This is definitely the time of year where I’m frantically waving a white flag at winter. It hinders me from wearing cute shoes, walking without fear of a slippery tumble, being outside in general and most of all, my skin freaks out. I know that last one on the short list of winter woes is one that a lot of us share. As a skin therapist, the common factor I’ve been seeing these past few months is dehydration and sensitivity due to the extreme weather conditions and have personally been battling mother nature to maintain glorious skin during this winter war.
There have been a handful of products that have been little saviours during this time. Some are new to me, while others are old faithfuls in my skin care regimen. Here’s a taste of what I’ve been loving on my face as of late.
Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift
If there’s no such thing as a fountain of youth, Dermaquest’s Stem Cell line comes pretty damn close to it. This eye cream in particular is on my permanent list of favourites; it’s like Botox without the needles. Plant stem cells, red algae extract and peptides de-puff, brighten and smooth the eye area. I noticed a miraculous difference in how my eyes looked after two days using this. This product doesn’t fool around and in over ten years in the beauty business, I haven’t seen an eye cream work as effectively as this one in such a short period of time.
Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom Glistening Face Serum
Does winter have your skin looking dull and blah? In need of a radiance boost? This serum will hydrate, condition and restore your skin to a glowing state thanks to blue agave, yeast extracts, wild flower honey and peach blossom. Oilier skin types can use this alone as a moisturizer and those with skin on the drier side, apply this under your favourite moisturizer. My dry skin thanked me for saturating it in this serum; yours will too. It will leave you looking luminous and feeling supple. In your face, winter!
Lush Ocean Salt Face Scrub
I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with this exfoliant right now. My skin had been a little schizo thanks to the dreaded polar vortex, causing me grief by looking dull, being dehydrated and even breaking out. I needed something to help purge without drying me out even more. Enter Lush Ocean Salt. The sea salt softens and sloughs the skin while coconut and avocado hydrate and balance. As if Lush didn’t know me any better when wooing me with this little tub, it contains lime and VODKA which helps with clogged pores, blackheads and occasional breakouts, leaving it looking bright and fresh. Like a cocktail for your face!
Dermalogica Barrier Repair
Cold wind? Check. Burning cheeks? Check. Red faced? Check. Slightly chapped? Check.
Barrier Repair is a skin godsend for the bitter cold months and allows some solace from the evils of sensitized skin. This waterless moisturizer helps to shield the skin from environmental and internal triggers and contains an UltraCalming Complex to soothe and minimize burning and itching. This works great under makeup as a primer and is an ideal product for those who are outside a lot and exposed to the cold elements.