Any dermatologist will tell you that from October through March, the best thing you can do for your skin is double down on hydration. Come Black Friday, it’s in your best interest to stock up on a moisturizer that will help skin lock in said hydration through the most parching months. And there’s one product, in particular, that Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Connecticut, says shouldn’t be missed at the Sephora Black Friday skin-care sale: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration ($42). Happily, it’s being offered for only $15 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The cream is made with a triple-treat of barrier-protecting ingredients, including colloidal oatmeal, which soothes skin irritation, shea butter, which infuses your complexion with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, and allantoin, which comes with calming properties. An independent clinical study conducted by the brand found that it immediately improved skin dryness by 169 percent (so, a lot), and 100 percent of respondents reported a lasting improvement in skin dryness.
Though the formula offers hardcore hydration, it somehow manages to do so without being goopy—which is usually what happens with thick, hydrating creams. “I love it because it hydrates but doesn’t grease,” says Dr. Gohara. “And it’s not too often that you can get intense hydration without unbearable slickness.” It’s formulated in such a way that it absorbs easily, and whether your complexion is dry, oily, or sensitive, it’s sure to be just the ticket.
Dr. Gohara isn’t the only derm who loves this moisturizer. According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, it’s also packed with ceramides—something that everyone’s skin could use a little bit more of during the colder months of the year, thanks to the fact that they moisturize your skin and help to strengthen its barrier. “Ceramides are like the spackle between skin cell tiles. They fill in cracks between cells in the outer skin layer to prevent loss of hydration and protect the skin from the environment,” he says.
Slathering this stuff on your skin is one of the best ways to keep it hydrated and healthy from now through spring (layer some hyaluronic acid on before you apply for even more moisturizing results). And considering you can score it at $15 a pop thanks to the Sephora Black Friday skin-care sale, it’s well worth stocking up on just in time for the coldest months of the year.
Shop now: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, $42 ($15 value)
For more of Dr. Gohara’s recommendations on how to deal with dry skin, check out the video below.
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