Now is the winter of our discontent. Our parched pores need moisture like Ryan Gosling needs…you. Following, find face (and body) friendly finds to keep the snow miser away.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center dermatologist Amy McMichael, M.D., recommends a proactive approach to winter skin care. Here are her top tips:

  • Change to a thicker moisturizer for face and body during the winter months to combat the drier climate.
  • Do not use a tanning bed to get a pre-tan before going to a warm climate for the holidays. “This will increase over all sun exposure and risk for skin cancer later,” McMichael said.
  • If rosacea is flaring, try to limit intake of alcohol and extremely hot beverages in the winter months to minimize breakouts and redness of the face. Take advantage of the slow times in the winter months after the holidays to do laser and chemical procedures for rosacea, melasma, wrinkles, etc, that you may have put off doing.
  • Last, look for after Christmas sales for sun protective clothing and protect your skin all year long.

See below for new and current products to help dry winter skin:

June Jacobs, Founder of June Jacobs Spa Collection, suggests “Use a hydrating mask (like my Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque) on elbows and dry heels – it’s not just for faces! Leave it on overnight and you’ll wake up with baby soft, hydrated skin. I also like to use a dry oil spray in the winter – apply it after the shower to really help lock in the moisture and leave skin feeling soft and ultra smooth all day.” (Available at

Sun protection is important year-round. The COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint is a lightly tinted BB cream with broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage. Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin C, and organic Evening Primrose and Flax Seed Oils help skin retain moisture. It’s vegan friendly, gluten free, recycle friendly, and my favorite, cruelty free.

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DermWORX has a couple of winter skin solutions. MoistureWORX protects from the drying effects of the wind, cold, and sun with 30% white petroleum in a lightweight and lipid rich formula. The fine mist spray moisturizer goes on clean and is non-greasy, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. The new CerumWORX helps with skin renewal with it’s stable 10% Vitamin C + Biopeptide formula delivered in single use capsules. (Available at

The Dove Winter Care Body Wash with NutriumMoisture uses NutriumMoisture technology to nourish dry skin and minimize roughness and flaking. It’s available annually October through March. (Available at drug stores)

Gold has been recognized for its luxurious and beautifying properties. OROGOLD Cosmetics incorporates gold in their variety of collections to address different skin care concerns. The Nano Collection improves the appearance of aging skin, Bio-Brightening Collection addresses dark spots and discoloration, and the Oil Control Collection helps with outbreaks. (Available at

Sebamed has launched a new Anti-Dry collection of head to toe products. The Anti-Dry Wash Emulstion is 100% soap and alkali free, protecting against dryness with its mild formula. The Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion is a fast absorbing lotion that contains shea butter. The Anti-Dry Day Defence Cream has Vitamins A and E to help restore the moisture balance and The Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream is rich in jojoba oil and glycerin to smooth and calm skin. (Available at

AVEENO attacks dry skin in a variety of ways. In the body wash department–the Daily Moisturizing Body Wash is gentle enough for sensitive skin with ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal, it’s hypoallergenic, soap-free and dye-free and the Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash has naturally exfoliating rice beads and walnut shells to smooth away dry skin. For moisturizers, the Daily Moisturizing Lotion also has ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal and is non-greasy and absorbs quickly. The Positively Nourishing Energizing Body Lotion is crafted with natural grapefruit and pomegranate for a fresh scent. (Available at

Protect lips with ChapStick Hydration Lock. It includes antioxidants CoQ10 and Vitamin E to help with environmental damage, and Hyaluronic Spheres for softer, supple lips. The formula provides a lightweight, silky feel and smooth application. (Available at drugstores)

Carmex has taken years of lip care expertise into their Carmex Healing Cream. The rich cream has a fast-absorbing formula and is now available fragrance-free. Their lip care line features convenient tubes, classic jar, ultra smooth lip balm sticks, and the Moisture Plus Lip Balms which feature Vitamin E, aloe, and SPF 15. (Available at drugstores)