These Salves Will Save Your Skin


By now you’re well aware of all the ways winter can turn on your skin. Flaking? Check! Redness? Check! Chapping? Check! It’s brutal. So while you may not remember to slather on moisturizer during the rest of the year, now you may be practically bathing in it. Sometimes not even moisturizer can tackle the side effects of this season’s sucky weather patterns. And this is where salves come in: The healing ointment can cure (almost) all that ails ya’ skin between its super emollient formula and multiuse nature. Alternative meanings of “salve” are soothe, ease and comfort so you know this stuff does the job. Here are a few of our favorite ways to alleviate the damage winter has inflicted on your face, elbows, hands and more.

CO Bigelow Rose Salve

Way before it was fashionable to make packaging appear old-timey, it just did. Because old times. And so this little tin looks the way it does because it was designed in the late 1800s when the rose-scented salve inside was formulated. Its been around that long for a reason—it works. Maybe mention something about not being afraid to smell like a rose?


Maack Lab Juniper Black Salve


Even if you’re not a gin drinker, you have to admit it smells awesome or at least better than most of the hard stuff. That would be the juniper berry and its fragrant oil can be found in this seriously invigoratingly scented salve. When you need to revive your skin and energy levels, slather this little helper on.


Square Trade Goods Co Hand Salve


While the name and extremity on the tin might have you believing this is strictly for your hands, it’s as multipurpose as the next balm. A veritable laundry list of natural oils, including jojoba, coconut and avocado, along with other nourishing ingredients, does work wonders on hands but also offers similarly skin-softening benefits to feet, elbows, ankles and lips.


Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve

Does this natural ointment live up to its miraculous name? I guess it depends on what you think qualifies as a miracle. But it does do wondrous things for parched skin, hands, and even hair with a blend of pumpkin seed and olive oils, wheat germ, and, of course, a couple of bee byproducts.


Air Rescue Balm All Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm


The air inside a plane rivals the air outside in winter for lack of moisture. Hanging out for long enough in either circumstance will leave you visibly parched. It’s not pretty. This multitasking balm was designed for the high altitude moisture sucking but it works equally well on terra firma.