8 Skin-Saving Creams
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm ($70)
This rosehip-infused, vitamin-rich salve soothes irritated skin and can be used as a cleanser, mask, and moisturizer, making it perfect for travel. Apply a thick layer to skin and gently wipe off with the included muslin cloth to remove makeup without drying, smooth on a thick layer as a hydrating mask, or dab onto your face as a moisturizer. Either way there’s no need to rinse—the totally natural formula won’t clog pores.
La Roche Posay Toleraine Rich ($29)
A richer version of the editor-approved Toleraine Ultra, this thick formula is perfect for dry or irritated skin on long flights or cold days. It calms and hydrates with a cocktail of shea butter, thermal spring water, and glycerin, plus it’s free of common skin irritants like perfume, preservatives, parabens, and alcohol.
Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm ($58)
It may be a small jar, but a little bit of Bobbi Brown’s healing balm goes a long way! The rich formula includes avocado, rosemary oil, and geranium extracts. Dab a little anywhere you need hydration—lips, face, cuticles—or on the top of your cheek or brow bones as a highlighter.
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream ($28)
Love oil? Josie Maran’s formula delivers all the soothing and hydrating benefits of a mix of natural oils—argan, safflower, jojoba—in a purse and plane-friendly balm. Warm a pea-size amount between your hands and gently press directly onto your face. Bonus? It also gives you a radiant, dewy finish.
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream ($45)
If your skin gets red or blotchy when it’s irritated, try Clinique’s cream. Formulated to relieve persistent redness—even from rosacea—it helps to calm blotchy skin both immediately, and over time. It’s oil free and can be used twice daily.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate ($28)
Apply First Aid Beauty’s thick balm anywhere you have dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Colloidal oatmeal stops itching and irritation, shea butter moisturizes, allantoin helps heal dry, scaly skin, and a cocktail of antioxidants—licorice root, white tea—nourish. Warm the rich formula between your hands and dab onto your face.
Badger Sleep Balm Tin ($10)
If you’re looking for an aromatherapy experience, pick up Badger’s balm. The thick formula is rooted in deeply-hydrating olive oil, with organic essential oils—bergamot, ginger, rosemary, lavender, balsam fir—to help you relax. We’d use this on dry patches before bed.
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream ($25)
Weleda’s rich face cream delivers an instant jolt of moisture, thanks to organic sweet almond oil, a naturally-rich source of essential fatty acids. It’s also packed with antioxidants like vitamins A and E, courtesy of plum kernel oil. The formula is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and soaks into skin easily.