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The brisk cold is not great on your skin. It gets dry, red and you generally don’t have what could be considered a healthy glow. And that’s not on you – that’s the cold, baby. And the cold will not be ignored. You’re Canadian, you know this. So when we learned that somewhere in a back room at New York Fashion Week, there was a two-step process going down to give models fresh, dewy skin, even though they’d just been in a polar vortex, we were interested.

Turns out, the cold was a real issue. “Over the last three days, the last two especially, it’s like the models’ skin is burned from the wind and cold, and we’re fighting with the dryness of the [indoor] heat,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Allure. Sound familiar? Once it gets frigid, most places crank up the heat. So, you’re in this around-the-clock gauntlet, where literally every environmental hazard is trying to dry you out. But you can make it stop.

Turns out, the backstage secret used on these wind burnt and dried out models is two things: Avene Cicalfate Repair Cream ($35 at Amazon) and BUTTER elixir ($134 at Amazon). And that’s it. The result is a dewy, fresh-faced look that you can see in Vogue’s exclusive runway shots of Mary Kate and Ashley’s The Row. Pecheux advises you to massage the oil all over your face, kneading it into your skin. Then add the cream. And, again, that’s it.

The cold may get you for a second, but you can feel comforted knowing the secret to beating a Canadian winter. Well, you’ll still need to wear a jacket. And gloves. And a scarf. And a toque. Long johns, too.

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