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Winter can be harsh on skin, often leading to cracked lips, a dull complexion and dry hands. To help ease the discomfort, we’ve pulled together a list of our must-have skincare products made to hydrate and revitalize skin. Affordable, easy to find and effective, these are our top picks to give your skin a little extra love this winter.

6 Must-Have Drugstore Products for Winter Skin


Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 15 Fragrance-Free, $16.99

Cetaphil has been a trustworthy favorite for years, especially among those with sensitive skin. This lightweight moisturizer provides a silky-smooth feeling, leaving skin hydrated while protecting against damaging UVA and UVB rays (yes, these still penetrate through dreary winter days!) and improving skin’s ability to retain moisture without clogging pores. Apply this daily after cleansing (we’re big fans of the Cetaphil Daily Cleanser as well) and before makeup.

Cetaphil Daily Lotion, a drugstore product for winter skin

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, $16.99, here | Image: Cetaphil

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, $22.99

Throughout the winter months, an added dose of hydration is sometimes necessary for keeping a smooth complexion. This Neutrogena moisturizer features a unique water-gel formula that absorbs quickly and feels lightweight on the skin – all while delivering intense hydration and a healthy-looking glow. Apply this one right before bed, and wake up to soft, plump skin!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer, a drugstore product for winter skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, $22.99, here | Image: Neutrogena


Soap & Glory Original Pink Righteous Butter Body Butter, $15

This is the product that put Soap & Glory on the map. Made specifically for those with dry skin, this softening body butter includes shea butter and aloe vera, which trap moisture and hold hydration. Although fragrance-filled lotions often dry out skin further, this body butter offers a yummy, unique scent that doesn’t jeopardize the hydrating formula.

The Righteous Butter from Soap & Glory, a drugstore product for winter skin

Soap & Glory Original Pink Righteous Butter Body Butter, $15, here | Image: Ulta


Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream, $4.99

Is there anything worse than the painful, cracked, dry hands winter brings? This $5 hand cream is the solution. It nourishes and repairs dry skin while adding a protective layer of moisture that lasts through handwashing, is dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, non-greasy, absorbs quickly and offers a light, fresh scent.

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream

Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream, $4.99, here | Image: Walgreens


Aquaphor Healing Skin Ointment, $6.79

Of course we had to include Aquaphor in a winter skin necessities lineup. This tried-and-true brand reigns supreme in healing dry, cracked skin and providing effective, long-lasting hydration. Apply this product anywhere on the body where irritated or dry skin craves hydration. It’s clinically proven to restore smooth, healthy skin (not to mention it’s dermatologist-recommended and preservative-free!).

Aquaphor Healing Ointment, a drugstore product for winter skin

Aquaphor Healing Skin Ointment, $6.79, here | Image: Aquaphor

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Aquaphor Lip Repair, $5.79, and Vaseline Lip Balm Mini Cocoa Butter, $1.99

If you love the Aquaphor Healing Ointment, this lip repair is a must-have. Available in a travel-size tube (and also available in stick form, here), this product offers the same level of advanced therapy and hydration for dry, cracked lips and will soothe and protect from winter damage. Additionally, the Vaseline Lip Balm (another classic favorite – we love the mini cocoa butter!) is fantastic for turning lips from painful and cracked into soft and glowing. We suggest applying either product right before sleep to wake up with refreshed, plump lips.

Aquaphor Lip Repair, a drugstore product for winter skin

Aquaphor Lip Repair, $5.79, here | Image: Aquaphor

Vaseline Lip Balm Mini Cocoa Butter

Vaseline Lip Balm Mini Cocoa Butter, $1.99, here | Image: Vaseline

And there you have it — solutions to all of your winter skin woes!


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