Products — Many Under $10 — That Will Save Your Winter Skin

Ashiness? Itching? Rough elbows, lips or cuticles? These moisturizing marvels are the balm.

I used to be horrified by how ashy my skin was when I undressed at night. It was as though I had skipped lotion altogether. That’s because I was relying on the same moisturizers I used in warmer seasons to get me through the colder months. They weren’t working, and it showed.

So, I ramped up my winter skin care routine with products formulated to rid skin of unsightly ash while hydrating and protecting it in winter. Doing so is especially important as we get older, says Chicago-based dermatologist Caroline Robinson. She explains that we aren’t producing as many lipids, the natural fats in our skin that hold moisture and protect it. “If we are just more conscious of that,” Robinson says, “we can make adjustments and avoid the flaking and other potential complications that come with dry skin.”

To help you get through winter unscathed by dryness, look to these effective skin savers:

For Head-to-Toe Glow

Raw shea butter is a moisturizing miracle, but it can be grainy and hard to smooth on. Now Solutions’ Shea Nut Oil absorbs quickly; $15 at health food stores. Okay Pure Naturals’ Coconut Body Butter is a rich soufflé of coconut oil and shea butter that leaves no oily residue; $12 at

For the Shower

Soap can be drying. Eucerin’s Skin Calming Body Wash, a soap- and fragrance-free formula leaves skin clean and comfortable; $13 at drugstores. Sulfate-free Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash gently cleanses and hydrates skin. $9 at drugstores.

For Facial Cleansing

Go for creamy cleansers that won’t strip skin of natural oils. Laroche-Posay’s Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser gently washes away dirt and makeup and restores moisture; $15 at Ulta. Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, soap- and fragrance-free, effectively washes away dirt, oil and makeup without drying; $10 at drugstores.

For Facial Moisturizing

Pond’s Nourishing Moisturizing Cream Crema S is a long-lasting moisturizer containing skin-nourishing apple, grapefruit and seaweed extracts; $8.50 at drugstores. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is lightweight and long-lasting; $30 at

For Lips

Protect them from chapping and cracking with ChapStick’s Total Hydration 100% Natural Lip Balm in Sweet Peach with moisturizing argan oil and avocado butters; $3 at Target.

Or try Vaseline Lip Therapy, in rose, aloe or coco butter scents; $4.

For Long-Lasting Relief

Nivea’s Essentially Enriched 48hr Body Lotion is a creamy formula infused with almond oil to reduce roughness and keep skin smooth all day; $10 at drugstores. Aveeno’s Skin Relief 24HR Moisturizing Lotion, infused with calming oat oil and shea butter, is another long-lasting formula; $9 at drugstores.

For Itchy Skin

Dry indoor air and winter woolens can leave skin itchy. CeraVe Itch Relief Moisturizing Lotion soothes instantly; $18 at drugstores. Curél’s Itch Defense lotion is another soothing option; $8 at drugstores.

For Beautiful Cuticles

Give them some TLC with Skin Actives’ Nail Care Duo, a serum and an oil infused with nourishing essential oils; $15 at The Body Shop’s Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil comes in a handy two-in-one pen that allows you to apply nourishing sweet almond oil and gently push back cuticles; $8 at The Body Shop.

For Overnight Conditioning

Don’t snooze on the benefits of moisturizing your skin at night. Vaseline Clinical Care Extremely Dry Skin Rescue Overnight Cream delivers intense hydration while you sleep; $6 at drugstores. Gold Bond’s Overnight Deep Moisturizing cream replenishes and hydrates skin; $8 at drugstores. Rub a little extra cream into elbows, hands and feet.


Photographs by Getty Images, Shutterstock, Nivea, Chapstick; CeraVe; Now Solutions; Eucerin

More From This Week

Money, success, a tight body, a happy marriage. She has it all — and you can put her pro strategy into play today.
By Joy Duckett Cain
Nurture your nature! Black women are making incredible connections with one another and the great outdoors.
By Felicia Brower
Whether you’re going for full glam or the “no makeup” makeup look, a flawless face starts with the right canvas.
By Princess Gabbara
Ignoring a dry spell may lead to depression or divorce. Here’s why you’ve lost your mojo and what to do about it.
By Julia Chance
Locals share their fave spots to fully experience the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.
By Tracy E. Hopkins
She’s plus-size, middle-aged and ran 120 miles in 6 days. “The Mirnavator” has tips to get you moving.
By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
Got hyperpigmentation? Here’s what to do for complexion correction.
By Princess Gabbara
Can a pack rat get to the root of her habit, toss her stuff and take charge of her life? A professional organizer with a counseling license offers answers.
By Gerrie Summers
From now until year’s end, some of our biggest stars will shine bright on the big screen.
By Tracy E. Hopkins
Need a style boost? These artisans are giving us budget-friendly pieces with major wow factor.
By Sierra Allia

More From Style

Close Video Modal