Winter Survival Guide – Dry Skin Rescue

Living in Canada means experiencing every kind of weather; with the combination of cold weather outside and heat blasting inside, your skin can quickly become dry and dull.

Switching up your routine:

  • Having a humidifier in your bedroom can be handy. After being at school or the office all day, you’re likely exposed to harsh, dried-out air from the furnace heat. It can be surprising how much having some moisture added to the air while you’re sleeping can help repair and rejuvenate your skin.
  • Taking warm (not hot!) showers. This one is tough; after getting in from the freezing outside it is tempting to take a nice, steaming-hot shower. Showering in water that’s really hot can actually strip the moisture from your skin leaving it dry and flakey. If you can, try to dial the temperature back a bit. Your skin will thank you!
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! By using either a loofa, scrubbing mit or dry brush, taking time to scrub and polish your skin is key. This will help you get rid of any rough patches and keep your skin feeling smooth and soft.
  • Make sure you’re applying a hydrating lotion immediately after getting out of the shower while you’re still wet. With your pores still open it will absorb much better.

Best Go-To’s:

  • When you’re looking for a good lotion you want to look for words such as hydrating, rejuvenating or nourishing. Yes, all fancy marketing words, but these are more likely to have thicker formulas that will help replenish your dry skin.
  • I love Jergen’s Ultra Care lotion ($7) for every day use. baby
  • My second go-to for baby soft skin is a bit funny… because I literally use baby oil and lotion! Generally, I’ll turn to using these when my skin is in extra need of some TLC. Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel ($6) is a great formula to help instantly smooth and condition skin when used straight out of the shower before drying off. I then follow up with Aveno’s Calming Comfort baby lotion ($9) which smells like heaven (vanilla and lavender) and makes your skin super soft.

Lastly — and this one is a no-brainer but I have to mention since I’m totally guilty of not doing it — wear your mitts, hat and scarf!! Our attitude has always been “the weather isn’t bad, you just need to dress for it” which yes, is totally Canadian, but also very true! Your skin is super sensitive so make sure to cover up when you’re outside in the cold temperatures and winds!

Stay warm!

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