Perhaps the biggest news last week if you’re from North America were all these frozen temperatures going around. Coming from a place with a moniker of “Winterpeg”, we certainly experienced deep-freeze temperatures, dipping down to… wait for it… -52C… on more than one day.
Well yes my friends, it was as bad as it sounds and it was even worst for my skin since I basically went from soft and supple to the texture of a reptile. Thankfully I have so much skincare lying around that I got to try out some new goodies and put them to the test for my face, body, and even insides. If your skin is also hating this winter weather, then keep reading. Here are the skincare items you need to incorporate into your routine…
Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel
I got this goodie at the London Drugs Beauty Event this past October in Whistler, and having been a huge fan of Bioderma for years now, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test.
This mild cleansing foaming gel ($19.90) is formulated for sensitive skin since it has an exclusive DAF complex, which is a combination of active ingredients making it possible to reinforce the tolerance threshold of all types of sensitive skin. This cleanser helps to soothe irritated skin, strengthen it against sensitivities, moisturize and restore, and gently remove makeup and dirt. I like pairing this with my Clarisonic or FOREO device for a truly refreshing cleanse since it foams up when you add water.
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
It’s been no secret that I’ve loved Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion since I was 16. I still have a bottle of it in my beauty cabinet (which I should really get rid of but there’s still half left) and it continues to be one of my all-time favourite moisturizers.
Clinique has come out with a few different formulas of the popular moisturizer over the years and the newest one is the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (C$36). This jelly is a lightweight, water jelly formula that is designed to deliver 24-hour hydration repair. The main different between this one and the OG is obviously the formula, but it also has pollution protection, which is a major skincare trend happening right now.
This moisturizer has Clean Shield Technology in it, which locks in the good and filters out the bad. It also strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and feels super fresh on the skin when you apply it. It’s perfect to wear while travelling, or if you live in a major city since it makes skin 87 per cent less vulnerable to pollution.
Laneige Water Bank Ultra Moisture Cream
If you are a Prairie girl like me and your skin hates you for all this minus a little weather, then take a look at Laneige’s Water Bank Ultra Moisture Cream, which is a special product that is developed only for Canada and the U.S. due to the super cold, dry weather, and delivers better hydration for your skin.
This moisturizer is right up my alley right now since the solid, thick butter balm formula contains a second-barrier complex consisting of 14 kinds of skin barrier protective ingredients. It’s ideal to use on days when very dry or sensitive skin needs moisture (this definitely came in handy last week).
You can use this moisturizer in a variety of ways, including the OG way day and night, by adding it into your foundation or BB cream, applying it on other areas of your skin which need a little TLC, or even as a night mask.
Laneige Water Bank Dual Layer Face Oil
Pair Laneige’s Ultra Moisture Cream with their Water Bank Dual Layer Face Oil for the ultimate hydrating treat.
This fast-absorbing oil (C$49) is activated with a few shakes and delivers long-lasting moisture to your skin. The texture of this is super cool since it features crystal droplets that deliver a blend of moisturizing Hydro Ionized Mineral Water and Moisture-Roof (a mix of skin-friendly oils) to seal everything in.
Jowae Youth Concentrate Complexion Correction Serum
Top off your moisturizer routine with the Jowae Youth Concentrate Complexion Correction (C$52), which helps to reduce dark spots, brighten and even complexion, and help perfect skin and keep it looking young. This also helps to defy daily aggressors (similar to the Clinique jelly).
Apply this during your morning skincare routine to help you achieve that youthful glow and help even out skin tone. All you need is a small amount, which you heat up using your fingers, and then spread all over your face.
Jowae Hydrating Water Mist
Ever need just a quick pick me up? The Jowae Hydrating Water Mist (C$19) is inspired after makeup removal to prepare skin for the rest of your skincare routine. This water is applied by misting it over the face to help hydrate and protect it against daily aggressors.
Although this was originally created for use after you remove your makeup, I love using it any time of the day to instantly boost my mood. It’s also great after a workout, as a mid-day pick me up, and really any time you need a little happiness in your life. The formula refreshes skin with notes of herbal water, jasmine, and cedar wood.
Tula Kefir Ultimate Recovery Mask
It’s no lie that I’m kinda obsessed with Tula, so just had to devote a section of this blog post to some of my all-star faves at the moment.
The Kefir Ultimate Recovery Mask (C$72) is a nourishing and comforting mask designed to help skin recover from extreme dryness and signs of distress. As the name suggests, the star ingredient is kefir, a fermented milk drink which dates back to the 1800’s and is rich in probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. It’s known for its immense ability to hydrate and moisturize skin.
I love slathering this on after I have removed my makeup and cleansed my skin. The mask applies like a thick moisturizer and is clear aside from a subtle pink holographic glow. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove with a damp towel before carrying on with the rest of your skincare routine.
Tula Revitalizing Eye Cream
A must for your routine is a good eye cream and I’ve been rotating two of Tula’s all-star products in day and night.
The Tula Revitalizing Eye Cream (C$65) is a rich probiotic and squalene-infused cream that deeply hydrates the skin around the eye area, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.
I absolutely love this eye cream since a little goes a long way. Apply a dab of the product to your eye area and moisturize it into your skin. Best of all, this eye cream is suitable for all skin types, meaning anyone can use it.
Tula Glow and Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm
Brand new from the brand (and currently sold out), this cooling eye balm (C$28) is the perfect product to carry with you wherever you go.
Swipe this on under your eyes to instantly cool, hydrate, and brighten the look of undereye dark circles, as well as tighten and hydrate the look of lines and wrinkles. You can wear this underneath or on top of makeup for a natural, dewy glow.
The star ingredients in here are caffeine to help tighten and firm the look of lines and wrinkles; aloe, apple, and watermelon to provide deep hydration to the eye area; as well as blueberry, which is rich in antioxidants to hydrate and protect skin.
I absolutely love this eye cream (as well as their other one, and pretty much anything Tula produces), so keep an eye out on their site for the restock.
Tula Probiotic Supplements
If you want to take your hydration routine up a notch, then take a look at Tula’s Probiotic Supplements (C$33.15), which contain 30 daily probiotics.
These probiotics contain 10 billion CFU which are clinically proven to help with digestive and skin health. It also includes ceramides that are derived from rice to help skin retain moisture, and Vitamin C, which helps to visibly address skin’s tone and texture.
I highly recommend picking these up and taking them daily to help skin retain moisture (in addition to all the other skin-loving benefits).
Don’t forget, you can score 20% off your Tula order with code SHAYNAW.
Moroccanoil Night Body Serum
Of course it’s not just our face that gets super dry in the winter time. Moroccanoil’s Night Body Serum (C$68) is the overnight cure to help skin get smooth and firm.
This serum helps to firm, smooth, and nourish skin while you sleep thanks to its high-performing ingredients targeted to tighten and smooth skin after each application. It has an antioxidant-rich blend of argan and tsubaki oil to help address the loss of firmness and moisture, as well as Holy Basil extract to help protect skin from those pesky environmental stressors.
I love slathering my skin on this before bed. It is a bit greasy, but I do find that my skin absorbs it quickly (especially when it’s this dry). Whether you’re using a moisturizer or a serum, it’s super important to keep all your skin hydrated.
From the face to your skin and everything in between, with this cold winter weather, it’s been so important that I keep my skin nourished. I would love to know what products on your rotation this time of the year.
Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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