Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman shares her favorite products and tips to keep your skin healthy & hydrated all winter long!
What happens to our skin in the winter?
As the temperature drops, so do humidity levels, leaving our skin vulnerable to the harmful effects of winter weather. The dry air and harsher conditions strip away skin’s natural oils, chip away at its natural protective barrier and pull away moisture—leaving skin dry, cracked and painful. If not properly taken care of, a dry and weakened skin barrier can also contribute signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
“I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to keep your skin and body hydrated during the dry winter months.
With frigid temperatures and low humidity in the air that dries out our skin, we need to take extra care to supplement our bodies with the right moisture-retaining products, from head to toe.”
—Dr. Dendy Engelman, board-certified dermatologist and Moh’s surgeon
Dr. Dendy’s Top 14 Winter Picks:
The dry winter air can result in very thirsty hair, leaving it vulnerable to split ends, lack of volume, and for those with textured hair, limp curls. Luckily, Curlsmith Strength Recipe offers various products that work beautifully to re-hydrate, replenish, and protect hair throughout the winter season.
Bond Curl Rehab Salve
This lightweight intense pre-shampoo treatment is rich in proteins and superfoods that work to replenish weak, damaged hair. It strengthens and bonds strands, leaving them protected from harmful outside factors. And as a major plus, it smells amazing!
Frizz, split ends, and dullness are three unfortunate side effects of the winter season. This lightweight formula enriched with proteins and oils seals split ends, reduces the signs of hair damage, locks in moisture, and transforms the hair to look shiny and silky smooth. For those who struggle with dry hair, this is the perfect product to have at your fingertips.
Wander Beauty Dive In Moisturizer
Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight gel-cream moisturizer is packed with plant based ingredients such as pentavitin, niacinamide, and a blend of 12 powerful fruit extracts. It absorbs instantly into the skin and provides intense hydration while strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier.
Humphrey’s Nourish Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe
This alcohol-free toner combines wild-harvested witch hazel and nourishing aloe vera, perfect for balancing your complexion, restoring, and softening the skin during the harsh winter season. Not only does it have a great scent, but it also helps the skin fight off dryness and maintain a healthy-looking glow.
Charlotte Tilbury Cryo Mask
In the winter, our skin tends to fall victim to dullness, large pores, puffiness, and loss of firmness and elasticity. I am a big fan of this 10 minute ice-powered mask, which works to visibly shrink and lift the skin of the face for a smoother, firmer, and refreshed look.
Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Depuffing Eye Serum
The skin surrounding our eyes is extra susceptible to the undesirable effects of winter. This de-puffing eye serum uses caffeine, Iceawake™, and Swiss ice wine essence to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and de-puff, smooth, and brighten the eye area for a more refreshed appearance.
Melach 33 Omega + HA Lip Salve
The skin of our lips is thin and very susceptible to dryness and flaking in the winter, so it is imperative to keep them protected. This smooth lip salve is easy to toss into even the smallest purse or pocket. It hydrates lips with nourishing omegas, hyaluronic acid, natural oils, dead sea salt and shea butter.
Lano The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm
This super-dense lip ointment is very long-lasting and penetrates deeply to seal in moisture. With Ultra Medical Grade lanolin as its strongest ingredient, this ointment holds up to 200 percent its weight in moisture and not only works as a lip balm, but can also be used to heal dry, damaged cuticles, elbows, and more.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Hyaluronic Acid Serum Capsules
Loaded with hyaluronic acid and fortifying ceramides, these capsules are proven to plump, smooth, contour, and protect the skin from harsh winter conditions. Use twice daily to restore, hydrate, and keep your skin glowing all winter long.
Bliss Youth Got This™ Prevent-4™ + Pure Retinol Advanced Skin Smoothing Serum
This hydrating retinol serum contains key ingredients such as pure retinol, amino acids, peptides, squalene, and antioxidants that protect the skin against signs of aging and limit moisture loss caused by the dry winter air.
Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Active Conditioning Oil Drops
Formulated with deeply hydrating ingredients, this soothing oil is a must-have for combating dry skin. The ingredients work together to condition and nourish all skin types and minimize signs of aging, which can be exacerbated by dry winter air.
Melach 33 Luxe CBD Body Butter
No winter skincare regimen is complete without a trustworthy body lotion. This nourishing body butter contains 1,000 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD along with Dead Sea minerals and botanical oils to keep skin supple. Apply after a warm bath or shower to immediately make your home feel like a spa retreat.
Melach 33 Silky Shea Body Butter
If CBD-infused products aren’t for you, Melach 33’s Silky Shea Body Butter is the perfect alternative. Blending natural antioxidant plant oils such as grape seed, almond, and pomegranate with rich, nourishing shea butter, this moisturizer wraps skin in a delicious aroma and silky-smooth softness.
Canopy x Prose Humidifier
The Canopy x Prose Humidifier unites the world’s cleanest humidifier and Prose’s beloved signature scents. A few drops of oil diffused via Canopy’s pure air help transform your home into a cozy oasis while providing your skin and hair with much-needed hydration.
evian® Natural Spring Water
Drinking the recommended amount of water per day (about 11.5 cups for women and about 15.5 cups for men) is an essential first step for providing your body with the tools it needs to flush out toxins and keep your skin healthy and youthful. I recommend evian® Natural Spring Water because each bottle is naturally infused with minerals and electrolytes which contribute to its crisp taste – thanks to its 15-year journey from the French Alps to your evian® bottle.
Medi Pedi NYC
Maintaining healthy feet is crucial during the dry and frigid months. I highly recommend Medi Pedi NYC for a medical-grade, waterless pedicure to buff away dry skin, tend to minor concerns, and ensure that your feet stay soft and healthy throughout the season.