It's not just the cold, windy weather during the winter that tends to make your skin dry. Indoor heaters that sap the air of humidity and long, hot showers that deplete the body of natural oils can also cause chapped skin. That's why hearty hydrators are so vital during the chilly months. Here are our favorite moisturizers to coddle you from your tresses to your toes.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($14-$36) is a true cult favorite when it comes to facial moisturizers—and for good reason. It quenches thirsty skin and redeems its natural moisture balance, which ultimately improves the face's appearance and texture.
Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital Eye SPF 28 ($39) contains antioxidants and vitamins to iron out dehydration lines around the eyes and keep the delicate area moisturized around the clock (for a full 24 hours). This eye cream is safe for even those with sensitive skin, and has the added benefit of sun protection to boot.
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector ($20) is chock-full of both hemp seed oil and organic beeswax, which work to patch up the skin's moisture barrier and lock in hydration. This best-selling hand cream transforms even rough mitts that are used for manual labor into supple wonders, with results that last through a washing or two.
Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat ($18) provides relief to brittle, peeling nails with its fortifying formula. A blend of kukui nut oil, Asian ginseng and Aucoumea klaineana extract (a natural resin from west African trees) works to bolster depleted tips while smoothing out any ridges. Wear it under nail polish to prevent damage or alone to toughen up natural nails.
Essie Smooth Trick Deep Conditioning Cuticle Oil ($8) instantly heals cracked cuticles and in turn helps to prevent hangnails. The formula includes vitamins A and E for nourishment and a special concoction of 10 different oils to soak even the coarsest of cuticles. Bonus: Far from being sticky, it absorbs in a snap.
Burt's Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Foot Cream ($10) uses a one-two punch to soften soles. Bilberry extract, a natural alpha hydroxy acid, exfoliates the toughest of callouses, while honey, jojoba butter and rosemary extract deeply hydrate feet. The result is tootsies that feel so cushiony, it'll be tempting not to dust off your summertime sandals.
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque ($52) leaves scaly skin feeling intensely refined after just 15 minutes. A dense concentration of vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid works to infuse the complexion with ample hydration and to restock exhausted moisture levels, with results that last up to a week. Alternatively, try this face mask on other problem spots like elbows and feet as a deep-conditioning treatment.
La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips ($15.95) raises your trusty ChapStick up a notch with a potion that relieves not just dry skin, but the four signs of worn lips: tingling, sensitivity, thinness and chapping. The effect is a plumper pucker with only a hint of shine, making it an option to even be worn under lipstick as a primer.
Kiehl's Crème de Corps ($11-$75) performs like a jug of water for parched skin. Say goodbye to your dragon-like dermis with this rich and thick iconic formula that quickly melts into the body without any greasy side effects. After just one use, skin feels thoroughly moisturized and positively luxurious.
Oribe Signature Moisture Masque ($59) turns fried and dried strands into a kitten-soft mane after just a single serving. This decadent deep conditioner performs just as good as it looks (and smells). Amber extract and macadamia nut seed oil strengthen and smooth, while sunflower seed extract and wild mango butter deliver a glossy shine. Another plus: Although this mask feels hefty, it doesn't weigh hair down.
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