Is the cold weather affecting how you look? Your skin may be drier, your cuticles and hands are chafed, and you are probably dealing with uncooperative, flyaway hair on a daily basis. Plus, even your tried and true makeup might not look as dewy and gorgeous as usual. Well, it’s time to make some changes. Moisturizing makeup and skincare and smoothing hair serums should replace the lightweight essentials in your makeup bag. Here are the items you need now:
You may find that your daily moisturizer just isn’t cutting it. If you need to apply it twice, maybe it’s time to find something new—and more hydrating. If you’re currently using a moisturizer that comes in a tube, look for one in a jar. Sounds silly, but thicker formulas come packaged in jars. Also, look for the words “hydrating” and “dry skin” on the package. If you have really dry skin, even a night cream — night creams tend to be thicker — could work during the day. Just make sure to avoid creams with irritating exfoliating ingredients like retinol. Good ingredients to look for include vitamin E and natural oils like rosehip, macadamia or coconut. Try: Dr. Roebuck’s Face cream, $50 at Murale.
Continue to moisturize your skin with a foundation that will keep your complexion protected from dry air and harsh winds. If you don’t need a lot of coverage, try a tinted moisturizer or hydrating BB or CC cream and apply it after your moisturizer has set. Look for the words “hydrating” or “moisturizing” on the package, or ask a beauty advisor wherever you shop to help you find a foundation that will revitalize your skin. Try: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $40 at Clinique.
While exfoliating is important (even in the winter), if you’re regularly using a scrub, it may be time to switch to a creamier, moisturizing formula for washing your face. You don’t need to ditch your old standard, but save the scrub for once or twice a week (always follow with a good layer of moisturizer, or even a moisturizing mask after exfoliating). Look for formulas called “milk” or “creamy,” or those made for sensitive or dry skin. These cleansers will get you clean without stripping skin of its beneficial natural oils. Try: Pure and Simple Sensitive skin Cleansing Milk, $22 at Pure and Simple.
Moisturizing hand sanitizer
Keep germs at bay and avoid getting sick with the right hand sanitizer. Look for one with the word “moisturizing” or “moisturizer” in the title and accept no substitutes. Generally speaking, if it’s a clear gel, you’re going to need to use a hand cream afterwards. Try: Gold Bond Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer, $6 at Well.ca.
Of course, using a moisturizing hand sanitizer doesn’t mean you won’t need hand cream. Regularly washing your hands and generally going about your usual day-to-day activities mean your hands will be drier than usual; it’s exactly what happens when your furnace heats up and blows heat into the air, or when you have to remove your gloves in the freezing cold to answer your phone. Nail fanatics will want their cuticles looking smooth, even in the snow. So look for a hand cream with an ingredient like beeswax or glycerin to help seal in moisture and protect skin between applications. Try: The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, $20 at The Body Shop; Aveeno Stress Relief Hand Moisturizing Lotion, $12 at Well.ca.
Hair smoothing serum
If you wear a winter hat, you’re probably dealing with some level of static and wild flyaways. Stash something in your purse for quick touch-ups that will also keep dry hair moisturized. Try a natural hair oil and, if you have thin or oily hair, use it very sparingly on just the trouble spots. If you have thick or dry hair, pump a dime-sized amount into your palms and then smooth hands over and through your locks. Try: Josie Maran Argan Hair Oil Serum, $16 at Sephora.
Finally, as often as you probably apply lip balm these days, you’re going to need a moisturizing lipstick as well. If you find your lips feel dry a little while after applying your lipstick, it’s not a great formula for winter. Now, finding the right formula can be a little trickier than looking for specific words in the lipstick’s name, because most lipsticks these days promise moisture. Ask the sales person where you’re shopping for lip products or ask friends for their favourite lipstick. Some of the best moisturizing options are: L’ancôme L’absolu Rouge, $36 at The Bay; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté, $39 at Sephora, Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter, $11 at London Drugs.