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(Left to right) e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Face Cream Fragrance Free; La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer; Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
1. Treat dry skin and dehydration
You’d think experienced folks like us would have cold-weather skin solutions down to a tee, right? Lower thermostat, gloves, scarf, face mask and, oh yeah … moisturizer. But that’s where we get it wrong. Mature skin has two separate winter situations: Dry skin, which lacks oil, is age-related and will stick around for constant care; dehydrated skin can be temporary since it’s due to lack of water, poor diet (especially too much alcohol or caffeine) and climate extremes such as icy outdoors/sweaty indoors. You may very well have both. The main solution is to choose a moisturizer with some combination of humectants (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, honey, aloe vera) that bind water to the skin, and emollients (butters, oils, lipids, vitamin E) to lubricate and soften and, together with occlusives (petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, silicone, waxes and ceramides), seal the uppermost skin layer and prevent moisture loss. Good choices include fragrance-free creams like e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Face Cream Fragrance Free ($13, target.com), Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream ($15, target.com) and La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer ($20, walgreens.com).