6 Beauty Finds I Swear By for Beating Dry Winter Skin

Colloage of beauty products for dry skin from brands including Philosophy and Garnier Fructis

I have sensitive skin year-round, but Midwest winters bring unwanted flakes—and I don't mean snow. After years of insecurities, I finally found the best beauty products for my skin. From my face to my scalp, here are six miracle workers that keep everything soft and moisturized during the cold months and beyond.

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash photo

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Face Wash: Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash

Since the Purity facial cleanser banished my blackheads, I decided to stick to the same brand for an exfoliator, and I was not disappointed. Unlike other products, this exfoliator doesn't contain large beads, which feels gentler as it buffs away impurities. I use it once a week in place of my normal face wash and my skin always feels extra soft. (I can see why it has earned more than 40,000 loves on Sephora.) I've had my travel-size bottle for over a year, but you can always spring for the 8- or 16-oz. bottle if you'd like to exfoliate more frequently; you'll definitely use it.

To buy: from $8; sephora.com

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Andalou Naturals DIY Booster SPF 30 Facial Serum photo

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Moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Face Lotion

After greasy days caused by using hand lotion on my face (I know, I don't recommend it), I knew I needed a moisturizer for sensitive skin. Six months after discovering Andalou Naturals face lotion in my local grocery store's beauty aisle, I can officially say I love it! It has SPF-18 to protect from the sun and contains antioxidants to prevent signs of aging. I also love that it's only $6, which is totally affordable for this debt-ridden millennial.

To buy: $6; amazon.com

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Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream photo

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Body Lotion: Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream

For the rest of my body I use this hydrating cream. After concerns about post-surgery scarring, my mother gave me a set of two and I absolutely adore it. The vitamin E formula healed my thyroidectomy scar (seriously, you could barely see it three months later) and almost a year later I'm still using the cream. It has eliminated the dry skin on my elbows and knees, and overall it makes my skin feel buttery soft. Oh, and I haven't even opened the second jar yet.

To buy: $13 for two; amazon.com

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Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm photo

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Lip Balm: Maybelline Baby Lips

In addition to exfoliating, I protect my pout with Maybelline Baby Lips. I've tried many lip balms my lifetime (Lip Smackers, anyone?) but this $3 find trumps them all. I don't know what it is about the formula—perhaps the aloe extract or shea butter—but my lips no longer crack or bleed. I always swipe this on right before going outside, especially during windy days, and I can feel a difference. I recommend using the Quenched shade; I've found the other tinted options transfer too easily, but believe me you'll want to grab a few tubes for your car, purse, and vanity.

To buy: from $3 (was $5); amazon.com

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Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream photo

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Hair Treatment: Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner

Though I'm a red-head at heart (pale skin and green eyes, hello), I was born brunette so my hair has had a few bleach treatments; I looked to leave-in conditioners to restore my hair's shine and texture. I had been successfully using Garnier Fructis Shine Serum, so I decided to give the leave-in conditioner cream a try, too. Again, it totally worked. I can tell a difference if I'm running short on time and have to skip it after showering. My hair just doesn't have that extra shine and smoothness it does when I use the cream. Plus, it smells amazing.

To buy: $6 for two; walmart.com

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Heeta Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush photo

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Helpful Tool: Heeta Shampoo Brush

In addition to leave-in conditioner, I have discovered the benefits of a shampoo brush. It might sound silly, but hear me out: This $6 tool has helped me fight dandruff since my first use. The silicone brush buffs away dry skin without pulling my hair while treating me to a mini scalp massage. It also comes with an attachable strap I use to let it drip-dry post-shower.

To buy: from $6; amazon.com

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