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    37 Things To Help Your Hair, Skin, And Nails Recover From Winter Dryness

    Life's too short to not be hydrated.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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. A water tumbler to tackle your dryness issues from the inside. Colorful bands make it easy to track each time you finish the bottle so you can smash those hydration goals and feel your body sigh with relief that you're giving it water and not another iced coffee.

    Samantha Wieder / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    This 20-ounce bottle is made of durable BPA-free plastic and is top-rack dishwasher safe. But don't stick it in the microwave!

    Promising review: "My husband thought it was ridiculous to spend $17 on a water bottle, but I have used it every single day since I bought it and he has conceded that it was a good purchase. I went from drinking hardly any water to more than 100 ounces per day and as a breastfeeding mom, it is essential to keep hydrated. I used to use apps on my phone but I would always forget to update them. Easy to clean, however, I use mine strictly for water. I don't know that cleaning the straw would be as easy if was putting anything else in there. The only thing I am worried about is losing a band, which I haven't yet after four months!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in five colors).

    2. A hydrating hair mask so you can skip the expensive salon treatment and give dry, dull hair the deep-conditioning TLC it needs — all from the privacy of your own home.,

    Promising review: "As good, if not better than the deep conditioning treatments I get at the salon. And one jar of this is about the same price as one professional treatment! I don't think it's perfect (doesn't necessarily make my hair super soft like others claim), but it's pretty darn close. I put my hair through a lot of abuse: perming it straight, coloring blonde, flat iron, and curling iron. My hair is also naturally dry (due to the natural curl and coarse texture, on top of the dry climate where I live), so it gets a little stressed out. The online instructions say that this should be combed through the hair and stay on for at least six minutes; I leave it on for nearly 20. My hair feels amazing as I rinse the mask off; results are immediate. I find that I get best results when I let my hair partially air dry, but that's not always feasible." —K Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    3. The ever-reliable O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream for anyone whose dry, cracked hands need something a little stronger than the average moisturizer. This famous formula locks in moisture, while creating a protective barrier to prevent future moisture loss.

    A split image of a hand with dry, cracked cuticles on the left, and the same hand looking healthy and hydrated on the right

    For best results, you should apply the cream after washing your hands, after showering, and at bedtime.

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday, and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in larger quantities).

    4. A skin solution if you're someone who shaves or waxes but your already dry skin keeps rebelling with angry red razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Apply this post-hair removal for silky-smooth results.

    Promising review: "I was very surprised by how well this product works. I’ve been using it once a day every day for the past month and it really has made a difference. Exfoliating wasn’t enough for my skin and I don’t like to sit there pulling out my ingrown hairs. It smells like alcohol but I was very surprised by how it leaves my skin. It does not dry it out, leaves it moisturized and my ingrowns have been reducing." —Krystle

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    5. A pair of satin pillowcases that are gentler on already dry, damaged hair, preventing breakage and naturally improving overall skin and hair hydration. Less frizz, less painful tangles, and one less thing you have to worry about when your head hits the pillow.,

    Promising review: "I sleep on cotton bedding and every morning I awaken to frizzy hair :( I was told about sleeping on a satin pillowcase but never really gave it much thought until recently. I ordered just one in champagne from Amazon. I put the pillow inside the satin pillowcase then had my first night's sleep on satin. I awakened the following morning and was very impressed. No frizz! I also noticed that during the day, my hair was less frizzy as well, given the summer heat and humidity, of course. This is a great pillow. It looks very rich and is priced under $10. I am very satisfied and highly recommend this pretty pup. A must-have." —Lori B

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.97 (available in four sizes and 27 colors).

    6. Or an adjustable satin-lined beanie with a hidden drawstring because frizz isn't just a nighttime problem, but an every time it's windy, rainy, or humid problem.

    Grace Eleyae

    Grace Eleyae founded her eponymous small business label after a bumpy car ride in 2014 left her chemically-straightened hair *literally* broken. She created her first product, The Slap (a satin-lined adjustable cap) to treat her own hair, which eventually grew into a full line of protective hair care products that are both fashionable and functional. In fact, Grace Eleyae silk-lined winter beanies made it on the 2020 edition of Oprah's Favorite Things!

    Chantel Turner, another wonderful BuzzFeed shopping writer, files this cap under "life-changing":

    "*I* personally own one of these amazing caps and it has changed my life. My scarf never stayed on my head throughout the night so I always experienced frizz in the morning. I adjust this cap with the hidden drawstrings and haven't experienced that problem since I started using it. The cap is also perfect for rainy, windy, or humid days. A traditional hat without the satin/silk allows the humidity to seep under and cause major frizz or leave me with the dreaded 'hat hair.' With the Grace Eleyae cap, I can style my hair before placing the cap on and when I get to my destination and take it off, it looks exactly as I styled it."

    Get it from Grace Eleyae for $29.95.

    7. A bottle of nail and cuticle care oil you apply like a clear coat of polish to give your nails all the cuticle-softening, nail-strengthening nourishment they've been craving.

    A split reviewer image showing a hand with brittle, chipped nails and dry cuticles on the left, and the same hand with healthy-looking nails and cuticle on the right

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month with me 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-ounce 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+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A stainless-steel foot file so you can scrape off all the dried, cracked skin that accumulated during the winter months and get your feet ready to rock your strappiest sandal.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth

    Promising review: "I keep this in my shower and give my soles and heels a quick rasp every day. It really keeps the calluses/dead skin under control with almost no effort. I've had it for almost a year now and it hasn't rusted or anything in the shower. I've never accidentally hurt myself in any way with it. Tip: If you're starting with significant calluses (or whatever condition you're addressing), don't expect to get rid of it all in one day. Work on it a little every day for several days. Also, don't apply a whole lot of pressure to it, or you'll just grate your healthy skin off. Instead, gently but firmly rasp areas that need it." —Lo

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    9. A Briogeo Scalp Revival shampoo for near-instant relief from a dry, itchy scalp. Micro-exfoliants gently lift dead skin cells while a mix of charcoal and coconut oil cleanse and hydrate leaving behind a clean, flake-free scalp.

    This shampoo is 98% naturally-derived, vegan, cruelty-, and gluten-free!

    Promising review: "Totally amazing and beyond expectations. Chronic dry scalp for over a year, and with **one use**, crazy awesome results. My head feels fantastic and no more flaking. I'm going to buy a vat of this stuff and swim around in it! Really worth it." —Jana

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    10. Or a scalp massager if you love your current shampoo but are still battling dry, flaky build-up from the winter. This silicone-tipped brush not only feels ~super~ relaxing but works to gently exfoliate the scalp and remove flakes.

    Promising review: "I have a dry scalp. Drinking tons of water, using shampoo made out of unicorn tears and conditioners harvested from Mount Olympus does nothing for it. I tried the no-poo method, massage, changing my diet, anti-dandruff shampoo, special brushes, never using heat tools, washing with cool water...I just resigned that I'd always have flakes. Enter the brush. I have sensitive skin. This brush is soft, but my scalp whined about it being too hard for a few days. I just use it gently and got used to it, because the results are PHENOMENAL. NO FLAKES. MY HAIR IS SHINY LIKE A UNICORN BUTT. THIS IS THE GREATEST HAIR TOOL IN MY ARSENAL. I use it every day to rub in and wash out my shampoo. People tell me my hair is pretty. It looks and feels healthier. For like 6 bucks?! Buy this brush!! You won't regret it." —SW

    Get it from Amazon for $5.93+ (available in three colors).

    11. A holographic peel-off mask that's a hydrating party for your pores, with powerful ingredients like rose water, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. Expect bright, glowy skin — plus the joy of that satisfying peeling!


    This formula is clean, cruelty-free, and gluten-free!

    Fellow BuzzFeed writer Jasmin Suknanan gives this mask two big thumbs up:

    "I originally purchased this mask because my face felt very rough and my skin looked dull, so I wanted something to pump the moisture back into it and make it smooth to the touch. I came across this mask and decided to buy it since it was more affordable compared to other high-quality masks, had great reviews, and it was a peel-off mask — honestly, I didn't feel like spending 10 minutes to thoroughly wash off anything. I wasn't disappointed! After just one use, my skin looked brighter, felt softer, and definitely felt hydrated. And, peeling off the mask was so fun! A little goes a long way, though, so you only need to apply a thin layer."

    Get it from Amazon $19.55.

    12. An all-natural self tanner because you want that sun-kissed glow but not that sun-smacked irritation. The vegan and cruelty-free formula skips the harsh chemicals, so it's safe on sensitive skin and won't stain your white towels and sheets.

    Beauty By Earth

    They're so confident you'll love it, they have a 30-day money-back guarantee! So, there's virtually nothing to lose.

    Promising review: "When I say I have tried it all out there, I mean it! I have been orange, streaky, smelly, uneven, and anything else that can go wrong with a spray tan or bronzing lotion. This stuff is perfect though. On top of having the BEST ingredients, it also leaves me smelling so good, looking bronze (not orange), and it’s perfectly even. Plus I can even apply it before going to bed (without staining my white sheets) or before going out or to work. I cannot recommend this product enough." —Kristen S.

    Get it from Beauty By Earth for $30.99.

    13. A microfiber towel specifically designed to protect moisture-starved strands from breakage and unwanted frizz. Hint: your regular terry bath towels are not.

    Crown Affair

    Crown Affair launched in January 2020 and is not only woman-founded (shoutout to Dianna Cohen) but is presently an all-woman company! Crown Affair works with craftsmen and chemists from around the world to create clean and effective beauty tools and formulas. They donate a portion of sales to professional development initiatives and created a mentorship program called Seedling.

    BuzzFeed editor Melanie Aman swears by this towel for her hair:

    "When I bleached my hair, I switched from drying it with a bath towel to drying it with a T-shirt because I read that my rough bath towel was too harsh on my already stressed strands. The one downside to my new method is that I was stretching out the necklines of my shirts :'( Enter this talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular towel. It's incredibly soft and dries my hair super quickly, which is great because I hate wet hair but would prefer to avoid drying it with heat."

    Get it from Crown Affair for $45 (available in a gift box for an additional $4).

    14. A green tea and lime natural dish soap so your hands don't emerge from the sink after finishing a pile of dishes feeling even more irritated and raw than they did before. This plant-based formula promises to cut through grease without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.


    This dish soap is made in the USA and is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten-free, biodegradable, and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "WONDERFUL soap. The smell is better than any dish soap I've ever used, and it doesn't dry out/ruin my skin the way other harsh chemicals have. I can even wash my puppies' food-dispensing toys with this, and it's safe for them. It's perfect, and I plan to replenish with this brand every time I have dish-washing needs." —Mel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.15.

    15. A cuticle therapy cream for soothing angry, split cuticles with a nourishing mix of vitamins A and E. And if your cuticles are willing to share, this cream works great on other prone-to-dryness areas like hands, elbows, and feet.

    a white tub of Orly cuticle therapy cream

    Promising review: "My hands are crazy dry and my cuticles are a disaster. This product — on the first application did wonders on my hands. They were actually moisturized and it lasted! I've tried tons of products but this is the best." —Mich06

    Get it from Orly for $12.

    16. A vegan jelly oil cleanser if other makeup, and pollution-busting cleansers leave your face feeling tight and dry. This one transfigures while you cleanse, starting as a jelly and turning into an oil as you work it into the skin. Add water and it transitions into a hydrating milk to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

    REN Skincare

    This cruelty-free cleanser can cut through even waterproof makeup and the bottle is made out of recycled plastic.

    Promising review: "My favorite cleanser hands down. This doesn’t give me that super uncomfortable tightness that some washes can give. The effect is quite pleasing. I need more oil and moisturizer these days and that’s exactly what I’m left with after using this. It’s a win." —Jessica W.

    Get it from REN Skincare for $34.

    17. An ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum that plumps, smooths, and softens skin for an overall brighter, bouncier complexion. Like the beauty filter on TikTok, but real life.

    A two-paneled reviewer photo showing a face with red acne on the cheeks on the left, and a face with a clear complexion on the right.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! It has kept my skin tight and I'm slowly seeing results for my fine lines. I have been using it for two months now and I've stopped expecting overnight results with a skincare product. Nothing will show you progress within a week. I loved this product so much that I bought a second bottle since I’m a little past halfway on the first one already. Update: Six months later, I’m on my third bottle and I will not trade it for anything else! I use it in my 10-step Korean skincare routine and it has helped transform my skin!" —CM

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    18. A vegan and cruelty-free firming serum so you can stress less about your stressed-out skin with a nourishing blend of peptides and vitamins that plump dry skin, while a magic ingredient called ~resveratrol~ works to strengthen your skin's natural defense systems to ward off dullness and fine lines.

    the firming serum bottle

    Get it from Dermstore for $19.99.

    19. A hydrating hand sanitizer because your good hygiene shouldn't be punished with painfully dry hands. This germ-busting, quick-dry formula is infused with moisture-rich ingredients like vitamin E and glycerin to keep hands feeling soft and clean.

    a reviewer photo of a hand holding a bottle of the hand sanitizer in front of three other bottles

    Promising review: "Not only is this a 75% antiseptic hand sanitizer, but it also has a great minty smell AND it actually helps with my dry skin. It dries fast and leaves your hands smelling great and feeling smooth with ZERO residue. I often get dry hands in the winter, and this hand sanitizer actually helps with that while also leaving me with the confidence of a 75% hand sanitizer from a reputable manufacturer." —Chris

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $16.16.

    20. A powerful hair mask infused with Australian Kakadu plum and starflower oil to leave 3a–4c curls looking and feeling happy and hydrated without weighing them down.

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Bread Beauty Supply is a Black woman-owned small biz founded by Maeva Heim that's creating simple-yet-effective curly hair care basics that aim to take the stress out of wash day.

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Kayla Boyd has recently started using this mask to moisturize her luscious locks:

    "I recently started using Bread products and I really love how lightweight and easy they are to use. Since I have mixed textured hair that's been frequently dyed, it tends to get very dry. After using this deep conditioner my hair felt so much better and softer. In addition to that, the smell is A-MA-ZING. Definitely one of my new favorite wash day products."

    Get it from Bread Beauty Supply for $28.

    21. A sweet-smelling artisanal bar soap infused with shea butter so your shower time suds won't come at the usual cost of stripped, dry skin., Amazon

    Promising review: "I generally make my own soaps and body butters due to having extremely sensitive skin but I have completely fallen in love with this line. The lather is luxuriously ample yet gentle. The scent fills the bathroom but does not linger heavily on the body. It leaves my skin clean and soft — not dry as most bar soaps do. I highly recommend the Rose and Mirabelle scents. These bars are tripple milled so they do last a while." —WhimsicalDiya

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two sizes and in 32 scents).

    22. A whisper-quiet mini humidifier for combating parched morning skin and hair. Let it run overnight on your bedside table or treat yourself to a misty morning facial that'll help to reduce redness and leave skin damp, maximizing the absorption of serums, oils, and creams.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Hey Dewy

    Hey Dewy was co-founded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable humidifier that could be used anywhere.

    The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight and is powered by an included USB cord.

    This baby humidifier has genuinely made my life SO much better! For months, I would wake up with my nose and lips painfully dry until I started setting this little guy up on my nightstand while I sleep, and plugged into my laptop on my desk while I work. Not only are my skin hydration levels waaayyy up, but I really enjoy leaning over to feel the cool mist on my face for a few deep, cleansing breaths throughout the day. It's incredibly refreshing and I already know is going to be a lifesaver in a future where travel is a thing. Dry plane and hotel room air is a thing of the past!

    Get it from Hey Dewy for $39 (available in three colors).

    23. Or a cool-mist humidifier that holds a full gallon of water if you've got a big, dry room made inhabitable by constantly-running furnaces. On low, this quiet little gadget can run for 30 hours so you won't have to make constant trips to the sink for refills.

    This humidifier has a smart timer to help develop an effective humidifying schedule. There's also a built-in nightlight, sleep mode, and auto shut-off feature.

    Promising review: "I love this humidifier. I recently moved to a new house and it's super dry here so I've had this on 24/7 since I got it about a week ago and it works perfectly. I no longer have dry skin or dry lips, and it reduced static around the house by about 95%. I've never had a humidifier before, but this is now an essential household item for me and is really money well spent. Because I always have it on high, I have to refill once every 18 hours or so. It's easy to refill and clean, and is just so practical and minimalistic. I also like the sleep mode it has, and the fact that it barely makes any noise except for a low soothing steaming sound. Buy it!" —Evelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A rosebud lip balm that smells great and leaves lips feeling hydrated. A pack comes with three so you can scatter them throughout your life to prevent that "oh no I left my lip balm in my other bag" sinking feeling.

    Three open tins of Rosebud Salve with a caption that reads "The BEST lip balms ever"

    After hearing fellow BuzzFeed writer's Heather Braga's rave review of this lip balm I, a long-time sufferer of always-dry lips, decided to give it a try and (surprise) I love it! I was looking for a plastic-free option, and the retro-style tins can be reused and are much easier to recycle than plastic tubes. But beyond that — it works! It's more like a thin, somewhat oily salve than most lip blams, but I love the way it smells and it offers my lips instant, hydrating relief. It looks pink in the tin, but goes on virtually clear leaving behind a non-sticky shine! And they last forever. I'm still on my first tin and I use it constantly.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.97.

    25. A wildly popular Bio-Oil because real-life magic (aka science) has gifted us this powerful blend of nourishing oils and vitamins to help fade scars and lock in moisture without clogging pores.

    A model pouring bio-oil on their hands

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of how amazing the reviews are, but this stuff is pure gold. I used it on stretch marks on my legs, and in just a week they went from bright angry red to purple. I also rub it on my face after I wash my face, and rub it in super well — it has made my acne on my cheeks go WAY down, and is removing the scars. I have amazing skin now that I use this stuff EVERY day, and I've barely even put a dent in it. This size is amazing, and for the price — holy cow. I seriously never leave reviews, but seriously this stuff is pure magic. I tried vitamin C serum, rosehip, witch hazel, etc. and this is the only thing that has worked for me. Good luck!!" —Jessamyne Campbell

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

    26. Some paraben-free body butter with shea butter, grape seed and rice bran oils, and candelilla wax to slather anywhere and everywhere for head-to-toe moisture that melts into the skin, leaving it soft and supple without the greasy feeling.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Butter by Keba is a woman-owned small business founded by Makeba Lloyd and based in NYC. Their plant-based formulas are made with natural organic essential oils, phthalate-free fragrance, and are paraffin-, petroleum-, and mineral oil-free.

    Fellow BuzzFeed writer and product-tester extraordinaire Rachel Dunkel tried this body butter for herself:

    "I've been using this body butter for over six months and simply adore it. It goes on in such a perfectly smooth, hydrating layer and soaks into skin quickly while moisturizing literally all day. I have it in the scent 'La Vera' which is delicately light and fresh. One of the things I like most about the body butter is the level of scent — it's not too overwhelming but is definitely present, and most importantly subtly lasts all day."

    Get it from Butter by Keba for $20+ (available in two sizes and 10 scents).

    27. A dry time-reducing blow-dry spray if your parched hair could use an extra layer of frizz-fighting defense against high-temp styling tools., Amazon

    Promising review: "I usually don’t write reviews...this product is a MUST!!!! I am a man with short-medium hair. I blow dry my hair to create lift and volume. This product really allowed me to take my time with the low drier and not worry about heat damage. Hair looks hydrated and healthy. This product is awesome. Thank you!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22+ (available in two sizes).

    28. Or a super lightweight bonding oil that doesn't just protect, but repairs damaged hair on a ~molecular~ level to increase shine and softness. It doubles as a heat protectant and scalp sun shield against harmful UV rays.,

    Promising review: "This is the best product I've ever used. It's lightweight — not a thick or heavy oil. It has SPF for your hair and protects your hair up to 450 degrees. My hair was left very soft, very shiny, very healthy! Highly recommend!!!! I am natural and was doing a flat iron length check." —Lina Dominguez

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    29. A soothing eye serum roller with hyaluronic acid because winter wreaks havoc on skin's every nook and cranny, including sensitive under-eyes, which calls for an ultra-hydrating, targeted treatment to avoid fine lines.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff !! I use it first thing in the morning, every day, and I've seen considerable improvement in wrinkles. It also takes away morning puffiness. I use it around my eyes, between my eyebrows, and on my upper lip." —sara mct

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    30. An oil-free moisturizer with SPF 30 to give your face the everyday protection it needs to fight off skin's enemy number one (the sun) and retain its natural moisture.,

    Promising review: "FINALLY, a sunscreen that leaves no white/purple cast!! I am an African American girl with very dark skin, and this stuff blended in flawlessly. At first it'll seem like it won't blend in but if you give it a minute, it completely disappears without any streaking. I have DRY, SENSITIVE skin as well and this sunscreen got the job done, absolutely no irritation and moisturized my face very well! I'm definitely gonna buy more once I'm done with mine :)" —Briana

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    31. Or a hydrating tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 so you can spend less time applying lotions and potions in the mirror and get buildable color-correcting coverage and sun protection in one easy-to-use tube.


    Promising review: "Love the texture of this tinted moisturizer. Its my go-to product every morning. Feels amazingly light on my skin yet its super effective in both the tinted and moisturizing aspects! LOVE THIS!" —Tina

    Get it from No7 for $14.99 (available in three shades).

    32. This curl defining cream-gel infused with argan oil for a moisture-rich styling solution that embraces your natural texture while fighting frizz.,

    Promising review: "Like many of the people who have posted reviews, I've tried every curl cream in the book. High-end to low-end, I've tried them all. I can't remember how I stumbled across this product, but it was the reviews that made me want to give it a try. Thank goodness I did, and that's why I'm writing this review. This product is amazing. I have waist-length wavy/curly red hair, and I only have to use two pumps of the product to coat all my hair. My curls are wonderfully moisturized and shaped, with absolutely ZERO greasy or crunchy feel. A little goes a long way. Highly recommend this!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    33. A Follain hydrating mask if your thirsty skin needs an extra super shot of hydration. Slather it on for 20 minutes or wear it as an overnight cream (it dries clear, so no pillow stains) and wash it off in the morning for a deeper restorative treatment.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    My skin has been so darn thirsty this entire winter in a way that I've never experienced before. I had seen some improvement with a humidifier but was still frequently waking up with dry patches. Enter, Follain! This mask has a luxurious, whipped texture and a light, essentially non-existent scent. I've been using it once or twice a week for a month or so (sometimes as an overnight treatment, sometimes not), and I feel like my skin's overall hydration levels have drastically improved in that time. No more flaky dry patches in the morning! The jar is small, but I promise a little goes a long way. And it also gets major bonus points for being cruelty-free, vegan, verified by the Environmental Working Group, and from a woman-owned business. We love to see it!

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    34. This sulfate-free biotin shampoo with over 15,000 5-star ratings that moisturizes your scalp and strands to help hair look thicker and potentially stimulate regrowth with regular use. It's 100% safe to use on all hair types — even color-treated hair.

    a split reviewer image showing the top of a head with thinning hair on the left, and the same head with a lot of hair filled in on the right

    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it, but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After I used the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on), and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells, but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    35. A priming eye cream because dry skin can make smooth makeup application dang near impossible. Prep under-eye skin with this cream to help hydrate the area and achieve smoother makeup application and *brighter* under-eyes.

    A horizontally split image with the top showing a close-up of eyes with dark circle and the photo below showing the same eyes with the appearance of the dark circles reduced
    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    I've been having lots of issues with dryness and weird skin texture in my quarantine life, and I've always had chronic dark circles. Lately, my concealer has been settling into the fine lines under my eyes and getting all cakey, making everything look somehow worse? No, thanks. This before-makeup cream really improved the situation in an instant. It feels delightful and helped my concealer go on silky-smooth, giving my eyes an overall brighter appearance in the process! I recommend putting it on at least ten minutes before you want to apply makeup, as I've noticed it works better if it has ample time to soak in.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    36. A vitamin C serum packed with antioxidants for giving your skin its daily dose of dewy, radiant hydration. Side effects may include, improved appearance of dark spots and that elusive *glow*.

    dark bottle of the serum with a dropper
    Jasmin Suknanan / BuzzFeed

    Launched in 2018, Buttah is a Black-owned business founded by Dorion Renaud after a tireless search for skincare products that could effectively address his skin's particular needs. Every gender-neutral product is cruelty-free and uses organic ingredients!

    BuzzFeed editor Jasmin Suknanan's love for this serum in her own words:

    "I wasn't expecting this serum to be so moisturizing but it covered my skin in all-day hydration (and even made me look a little dewy in the process). My face was very thankful since I was starting to develop dry patches from too-harsh cleansers (rude). Buttah is a Black-owned skincare biz and between you and me, I've got my eyes on their whipped body butter. 👀"

    Get it from Buttah for $39.

    37. An extra-strength repairing night cream if you want your skin to look as rejuvenated as you feel after a good night's sleep, thanks to its powerful blend of age-defying retinol, niacinamide, and hydrating hyaluronic acid.

    the dark gray bottle of Geologie Repairing Night Cream

    Promising review: "I like how easy my nightly skin care routine has become with this night cream. It does not irritate my skin and has a comforting smell. It also keeps my face from drying out before morning. Hands down one of best night creams I have tried in the past years." —Hammond

    Get it from Geologie for $55.

    Now go forth, and hydrate yourself!


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