Winter & Dry Skin

I can’t get enough skin tips during winter. Last year was my first (and supposedly the worst) cold season in Toronto. My skin, used to the humid sea breezes of Karachi and coastal winds of the Irish Sea, was left reeling from the onslaught of cold weather. It became dry, dehydrated and irritated.

This year I was determined not to make the same mistakes and prepped my skin well in advance. Seeing as it just got a little worse outside, here are some of my beauty faves for healthy glowing skin in winter.

winter beauty products for dry  skin

Dry Hands

Our hands are hard at work in winter and will be the first to show signs of dry weather, lack of moisture and extreme conditions. Keep them feeling plump and comfortable with this Triple-function Hyaluronic-Rich Hydrator from Hand Chemistry.

Whereas traditional hand creams target surface moisture, this offers below-and above-surface hydration and also forms an invisible protection “glove” to help prevent moisture loss.

The nature-like hyaluronic acid is in a liquid base of mango butter, Brazilian Açaí and Incha Inchi oil, so it smells really good. I use this product on my feet as well as my hands and it leaves them both feeling moisturised.

Triple-function Hyaluronic-Rich Hydrator, 60ml $9, Hand Chemistry.


For me personally, this is important all year around. However, I especially have to keep reminding myself to keep drinking water during winter. Eating lots of watery vegetables like cucumber and celery can also help keep your skin hydrated.

I also love slathering on GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment, which is the ultimate face treat (it smells gorgeous) just before I go to sleep. When I wake up, my complexion has a luscious glow. It leaves dry skin feeling super moisturised, replenished and calm so it is perfect for winter. The unique components of this face mask boost and lock in moisture for a dewy and youthful complexion, leaving skin soft, supple and healthy looking.

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment, 50g, $76, Sephora

Eye Area

Cold weather can be crueler still for the sensitive skin around our eyes. Winter conditions can easily cause puffiness, dark circles and age eyes. It’s important to moisturise this delicate part of the face, for over a year now I’ve been using Ocular (Eye Serum) by Skin Essence Organics.

Created for the skin around the eye, this unique serum contains highly nutritional and nourishing organic extracts and minerals that help improve dark circles, reduce puffiness and smooth fine lines. It also provides a vital protective layer against pollution and the chemicals found in makeup.

Ocular (Eye Serum), 10ml, $22.99, Skin Essence Organics

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