Winter has officially arrived here in Canada, bringing with it sporadic weather conditions including bitterly cold temperature alerts and bouts of snow or sleet. Unfortunately these harsh elements can take a toll on our skin, so it’s important to change up our routine and introduce new products that will help battle the dreadful dryness and windburn.
Here’s a look at my current winter skincare routine:
Makeup Removal & Clean
During the colder months I prefer to use a cleansing oil rather than a foaming face wash because it can be a little more gentle on the skin. I’m currently using the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, which not only melts away all of my makeup but also leaves my skin feeling clean, hydrated and soft.
Buff Away Dead Skin Cells
It may seem strange to use a scrub on chapped skin during the winter, but it’s important to buff away dead skin cells which can create that flaky, rough texture we want to avoid. I exfoliate only once a week using the St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask. It doubles as a hydrating treatment and can be applied generously to the face and left on for 5-10 minutes so the ingredients can really soak in. The tiny particles are gentle and effective, without stripping the skin.
Pesky pimples pop up no matter what time of year it is! I’m suddenly suffering from more breakouts lately than I have in the past, so I am thankful for this skincare best friend: Tea Tree Oil. I get mine from The Body Shop because it is less concentrated and not as drying as pure versions found in nutritional stores. A little really goes a long way with this stuff! I apply a small amount onto a Q-tip and use it as a spot treatment on blemishes. After a couple of days, the red spot is basically invisible!
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Skin Drink from LUSH during the summer months – it was a little too thick and greasy for my liking. But as the days got colder and my skin became more and more dehydrated, the moisturizer became a skin saver! It’s super thick and a little goes a long way. I wouldn’t suggest this product for those with oily skin, but if you’re suffering from major dryness, this will work wonders. Be warned though, it does have a strange (somewhat foul) scent.
A deep moisturizing night cream is an absolute must for me. They tend to be a little more rich and are designed to penetrate the skin over a longer period of time, especially overnight when the focus is on rest, repair, restore and regenerating. Right now I am using the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, which was a recommendation from Dev’s cousin, Krista (thanks lad). I’ve only had it for a couple of days but so far I’m really enjoying it! Keep an eye out for a full review soon.
An eye cream is also pretty essential, not only to make my puffy peepers appear more awake, but to also help makeup like concealer glide on smoothly and not crease throughout the day. I’m currently using the 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, which was a sample from my very first Birchbox. It’s not my favourite, but does the trick.
Finally, to prevent my body from looking like a scaly alligator, I like to use Bio Oil. Yep…the product known for treating stretch marks and scars! It’s formulated with plant extracts, vitamins and mineral oils which also make it a really great moisturizer as well. I focus it specifically on my elbows and hands, where I tend to get the most dry.
Of course the most natural way to re-hydrate our bodies and battle the dreadful winter dryness is to simply drink…no chug…load and loads of water. But you guys knew that…
I aim to drink 1.5-2L of water a day. Some days are easier than others, but I can definitely feel a difference in my skin when I drink lots of good ol’ H20.