Best Products for Dry/Sensitive Skin

Wintertime can wreak havoc on your skin, creating redness and dry patches that are difficult to fight. My skin becomes super dry as soon as cold weather hits unless I am proactive and prevent it. I have found some amazing products that significantly help eliminate persistent dry skin. The most important thing to consider with sensitive skin care products is the ingredient list. Make sure to avoid products laden with chemicals and artificial ingredients that can cause irritation and dryness. Simple ingredient lists are always best, or ingredients developed by skincare-specific brands like Clinique. Below are the most effective products I have been using for years to help my dry skin stay hydrated and calm regardless of the weather.


  1. Garland Goat Soap of Vermont Calendula Aloe Cream: This cream is hands down the best face cream I have ever used. The Vermont-based family company uses ingredients like coconut oil and aloe vera in their products, making them highly nourishing and completely natural. It is a thick cream, so you might not want to use it every day when the weather’s warm. But I use this cream every morning and night during the winter months, and it leaves my skin feeling healthy and smooth. Plus, the clean ingredient list is ideal for sensitive skin.
  2. Skin Laundry Hydrating Cream Face Wash: This is my favorite face wash for its simplicity and effectiveness. It doesn’t lather, which indicates its lack of harsh soaps found in other cleansers. Overall, this cleanser does what it promises without causing any irritation or dryness. Plus, a little bit goes a long way. I have had the same bottle for almost a year.
  3. Coconut Oil: Some people cringe at the thought of putting straight oil on your skin. Contrary to what you might think, moisturizing with natural, noncomedogenic oils moisturizers so that your skin does not feel the need to produce excess oil. Moisture is the key to happy skin. Try mixing coconut oil in with your nighttime moisturizer or use only the oil a couple times a week for extra hydration. Remember, a tiny amount goes a long way. 
  4. Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing WaterThis is the best makeup remover I have ever used, and it is made by a brand I love. Many makeup removers can contain chemicals that irritate the skin. Not only is this one free of those harmful ingredients, but it does an exceptional job of removing makeup while hydrating with coconut oil.
  5. O’Keefe’s Working Hands Cream: This one might surprise you, but it is my secret to eliminating dry patches. It is the only cream I trust to keep my hands from splitting and cracking during the winter, and it works the same way on the face. O’Keefe’s mainly utilizes Glycerin, which creates a protective barrier on the skin.
  6. Farmacy Honey Savior Skin Salve: This is another awesome targeted treatment. It works as a salve, so it is made to help particularly irritated skin. Again, you can use this for multiple purposes. I like using it on top of O’Keefe’s or coconut oil when I need intense hydration.
  7. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: Lighter than the Garland Goat Soap face cream, Clinique’s classic moisturizer is a staple in my medicine cabinet. I usually switch to this when I need less intense, but still effective moisture.
  8. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face WashIf you want a face wash that incorporates great ingredients, but feels more like a typical cleanser than the non-lathering Skin Laundry cleanser, this Origins one is a fail-safe choice. I have used it for years, and have never been disappointed. It smells beautiful and works to balance and calm skin.
  9. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight MaskAnother awesome Origins product, this is great for extra nourishment a couple times a week.
  10. Aveeno Naturals Positively Radiant In-Shower Facial: Aveeno’s in-shower facial is convenient and perfect for exfoliating away any flakiness or dullness. The brand’s natural ingredient list makes it a perfect option for sensitive skin.

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