Health & Beauty

Chill Out: 10 Winter Skin Saviours For Colder Climes

November 8, 2023

Winter is en route and inevitably our skin will feel the change. Just like we begin to swap out our wardrobes and start to layer up, our skincare, too, needs an adjustment. With the onset of colder climes comes the challenge of keeping your skin healthy and glowing in the face of harsh weather, dry air, and indoor heating. While you may be tempted to stick to your usual beauty routine, your skin may need some extra TLC during the winter months. We’ve taken on the of heavy lifting and rounded up some of the best winter moisturizes for hydration, richness, glow, and plumping- seeking out skincare products that are designed to nourish and protect your skin when the temperatures drop. —Lauren Walker-Lee

Beauty Counter Mighty Plump Ceramide Water Cream ($102): A cushiony formula for more youthful and lifted looking skin. This water cream is made with two forms of hyaluronic acid plus barrier-protecting ceramide for intense hydration with an immediate plumping effect and fantastic velvety feel. It also contains a blend of botanical extracts that help soothe and calm the skin. This water cream is suitable for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin. It is also certified vegan, cruelty-free, and organic.

The Face Shop Vegan Moisture Blending Cream ($60): A clever combination with star ingredients. The Face Shop Blending Cream is composed of two layers: a transparent gel and a rich cream. The gel layer contains essential oils and moisturizing agents, while the cream layer contains skin lipid components, such as ceramide. When blended together, this cream provides the optimal level of hydration for combination skin types. It also contains edelweiss extract, calendula, olive oil, and laurel to help improve elasticity and loss of moisture. This product boasts refillable packaging and is certified vegan, hypoallergenic, and suitable for sensitive and dry skin.

Garnier Vitamin C Brightening Cream ($15): This affordable skincare option tackles the dullness of the winter months. The Garnier Brightening Cream is infused with vitamin C and super citrus, which are powerful antioxidants that help brighten and even out the skin tone. It also helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and boosts the skin’s radiance. This cream is lightweight, non-greasy, and absorbs quickly into the skin. It is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and certified organic and boasts the faintest (yet yummy) spa like scent that elevates the experience.

Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer ($54): The gel that effortless glides on and packs a punch of nutrients.This Laneige moisturizer is packed with blue hyaluronic acid, which is fermented with deep sea algae and micro-sized to absorb better and faster into the skin. It provides up to 48 hours of soothing hydration, and smooths rough texture, plumps the look of fine lines, and boosts the skin’s glow. It also contains mint leaf extract, which has a cooling and refreshing effect on the skin. This moisturizer is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and great for sensitive skin as well as oily and combination skin types.

Biossance Squalane and Omega Repair Cream ($81): A moisturizer so decadent you won’t know how you have managed a winter without it.This cream feels luxurious, with all the good fats (lipids) your skin needs to deeply moisturize without leaving a greasy feel after application. It contains squalane, omega fatty acids, ceramides, and plant sterols, that mimic and support the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It also helps  to plump, smooth, firm, and restore the skin’s radiance without leaving an unwanted shine. This cream is cruelty-free, non-toxic, paraben-free, and vegan.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream ($55): An intense dose of hydration and protection. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream is a moisturizer that promises to transform and heal dry and sensitive skin. It is formulated with natural ingredients such as Colloidal Oatmeal and Beta-Glucan, which are clinically proven to calm and restore the skin’s natural barrier function. It also features an innovative Advanced Barrier Technology that mimics the skin’s own lipids and helps lock in moisture. This cream can instantly soothe and reduce redness, as well as deliver long-lasting hydration and nourishment to the skin.

Avène Hydrance Rich Cream ($41): A go-to favourite in the world of French pharmacy finds.  Avène, (available at our drug stores) is a skincare line designed for those with sensitive skin needs and famed for its use of thermal spring waters that soothes. The rich cream provides 24 hours of hydration for dry and sensitive skin boasting an ingredient called Cohederm, a patented complex that helps restore the skin’s natural barrier function. It boasts a rich and creamy texture that leaves the skin soft and comfortable, and a subtle fresh scent that livens the senses. This cream is suitable for all skin types, especially those who experience dryness, irritation, or sensitivity.

Don’t forget the rest of the body

Best Body: CélaCrème de la Crème light ($59): Céla seed to skin collection of body moisturizers features their signature mix of six Canadian botanical extracts chosen for their rich concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, omega acids and minerals. Combined to promote radiant skin and improve resiliency, the Crème de la Crème light cream is a luxurious step in your all over body moisturizing routine.  Using the power of plants, this lush harmonious blend turns your self-care routine into a spa like experience.

Luxury for your hands: Dyptique Eau Rose Perfumed Hand Cream ($59): Let your hands luxuriate in the world of Dyptique with their perfumed hand cream. This balm combines damascena and centifolia, the loveliest roses, boasting a rich texture of aloe vera and macadamia oil, to protect you hands while adding a soft layer of the fragrance they are known for.

Pamper your feet: L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream ($40): Reward your feet with the softening of shea butter. This best-selling foot cream includes arnica, and lavender essential oils along with 15% shea butter to nourish, moisturize, and soften dry feet. The soft  scent and plant forward ingredients from this beloved Provence brand revitalizes and delights the skin helping to achieve your skincare goals.


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