Five Products That Saved My Skin This Winter

We’ve been lucky with the winter we’ve had in Toronto so far this year, but now it really is starting to feel like the Canadian winters we are used to. Any season changes can affect your skin differently and I am one of those common people whose skin gets dry and flaky once the cold comes. I’ve created a list of five of my go-to products that have helped me get my skin through this winter.

Clinique Moisture Surge:

This is one of those products that no matter the season I have to have and even keep a small travel size in my purse at all times I’m that obsessed. This oil free moisturizer is good for all skin types and acts as a booster moisturizer. Whether it’s a sunburn or dryness from the cold air, I put this on specific skin areas (and sometimes all over) for instant moisture relief. It is very light weight, like a thin gel that acts as a great base layer for makeup as well. And because of its popularity, there is now an entire moisture surge line by Clinique that I have yet to try.

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Photograph via Clinique

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream:

I had never tried any L’Occitane products before this year. Every year my girlfriends and I do a small Secret Santa gift exchange of our favourite beauty products and this was one of the gifts I received. Another staple that I now have to have in my purse, this whipped shea hand cream also comes in a mini version, of 30 ml, perfect for on the go. This fast absorbing hand moisturizer has a texture I’ve never felt in a hand cream before, there’s no greasy or sticky residue, and I don’t have to wait for it to dry. I will be definitely be giving this product away as stocking stuffers for the Holidays next year.

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Photograph via L’Occitane En Provence

Burt’s Bees:

I wish I could shake this addiction, but I have tried every lip chap, balm, and treatment out there. And I’m not talking about the flavoured, fruity ones, I mean the classic, original Burt’s Bees that everyone knows the smell of. I have very thin lips, and this is the only lip treatment that absorbs and starts working immediately without the sticky feeling left on your lips. Other brands can give you instant relief, but I find it doesn’t last as long and I’m constantly reapplying where with Burt’s Bees I know I don’t have to worry about that.


Photograph via Burt’s Bees

WEN Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment:

I’ve never been a big hair mask person, but my scalp is what suffers in these winter months. I also find that having blonde, thin hair, my ends are breaking and drying out quicker. While purchasing other gifts for the holidays, I ran into the WEN products at Sephora. I had heard about them but have never used any of them before so I thought I would try out the mask because I was desperate for dry hair relief. Not only is it simple and easy to use, it’s not as time-consuming as other hair masks and it smells good. My hair had instant life again and lasted after numerous washes. This product can be pricey, but with how little you use, it is definitely worth the investment.

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Photograph via Sephora

Make Up Forever Step 1:  

There are many different kinds of “Step 1” that Make Up Forever has made, all based on your skin type. Not only are these foundation primers, they each serve a different purpose. Before holiday parties began I was initially only looking for a foundation primer when I discovered the hydrating primer by Make Up Forever. Not only does the primer keep my foundation long lasting, the constant hydration gives the skins surface a glow for smoother foundation application. I now can’t go a day without adding this as my first step to my makeup routine!

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Photograph via Sephora

What are some of your winter skin essentials you can’t live without? I’m always on the hunt to try new products so let me know in the comment section below.


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