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Beat ‘Dry January’ skin with moisturizers to survie winter


“Dry January” isn’t just about the booze. It’s time to put down the hard stuff and pick up a different sort of bottle this winter — a bottle of moisturizer to be specific.

With the onset of the coldest months of the year, your skin and hair can take a beating.

The weather outside is increasingly frigid, and chances are the dry air circulating in your locked-down apartment isn’t doing your skin any favors, either.

Dry skin can affect your whole body, from chapped lips to cracked heals — so luckily there are skincare products out there that can help from head to toe.

To help support soft and well cared for skin in 2021, check out the remedies below, ranging from face masks (the spa kind, not the pandemic ones) to steamers and creams to bring a dewy glow back to your face in the new year.

A tub of Olay face cream
Olay

Just because the summer sun is gone for a while doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need some extra love and SPF in the winter.

Olay Regenerist Whip is a super light face moisturizer that incorporates some high powered sun protection, too. With SPF 25, apply everyday to face and neck to fight back against the dry winter and the harsh sun at the same time.

A small tube of face cream
Strange Bird

There’s nothing strange about wanting to have the softest skin around, even in January.

From skincare company Strange Bird, find your inner light with their moisturizer, formulated with hyaluronic acid as well as camellia and jojoba oils. To use, gently press into the skin on your face and neck, taking care to be gentle under the eye areas as well.

Model Emily Ratajkowski in a sheet mask
Loops Beauty

Dry skin can make anyone loopy. Let super model and actress Emily Ratajkowski help, one mask at a time.

Loops, sold in sets of five, are ultra-hydrating face masks made to detox, brighten, calm or just add some glow to dry and damaged skin. Before bed, check out the Night Shift pack, to pack in moisture before hitting the hay. Or, for those who can’t pick just one, there is a variety pack with your name on it.

A bottle of skin serum and a straight razor
Stacked Skincare

When fighting back against dry skin, you need a stacked arsenal.

StackedSkincare is here to help with a bundle: The set of two products, a hydrating serum and dermaplaning tool, works together to create a soft, hydrated canvas for you to apply makeup on, or wear a proudly bare fresh face.

To use, first take the tool and comb over your face in a downward motion, removing peach fuzz and dead skin. Then, finish up with the serum, applying wherever you used the dermaplaning tool to soothe and repair skin.

A white tube of ESPA skincare tanning lotion
ESPA Skincare

You need never let your summer tan fade away again, especially in the name of dry skin. Tackle both problems with one solution from ESPA — a gradual tanning lotion that doubles as a body moisturizer.

“A deeply nourishing body moisturizer to develop a healthy-looking skin. Leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and looking naturally bronzed. Plant Melanin works with tan accelerating DHA to create an even, longer lasting glow. Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil nourish and hydrate, while Jasmine, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang delicately scent the skin,” explains the product page.

Yellow products on a yellow table
Sephora

Why just hydrate skin once or twice a day when you can protect it from drying out 24-7 with products from Ceramidin?

The main cream on everyone’s minds (and faces) is the facial cream, formulated with 5-Cera Complex, creating a shield against water and moisture loss. It’s made to last all day with just one application, so apply and embrace the day knowing your hydration isn’t going anywhere, even in the winter.

A vial of Glossier skin serum
Glossier

If you have enough lotions and want to try something new to boost your skin’s glow and hydration, check out Super Bounce serum from Glossier.

The queen of simple, clean beauty, Glossier’s formula combines 2% hyaluronic acid complex with pro-vitamin B5, to give your skin the glow of summer, even in the colder half of the year.

“Three molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid pull moisture deep into the skin (and keep it there) to instantly smooth the skin’s surface. Pro-Vitamin B5 promotes long-term hydration and healthy looking skin,” details the product page.

Hands pulling on two blue fuzzy socks over feet
Barefoot Scientist

Sock it to dry, cracked heals with these easy to use moisturizing socks from Barefoot Scientist.

The gel socks release an antioxidant-rich blend of shea butter, argan oil, rose oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E during the night, helping to repair dry feet overnight during your body’s nightly reset.

The best part: the socks can be used more than once, storing up to 12 times before it’s time for a new pair. They can even be hand-washed and dried between uses, and fit up to a women’s size 1`1 or a men’s size 9.

A Burt's Bees lip treatment
Burt’s Bees

Beat chapped lips naturally, using the power of Burt’s Bees.

When lip balm just won’t cut it, try their overnight intensive treatment, that uses natural emollients, waxes and oils to lock in moisture all night long so that you wake up refreshed and ready to start your day.

As always, the product is 100% natural, so the only thing you’ll need to worry about is what shade of lipstick to wear when you wake up with a smooth, hydrated canvas.

A green tube of Farmacy Beauty cleanser
Farmacy Beauty

No need to visit the pharmacy for hydrated skin, when you can check out Farmacy Beauty.

The whipped greens cleanser is a great way to wash away the day’s dirt and grime, without stripping it of the good oils that keep skin hydrated and soft. The formula is both soap-free and oil-free, and works to clean pores with a gentle papaya enzyme exfoliant without over-stripping the skin of its natural oils and sodium PCA to maintain hydration.

A pink tub of lotion from The Body Shop
The Body Shop

Restore moisture to your face with the shop that knows a thing or two about skin.

From The Body Shop, the vitamin E moisture cream comes highly recommended for all-encompassing hydration. Made for all skin types, the face cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid and raspberry seed oil, for a fast-absorbing and non-greasy feel and 48-hour moisture; all-day and then some.

A white and blue bottle of body wash from Lather
Lather

Lather up some suds and give your entire body the moisture it needs, working to hydrate at the same time as cleansing away dirt from the day.

From Lather, this body wash won’t strip your skin of the natural oils it needs while getting you clean. Instead, the combination of baobab seed and shea butter lock in moisture, leaving you smooth and soft from head to toe as you step out of the bath or shower.

“Baobab seed extract supports the skin’s barrier function to lock in moisture, while antioxidants defend against free radical damage. Shea butter hydrates the skin, leaving it clean, soft and revitalized,” explains the site.

As an added bonus, the company uses baobab seeds harvested by South African women and supporting the non-profit Baobab Guardians Programme, to protect the worker’s livelihoods, the trees themselves, and your skin, all in the same bottle of body wash.

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