Okay, I’m not going to lie: Summer isn’t over yet, judging by how much I was sweating on my way to work this morning. But I feel colder weather on the horizon. The mornings aren’t warm and humid anymore; instead, there’s a distinct chill in the air that hints at what’s to come. What’s to come is one of my favorite seasons: Fall. It means I can wear tights with everything again, buy pumpkin spice lattes while pretending to hate them, and get my skin prepped for a hellish few months ahead.
What do I mean by that? Well, when it gets colder out, the air gets drier as well. That dryness can reek havoc on your skin, making it a lot more dry and sensitive than usual. As someone with pretty oily skin, you’d think that this wouldn’t really be much of a problem for me. Well, guess what: It is. And if your skin is already dry? Watch out. None of us are safe from the effects of cold weather. But you can prevent your skin from crying out in agony if you incorporate super hydrating and moisturizing skincare products into your routine. Not only will it keep flakiness and tightness at bay, but the more hydrated your skin is, the better it looks. Seriously, regardless of your skin type, don’t skimp on the moisture! If you want a good place to start on your road to plump, moist skin, check out these 17 life-changing skincare products for great skin. From moisturizers and masks, to lotions and body oils, we’ve got you covered.
1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Hyaluronic acid is a skincare darling right now, but it’s not just hype. Hyaluronic acid absorbs moisture from the air around you to help hydrate your skin and keep it looking and feeling moist, plump, and soft. The problem is that a lot of companies are charging you an arm and a leg for a lil’ hyaluronic acid in their moisturizers, and it’s absolutely bonkers. Save some coin and cop this Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer at a fraction of the cost of a comparable product from Sephora.
2. TONYMOLY I’m Real Mask Sheet in Aloe
If you want a cheap solution to some of your skin woes, I always suggest a Korean sheet mask. While I love a good snail mask (Korean beauty, man, it’s amazing), an aloe mask like this one by TONYMOLY gets the job done too. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and keep it movin’.
3. Dr. Jart Ceramidin Gel-Cream
Okay, I try all kinds of moisturizers, and I still always come back to this one in the end. This Dr. Jart moisturizer is full of ceramidin, which helps restore the skin’s natural oil barrier. If you have dehydrated skin, that should be music to your ears. It’s ultra moisturizing without feeling heavy, and the gel-cream texture makes my acne-prone skin happy because it doesn’t feel too tacky or thick. I recommend to people of any skin type…it’s that good.
4. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
You know that hyaluronic acid I was just talking about? Yeah, you can cop it for an absolute steal–less than $7!–from The Ordinary. Apply it solo to your skin after cleansing and before moisturizing, or just add it to your favorite moisturizer.
5. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer
You might associate Tarte with makeup more than skincare, but don’t sleep on this moisturizer. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid (I told you it was in these days) and the gel-like texture is very skin friendly. Maybe think about copping this instead of another foundation.
6. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant sells some really amazing products, and this moisturizer is one of the most popular. This moisturizer is thick and rich with loads of oils, but isn’t super heavy-feeling or greasy. Plus, based on the reviews, even people with oily skin report that the moisturizer is killer, especially in colder months when your skin needs a little extra help.
7. REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask
This is going to be your holy grail mask if you have sensitive skin. REN’s Evercalm mask reduces irritation and redness and can even help out if you have rosacea. Opt for this when your skin feels out of wack and needs to recalibrate.
8. Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
So here’s the problem with some of the most popular physical exfoliants: They’re too damn harsh! Yes, I’m looking at you, St. Ives Apricot Scrub. You don’t need to rub rough, massive beads on your skin to get rid of dead skin. That’s where a fine powder like Tatcha’s comes in: It exfoliates your skin without causing micro-tears. Your skin will thank you, seriously.
9. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
People are obsessed with this rose hip seed oil by The Ordinary. It’s super affordable and can be used on your skin or your hair. If you experience any flaky skin–especially around your nose–you’ll want to dab a little of this onto your skin or mix it in with your favorite moisturizer.
10. Aquaphor Healing Ointment for Dry, Cracked or Irritated Skin
This is a classic…because it effing works. Aquaphor is perfect when your skin is so dry that it looks like snake scales (and we’ve all been there, right?). It’s also great for chapped lips, which are a huge problem for me every time the weather gets a little more dry. Dab a little of this wherever you need it, and you’re set.
11. Fresh Rose Face Mask
Again, I have oily skin, but given the fact that my acne products are so drying, I have to reach for a solid mask every now and then. Lately, I’ve been reaching for my sample of Fresh Rose Face Mask. It’s light, but it really packs a punch. After I rinse my face, my skin immediately feels refreshed and hydrated without feeling heavy.
12. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter
Yes, you can buy plenty of lotions that get the job done for a much lower price. You should absolutely have those on deck. But, not gonna lie, this Josie Maran body butter is next level amazing and is a great little splurge if you have a super dry arms and legs. It comes in a ton of different scents (including unscented) and it feels like heaven.Get your fill of shea butter, argan oil, and more in this amazing product without the grease. Yes, that’s right, it’s not greasy. Like, at all.
13. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
CeraVe is a cult favorite among skincare addicts: It’s dermatologist approved, affordable, and gets the job done. If you’re looking for a good cleanser–especially if you have acne prone skin–that isn’t too drying, give their hydrating cleanser a shot.
14. Dr Jart Hydration Lover Rubber Mask
Yes, they look creepy AF, but I swear by these Dr. Jart rubber masks. It’s like using a sheet mask but a billion times better, because the rubbery mask helps prevent the product from evaporating as quickly. You place the little pod of serum all over your skin, then you put this rubber-like mask on top and chill for at least 30 minutes. Your skin will feel amazingly moist and soft to the touch afterwards.
15. Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil
Don’t be afraid to oil cleanse, even if you have acne prone or oily skin. Oil cleanses like this Boscia one are super popular because they remove makeup, dirt, and grime, but keep the skin hydrated. It’s not going to strip your skin of vital oils like a harsher cleanser will. Oh, and when you rinse, your skin won’t feel oily, we promise. But if you’re super concerned, incorporate it into a double cleansing routine instead: Remove makeup with this oil cleanser and then follow up with a super gentle non-oil cleanser.
16. Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater
This product is so handy and easy to use. Just a few spritzes on your face when you think it can use a hydro boost, and you’re good to go. Plus, it’s super cheap.
17. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
If you’re made of money (or you’ve saved up enough of it to splurge on a singular beauty item), you might want to bite the bullet and check out Sunday Riley’s iconic Luna Sleeping Night Oil. It’ll help make your skin look more plump and it reduces dryness and dullness. So, again, if you want to splurge, give it a whirl. Your wallet will probably regret it, but your skin won’t.
What skincare product do you swear by when it gets colder outside? Tell us in the comments!