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4 Great Cold-Weather Moisturizers and Why This NYC Dermatologist Loves Them

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Let’s face it, no other part of your body takes more abuse than your face. It is directly exposed to the harshest elements: intense sun, frigid temperatures, whipping winds, dry indoor heating, pollution and stress. These exposures strip your skin of moisture and can leave your face feeling tight, dry, itchy and irritated. The solution? Start every morning with an effective facial moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and hydrated all day. Proper hydration maintains soft and supple skin in the colder months while helping maintain a more youthful appearance all year round. It’s a no-brainer!

Remember to adjust your moisturizer as you would your winter wardrobe and transition to heavier products like creams rather than lotions or gels. Creams are thicker and therefore better at locking in moisture. They also contain more oils that boost hydration because the skin absorbs them readily. Even those with oily or acne-prone skin can benefit from thicker creams in the winter. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. A thin layer is all you need for adequate hydration without clogging pores or worsening acne. It’s also best to avoid products with fragrances or preservatives because they can irritate already-dry, fragile skin. Another tip: Stick to products specifically formulated for the face—facial skin has unique qualities that require special consideration.

Here are my picks for facial moisturizers that hydrate in the winter (and also pack in some extra benefits).

  1. 1. Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream 

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  2. 2. EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer
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    2. EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer

    EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer is a sheer, non-comedogenic formula to help keep skin moisturized all day. It helps stimulate your skin cells to increase moisture absorption and retention, while willow bark non-irritatingly stimulates turnover for smoother skin. Complete with niacinamide, this skin moisturizer boosts skin color and tone for a more radiant
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  3. 3. Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

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  4. 4. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre 24 Hour Miracle Cream
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    4. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre 24 Hour Miracle Cream

    Embryolisse's Lait-Creme Concentre features a light and milky texture that absorbs easily into your skin with a soft satin finish to restore moisture levels and revitalize your complexion. Shea butter provides emollient hydration as it delivers skin-nourishing essential fatty acids to repair the lipid barrier and increase elasticity. Soy proteins firm and tone your skin to diminish fine
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Dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology

Fil Kabigting, M.D.

Dr. Fil Kabigting is a Manhattan-based dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center / New York-Presbyterian.  As a double board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr. Fil provides the most expert level of care to his patients.  Follow Dr. Fil on Instagram to get to know him better.