With temperatures ranging from -25°C to -40°C, it’s really hard to convince oneself to get out of the bed in the morning. I don’t handle the cold as well as I used to and have increasingly chosen comfort over appearance to keep myself warm. I have given up my tall black leather boots — they are good-looking but my toes were always icy — and have succumbed to the warmth and comfort of sturdier Sorel winter boots (thank you, boyfriend!). Here are a few other things that helped me get through winter so far.
Banana Republic Extra Merino Wool Vee sweaters – These sweater are very flattering, warm, and most of all very affordable. I have trouble finding wool sweaters that don’t itch me, so to find these are like a miracle to me. I tend to throw them on whenever I know I will have to spend a lot of time outside and don’t feel like layering up. I loved my first one in black so much that I purchased two more in navy and grey (how predictable). Banana Republic so often has promotions that these end up being very inexpensive.
Aquiesse Sandalwood et vanille candle – This candle is what started my mild obsession with home fragrance. When I saw another one at Winners a couple of months back, I purchased it as a backup even though I am only half-way through with my first one! The scent is a blend of “bergamot & lavender, white vanilla fleur, sandalwood & musk” and is very comforting during colder weather. I love burning it while studying or reading.
Winter skincare products are hardly the most glamourous — they need to be protective, soothing, calming, which means they are often heavy and thick. These products worked their way through my routine in the last two months.
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream – Determined to take better care of my body skin and taking the time to moisturize in the morning, I purchased this trio of trial size body butters by Soap & Glory over the holidays. I had heard a lot of good things about the brand, and thought, why not? Loud packaging aside, I was pleased to find out that these body butters, though very hydrating, are not sticky at all and absorb very quickly. Right now I am using up the Sugar Crush one, which smells like lime. The scent can be a little bit cloying at times, but it thankfully doesn’t linger on the skin or smell too strongly once absorbed.
Dior Crème Abricot – My cuticles are always dry and my nails break easily, even if I avoid nail polish for a long time. I picked this up during a recent trip to Sephora and have been using it every night since. It’s definitely too heavy for daytime use, but applying it just before bed makes my cuticles visibly more moisturized and my nails haven’t been breaking or flaking as much.
Vaseline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter – I have sort of a love/hate relationship with this lip balm. On one hand, it keeps my lips from chapping even in harsh cold weather, smells absolutely delicious (like chocolate candy), comes in the cutest tiny jar and is very affordable. On the other hand, I am pretty sure either the petrolatum or the cocoa butter is making me break out slightly around my mouth. I would have to try out the original version (without cocoa butter) to see if this issue could be avoided, but at least meanwhile my lips are not cracking or bleeding.
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum – I have been suffering from dehydrated skin, especially on my cheeks, for a year or so now (my skin had always been combination oily in the past). This serum really helps boost the performance of my facial moisturizer, without making me greasy or shiny.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra – This is my moisturizer of choice all year long. It has very few ingredients in order to suit sensitive skins (I can be irritated by just about anything, I found out). I used to use the Fluide version, which is lighter and meant for oilier skins, but found it to be insufficient in recent months. I apply this over the Caudalie serum and my skin looks and feels hydrated all day.
Rosehip Seed Oil – Some nights, in lieu of moisturizer, I apply one pump of rosehip oil — the brand I use is Aura Cacia — on my cheeks. It helps in rejuvenating the skin thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also reduces redness on my cheeks and heals my post-acne marks much faster. On really cold or windy days, I use it under my serum and moisturizer, but I otherwise find it a little too heavy for daytime use. I don’t like use it on my T-zone though, and it makes me break out when used for too many days at a time. I have been experiencing with different facial oils and so I am not too committed to this one yet, but for now it’s helping me a lot.
Have you been hit with a harsh winter as well? What are you favourite ways to cope with the cold weather?