By Janet Bennett Kelly and Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, February 6, 2011; W08
A slew of items claiming to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and make complexions dewy line drugstore shelves and populate high-end cosmetics counters. To narrow down the field, we tested new entries and tried-and-true staples specifically targeting skin's winter woes.
Sleekly packaged, Kiehl's Rosa Arctica face cream heeds winter weather's call for heavy-duty moisturizing. This rich cream's secret sauce is a skin-restorative flower native to Bulgaria. $60 at Kiehl's Since 1851 (3110 M St. NW, 202-333-5101) and www.kiehls.com.
Olay Regenerist's products get high marks from beauty pundits. Night Resurfacing Elixir, a new entry in the anti-aging sweepstakes, has a rich consistency but is quickly absorbed. Glycolic acid speeds exfoliation and results in plumped-up skin. $24.99 at mass retailers and www.drugstore.com.
Instead of subjecting irritated skin to a gritty exfoliator, opt for Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant, a rice-based powder that turns into a gentle scrub when wet. $50 at Blue Mercury stores (visit www.bluemercury.com for locations), and www.dermalogica.com.
Shiseido's Tinted Moisture Protection SPF 20 multi-tasks. This oldie-but-goodie doubles as a moisturizer and lightweight foundation. Plus, it uses titanium dioxide, one of the most effective sun blocks. $38 at area Macy's and Nordstrom stores, www.macys.comand www.nordstrom.com.
Clinique combines two childhood loves -- crayons and lipstick -- in new Chubby Stick moisturizing lip color balms. Available in eight juicy shades,the chunky pencils provide a hintof color and a dose of moisture.$15 at department stores andwww.clinique.com.
The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser from Liz Earle offers an ideal way to unwind on a cold winter's night. Apply the plant-based cleanser, then dip asoft cloth in warm water and wipe away your makeup and dead skin.$9-$58.50 at www.lizearle.com.
Most soaps and body washes contain alcohol, which leads to tighter, drier skin. Cetaphil's Restoraderm body wash offers soothing, hydrating ingredients that cleanse without washing away the body's natural moisture. $14.99 at mass retailers and www.drugstore.com.