We all know the feeling… the tightness on the face, the rosy cheeks, and the rough skin that accompanies winter weather. I find that before the holidays I’m excited for winter and snow, but as soon as New Year’s passes I’m over the harsh coldness and slushy streets.

If you’re with me on that, then hang in there! I have tested countless skincare products during my winters here in Toronto, and I can finally say I have a few favourites that I swear by when the temperatures drop. (If you live in a warmer climate or somewhere that’s much more mild, then I am very jealous and you should enjoy your sunshine and glow-y skin).

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You’ll notice that the products I use are mostly natural, cruelty-free, and budget-friendly. These are all things that are important for me, since I’m still a full-time student and don’t want to hurt any bunnies with my skincare.

The very first thing that will help your skin during winter is hydration, hydration, hydration! Drink your water ladies and gentlemen! I know water is boring and matcha lattes and hot chocolate seems much more appealing right now, but your skin will thank you.

Now that that’s out of the way, here are my favourite skincare products for the gross season that is winter (or if you just have really dry skin like I do)!

Cleansers:

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Lush Ultrabland: This stuff is amazing for not only taking off your make-up, but also for putting some moisture back in to the skin. It’s loaded up with beeswax, honey, and rose to lock in the moisture and calm your redness, so your skin is left buttery soft.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: While I love an oil based cleanser for the drier air in winter, I couldn’t make this post without including this cleanser. This guy is so gentle with it’s 1/4 rose water formula, and the comfrey root extract which heals stressed out skin. If you haven’t tried the cult classic yet, get on it.

Moisturizers:

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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer: The name of this moisturizer is a mouthful, but it does work well! The texture is more of a gel, so it sinks into the skin quickly, and it contains hyaluronic acid which helps to retain moisture in the skin. After using the moisturizer, my skin always feels ridiculously soft.

JASON Soothing 84% Aloe Vera Creme: Aloe Vera alone is a skin saviour. Helps with skin elasticity, redness, dryness, and the list goes on. So the high percentage of aloe vera in this cream is what made me try it, and I have been using it for years since. It’s a super simple cream, but provides the perfect amount of hydration without feeling greasy or heavy, and the addition of Vitamin E can help with any scarring and unevenness in skin tone.

Serums:

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Lush Full of Grace Solid Serum: While it seems weird that this serum is solid, trust me, it works. It’s full of super hydrating butters and rose, along with portobello mushroom, which is full of soothing B vitamins and great for getting the glow back in your skin. I apply this at night and let in sink in while I snooze.

Province Apothecary Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum: When my skin gets dehydrated, it breaks out. Which seems like the opposite of how break outs form, but somehow it happens. This serum is great for preventing this due to the jojoba oil, which helps with skin congestion. The addition of chamomile and rose also helps with any blemishes. This one is also great for all skin types, from oily to dry, so it’s a good one to work into your routine.

Body Care:

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The skin on your body needs some TLC during winter too!

Glossier Body Hero Duo: This oil-based body wash is the best thing I have ever put on my skin. While I love using different shower gels, this one from Glossier changed the game because it’s so moisturizing but still super cleansing. I love the body cream because it sinks right into the skin and gives me a beautiful glow. Not to mention the amazing diverse campaign they did for these products. I just really love Glossier, okay?

Lush Buffy Body Butter: Lush’s body butter is actually meant for in-shower, so don’t get that confused with a regular body butter. This little brick of butters and oils makes the water slide off your moisturized buttery skin, while the ground adzuki beans and rice gently exfoliate. This wonder actually healed the eczema on my arms, and I can’t go a few days without it. It’s definitely worth trying!

Honourable mentions:

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Make Up Remover

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum 

Glossier Priming Moisturizer

I hope you give these products a try, and they give your skin a little relief this winter. Let me know of your favourites in the comments!

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