Is your skin ready for cooler temps and drier air? We asked Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD, for his top product picks to ease winter skin woes. Bhanusali is a dermatology resident at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals.
1. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash ($7.99). "The key word here is 'gentle.' I'm one of the many dermatologists who like to recommend a non-pore-clogging face wash that leaves skin soft and hydrated. This one contains only what your skin needs. It's mild, so if you have sensitive skin you will be able to use this twice a day. Bonus: Many of my women patients claim it's the best makeup remover they've ever used."
2. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($15.79). "Taking long, hot showers can strip the body of its protective oils. I recommend 10-minute-or-less showers with warm, not hot, water. When you step out of the shower, pat dry and apply a body cream. This one has ceramides that replace the skin's natural oils."
3. Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48). "I'm a big proponent of argan oil, a dermatologist favorite, on the body. This natural ingredient contains essential fatty acids -- linoleic and oleic acids -- that are amazing for your hair and skin. Place a dot in the palm of your hand, and massage the oil into the driest parts of your skin and hair."
4. Aquaphor Lip Repair ($4.99). "This is my all-time favorite. It is packed with emollients, which are great because they prevent water loss, soften dry spots, and increase the moisture levels in the top layer of skin. There are no fragrances or irritants, so you can use this all day long."
5. Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer With SPF 30 ($14.99). "This soy-based face cream absorbs quickly and is great for improving pigmentation and texture. I love that it is also infused with SPF, one of the best anti-aging ingredients."
6. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.99). "Fragrance-free and not super greasy, this hand lotion is a perfect selection for dry, chapped hands brought on by excessive hand washing or exposure to chemicals … on top of dry indoor heat. Use often, and after every hand washing."
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