We’re in full-on layering mode (what some might call the happiest time of the year). We’ve also pivoted to a richer, more reparative skin care routine. But in a deluge of products, which ones are healthy and deliver real results for mature skin without breaking the bank?
We tested some of the tried-and-true along with the delightfully new in the skin care realm, all of which feature active naturals, zero animal testing, and fuss-free application (who has time for 87 products? Not us!), to enhance your regimen and help you keep a supple glow this winter.
Too many planes, glasses of cabernet, and all-nighters can wreak havoc on delicate skin. This miracle elixir gives you the benefits of a serum, moisturizer, and mask in one, and it is powered by plant soothers, like aloe and linden, and major hydrators, like hyaluronic acid and cactus. The result? Firmer, plumper, more calmed and refreshed skin almost immediately. Yes, even after an eight-hour sleepless flight. No, you can’t have ours. Available at ulta.com, $14.
No bull, friends: We took these for just two weeks and noticed a colossal difference in our skin (more glow!), nail strength (no breakage), and hair growth (which is something we all want, no matter our age), and now we cannot be without them. An ingenious vegan-friendly softgel packed with sea buckthorn oil, rich in Omegas 7, 3, 6, and 9, and more than 190 phytonutrients, and a whopping 5,000 mcg of plant-based biotin, this is a daily must for anyone wanting to support her skin from within. Available at seabuckwonders.com, $35.
Sure, we know we should be drinking more water, but sometimes obedience can be so bland. Enter this fortified (and elegant) potion from NYC’s holistic health gurus. Intended to be consumed upon your rising in the morning, this spring water, rose oil, and beautifying trace minerals (think silica) mix hydrates on a cellular level, and continued use promised to keep you calm and in the glow. Available at sakaralife.com, $24 for four 16-ounce bottles.
Warm a quarter-size dollop of this balm, enriched with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, into palms and smooth onto a dry, makeup-caked face. Then watch even your stubborn mascara slip off with ease. No pulling, dragging, or struggling. Remove with a moist konjac or sea sponge for clean, totally comfortable-feeling (no tightness) skin. Bonus? We also use this as a lip and cuticle balm in a pinch. Available at pixibeauty.com, $20.
With vitamin C for an even, bright tone and hyaluronic acid (which binds five times its weight in water) for plumping, this superfoods-packed cream has become an indispensable (and dare we say simple?) part of our rotation. Available at youthtothepeople.com, $48.
No fuss and no fillers with a jaw-droppingly affordable price tag, this cream has long been a beauty-industry cult favorite for delivering real Retinol results without frying the complexion or gunking things up with unneeded extras. Available at dermae.com, $15.
Sweet relief in a jar, this creamy vegan balm soothes dry, tired eyes, while avocado oil, vitamin A, and berry extracts smooth fine lines and brighten skin. Available at skincarebyalana.com, $35.
Sinfully aromatic and loaded with nutritive oils, this potion is intended for the body, but we love it for hands, sore feet, and even rubbed into the ends of our parched, windblown hair. With so many uses and a naturally heady rose scent, this is a bathroom staple. Available at usa.weleda.com, $26.
A smoothing primer, radiance booster, and mineral-based SPF 30 in one indispensable natural product, this elegant pot does it all without looking or feeling chalky. Sweet iris stem cells plump and prep skin for makeup, while probiotics and algae leave skin supple all day. Slather on face, neck, décolletage, and ears to stay protected. Available at kyprisbeauty.com, $68.
You know those wonderful appendages that hold babies, drive, and do a million other wonderful things? Well, they also show age the fastest. Nip sun damage in the bud with this one-two-punch of SPF 40 and age-repairing sea buckthorn oil. High five! Available at nordstrom.com, $38.