How to Survive Winter like a Canadian

Is your skin freaking out? Below, we asked several Canadian comrades to dish on their most-cherished skincare advice. Because who knows more about keeping calm in the cold than Canadians, eh?


Take more baths. 

So many of my friends don’t have a bathtub. So many that, while writing these specific words, I feel a twinge of guilt akin to watching all the episodes of the Crown without my roommate, or telling my best friend about a skincare line that didn’t yet ship to her country (lol, sorry Hannah).
Alternatively, I’ve also lost count of the number of bathrooms I’ve visited which contain perfectly good baths; tubs that yearn to be utilized for their highest purpose, only to sit idling, full of dust and rust and the gentle air of sadness. My point? Use yours! Glossier founder Emily Weiss aims to have one each night (esp. in the throes of winter), soaking with half a box of baking soda and one scoop of sea salt. Buy yours in bulk to save $$; just this year, Weiss invested in a 55 pound bag of the stuff. Sans shower? Take a hot one, be sure to exfoliate, and throw one of these shower tabs in the bottom. You will never, ever, be the same. 

Exfoliating is Key. 

So many people find themselves in a skincare rut come winter - no matter how dewy and nice your face felt in summer, your perfected skincare regimen falls flat. During these dryer days, our cells tend to dry up and die much faster, which means we need to be more vigilant in helping the resurfacing process along. Regular, gentle exfoliation will not only help your products work more efficiently, but will also assist in achieving a glow normally associated with warmer months. Try exfoliating 3x per week, and if new to the process, begin with a gentle formulation so as not to irritate skin.

Use your Oils. 

Not only should your diet be rich in fatty, nourishing oils this time of year, but your skincare regime should, too. Our head of strategy Emily recommends applying a single-ingredient oil (we love tamanu, rosehip, avocado or jojoba) onto a cleansed face before hopping in the shower; it should help ease the dryness some feel after exposing the skin to hot water. 

Don’t skip the Sunscreen. 

Especially as the sun reflects off the freshly fallen snow, bright light can do irreparable damage. Ultraviolet radiation is, as we know, divided into two groups: ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA). Though UVB rays are less intense during winters in cold climates, UVA rays tend to fluctuate less with the seasons.  So, while we are far less likely to burn this time of year, we are still exposed to ultraviolet A-type radiation. And as 90% of skin aging can be attributed to sunlight exposure, it’s important that you pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen for winter; try to aim for an SPF30 or more. 

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