Living in the Great White North, taking extra care of my skin is an absolute necessity. Where I’m currently living, the winters are extremely harsh and can wreak havoc on my skin. Luckily, I found some products for my combination skin which I believe will remain in my arsenal for as long as I choose to stay in this winter wonderland (read: hell-hole). If you would like to know more about some of the products I use, please keep reading.
Tarte Maracuja Oil
I purchased this oil from Sephora for $58 CAD. It makes the following claims:
Rich in essential fatty acids known to recharge and replenish skin, Maracuja Oil works to rejuvenate and deliver an even-toned complexion while its infusion of vitamin C creates the appearance of brighter skin. This powerful elixir supports anti-aging and provides instant hydration—quenching dry skin without leaving it feeling greasy or filmy.
The product has two ingredients: Passiflora edulis (a.k.a. passion fruit) seed oil and tocopherol. After a quick search, I’ve learned that maracuja oil is a good source of fatty acids and that the fruit itself is a good source of vitamin C, however the oil is not indicative of that. Regardless, I’ve used this oil for the last two winters and I find that the product itself helps immensely to keep my skin hydrated and supple. It sinks into my skin pretty quickly and doesn’t really make my skin feel as greasy as I thought an oil would. When I first heard about this product, I was a little hesitant to use it because my skin was already quite oily in the t-zone, however I find that it doesn’t exacerbate the oiliness. I also find that this product helps with scarring and dark spots. I recently burnt my face and applied this oil while it was healing. It didn’t leave a scar behind, but it could be because I kept it moisturized with the oil and not necessarily because it has magical brightening properties. My face usually looks quite radiant in the morning after I use this oil, so I’d like to think it has some brightening effects. While this product is hydrating on its own, I do have to use another moisturizer with it when it gets much colder (around -20°C or lower). I usually apply 4 drops at night after I wash my face, and I pat it on my face instead of rubbing it in. I think it’s a great face oil for people with combination to dry skin, however if you have extremely dry skin, you will probably find that this isn’t hydrating enough. One thing I will mention is that the oil doesn’t have a particularly pleasant smell. It doesn’t smell bad per se, however I was expecting it to smell somewhat fruity. Instead, it just smells like…oil.
Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balm in Pinky Pie
I’m a sucker for lip balms and I’m always interested in trying new ones that will keep my lips soft and hydrated, especially when it gets extremely cold out. I was looking for one to replace the Bite Agave Lip Mask, which had so much potential, but unfortunately gave me rashes on my lips and around my mouth. I stumbled upon the Dinoplatz lip balm and was intrigued by it; mainly because of its cute packaging and its strange jelly-like texture. I decided to give it a try and fell in love with it. I don’t know what it is about this balm, but it’s so different from the ones I’ve tried. Its main ingredient is petrolatum, so I expected it to be like any Vaseline-like balm like the Rosebud salves, however it isn’t sticky or greasy at all. It glides on the lips very smoothly and leaves them very soft. I usually apply this balm before bed and always wake up with soft and smooth lips that still feel hydrated. It made my lips feel quite plump. It’s also slightly tinted, which I think delivers the perfect amount of colour on the lips – not too sheer but not too opaque either, just a light wash of colour. I highly recommend this balm, however the price is a little steep ($18 CAD). The price doesn’t bother me that much, however, because it’s the only balm I’ve used that hydrates my lips extremely well without feeling slippery or looking and feeling too greasy. It also smells amazing.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
I first tried this eye cream last year when I developed an eczema-like flare up on my eyelid. Nothing I used would really help it calm down or go away, and it remained itchy and scaly. I heard many good things about this product before, so I thought it could be what I needed to fix my little eye problem. Needless to say, it worked and I continue to use it. It’s a very rich cream that is extremely hydrating. I use it quite sparingly on my eyes since it’s so thick, which is great because I’m not willing to spend $35 CAD on something that will barely last me a month. This eye cream is a life saver for anyone with remotely dry eyes, especially when winter rolls around. I use it morning and night under my eyes and on my eye lids. I find while using this cream, my concealer looks so much better under my eyes and rarely looks crepey or cakey. I figured that using this under makeup would cause creasing, however it doesn’t do that at all. Apart from it being extremely rich and hydrating, there really isn’t anything else to this eye cream. To be honest, I find that eye creams generally are a gimmick since the problems they intended to correct (i.e. under eye darkness) still persist no matter how much you use them, however I appreciate the fact that this product has no bells and whistles and just does what it’s supposed to do.
Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer
I previously wrote a review on this product, and I love it. I just repurchased this for the winter, and I can honestly say for what it’s worth, it really does a great job at keeping my face well hydrated. I usually use this cream in the evening and apply it after my face oil. On warmer winter nights, I use this cream on its own because using the oil with it is just overkill when the air isn’t very dry.
Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream
I also wrote a review on this product recently, and it’s also one of my HG products. I use this cream during the day and it keeps my face soft and hydrated.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm
I bought this product because I heard that it works really well as a base for liquid lipsticks. I wear lipstick every day, usually matte ones, and it can really take a toll on my lips, especially during the winter. I find that it is somewhat moisturizing and works well under lipsticks to keep my lips smooth and hydrated, however I don’t really like this as a general lip balm. I find it a little too waxy and sticky for my liking. I also find that it clumps up on the inside and corners of my lips, and I’m not really a fan of that. Although it is thick, my lips don’t feel very moisturized the morning after I apply this balm. Overall, I think it works well as a base, but not so great for keeping my lips hydrated.
That’s a wrap for some of the products I use in my winter skincare routine! Of course, I use additional products like face wash, treatments, and sunscreen regularly, however those are things I use all year round and don’t typically change. Let me know if you are interested in learning about any of those products!
What’s your winter skincare routine like?
Do you have any staples that you would like to recommend?