Travel Loot

Winter Coatings for Face and Body, 2023 Edition

by Jane Larkworthy
Photo by Tim Gouw / Unsplash.

Heading to the mountains? Be sure to wear a ski helmet! These beauty products will help take care of every other part of your body. 

Cold Cream 2.0

While some cleansers can be drying to skin (shelve those gel formulas until humidity returns!), Alpyn Beauty Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser does what its name says. Inspired by the classic cold cream cleanser, founder Kendra Kolb updated it with hydrating collagen and juneberries that provide a super gentle smoothing of skin’s surface. $39

Base Layer

Essences have become the popular first step in skin care, but their textures vary from brand to brand. Thanks to plant-based squalane, BeautyStat Universal Moisture Essence feels like liquid silk when you pat it on, setting the ideal groundwork for your serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. $40

Hair Supply

Cold weather can do a number on hair. Fortunately, K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask implements peptide technology to improve, strengthen, and soften, no matter your hair type. This leave-in formula has the consistency of styling serum, so finger-comb it in to damp hair, and you’re done. And the fact that it only requires a tiny dab to work its magic only  adds to the wonder of it. $29

For Bluebird Days

We know and you know: Even when there’s no sun outside, you still need to wear sunscreen. Indie Lee Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 looks like it was designed for those perfect, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky ski days. Its protective, hardy formula is a rich white color, so it might require some blending. Formulated with a moisturizing triumvirate of shea butter, aloe, and squalane, a little elbow grease seems a small price to pay for that extra tenderness. $42

Easy on the Eyes

Dr. Hauschka Eye Balm may feel as soothing as lip balm but was specifically created for the eye area. With a ton of soothing and protective plant extracts and cacao seed butter, bees wax helps it go on the eye area as smoothly as its lip balm. $55

Soft Focus

Given how luxuriously soft Macrene Actives High Performance Tinted Moisturizer is on skin, the word “moisturizer” in its name should be in ALL CAPS. Its rich texture goes on super smoothly, and the creamy texture of its semi-sheer coverage can easily be increased if need be. $165

Faking It

Should you decide to stay inside and let the others risk windburn, a quick swipe of Iris & Romeo Ceramide Multi-Balm will give your cheeks that “We tore down that double diamond without stopping once!” glow. In three sheer, easily blendable shades. $29

Restore the Calm

Let’s say, on the other hand, you did decide to break your own downhill record. Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream will quell the subsequent mean reds by calming and helping soften tender, dry, and rough complexions, thanks to fatty-acid-rich sea buckthorn and black currant and soothing calendula. $52

Cold Comfort

After a day of harsh winds in frigid temps, tear open Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Skin Barrier Moisturizing Mask and wallow in its hydrating blanket of soothing. The eponymous ceramidin does the moisturizing while panthenol helps strengthen your skin’s barrier. Translation? Skin’s own moisture stays put. Bonus: The mask itself is biodegradable. $9

Handing It

Gotta love brands that give your hands the kind of attention that’s usually only given to the skin on your face. Sidia The Hand Serum might be lightweight, but its formula of avocado butter, shea butter, and aloe vera feels like slipping into an invisible moisturizing glove. Consider it a liner for your ski gloves. $36

At bedtime, Soft Services Theraplush Overnight Repair Treatment taps retinol (facial skin’s nighttime savior) to gently remove dead skin cells and colloidal oatmeal to soften and soothe redness. $58

Next Steps

Patience is a virtue — alas, twice — with Beauty Pie’s Dr. Glycolic Soft Feet Peel Socks. Before slipping into them, make sure you’ve got your laptop, a good book, or a favorite show queued up because they require 45 minutes to work their magic. Once they’re off, it takes another  3-7 days before the yucky dead, dry skin falls off to reveal fresh feet beneath. But, oh, it does. Charge that Dustbuster up, baby. $25

Body Work

I wouldn’t exactly call We Evolve Together Hydrating Body Cream long underwear in a tube, but once it sinks into your limbs, you might find yourself repeatedly marveling at how satiny those limbs feel. Not only does it come in three scents (Provence, Monaco, and Fiji), but it also comes with a built-in roller so you can squeeze out every last bit of that liquid long underwear. $48

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See more of Jane's discerning beauty must-haves: The Beauty Editor's Favorite Cold Weather Comforts, 15 Best New — Wow! — Discoveries, and 12 Perfumes to Inspire Your Next Vacation.

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