beauty strategies for winter

*Updated 2019

Winter wreaks havoc on our skin and hair.  There are plenty of excellent products to help with these challenges – right on your drug store shelves.  Why spend a fortune on fancy products when you don’t have to?  We have researched most of them and tried the most promising.

Strategies for skin:

  • Put on an extra layer of moisturizer before going out into cold weather
  • Avoid hot showers which will dry out skin.  Don’t soak forever in a tub.
  • Put your moisturizer on right after you shower while skin is damp  – and your  body  will absorb it
  • Remember that UVA rays still reach our skin in winter, so use products with sun screen when outside
  • And our all-time favorite strategy – eat more fatty acids in winter!

Beauty Products from the Drug Store

Body Moisturizers:

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is good because it contains glycerin

Neutrogena Intensive Moisture Wrap also contains glycerin

Jergens Naturals Hydrate Daily Moisturizer

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Cream

Avalon Organics Olive & Grape Seed Hand & Body Lotion

Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion – potent yet non-irritating

Eau Thermale Avene Body lotion With Cold Cream

Neutrogena Body Oil – best applied right after a shower

Lac-Hydrin Five Moisturizing Lotion

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Triple Smoothing Body Lotion

Nivea Crème – very dense and absolutely divine

Cantu Shea Body Butter – another dense balm with a pine scent

Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Body Lotion With Itch Relief – alleviates the itchiness that comes with very dry skin

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Body Lotion – quite concentrated, so a little goes a long way

Aveeno Intense Relief Repair Cream

Curel Healing Intensive Moisture Lotion for Extra-Dry Skin

St. Ives Vitamin E Advanced Therapy Lotion

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Mineral Renewal Body Lotion

Jergens Sensitive Skin Relief Moisturizer – contains no dyes or fragrances

Face and Hands:

Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 50

Olay Regenerist Enhancing Lotion with UV Protection

Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 45

Nivea Visage All Around Protection SPF 15 Lotion – oil free and blocks wind and cold for hours

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Crème

Neutrogena oil-free Fresh Moisture

Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion SPF 15

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizing SPF 15

Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30

Biore Dual Fusion Moisturizer + SPF 30

Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration SPF 25

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Age Shield Hand Cream SPF 30

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment – great for hands, nails and cuticles

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Night time facial products:

Aquaphor Healing Ointment is a rich, hydrating skin conditioner for dry or cracked skin

Olay Regenerist Deep Hydrating Cream

Eucerin Redness-Relief Soothing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Night Cream


Aquaphor Healing Ointment – comes in a purse-size small tube

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm


Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Eye Cream


Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser – won’t dry out skin

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser – this has long been dermatologists’ favorite

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash – contains oatmeal which is very soothing to the skin

Olay Body Wash Plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons

St. Ives Elements Olive Cleanse

Olay Dual Action Cleanser/Pore Scrub

Dove Beauty Bar – a long time favorite, leaves skin soft

St. Ives Moisturizing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser – removes makeup without upsetting sensitive skin

Soap & Glory Some Like It Hot Body Softening Thermal Scrub warms up when rubbed on damp skin

Strategies for hair:

  • Hair dryers are not your friends in the winter.  If you must use a hair dryer, use an intensive conditioner.  If your ends are dry, use a ‘leave-in’ spray conditioner just on the ends. Ionic hair dryers claim to dry hair differently without hurting your hair.  I use one, and while I cannot explain why this is the case, it dries my hair faster with less heat and horsepower.
  • If you wash your hair daily, use a moisturizing shampoo.
  • Keep hydrated.  If you drink enough water, it helps keep your skin and hair hydrated.
  • If you are loyal to one brand of shampoo and conditioner, consider switching to its dry hair formula for the winter.

Hair Products from the Drug Store

Dove Daily Moisture Re-Hydrating Mist – hydrates hair, use after washing

Dove shampoo is very gentle

Suave Professionals Damage Care Shampoo and Conditioner – hydrates hair

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle – an intensive, rich conditioner

Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner – leaves hair very soft

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner – smells wonderful, nourishes and strengthens hair

Pantene Pro-V Classic Deep Fortifying Rinse-Off Treatment – a deep conditioner to be used once a week

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment.


Here are some more skin soothing products that we love;

Soothing Moisturizers for the Effects of  Winter

moisturizers for winter