This Is How the Team at NY Mag’s The Strategist Fights Dry, Winter Skin

BY Kaitlin Willow · December 7, 2017

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Harsh weather, traffic and travel, general holiday stress, overindulgence in food and drinks…lots of different things can wreak havoc on your skin during winter. We’re talking dry patches, dull cheeks, red noses and breakouts—none of which you want to be dealing with during NYE parties and family photos. With the help of the experts at New York magazine’s Strategist, we’ve created the ultimate Winter Hydration Collection to help rescue and protect your skin from all of the above and more.

The Strategist writer and beauty junkie Rio Viera-Newton handpicked a trio of her very favorite things to help you stay hydrated and glowing all season long. Learn how each one fights winter skin woes and what Viera-Newton loves about her three picks below.

1. TULA Skincare Hydrating Day and Night Cream (1.7 oz)

Viera-Newton is usually loyal to a thicker cream but admits it can make her skin look shiny. For the days when she prefers a more matte but still hydrated look, she subs in the Tula Day & Night Cream, noting that it “absorbs super quickly and makes skin look nice and quenched without becoming greasy.” And for anyone skeptical of trying out new moisturizers for fear of breaking out, Viera-Newton proclaims, “This one didn’t do that at all. It’s effective but light and doesn’t clog my pores.”

2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (1 oz)

“I’m a huge fan of First Aid Beauty because [it] is especially great for super dry and eczema-prone skin,” says Viera-Newton. First Aid Beauty is one of our go-to brands for sensitive or irritated skin because it’s free from harsh chemicals, artificial dyes and preservatives. The brand uses soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and hyaluronic acid to comfort and repair dry, winter skin. “I use this serum on days my skin feels particularly flaky and itchy,” Viera-Newton says. “It’s like an immediate shot of hydration in the mornings that protects you way better than plain moisturizer.”

3. skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (8-piece)

Puffy eyes, dark circles and irritated skin around the eye contours are all too common during the winter months. To help her look more well-rested around the holidays, Viera-Newton makes sure to have a set of these cooling eye gels handy. “They’re amazing for mornings after drinking, flights or days where you need a little boost of energy,” she says. And it’s the consistency of these that really changed the game for her skin care routine. “Since the consistency of most eye patches I use is this kind of slippery gelatin, they tend to slide around, but these have more of a sticker-like texture, so when you put them on they stay put.”

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