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    31 Skincare Products To Help Your Skin Feel Less Like The Dried-Out Branches On Your Christmas Tree

    Hydrating products your skin will drink up like a cool glass of eggnog.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask packs a hydrating punch when it comes to your pout. Winter is practically here and that doesn't have to mean chapped lips... Wear it overnight as a mask, or during the day for a glossy sheen that's oh so moisturizing.

    sydney sweeney holding laneige lip mask while wearing it also on lips

    Promising reviews: "I keep one in my purse and one in my nightstand drawer (to put on before bed). It leaves my lips hydrated and with a glossy look. I really like using it over lipstick to make the lipstick last longer and add a sheen. Highly recommend the gummy bear flavor. It does last a long time!" —C

    "When I first heard about this lip mask, I thought it was just glorified Vaseline. No, it is wonderful and keeps my lips smooth and crust-free. Just put on a generous amount before bed, and when you wake up your lips feel so soft. Sometimes I use a smaller amount before I put on my lipstick. There is a subtle watermelon scent, not overpowering, and I get a lot of use out of this. Definitely worth the price and will be getting it again." —Shannon Hendrix

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in four flavors). 

    2. Or Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Mask supports natural collagen production while also supplying a cooling sensation to your lips for one plumped up pout. It features a trademarked plumping blend of ingredients that'll increase lip volume by 40%. 

    Jasmin showing chapped lips before applying the mask
    Jasmin the next morning with visibly softer, fuller lips
    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    Lawless Beauty is a woman-owned beauty brand that specializes in high-quality nontoxic makeup and skincare.

    BuzzFeed Shopping writer Jasmin Sandal says: 

    "Team up harsh acne medication with fierce winds and you've got the perfect formula for lizard-like dryness. AKA what I'm currently dealing with — especially around my mouth. Enter: the Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Mask, which has been saving my chapped lips for the past few months. It's cooling, it's soothing. It's thick without feeling tacky. It's hydrating without feeling sticky. And I don't have to do a darn thing except liberally apply it each night and wake up with softer, fuller, less painful-feeling lips! *And* this is vegan and cruelty-free!"

    Promising review: "My favorite lip balm ever! It’s so incredibly hydrating and nourishing. I use it at night and wake up to super soft and plump lips, but I love the way it makes my lips feel so much that I also use it during the day. It’s great to prep lips for makeup or to wear alone. Either way it makes my lips looks hydrated, smooth, and plump with a nice (not sticky) glossy finish!" —alysjay

    Get it from Sephora for $21 (available in two shades).

    3. SKIN1004 Zombie Pack boosts skin elasticity with their exfoliating properties. These help reveal fresher, firmer skin that'll be ready to soak up your fave serums and moisturizers.

    Promising reviews: "I love these!! I’m super picky when it comes to my skin because it’s so sensitive. These did not break out my skin and left it feeling firm, hydrated, and smooth all at the same time. Do yourself a favor and try them out!" —GB

    "I haven’t been using it long enough to determine if there will be permanent long term improvements but what I’ve seen so far is impressive. I’m 70, so I do have wrinkles, though not as much as many my age because I’ve taken good care of my skin since I was in my teens and have never been a fan of tanning. This mask does even out the lines and makes my skin feel very soft and smooth. I have dry skin and this does seem to add moisture." —Marji

    Get them from Amazon for $25

    4. A facial steamer increases oil production to naturally moisturize the skin. It also helps open your pores so your post-steaming regimen that may include toners, moisturizers, and serums will be absorbed into the skin effortlessly while maximizing their skincare benefits.

    People also love facial steamers to use before skin extractions (i.e. removing blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples) since the pores will be open and easier to access. 

    This also comes with a five-piece skin tool set for extractions.

    Promising review: "I honestly cannot say enough good about the steamer! I am 51 and I have combination skin that is generally more oily in the warmer months. I love steaming my face to keep away any blackheads and to deeply moisturize my skin. This little machine is such a treat. It steams quickly and the steam is thin just like when you’re in a salon to get a real facial. I’ve also taking to steaming my hands because my cuticles get very dry. I put a little oil on them and hold them over the steamer for a few minutes and then just push them back and clip off any excess. I love this thing! I also steam my feet before I put lotion on at night. Yes, try that!" —#EAHWP

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    5. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream infuses skin with shea butter and calms with oatmeal so any flaking skin can stop, well, flaking. This is thicker than your typical face cream in case that lightweight one you currently own just isn't cutting it for those freezing temps outside.

    The product jar
    Reviewers with blemished, inflamed skin before using the product / Reviewers with less red skin after using the cream

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer. There isn’t much I haven’t tried in the way of skincare, and this product really stands out! It has an amazing, thick texture and a lovely scent. I was blown away when I put this cream on my face. It felt so soothing and took away the redness! I can’t recommend this moisturizer enough to anyone who has sensitive skin, has a skin condition like eczema, or is like me and uses strong skincare products. Plus, it’s incredibly moisturizing. That being said, it is not one of those moisturizers that you use and it instantly soaks right into the skin. This cream does actually feel like a cream, but I wouldn’t say that it feels greasy. I will always have a big tub of this stuff around for sure. It really does work wonders on dry skin!" —ilamarie10

    Get it from Amazon and Sephora for $16+ (available in three sizes).

    6. Avarelle Acne Patches help reduce the size of painful blemishes overnight without completely drying out your skin (like other acne products can). We all know the feeling of stress breakouts, regardless of the time of year — somehow they always show up unannounced. Pop one of these babies on before bed and you mayyy just wake up to your pimple looking significantly smaller in the a.m.

    reviewer holding patches with extracted pimples
    reviewer wearing pimple patch

    They also blend into the skin so they can be worn throughout the day and not just at night!

    Promising review: "I SWEAR by this product. I have sensitive skin and was worried about the tea tree oil at first since I've had bad experiences with it drying out or irritating my skin, but I've had no issues at all with these! These are super great at targeting specific spots and I can erase any acne spots or oil pockets within three days (average) of using this patch. I tend to put them on before bed since it seems they do need a good few hours in order for them to have the processing time needed. If I try for only an hour or two, the patch doesn't show any results (at least for me). That's the thing I like about these too: They foam a bit under the patch as they process so in the morning I can peel it off and see just how much work it was doing overnight. If it looks like there is only a small spot of foam or no foam at all then I know there wasn't anything left there to zap and I don't have to put on another patch the next night. I've had friends who have extremely sensitive skin ask to try them too and they also have loved them. These are great." —Jessica R

    Get a box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.49.

    7. Lanolips 101 Ointment Superbalm rejuvenates chapped lips, which is a MUST this winter. Apply this balm wherever else you need some extra moisture as well (cuticles, skin, etc.).

    before and after using lanolips on chapped lips
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I've had dry lips forever, and they tend to flake and crack. Any lip balm that I had used would work for maybe an hour before I need to reapply. This balm keeps my lips so hydrated and moisturized all day long! I even like to apply it at night as a 'lip mask' and I wake up with nicely hydrated lips. It's a little overpriced, it a little goes a long way. I'll never repurchase another brand of lip balm again." —ellen

    Get it from Amazon or Ulta for $16.95.

    8. CND SolarOil conditions cuticles with almond oil and vitamin E so you can say goodbye to peeling skin you're prone to biting off with your teeth... Your hands deserve some TLC after all that snow shoveling you'll be embarking on soon.

    Promising reviews: "After having my nails done at a salon for months I wanted to take a break. They were so dry and brittle. This oil really helps that. It doesn’t repair the damage or help them grow but it really does hydrate them and makes them look better." —Stacey Gregory

    "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. A friend recommended a nail strengthener they saw on QVC. It was quite pricey and I wanted to make sure it was worth it so I read the reviews. One of the comments said just buy SolarOil. Since it was much more affordable than the QVC stuff, I tried it. I bought it in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-oz refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    9. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo rids the scalp of any flakes that occur due to dry skin. We all know wintertime = the season of beanies, so wear them with confidence knowing when you take it off later, you won't have an incredibly itchy and irritated scalp.

    Promising reviews: "My doctor recommended this to me as I've been dealing with seborrheic dermatitis for a few years now, and I am so happy he did. This was the perfect solution for me. From the moment I lathered my scalp and the affected areas on my face, my skin became so smooth and hydrated. At first, I needed to apply it just about every other day for a couple of weeks, but afterwards I only had to use it once or twice a week. The redness and flakiness of my face and scalp is no longer present. I've recommended this to some of my family members with the same issues too." —Uncoolio

    "I don't even know where to start! I'm so grateful for this product and for all those people who wrote their reviews! I got it yesterday and of course I tried it the same day. After ONLY ONE DAY — yes, only ONE DAY, you guys can see the HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!! If you're having problems like me please buy this! It will help you a lot." —Ross33

    Get it from Amazon for $15.47

    10. AxV Beauty Hydrating Face Oil features ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, and tea tree oil to assist with inflamed skin. This is a great product to try if your skin tends to be irritated, dry, or red (basically all the aftermath of winter-stressed skin).

    Before and after showing the oil helped get rid of user's red, irritated cheek breakouts
    AxV Beauty

    AxV Beauty is a Black-owned business founded by Asata Evans and Vic Rose.

    Promising review: "I struggle with adult acne and this is the only product I have found to help alleviate sebum buildup, acne, discoloration while keeping my mature skin moisturized. I also love that these are all natural products!" —Jennifer J.

    Get it from AxV Beauty for $30+ (available in two sizes).

    11. Bio-Oil heals and soothes scars, balances uneven skin tone, and adds immense hydration back to the skin wherever it's used. TBH, my hands have been getting beat up from the mix of cold weather, hand washing, and hand sanitizing so something tells me this would be lovely for my knuckles...

    reviewer holding bottle of bio oil
    reviewer before and after using bio oil on face

    Promising review: "I have used this in the past and it showed amazing results on decreasing and erasing scars, blemishes, scratches, and stretch marks. Now that I have purchased it again on here, it still does not disappoint. It feels like it did not change ingredients and feels like it is hydrating my skin. Only time will tell if this works the way I want it to but I do see some improvement." —Deedee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in two sizes).

    12. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Moisturizer soaks into the skin with its oil-free formula that's hydrating yet lightweight. A thicker moisturizer doesn't always mean a better moisturizer. This one is gentle and super hydrating.

    person holding up neutrogena hydro boost water gel container by the ocean
    reviewer image of moisturizer on their finger with a review on top that says

    I swear by this face gel – I've never loved super thick creams so this was an amazing alternative and soaks into the skin easily.

    Promising reviews: "I have been using this produced twice per day for several years and have really enjoyed it. It's good for dry skin and helps prevent some redness, too. The moisturizer is very light-feeling and does not block pores. It will make your face feel normal instead of tight and dry after using a facial cleanser. The scent is also very pleasant but mild. It will fade away after a few hours. It has not been irritating at all for me. I recommend giving this a try and using it right after getting out of the shower and/or using a facial cleanser. It makes your skin feel very comfortable." —ExpertAuthority

    "This is amazing. I've purchased expensive creams, but this by far is the most amazing. Non-greasy, fast absorbing, and feels phenomenal on your face." —Jacki T

    Get it from Amazon for $18.51+ (available in two sizes).

    13. Jergens Cloud Creme absorbs quickly for supple skin that doesn't feel sticky. It's oil-, paraben-, and dye-free. It allegedly works to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. #impressive

    bottle of jergens cloud creme
    @jergensus / Via

    Promising review: "My daughter bought this for herself and I tried it...and wanted my own bottle. It's advertised as a 'gel cream' and I dislike gels, but I do not feel any gel here. Just a lovely, smooth moisturizer with a light texture that absorbs instantly (no need to keep rubbing white substance in until it disappears) and makes your skin feel really comfortable and moisturized. It's getting cold here and I will continue to use this. It was VERY comfortable for summer use but it moisturizes so well I will keep using it as the weather gets colder and drier." —MollyPuppers

    Get it from Amazon for $7.47

    14. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser restores the skin barrier and simultaneously removes dirt, oil, and makeup. Say buh-bye to stripping skin of its essential oils, and hello to hydrated cleansing ~bliss~.

    bottle of cerave hydrating cleanser
    reviewer before and after using facial cleanser for a couple months

    Promising review: "This product has helped me a lot. It’s very gentle, doesn’t make your skin feeling tight after rinsing, removes all impurities from your skin and leaves your face feeling hydrated. Pair it with an oil cleanser at night for maximum benefits." —Shaba L

    Get it from Amazon for $14.57

    15. Aveeno Moisturizing Body Wash features soothing oatmeal and rich emollients to help the skin lock in moisture. If you're lazy and don't want to slather on a thick body cream post shower, this'll allow you to forgo that step while still getting the moisture your skin needs.

    aveeno daily moisturizing body wash

    Promising reviews: "Makes my extra dry skin feel silky smooth." —Increase Miller

    "I love it!!! Since I started using it I notice my skin feels softer and I have not feel the urge to scratch due to psoriasis episodes. My skin is clearer now and I am so grateful. :) This is a really great product that I will keep buying for all my family. The soft scent is mild and comfortable to wear. My skin looks and feels healthier. 5 stars are well-deserved." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $8.29

    16. Tower 28's SOS Daily Rescue Spray gently calms irritated, inflamed skin using simple but powerful antibacterial ingredients. Spritz on your skin morning and night, or whenever your skin needs a little extra TLC from braving the cold.

    A before/after showing reduced redness and irritation after using the spray
    Tower 28

    Tower 28 is an Asian woman-owned business designed for sensitive skin. Their products are free of any sensitivity-causing ingredients, and are vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I am so happy that I finally found a spray that works for me. I have naturally dry skin, but with my hyperhidrosis, it just makes it that much more difficult to find something tailored to my unusual skin type. I spray it 2–3 times on each part of my face before applying moisturizer and I've noticed a big difference in a short amount of time. My skin is less irritated and inflamed. My face acne hurts less and is becoming less noticeable. I recommend this spray for anyone with acne, even if you think you're not compatible." —keegan12

    Get it from Sephora or Tower 28 for $12+ (available in two sizes).

    17. Tonymoly Peach Hand Cream banishes dry, cracked hands to the North Pole with peach and apricot extracts, shea butter, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. It also smells absolutely divine and comes in the cutest packaging known to humankind.

    a reviewer holding the peach hand cream in their hand
    the peach hand cream opened showing the creamy texture

    Promising reviews: "This is the nicest-smelling, lightest, best-moisturizing hand cream I have tried in my LIFE. My hands get miserably dry from being washed really often and PEACH TO THE RESCUE! The scent is very appealing but not super heavy. The packaging is very cute. I don't feel greasy at all. There is literally nothing to improve other than making more sizes so I can keep these EVERYWHERE." —Joselle Stark

    "Listen, I've tried how many hand creams over the years I've had access to the internet, and this has got to be one of the best ones I've had. The scent is better than anything else, and if there was ever anything known as the 'quintessential peach scent', this would be it. Not to mention it's super moisturizing and not overly oily, so you won't have trouble picking up your phone or anything else. Not sticky either, so if you have sensory issues like me, you'll love it." —Cat C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    18. Garnier Micellar Water gently removes makeup (even waterproof makeup) while also simultaneously hydrating the skin. A makeup remover that doesn't totally drain the skin of its moisture? Now that's magic. This one features rose water!

    Promising reviews: "I hate washing my face. In fact, I actively avoid doing it. And now that I’m mere weeks away from 40, I hate it even more since my skin is getting progressively drier and no amount of moisturizer seems to help after a wash. I’ve tried cleansing wipes but they always left my skin dry as well, and they don’t seem to leave my face feeling clean and fresh. I decided to try this product and my skin is noticeably better, I don’t need to use ANY moisturizer afterwards and it’s evened out my skin tone! I love this stuff and I’ll keep buying it!" —ladykills

    "Best makeup remover EVER!! I am head over heels in love with this product! I have used it as my go-to cleanser for years. It's very gentle and even cooling to your skin — a very light lovely scent. Don't saturate the cotton ball or pad too much or you will get makeup and residue sloshing into your eyes as someone described above. A little goes a long way and your makeup almost disappears like magic. Note: If you do get it in your eyes, it does not burn. No harsh chemicals to worry about. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!" —Babsie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    19. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion doubles as both a moisturizer and an SPF, because yes, even in the winter you need to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Tons of reviewers say this stuff is worth the hype. 

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor wearing the lotion to show its light texture
    Rebecca O' Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Hands-down holy grail product. I have extremely sensitive skin. No itching, burning, or redness. My skin is combination and it moisturizes very evenly. Even helps with my natural redness and dark circles. Best product on the market." —joseph gauthier

    Get it from Amazon for $14.62.

    20. Burt's Bees Sunburn Soother helps heal sunburnt skin with aloe and coconut oil in case you plan on taking some vacays this winter (or you just happen to live in a warmer climate).

    The above photos are four days apart.

    Promising reviews: "This lotion felt absolutely amazing after a day in the sun at a charity golf tournament. I could feel it pull the heat out after applied. My skin stayed moisturized and I barely felt the burn." —dj frazier

    "This was AWESOME for sunburn! I was badly burnt and I needed immediate relief. I tried aloe vera, and even though it gave some relief, it felt sticky to apply and didn’t feel like it absorbed well on my skin. This product went on like lotion. Immediately tackled the dry skin as well as the cracking and peeling areas. It is lightweight so you can apply as little or as much as you like and it absorbs quickly." —Dava Duncan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

    21. Le Gushe Under-Eye Gel Masks reduce circles and puffy skin with hyaluronic acid and collagen. Just like how you can plump your lips with a mask, you can plump up your under-eye area with these lil' babies.

    Promising review: "These collagen eye pads are really doing wonders for my eyes. I have noticed an increase in hydration with just a few uses, which helps with reducing the appearance of fine lines under my eyes. I give this product a thumbs up and would buy again!" —