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Sunday January 25th, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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  Wintertime in Canada, and the living ain’t easy. The dry, crisp and cold weather makes for beautiful scenery and at times perfect hair days but let’s be honest, your skin suffers significantly. Dry eyes and tight skin can be avoided with these moisture rich products.

Start with The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover to get rid of mascara and liners without drying or irritating your eyes. Alcohol free cleansers and toners are essential in the winter.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Foaming Face Wash is a mild cleanser that can wash off all makeup without leaving your skin dry, tight and itchy. This face wash contains fair trade organic babassu oil which aids in replenishing moisture.

GlamGlow Tinglexfoliate Treatment is used to get rid of existing dry dead skin. When you exfoliate you are detoxing and revealing the healthy skin underneath. It is imperative to exfoliate twice a week in the winter months so that the moisturizers and oils can be fully absorbed into your skin. This mask contains some of the best natural ingredients and is used by celebrities to get them red carpet ready. Another great exfoliator/mask duo is a former Allure Best Of Beauty, Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask By Freeman found at Walt- Mart. This mask helps get rid of pollution on your skin. Once it’s time to wash it off you can gently exfoliate your face and polish it to reveal smooth skin.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil which can be found at your local grocery store has too many benefits and uses to list, cooking with it is simply the most boring one. A hair treatment mask, after shower body oil, cuticle care and face oil are among the best uses of this sort of magic do-it-all product. After you cleanse your face a drop of this from your hair line down to your neck is just what your skin needs to prep it for moisturizer.

A rich, thick eye cream is extremely important when dealing with that delicate thin layer of skin. It must be protected from the harsh temperatures with a rich moisturizing cream. First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream is developed specifically to strengthen the skin barrier so that it can protect against environmental damage.

Your canvas, aka face is the most exposed area during these harsh months. Treat your face with some love and seal it with GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. You can apply it for any duration of time, from 10 minutes to overnight depending on your skins needs. This will leave your skin soft, supple, hydrated and better than it ever was. Men can also use this as a post shave moisturizer. The price point isn’t for everyone though and that’s why The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream is a perfect alternative. Vitamin E plays an important part by protecting your skin and balancing oils after washing.

Lips are the hardest part of the body to protect because there isn’t any coverage for them. Sure, you can place your scarf over them but the cold winds will simply blow it away. What’s really beneficial to your lips is a balm that can’t be blown or easily worn away. Barefoot Venus Knockout Mint, a Canadian made Lip Balm containing 99.9% natural ingredients is long lasting and hydrating.

The most important part of any skincare routine is sunscreen; if you don’t wear make up that contains SPF  be sure to apply it prior. Though it may look cloudy outside, you are still being exposed to harmful UV rays, perhaps even more because the sun is reflecting off of the snow instead of being absorbed. Life Brand Sunscreen Lotion, found at any Shoppers Drug Mart carries a waterproof, weightless lotion that is SPF 30 and blocks against both UVA & UVB. This sunscreen, unlike many others, will not cause breakouts or excessive oil.

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