Winter skin saviours: What I’m using

First things first: Happy 2016! Hope your year is off to a great start.

winter skin, beauty, winter skin saviour, winter beauty survivalI don’t know about you but I definitely didn’t rush out to the theatres on December 18 and I’m not sure that I’ll even necessarily watch The Force Awakens, considering I didn’t bother with any of the other entries in the canon from the past 15 years (although Adam Driver‘s presence makes a strong case in and of itself) but permit me to make a Star Wars reference: It’s cold as Hoth outside.

It’s boring, and SO Canadian, to talk about the weather but when the temperature drastically descends overnight and that first blast of icy air hits you full-on as you head to work/play/brunch/dinner, it’s a hot (cold) topic.

The reality of true winter weather is depressing on a general level—it makes going out a whole ordeal and that’s saying nothing of waiting for transit or tardy friends—and can mean trouble on a dermal scale since the cold front tends to dry out all exposed skin, mainly lips, cheeks, and if you don’t have proper gloves or mittens, hands.

Here are some products that I’ll be reaching for from January to March to protect against winter dryness.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
I prefer the French product name (Crème gourmande mains et ongles) but either way, the trusted cosmetics brand delivers the goods with their nourishing lotion that’s full of anti-oxidants and free of parabens. Plus that signature scent is a singular delight.

Consonant Natural Lip Conditioner
This homegrown brand has amazing, 100 % natural products for your whole body—the award-winning HydrExtreme serum is a personal fave when I can afford the splurge—but the company has really mastered the oft-maligned chappie. Sweet Almond Oil, beeswax and Jojoba oil come together to give your cracked lips some TLC. Pop one into each coat pocket for instant relief.

Everything else:
Bella Vita’s Miracle Hand Balm is a multi-purpose salve that has a rather bold, distinct scent thanks to the cocktail of oils emu, castor, coconut and avocado, not to mention propolis (resin collected by bees), extract from the Comfrey plant and vitamin E. This thick balm can be used to soothe dry feet (Pro tip: apply to dry heels and soles and slip into cotton socks overnight for maximum effect…but maybe not during a sleepover) and applied to cheeks to guard against frostbite. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that can soothe burns and bruises. The best part: this made-in-Quebec product lasts; I’m still working on a tin I got almost 2 years ago.

  • What are you using to prevent winter dryness?

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