It’s easy to wax poetic about winter. Wool sweaters and fireplaces, hot chocolate and spiced cider, sleigh riding and skiing and all those other cold weather activities that, from a distance, seem oh, so delightful: they all come together to make a beautiful, idyllic mental image of what winter could be like, at least in perfect world. Sadly, though, that’s not usually how things work out. Instead, we’re forced to face the cold, harsh reality of the season: that it consists mostly of frigid winds whipping at our faces, wintry mix raining down far more frequently than snow, and the unpredictable, inconsistent torment that is the workplace heating system. Likewise, you’re going to need a little supplemental help to get through it all—particularly in the skincare department. And so, we’ve made a list of all the products your face will need to survive the period between December and April.
A Heavy-Duty Moisturizer
With everything from the elements to your radiator sapping your face of moisture, the most important thing you can do all winter is apply a strong-ass hydrator on the daily. One solid option: this Ursa Major cream, formulated extra-rich to soothe over-taxed skin.
A Splash of Serum
When the season’s taken an especially big toll on your skin, don’t stop at moisturizer to get things back in working order. Supercharge your skincare with something a little more potent, i.e. a vitamin-packed serum such as this one by Aesop.
A No-Nonsense Exfoliator
Harsh conditions lead to dry skin. Dry skin leads to dead skin cells. Dead skin cells lead to your face looking like crap, if you’re not careful. Smooth over that last step with a solid exfoliator, designed to file away debris, keeping skin looking so fresh and so clean, clean. This hearty bar by Anthony is just that.
A Gentle—But Thorough—Cleanser
The fact is that your face is going to face a lot this season. And whether that comes in the form of a runny nose, or slush splashed by a passing car, you’re going to need a daily cleanser that’s capable of cleaning away the residue without robbing your face of precious moisture.