20 Derm-Approved Cold-Weather Tips That Will Have You Covered From Top to Bottom

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When the temperature drops, it’s time to reassess your skin-care routine. Depending on your skin and your surroundings, winter may mean switching to a gentler cleanser, heavier moisturizer, or intensive lip balm. To help, Omaha, NE dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD shared 20 of his favorite cold-weather skin remedies for the hair, face, lips, and body.

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Best For: A Two-in-One Hydrating Hair Solution

Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream ($34)

This multitasking styling cream is the ultimate time-saver, both hydrating and smoothing hair to create a luxurious, frizz-free texture. It leaves behind a lightweight, gentle hold, a far cry from sticky or heavy hair products. To use, apply to damp or dry hair before styling. 

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Best For: Soothing a Dry Scalp

derma e Scalp Relief Shampoo and Conditioner ($12)

“Dry scalp is a common condition in the winter, but it can be relieved with consistent care,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “These clinically-tested formulas calm the skin while hydrating the hair from the root to the tip.” The range has both shampoo and conditioner, so your full hair routine can aid in the hydrating and healing of a dry scalp.

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Best For: Nourishing Thick, Curly, or Coarse Hair Texture

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque ($45)

Just like skin, cold winter temperatures can dry out hair. This intensive hair mask helps hydrate both the hair and scalp, which means fewer side effects of dryness like frizz or scalp irritation.

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Best For: Illuminating and Tightening

Neocutis Lumiere Firm Riche Extra Moisturizing Illuminating & Tightening Eye Cream ($118)

Just as the name suggests, this eye cream is aimed at brightening dark under-eye circles and firming up bags. “Our customers love this formula,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “It combines two of Neocutis’ bestselling peptide and growth factor technologies into one, allowing it to firm, nourish, smooth and brighten the eye contour. Plus, there’s a regular and an ultra-hydrating version, making it great for all skin types.”

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Best For: Three-in-One Multitasking

LovelySkin LUXE Brightening Eye Cream ($90)

LovelySkin’s in-house eye cream is formulated to brighten, tighten, and de-puff dark circles. Thanks to active ingredients like horse chestnut acid, peptides and hyaluronic acid, it improves the look of dark circles both immediately and over time.

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Best For: Intensely Hydrating and Restoring Anti-Aging Defenses

Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye ($228)

This ultra-rich eye cream is formulated to improve signs of aging, such as lines and uneven skin texture, while protecting from the environmental damage that can age skin even further. LovelySkin customers return to this time and time again, including one reviewer who has used it for  several years and calls this eye cream “special and one of the best.”

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Best For: Fast Fix for Dry, Cracked Lips

FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Healing Lip Balm – Vanilla ($11)

It’s a family affair for this affordable lip balm, which was developed by Dr. Schlessinger’s son—and fellow doctor—Daniel Schlessinger, MD. “Daniel came up with this great idea when he was 12 and we developed it together,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “It’s such a relief during the winter months and for those who tend to have irritated lips or other parts of the body such as fingertips or eyelids. It’s more than a moisturizing lip balm because it actually heals skin damage with 1-percent hydrocortisone. Plus, it doesn’t melt in your purse or pocket.”

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Best For: Extending the Life of Lip Filler

Revision Skincare YouthFull Lip Replenisher ($35)

This hydrating, anti-aging lip balm has the added side effect of plumping, thanks to a proprietary Revision Skincare complex. It will nourish dry lips and help temporarily fill fine lines for anyone with or without lip filler, but the bonus plumping action makes it serve especially well for those looking to wait a few more weeks before heading back to the dermatologist.

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Best For: Luxurious Hydration for Thirsty Skin

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Anti-Aging Cream ($128)

“This is a product I’d recommend for patients who consistently struggle with dryness, or someone who is experiencing unusually dry skin in the winter months,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “Not only does it lock in moisture, but it also provides a variety of anti-aging benefits that make it more than a moisturizer.” It hydrates by restoring the moisture barrier, thanks to a proprietary blend of pure ceramides, natural cholesterol and fatty acids.

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Best For: A Do-it-All Solution

DefenAge 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream ($95)

This barrier-healing moisturizer harnesses the brightening and protective power of antioxidants in cranberry and rosemary extracts, and combines them with hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing niacinamide and plumping peptides. Layer it on as the second-to-last step (before sunscreen!) for an all-around anti-aging skin-care routine.


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Best For: A Hyaluronic Acid Boost

TEOXANE RHA Advanced Age Defense Cream – Dry Skin ($120)

“Hyaluronic acid has become a staple ingredient whether it’s being used as a filler or a component in topicals like TEOXANE’s RHA Advanced Age Defense Cream,” explains Dr. Schlessinger. “TEOXANE  has a unique hyaluronic acid formulation and therefore offers the richest concentration of hyaluronic acid on the market.” This nourishing cream will send dry or dehydrated skin on its way to dewiness.  

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Best For: Soothing While You Cleanse

LovelySkin LUXE Gentle Cream Cleanser ($40)

This gentle cleanser is formulated specifically for dry or sensitive skin, but the soothing formula works beautifully for any skin type in need of a little TLC. Formulated with mild ingredients like meadowfoam seed extract and olive oil extract, this creamy cleanser removes dirt and impurities without stripping skin.

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Best For: Plumping and Glowing the Organic Way

Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque with Hyaluronic Acid ($54)

Winter is the ideal season to settle into a masking routine, as cooler temperatures likely mean your skin will need some extra help staying hydrated. This mask, formulated with organic strawberry and rhubarb extracts and vegan-derived hyaluronic acid, will hydrate skin while helping to firm and plump.

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Best For: Instant, Deep Hydration

FOREO UFO Activated Mask H2Overdose ($20) and UFO 2 ($279)

When your skin can’t wait another second for moisture, opt for this 90-second facial treatment. The FOREO UFO provides light, massage and heat therapy for an at-home spa experience, helping to ensure the ingredients from whichever mask you choose (we recommend the H2Overdose) deeply penetrate into skin.

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Best For: Improving Moisture Retention

KYPRIS Glow Philtre Refining Mask for Illumination & Glow ($105)

“Adequate moisture and exfoliation are a must for glowing skin,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Featuring silver ear mushroom and pomegranate enzymes, this mask promotes a more radiant appearance by gently exfoliating and nourishing.

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Best For: Luxurious Plumping and Firming

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask ($85)

There’s actual 24-karat gold formulated into this mask, which helps to lift and firm skin. This mask is a great choice for those that enjoy a luxurious skin-care experience. Plus, it also contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin for a smoother, more plump appearance. The added bling makes this a great gift for the person in your life who’s just starting an anti-aging skin-care routine—or, of course, for yourself.

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Best For: Over-Washed or Over-Exposed Hands

Epionce Restorative Hand Cream ($20)

Between all of the pandemic-fueled hand-washing and winter wind, ‘tis the season for a solid hand cream. This rich formula from Epionce provides instant hydration to chapped hands while restoring the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent further damage. “Botanical science has been advanced by this line, which is formulated by one of the most respected dermatologists, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

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Best For: Battling Dry Tech-Neck

NeoStrata Skin Active Dermal Replenishment and Triple Firming Neck Cream Duo ($178)

Another side effect of this year? More time than ever staring down at your screen. That means your neck requires its own step in your skin-care routine. “I recommend this two-piece set because the NeoGlucosamine in the formula is so effective at strengthening skin’s underlying support matrix for results you can truly see,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

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Best For: Extra Love for Dry Patches

Replenix Heel, Knee & Elbow Rescue Ointment ($51)

According to Dr. Schlessinger, dry, cracked skin tends to appear this time of year, and exfoliation is the key to treating it. “I recommend this treatment ointment for patients who deal with chronically dry or cracked elbows or heels,” he says. “Plus, the glycolic acid and urea in the formula also makes this a good at-home treatment for treating psoriasis patches.”

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Best For: Luxurious, Intense Hydration

NassifMD Dermaceuticals Hydro-Screen Intense Hydration Face & Body Souffle ($39)

Facial products aren’t the only ones you should amp up when the temperature drops. This face and body soufflé is designed to give a nourishing hydration boost to skin anywhere on the body. LovelySkin is proud to be the first etailer to offer NassifMD Dermaceuticals!

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