It’s that time of year again, when the air sucks the life out of your skin and your moisturizers have a little more work to do. There’s nothing I hate more than when my skin gets that tight, dry feeling. You know, when it feels like your face might crack off? This has led me on a singular, near-obsessive pursuit of a perfect winter moisturizer.
Moisturizing is a key step in any skincare routine. The right moisturizer can help protect your skin, keep it from feeling dry, reduce redness, keep skin from becoming too oily, and help skin to restore itself. Most importantly? A well-moisturized face is hydrated, plumper, and can even reduce the appearance of fine lines. At the very least, whatever lines or wrinkles we have will certainly look better with a little bit of moisturizer.
So what should we be looking for in a winter moisturizer? First of all, it has to be thick. Heavy-duty. It should take a minute to fully absorb. Of course, it has to feel nice. Taking care of ourselves and our skin should never feel like a chore. No greasy formulas here, thank you very much. Finally, it has to work. Bonus points if it comes in a beautiful jar. That way I won’t feel guilty about leaving it out on my nightstand or countertop. From established heavy-hitters like La Mer to cult green beauty favorites, shop our favorite winter moisturizers below.