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Thanks to the constant fluctuation in temp (switching back and forth between the arctic weather outside and the furnace incubator inside), your skin is pretty much always in need of some TLC this time of year. Here, seven vetted picks for every type of winter woe, from flushed cheeks to scaly elbows and flaky lips.

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Jack Black

Best for Chapped Lips

No amount (or shade) of lipstick can cover up peeling skin or flakes. This non-waxy balm prevents any such problem from occurring thanks to copious amounts of shea butter and avocado oil in the formula. Plus, it has a nice matte finish so you can wear it under and over any color to seal in the moisture. 

Jack Black ($8)

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Best for Chapped Hands

Fun fact: One tube of this stuff is sold every three seconds around the world—and it’s easy to see why. It’s that rare hand cream that feels super rich going on but doesn’t leave your skin feeling annoyingly greasy afterward.

L’Occitane ($28)


Best for Cracked Skin

If things have reached a cracking point, this salve will be your new best friend. Developed by top dermatologists to soothe painfully chapped or chafed skin (commonly around your elbows and knees), it also acts as a protective layer to speed up the healing process.

CeraVe ($12)


Best for Body Dryness

Some people don’t step outside of the shower without slathering every inch of their body in lotion—while others hate the feeling of anything extra on their skin. And though you may be able to skate by without it during the summer, you could probably use a little hydration right about now. Luckily, Caudalie’s lightweight oil sinks into skin almost immediately so there’s no heavy residue. (Plus, you’ll no longer have to hide your scaly legs from the pedicurist.) 

Caudalie ($49)

Herbivore Botanicals

Best for Breakouts

Breaking out in the winter is the worst because the very products you use to treat acne are suddenly too drying (which often results in a delightful combo of zits and flaky patches). Herbivore’s facial oil helps to balance everything out with a host of natural ingredients like blue tansy and squalane. Press a few drops into cleansed skin daily to keep things in the clear. 

Herbivore Botanicals ($72)

Tata Harper Skincare

Best for Dullness

It’s fairly hard to get glowing skin in the dead of winter, but a thick layer of Tata Harper’s honey mask will get you pretty darn close. Slather it on when you’re looking especially pallid, queue up an episode of Gilmore Girls and rinse it off after 15 to 30 minutes to bring some life back to your complexion.

Tata Harper ($65)

PCA Skin

Best for Redness

There's the cute, “I just have a little color in my cheeks” flushed…and then there’s angry tomato red. If you fall into the latter camp, apply PCA Skin’s soothing serum twice a day before your moisturizer to calm skin quickly. (Seriously, this stuff is like Visine for the face.) 

PCA Skin ($115)

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