Winter Face Moisturizers, Balms, and Treatments


Listed in order of penetration level, from lightweight to emollient.

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Watery Toner $17

This toner is super rich, feels like a liquid gel, hydrating, and best of all it smells devine. I’m holding on to this sample bottle to refill for my toiletry bag.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence $78

This one hasn’t been my favorites but it does get the job done for a hydrating essence. I’ve had more noticable results in less time with more inexpensive products.

P?rlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm $42

Lightweight hydrating balm, nice for layering but I’ve worn it alone many times. As much as I love it (and I really do) the price point is high for the size and type of product.

Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer $42

Lightweight moisturizer good for normal, combination, and sensitive skin. It does balance and since I prefer more moisture it typically leaves me wanting more moisture so I’m curious to see if it can handle dry skin.

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner $99

One of my favorite night time treatment creams for texture, lines, and evenness. When the serums won’t cut it I use treatment creams and wake up looking like a new girl. I’ve had this tube forever and cherish it like gold, my goal for early 2019 is to finish it so I can get another

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer $19

This one ranks high on my list and keeps my skin smooth and moisturized even on lazy nights when not layering. It’s the reliable face cream I recommend the most on this site.

Muji Sensitive Skin High Moisturizing Milk Lotion $10

A great affordable option for dry sensitive skin that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the face.

L’occitane Shea Face Comforting Oil $69

Rich soothing face oil good for parched sensitive skin

L’occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil $99

Rich anti aging oil that helps with elasticity, typically applied prior to cream moisturizers.

Badger Damascus Rose Beauty Balm $15

A super-emollient beauty balm that should be used sparingly and handles the driest of skins. Expect it to be heavy, that is the intent. I always make sure to use the smallest amount on damp nearly wet skin and only when needed.


InstaSkincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum $11

The internet told me I needed hyaluronic acid to help with moisture. My skin doesn’t care for it. I just don’t notice a difference in moisture or suppleness and layering is a must.

Uptown Cosmeceuticals Pro-A Retinol Night Serum $11

I’ve been buying this serum for a couple years but sadly the company is no longer around. I’ve found dupes that should work just fine, but I love how evens tone and texture while still being able to use other products to layer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream $34

I don’t go crazy with eye creams because I use moisturizers on the face, neck, and chest but I enjoy the hydration this one offers.

P?rlisse Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 $25

Haven’t been using sunscreen consistently because I wanted to test a few things but this one is my go-to and I like it.

Honorable mention (not photographed)

Steam treatments + creme sheet masks at the same damn time *mic drop*

The most noticeable change in my skin during winter is lack of hydration and oil. Between the crisp cold air, wind, then the dry heat from the heater my skin can’t catch a break. For the most part my skin care collection is stocked with the necessities. When winter hits I only have to make a couple adjustments other than changing switching from Witch Hazel to essences and gel toners; layer and cocktail. I’ll apply a water balm fresh out the shower, moisturize my body, then apply my serum, face oil, then cream moisturizer. When the temperatures are warmer I don’t have to layer nearly as often and can skip oils and heavier moisturizers.

The key is paying attention to your skin and adjusting with it instead of simply adjusting with the season or using the same type of moisturizer all season. You should begin to tell when your skin needs more moisture and when you’re overdoing it and adjust accordingly. It’s also important to recognize when your skin needs water/ hydration or moisture/ oil. Pay attention to your diet, get in that mirror, glide your fingers across your face, and get feel for what’s missing to figure out what’s needed. Still stuck? You might want to visit a site like this skincareskills page to check out a few more examples of moisturizers!

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