Find the ideal moisturizer to protect you from harsh winter winds

November 28, 2012

As fall fades, strong, harsh winter winds blow through the city. These icy winds not only give you the chills but also steal moisture from your face. If you are suffering from dry, itchy skin, don’t fret — there is a solution for every type of complexion.

For oily skin

If your skin is normally oily, select products that are light and oil-free such as Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream Moisturizer ($34) or Boscia Oil-Free Nightly Hydration ($36).  Philosophy’s gel cream helps your skin absorb moisture quickly, giving you maximum hydration without any excess oil. Boscia’s solution is a lightweight cream that gives you extra moisturizing serums throughout the night to protect your irritated skin.

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For combination skin

To treat combination skin, use oil-free products all over your face then turn to additional products to add extra moisture for drier parts of your face. Try Josie Maran’s Argan Balm ($42) to seal in moisture, as the balm acts as a protective barrier for your skin. To deal with any excess oil, try the TimeBalm Skin Care White Tea Vanilla Oil-Absorbing Face Moisturizer ($20) to mattify skin.

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For dry skin

Those with dry skin should opt for products that offer as much hydration as possible. Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($37), a cream gel, rehydrates for 24 hours and helps fortify skin’s own moisture barrier. On top of this product, apply a moisturizing balm like Weleda Face Balm ($10) to secure hydration until the skin’s moisture barrier is fully repaired and strengthened.

For all skin types

Regardless of skin type, there are products anyone can use for perfect hydration. Face mists like Evian Mineral Water Spray  ($11) help restore moisture whenever you apply it. You can revive and refresh your face by simply spraying the mist, which won’t wash your makeup away.

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If you need a quick fix

When you’re in a need of a speedy, dry skin treatment, turn to a mask like When’s Essence Gel Mask ($28). When masks come in single-use packets, convenient for deep moisturizing on the go. The mask soothes and hydrates your complexion, increasing moisture by 41 percent just one hour after application.

Layering these moisturizing products is one of the best ways to seal in hydration. Instead of sticking with one product, choose several items to create the perfect moisturizing barrier to combat winter’s harsh dryness.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 28 print edition. Clara Yang is a staff writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com. 

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