When it comes to grooming products, there’s not a one-size-fits-all regimen that can be used effectively year-round. Warmer months require lighter, SPF-rich moisturizers and calming lotions that will soothe skin that’s been overexposed to sun, while the colder portion of the year gets a bit more demanding. Dropping temperatures and lower humidity means dryer, itchier and more irritated skin, but it’s nothing a grooming routine that takes only a bit more effort can’t fix.
Swap out your spring and summer products for an intensely hydrating lineup and you’ll be able to combat a less-than bright complexion in no time. Facial cleansers, daily moisturizers, aftershave balm and beard oil—they all come in moisturizing variations specifically meant to target dull, dry skin. Below are six of our favorite such products, with an all-natural body lotion thrown in for good measure. If the list seems excessive, consider this: the only flakes you want to see this winter are made of snow, right?
Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($13.29, amazon.com)
CeraVe is one of the most classic and affordable skincare brands out there and despite its lack of a fancy name or trendy branding, it’s also one of the most popular. That’s because it’s products work, plain and simple. This cleanser is formulated with hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain its natural moisture and it’s gentle enough to use on all skin types.
Daily moisturizer: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($21, kiehls.com)
It’s important to use a moisturizer with SPF year-round, especially if you enjoy hiking during the fall or hitting the slopes during the winter. This option from Kiehl’s boasts an SPF of 30 and is formulated with squalane, which is a lipid derived from olives, and glycerin, both of which help with hydration.
Night cream: Origin’s Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask ($28, origins.com)
If your skin starts to flake or peel you’re going to want an ultra thick overnight moisturizer to help soothe it back into shape—trust us. This overnight mask, which is really just a cream, is formulated with avocado, apricot kernel oils and Japanese seaweed, which collectively quench dry skin and prevent future dehydration by repairing its barrier. As an added bonus, it smells amazing.
Beard oil: Jack Black Beard Oil ($25, jackblack.com)
It’ll keep your beard conditioned and your skin itch-free, and it’ll make you smell great. If you need more convincing, it’s formulated with a blend of certified organic oils and potent antioxidants and vitamins including kalahari melon oil, marula oil, brown algae, carrot extract, vitamin E and plum oil.
Aftershave balm: (Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm ($5.49, target.com)
Rather than reaching for an aftershave splash, which is typically a liquid antiseptic that has that sterile alcohol smell, opt for a hydrating balm instead. This option by Nivea, which is great for all skin types, is constantly rated among the best and it’s super affordable. Vitamin E and natural chamomile and witch hazel extracts are to thank for its ultra calming properties.
Body lotion: Bulldog Natural Skincare for Men Original Body Lotion ($11.99, amazon.com)
Focus on hydrating your face but don’t forget about the rest of your body, either. Keep a tube of this all-natural lotion—which features aloe vera, grape seed oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and more—on hand and the cold weather will be no match for your skin—any of it.