Skin Balm Doutzen Kroes

Around the Vogue offices this month, there’s one unanimous cold-weather beauty staple that’s been turning up in the makeup bags of our editors: Multitasking skin-care balms, with their addictive healing ingredients, offer a quick solution for everything from chapped lips to dry cuticles. As the longtime secret weapon of models suffering from overworked skin in the midst of Fashion Week, the restorative ointments are also a regular backstage favorite—with a stealthy secondary use: Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni has been known to dab Egyptian Magic Cream onto eyelids and cheekbones just before sending models down the runway, to simulate the look of a healthy glow.

Off the runway, and in real life, the hydrating formulas serve a similar purpose. And while tried-and-true classics like Lucas Papaw and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream have amassed a cult following, the latest crop of contenders offer their own unique benefits. Beauty entrepreneur Aerin Lauder created her company’s Rose Balm with more than 350 soothing rose petals in each small pot, while Kahina’s argan-spiked formula uses high concentrations of its star ingredients to improve skin texture and calm redness. Parisian supercolorist Christophe Robin’s Intense Balm takes on cracked heels, ashen knees, and brittle hair, too, with a nonsticky blend of 99 percent natural ingredients, including rare prickly pear oil and shea butter. Also among our office staples: Dr. Jackson’s fair trade-sourced, superhydrating blend, which melts into skin on contact, leaving behind just enough of a faint coconut scent to conjure a mid-winter island escape. Here, our favorite balms of the moment to slather on (and hoard) this season.

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