There are a lot of great things about winter in New York: gourmet hot chocolates at City Bakery, ice skating in Central Park, and a parade of fabulous cold weather fashion. Unfortunately, it also is a really bad time for skin. As a New York native, I – along with many others – have been afflicted with terribly dry, dull skin throughout the winter season. Driving is not common here in the city, which means we spend more time outside in the colder months than most people. This means that skincare is a necessity for us.

Taking care of your skin is important, especially in the winter when the air is much more arid. In recent years, skincare has become synonymous with the self-care craze. This in turn has allowed for the emergence of tons of new and progressive brands that have taken skincare to a new level. Below are five essentials from some of the best brands that everyone needs to make winter skin much more manageable, no matter where you live.

1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser | Sephora

This cult favorite gently exfoliates the skin to leave a super soft, radiant complexion.

2. Dr.Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution Mask

Dr.Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution Mask | Sephora

As a personal favorite of mine, I can attest to the intense moisturizing this mask promises. It also adds a luminous complexion to the skin.

3. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask | Sephora

Dry lips are not only undesirable, but can also be painful. This overnight mask restores the moisture back into your lips and leaves them plump and healthy-looking.

4. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil | Sephora

As one of the hottest new skincare brands, Drunk Elephant does not disappoint with this wonderfully hydrating oil. This product is great for replenishing dry, flaky skin.

5. Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub

Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub | Sephora

This scrub is gentle but effective for removing flaky skin.