A ‘His and Hers’ Guide To Essential Beauty Products For The Dead Of Winter

Winter requires a change-up in your daily beauty routine. The harsh effects of cold weather mean that hydration is the name of the game during this season, so be sure to upgrade your beauty and skincare regimen accordingly. From the best moisturizers and lip balms to your new best friend, oils, check out this ‘his and hers’ guide to essential beauty products for the dead of winter.


If you only have room for one beauty product this season, let it be moisturizer. Your skin simply can’t survive the cold months without it. During winter, moisturizer should be applied twice daily — once in the morning and once at night. You should be looking for oil-based moisturizers rather than water-based ones, as oil provides more hydration and nourishment.

We also recommend choosing a moisturizer with an SPF. Sunscreen is something that people often forget about in the winter, but in actuality, your skin is just as affected by the sun’s UV rays at -30 degrees as it is at 30 degrees. So for those looking to get the most out of their skincare routine, find a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 20. Furthermore, it’s best to apply moisturizer right after you’ve washed your face, while it’s still damp, because then the moisturizer works to seal in that dampness.

For her, we’re obsessed with Shisheido’s White Lucent All Day Brightener Broad Spectrum SPF 23 Moisturizer. This unique product is so nourishing, it almost feels like a moisturizing mask. Its brightening properties make it a suitable primer (ideal for anyone heading to the office each morning), while the SPF makes it the perfect daytime moisturizer.

For him, we love Innovative Skincare’s Extreme Protect SPF 30. Part cream sunscreen, part moisturizer, Extreme Protect SPF 30 simultaneously “provides unprecedented multi-level broad spectrum UVA protection” and hydrates and softens skin. It can be used on the face and body. As with any moisturizer, remember to apply it liberally in areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, hands, and feet.

Lip Balm

Let’s face it: chapped lips are inevitable during the winter. Your lips are made of some of the thinnest, most delicate skin on your body, making them extremely prone to dryness and cracking. That is why everyone—man or woman—should have a quality lip balm in their beauty arsenal. Look for lip balms rich in oils and beeswax for the ultimate moisturizing formula. Lip balms should be applied twice daily or as needed. (We recommend keeping them in your purse or briefcase with you at all times during the winter).

For her, The Lip Balm by La Mer is a cult favourite, containing the brand’s patented Miracle Broth. This is a secret elixir made with sea kelp that is bursting with nutrients and minerals that promote moisture, regeneration, soothing, smoothness, and radiance. As an added bonus, this balm has a minty kick that will leave you refreshed even in the dead of winter.

For him, Hydrating Lip Balm by Tom Ford contains a blend of conditioning oils, vitamins, and butters, all working together to seal in moisture and hydrate chapped lips, leaving them soft and supple.


As you may have guessed by now, hydration is absolutely key during the winter. While switching from a water-based cleanser to an oil-based cleanser can help, we also recommend adding a simple oil to your beauty routine. All it takes is a few drops at the end of the day, and by morning you’ll find nourished skin, free from dry cracks. One of the great things about beauty oils (of which some of our favourites are marula, avocado, and argan) is that they can be used all over the body. From feet and hands to hair and face, having a small bottle of your preferred oil on hand will allow you to add additional moisture whenever necessary.

For her, we can’t get enough of Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Drunk Elephant focuses on creating products from the purest form of ingredients possible, and when it comes to a facial oil, it’s best to go pure and simple. Drunk Elephant’s formula is made with cold-pressed marula oil, which is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that will hydrate your skin with a promise to improve “skin’s elastic feel.” As an added bonus, this product also helps to reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and blemishes. And just like other oils, it is multi-purpose. You can use it on your hair to add extra moisture to split ends and tame flyaways, as well as on your cuticles, which are more prone to damage in the winter.

For him, you can’t go wrong with Jasmine & Neroli Face Oil by Rodin Olio Lusso. This facial oil has a power base of nine essential oils, in addition to the Egyptian Jasmine, Moroccan Neroli, and Evening Primrose oils it contains. All ingredients in this Rodin Olio Lusso product are pure and natural, and it contains Vitamins A, E, and C, as well as Omegas, to help build “a skin-strengthening moisture barrier.”


Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.