Winter may be filled with holiday joy and the Valentine craze, but it’s also responsible for dry skin and dryer skin for dry skin types. With NYFW, brand events, random family gatherings, or a date night or two on the horizon, you don’t want to get caught with your skin peeling or cracking, especially under makeup. Although your summer moisturizer can be lightweight, your winter product should be heavier to withstand the cold.
Skincare has become more mainstream, with celebrities joining in on the market. While to some it may look like a quick fad, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty’s Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer and Pharrell’s Human Race Humidifying Face Cream are both great options for winter with features like SPF, snow mushroom, and Kalahari Melon. Makeup brands are also taking a dip into the skincare wave and making the list of bests, like Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream Moisturizer, a favorite among beauty influencers, and e.l.f’s Holy Hydration Face Cream, its drugstore dupe.
Sourcing a good moisturizer doesn’t have to fall into the high-end craze. Plenty of affordable yet effective gels and creams like Cerave’s PM give your skin a tall glass of water overnight, Neutrogena Hydro Boost for glass skin all day, and Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream makes fine lines disappear over time.
And, of course, this would only be a complete list with Black-owned favorites. From NOLA Skinsentials Hydra Cream with aloe vera to Shani Darden’s Weightless Free Moisturizer with Red Algae Extract, these choices will surely give your skin the boost of hydration it desperately wants.
We’ve rounded up the best moisturizers for the freezing season that are perfect for all skin types and weather changes. Whether you’re shopping for a friend or yourself, these 15 skincare products are worth the splurge.