17 Best Beauty Products to Help You Thrive During Winter


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Winter may feel like the perfect time to hibernate, but sleep on skincare all winter and you’ll be disappointed when the weather turns to spring. Invest in restorative, relaxing balms, reinvigorating and comfortable scents, and keep family off your case at holiday gatherings with an effortless glow.

Restore skin’s moisture and rebuild defensive barriers against harsh, dry winter air with this updated version of Drunk Elephant’s 2016 Allure award winning moisturizer. Rich without leaving a greasy residue, Lala Retro Whipped moisturizer is like a creamy dessert for your skin; indulgent and comfortable to sink into after a tough day battling the elements. With antioxidant ceramides, it smooths and restores uneven facial texture without clogging pores, but is effective enough to apply to problem dry areas like knees and elbows.

Bright citrus and florals have their place, but winter demands a comforting scent. Tobacco Vanille, by Tom Ford, fits the bill. The scent brings to mind an English club; tobacco flower is a decadent feature with a heavy presence, like well-worn leather boots and a wool scarf, before cocoa and tonka bean round and soften the edges. A truly unisex scent, it’s perfect for spending a day indoors curled up in an oversized leather recliner, reading a favorite book by a fireplace, and avoiding the harsh weather.

Switch from drying cleansers to this nourishing cleansing balm. Removes makeup and buildup without stripping away all your skin’s natural oils. Dries clean and non-greasy, leaving skin soft and hydrated. Great at fighting patchy dryness and uneven texture, with immune boosting echinacea.

A gentle full body moisturizer with an addictive scent, wearing any Jo Malone body cremé seems to guarantee compliments, but only the Sage and Sea Salt seems to bring to mind sitting around a driftwood bonfire as the salt spray wafts past.

Prevent dry winter air from damaging delicate facial skin with this replenishing hydrator. Keeps skin plump, firmed, and healthy, and mixes easily into cream foundations or BB cream formulations, making it part of an effortless, smoothing base layer.

Blending rose water and rose oil, this gentle toner follows up after cleanser for one-two skin repair and restoration punch. Soothing and smoothing, all the benefits of a toner without drying or tightening skin. Prepares skin for moisturizer, guaranteeing smooth application and even absorption.

Fight frizz and flyaways with Olaplex’s strengthening and protecting shampoo. Perfect for delicate, damaged, or color-treated hair, No4 prevents breakage and restores flyaways for a smooth, glossy look.

Evade suspicion with Nars Radiant concealer. Whether you’ve pulled all-nighters studying for finals, or pulled all-nighters without studying for finals, avoid uncomfortable holiday table discussions with this discrete concealer. Keep mom’s worrying, and your under-eye bags, at bay for Black Friday shopping and beyond.

A perfect sized travel mini for surviving the winter months, slip Kiehl’s Ultimate Hand Salve into a purse pocket and have a restorative balm on hand every time you need it. Great for anyone who has to work outside in brutal winter weather, or has a job where hands are constantly being washed, and noticed, like bartenders, musicians, or nurses.

Restore, repair, and protect against future damage with this once a week hair mask. An Allure readers choice award winner, 90% of reviewers said they would use this hair mask again. It also earns the “Clean” grade at Sephora, meaning it’s formulated without: Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, or triclocarban.

Your facial hair protects your face; shouldn’t you be protecting your facial hair? With Avocado and Eucalyptus oils, you’ll have nourished, hydrated hair and skin. Salycilic acid and peppermint essential oils gently exfoliate and prevent buildup, keeping hair dandruff free and happy to be touched.

When holiday parties seem to strike every weekend, be prepared for a crowd at the drop of a hat with these mini nail polishes from Sephora’s in house collection. Choose a glittery gold for popping champagne, a lustrous red for Christmas close-ups, or a romantic rose for Valentines’ Day dates.

Cleanse, exfoliate, and resurface skin on the go with these two-sided face wipes. Perfect for keeping in an overnight bag or purse, they guarantee you’ll never go to sleep with a day’s worth of sweat, grime, and buildup again. The textured exfoliating side is perfect for those with persistent skin issues that need a little extra attention at the end of the day.

The problem; you don’t want to get out of a hot shower and face the cold, cold world, but all that hot water isn’t doing your winter-dry skin any favors. The solution; a lightweight moisturizer that’s full of powerful hyaluronic acid and pineapple extracts. Renew and restore battered skin with this ultra-hydrating formula, and resurface and restore dull, dry skin to a healthy glow.

If your summer foundation looks far out of place on a lighter winter complexion, find your new perfect match with Pro Filt’r by Fenty Beauty. With 40 different shades, your perfect match is waiting, and this soft, matte longwear layers perfectly. Reviewers find that using a blender like this instead of a brush eliminates streaks and lines, leaving you with a perfectly even base.


Even when you’re bundled up under layers you still have to face the world, so put your best face forward. Mix and match to find the best lashes ever with this deluxe mascara sampler. Find the best solution for your dream lashes, whether you’re looking for volume, definition, or extreme curl, you’re sure to meet every need. Sample top brands like Tarte and Too Faced and find your next favorite.

Rich avocado oil keeps this cream lip stain long lasting and moisturizing for all day wear, even on delicate, winter exposed skin. With more than 80 available colors there’s a shade for every skin tone and every occasion, from matte nudes to metallic shining emerald.

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