Ah, autumn and winter. It's that time of year when leaves turn into a rainbow of beautiful colors, giving us an excuse to drink all of the hot beverages and wear our favorite sweaters

But while everyone loves the crisp air, there's one thing no one loves — the cracked dry skin it leads to. It may be chilly outside, but our skin is so dry that it's like the Mojave desert on our face. There may as well be cacti sprouting from our cheeks. Why can't we one without the other?

To calm inflamed dry skin, slather these moisturizers on with reckless abandon. And for extra credit, pay attention to layering your hydration products. There is no such thing as too much moisturizer, so don't skip the facial oils or overnight masks. Your skin will thank you when that chilly gust whips by.


First, pat on an intensive moisturizing toner to get your skin prepped for the next steps, like the Hada Labo Gokujun Premium Hyaluronic Toner, $18.99 at oo35mm.

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Immediately after cleansing, while your skin is still wet, apply a toner containing hyaluronic acid to trap that moisture into your skin. The Hada Labo Gokujun Premium Hyaluronic Toner is beloved by r/skincareaddiction Redditors for a reason — it contains five types of HA to deeply hydrate and moisturize skin at the first level. 


Belif Aqua Bomb Hydrating Toner, $28 at Sephora.

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This is Belif's first appearance on this list but it won't be the last. This toner is like a fresh drink of water for the skin. It contains HA and baobab essence for an extra hydration boost. Most importantly, it doesn't contain alcohol, which can further dry out parched winter skin.


Next, move onto the moisturizing serums like the Ordinary "Buffet," $14.80 at Sephora.

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You didn't think you could skip straight to the moisturizer, did you? Dry skin needs a lot more love, which is why I recommend a hydrating serum after your toner. I love the Ordinary's "Buffet" serum because it contains HA and glycerin for added hydration, and comes in a soothing liquid gel formula. It also contains matrixyl, a skin-plumping peptide that will help reduce deep lines, where dry skin flakes tend to settle. When I'm regularly using this serum, I don't have to constantly swat away flakes from my laugh lines!


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, $38 at Ulta.

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This serum is also a winner because it contains HA and glycerin, the gold standards of skin hydration. I also like that it has aloe and colloidal oatmeal, which will help soothe wind-chapped skin.


Now can you slather on the moisturizer like the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides, $60 at Sephora.

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The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro cream is one of the big guns when it comes to moisturizers. I LOVE THIS STUFF. It's deeply soothing, not greasy, and keeps dry skin at bay for 24 hours. It also plays well under makeup and works great as a night cream. Since it's so pricey, though, I only use it during the day. $60 isn't cheap, but this is the Mercedes-Benz of moisturizers. 


Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, $21 — $78 at Ulta.

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This moisturizer works really well, and it works for a full 72 hours. That's not a marketing gimmick. I have successfully worn the Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator for a full three days and my skin did not rebel once.


Belif The Cream Moisturizing Bomb, $22 — $62 at Sephora.

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Another beloved moisturizer, the Belif Cream Moisturizing Bomb is a bomb of creamy goodness. It has a lightweight whipped texture that doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Perfect for daytime and can be used at night with a few drops of facial oil for a hydrating boost.


And speaking of facial oils, my newest obsession is the Velvette Dry Skin Night Facial Oil, $30 — $72 at Velvette Organics.

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As a beauty editor, brands send me a lot of products to test but this facial oil is one of my recent favorites. The Velvette Organics Dry Skin Night Facial Oil is a sumptuous, deeply beneficial oil that I've loved using all over my face. I apply it after exfoliating with an AHA, and now that the weather is getting cold, I apply a light layer over my moisturizer at night. Winter will be much more bearable with this oil.


Acure The Essentials Marula Oil, $15.99 at Ulta.

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I've expounded on how much I adore the Acure Marula Oil before, but it bears repeating: This stuff is amazing. Marula oil is celebrated for its quick-absorbing but non-greasy feel, with antioxidants that your skin will love. In the winter, mix a couple of drops of this with your moisturizer and apply a generous layer at night. For $15.99, you can afford to use this oil liberally.


Last but not least, use a hydrating night mask for maximum dry skin victory like the Origins Drink Up-Intensive Overnight Mask, $26 at Ulta.

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This is my holy grail overnight mask. The avocado cream is seriously hydrating and occlusive. It works with glycerin to seal in your night serum and facial oils. It also smells like avocado, so those with sensitive skin might not like the light fragrance. Still, this is the champagne of hydrating night masks, and one tube lasts a while.

On a particularly parched day, I'll even apply a very thin layer of it in the mornings when I plan on skipping makeup. It's so soothing, you'll want to bathe in it.


And if all else fails, the CeraVe Healing Ointment, $24.07 at Walmart will repair chapped, sad skin.

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Sometimes, no matter what you do, winter winds will irritate your skin into oblivion. Soothe painful cracks, chaps, and flaky patches with the CeraVe Healing Ointment. It contains HA and ceramides to hydrate skin, but also petrolatum to seal the skin's moisture barrier during the natural healing process. It's thick, it's goopy, and it's occlusive, so use it at night. You can also apply this to other areas of the body that need winter love.

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