It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cue reindeers, snow, and the holiday season. As we happily whip out our scarfs, toques, and cute winter boots, and start planning our gift list this Christmas, it’s easy to forget there’s one more thing that needs to be changed.
December marks as one of the coldest months in Canada and no stranger to the harsh winters here, Racinne knows just how important it is to protect your skin against the cold and dry weather. Canada is famous for its chilly air and low humidity which can have certain effects on the skin. If painfully chapped lips, patches of peeling skin, and cracked hands/feet are what you go through every Winter, it’s time to change that. Protect your skin and follow our ultimate Winter skincare regime for soft, smooth, and silky skin — yes, it’s possible to have great skin even in the colder months!
Step 1: Use a Moisturizing Cleanser
Cleanser: Stay away from soap-based or foaming cleansers. You want your cleansers to be water-based and as irritant-free as possible. Stay away from any harsh ingredients that can strip your skin of moisture it already lacks. Use a moisturizing cleanser such as the Delicare Soothing Cleansing Cream (https://racinne.ca/skincare/soothing-cleansing-cream-for-sensitive-skin/); its creamy consistency helps maintain your skin’s moisture barrier without stripping away natural oils, leaving you feeling hydrated, clean, and energized. If you’re used to foaming cleansers and are convinced cleansing once with a water-based cleanser isn’t enough to remove the residue, we suggest double cleansing for a thorough clean.
Step 2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Your skin will be zapped of its natural moisture during the Winter and you will want to replenish it with a hydrating moisturizer. Generously lather on the moisturizer as you will need to apply more now than you did in the Fall. The Hydra Perfection Ultimate Defense Illuminating Cream deeply moisturizes the skin for 24 hours after application. It replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier and skin will feel supple with a radiant glow. If you’re a normally only a serum user, now’s a good time to start incorporating moisturizer into your regime.
Serums deeply penetrate into the skin’s layers and hydrate the skin from the inside out. If you only use moisturizer, it’s time to start pairing it with a serum. The Hydra Perfection Essential Lift Supplement Serum is a great compliment to the Ultimate Defense Illuminating Cream.
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Step 3: Protect Your Eye Contour Area with Eye Cream
The eye contour area is especially fragile in the colder months and prone to getting dry and flaky. Use an eye cream to protect the skin around your eyes against the cold weather and low humidity. Our Youth Power Anti-Aging Eye Cream is an elixir in a bottle and will revitalize your eyes to a youthful and velvety touch.
Step 4: Use Lip Balm and Let the Lips Heal Naturally
Chapped lips are painful and a common wintertime problem. Use a soothing lip balm that contains natural ingredients such as beeswax and vitamin E. Your lips will heal naturally as long as you keep them moisturized and hydrated. Avoid licking your lips as the saliva from your mouth strips your lip of moisture, prevents it from healing, and further aggravates the peeling.
Step 5: Hydrate with Hand Cream and Cuticle Oil
Hand cream and cuticle oil is a must for the Winter season. Since we wash our hands more often during flu season, our hands are more prone to cracking and peeling. Be sure to carry a hydrating hand cream in your purse to replenish the moisture loss. Apply some oil on your cuticles before bedtime to hydrate the dry spots there.
Step 6: Keep Your Lotion in the Bathroom
Did you know you get better results when you put your moisturizer on damp skin versus dry skin? For maximum results, keep your lotion in the bathroom so you can apply it right after a shower. If you wait until you walk to your bedroom to apply, your skin’s already too dry. Water on the skin can evaporate in mere seconds!