Winter in Canada is no joke. It often starts to get really cold in November, and really doesn’t warm up again until at least April or May, depending on the year. Unfortunately, what this means is that my skin looks and feels dehydrated for pretty much that whole time. My hands always seem to suffer the most and become dry, and even sometimes cracked, for a good portion of that time. Enter my winter skincare warriors.
Most winters, I make it my personal mission to find the best and most moisturizing hand cream. I’ll usually try at least a couple of new hand moisturizers each year, but always come back to my tried and true Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop. It is thick, creamy and ultra-moisturizing. When my hands are in rough shape, I like to slather some on at night and put a pair of cotton gloves on to keep the moisture in. The only bad thing I have to say about it is that it has a very strong scent which I am not particularly fond of. However, the cream is that good and I haven’t found anything comparable, that I can look past the scent.
Two other products that I feel deserve an honourable mention are the Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy, which I picked up at Viens Avec Moi late last year, and the Leaves of Trees Pink Grapefruit Argan Lotion, which I purchased at Goods Shop. I have to admit, both products initially drew me in with their beautiful packaging, and then pleasantly surprised me with the product. One of the things I love most about the Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy is that it is all natural and unscented. I don’t always like putting heavily scented products on, because they linger and can be too strong. On top of that, it is also thick and moisturizing. The Leaves of Trees Pink Grapefruit Argan Lotion, on the other hand, has a very fresh, citrusy scent. It’s not too sweet, which I love, and isn’t overwhelming after it’s rubbed in. As a lotion, I’d say this one isn’t quite as heavy duty as the other two, but it is one that I like to carry in my bag when I’m out and about.
When it comes to my face, I like to keep things pretty simple since I have somewhat sensitive skin. For most of the winter, I have been using the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin both in the morning and at night. I like that it’s very moisturizing, absorbs into the skin pretty quickly and is fragrance free. When my skin is feeling particularly dry, I have been using this sample of the Fresh Rose Face Mask, which I find helps my skin to feel a bit more soft and moisturized.
My lips have been particularly dry this winter, and Vaseline Lip Therapy and Harlow Wo(Man) Body Salve are what I have been using to keep them soft and smooth. The only downside to these are that you have to use fingers to apply it and so I often only use these at home. My favourite lip balm in a tube that I can use while I’m out is the Nivea Hydrating Lip Care.
That’s it for my winter skincare warriors. What are your favourite products to use during the winter? I am always on the look out for the next best thing!