Winter skincare routine: CeraVe, First Aid Beauty, Sol de Janeiro

You’re not crazy if you think that your skincare routine needs some changes for the upcoming winter season. “Wintertime leaves the air dry, cold, and missing the added UV of the summer, [all of] which can strip away the skin’s natural oils,” Dr. Erum Ilyas, a board-certified dermatologist based in Philadelphia, previously told Reviewed. “This makes the skin more susceptible to irritation and sensitivities from the environment.” Now that you know that your routine needs a revamp, we’ve compiled a list of Reviewed-approved winter skincare products for the face and body that will have your skin from head to toe looking and feeling its best. Keep scrolling to learn how to keep your skin from getting the winter blues.

Best winter skincare for the face

1. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Wash your face this winter with the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.

A good cleanse shouldn’t come at the expense of stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture, and luckily, the Reviewed-approved CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanserdoes the job of washing the skin while introducing moisture back into the skin. Reviewed contributor Brigitt Earley has nothing but good things to about this budget-friendly face wash. “Everything about my experience with this cleanser for normal to dry skin was overwhelmingly positive,” she writes. “Perhaps more important than the lather, my face felt incredibly soft and clean after rinsing the formula away.” It owes its moisturizing abilities to hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Hyaluronic acid aims to help the skin retain moisture while ceramides intend to protect the skin barrier.

2. Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum

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Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum

Hydrate your face with the Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum

If your skin needs an extra dose of hydration during the colder months, consider adding a hydrating serum to your winter skincare routine. Reviewed contributor Liv Birdsall calls the Hyaluronic Sea Serum “the hero” of her skincare routine. “I’ve had it in my skincare rotation for over a year now, and I believe it has changed my skin,” she writes. “All of the product’s claims have proven true for me: My skin feels hydrated, and I think my wrinkles are less prominent.” In fact, this serum’s hero ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is considered to be a winter skincare powerhouse because of its ability to keep skin hydrated and looking plump.

3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

Moisturize and protect your skin with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

Winter weather tends to call for thick moisturizers, and Reviewed contributor Bridget Earley declares that the Ultra Repair Cream 100% delivers on all its promises (not to mention it’s the best moisturizer we’ve tried). Its thick, silky texture instantly makes her skin feel “from dry and rough to ultra-smooth,” not to mention that its hydrating sensation lasts nearly the entire day. And if you have sensitive skin or eczema, this formula is for you, too. It’s fragrance-free—one less concern checked off sensitive skin types folks’ shoulders—and helps soothe itchy bouts of eczema thanks to the inclusion of ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and allantoin.

4. Ole Henriksen Hydra Barrier Nourishing Face Oil

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Ole Henriksen Nourishing Face Serum

Lock in hydration with the Ole Henriksen Nourishing Face Seurm.

Sometimes, hydrating serums and moisturizers don’t cut it, but a face oil may be your next best line of defense when it comes to dealing with moisture loss. “[These skincare products] lock in hydration,” Dr. Jeannette Graf, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, previously told Reviewed. “[Plus, they can make] the hydration on your skin less likely to evaporate by sealing it in.” That said, consider trying the Ole Henriksen Hydra Barrier Nourishing Face Oil. It claims “to lock in all-day hydration, visibly improve uneven texture, and support strong skin.” I apply three drops of this product both day and night as the last step of my skincare routine to ensure that my skin stays hydrated. It employs ceramides, Scandinavian berry oils, and peptides to keep skin plump, soft, and protected, respectively.

5. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Make lips look and feel soft and smooth with the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.

Dry, chapped lips come with the territory of wintertime, and the Reviewed-approved Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask will restore them to feeling pillow-soft. Not entirely convinced? Take our tester’s word for it: “Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask has changed my lip care routine forever and leaves me with smooth, plush lips that stay moisturized for hours after applying,” she writes. The lip balm owes its lip-softening prowess to murumuru seed and shea butter, two ingredients that promise to endow the skin with hydration. The formula comes in five sweet-tasting flavors and corresponding colors. “Vanilla” is the one to pick up if you’re firm on getting a clear lip mask.

Best winter skincare for the body

1. Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion

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Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion

Slather your body in hydration with the Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion.

Just like the skin on your face, your body needs a moisturizer as well. We love the Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion so much that we even named it the best body lotion we’ve ever tested. Former Reviewed beauty editor Jessica Kasparian says that “the formula absorbs into the skin within minutes, leaving behind an ever-so-slightly tacky texture that reminds you that you applied a moisturizer without feeling slick or sticky under clothing.” Just know that this body lotion also fragrance-free, perfect for sensitive skin types who like their skincare unscented. This lotion leans on shea butter and glycerin to hydrate the skin.

2. Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

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Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

Smell fresh as a flower and keep your skin hydrated with the Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream.

If you prefer your body lotions scented, opt for one that smells like fresh, tropical flowers, such as the Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream. While testing the product for Reviewed, I noticed that my skin transformed from looking and feeling dull and calloused to bright and smooth—all within a week. And if you love smelling good all day long, just know that its floral scent stayed with me the whole day. You can thank squalane for keeping the skin hydrated and notes of Brazilian jasmine, pink dragonfruit, and sheer vanilla for its tantalizing scent.

3. UpCircle Exfoliating Body Coffee Scrub

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UpCircle Exfoliating Body Coffee Scrub

Slough away dead skin cells with the UpCircle Exfoliating Body Coffee Scrub.

Dry patches of skin are inevitable come winter time, but you can slough away dead skin cells with a body exfoliator, such as the UpCircle Exfoliating Body Coffee Scrub. Birdsall loves reaching for this relatively affordable option that gently exfoliates the skin with the help of Arabica coffee grounds.

4. Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil

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Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil

Slather on the Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil for an extra dose of hydration.

Of course, dry winter skin needs some reinforcement in the form of hydration, and that’s where the Undaria Algae Body Oil can help. Birdsall has used the oil during the long, winter months, and even decided that she’d be buying another bottle as soon as she runs out. “I love putting this oil on after a bath or shower to moisturize my skin, and it leaves it looking glowy and feeling hydrated,” she adds. It gets its hydrating abilities from a so-called “botanical oil blend” that consists of passion fruit, acai, babassu, and rice bran oils.

5. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

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Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Moisturize your hands with the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

The skin on our hands also tends to get dry come winter, and a few pumps of the Reviewed-approved Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve can get them back on track. Kasparian finds that it’s “thick enough to deeply moisturize dry, cracked hands but lightweight enough to absorb into the skin with a gentle massage.” And if scent is of importance to you in your skincare products, know that it “has a slight eucalyptus scent,” per Kasparian, ” [that] doesn’t linger and it won’t overpower the aroma of the food you’re eating or the perfume you’re wearing.” Avocado oil and sesame oil are responsible for moisturizing the skin.