25 Skin Care Products for Cold Weather

January 24, 2024

Best Products for Winter Skin

Cold winter months often brings changes to our winter skincare routine and if you’re not changing up your beauty products each season, this is your sign to do so. 

Cold weather, dry air, lower humidity and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin all winter long so now it the time to invest in some better products that your winter skin will definitely benefit from.

Today I am sharing a roundup of all my favorite skin care products for cold weather. I hope you find it helpful as we battle winter dry skin!

25 Skin Care Products For Cold Weather

Biossance Oil and Skinceuticals B5 Gel

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

A gorgeously light oil that is wonderful to add into your skincare routine for winter skin. It brightens and firms skin and one drop is great added to your daily moisturizer or to your favorite foundation for a bit of added hydration thanks to squalane.

I love that it is also recommended for all skin types. I use this as a PM facial oil as it is a bit slick.

Votary Natural Glow Drops Jasmine Facial Oil

Every winter I am slathering my skin in this gorgeous oil that’s been a favorite of mine for years. It is pricey but lasts forever as you just need 2-3 drops per application. My skin feels so hydrated and glowy after and it is particularly great under moisturizer and before makeup. It was frmulated for all skin types, especially targeting dehydrated, delicate and dry skin.

I find it more absorbent than the Biossance one so I use it in the mornings and use the other at night.

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

One of my very favorite SkinCeuticals products, this stuff is like a drink of water for your skin. It’s a heavy dose of hyaluronic acid that’s known for its hydrating properties and there’s no wonder there’s thousands of good reviews. Every December I bring this back in rotation and it works wonders. (It’s actually specially formulated to help your moisturizer go to work, too!)

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

This mask is a great shot of hydration for your skin. I use it more as a moisturizer than a mask as I never end up tissuing any of it off (my skin is THIRSTY this time of year) and I always bring it with me on planes to fight the dry air when you travel.

I personally only ever buy the mini tubes of this mask which are perfect for travel and why it is one of my Travel Essentials.

Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Lip Balms

Looking for a hydrating tinted lip balm to wear during the winter? I recommend the Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Lip Balms.

I can’t believe how much I love this lip product! I bought one and then wore it so much that I bought two more shades pretty immediately. It’s super plush, super velvety and really hydrating. It makes lips look so gorgeous  and the tints are just beautiful. The perfect there but barely there lip product with tint for winter months IMO.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

And for a more affordable lip balm option, I always recommend Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Works quickly to heal chapped lips and I love how multi-purpose this stuff is! I’m reaching for my jar of it on the daily in Winter. 

I also use this on any acne scars to help heal them more quickly. Works wonders!

Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment

With over 10,000 five star reviews I was intrigued to buy this and then went through it in record time and now it is a go-to for winter lips. It makes lips super pillowy soft and feel extra hydrated – particularly in dry weather. It feels super restorative and I love having a go-to unscented nourishing balm for my lips. I just re-ordered it!

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Shampoo

I think of my scalp as an extension of the rest of my skin and need to treat it as such in Winter when my scalp becomes drier. I love the Briogeo Charcoal Shampoo so much I wrote a whole post about it. It detoxifies your scalp, helps keep build up at bay and really revives your scalp health and therefore your hair health.

I love using it in tandem with this scalp massager. And next from the brand I want to try their new Pre-Wash Scalp Oil.

K18 Leave-In Repair Hair Mask

Another winter hair go-to for me is this leave-in hair mask. A couple pumps distributed from tip to root after you shampoo and your hair will be softer and more revived.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm B5

Does your skin feel overly sensitized and in need of major TLC? Reach for this balm. It’s like a fancy aquaphor for your face but more wearable. It’ll repair your skin barrier and help it recover from any irritation. My skin loves this and I am always buying it at CityPharma in Paris.

Caudalie SOS Cream

Caudalie SOS Cream

This night cream is the best for dry, dehydrated skin. You’ll notice an improvement in your dry skin in just one use. I add it back into my routine every November/December as the air gets colder and dryer and indoor heating kicks in. I’ve used up several jars and I’ve never found another cream to rival the hydration this one gives (even La Mer didn’t do as good of a job!) I have found that a little goes a long way and this cream will absorb best when you let your other skincare soak in first.

Caudalie Premier Cru Skin Barrier Rich Moisturizer with Bio-Ceramides

My go-to night cream all of 2023 and another great rich cream for thirsty skin. This is a rich moisturizer that visibly repairs the skin barrier and reduces the look of wrinkles with Caudalie’s TET8™ Patent, bio-ceramides and hyaluronic acid. My skin is so happy in the morning whenever I use this.

This cream is pricey but a little goes a long way and after regular use in 2023 I was only half way through my jar which is refillable!

Caudalie Premier Cru Anti-Aging Eye Cream for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Also great is the new Caudalie Premier Cru eye cream that brightens while also helping the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus: it is fragrance-free.

Caudalie Grape Water

This has cult-status with my French friends (and their mothers!) This 100% organic grape water features 100% natural origin ingredients and sustainable packaging while being rich in minerals, potassium and moisturizing polysaccharides to deliver intense, immediate hydration. It is particularly great if you have sensitive skin that needs soothing! I keep this on my nightstand whenever my skin feels like it needs a good drink via a face mist.

Read my full Caudalie Skincare Review

Face Masks for Winter Skin

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask

Another favorite wintertime mask I’ve used for years. This mask is a dream to use this season because it warms on contact as you apply it all over your face. Its honey helps to get rid of any bacteria (great if you’re an acne sufferer) and skin is super plump and hydrated following use.

Youth to the People Superberry Hydate + Glow Mask

I love this overnight mask. While you sleep it goes to work to thoroughly hydrate, plump and brighten skin thanks to all the right ingredients-  superberries, squalane and hyaluronic acid.

Dior Cuticle Balm

My nails and cuticles are dry year round but even worse in winter but this cuticle balm is a lifesaver. A little goes a long, long way which helps justify the brand and associated pricetag. I never leave the house without it when I travel!

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Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil

This body oil is amazing to use year round but I reach for it most when I am suffering from dry, itchy skin on my legs and arms. It’s super lightweight and has the most divine citrusy scent that I absolutely love. It softens and nourishes skin, sinks in quickly to lock in moisture and firms as well. They key is to apply it while your skin is still damp so make it your go-to post shower!

If you prefer an unscented body oil or have sensitive skin and prefer no fragrance, I recommend the Necessaire Body Oil which I also use and enjoy.

Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum

Another great HA serum for when your skin needs a drink. I’ve gone through multiple bottles and it’s one of my favorite hyaluronic acid serums. It always feels like giving my skin a big drink of water when I apply it.

Related: Osea Malibu Review

Elemis Dry Brush

Elemis Dry Brush

Do you dry brush your skin? If not, you’re missing out. It stimulates the lymphatic system to help rid the body of toxins and it can be a great way to exfoliate dry skin on the body. I like to do it in the Winter right before a warm shower where I then use a moisturizing body gel and then follow up with a body oil after getting out of the shower. My skin is much smoother and more radiant while being less itchy and irritated due to winter temperatures and dry air.

Here’s a more affordable option, too.

Necessaire Hand Cream

This is one of the only hand creams I have found that I don’t hate using. It’s super fast absorbing and leaves no residue, no stickiness and no slickness behind after application. It was designed to act as an invisible globe for your hands – so skin is protected in dry air and defended against environmental stressors.

Chanel La Creme Main Hand Cream

Another hand cream I love – especially for how portable it is so I never travel without it. 

If you’re a fan of French beauty, don’t miss my 20 Best French Skincare Brands post.

Susanne Kaufman Bath Oil

Susanne Kaufmann Essential Bath Oil for the Senses

I had to include this bath oil because it does double duty. It’s lovely and luxurious in your bath and then keeps your skin super soft afterwards. If my skin is dry and itchy when I get into the bath, it’s resolved after when I use this.

See more of my Bath Time Favorites.

Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm

If you often feel like during the wintertime cleansing your skin leaves your skin irritated and dry, this cleansing balm is for you. It’s super hydrating and gentle and works to melt makeup off. It’s a go-to for me and I’m already on my fourth jar.

Bonus? Great if you have sensitive eyes!

I’ve never had any issues using it with removing eye makeup and have heard a lot of that feedback from those of you who have tried it at my recommendation.

Sara Happ Dream Slip Lip Treatment

I’ve tried out a lot of lip masks and lip balms before bedtime but this is the best one, hands down, I’ve ever tried. My lips get so crazy dry during Winter and after just one round of this nighttime treatment, my chapped lips are like new again when I wake up. I think it is far superior to the Laneige ones I have tried.

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  1. Judy Holmes says:

    Thanks for all the information! I swear by Aveeno’s Baby Balm for dry skin! It also works great on your face before heading out for a winter day of play.

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