The Top-Rated Moisturizing Products From Sephora For When the Weather Has No Chill
You may (really, really) want to curl up under a weighted blanket and binge eat Christmas cookies, but a pesky thing like life has likely gotten in the way of your seasonal hermit dreams. Even if the weather isn't as wintry and bleak as it could be (yet), what if your skin has already begun its revolt? After all, even small changes in the air's moisture level, or subtle degree drops, can be a shock to your system.
Maybe your skin is flaking, your hands and feet are looking rough, or your face just seems dull, no matter how much highlighter you apply. Or perhaps you don't want to get to that place ... again. Listen, we're here to help. We combed through moisturizing products at Sephora, and read through the reviews, to see which products were solving these same problems for other people.
There are moisturizers for your face, all packing a slightly different powerful punch, and ones specifically for problem spots on your body. There's an almond mask for your feet with cute penguins on it, and a honey mask for your hair that comes out of a bear. And, at the very least, there's a strong case for changing up a routine for the winter in some form or fashion.
Dare we say these top-rated Sephora products can bring a smile to your dry, chapped lips this season? Check them out for yourself ahead.
First Aid Beauty Hydration Stars
If your skin is simply parched this season, the First Aid Beauty Hydration Stars ($12) is the equivalent of a tall glass of water. The Ultra Repair Cream offers long-term hydration for face and body, and the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy offers the same to your lips. Both products use colloidal oatmeal (to help calm distressed skin) and shea butter (to protect the skin's barrier from the elements). The tube of cream is small enough to toss in a bag — but there are also two larger versions available ($32-$40). The 6,000 reviews and 150,000 loves at Sephora for it must be onto something.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask
Not only does the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask ($36) have top ratings, the teddy bear container is just too cute. It's not just for show though — this baby bear comes bearing a hair mask with organic, unpasteurized honey, a natural humectant that strengthens hair and helps retain moisture. Also inside is rosehip oil for controlling frizz and maintaining the hydration added by the honey, and algae extract with protective minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins, too.
Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution
Here's a sheet mask you'll want to stock up on in winter. The top-rated Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution ($6) boasts moisturizing hyaluronic acid and algae extract that supports your body's natural collagen creation and leaves skin looking completely refreshed. The serum in the mask works to strengthen the skin's barrier and help to prevent water loss. Plus, Sephora shoppers noted it's good for even sensitive skin and reducing redness, too.
Fresh Winter Wonder Lips Gift Set
Start off using the Fresh Winter Wonder Lips Gift Set ($35) with the Sugar Wonder Drops Lip Primer, a gentle leave-on exfoliant that smooths dry lips with alpha-hydroxy acid and leaves them ready for balm, gloss, or lipstick. Now, luckily, this set also includes two colors of Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen to choose from off the bat. These popular lip tints pack an added boost of SPF, and have earned more than 9,000 reviews and 280,000 hearts at Sephora on their own.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Whether your winter exposure to nature includes shoveling snow, lugging groceries from the store, or simply just walking around outside in the cold, the top-rated Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($16-$23) can help you. It creates a glove-like protective barrier against the elements, and it's also packed full of botanical oils like moisturizing avocado and a natural wax from olive oil that soothes and conditions skin as well.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
There are over 1,000 reviews for this Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($52), a moisturizing vitamin B5 serum that can also improve skin's texture and tone with its pineapple ceramide. It's good for skin that's dehydrated — perhaps due to dropping temps — as it offers a watermelon rind, apple, and lentil complex that improves water retention, and can even reduce the appearance of fine lines. It's best added to another moisturizing cream, or even another serum like vitamin C, as they can work together for a doubly strong hydration boost.
Belif Moisture Miracle Set
It's a moisture miracle! The Belif Moisture Miracle Set ($38) includes the best-selling Moisturizing Bomb which offers an explosive burst of hydration that's earned it 80,000 loves and more than 2,000 reviews at Sephora. This product, along with the also-included Moisturizing Eye Bomb, feature comfrey leaf, an herb traditionally used by Scottish farmers to heal dry, calloused hands. The trio is rounded out with the Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser which cleans the face and removes makeup without stripping it of moisture.
Supergoop! SPF, Snow or Shine
Even if you haven't seen sunshine in what seems like eternity, it's still essential to put on SPF (yes, even in winter). In case that's hard to remember, this set has a reminder right in its name: Supergoop! SPF, Snow or Shine ($48). It includes three of the brand's top-rated products: Superscreen Daily Moisturizer (which packs a hydration punch), Unseen Sunscreen (which goes on clear on all skin types and can double as a makeup primer), and Smooth and Poreless 100 Percent Mineral Matte Sunscreen (to absorb's skin's oils and reduce the appearance of pores). Of course, all three also have SPF 40 to protect against UV rays, pollution, and blue light.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($47) has emollients like olive extract and shea butter right inside its own formula. Cream foundations like this one tend to hold on tighter to moisture and liquid alternatives so, when you layer this with a hydrating primer, the resulting skin is twice as winter ready. This foundation adds skin tone pigments to its transparent base for a natural and buildable finish, and has been praised with more than 1,000 reviews and 60,000 loves from other Sephora shoppers.
Sephora Collection Holiday Almond Foot Mask
Why should faces have all the fun when it comes to masks? Meet a seasonal edition to the store's top-rated mask collection: The Sephora Collection Holiday Almond Foot Mask ($5). Even if your toes are tucked away in heavy socks and big boots this season, you'll know they're nourished and softened with this mask. It features skin-softening almond extract to bring moisture back to dry feet, and even works to soften rough spots like cracked heels.
Skinfix Brrrrrrier+ Kit
Skinfix Brrrrrrier+ Kit ($48) includes something to treat your face, body, lips, and hands. This exclusive Sephora set includes four top-rated moisturizing products. There's the Barrier+ Lipid-Peptide Cream which works to increase vital skin lipids on your face and neck while the Barrier+ Lipid-Boost Body Cream nourishes the rest of your body. The Barrier+ Lip Repair Balm soothes and protects chapped lips, and serves as a hydrating topcoat over lipstick. Or, if your hands are in need of particular help, there's a more targeted treatment with the Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream for rough, itchy, or irritated ones.
Go-To Exceptionoil ($39) is packed with 100 percent natural oils and butters, but still manages to be lightweight without a greasy residue. It conditions the skin and is a magical do-it-all for any part of your body that could use a little boost this season. It can go all over after showering, or it can be applied to especially thirsty areas like cuticles, heels, elbows, and knees. It can be added to your foundation for an extra glow. It can even be worked into your hair for extra sheen. Who said you have to look dry and dull and not dewy just 'cause it's winter?
Beautybio The Quench Quadralipid Recovery Cream
Beautybio The Quench Quadralipid Recovery Cream ($125) is ideal for dry climates, winter weather, or even after long flights. (Basically anytime your skin is stripped of its moisture and stressed.) This rich cream aims to restore the skin's barrier layer and replenish nutrient-rich lipids that keep it healthy and bright. After your moisture reservoir gets refilled, back comes the glow. The active ingredients include sunflower seed oil to hydrate, beeswax to repel environmental toxins, and lactic acid to boost collagen production. Oh, and it's earned 4.8 stars at Sephora, too.
Tarte Winter Skin Re-Fresh Skincare Essentials
If hibernating 'til Spring isn't your reality, the Tarte Winter Skin Re-Fresh Skincare Essentials ($39, originally $45) can help tide your skin over, or at least keep it supple in the meantime. Valued at $76, there's an antioxidant-rich serum with a blend of eight oils to nourish and hydrate, a tingling toner with a 10 percent acid complex to help resurface and transform your skin while you sleep, and a gel moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and electrolyte-balancing sea salts.
Tatcha The Water Cream
With more than 2,000 reviews and 180,000 loves, it seems pretty clear why Tatcha The Water Cream ($68) is also a best seller. If you haven't heard of the concept, water creams offer hydration with a unique water burst when the product hits your skin. Their texture is similar to jelly and offers hydration without blocking sweat glands or clogging pores in the process. This one refines skin tone with Japanese wild rose to tighten pores and smooth texture, Japanese leopard lily to control excess oil, and Hadasei-3 working as an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae.
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
As its name implies, the Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer ($15-$46) is built tough for chapped elbows and knees, and cracked, calloused hands and feet. That's not to say if your skin is not quite in need of the full industrial strength power, it's not for you. It's just simply strong enough for people who have extremely dry skin and also useful to those with regular dry skin, as its eucalyptus and vitamins A and E can soothe just about anyone.
IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm
The IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm ($29) is a leave-in conditioner that's especially helpful in the winter months as it serves as a humectant for your hair, drawing in water molecules and locking in that moisture. There's also coconut oil (to reduce protein loss), shea butter (to hydrate and protect) and Argan oil (to reduce frizz). Oh, and the cream has earned 20,000 hearts from Sephora shoppers, so it seems they're on to something.
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter
While lounging on the couch could provide some deep comfort, so can the aptly named Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($33). The popular cream is meant for anyone with dryness-prone skin year-round, or for those plagued in winter months only. It's rich with hydrating shea butter and can be lathered all over for a moisture boost any time you need. So, perhaps combine those two things for a night of deep comfort for your mind and your body?