Are YOU cold? You could be suffering from a common condition known as Winter. Other symptoms include, but are not limited to: Rough, dry skin; irritations and pollution-induced breakouts; wind burn, maybe? None of it is very nice. Staying inside is one thing. But, given that it's not always possible, one must resort to the other options. Here's one: Skincare! This one can be fun. But you knew that, didn't you?
Now's the time to break out the oils. The heaviest hitter in your medicine cabinet, it works against the cold unlike anything else. Dehydrated? It's got you. Singed by the wind? Fixed. Skin suffering from some malady you don't totally understand? Oil fixes that too. Whatever you need, there's an oil for you. These recommendations come straight from Glossier HQ, where whole Slack channels are dedicated to topics like this. Boy, have we got the products for you:
La Mer The Renewal Oil
Use a few drops of this in the morning and go pretty heavy with it in the evening before bed, always after a moisturizer. Absorbs quickly, and won't leave you feeling greasy during the day. You might even like how your makeup works over it. That's a personal question!
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm
Oil, but also a balm! Press in after cleansing—see the results. Pro-tip from Glossier's Sarah Hudson: "After I apply, I rub the remaining product into my cuticles."
Marie Veronique Restorative Night Oil
For the person whose skin's hydration cuts out around lunchtime. This stuff is serious. Put it on at night before bed, slip under the covers, and wake up looking restored.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Targeting the redness and texture issues. Again, wear it at night like a face blanket. Wake up "literally glowing."
Herbivore Orchid Face Oil
Aromatherapeutic. Smells like a flower and is therefore aptly named. The oil is a little on the greasier side in that it does take some time to absorb, but think of it as an overnight mask that'll protect your skin from the dryness of your radiator. While simultaneously lulling you to sleep with its scent.
Restorsea 24kt Liquid Gold Face Oil
Well, for one, there's gold in it. It's a bi-phase oil—where one phase is gold and the other phase is a mix of squalane, fish oils, and Restorsea's proprietary fermentation. The mix proves perfect for oily skin types who don't want to look slick but are still chasing that luminescence. The hydration soaks in immediately; the gold shines through—as you would expect it to. Good if you're sensitive, too.
Ren Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil
The ultimate in skin barrier renewal. Reach for this one if you think your skin may be a bit sick of your exfoliating products and needs to rebuild its own lipid defenses. Small bottle—so use a small amount. Best if mixed into a heavy cream.
Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil
Combination skin hero! Will help with the dryness, won't make everywhere else oily and slick. Use it both morning and night after exfoliating, under your night cream. Smooth, hydrated, comfortable.
Photographed by Tom Newton.
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