The Best Moisturizers For Winter, According To The Zoe Report Editors


Somehow, against all logic, a multitude of moisturizers accumulate in every beauty fan's collection. Open up a skincare aficionado's bathroom cabinet, and you'll be treated to a bevy of hydrators — each one with a specific time and place in their routine. Then, there are the duds; beauty buys that may've worked wonders on your best friend, but hardly made you blink an eye. So, what's a shopper to do when the weather cools, and it's finally time to grab just one of the best moisturizers for winter for yourself?

This is where TZR steps in. Below are the moisturizers and hydrators TZR's editorial team actually use to keep winter-inspired dryness and irritation at bay. And while each product has an editor's stamp of approval, you may be surprised by just how much the price points vary — there's even a winter-proof moisturizer retailing for just $28 a pop on the list. It doesn't matter if you live in New York, California, or somewhere in between, too; there are picks for any climate, whether winter brings five feet of snow to your doorstep or blustery breezes.

Ahead, the moisturizing products TZR editors reach for all season long, and why each one has a spot in their collection.

Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 50

"I use Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 50 all year round, religiously. It goes on light and sinks right in, acting almost like a primer for makeup. I really love Go-To's Very Useful Face Cream for transitional weather because it's a tad thicker than most of my summer moisturizers, but doesn't suffocate my skin. For truly frigid days, I arm myself with a mix of Barbara Sturm's Face Cream for daytime, then with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate before bed." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director

Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer

"When I don't want something too heavy, I love this Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer from Tata Harper. It leaves my skin feeling clear, even, and hydrated. When I want something a bit more rich, I go for Drunk Elephant's LaLa cream which helps rescue my dry skin." — Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor

THE ROUTE The Everything Day

"I recently discovered this newly launched brand and immediately fell in love with this daytime moisturizer. With the Santa Ana winds that hit Los Angeles hard this time of year comes an extra-dry complexion, so I like to pack on the moisture as best I can. This lightweight formula is deceiving in that it has a light, quick-absorbing texture, but still keeps my skin feeling supple and soft all day long." — Angela Melero, Deputy Editor

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

"I have really dry skin, so I always opt for a thicker moisturizer in the winter. My go-to for years has been Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre — it's hydrating AND affordable (what more could you ask for?)." — Aidan Macaluso, Senior Social Media Editor