We here on the west coast are known for our pretty mild winters. In fact, the last time it snowed like this in Vancouver I’m pretty sure I was still in elementary school. Usually temps hover above zero with lots and lots of rain and, as wet as that usually is, we expect it. We’re prepared for it. I was not prepared for this. You guys, I’m an Indian who was born in Vancouver and spent years living in California – I am not meant for cold weather. My body is not meant for cold weather! I’ve spend the last few weeks trying everything short of slathering my body in Vaseline to try and combat the effects of this freezing weather. And I know I’m not the only one who is feeling extra dry and crackly these days! So seeing as the weather forecast is calling for even more snow this weekend, to help you all out I’ve put together a list of essential products that are helping me feel like my normal supple self during this brutal winter. You’re welcome.
- Trade in your regular moisturizer for something heavy-duty. (First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream)
Your face is most likely the place you’ll notice the affects of the weather the most. For me my regular moisturizer just wasn’t cutting it; when I would spend time outside I noticed my skin felt tight and dry. So I swapped out my usual product for something that was thicker and took a little longer to sink in to my skin so that hydrating action was prolonged. I also noticed that it made my makeup last a lot better throughout the day – bonus! If you’re looking for something on the cheap, Nivea makes a great hydrating day cream as well!
- Introduce a face oil to your routine. (Josie Maran Argan Oil)
I know that a lot of people are scared of face oils, myself included. I tend to get oily throughout the day and so the thought of adding oil just seemed ridiculous. But here’s a mini science lesson: when our skin is dried out it works over time trying to replenish itself by producing excess oils and that’s when you get oily. So adding a face oil is actually going to help you be less oily, if you can believe it. I started out by using it only at night and the change was almost instant; I would wake up in the morning with plump glowing skin. Now I can’t live without it! It’s the best way to boost the hydration in your face.
- Stock up on hydrating masks. (The Body Shop British Rose Plumping Mask)
Speaking of hydration in your skin, don’t forget about face masks! I’ve always been someone who tended more towards purifying/cleansing masks but lately I’ve been reaching for this one a lot more. When you’re face is feeling extra dry a hydrating mask is super soothing and refreshing.
- Remember to moisturize your hair, too. (Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer)
A lot of times we focus only on dry skin and forget that our hair is affected by the cold temps as well. If you notice the texture of your hair is different in the winter or it seems more dry and brittle, it’s probably because you’re forgetting to moisturize it. Pick up a leave in treatment that will work to re-hydrate your locks and also keep things soft and smooth. No frizz here!
- Don’t forget your scalp! (Lush Soak and Float Shampoo Bar)
You know those annoying flakes you notice in the winter time? Yeah, I’m talking dandruff. You think that if you just wash your hair more it’ll go away but the problem isn’t that your hair is dirty. That happens because your scalp is dry, too. So use a shampoo that is meant to soothe and hydrate a dry scalp and say buh-bye to those pesky flakes.
- Body butters are your best friend – put away the watery lotion. (The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter)
In the summer time we all know you can’t be bothered to lather up with a thick cream and wait for it to sink in when it’s so stinking hot out. A thin liquidy lotion is way more convenient! But in the winter you aren’t doing yourself any favours with that lotion. Swap it out for something ultra thick and hydrating like this vitamin rich body butter.
*I also suffer from eczema on my body and if you do too, or if you need something even more intense than a body butter, I really recommend Eucerin. I currently have some of the worst eczema breakouts I’ve had since I was a kid and this is the only stuff that helps!
- Go for a thicker eye cream. (Clinique All About Eyes Rich)
You should be using an eye cream all year round (I see you lazy gals!) but if you aren’t, or if you’re using something with a light formula, make sure to swap it for something thicker. Even more important than your general face moisturizer, an eye cream is super necessary because the skin under and around your eyes is really delicate and will show signs of aging or environmental stress faster than the rest of your face.
- Bring back the glow! (MAC Strobe Cream)
Now this may not be a real essential but a liquid highlighter is an easy way to fake glowy hydrated skin. Mix a little in with your moisturizer for those no makeup days or layer it with your foundation for a full-on strobe effect. After all, you’ve got to fake it ’till you make it, right?