If you could measure my skin's dryness on any given day, it usually hovers between lizard-like and Sahara Desert-esque. This bomb cyclone and brutally cold weather definitely isn't helping matters, but I have a minor arsenal of products that have kept my skin protected and flake-free in even the harshest winds - all of which you can find on Amazon Prime.
After cleansing my skin with oil, I pat my skin dry and reach for the hyaluronic acid serum. It helps your skin cells retain moisture and it's a great, non-irritating choice for even oily skin. Although I typically use HADA LABO's Hyaluronic acid lotion which, despite the name, has a serum-like texture, it's not available on Amazon Prime. However, this version from Cosmedica Skincare has rave reviews.
If you really want to maximize your hydration, soak some cotton pads in the serum, let them sit on your face for 10-15 minutes and then pat the excess into your skin.
2. Argan Oil
I first fell in love with argan oil when I first tried a sample of Josie Maran's cult-status product. A part of my soul died a little when I found out that a standard size bottle is almost $50 at Sephora. Since then, I've found my salvation in Kate Blanc Cosmetics' 100% pure argan oil. Considering a 4 oz. bottle of Maran's product is $96 (!) and the same amount is $12.95 from Kate Blanc, the price point felt almost suspiciously cheap. However, just a few drops from the cheaper bottle had the same benefits and it cleared up the dry skin on my nose almost overnight.
The only caveat is that the Kate Blanc version took a little bit longer to sink into my skin, but if I rubbed a few drops into my face after the hyaluronic acid, my skin was ready for makeup by the time I'd styled my hair.
This balm is an apology to my skin for subjecting it to winter winds and drying heating. At night, I slather my face in La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5; this moisturizer is thicker than the average lotion, but it absorbs into my skin quickly. It's a staple on my bed-side table because it's lanolin-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free, so it doesn't irritate even chapped skin.
On especially brutal days, I'll use this on my skin before I head outside. However, you may want to use this balm sparingly since it can leave a white cast if you don't rub it in well enough.
It's not sexy, glamorous or groundbreaking, but you'd be hard pressed to find a product that's better at creating a physical barrier for your skin than Vaseline. Before I leave the house, I put a daub of this in my hands, warm it up and put a thin layer over my nose, cheeks and lips. Although the bathroom cabinet staple can make some people break out or make you look shiny, I find using a small amount and emulsifying it beforehand makes me less prone to those issues.
It's not just your face that suffers when winter sets in and this is my holy grail for dry skin year-round. This incredibly thick lotion is formulated with shea butter, African Black Soap, oats and aloe vera, so it tackles dry skin, soothes itchiness and locks in moisture. From the second I put it on, my skin looks more alive and it stays moisturized all day.
My only gripe is that the lotion is packaged in a squeeze bottle and it's nearly impossible to get out unless you take the top off. Still, it's worth the hassle - this works better than any lotion I've tried, period.