The summer heat can handle a lightweight moisturizer, but fall can’t. If you’ve used what’s left of your summer lotion, opt for a thick and hydrating moisturizer for the cooler months. More specifically, search for products that contain ingredients like elastin, collagen, and aloe. According to cosmetic chemist Ann Lee, these specific ingredients are great for sensitive skin and the dry patchiness it faces during colder seasons. “Nourish your skin with elastin and collagen to aid in the recovery process,” she explained to Real Simple. “Coat your skin with cold-processed aloe and thicker creams as your skin builds and exfoliates.”
If you don’t suffer from hyper-sensitive skin, a thick moisturizer should suit you well. From low- to high-end, some great examples of hydrating moisturizers include Pond’s Dry Skin Cream Facial Moisturizer ($7), Versed’s Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream ($18), and First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream ($29). For body lotion (because yes, your arms and legs matter too!), try out some options like Nivea’s Moisturizing Cream ($14), Aveeno’s Skin Relief Intense Moisture Repair Body Cream ($16), and EltaMD’s Moisture-Rich Body Creme ($33). Once you find a moisturizer and lotion that work well for you, you’ll likely stick to them through the cold seasons.