1. Healing Face Serums
When dry heat and cold weather take their toll on skin, lotion’s not always enough. Add a powerful serum to your skin-care regimen; look for ingredients like collagen, DMAE, botanical stem cells, ceramides, and peptides to minimize redness, lock in moisture, and protect skin. Apply it morning and night, after cleansing and toning, and before moisturizing.
Product Picks: Reviva Collagen Serum, Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Absolute Serum, Source Naturals DMAE Serum
2. Soothing Eye Treatments
Ultra-delicate skin around the eyes is easily damaged by harsh winter weather, and dry skin means fine lines and wrinkles are more obvious. Start by patting on a serum designed especially for eyes, and follow with a rich cream. Look for products with collagen, rose oil, hyaluronic acid, pycnogenol, green tea, and other antioxidants to nourish skin, minimize fine lines, and undo damage.
Product Picks: Organic Doctor Organic Rose Otto Eye Serum, Reviva Eye Complex Firming Creme, Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum, Mad Hippie Eye Cream With Peptides, Derma E Hydrating Eye Creme with Hyaluronic Acid and Pycnogenol
3. Gentle Exfoliators
Scrubs, masks, and peels for face and body remove flaky skin, make cells more receptive to lotions, and boost circulation—especially important in cold weather. Fruit enzyme peels are great for oily or normal skin; if skin is sensitive, try an exfoliating clay mask. Use a sugar scrub on your body; jojoba bead scrubs are a gentler option for your face. Always moisturize after exfoliating to replenish skin’s natural oils, and don’t overdo it—once a week is plenty, less if skin is sensitive.
Product Picks: Jeffrey James The Exfoliant Radiant Complexion Scrub, Reviva Light Skin Peel Mild Exfoliant, Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator, Ancient Earth Secrets Activated Coconut Charcoal Mask Nubian Heritage Hand and Body Scrub
4. Deeply Hydrating Body Lotions
You add extra layers of clothes for winter—and your skin needs extra layers, too, to protect against freezing temperatures and dry winter air. Look for luxurious lotions and creams made with coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter and infused with botanicals and antioxidants to hydrate and nourish. Slather on after bath or shower, when skin is still damp, to lock in moisture.
Product Picks: Alaffia Super Hydrating Coconut Body Lotion, Alba Botanica Kukui Nut Body Cream, Nubian Heritage Raw Infused Shea Butter, Thera Neem Leaf and Oil Cream
5. Smoothing Hair Treatments
Just like skin, hair gets dry and damaged from winter cold and indoor heat; plus, there’s the problem of frizzies. Start with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner; leave-in conditioners do double-duty, nourishing hair and taming unruly locks. Once a week, treat your hair to a mask, to prevent breakage and restore softness.
Product Picks: Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner, Aubrey Organics Shampoo Moisture Intensive, Okay Pure Natural Deep Moisturizing Coconut Conditioner, Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner, Giovanni Hair Care 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Mask
6. Ultra-Emollient Lip Balms
Cold and wind take their toll on delicate lip skin, and licking your lips (because they’re so dry) makes matters worse: the enzymes in saliva that digest food further irritate and dry. Choose balms and sticks made with candelilla wax, beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, or cocoa butter. If lips are cracked, soothe them with a calendula or vitamin E ointment. For extra protection, pick a formula with built-in SPF—especially if you’re a winter sports enthusiast.
Product Picks: Badger Vanilla Bean Cocoa Butter Lip Balm, Cannon Balm 140 Tactical Lip Protectant, Dr. Bronner Organic Lip Balm, Reviva Vitamin E Stick, Boiron Calendula Ointment
7. Hydrating Cuticle Care
Cold weather makes nails weak and brittle, and dry cuticles can mean pervasive (and painful) hangnails. Before bed, use a cuticle treatment with jojoba, aloe, or shea butter, to soften dry cuticles and nourish nails. And never go bare: a coat of clear polish protects nails from water, and prevents breaking and peeling.
Product Picks: Mineral Fusion Cuticle Treatment, Badger Cuticle Care with Wild African Shea Butter, Mineral Fusion Clear Base Coat Polish, Organic Doctor Olive Oil Hand and Nail Cream, MegaFoods Skin, Hair and Nails
8. Penetrating Hand Creams
Winter can leave hands rough, dry, and vulnerable to cracks and bleeding. Skip the lotion and go straight to rich creams made with mango butter, hemp oil, comfrey root, and other plant extracts that add a barrier of protection while penetrating skin. Add a scrub designed for hands to keep them silky. If fingers crack, look for a healing balm designed to repair, with lanolin or calendula.
Product Picks: Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp and Vetiver Hand Cream, Alaffia Coconut and Vanilla Hand Cream, Out Of Africa Olive Hand Cream, Nubian Heritage Hand and Body Scrub, Boiron Calendula Ointment
9. Super-Rich Foot Creams
Cold weather, tight socks, and being cooped up in boots can lead to cracked heels, itchy skin, and fungal infections. Fix your feet, with a super-emollient cream that softens and smooths; slather on before bed and cover with lightweight cotton socks. Use a scrub designed for feet to remove dead skin and keep feet fresh. If you’re plagued by foot fungus, treat it with salves or creams boosted with antifungal herbs like neem, oregano, and tea tree.
Product Picks: Quantum Athletes Foot , Organic Doctor Olive Oil Foot and Heel Cream, Weleda Skin Food, Puremedy Fungus Free Formula