Freezing weather conditions are back. And with them come dry skin patches, itchiness, redness and so much more. Ouch! Whether you have dry or normal skin, there’s no need to mention that protecting your skin from the cold is a must. The rule that applies to your wardrobe—lighter in summer, thicker in winter—goes for your skin, too. To simplify things, here are five basic products that should help you achieve optimal skin hydration all winter long.
Know that although you might take excellent care of the skin on your face, you shouldn’t neglect the rest of your body! Especially in winter. If your man mentions that his back is itchy, he might just have dry skin—possible causes being electric heating and the cold weather outside. Opt for a cream that will last several hours. AVEENO has several interesting and affordable products when it comes to moisturizers. Our choice for dry skin: fragrance-free Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion, which combines shea butter and a patented triple oat formula. Soft skin, guaranteed!
AVEENO Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion, $9.99 in pharmacies.
If you don’t know SkinCeuticals, it’s high time you got acquainted. All of the brand’s products work wonders on the skin—as long as you choose the ones that are right for your skin type. The Renew Overnight Dry moisturizer is the best choice for hydrating and protecting your skin. Not too rich, and not too light, this night cream is ideal for normal to dry skin. It’s on the expensive side, but also totally worth it!
SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry Nighttime Skin-Refining Moisturizer, $85 at select retailers.
Meet Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. A cult favourite among beautistas, this cream keeps skin moisturized for 24 hours. Rich in emollient ingredients but light when applied, it hydrates the skin and protects it from extreme cold conditions without leaving any greasiness or thick film behind. Use it in the morning or at night: it disappears under makeup. A great choice!
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $57 in stores and online.
One of the best lip balms for treating chapped lips, French label Laroche-Posay‘s Nutritic balm is also one of the most recommended by dermatologists in the country. Full of biolipids and ceramides, it moisturizes and repairs chapped lips. Never greasy and always gentle on the lips, it is perfect for repairing and avoiding damage caused by the cold.
Laroche-Posay Nutritic Lips, $13.50 in pharmacies.
Aveda, which makes plant and flower extract-based products, also has one of the best hand creams on the market. Their Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme gives skin a soft, supple appearance without making hands greasy. Its secret ingredient? Liquorice root, combined with tea extract. A favourite among people who wash their hands very often at work (read: nurses, chefs), it is also an excellent choice for surviving Canadian winters!
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Hand Creme, $32 online and in certain salons.