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The consensus is in: winter is the worst season – at least when it comes to maintaining good winter skin care and any semblance of togetherness. Cold, dark days and nights whip around frozen winds that are actual kryptonite for hair, lips, and complexions. Even in an eventful place like New York City, winter can make you feel like you’re an isolated character in Ethan Frome: freezing, helpless, and holding onto your pickle dish for dear life.
To make matters worse, sufferers of fungal rashes like dermatitis and eczema often count winter weather as a trigger for flakey flare-ups. Makeup application can quickly go from looking smooth to spackled after just a couple of hours on a 20-degree day. To me, winter often feels like a zombie apocalypse, where something malevolent is slowly coming for you and everything you hold near and dear.
There is hope, however, as a good winter skin care routine can help to rejuvenate some of the life you've lost. Hydrating creams and goopy treatments are the best artillery against the impending zombie doom of January. Below, find the 10 best winter skincare products and treatments to help your skin maintain its composure on even the driest winter day.