When we say, "winter is coming," we might as well be saying, "dry skin is coming." It's the not-so-pretty but totally normal side effect of the cooler temperatures and drier air. Some of us have it more often than others, but regardless of our skin type, a defense arsenal is a must for all.
The big question, then, is: How do we prevent it? Wallets only run so deep, and chances are most of your money is spent on protective apparel rather than skin-care products. But that's okay. Most fancy-pants products have terrific drugstore dupes. Well, some fancy products are pretty inimitable, but that's still no reason to shell out the big bucks when you can save and still get your winter defenses in order.
Drugstore beauty aisles, though, can be intimidating. (I blame it on the surplus of white light. It can be truly disorienting.) It's hard to know what products actually work and what sorta, kinda don't—especially when you can't try them out beforehand. I reached out to Dr. Marisa Garshick, a medical and cosmetic dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City to see which drugstore products she recommends. You're going to see a lot of products touting a "#1 Dermatologist Recommended" sticker as you wander down the aisle, so you'll want to know which ones are actually recommended.
Just remember: "The most important thing is to find a moisturizer you like," Dr. Garshick says, "because for those with dry skin, particularly on the body, the more you use it, the better your skin will feel."
Neutrogena's Ultra Gentle Foaming Daily Cleanser
Dr. Garshick says, "This cleanser will get the job done." It removes excess oil, dirt, and makeup. "If the skin is dry and sensitive," Dr. Garshick says, "it is important to avoid stripping the natural oils from the skin surface by overwashing or using harsh ingredients." This is one product that won't leave your skin irritated.
Neutrogena, Ultra Gentle Foaming Daily Cleanser, $9.99, available at Walgreens.