Nothing prepared my skin for Edmonton’s dry climate and harsh winters. My first winter left my skin dry, red and fragile. After sloughing myself with endless creams, serums and toners, I’ve finally found products that really work. Combine these products with these professional tips, and your skin will have a hydrated and happy despite the chilly season.
Face Wash: B. Kamin’s Vegetable Cleanser is an all-in-one cleanser and makeup remover that dissolves and removes impurities from the face in a gentle way. Free of oil, fragrances and color, it’s ideal for sensitive skin or anybody wanting a moisture-boost from her cleanser. Best spot to buy: Lux Beauty Boutique.
Toner: Re-balance and respect your skin’s pH with The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming Toner. This bargain priced toner ($12) does wonders to prepare the skin to better absorb your moisturizer.
Exfoliator: Kate Sommerville’s Exfolikate takes just two-minutes for papaya and pumpkin enzymes combined with lactic and salicylic acids to make your face feel super soft. Just smooth it on, don’t rub – and just let it sit awhile while the ingredients work their magic, including pineapple (anti-inflammatory) and cinnamon (stimulates circulation). Available in two sizes at Sephora.
Moisturizer: Splurge for Crème de la Mer's Miracle Broth. This legendary cream is the only solution that leaves my skin hydrated and protected during our harsh winters (goodbye redness!). To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips and then gently pat onto your face. Available at Holt Renfrew.
Do Everything: Vichy Thermal Spa Water is the ultimate companion for everyday life. Spray it on your face when you want to soothe, fortify and regenerate the skin. My thermal spa water always comes on the plane with me. Plus, I use it daily to set my makeup. Mid-day, if my face needs a pick-me-up or feels dry, I just spray it again. Find this product at London Drugs or Shoppers Drug Mart.