5 Affordable Moisturizers That Will Help Your Skin Survive The Winter

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Winter is here and the colder weather can have some major effects on our skin. Much like protective styling is vital for our hair, we have to have a system in place to protect our skin. Moisturizing your skin is very crucial in the winter and most times, it requires us to switch up our products and use something a bit heavier and equipped to protect us from the cold and other elements.


In addition to sunscreen and serums, you need to have a good moisturizer in place, here are five great moisturizers that will help your skin conquer this winter:

Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Moisturizer, $14+

Writer Krissy Lewis/xoNecole

You can't go wrong with a thick cream-based moisturizer. The Nubian Heritage African Black Soap moisturizer is great for protecting your skin in the winter. It's a thick moisturizer that feels lightweight and leaves your skin feeling very moisturized without being greasy. It also makes your face feel very soft and it smells amazing. The only downside is that it does not include sunscreen, which isn't a big deal. You can mix it with your favorite sunscreen and it won't interfere with how it works.

This moisturizer is good for both day and night time, as well as for all skin types.

e.l.f.’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer, $8

Writer Krissy Lewis/xoNecole

I have to say for the price, it's a steal. I paid about $8 for this moisturizer and it has an amazing fresh scent — it's soft, pleasant, and clean. The scented daily moisturizer is made with natural ingredients like purified water, jojoba oil, aloe, vitamin E, and cucumber.

The bottle recommended using a small amount however, I would use about two to three full pumps (if you have oily skin you may want to use less). When I used three full pumps, the moisturizer melted into my skin and gave me a beautiful natural glow. My face felt moisturized and smooth, it definitely did better than I expected. I would highly recommend for my beauties on a budget.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $16+

Writer Krissy Lewis/xoNecole

This is my first time trying a water gel and I did notice that there was a slight difference between the gel and the cream moisturizer. The gel moisturizer allows your skin to absorb moisture much quicker.

As far as the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, I think it's best for people with oily skin, although it works fine for those who have combination/normal skin. I also think it would work for those who have dry skin, however, I do recommend either using a serum along with this gel or purchasing the Hydro Boost for extra dry skin. I used this gel for about a month and I noticed that it instantly moisturized, soothed, and softened my face. The gel is very lightweight and non-comedogenic, so it doesn't clog your pores. You can use this moisturizer at any time of the day; I usually use it in the morning along with the Neutrogena sunscreen and go about my day.

I wouldn't say this gel gives you a lot of glow, but it does brighten your skin and acts as a primer for your makeup.

Shea Moisture’s Bamboo Charcoal Hydrating Gelee Moisturizer, $11+

Writer Krissy Lewis/xoNecole

The Bamboo Charcoal Hydrating Gelee Moisturizer is made with African Black soap, bamboo charcoal, and aloe. Not only is this mixture good for moisture, but it can reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne.

This product is for people who experience frequent breakouts, however, if you have dry skin I won't recommend it. Depending on how dry your skin tends to get, it may not give you all the moisture you need. If you have oily, normal, and combination acne-prone skin, then this is perfect. It hydrates, soothes, and treats your skin; if used twice a day, you can see results in about 2-3 weeks.

Olay Total Effects 7 In 1, $7+

Writer Krissy Lewis/xoNecole

This moisturizer is on the pricey side for a drugstore moisturizer, but is still a good price for a skin care product. There's a lot of hype around this Olay moisturizer, so I purchased the trial size to see if it really works. I do think it's worth the hype, especially for the winter. It hydrates your skin, fights dry and aging skin, and it also includes SPF 15. This is a good product to get if you want one product that gives your skin what it needs.

The fragrance-free lightweight moisturizer is good for all skin types and adds a beautiful glow to your skin. To me, this is your everything in one product, and you don't need to use multiple products to get your desired look and achieve proper skin health (aside from cleansers and toners). I think it's worth the money, but what works for me may not work for you. I recommend trying the trial size first to see how you like it. A little goes a long way for this product and the smaller size should last for 1-2 months (depending on use).

What are some of your favorite tried and true winter skincare staples? We want to know in the comments below!

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