11 Best Face Creams to Keep Your Skin Happy All Winter Long (PHOTOS)

Faces are always the hardest to keep happy in terms of hydrated skin that's not shiny or oily or acne-y. In the winter the challenge becomes even greater as skin gets drier and lotions get heavier, but that doesn't mean there's not a perfect solution out there waiting for your skin. 

Everybody's face needs something different, so we picked out our favorite face creams from all across the board, sharing all the reasons to love 'em.

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  • Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Facial Cream

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    Best for: Really, really dry skin

    You know how sometimes your skin gets SO chapped, it hurts to touch it (let alone put on some harsh or scented lotion)? Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Facial Cream ($18.99, Whole Body and ulta.com) is your new go-to for those awful situations. The magic is in the lavender, cucumber, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid in this lotion, which soothes redness and helps your skin heal.

  • Pai Hydrating Day Cream

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    Best for: Sensitive skin

    When looking for lotions for sensitive skin, it's generally good to find ones with calming, natural ingredients. We love Pai Hydrating Day Cream ($55, usa.paiskincare.com), because it's made with avocado and jojoba, both of work soothing wonders on dry skin without ever irritating it.

  • Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream

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    Best for: Brightening

    It can be tough for your skin (and your spirit) to lose so much sunlight during the winter, but Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.99, Whole Body and andalou.com) helps bring a little of that sunshine-y brightness back to your life. The Vitamin C gives dull skin a boost AND makes the cream smell like fresh citrus. Win-win.

  • Lancome Absolue White Aura Cream

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    Best for: Smoothing

    Lancome's Absolue White Aura Cream ($250, lancome-usa.com) is nothing short of luxurious. It has an elegant scent and a thick, creamy texture, plus a whole slew of ingredients that works wonders on rough, dry, or otherwise unevenly textured skin.

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  • Eve Lom TLC Cream

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    Best for: Mature skin

    Eve Lom TLC Cream ($80, barneys.com) focuses on intense moisture and rejuvenation, and its creamy formula is designed to decrease fine lines caused by dry skin. It can be used as a night cream or a day cream, depending on your needs. Either way, it can help your skin get softer and more nourished!

  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream

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    Best for: Light moisture

    Though it's generally understood that heavier and creamier moisturizers are better for cold winter weather, some skin types (hi out there, oily and combo skin mamas!) really just can't handle that. If you're one of those, try L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream ($28, usa.loccitane.com) instead -- you'll get the same boost of long-lasting moisture but without the heaviness that typically comes with it.

  • Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream

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    Best for: Scent

    Strong scents in face creams can sometimes be indicative of strange chemicals or other harsh ingredients, but that's not even close to being the case with Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream ($49, barneys.com). It's full of natural ingredients and smells as earthy and plant-y as you always want natural ingredients to smell (even though they rarely do).

  • Eminence Thermal Spring Whip Moisturizer

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    Best for: Oily and acne-prone skin

    It can be tricky to find a moisturizing lotion that won't irritate oily or acne-prone skin, but finding a good face cream anyway really is key, especially in winter. People swear by the powers of Eminence Thermal Spring Whip Moisturizer ($56, dermstore.com) to moisturize without breaking out, and we'll swear by it too -- it smells good, feels good, and doesn't add oil to our skin.

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  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

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    Best for: Daily use

    It's hard to go wrong with Kiehl's, but we love Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream ($46.50, kiehls.com) even more than usual. The thick formula will withstand harsh weather conditions, but it's not overly heavy or greasy, making it perfect for daily use.

  • Strivectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer

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    Best for: Anti-aging plus moisture

    Sometimes it feels like we're fighting battles on every front with our skin, but Strivectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer ($79.99, ulta.com) is perf for taking out two of those battles at once. It fights dryness as well as it fights aging, so it's a must-have for that wintertime war.

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