Ice skating, cocoa by the fire, and lounging around in our cozy romper. These are the reasons we love winters in Canada. But sometimes the frigid temps make us want to book a direct flight for fun in the sun, stat.
Take for example that tight, itchy feeling in our skin that starts to creep in once the furnace has started running 24/7, zapping our homes from any moisture in the air. And when itching starts to mess with the outer most layer of our skin, our natural moisture reserves start to seep out. That’s when an S.O.S is in order! But, why wait until it’s too late? Follow these top hydration tips to achieve smooth, radiant skin for the chilly season that will make your winter extra wonderful.
Change The Air.
You might already be in the habit of turning on a humidifier when you’re sick with a head cold to help loosen sinus congestion. But when winter is at its driest, daily use of a humidifier can help prevent your face and body from severe dry out, as well. Some people have been known to have one on every floor!
Watch What You Drink.
Dermatologists once promoted drinking eight glasses of water a day to keep winter skin from looking less than hydrated, but it turns out what you don’t drink is what gives your face life. Alcohol and caffeine are known to dehydrate, so best to keep those at a minimum if you really want to fake summer skin deep into the winter months.
Here’s The Rub.
Peels and scrubs are necessary to remove dead skin cells, allowing for any skin care you apply afterwards to sink in and do its job. For sensitized skin already at the point of flaking and burning, it’s best to avoid anything too potent. Swap in a gentle cleansing milk for those citrus gel cleansers and use a washcloth to rub gently (including over lips). This will softly slough away those millimetres of excess debris, and choose lukewarm water over hot. Try: La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Milk
Set The Serum.
Serums chalked full of antioxidants help nourish the epidermis without having to pile on more heavy layers. In fact, its smaller molecules and lighter consistency help penetrate where thick creams can’t. Choose a vitamin C formula to continue to fight free radicals that occur all year round. Try: Korres Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Coco for Coconut Oil.
If you’ve swapped out your leather jacket for a parka, it’s time to relocate your water-based lotions to the bottom shelf, too. Oil-based creams should be top shelf now. These heavier ointments provide a protective layer on skin, keeping moisture inside. Coconut oil is an effective emollient that helps maintain skin’s lipid balance. Another good ingredient to look for on the label is glycerin, a humectant known to trap in hydration. Try: Jouviance Hydractiv Coconut Melting Balm
Rise To The Mask.
Weekly or bi-weekly masks are a sure way to replenish a parched visage beyond your daily care routine; however, think ‘hydration’ when reaching for one now. Stow away charcoal and clay masks in favour of hydrogels and balms containing a clean formula of aloe, jojoba or shea butter. In other words, steer clear of heavy fragrances and glitter bits right now. Try: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask
If you’re genetically predisposed to the condition, some dry skin conditions cross over into eczema territory. Symptoms are similar: scaly, red, sore or itchy. Consult a dermatologist if you suspect you may have eczema. In the meantime, try the following: limit time in the shower, apply oils straight afterwards while there’s still moisture in the air (to lock it in), avoid synthetic fabrics, and moisturize with dermatologist-tested skin care. For instant relief, scratching is your enemy, so spritz on a calming mist to tame irritating tickles. Try: DR ROEBUCK'S Bondi Hydrating Mist