Winter air is brutal. Chapped lips that never get enough moisture, legs that feel scaly and dry, and skin that feels tight and dehydrated after every shower–if you’re feeling like a dried-out sponge (raises hand) in need of some extra hydration, there are a few things you can do. Drink lots of water, sleep with a humidifier (this one’s on sale), and choose products that soothe and add back the precious hydration your skin is craving (we’ve got some suggestions). You’ll have soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Dry Skin Care Routine: Beauty Tips & Products For Winter

Nordstrom is a great one-stop destination for all things beauty. I personally love their huge selection of skincare and makeup brands, and free shipping (and returns!) are always a big plus for me. (And free gifts and samples with purchases are always a fun way to try out new products.) I was recently re-stocking some of my favorite winter makeup (see below) and came across some seriously amazing skincare from Kiehl’s. The value of these sets are amazing, especially because these products work. Thirsty skin, meet your new best friends:

2 Must-Have Sets for Dry Winter Skin

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.
Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Kiehl’s Ultra Skin Lovers Ultra Facial Cleanser Set

This is pretty much everything you’d need for your face this winter, all in one super-convenient kit all for under $50 (an $81 value). It includes:

A full-sized Ultra Facial Cream: I’ve been using this cream daily since I got it. I love that it hydrates my skin so effectively, but doesn’t feel heavy and greasy.

A full-sized Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: this eye cream is thick and hydrating, but it absorbs completely into your skin instead of laying on top. A great way to get some extra moisture around the delicate eye area.

A full-size Ultra Facial Cleanser: this cleanser is thick and creamy, and a little goes a LONG way. It didn’t make my face feel tight like lots of other cleansers, but took all of my eye makeup off with no problem. I love the way this felt–perfect for a winter cleanser.

A deluxe-sample of their Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask: this mask works best if you emulsify it in your hand first before applying! Some reviewers mentioned that it was chunky, but if you properly warm it up first it’s amazing. You only need a thin layer (mine was basically translucent–nothing like the cute model pic), and your skin feels super-soft and hydrated after 15 minutes! I’ll be able to get 5+ uses with this, at least!

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Kiehl’s Nourishing Dream Team Creme de Corps & Lip Balm Set

Another great value for wintertime necessities, in this kit you get a full-sized lip balm and 2.5 oz of their best-selling lotion for under $14 (a $22 value).

A full-sized Lip Balm #1: this balm is thick when it comes out of the tube, but melts into skin to soothe and protect dry lips. (It’s the only thing saving my chapped lips right now.)

A 2.5 oz Crème de Corps Body Lotion: thick and hydrating, and perfect for anyone with really dry, flaky skin. It’s unscented so it doesn’t compete with perfume (which I love).

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Winter Beauty Essentials: The Products I Can’t Live Without

Choosing the right makeup products makes a huge difference. You don’t want to undo all of the work the creams and lotions have done, so you want to avoid matte foundations and powders that can highlight (and even exacerbate) dry skin. Here are some of my favorites to use when my skin is thiiiiirsty.

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Foundation

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: One of my favorite foundations for wintertime because it’s lightweight and buildable, and the finish is neither totally matte or totally dewy. You don’t need powder to set it, and you can use a little for light coverage, or layer it for heavier coverage without it looking cakey. It doesn’t highlight dry skin like matte foundations or leave you looking wet like some other luminous finish foundations. (This is a great option for those who don’t typically like wearing foundation because it is so lightweight.)

Concealer & Brush

NARS Soft Matte Concealer: My current favorite concealer. It’s ultra-lightweight, but full coverage. This stuff covers and brightens under eye circles without drying out your skin or requiring powder to set.

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Duet Concealer Brush: I just discovered this brush and LOVE the way it works with the NARS concealer. Use the flat side to apply the concealer and the brush side to blend it out seamlessly. Application is just as important as what product you use, so this is a very useful tool!

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Powder

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder – If you need powder (especially in the t-zone), this is the one for you. Powder is not usually a friend to older (or dryer skin), but this stuff is not your usual powder. It sets without mattifying your skin, subtly “blurring the look of fine lines and wrinkles with its soft-focus effect.” It won’t settle into fine lines or pores and is the perfect way to set makeup without getting a cakey result. LOVE this stuff. A new favorite.

Eyes

Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow – This stuff is amazing. I’ve really been into these eyeshadow sticks from Laura Mercier for minimal effort eyes without using powders, and these glitter shadows are about the same amount of (minimal) effort, but with maximum payoff for when you want more of a statement eye. The micro glitter makes all the difference–the result is sparkly and gorgeous, not chunky or thick. (Super-easy to apply with your finger, too.) So glad I tried this–in the pictures I’m wearing reflect, but I’ll definitely be back for more colors. (Rapture would look great with green eyes, Ray with blue, Aura with brown eyes, and Smoke is a great universal color!)

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.
Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Lips

Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil – My lips are SO dry and chapped lately. I have no desire to put anything on them that doesn’t moisturize and hydrate–no matte lipstick for me right now! This oil feels really good on my lips and the color (Billie on the Bike–my Dad’s name–how cool is that?) is spot-on for a hint of natural color. Even after the shine wears off, the color is that naturally perfect flush. (And it’s cruelty-free!) It didn’t work for me on my cheeks because I found it to be a bit too shiny, but reviewers said it worked for them.

Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.
Feeling like a dried out sponge? (raises hand) We've got winter beauty tips & products that soothe dry skin & add hydration for soft, moisturized skin in no time.

Shop Wintertime Beauty Favorites Here:

XOXO,

Scotti

A huge thank you to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post! I love having the opportunity to try out new products and I found lots of new favorites this time around! As always, all product choices and opinions are my own. Amy, you’re so much fun to work with, and you always get the best pictures! And finally, readers, thank you so much for your continued support. It does not go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!

photo credit: Vafa Photography

11 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the post. You spoke of Laura Mercier eyeshadow sticks but are showing Hourglass. Also Nordstrom doesn’t carry the colors you mentioned.
    Can you include a paragraph about the Laura Mercier product?

    • Oh I’m sorry for the confusion! I just meant I like the Laura Mercier shadow sticks because they’re so easy and the Hourglass shadows are just as easy but with a little more “oomph.” The colors I mentioned all refer to the Hourglass glitter shadows! Sorry again for the confusion.

  2. This is amazing! Do you know of anything that actually works for dry cracked hands and feet? I live in Colorado and between the dry and cold and flu season my hands and feet are in pretty terrible condition 🙂

  3. Scotti, do you have any tips for picking out foundation color online? I too live in a town without a Nordstroms or even a Sephora larger than a closet [sob] so finding color matching for highend brands is very difficult.

  4. I was wondering the same thing as Susan above! I desperately need new powder and would love to try the Laura Mercier one here, but I have no idea what shade to order. If I go into the store and buy it, you guys don’t get the credit for it. Any hints on choosing a shad online would be greatly appreciated!

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