Winter Skin-Care Routine

Winter in Chicago is no joke. These are my picks for the best products for dry skin.

When I moved back to Chicago from Missouri after college, my skin freaked out as soon as it got cold outside. I started testing out new products and moisturizers to readjust to the harsh, dry Chicago winters and smooth out dry patches—and it was a PROCESS.

It took two or three winters to nail down a cold-weather skin-care routine that kept my dry skin hydrated, but these products have help keep my skin smooth, soft and bright year-round. (Your makeup will go on smoother, too!) Bonus: Whether your skin is sensitive, dry or oily, these products work great on most skin types. Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried any of these out!

Josie Maran Argan Oil

This 100% pure argan oil was the only thing to help eliminate dry spots and patches on my face and body when I first moved back. It’s good for all skin types (even oily!) and is all-natural, organic and rich in antioxidants. You can use it on your hair, skin and nails to restore moisture wherever needed. I use this almost every night before bed. This is a great moisturizer on its own, but if my skin is feeling extra dry, I’ll let it sink in and follow it up with a moisturizing cream.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty is quickly becoming one of my favorite beauty lines, and this cult-favorite face and body moisturizer is super hydrating and great for dry skin and eczema. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It also comes in a huge tub that will last you a long time. I just use it on my face and any other super dry spots, like elbows and knees.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Another First Aid Beauty favorite, this cleanser is super gentle and is great for all skin types. I’ve only using it for about a week so far, but my skin is clearer and softer than it’s been in months. It also removes makeup better than any cleanser I’ve ever tried, is pH-balanced and is infused with botanical antioxidants.

Eucerin Smoothing Repair Light Lotion for Dry Skin

This drugstore body lotion is my all-time favorite for dry skin. I started using it in college after a friend recommended it. Her dermatologist told her to look for a lotion that contains the ingredients glycerin and urea to help get rid of any small bumps or redness and smooth out skin. This lotion leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth and is light enough to use all year.

Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream

After trying nearly every drugstore eye cream, I did tons and tons of research to try to find an eye cream that was actually hydrating. The Benefit eye cream is the perfect consistency and keeps the skin around my eyes super moisturized, making makeup application smooth and easy. It also helps fade dark circles and smooth fine lines.

Sabon Body Scrub

This paraben-free body scrub is made with salt from the Dead Sea and natural oils like Vitamin E, almond oil and jojoba oil. The salt naturally scrubs away dead skin cells and leaves skin velvety smooth. I use this scrub every other week in the shower and follow it up with a lotion to lock in moisture.

Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

Lush makes my ALL-TIME favorite face masks. This vegan mask is made using fresh ingredients like agave and ground coffee to exfoliate and brighten skin. The coffee grounds scrub away dryness leaving silky soft skin that smells like coffee. The caffeine in this mask also helps with new skin cell generation and anti-aging. You can use this mask all over your body, and it supposedly helps with cellulite too.

Lush BB Seaweed Mask

All of the winter exfoliating can leave skin feeling sensitive and raw, which is why I LOVE this soothing seaweed mask to help calm and restore skin. Each batch is made with seven pounds of nutrient-rich seaweed, plus aloe vera gel and rose absolute to soothe skin and honey and olive oil for intense hydration.


What are your favorite winter skin-care products? I’m always looking for something new to try!

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