  I’m here to tell you that you’re going to want to give them the Kiehl’s Richly Hydrating Hand Care Trio Gift Set. The set includes three deeply hydrating hand creams that leave dry hands feeling super soft and moisturized. I’m obsessed with the way these creams revive my hands and always have at least one in my purse just in case! You’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this set ASAP.

person collaged onto a blue background with a kiehls set
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