The Weekly Covet: Winter Beauty Must-Haves

Once a week, we ask our editors to share the items they’ve been loving or lusting after—whether it’s a new skincare product we’re dying to try or a travel essential we can’t live without. Consider “The Weekly Covet” your editor-approved wish list for beauty, travel, fashion, and everything in between.


Restorative Floral Bath

“If you’re looking for me in the winter, I’m usually in the tub. This is my newest soak obsession—a silky, skin-softening elixir that smells like an island-escape dream of plumeria and jasmine.” — April Long, Beauty Director


Daily Dose Hydra-Ceramide Boost + SPF 40 Oil

“I recently added Supergoop’s latest potion to my routine and there’s no going back. In addition to that signature Supergoop SPF protection, the silky serum is also packed with ceramides, squalane, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize and protect my skin’s lipid barrier against dry, flake-inducing winter air.” — Lauren Hubbard, Contributor


Aquaphor Healing Ointment

“There was that craze a few years ago of everyone claiming to slather Aquaphor all over their faces for smooth, moisturized skin. I won’t go that far—yet—but there really is nothing better for chapped lips, minor eczema flare-ups, flaky elbows, cracked heels, and superdry, overwashed hands than my $14 jar of healing ointment.” — Leena Kim, Associate Editor


Nourishing Face Oil

“I love a good face oil. I really do, and this one from woman-owned clean beauty company Avoila is my new go-to. It blends 11 different oils—including avocado, rosehip, and vitamin E—for one nutrient-packed superhero moisturizer that my finicky skin drinks up. It’s pretty hard for skincare products to win my affection, but I think my skin looks healthier, smoother, and more glowing on mornings after I’ve used this. I especially like how quickly it sinks in, so I’m not left with a blinding sheen or an oil-slick forehead. And it smells like a trip to the spa, which is the cherry on top.” — Meg Donohue, Contributor


Advanced Therapy Fragrance-Free Moisturizing Cream

“Sometimes you just need a no frills product to get the job done, which is what Lubriderm’s Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Cream does. I have persistent dry skin that no amount of special shower products or drinking more water has seemed to cure. This cream is my holy grail moisturizer that I use from head to toe [but not face] to combat dry, itchy not just all winter but all year. It is non-greasy and a lot goes a long way in helping replenish what the dry winter air steals, plus fragrance-free means it is great for sensitive skin!” — Cassandra Hogan, Fashion Assistant


Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub

“I love Red Flower’s luxurious-feeling (and heavenly smelling!) scrubs. They buff away winter skin and winter blues alike.” — April Long, Beauty Director


No. 9 Spring

“In the winter months I get as pale as a ghost. I love this balm from Olio E Osso that adds life and colour back into my face. It’s also a 3-in-1 product which I love for the convenience of being on the go. Apply to lips, cheek, and even over the eye lids to give that extra spring glow.” — Ashleigh Macdonald-Bennett, Deputy Managing Editor


Immune System Herbal Superblend

“My winter beauty essentials right now? Immunity boosters! I’m currently trying the Breathing Room’s Immune System Herbal Superblend with reishi mushrooms and ginseng. Perfect for cold NYC January.” – Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-chief


Doctor Rogers RESTORE Healing Balm

“Got a winter woe you cannot solve? Raggedy cuticles, chapped lips, split ends, elephant elbows? This is your answer.” — April Long, Beauty Director


Face Serum

“In less than a decade, Francisco Costa’s Costa Brazil has become an OG in beauty’s anti-aging oil gold rush. There’s a reason for that and it’s not just the attractive packaging. The formula is light, enriching, and requires just a few drops, in addition to your regular SPF, to hydrate the face during these cold winter months.” — Erik Maza, Style Features Director


Humidifier Starter Set

“The number one most important item in my home from November through March? A humidifier. It makes more difference in the condition of my skin than any moisturizer—honest. And it keeps my plants happy, too. Canopy’s quiet, mist-free, easy-to-fill humidifier is by far the best I’ve tried.” — April Long, Beauty Director


My Favorite Night Balm No. 306

“Cold weather, dry apartments, and other wintertime nuisances are no match for this must-have lip balm from C.O. Bigelow. Apply before bed and wake up to a world where chapped lips—and searching through your coat to find a tub of something to soothe them—are a distant memory.” — Adam Rathe, Arts Editor


A-Gloei Retinol Oil

“When it comes to skincare, I’m something of a Drunk Elephant devotee, and this winter I’m adding retinol into my routine by way of the brand’s new A-Gloei Oil. The product formula is only 0.5{5b4d37f3b561c14bd186647c61229400cd4722d6fb37730c64ddff077a6b66c6} retinol, making it a nice introduction to the treatment, plus it contains 95{5b4d37f3b561c14bd186647c61229400cd4722d6fb37730c64ddff077a6b66c6} virgin marula oil, which soothes and hydrates dry skin in these colder months.” — Caroline Hallemann, Digital Director


“I have gone full millennial with an Agency skincare subscription. You take a quiz and submit photos of your complexion, then a licensed dermatology provider creates your own personalized Future Formula and adjusts it each month. The best part is I can ask as many questions as I want about any skincare product and their experts walk me through how everything is working (or not) together. It’s like having a dermatologist on demand.” — Olivia Hosken, Style & Interiors Writer


Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream

“Weleda’s Skin Food is one of my favorite products in the medicine cabinet. It has so many uses (hands, feet, body, face) and I especially love it in winter when my skin tends to get dryer due to the harsh cold outside and dry heaters inside. I swear it’s a miracle product as it leaves my skin feeling super hydrated and smooths any rough or itchy patches. It’s super thick, unlike other runny, watery lotions, but it blends in so well that you don’t even notice it’s on. Except for the luminous glow that it gives your skin, of course.” — MaryKate Boylan, Senior Fashion Editor


Face Duo

“I am all about products that pack multiple punches. Costa Brazil’s Face Duo gives my winter skin everything it could need: evens skin tone, brightens, calms irritated skin, improves firmness, and most importantly hydrates! Packed with lipids, omegas 3, 6, 9, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E this oil is a no brainer when it comes to curing the mid-winter skincare blues.” — Dania Ortiz, Fashion & Accessories Director


The Body Lotion

“The best lotion I have ever tried. It is so moisturizing, but not greasy or sticky at all. I love that it is fragrance free, so it doesn’t compete with my perfume.” — Breana Crews, Freelance Fashion Assistant


Cool Gloss

“When the going gets tough, the tough put on lip gloss—or at least that is what I’ve been telling myself lately. My routine in the new year has been decidedly low key, but when I’m looking for a little sheen and polish, a slick of Jones Road’s clear gloss perks me right up.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor


Moisture-Lock Ultra Hydrator

“Prior to the launch of Pause Well-Aging Moisture-Lock Ultra Hydrator, I was completely unaware of polyglutamic acid and it’s super hydration capabilities. I’ve put this tube of goodness to the test in the frigid and dry temps recently, and in spite of the fact that I’m using retinol, I don’t have a lick of patchy dryness. It’s a miracle and the essential final step to one’s winter skincare routine.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor


Aura Collection

“It would be an understatement to say that lately I’ve been feeling lethargic. Especially because it’s far too cold to spend much time inside. In order to feel like I’m getting my circulation going, I’ve started using Wildling’s Aura Collection, which includes a dry brush and body gua sha to help stimulate my lymphatic system and also work through any tension I’m carrying in my body. People wax on about the aesthetic benefits of this practice, but honestly, it’s worth taking up for how wonderful it makes you feel. I’m hooked and will be year round.”—Senior Digital Editor, Roxanne Adamiyatt

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