8 Products For Date Night-Ready Skin This Winter (On Any Budget!)

Dry martini? Good. Dry skin in the wintertime? Can be very bad.


If you have dry skin and never know what products are best to use for your face, it's a good thing you're a GofG and YourTango reader. Top NYC facialist, Jordana Mattioli, is here with her top product picks for your skin.

She's too good. She's got a low-end drugstore regimen for the budget-conscious, and a high-end one with special goods only in-the-know derms know about. 

1. Cleanser (high): Environ Ast Cleansing Lotion ($44)

  • A gentle cleansing lotion effective in removing excess oils, make-up, and other impurities without stripping the natural oils from the skin  
  • Leaves the skin soft and refreshed

2. Cleanser (low): Cerave Hydrating Cleanser ($13.49)

  • Gentle, soothing cleanser
  • Fragrance-free
  • Releases ceramides and other essential ingredients throughout the day, so they penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish
  • Hyaluronic acid (a humectant) attracts moisture to the top layer of the skin, ensuring skin remains hydrated after washing

3. Targeted specialty product (high): Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster ($68)

  • Multiple anti-irritants to soothe skin
  • Contains an excellent mix of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients: green tea extract (camellia sinensis leaf extract), gotu nut (centella asiatica extract), a peptide (terapeptide-21), and retinol
  • Skin-identical ingredients (sodium hyaluronate, multiple ceramides, collagen, and more) plus the main ingredient, anti-inflammatory evening primrose extract (the tea form of this plant)
  • Moisturizing formula is beneficial for dry skin

4. Target specialty product (low): Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum ($26)

  • Helpful amount of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide, skin-identical glycerin, and a cadre of other anti-aging ingredients including peptides, antioxidants, and more cell-communicating ingredients

5. Day product (high): Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ ($48)

  • Free of oils, parabens, and alcohol—making it ideal for everyday use
  • Anti-aging elements in vitamins A, C, and E support overall health of skin
  • Patented complex of SPF-boosting bentonite and Picea excelsa bud provides higher sun-protection levels, using less sunscreen
  • Aloe vera continuously soothes and softens skin

6. Day product (low): Olay Regenerist Superstructure Cream With Sunscreen ($30)

  • Anti-aging formula hydrates to help rebuild cellular surface structure and to restore firmness
  • Powerful antioxidants help protect the skin's surface from free-radical damage

7. Night product (high): Environ AVST 1 Moisturizer ($66)

  • Available in five levels, so you can start using higher and higher doses with each level
  • High levels of vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and peptides known to soften the appearance of fine lines
  • This unique emulsion assists in rebalancing and moisturizing the skin

8. Night product (low): Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream ($23)

  • Advanced amino-peptide complex delivers moisturizing ingredients
  • Has antioxidants for protection and repairing