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    29 Splurge-Worthy Products That Will Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Winter

    Get ready to hear a whole lot about hyaluronic acid 💦

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    1. A vegan Youth to the People mask with four ultra-hydrating ingredients: squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and betaine. PLUS maqui and prickly pear — two super fruits that fend off free radicals and eliminate redness.

    The 2-ounce mask container which shows the formula is yellow
    Youth to the People

    The rich, creamy overnight mask is great fit for combination, dry, and "normal" (lol wut), skin so give it a go!

    Promising review: "So hydrating... my face is a smooth as silk in the morning... nice scent... second time I am buying." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $48.

    2. A three-step customizable Buttah Skin set specially formulated for melanin-rich complexions. Aside from providing much-needed moisture, the products also help address discoloration, oiliness, and blemishes.

    Buttah by Dorian Renaud, Buttah

    Buttah Skin is a Black-owned skincare company from Dorion Renaud. This kit comes with a gentle gel cleanser, a vitamin C serum, and your choice of a cocoshea revitalizing cream or facial shea butter.

    Promising review: "Love it! My skin was extremely dry and flaky. After only two uses of the kit with cocoashea cream, my skin is back to feeling smooth and moisturized. This is my new regimen! I’m also buying my husband a kit now." —Kristi

    Get it from Buttah for $59.99.

    3. A creamy body butter that packs a punch with a trio of hydrating ingredients including manuka honey, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Add the oils of naturally moisturizing nuts to the mix (macadamia, kukui, and Brazil) and you've got a no-nonsense formula.


    Lather is a woman-founded clean beauty brand that trades irritating synthetic scents for naturally fragranced ingredients that are also vegan and gluten-free when possible.

    Promising review: "Your Manuka Honey Body Butter is JUST the richness my skin needs. It doesn’t take much and quickly absorbs, leaving my skin smooth and smelling great. Thank you for another great product." —Helayne L.

    Get it from Lather for $28.

    4. An exfoliating Baby Foot peel so effective, the before and after photos will both give you nightmares and earn a spot on your vision board.


    If foot graters give you the heebie-jeebies (hi, hello, it's me!), try these instead. Just slip on the booties for one hour, wash away the leftover solution (there are 16 natural extracts), and then wait patiently as it takes five to seven days before your feet shed like a freakin' iguana. At the end, you'll be left with moisturized, baby-soft tootsies!

    Promising review: "WOW. Just WOW! I rarely take the time to write product reviews, but, honey, this stuff is the real deal. My feet were gross. Thick skin, crusty-looking. I have tried using blades myself to no avail. Then a friend told me about this stuff, so I decided to try it. I showered and then put on the 'boots' and taped them closed and covered my feet with two layers of socks so the gel wouldn't seep out. I waited an hour, then took them off. They didn't look any different. So, I patiently waited to see some action. Today is the third day and I cannot believe my eyes! The skin is literally coming off in big sheets. If you are the kind of person who loves peeling skin and wants to see a drastic difference, you should buy this stuff. I love it so much I want to buy it for people. Even people I don't like. LOL. I know a lot of people with gross feet, who I think this would be perfect for. Yes. TMI, I know. But this is really amazing stuff. Don't walk. RUN and buy this stuff. (My apologies for the POTUS-style review)" —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    5. A Noto face and neck serum with a laundry list of nutrient-dense natural ingredients including marula, rosehip seed, and wild carrot. Together they not only hydrate and nourish skin, but also encourage acne to heal via cell rejuvenation.

    The 2-ounce bottle of serum which has a dropper

    Noto is a queer womxn-founded brand from Gloria Noto. The company's products are vegan, cruelty-free, and inclusive. A percentage of sales on the brand's Agender Oil are also donated to community organizations like Planned Parenthood, Black Mama's Matter, and the LA LGBT Youth Center.

    Promising review: "This is officially my new fave serum. It’s so light yet so nourishing. Other serums have always sat on my face and made me look oily but this makes me glow. I am a forever fan." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon or Noto for $56.

    6. A custom Function of Beauty moisturizer that'll quench your skin's thirst with tsubaki oil, squalene, vitamin E, and a few other ingredients determined by the results of your skin quiz.

    The moisturizing gel, cream, and lotion which come in ombre blue, purple, and green containers
    Function of Beauty

    Function of Beauty's skin quiz asks about your skin type (dry, balanced, oily, combination), how much makeup you usually wear (none to full coverage), how sensitive your skin is (not at all or all the time), your skin goals (reduce breakouts, even tone, anti-aging, etc.), and whether you prefer fragrance free or a light citrus and cucumber scent. Depending on your answers, it'll match you with the most effective gel, cream, or lotion moisturizer.

    When I took the quiz, for example, I said my goal was to calm/soothe and reduce breakouts, and the results noted that key ingredients in my moisturizer would be aloe extract and salicylic acid. The quiz also said a quick-absorbing lotion would be my best match.

    Promising review: "My skin looooooves it. NO dryness. My skin is clear, bright, and happy. Shocked at how great it has been for my skin. I'm a little stressed about it running out." —Jamie

    Get it from Function of Beauty for $44.99.

    7. A Kate McLeod body stone formulated to nourish and soften skin with a delicate mix of rose, frankincense, and neroli.

    Kate McLeod

    If you've never used a body stone before, it's super simple! Just warm it up with you hands and apply it to dry skin where it'll melt right in.

    Kate McLeod is a former bakery owner and pastry chef who turned her attention to creating "skin food." For two years, she developed her body stones right in her kitchen mixing pantry-sourced ingredients like cocoa butter and avocado oil.

    Promising review: "AMAZING!!!!!!! Melts into skin so incredibly. Never have I received this much moisture in my skin from lotions. My skin in a few uses is more moisturized and plumped up... I am hooked!!!!!" —Kristin

    Get it from Kate McLeod for $14+ (available in two sizes and with a muslin travel bag or reusable bamboo canister).

    8. Ouai's gentle, floral-scented body cleanser which works up into a sudsy lather and treats your skin to a hydrating dose of probiotics, jojoba seed, and rose hip oil.

    A model applying the sudsy body cleanser

    Promising review: "The best-smelling body wash I’ve ever used. Smell lingers for hours after a shower too. Also makes my skin silky smooth without exfoliation or lotion. Highly recommend. It’s pricey but it will last a few months and it’s worth it!" —Shelby Hickman

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    9. A Tula probiotic moisturizer that revives dull and thirsty skin with naturally derived probiotics and superfoods (aka watermelon fruit extract and hydrolyzed rice).


    The everyday moisturizer is suitable for oily, dry, combination, sensitive, and mature skin and can be slathered on morning and night for 24/7 hydration.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this cream so much! It is so hydrating and it SMELLS AMAZING! I am really picky about scents and this one passes all of my tests! My skin is so much softer and it always smells so nice! This is great to use during your morning and evening skincare routines! :) I HIGHLY recommend this product! I have repurchased this several times." —htravis

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in three sizes).

    10. Drunk Elephant's chunky lil' Lippe Balm which will plump up even the most sensitive pouts with moisturizing avocado, mongongo, and marula oils as well as collagen-restoring peptides.

    The yellow and white lip balm tube

    Promising review: "By far this this is the best moisturizing lip balm I’ve ever gotten in my life. I have acne-prone skin and I have to take medication which will make my lips very dry and chapped. Having a good moisturizing lip balm is a must to prevent my lips from bleeding and this one by far is the best!!!! Compared to Burt's Bees, which I need to re-apply every 15 minutes, this I only need to re-apply every three hours on average. I will stick to this brand from now on. I would give it 100 stars !" —Amz Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    11. An aromatic Grown Alchemist body cream with nourishing shea butter, jojoba oil, cold-pressed mandarin orange oil, and vitamins A, E, and D.


    Promising review: "Amazing! Keeps skin hydrated and soft!" —sunny2

    Get it from Amazon for $26+ (available in two sizes and scents).

    12. Moon Juice's Plum hydrating Jelly which plumps up skin with nutrient-dense silver ear mushroom and — if you've made it this far — one of our obvious faves: hyaluronic acid.

    The glass bottle which has a white pump
    Credo Beauty

    Promising review: "When I first started using this product, I just enjoyed the intoxicating aroma of the essential oils that are in it. However, after a few days of using it, I noticed my skin glowing like crazy in the dead of winter!" —Acola1

    Get it from Credo Beauty for $58.

    13. A Beautycounter Intense Moisture serum packed with two types of hyaluronic acid that help hydrate, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and just give your complexion a supple glow-up.


    Promising review: "Even though my skin was dry, I rarely used face lotion before finding this. All the other products I’ve tried were either too greasy, too thick, or left me with clogged pores. Not this. It’s the best facial moisturizer I’ve ever owned! I’m so happy I’ve finally found something that works and I know the ingredients are clean. Leaves me feeling refreshed without the worry of having any harsh chemicals on my skin." —Jessica P.

    Get it from Beautycounter for $49.

    14. A fragrance-free hydrating toner from 107 Beauty that utilizes 7-year aged vinegar and Japanese camellia leaf extract to soothe your skin and strengthen your hydration barrier.

    107 Beauty

    Promising review: "Well, I’m a toner lover, especially hydrating toners. I cannot go without it especially in the winter months. I was so excited to try 107 products because of their 7-year fermented vinegar. This is a very hydrating toner with mild exfoliation. It gives very nice plump hydration to the skin which is very awesome! Anyone should try this. Beautiful packaging. No irritation or over exfoliation 💕" —Hashini

    Get it from 107 Beauty for $35.

    15. Farmacy's Honey Grail hydrating oil made specifically for dry skin with honey, sea buckthorn, and a five-flower oil blend that absorbs instantly.


    Use the facial oil alone or combine it with your go-to moisturizer for some extra hydration. You can also run some through your hair to tame flyaways.

    Promising review: "I swear by this product!!! I’ve been using it for two months now and my skin is amazingly soft and hydrated. Amazing product." —Jennifer August

    Get it from Amazon for $48.

    16. A bottle of Touchland hand sanitizer with 500+ sprays of fast-evaporating, moisturizing goodness. The secret? Vitamin-rich aloe vera.

    The lavender hand sanitizing mist which is roughly the size of a smartphone

    Promising review: "Since I tried Touchland for the first time, I have never used another brand again. Not only they offer many different fragrances but their design is the most stylish and innovative in the market. I simply can’t leave the house without my powermist any more. 100% recommended!!" —Sofia Yague

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in five scents).

    17. A hydrating facial mist for those who spend countless hours each day plopped in front of a computer screen. The calming formula addresses dryness, blue light exposure, and breakouts with marigold, sunflower extract, and Indian ginseng.

    A model holding the bottle and spraying some of the mist

    Promising review: "What a wonderful skincare product! This mist sprays natural micro particles of moisture and plumping hydration. It makes my skin feel smooth and soft, and it's so refreshing! I had to get a second bottle and a third for my mom!" —Fragonia

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $29.

    18. A six-pack of serum-soaked sheet masks with native Australian botanicals that brighten skin and encourage collagen production.

    The pink sheet mask packaging which says "this mask will make me look as though I know what sleep is"

    Go-To is a woman-founded skincare company from Australian beauty editor Zoë Foster Blake. The brand's main mission is to create simple and effective products with best-in-class botanical ingredients.

    Promising review: "It hydrates my skin so well! Now I look like I have K-pop skin 💜😍" —Anonymous

    Get it from Revolve for $34.

    19. A mini 4-liter humidifier that produces a cool and quiet mist capable of relieving dry skin, sinus headaches, allergies, and irritated eyes.

    The white humidifier which has four small legs

    The attractive white unit has three mist settings (low, medium, and high), an auto timer, sleep mode, and easy-to-read water level indicator.

    Promising review: "This humidifier has been life-changing. The dry climate is brutal on my skin and sinuses. I’ve only been using it for a couple of days and I can already breathe better. Just a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil on a cotton pad and my room feels and smells great." —Anna Ashely

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    20. A Dead Sea bath soak with mineral-rich salt (obvi), and juniper and cypress essential oils which fight off acne, dissolve dead skin, and improve circulation.


    Promising review: "I didn't know what to expect from this bath soak product. But I'm VERY impressed. It leaves your skin tingling and it smells amazing. My skin was getting dry and uneven in tone and soaking with this product three times a week has rejuvenated my skin. HIGHLY recommend this item." —MzMarci

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five scents which address various wellness concerns).

    21. A hydrating gel cleanser that gently exfoliates, purifies, and hydrates with blue lotus, lactic acid, and carnosine — an amino acid compound that's naturally produced by the body and helps boost plumpness.


    Promising review: "This product is great! I have combination skin, but it tends to be a little more on the dry side. This definitely helps to keep it moisturized while preventing breakouts. I started using Glo products a few years ago and will never use another brand!" —Abby C.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.

    22. A nourishing cleanser ideal for anyone dealing with dryness, dehydration, and/or skin sensitivity. The clean formula uses only natural ingredients — like green tea and aloe vera — to flush out pores and maintain moisture.

    The amber bottle which has a black pump

    Promising review: "I started to use this cleanser a few months ago. I have very dry, sensitive skin and have found lots of cleansers too harsh for me. This cleanser is very gentle with a wonderful smell and cleanses my skin without making it feel dry and tight. This cleanser does not strip my skin of moisture so I find that I need less moisturizer after using it. My husband commented that my skin is 'glowing' these days! Definitely recommend it!" —VJ_Tiburon

    Get it from Amazon for $48.

    23. A two-in-one Fenty sunscreen/moisturizer that addresses dehydration, discoloration, and dark spots no matter your complexion. Plus, it's reef-friendly!

    A model applying the sunscreen to her hand
    Fenty Beauty

    Thx, RiRi!!

    Promising review: "I love that this a dual functioning product. I have looked for a moisturizer/sunscreen combo for over two years and this by far is the best. No white film and it feels amazing on my skin." —RIKAMWS

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $35.

    24. A Glossier customizable Balm Dotcom trio guaranteed to lock in moisture with castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin. Best of all, a little goes a loooooong way.

    Tubes of coconut, mango, and rose salve

    The universal salve is great for chapped lips but it also works wonders on wind-whipped knuckles and cheeks. Since the balm comes in nine different scents and tints, you can even choose different ones for your purse, office, and car.

    Promising review: "Ooh I finally jumped on board the Balm Dotcom train! I went for the trio and chose Mango (my fave fruit), Berry (wanted to try the purple tint), and Wild Fig (because of all the rave reviews). Here's my review: I love how you have to squeeze pretty hard to get product out — this means no mess I'm using less product which makes it last longer. The formula is great — thick but easy to apply, feels nourishing, and lasts a while on my lips. The scents are also wonderful to me! Tint wise, they are all quite sheer which I don't mind! Overall — I LOVE these! Fun, upbeat scents to lift the spirits, good coverage and nourishment for the lips, and enough sheer color to pep up your face! Love!! Will def re-order when I need more / replenishment!!" —Pia R.

    Get it from Glossier for $30 (originally $36; available in nine scents/tints).

    25. Wishful's Thirst Trap Juice✨ which keeps skin healthy, strong, and bouncy with THREE types of hyaluronic acid and firming peptides.

    A model applying the liquid serum to their hand
    Huda Beauty

    The ultra-moisturizing serum comes courtesy of Huda Kattan, the Iraqi-American makeup artist and entrepreneur behind Huda Beauty, Kayali Fragrances, and — now — Wishful.

    Promising review: "😍😍😍I've been using this for the past week and my skin has never looked better." —NK

    Get it from Huda Beauty for $53.

    26. A bottle of Kiehl's Creme de Corps with a mix of non-greasy cocoa butter and beta-carotene that's so beloved, the formula has gone untouched since the '80s.

    Different sizes of the lotion bottles

    Promising review: "After a few months of use every three to four times a week, my years-long battle with perpetually dry skin is over. Easy to apply, sinks in to skin with no greasy after feel. Now my skins healthy, smooth, even textured and looks so good it stands out. My expectations were high, considering the hefty price tag. Its exceeded all expectations. It has no scent to speak of. It takes a minute or two to sink in fully after showering, so you should wait to get dressed. It is so worth it, though. A little goes a long way thankfully (due to price). I'd highly recommend if you have dry skin. I layer it over the Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil for a double dose of long-lasting moisture." —Mrs.StacieS

    Get it from Kiehl's for $14+ (available in five sizes).

    27. Necessaire's hyaluronic body serum which supports your skin's natural moisture barrier with a pH-balanced formula designed specifically for sensitive skin.


    Promising review: "This product is a must-have!! I know... a body serum seems so extra... but it really makes a difference! My skin is much more hydrated and glowy. I also struggle with eczema and this keeps me well moisturized. Treat the skin on your body like you do your face!" —SamanthaRenee88

    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    28. An Aesop lightweight hydrating serum with aloe vera and ylang ylang — a grease-free combination that works wonders for oily skin.

    The amber bottle which has a dropper

    Promising review: "I love this serum! I use it at night after cleansing/toning. I feel it is easy to apply (one dropper full), the consistency glides on, and it smells wonderful. Ylang ylang is considered an effective antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and sedative. It has a positive effect on immune health, blood flow and emotions, making it a natural remedy for the endocrine, cardiovascular, reproductive, and digestive systems. I also feel like my skin is firmer and a bit tighter when I wake up in the morning. Who doesn't like that??" —Stanzie

    Get it from Nordstrom for $67.

    29. And Belif's lightweight moisture bomb which improves elasticity, leaves behind a dewy glow, and — my favorite part — tingles your skin with a cooling sensation.,

    Use it as a primer before applying makeup, wear it overnight for an extra boost of hydration, or mix it with your favorite foundation to create a lightly tinted moisturizer. The options are endless!

    Promising review: "I use this nearly every day. I have very dry skin, especially in the wintertime. Fortunately, the winter and my skin are no match for this product! It will make your skin supple and moist. I frequently get flakey in the winter, which then causes me to break out. This product is next-level for dry skin. I had fines lines that just went away, and I realize now my skin just needed more hydration. Obviously, not all my wrinkles because some are just due to age, but it was an unexpected positive result I'm happy to share. I highly recommend it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $38.

    Your skin after you've dipped your toe into the ever-enticing pool of splurge-worthy skincare:

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