When it comes to hydrators for normal skin, beef up your formula with the cream of the crop. "Products with a cream base tend to moisturize better in colder weather than lotions, and normal skin will be able to tolerate them without becoming oily," says dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, MD, who also advised steering clear of gels that may be too drying and ointments that may be too heavy. Instead, for day, Mariwalla suggests a cream with vitamin C "to help manage antioxidant damage," while dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, stresses the importance of SPF. "Regardless of the temperature, you should always look for a product with SPF 30 or above for the day," he said. A good one to try? Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector, which is riddled with camu camu, an Amazonian fruit that boasts 30 times the vitamin C of an average orange.
As for night, Mariwalla advises using a more concentrated cream for deep hydration, like Eve Lom TLC Cream, or an anti-aging formula. "Winter is a great time to manage the damage from the summer, so it's the ideal season to start that retinoid or retinol regimen," she says, recommending La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] for its potent level of pure retinol. We also love Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream that features a "smart release" technology, which penetrates the ingredient deep into the skin.