My Favorite Skin Products to Live and Die By in Cold Weather


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Cold weather has a way of taking it out on your your skin, leaving it flaky, dry and parched. The worst is when you hop into your car before work, do a quick “check” in the rear-view mirror (we all do it) and to your dismay, the chilly air has already done it’s damage. Your cheeks feel like sandpaper and the pesky corners of your nose are already chapped.

To avoid this skin faux pas when you’re on the go, here are my favorite winter-ready skin products that will keep your face hydrated and healthy.

Skin Products for the Winter

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1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating at least once a week removes dead skin cells and helps other products, like your moisturizer, absorb into your skin. You can either use a buffer or an exfoliator to gently slough off dead skin cells and get that polished glow. I love the Mia 2 by Clarisonic—it’s a splurge, but worth every penny.

2. Moisturize

Before applying moisturizer, keep the bathroom door shut. The humidity from the warm shower (FYI: hot waters dries out your skin)  helps lock in moisture, which is why it’s also best to apply lotion when you’re skin is still damp.

3. Hydrate

Treat yourself to a hydrating mask once a week to give your skin some much-need love. I currently adore Irish Moor Mud, an odorless mask that decongests and draws out all the icky dirt from a long week, replacing it with vitamins and fresh-looking skin.

4. Lip Care

As a notorious lip biter, my lips get especially chapped during the frosty season. To combat this, I swipe on some Champagne Cocktail lip balm. The plant oils and cocoa butters keep them soft without being greasy. Plus, the hint of sweet champagne doesn’t hurt.

5. Sunscreen

A common misconception is that since summer has passed, you can toss out your sunscreen. Don’t make this mistake: the sun’s rays are just as damaging as ever (especially if you’re exposed to snow glare). Protect yourself with sunscreen before you walk out the door, rain or shine, hot or cold.

I like BB cream by Dr. Brandt, since it doubles as foundation and sunscreen. Great for when I’m in a rush.



  • Bettina says:

    Thanks for these essentials guide Heidi. We’re having winter storm in our area here in NC and it’s really freaking cold! My lips are already chapped and my skin is far from smooth. Sometimes I think a lotion isn’t just enough.. So I’ll try the hydrating moisture so my skin won’t get dry and torched.

  • Arianne says:

    These things are exactly what I need in these cold weather. Thanks Heidi!

  • Susan Armstrong says:

    We really need to take care of our skin during this kind of weather. Mine’s not looking good lately, so I make sure I stay hydrated and use moisturizing cream for my face and body. I also tried the BB Cream from Dr. Brandt products which you suggested months ago. It’s really effective 🙂

  • margaret says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your skin care guide. No wonder you look flawless and glowing all the time even on the harshest weather. You are amazing!

  • Gabby says:

    Every girl needs to make sure that we stay hydrated all the time, both during cold and dry season. Thanks for always sharing with us these guide/ product ideas to help us deal with the changing weather 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this, I almost forgot about my chapped lips everytime the weather goes fierce. I need to go buy my fave lip balm and fix this.

  • Mikaela says:

    thanks for sharing these product suggestions, Heidi. I actually use Dr. Brandt BB Cream myself 🙂

  • Jade Collins says:

    It’s been getting old in our area too and I could use a reliable lip balm to fix my cracked lips. THanks for the suggestions 🙂

  • Irene Kira says:

    Thanks for the tip about using the moisturizer while keeping the bathroom door shut, I didn’t know about that. One would think someone as old as me should have known about it. Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Leigh says:

    Hmm, a champagne cocktail lip balm, haven’t tried that before. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tips and finds, Heidi!

  • Steffani says:

    I think I like that hydrating mask you’re suggesting, I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks for sharing all your beauty and healthcare tips!

  • Zeereena says:

    Thanks for these suggestions, I myself need those lip balms and hydrating creams to make sure my skin looks well and protected.

  • Princess Lea says:

    I can attest to LaMer’s effective moisturizing cream, it really helps make my skin hydrated and moisturized, so soft and smooth even while on the harshest weather.

  • Kristine says:

    Good thing I always have those essentials with me wherever I go. I really can’t stand the cold much more than everyone does, I have to keep my coat on always and glide my lips with the same Champagne Cocktail lipbalm or sometimes just a regular Chapstick. I also got that LaMer cream. These are really what every lady needs to have in her purse.

  • Tabitha says:

    I always bring my sunglasses wherever I go, may it be summer or winter. I just feel protected when I’m with it. Also, the hydrating lotion and moisturizing creams are really helpful these days, couldn’t risk getting my skin dehydrated ans such. I like these ones you are suggesting, might as well try these since I’m almost out of stock of cream because of this incorrigible weather.. brrr…

  • MJ says:

    It’s true, Mia 2 by Clarisonic is quite expensive, but I ain’t complainin’ coz it really does a lot of wonder to my skin. I feel younger and my skin is refreshed every time I use it.

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water is what I do, and of course, I use creams for my skin to make it more moisturized. My major problem is my lips though, they’re cracked! I’ll check out that cocktail lip balm too!

  • Sophie says:

    Yes, this cold weather had really done unimaginable damage to my skin, all parched and dried up. Thanks for sharing your beauty essentials Heidi, they come in handy!

  • Wynona says:

    I wonder when this polar vortex would end… I’m really concerned with my skin, just like you said, it’s so dry nowadays, even my regular lotion can’t do anything to replenish it. I’m going to try out some of your suggestions.

  • Nancy says:

    Thanks for sharing your beauty and skin secrets, these are indeed a big help in this kind of weather

  • Nicolette says:

    I’ve started using Dr. Brandt BB cream just a month ago, and I can attest to its effectiveness on my skin. Highly recommended!

  • Lian Atwater says:

    It’s a good thing spring has arrived. I’m no longer worried of having dry and chapped skin. Those essentials you suggested really came in handy about a month ago. Thanks!

  • Georgina says:

    Rain or shine, snow or sun, I am sure all those products are helpful and useful in all kinds of weather. Especially moisturizing creams, I can’t allow myself to have dry and parched skin.

  • Thalia Chica says:

    I love that it’s spring already.. I don’t have to worry much of my skin being so cold and harshly dry.

  • These products can still be used this Spring right? Or at least with the Brandt creams. I regularly use them to make my skin looks flourished, whatever the season is.

  • Jazz says:

    These products helped me too, during the cold season. But now that it’s springtime, I still make use of the hydrating cream to moisturize myself.

  • Delaney says:

    I think these products can also be used this summer. Would you recommended them too?

  • Francesca says:

    I will take note of this now that Fall is just around the corner and soon it’s gonna be winter. I’m not too overly ecstatic with the summer weather, actually.

  • nikkiannie says:

    I use some of these products during dry season too. One needs a lot of moisturizer to make sure the skin stays hydrated, right? Thanks for these 🙂

  • Geena M. says:

    The cold weather is approaching. Thanks for sharing this, will be checking out all these skin products so I can face the cold air soon!

  • Taylor says:

    The cold season is approaching and for sure I’ll be having rough skin and chapped lips and all. Thanks for sharing with us your tips for this kind of weather. You are amazing!

  • Lorelei Chung says:

    Winter is in the air and I feel my lips cracking already due to the cold. Glad that I can always count on your page to help me with this winter-related problems. Thanks!

  • Kitty says:

    I religiously use La Mer moisturinzing cream too. Thanks for all these!

  • Carmencita says:

    I rarely use these products during winter, that’s why I get super dry skin and chapped lips. Now I know what I’ve been missing. Thank you so much for this!

  • Wena says:

    These are great products, I even use some of them. Now that’s winter is here, I better sort out my beauty kits and buy more moisturizing cream. Thanks!

  • Sayuri says:

    I need this products! I am just new here in CA and the cold is unnerving, something which I wasn’t used to in a tropical country.

  • Misty Blue says:

    I need these products… It’s my first time in the States and I’m from a tropical country and this really cold winter weather is killing me. Layers upon layers of clothes are not enough. I have to get my hands on this lotions and stuffs to keep my skin warm longer. Thanks for this very useful post 😉

    • Heidi says:

      You’re welcome! I hope that they make such a difference to your skincare regime. Also, welcome to the United States:)

  • Claire says:

    The wind is getting harsh lately, and I’ve been getting cold sores and blisters due to winter. I never thought I’d say this, but I want to go back to LA at this time of the year. New York isn’t particularly warm lately. Brrr… My husband sent me a lip balm after he saw/read your article. He told me to check out your instructions so I can better take care of myself while he’s in LA and I’m here in NYC. Thank you sooo much!

    • Heidi says:

      Oh wow, even though you’re stuck in the cold, at least you have the sweetest husband to help you deal with the winter chills!!

  • Angelique says:

    The temperature’s been dropping like crazy lately, good thing I’ve got my winter essentials with me while I’m away from home. And thank you for sharing your winter tips, too, Heidi. Very much appreciated!

  • Belinda Korrs says:

    I agree with your Heidi. Summer or not, sunscreen is a definite must in every girl’s purse. We can never be sure of the harsh UV rays of the sun, whatever the weather is.

  • Nancy Jane says:

    I am so using these products for the cold weather too!

  • Elysse says:

    Happy to tell you that I also use most of these skin products during the cold weather!

  • Valeria says:

    I like all these products you are recommending. Thanks!!

  • Rosemary says:

    These products definitely work.. I use most of them during winter too. Dr. Brandt is really effective, by the way..

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