Woman with winter skin

Welcome to Pretty Little Things, where each week we bring you our picks for the prettiest little things online. If we love it, you'll be the first to know! This week we're looking at some of the best and most effective ways to keep skin soft all winter long.

Winter skin must-haves

Cold weather complexion concerns

Like most people, winter wreaks havoc on my skin. It gets dry, looks lackluster and I can't help but pine for the easy, breezy days of summer when my complexion always seems to be happier. Since I can't hop on a plane to spend the colder months on a beach somewhere (sigh), I've had to do what I can to save my skin. Check out my list of winter complexion boosters and beauty products to deal with winter skin.

Bobbi Brown Extra
Soothing Balm

Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing BalmI'm a big fan of multitasking products and this ultra-soothing balm (bobbibrowncosmetics.com, $58) works on lips, cuticles, elbows – anywhere you need an extra dose of moisture. Geranium, avocado and rosemary oils work to mend winter-ravaged skin and you can even use this skin-boosting balm to give cheeks a hint of healthy glow.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted MoisturizerFor many people, tinted moisturizer is a summer product, but I like using it year-round. This one in particular (clinique.com, $26) offers a much-needed moisture boost during the colder months and I love the sheer but even coverage. It's lightweight but comforts skin while glossing over imperfections.

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating SerumIf your moisturizer isn't quite cutting it where your dry skin is concerned, give this serum a try (mariobadescu.com, $30). Simply layer two to three drops of serum under your usual moisturizer morning and night for a moisture boost. I particularly like the fact that it can also be used alone in summer months or if your skin is on the oily side.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

Dermalogica UltraCalming CleanserWinter months mean wind, dry air and overheated homes – a recipe for dull, dry skin. To combat the harsher aspects of the season, I need a cleanser that works with my skin, not against it. For that I love this soothing, creamy product that uses lavender, coneflower and cucumber to heal and calm skin (Dermalogica.com, $33).

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