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

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


This article was originally published at Guest of a Guest. Reprinted with permission from the author.