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Your Guide to Winter Skin Care

Updated: Mar 23

As the city goes through the home stretch of winter, it's time to give your skin some extra love. We get it—Toronto winters can be brutal on your skin, leaving it dry, dull, and craving some serious hydration, but with a few simple tweaks to your skincare routine, you can keep your skin glowing through the chill. So, grab your hot cocoa, cozy up, and let's dive into the ultimate guide to winter skin care.

1. Hydrate Like It's Your Job:

First things first, hydration is key. In the winter months, the cold, dry air can zap moisture from your skin like nobody's business. Combat this by adding a hydrating serum or facial oil to your skincare routine. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or squalane that lock in moisture and keep your skin plump and dewy, even when it's freezing outside.

2. Switch Up Your Cleansing Routine:

That trusty foaming cleanser that got you through the summer? It might be time to give it a break. Opt for a gentler, creamier cleanser in the winter months to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. Look for formulas with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile that cleanse without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. And remember, no hot water—stick to lukewarm temps to prevent further drying out your skin.

3. Don't Skip the SPF:

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can skip the SPF. The sun's harmful UV rays are still out and about, even on those cloudy days. Choose a moisturizer with built-in SPF or layer sunscreen over your skincare products to protect your skin from damage. Bonus points if you opt for a mineral sunscreen with ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that provide physical protection without clogging your pores.

4. Exfoliate (But Gently):

Exfoliation is your winter skin's best friend—but proceed with caution. Opt for a gentle exfoliant with fine particles or chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs that slough away dead skin cells without causing irritation. Limit exfoliation to once or twice a week to avoid over-exfoliating and exacerbating dryness. And don't forget to follow up with a hydrating mask or serum to replenish moisture and soothe your freshly exfoliated skin.

5. Layer, Layer, Layer:

No, we're not talking about bundling up in a thousand layers of sweaters (although that's not a bad idea either). We're talking about layering your skincare products for maximum hydration and protection. Start with a lightweight, hydrating toner to prep your skin, then follow up with a serum packed with nourishing ingredients. Seal it all in with a rich moisturizer and finish with a facial oil to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier against the elements.

6. Lip Service:

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your lips, leaving them dry, cracked, and in desperate need of some moisture. Keep a nourishing lip balm handy and reapply throughout the day to keep your lips soft and supple. Look for balms with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or beeswax to soothe and hydrate your lips.

7. Stay Hydrated (From the Inside Out):

We've talked a lot about hydrating your skin from the outside, but don't forget to hydrate from the inside too! Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated and plump, even when the air outside is dry as a desert. Herbal teas are also a great option, providing hydration along with antioxidant benefits to keep your skin looking its best.

8. Invest in a Humidifier:

Last but not least, consider investing in a humidifier for your home. Indoor heating can further strip moisture from the air, leaving your skin feeling parched. A humidifier adds moisture back into the air, creating a more comfortable environment for your skin to thrive. Plus, it's great for your respiratory health too!

So there you have it - with a few simple tweaks to your skincare routine you can keep your skin glowing through even the chilliest of days!

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