As the seasons change, your beauty routine must follow suit. And so, here’s the time to select winter skincare products that work to keep skin healthy while battling colder temperatures. Here are seven must-haves to add to your winter wellness wish list for skincare.

 Vitamin C Serum

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C serum $68 @ Sephora

Cool temperatures = duller skin, this is where vitamin C serums step in. Vitamin C is a dermatologist favorite because it brightens overall tone while acting as a powerful antioxidant, fighting off skin damaging free radicals/toxins (like air pollution) on a daily basis. Ole Henriksen uses a pure form of vitamin C “3-O-Etyl Ascorbic Acid”, an airless pump to reduce contamination, and opaque packaging, which is important for the stability of the vitamin C, as the potency can weaken when exposed to sunlight.


Ceramidin Dr Jart $48.00 @ Sephora

A ceramide-rich moisturizer is essential for those who experience enhanced dryness during winter time. Ceramides are lipids that are found naturally in the uppermost layer of the skin. They act as bricks to hold skin cells together. Ceramidin is rich in various ceramides, replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Snail Mucin

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence $25 @Ulta

Don’t worry, no snails were harmed in the process!  Snail mucin holds a prestigious place in the Korean skincare world, known for its wound healing properties. The mucin has been found to naturally contain hyaluronic acid, which has moisturizing properties to support the skin barrier and help lock in moisture.

Lip Mask

Laneige lip sleeping mask $24 @ Sephora

This leave-on lip mask delivers intense moisture and antioxidants while you sleep. Prepping your lips to face the cool, winter temperatures.  Added plus, it’s paraben free!

Vitamin A

Kiehl’s Skin Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum $62 @Ulta

Retinols can be dry and irritating to the skin, which works against us during the winter months. Kiehl’s skin renewing retinol contains ceramides and peptides to combat dryness, while the low dose of retinol minimizes risk of irritation.

Body Scrub

First Aid Beauty Bump Eraser $30 @Ulta

This body scrub gently exfoliates and even layer of deads skin cells, leaving your skin supple and smooth. It contains pumice stone and 10% alpha hydroxy acid, which is a gentle chemical exfoliant.

 Vitamin C Body Lotion

Necessaire – The Body Lotion $28 @ Sephora

As mentioned, vitamin C is an antioxidant powerhouse. Give your body’s skin the extra boost it needs this winter with this Vitamin C body lotion. One plus, it’s fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin!

Taking care of your skin is one of the gems that will help you look like the young version of yourself for many years to come. Remember skin care is not just for when you spend time in the sun, but year around. These additions to your wellness wish list are great for giving and receiving. Check out our other wish list ideas for kitchen gadgets, low tox self care, and staying active.

Happy Holidays!


Rochelle is a native of Covington, LA and a newlywed. She enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and yoga. Her passion for diabetes prevention, due to an extensive family history, led her to become a Registered Dietitian with a focus on helping people formulate a lifestyle that supports managing blood sugar.