I’ve been dreading fall and winter since it was still 95 degrees outside for one very specific reason: my forehead. I’m originally from a warm, very humid climate, and since I moved to NYC in 2011, my forehead has been voicing its discontent with that choice by becoming impossible to effectively moisturize as soon as the first chill sets in.

As we hit mid-October, I started to get nervous that this was going to be another season of heavy exfoliation followed by layering face oil over heavy night cream in endless futility. While visiting my parents last week, I wandered into Sephora with my mom (who is also a skincare addict), and we got to talking with an employee in front of the Perricone products. I mentioned by battle with forehead flakes in cold, dry New York winters, and he handed my the tester tub of Perricone MD Deep Moisture Therapy Cream.

I’m prone to dryness even in the wettest of climates, so I’ve used most of the cure-all products that beauty people generally promise will change both your skin and your outlook on life. As soon as I rubbed a little of this stuff on the back of my hand, I knew I had a winner. The moisture felt velvety and dense, and the salesperson didn’t have to say another word before I grabbed the last box on the shelf.

I’ve been using it for about a week now, twice a day, and the difference in my skin has been bigger and more immediate than with any other moisture product I’ve ever used. My skin is plumper, softer, brighter and more even, and my makeup goes on smoother and stays on longer. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

There is, however, one caveat, and I feel as though I must warn you: this stuff smells bad. Fragrances can irritate sensitive skin, so I understand why nothing was added to this to mask the Vitamin E stink (if you’ve ever used pure Vitamin E oil for your dry skin, you’ll recognize this smell immediately), but it will undoubtedly be a dealbreaker for some of you, and I don’t want to downplay it. If you’re desperate enough for a product that actually works, though, then it might be worth it. For me, it absolutely is, and I get a little bit more used to the smell every day.

If this sounds like it might solve your winter skin problems like it’s solved mine, you can pick it up at Sephora for $85.

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  • GOUGOU

    My only concern is the amount of synthetic ingredients that a lot of these brands use. My two picks as a practicing Aesthetican with über-dry, sensitive skin are as follows…

    The Iconic Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, and the Luzern Pure Cosmeceuticals FORCE DE VIE CREME INTENSIVE… utterly brilliant. Also, the Hydra-Enzyme Mask left on overnight to hydrate and gently exfoliate and brighten (even all around the eye contour) is sublime!

  • Lisa

    You might also have luck (as I have) with SkinMedica products, which my dermatologist recommended. They’re expensive but do make a difference and you really only need two things: TNS Essential Serum (which smells pretty nasty too, but has gotten better since they reformulated awhile ago) and GlyPro Renewal Cream, which is the moisturizer.

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