Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Day Cream: Although it’s marketed primarily as an anti-aging formula, we like the intense moisture and SPF 30 protection offered by this one. $42.50, at Bath and Body Works.
Cosmedicine Hydra Healer: It has a clean, nurturing texture and a great outdoorsy smell. The anti-inflammatory ingredients help soothe windburn, sunburn and general redness. $75, at Sephora and cosmedicine.com
Erno Lazslo pHormula No. 3-9: Serious skiers swear by this stuff. Its nearly balm-like texture imparts an evident layer, but it’s not greasy or suffocating. $195, at Nordstrom.
Nivea Crème: The tried-and-true cream in the royal blue tin dates to 1911. Though most folks would only think to use it on the body, it works wonders as a dry patch spot treatment on the face. The price is almost beside the point. $.99 for one ounce; at drugstores.
Olay ProX Hydra Firming Cream: We’ve always had a soft spot for mom’s Olay, and this cream is like a thicker, more muscular incarnation of that classic. It leaves skin feeling fortified and totally protected. $42; at drugstores.
Skinceuticals Emollience: Those who don’t like a heavy-feeling cream but still want intense moisture relief will find this fits the bill. Plus, it makes for a remarkably good makeup primer. $52; skinceuticals.com
Korner Dazzle Super Moisturizer: This one has a whipped, almost pudding-like texture and has a light floral scent. Within minutes after application, the pudding vanishes, leaving pure softness. $170, at eluxury.com
Armani Crema Nera: The sable fur of skin creams. The price makes it a total indulgence, of course, but we love how luxuriously rich it feels on our skin. $230, at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.