Moisturizing is a crucial step in any skincare routine, particularly in the fall & winter. (For simplicity’s sake, I am lumping together moisturizers and face oils for this post.) Moisturizers hydrate and plump skin for a more youthful appearance, have anti-aging benefits, can reduce redness and balance skin tone. By their nature, they also prevent your skin from feeling tight and developing dry patches during the harsh winter months, which can make it practically impossible to apply makeup. (Seriously – have you ever tried to apply makeup over a dry patch? It flakes off, makes everything look worse and, in short, is beyond frustrating!) Another benefit? They seal in all the goodness from your serums and eye creams.