A Routine for Glowy, Healthy Skin,
All Winter Long
Fresh, glowy skin is harder to maintain when it’s cold, dry, or both. Coddling your skin—making a serious, regular routine out of it—is the not-so-torturous way back. Just as when we’re breaking out, it’s tempting to try to zap the problem and move on, but a steady rhythm, day in and day out, is the only way to make a lasting difference—for luminous, dewy, soft skin that, as a side benefit, rarely needs much makeup. Here, a routine packed with dry-skin miracle treatments we love:
Always. Be. Moisturizing. If you think of luxuriating in regular round of creams, balms, and oils—as opposed to enduring a chore or fighting with your skin—you’ll do it more often, enjoy it, and all of that will show in your skin.
8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil
This incredible balm is one of the more magical moisturizers we’ve ever used. It’s amazing used all over the face but also for dry spots anywhere—on hair, lips, etc.—simply warm it between your palms and smooth on. Made with rejuvenating ingredients like amla berry (found in India and a source of vitamin C), tangerine oil, geranium and lavender essential oils, and evening primrose, it’s deeply hydrating and melts right into skin, leaving you with a dewy glow.
Clean, nontoxic skin care makes an enormous difference for dry skin—the fragrances (even in so-called “fragrance-free” products), preservatives, and other synthetic ingredients common in conventional skin care include serious irritants, which compromise skin and make it far more vulnerable.
Water counterintuitively dries skin out, so cleansers made with emollient oils and butters are key.
goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleanser
goop, $90/$80 with subscription
Winner of Allure’s prestigious Best of Beauty Award, our Luminous Melting Cleanser sinks luxuriously into skin to remove dirt and makeup, leaving it incredibly moisturized, soft, and glowing. This sumptuous blend of almond, olive and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as jojoba and sunflower gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses.
Combining super-hydrating ingredients with calming ones helps maintain a healthy glow, even in sensitive skin.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon
This deeply luxurious, miracle-working pale-blue balm coddles dry, delicate skin and feels incredible on. Intensely moisturizing, it melts into skin and calms, nourishes, and softens with a concoction of blue tansy, botanicals, and oils. Created by reactive-skin-sufferer/former model/gorgeous-skin-guru May Lindstrom, the glacial-blue formula is as gorgeous as it is effective.
Topical vitamin C gives your skin a shot of brightening resilience every morning.
True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster
This brilliant bottle is pure powdered vitamin C—which, added into your daily serum treatment, brightens and evens, leaving the skin looking noticeably healthy and supple. Because vitamin C degrades in water, even preservative-packed formulas don’t stay effective for long; this brilliant supercharged powder, however, remains potent until you mix it with water or moisturizer (it’s truly amazing combined with the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW). It’s also fantastic for travel—but the real reason to use it is the (serious) results: Healthier-looking skin that’s impossibly glowy.
Mineral sun protection actually helps moisturize; think of it as a more-critical layer than even face cream (on the other hand, chemical sunscreens, the kind used in most conventional “daily” moisturizers, are among the most powerful known irritants in the beauty industry).
Coola Unscented Matte Face Tint SPF 30
Coola’s Matte Tint SPF 30 has the freakiest (and coolest) feel ever: It goes on like foam dust, leaving nary a trace behind. It has a very sheer universal tint and matte finish that hides imperfections and evens skin tone, too, meaning it’s kind of magic in a bottle.
A thick, rich face cream that sinks right into skin is one of those luxuries that makes sticking to a routine about 1,000 times easier.
Lavido Age Away Hydrating Cream
The secret ingredient in this moisturizing formula is cold-pressed evening primrose oil. It’s designed to target lines and overall dullness, refreshing and revitalizing skin. The results are visible to the naked eye, and it’s gentle enough to use morning and night.