Thanks to the near-freezing temps, dry office heating systems, and snowstorm threats hanging over our heads, the brutal winter weather is certainly taking its toll on our complexions. We asked each of our beauty editors to reveal the skincare staples they've been clinging to for hydration—from luxe cleansing oils to face creams that are actually magic. Scroll down to find out what we'll be relying on all winter long.
1. Selene Milano, InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor
"I am obsessed with the brand new Purifying Cleansing Oil from Tom Ford ($80; nordstrom.com). After a day exposed to the harsh winter elements in NYC, I slather this on, and after splashing it off with water my skin is soft and hydrated. And it leaves me without a trace of makeup!"
2. Maura Lynch, InStyle Senior Beauty Editor
"I use Weleda Skin Food ($13; target.com) on everything—rough patches on my arms, parched knuckles, and I even slather it all over my face at night if my skin feels extra dry. I would bathe in it if I could."
3. Sheryl George, InStyle Beauty Editor
My skin tends to get super dry and tight when the weather dips so I’m all about layering. First, I apply a hyaluronic acid serum to helps draw water to my skin, I’m currently using Pestle and Mortar’s silky version ($69; pestleandmortar.com). Then I put on my sunscreen, which also contains antioxidants to help protect against sun damage (yes, rays are strong even in winter). I use La Roche-Posay Antheliox AOX ($43; target.com). If my skin is looking flakey, I’ll also apply a drop of face oil to any dry patches; this blend by Arya Essentials ($95; aryaessentials.com) helps boost collagen so I get some anti-aging benefits, too.
4. Dianna Mazzone, InStyle Beauty Assistant
Though my forehead often feels dry as a bone, my t-zone is notoriously oily, even in the winter. So, I tend to approach thick creams with a healthy degree of trepidation. That said, I’m thrilled I gave Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream ($100; nordstrom.com) a shot. What looks in the jar to be a rich, oil-laden formula is actually a surprisingly lightweight blend that plumps up my skin in seconds. (I have a combo of collagen-stimulating peptides and moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid to thank for that.) Most importantly, it does it all without leaving behind a greasy cast—a magic cream, indeed.
5. Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor
"My skin still breaks out like I'm a 15-year-old, so I prefer to do light layers of product over a super-heavy cream. Right after washing my face, I'll apply a small amount of SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence ($99; sephora.com) all over my face—the potent essence uses Pitera as an active ingredient for ample hydration while kick-starting the repair process. I'll follow with a few drops of Dior's Capture Totale Nurturing Oil Serum ($165; nordstrom.com), which caters to both my Dorian Grey complex for preventative anti-aging and need for moisture, and top everything off with two to three pumps of Nip + Fab's Kale Fix Moisturizer ($16; ulta.com)."
6. Alexis Bennett, InStyle.com Beauty Freelance
"Oils are a must in order to keep my skin from cracking like an alligator during the winter. Every evening after showering I layer on a combination of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil ($10; walmart.com) and Bio Oil ($15; walgreens.com) from head to toe. I love how both formulas lock in moisture while also improving my skin’s texture as I catch up on my beauty rest."