Let it snow. And also, let it glow. Winter should be a time of joy, happiness, and cute scarves... not the dreaded skin dullness that takes all the fun out of holiday selfies. Sure, good lighting and Instagram filters can help, but you deserve a bright and beautiful complexion that lights up like your neighbor’s Christmas display - and it’s easier than you think to find the best winter skincare products for glowing skin.
Just like fall weather, the lack of moisture in the winter air can dry out your skin - creating a “tight,” flaky, and dull complexion that’s simply not pretty. And also, not the best canvas for your holiday makeup looks. But it’s nothing that a skin care lineup of hydrating moisturizers, face masks, and serums can’t fix - giving you the gift of healthy, hydrated skin as you enjoy the seasonal festivities. Not to mention, these beauty products also make the best presents for the skin care enthusiasts in your life!
Get ready to sparkle this season and defeat your dull winter skin with our favorite winter skincare products below.
It really is a magic cream, you guys. And not just because the pillowy, creamy white texture gives us all the “playing in the snow” vibes. This cult favorite by Charlotte Tilbury is one of the best moisturizers for your winter skin care routine, with a nourishing blend of ingredients that leaves your face glowing and gorgeous. Hyaluronic Acid needs no introduction, as the hydration hero locks moisture into the skin to leave it feeling smooth, soft, and sparkly. Anti-aging enthusiasts will love the Bionymph Peptide Complex that erases fine lines and revives youthful radiance, and Vitamins C and E significantly brighten and even skin tone while fighting off dullness with their unique blend of antioxidant power. You need a rich, effective moisturizer to deeply hydrate and provide your most healthy skin as you’re dealing with end-of-year work stress and last-minute holiday festivities, and Charlotte’s Magic Cream is a winter wonderland for your complexion.
Winter, we love you… but you’re kinda giving us dull and flaky skin. Did you know that turning the central heater on in your house, and then going outside into the cold, can be extremely harsh on your complexion? This causes more dead cells and impurities to get trapped in your pores, dulling your natural brilliance and making your skin look uneven. Not a cute look, but 100% solvable with a good exfoliant. Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash by Kiehl’s is about to give you the winter look of your dreams, formulated with Apricot Kernels, Caffeine, Menthol, Vitamin E and Citrus Extracts to remove impurities without stripping your skin of its natural and essential oils. This formula reaches into the pores to pull out dirt, oil, blackheads, and dead skin, letting your moisturizers absorb more easily and restoring your natural glow. Here’s the thing, this exfoliating scrub is technically made for men… but the ladies should still totally steal it from their boyfriend’s cabinet. Or gift it to themselves for Hanukkah or Christmas. Facial Fuel is designed to go deep into men’s pores and remove every last impurity, as guys have up to 25% thicker skin than women. Since it’s an extra-strong exfoliant, you know you can trust it to banish all the excess dead skin cells and blackheads that are coming your way this winter. Go makeup-free and show off your clear, glowing skin!
Come on, First Aid Beauty was basically made for your winter skincare routine. The brand’s products are half beauty, half medicine - and put your skin’s health first while providing a brightness boost with natural ingredients. The whipped, lightweight texture is ideal for the most dry sensitive skin, and provides lasting hydration and relief to carry you through the winter season. It contains Shea Butter and Ceramide 3 (Cholesterol’s lipid cousin!) to keep your skin always hydrated, but never heavy… diminishing any signs of dryness or dullness as your holiday glow up begins. First Aid Beauty products are especially helpful for those with rosacea or eczema, as they’re packed with nourishing ingredients, like Colloidal Oatmeal, to soothe your sensitive skin and bring brightness back to your face. Or arms. Or neck. That’s right, the Ultra Repair Cream is an all-over product designed to add hydration and glow to your entire body. You’re about to watch dullness disappear more quickly than your peppermint latte after a Starbucks run, and it’s the best thing ever.
Under eyes are the last part of your face that you want to be affected by winter dullness. Eyes are the ultimate symbol of expression - and having drained, dry, or dull skin around this area can make you look ten years older. Or like you just stayed up all night studying for midterms, which you may or may not have done. You can brighten up your fragile under eyes with the right patches - like these ones by Too Cool For School! The pumpkin design will give you major The Nightmare Before Christmas vibes as you apply throughout the holiday season, giving your complexion a boost with Pumpkin Ferment Extract and 24K Gold. These ingredients work together to eliminate dark circles, puffiness, and dullness that often occur around the eyes, especially during the colder months, and even help to accelerate your early anti-aging routine!
When a beauty brand has been called “the powerhouse of hydration,” and talked up by celebrity makeup artists, influencers, and top dermatologists for over 25 years… you know it’s the real deal. And a must-have for your winter skin care routine. Yes, we’re talking about Laneige! An overnight mask is the easiest way to quite literally banish dullness overnight, and Water Sleeping Mask is formulated with nourishing ingredients to recharge and refresh your complexion. The gel formula absorbs easily before your head hits the pillow, infusing your skin with Sleep-Tox™, an exclusive complex with antioxidant-rich Hunza Apricot and Evening Primrose that reduce the appearance of fatigue, and calm the skin against environmental stress and damage that happens during the day. It also contains Hydro Ionized Mineral Water, formulated with six minerals to deliver intense hydration and help your skin retain moisture, and Moisture Wrap™ to form an eight-hour time-release moisturizing layer. Yes, this overnight mask literally locks mineral water and active ingredients into your face while you get your recommended eight hours of sleep. Pretty cool, right? With all that hydration, you know you’re about to wake up with major brightness, and MIRA BEAUTY reviews confirm it. 94% say that Water Sleeping Mask is ultra-brightening, 96% agree that it’s anti-aging, and 92% say that it provides redness relief.
Winter is coming, but you can still bring a little summer into your skin care routine. With this pineapple serum by Glow Recipe, perhaps? Besides the adorable design, this is one of the best winter skincare products to address all the worst seasonal concerns. Dullness, dryness, fine lines, everything. Pineapple-C features three potent forms of Vitamin C (including Pineapple Juice) to smooth, hydrate, and brighten the skin - also fading hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and dark spots! Exfoliation is key during the winter, and the natural AHAs and Bromelain Enzymes from the pineapple exfoliate the skin to remove impurities and create a flawless, glassy finish. Like all the store windows you’ll be looking into while holiday shopping. Pineapple-C also contains Hyaluronic Acid with skin soothers like chamomile and aloe to ensure that your skin has all the hydration, with an extreme boost of brightness. Just what you need going into December!
The real secret to glowing skin? Sheet masks, sheet masks, and more sheet masks. Especially during the winter season while you’re cuddled up in blankets and watching Christmas movies. K-beauty brands like Saturday Skin know all about restoring natural radiance, and your self-care and skin care routine will be shook with the Spotlight Brightening Mask. This cooling bio-cellulose mask is enriched with Cha-7 es Complex, an exclusive peptide formula that works to refresh and renew your skin, along with Saccharomyces Ferment, Bilberry, and Licorice Extract to boost brightness. Along with soothe, nourish, and moisturize even the most tired, dull winter skin. MIRA guests agree that Spotlight Brightening Mask is extremely hydrating, brightening, gentle and evens out your skin tone!
Can’t decide if you should treat yourself to more makeup or skincare essentials this season? Get yourself a beauty product that does both, like The Glow Enhancer by Elcie Cosmetics. This hybrid product comes in pretty packaging that definitely looks like a makeup must-have, and it is… but it’s also packed with endless skin benefits to banish dullness and create a lit-from-within glow. This nourishing, lightweight formula illuminates your look with just a few drops, packed with shimmery minerals for a highlight that’s holiday-approved. And you won’t just be sparkling on the outside, as this oil also provides antioxidant and anti-aging properties for a winter glow up. The Glow Enhancer is infused with Meadowfoam Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin E, and a number of fatty acids to protect your skin against all the worst effects of winter. You won’t just see a major drop in dullness, but a reduction in dark spots, fine lines, and uneven texture. Does this product sound like a winter dream? Because it is. Give your skin a boost of health and holiday cheer with this hybrid makeup and skincare essential.
Those with dry skin really feel the effects of winter, as the chilly air begins to cause flakiness, painful skin “tightness,” and chapped everything. Hands, feet, lips, you name it. But it doesn’t have to be this way, as there’s a $7 celebrity-approved product that can quite literally do it all. Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment is a cult favorite - with Beyonce admitting to slathering her face with it before bed each night, and Zendaya applying it for everything from eczema flare-ups to a simple touch of cheek highlighter. The heavy texture and mega-moisturizing power, among many other things, makes this Aquaphor face cream one of the top winter skincare products. It’s formulated with 41% Petrolatum to create a protective barrier, providing extreme hydration and healing properties for the skin. We’re talking everything from rosacea and psoriasis (a condition that JVN deals with) flare-ups that get worse with every season, to dry and cracked lips. That’s right… you can apply this Aquaphor cream basically anywhere on the body for a surge of brightness, beauty, and Beyonce energy. Another tip, if you suffer from extremely dry hands or feet during the colder months? Apply a generous amount of Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment to your extremities, place a glove or sock over it, and wear overnight to wake up with soft, hydrated skin like never before.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse skin care ingredient for any season, there’s no denying it. It brightens, protects, reduces inflammation and fights the signs of aging. What more can you ask for? Japanese beautyberry for double the antioxidant power? Tatcha has that too. Violet-C contains 20% Vitamin C + Japanese Beautyberry to support cell turnover, protect against free radicals, and banish winter dullness while creating your most luminous holiday look. It also contains fruit AHAs to gently exfoliate for an even texture, and Japanese Angelica Root to brighten the complexion while reducing the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. Tatcha is dedicated to protecting against environmental stress, like chilly winter weather that wreaks havoc on your skin, and you’ll be a holiday vision with all the best Vitamin C benefits. 97% of MIRA guests say that Violet-C brightens your complexion, while 93% agree that this serum evens out skin tone and hydrates.
Find all the best winter skincare products for your skin care routine on MIRA.