Beauty

A Winter Checklist for Dry Skin

Written by: the Editors of goop

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Published on: December 15, 2022

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Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Mazzega/The Licensing Project

Skin does not love winter—it’s cold, dry, and often windy outside and hot, dry, and, even more than other times of year, stressful inside. But a great routine leaves your skin dewy, fresh, and glowing, no matter your skin type, your age, or (really) the weather. Here, our best tips for creating your ultimate regimen: We chose from only-clean skin-care products (goop has some of the toughest standards in the industry), then tested them rigorously (the goop beauty department is made up of women of varied ages, races, and tastes). Bonus: We’ve added routines by age, too.

Best Dry-Skin Strategies for Winter

1

Counterintuitively, exfoliating helps.

Dull winter skin—no matter what skin type—benefits from regular gentle exfoliation. Exfoliating helps active serums and moisturizers melt right in, so skin looks instantly brighter and more luminous.

  1. Every Morning

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
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  2. In the Shower

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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  3. Overnight

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk goop, $98/$89 with subscription
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2

Cleanse and nourish at the same time.

The aim is to dissolve grime and pore-clogging residue while lavishing your skin’s moisture barrier with hydration and nourishment; even sensitive skin needs this step.

  1. Balm

    True Botanicals Ginger Turmeric Cleansing Balm
    True Botanicals Ginger Turmeric Cleansing Balm goop, $48
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  2. Whipped Cold Cream

    Alpyn Beauty Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser
    Alpyn Beauty Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser goop, $39
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  3. Oil

    Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
    Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser goop, $88
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3

Active treatments can also fight dryness.

Nourish skin with powerful ingredients that can really move the needle in terms of how your complexion looks, feels, and holds up against harsh weather.

  1. Peptides and Ceramides

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream
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  2. Antioxidant Resveratrol and Algae

    MACRENE actives High Performance Face Serum
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  3. Fatty Acids and Bader’s Proprietary TFC8 Complex

    Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
    Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream goop, $280
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4

Bring in the heavy artillery.

Sometimes you really need a full-on moisture bomb.

  1. Rich

    Monastery Made Attar Floral Concentrate Balm
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  2. Richer

    Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème
    Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème goop, $155
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  3. Almost an Ointment

    Surya Balancing Collagen Cream
    Surya Balancing Collagen Cream goop, $195
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5

Oil seals everything else in.

Massage it on as the last layer or blend two or three drops into face cream before applying—either way, oil helps fortify skin against the elements.

  1. Clinically Proven

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil goop, $98/$89 with subscription
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  2. Made Just for Winter

    de Mamiel Winter Face Oil
    de Mamiel Winter Facial Oil goop, $135
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  3. Oil-Meets-Balm

    Furtuna Skin Rinascita Delle Olive Replenishing Balm
    Furtuna Skin Rinascita Delle Olive Replenishing Balm goop, $225
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A Humidifier Really Helps

  1. No matter your skin type, using a humidifier—particularly while you sleep—can make a big difference in skin moisture levels. If you don’t have a humidifier, setting a big bowl of water out in the room can deliver a similar benefit.

    Vitruvi Cloud Humidifier
    vitruvi Cloud Humidifier goop, $229
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Don’t Forget:

  1. Your Lips

  2. Daily Cushiony Balm

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm Trio
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm Trio goop, $48
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  3. Overnight Remedy

    ILIA Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment Mask
    ILIA Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment Mask goop, $26
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  1. Your Body

  2. The Dry Brush Secret
    for Smoother Skin

    goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush
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  3. Dry Oil

    Seed to Skin The Serenity Time Defying Dry Body Oil
    Seed to Skin The Serenity Time Defying Dry Body Oil goop, $162
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  4. Firming

    Costa Brazil Oleo Para O Corpo Kaya Jungle Firming Oil
    Costa Brazil Oleo Para O Corpo Kaya Jungle Firming Oil goop, $98
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  5. Multitasking Body, Face,
    and Hair Oil

    LIHA Idan Oil
    LIHA Idan Oil goop, $55
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  6. Miracle Two-Step
    Body Routine

    goop Beauty The Feel Fantastic Naked Kit
    goop Beauty The Feel Fantastic Naked Kit goop, $67.20
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  7. Body Serum

    Sangre de Fruta Mille Fleurs Body Serum
    Sangre de Fruta Mille Fleurs Body Serum goop, $118
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  8. Perfume and Body Oil in One

    Balmyard Beauty Romantic Call Body, oil
    Balmyard Beauty Romantic Call Body oil goop, $82
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  1. Your Hair

  2. Shine-Boosting Preshampoo Serum

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum goop, $55/$44 with subscription
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  3. Deep(est) Conditioner

    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask
    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask goop, $58
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Find Your Best Routine by Age


How do we test clean beauty products at goop? First they have to pass our standards for clean (goop has some of the toughest standards in the industry). Only then do they make it to our editors’ showers, bathroom counters, and makeup bags, where they are rigorously hand-tested (and road-tested, if we happen to be going on a trip). The goop beauty department is made up of women of varied ages, races, and tastes—if we really love something, we’re pretty confident you’re going to love it, too.