After all, I don’t need to wake up to more problems. Don’t take it from just me, though. Shereene Idriss, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, previously told Allure that “PHAs are an attractive option for those with dry skin as they are humectants, meaning they attract water and are ultimately moisturizing.” 

Otzi Multi-Acid Drip Resurfacing Serum

Hydro Crystal Lightweight Gel Moisturizer ($28)

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Contrary to what I’ve read about wintertime skin care, heavier creams could be doing more harm than good when mask-wearing is in the picture. I don’t go outside much at all, but I’ve experienced enough excessive moisture pooling underneath my mask to know I needed to swap my heavier creams for lighter formulations. “Oil can mix with the increased moisture under the masks forming a waxy substance in our pores that can lead to breakouts,” Arash Akhavan, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, previously told Allure. 

The refreshing Hydro Crystal Gel Lightweight Moisturizer leaves my skin looking dewy and plump without any hint of residue. I need only the tiniest dollop to cover my entire face and — after a light layer of sunscreen (like KraveBeauty’s The Beet Shield) — I’m good to venture outside for a record-breaking grocery run. Just like the Crystal Nova Cleanser, it’s spiked with hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, and a blend of floral extracts, making the two products a match made in skin-care heaven.

Otzi Hydro Crystal Lightweight Gel Moisturizer

During the holiday break, I typically reassess my skin-care routine and figure out what’s working and what needs to be adjusted. After a few weeks of thoughtful testing, it’s safe to say that Otzi has become an integral part of my skin-care routine and plays nicely with my other favorites. Shop these newly debuted products for yourself at sephora.com for $25 to $35.


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