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These Super-Soothing Botanicals Are the Secret to Supple Skin—Whatever the Weather

Your irritated winter-time complexion will benefit from calming ingredients, like chamomile, centella asiatica, and schisandra berry.
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Your skin could use some extra support right now: Colder weather and indoor heat often sap its moisture, leaving it dry and irritable. For fast relief, look to nature. These top botanical ingredients—chamomile, centella asiatica, and schisandra berry—are proven to work, and leave your face and body feeling smooth and supple.

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When it comes to calming skin effectively, this flowering herb is queen. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural go-to topical for sensitive types, says New York City dermatologist Marina Peredo. But it's a wise winter option for anyone, and is found in many treatments (shop some of our top picks, below!). "Chamomile is filled with powerful anti-oxidants, such as polyphenols and phytochemicals," says Dr. Peredo. "It provides protection against damaging free radicals and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles." You can find different varieties (Moroccan, Roman, even blue chamomile), but they all offer benefits. For super-reactive skin, double-dip: Dr. Peredo suggests applying the ingredient morning and night for maximum pampering and care.

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Chamomile gets a bit of a boost from soothing lavender, which co-stars in this full-body balm.

Shop Now: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Lavender + Chamomile Calming Body Lotion, $7.29,

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It smells as good as it feels. The formula also eases redness—it's a sigh of relief for your complexion.

Shop Now: Saje Calm-O-Mile Moisturizer, $36,

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Turn applying this skin-strengthening essential oil blend into a ritual by inhaling its soothing scent before you pat it across your face, neck, and chest.

Shop Now: Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care, $75,

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Mario Badescu

This rich, luxurious formula is comforting and nourishing. It's best suited for those with dry, mature skin.

Shop Now: Mario Badescu Chamomile Night Cream, $20,

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Combatting pesky blemishes can lead to dryness and irritation. Stop both in their tracks by beginning your routine with this oil-free cleanser, which boasts soothing aloe and chamomile.

Shop Now: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser, $10,

Centella Asiatica

The aquatic herb, also known as cica or gotu kola, has been tapped for centuries to heal wounds. A potent hydrator, it magically transforms cracked hands, elbows, and feet. Find it in Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment ($10,

Schisandra Berry

City dwellers, it's time to branch out: This adaptogenic fruit has been shown to help shield skin from pollution. Get it—and line-smoothing benefits—with Garnier Retinol-Berry Super Soothing Serum Cream ($22,

Styling by Tanya Graff; Illustrations by May Van Millingen.