We’re currently in the depths of winter here in Canada, and with that comes some beautiful snow, but also excessively dry and dehydrated skin (for me). I’ve always struggled with dry skin, prone to flaking and having that ‘tight’ feeling. More recently I also realized that I have dehydrated skin, partially because I had a Vichy skin specialist tell me (and show me via the magnifying skin machine) and also because I read Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes, a wonderfully informative book that I will review another time. At this point, I have cultivated a few skincare items that have served me well in alleviating my dry skin. Nothing has cured it thus far (except warm, tropical weather!), so this will have to do, and maybe it will help you.
Lypsyl Lipbalm – “Silky Swedish Beeswax Lipbalm” (CAD 1.25)
This lip balm came upon the recommendation from a lovely girl on YouTube, HollieEatsLipstick and there’s not much more to say about it. It is a clear, non-shiny balm that keeps my lips moisturized throughout the night (if I apply it before bed). During the day, I apply it in the morning and then once again around evening time. Furthermore, after I let it sink in for about a minute, I can wear lipsticks over it!
Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel (CAD 4.72)
This is like the comfort food of skincare. It feels great no matter what and it is an all-purpose product. I use it on my lips for immediate relief/moisturization, as well as on my body after a shower and sometimes I even use it to remove stubborn makeup. One downside to this if used on the body is that it does not sink in quickly, so it is best used at night before getting into cozy pajamas and going to sleep. You’ll be sure to wake up to soft skin! I’ve used up countless bottles over the years and my love for this product does not seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (CAD 15.97)
Admittedly this is a more recent addition to my arsenal of products, however I have quickly fallen in love. My previous cleanser was the Vichy ProEven face wash, and while I liked that at first, I much prefer the way the Cetaphil feels. It does not make my face feel tight after I use it, nor does it make my face peel.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (CAD 31.99)
This makes my face feel fabulous. It’s a cooling, light (water-based) serum that sinks into the skin (with no residue). It preps by skin for the moisturizer to follow and consequently the effect of my moisturizer then tends to last longer on my skin. It could be a case of my mind tricking me into thinking this product is doing something, but I really do think it’s helping me out! I cleanse my face first, then use the serum and then move on to moisturizer.
Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream (CAD 4.99)
I only use this on my face to keep it moisturized and baby-smooth. It sinks in quickly and does not have a greasy feeling. However, the scent might not be to everybody’s liking (somewhat ‘old-lady’ if I were to try to describe it). It is not moisturizing enough for my body, though I do use it on my hands.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (CAD 22.99)
Once again, this is a new product to come into my life. It is meant for dry to very dry skin and I believe that it is almost as good as my next moisturizer. Don’t be afraid to slather it on, as massaging the skin is half the pleasure and it does not leave a residue. It is quite expensive but the price is worth it if you have sensitive skin as it is formulated for that. I use it both on my face and body and it has served me well.
Nivea SOS (CAD 8.99)
Finally, I finish with my ‘holy-grail’ as it were, body lotion. This was the first product to really alleviate my skin issues–better than Vaseline, The Body Shop body butters, Jergens, Aveeno and many more. It is a relatively thin lotion that keeps my skin moisturized (not for the 48 hrs that it claims but) for a good long time. I apply this before dressing in the morning, and before going to bed at night, and of course, after a shower. I use this both on my face and body.
Just an fyi, the products that I use on my face do not alter the performance of any makeup products I may put on top of them, so these are make-up friendly recommendations.
*prices may vary depending on retailer