Winter Essentials & Cold Weather Beauty Tips

Be sure to stock up on these items when it’s almost too cold to function.  

If you've survived a tough Winter (mind-numbing temperatures and icy conditions included), then you know firsthand how having the right products can make a miserable few months more bearable. As any seasoned veteran will tell you, it's all about stocking up on multi-purpose skincare staples and investing in quality cold-weather layers to use both at home and on the go. So if you've recently moved up north or traded the mild west coast for the frigid east coast, weather the cold with ease thanks to the eight functional products ahead.

1. A multi-purpose skin care product

Experiencing dry hands, cracked heels, chapped lips, or chafing? A multi-purpose product like Aquaphor® Healing Ointment works both gently and quickly to combat dryness and restore it to a smooth and healthy state. The product builds a protective barrier against external irritants while enhancing the healing process, making it an affordable favorite among dermatologists and beauty buffs alike. Keep it in your bag for quick relief on the go, and apply it before bed to nourish your skin while you sleep.

2. A down-filled jacket with a hood

A high-quality, water-resistant parka will help block out the harsh elements while keeping you toasty, especially if you invest in one with both down filling and a hood. You'll be surprised at what a difference these features make. In addition, choosing a mid-length style will provide extra warmth and make it easier for you to layer longer knits underneath. Just be sure to take it off as soon as you're indoors to help regulate your body temperature.

3. A humidifier

The nonstop cycle of frigid temps outside and dry, heated air inside can wreak havoc on your skin. Using a humidifier at home will bring the moisture level to around 50% while you sleep and can help restore suppleness to dehydrated skin overnight. Plus, if you come down with a cold, it's an easy way to clear stuffy sinuses and soothe a sore throat.

4. Insulated layers

Stock up on fitted insulated pieces like camisoles, long-sleeves, turtlenecks, and even leggings that you can smoothly layer under sweaters and pants. The fabric generates and retains your body's heat to protect against the cold, all while remaining comfortable and breathable.

5. A wool or cashmere beanie

Your ears are particularly sensitive to the cold, so shield them with a wool or cashmere beanie to prevent earaches. With eye-catching details like bold colors or fluffy pom-poms, you'll make a style statement and stay cozy.

6. A warm throw blanket

At home, a soft, plush throw blanket will be your constant companion. Find a lightweight one in wool, fleece, or faux fur to wrap up in as you move from the couch to the bed.

7. Wool socks

Wool socks are a great option for keeping your toes toasty around the house and for layering under your snow boots to brave the outdoors. The fabric provides better insulation than cotton or synthetic fibers, especially if your feet get wet.

8. A cashmere infinity scarf

A warm cashmere scarf makes all the difference when you're up against biting wind. Look for one that's lightweight, so you can easily layer it under your coat with no added bulk, and tuck it away in your bag once you warm up. Plus, the luxe texture feels soft against sensitive skin.

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