Canadian winters are rough on the body. Aside from frozen sidewalks that may cause some major backside bruising, we have to deal with seeing our glowy summer tan turn into a barren wasteland of dry, patchy skin.
Your skin performs a variety of super important functions so you should never let its health fall to the wayside. It’s your body’s protective layer, responsible for sensation, temperature regulation and absorption of oxygen. Basically, your skin is like a supermom, so doesn’t that deserve some pampering when the going gets rough?
We think so. That’s why we’ve put together some of the best moisture rich beauty products to protect your skin this winter.
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A little goes a long way with Dr. Roebucks Bubs + Bits. You don’t have to slather on large amounts to benefit from its ultra moisturizing effects. The luxurious thick cream is great for those dry patches that require extra attention.
Dermalogica is always a good bet when it comes to great skincare products. Their Skin Hydrating Mask is specially formulated with antioxidants and vitamins to restore dry skin to its pre-winter glory.
Napoleon Dynamite was right on the money when he famously complained that his “lips hurt real bad." We have the best solution for those painful occasions when the cold and wind have ravaged your lips. EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm is 99 per cent natural and comes in a variety of yummy flavours like Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint.
These gloves are great for severely dry hands that need extra TLC. Simply apply your favourite moisturizer, work it into your skin and slip on these natural cotton gloves overnight. They’ll act like a moisturizing cocoon for damaged hands.
CeraVe is a no fuss beauty brand that everyone knows just works. It’s kind of the Buckley’s of moisturizing creams. The packaging isn’t fancy but you’ll always find it at the top of everyone’s list of best moisturizing products. We especially love waking up to supple smooth skin the morning after applying their PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.
The delicate skin around your eyes should always be treated with a specially formulated eye cream. B.Kamins Eye Cream is ultra hydrating and non-greasy while also improving dark circles and puffiness around the eye area.
Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, $7.99
If you want to save a little time, Nivea’s new In-Shower Body Lotion allows you to apply your lotion in the shower, immediately after lathering up. The lotion works with wet skin and absorbs immediately so you can skip your post-shower moisturizing routine.
Body Butter is always best applied right after a shower on damp skin. Your skin will drink Clinique’s Deep Comfort Body Butter right up, leaving it silky to the touch even in the dead of winter.
One of Lush’s best sellers, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is a great option for those who favour all natural products. Whether you want to apply it in the shower or after, this moisturizer—containing cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and of course, Argan oil—will leave you astonished at how incredible silky your skin is.
If your skin isn’t greasy, it’s a good idea to switch to oil-based products in the winter to better protect it from the elements. Better yet, apply oil directly to your skin. Amala’s seed oil-based treatment restores moisture and prevents moisture loss, something your skin is especially susceptible to in the winter.