The holidays are here, and with them come celebrations, overeating and what can only be described as a full-on freakout of your skin. From redness to dryness and everything in between, if your complexion is calling for some help, reach for one of these winter skin saviors.
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Avene Antirougeurs Day Redness-Relief Soothing Cream SPF 25 ($36)
It’s green-tinted and has the very amazing advantage of containing SPF. As an added advantage, it actually has the ability to minimize swelling and the appearance of capillaries, making it perfect if your problems go beyond redness.
bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne Clearing Treatment Serum ($42)
The brand may be known for makeup, but its new line of serums is super targeted and super powerful. The Blemish Remedy is amazing for acne-prone skin, plus just about anyone who is experiencing oily spots or redness.
Allies of Skin Molecular Savior Toning Mist ($55)
This delicately rose-scented spray is alcohol-free, won’t clog pores and you can spritz it on your face whenever it’s in need of a little soothing. (Bonus: It smells so good, you’ll probably want to consider wearing it as a perfume.)
Elemental Herbology Cell Nourish Radiance and Vitality Serum ($84)
A powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and proteins, this lightweight serum does so much—soothes, calms, restores, softens, improves texture, reduces pigmentation, stimulates collagen, restores radiance—that you’ll honestly debate if you ever need anything else.
Yes To Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask ($3)
This relaxing paper mask is like a $3 ticket to a legit spa experience. Soothing cucumber extracts help calm even the most sensitive skin types, while it also does the very difficult task of reducing puffiness.
Florapy Beauty Even Skin Tone Mask ($38 for a five pack)
Another sheet mask on the list, this one utilizes flower essences and aromatherapy to gently tackle dark spots as it softens and hydrates.
Éminence Organic Skin Care Calm Skin Arnica Masque ($54)
The main ingredients of marigold oil and arnica in this soothing mask actually have the ability to reduce the appearance of not only redness and irritation, but also more severe conditions like rosacea.
Grown Alchemist Tinted Hydra-Repair Day Cream ($50)
Doing the almost impossible task of imparting a natural-looking sun-kissed glow all while covering redness, this super hydrating cream goes on lightweight, doesn’t get oily and makes makeup look better.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum ($54)
Think of this comforting gel as a sturdy shield for your skin. Its powerful botanicals protect and calm, aloe soothes and the always-classic duo of cucumber and chamomile provide relief to the most compromised skin barriers.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($60)
Balanced, hydrated and healthy are words that will best describe your skin after using this thick cream. It’s not heavy or greasy, but it definitely does a serious number when it comes to delivering intense hydration.
Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve ($26)
This skin-transforming solution should be required for anyone entering the winter months. It works really well on dry hands, dry cuticles and basically anywhere where you have dry skin—you can even apply it to those often-chapped areas like around your nose without the risk of breakouts.
Natura Bissé S.O.S. Instant Rescue ($125)
It has a really luxe formula that is really effective, but what we like best about this serum is the fact that it works on contact against pretty much every skin irritation, especially those hard-to-treat dry patches.
JASON Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser Towelettes ($6 for 30)
The whole line is suitable for sensitive skin and prides itself on “simplicity;” the travel-friendly towelettes really remove dirt, makeup and oil, yet never make skin red or irritated.
PCA Skin Dual Action Redness Relief ($114)
One of the newest launches from the always-powerful line, this corrective treatment reduces redness right away, as it provides long-term relief for even the most sensitive skin.
Restorsea Pro Rebalancing Lotion ($150)
If blotchiness is more your big problem, try this available-by-physicians-only lightweight lotion that delivers calmer, more radiant, glowing skin.
Senté Dermal Repair Cream ($170)
Another physician’s office–only pick, this hydrating cream was made specifically to be used post-dermatological procedures (think IPL, lasers, chemical peels, skin tightening and injectables) but its non-fragrance formula works particularly on anyone who experiences chronic redness.
SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair ($72)
Another winter-skin standby, this reparative treatment is specifically formulated to support skin’s natural barrier function.
Sonage Vitality Nourshing Facial Oil ($40)
Ten floral and botanical oils make up this non-comedongenic, natural oil (the company says it has a low Green Rating of 2 by the EWG) that’s intended for really stressed-out complexions.
Captain Blankenship Aloe & Rose Toner ($24)
This organic toner works really well in the summer on hot days where your skin needs to cool off; break it back out in the winter when you need a touch of dewy and soothing hydration.
Fig + Yarrow Yarrow Buttercream ($20)
It’s definitely on the rich side, but when you apply this yellow-colored cream to your body, face or hands, you can pretty much bet your dryness will be gone within the day.
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