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Baby It’s Cold Outside: The Final Chapter

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As I begin work in this post, many of my friends live in an area with minus 40 weather happening. This one’s for you Foxes!

The face. Finally, we are going to talk about cold weather and that Foxy Face of yours. When it’s cold outside, we cover up a good portion of our bodies, but our face almost always braves the elements. The cold can make it rough, dry, flaky and you can even get a wind burn and sun burn! If you live somewhere that gets cold in the winter, you need to make a few alterations to your skin care routine.

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Let’s start with the basic act of washing your face. This may be something you do in the shower or at the end of the day to remove makeup, or both. Using something too soapy or aggressive can strip your skin of moisture even more, so you need to use something gentle. Look for a mild cleanser for your skin type. Cleansers that have a milky or creamy texture generally tend to be a little milder. Always buy for your skin type, or something suitable for all skin types. Usually an “all skin type” product is good for normal or combination skin, but if you are extremely oily or extremely dry, get something for your specific type. Vichy makes some a good range of cleansers in their Pureté Thermale line. Also check out Avène and La Roche Posay for gentle yet effective cleansers.

If you use a toner, consider using a mild one. Toners do not have to sting or feel tingly, in fact they can even moisturize skin. Whatever your skin type, ensure to get the right toner for your skin type. As mentioned above, Vichy, LaRoche Posay and Avène offer great options.

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Moisturizer is really where you will get a good bang for your buck. If you use something specific in the summer months, see if the line offers one a little heavier in the same line up but still for your skin type. Often the heavier ones just offer a little more consistency for comfort. Lots of lines offer a moisturizing serum which you can layer in below your regular moisturizer for an extra kick. For example, I really like Biotherm Aqausource for normal/ combination skin, and when it gets really cold I use the Aquasource Deep Serum along with the moisturizer. This is an easy way to winterize your skin care routine. You do not have to stick within the same brand if you add a moisture serum, and almost all skin care brands make them.

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Now, there have been times when I have been exposed to cold or wind so much that my skin was left dry and cracked. My cheeks had a hard shell – like feeling to them and were so sensitive to heat when I would come back indoors. Remember, there was a time when I lived in Yellowknife and temperatures quite often were in the minus 40 – 50 range. Here are some recommendations for specialty treatments when you really have an issue to contend with:

  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Cream Protectant – Protect skin from drying wind, central heating and air conditioning. This skincare multi-tasker soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin. I recommend using this to treat, but also to protect skin if you know you are going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions.
  • La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – For very dry and irritated skin for adults, children and babies (chapping, dry patches, diaper rash, etc.).  I have used this on my own babies for chapped winter faces and it helps heal and protect. peaux-intolerantes-creme
  • Avène Skin Recovery Cream – Calms irritation and restores the skin while helping to reduce the skin’s reactivity. Also provide long-lasting protection.

Foxes, I hope this post gives you some ideas to help keep those faces looking gorgeous throughout the colder months. Tell me, what specific face care product(s) do you use in the winter? How do you change up your skin care routine? 


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Baby It’s Cold Outside Part 3

Well the cold dry weather is not letting up anytime soon where I live, and each and every part of my body is screaming for hydration! I have covered lips and hands tips in the past two entries of this series- and now it’s time to talk about the largest area that requires TLC. The skin on our body tends to get pretty crocodile – like at times, and winter requires that you give it more attention than usual.

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Let’s start with your shower or bath time. When it’s cold outside your instincts may want you to have a good hot soak to warm up, but try to keep your bathing and shower water temperature tepid. This means lukewarm. I agree Foxes, this isn’t ideal for me either when I’m freezing, but if you use too hot of water it will strip your skin of moisture (or what’s left of it) and it will be left feeling parched, possibly even scaly. Also, limit you your soak to no more than 15 minutes.

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Now, what you use to cleanse can really make a difference to your skin health. Try to use something that mentions that it is moisturizing. I discovered Avene Xeracalm A.D Lipid – Replenishing Cleansing Oil this year. It is created for a very dry/ itchy skin, and cushions the skin while strengthening the natural barrier of your skin. This is a soap free and fragrance free formulation,  so it lathers only a little but feels creamy and soothing. Speaking of lather, you don’t need much of it. In fact, the more bubbles or lather, the more drying the soap or cleanser can often be as it strips your skin of precious oils. If you like a bar soap, often glycerine based ones are more gentle and less drying.

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A step that many of us are missing in our body care routine is exfoliating. Now, if you read my hand care blog you’ll already know this, but exfoliating is a big help to getting your supple skin to return. If your skin is dry and scaly, you end up wasting a lot of cream or lotion. It just ends up sitting on top if the flakes and scales rather than absorbing and doing the job it is supposed to. Think of exfoliating as an enabler- it lets your cream or lotion gain access! Ok, so I am a huge fan of body exfoliators, particularly a sugar based scrub. I love Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub. It has enough of a scrub to really get rid of the flakes, and a refreshing smell too! When I use a scrub in the shower I like to get soaked, then turn off the water and apply my scrub. This allows me to get it all over and really give myself a good scrub before it all rinses down the drain. Note: skip exfoliating anywhere you are shaving as it will be too much action!

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Once you step out of the shower or bath, gently blot off with a towel. Don’t rub your skin vigorously to dry off because you want to leave little bit of the water on your skin. Apply your cream or lotion right away to help to seal in some of that dampness left behind, and also this will give it time to absorb before getting dressed. I found Avene Xeracalm A.D Lipid – Replenishing Balm great for the winter months, and even use it on my children as it is so gentle and healing. I also really love Biotherm Baume Corps Body Balm Oil Therapy Nutri-Replenishing Body Treatment. This has a delicate apricot scent and a very pleasurable texture that leaves your skin feeling wonderful and luxurious.

Those simple steps will help you get your skin back in shape in no time! Just because it’s the season of being covered up it doesn’t mean we should make our skin suffer.

Time to hear from you now Foxes – what is your go-to body care for the winter months? Do you have a preferred lotion, cream or other body product that is a must-have for the colder season(s)?


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Baby It’s Cold Outside Part 2

I think the worst condition I have ever seen my hands is when I worked over the winter in a post office in Edmonton. With all of the Christmas deliveries, the back door open, the wind blowing the fridgid air in, and then handling all of the parcels and papers…. every action I took in that job sucked a little more moisture out of my already desolate hands leaving them cracked and bleeding and having to wear something on my fingers that I not so fondly referred to as a “finger condom.” Ugh – that was a run on sentence if I have ever written one but I also wanted to get that memory over with quickly!

Normally, my hands are dry. My cuticles snag on things and rip and hurt. Living in Ontario now I find the summer humidity rectifies all of this and I barely need to pay attention to them at all, but once the cold hits I need to be on hand duty pretty much 24/7. There are so many hand products out there and I have tried many, but only a few I have found can stand up to a Canadian winter.

Let’s start off with this piece of advice – cream or lotion of ANY kind going on ANY part of your body will not absorb properly if your skin is too dry and flaky. You need to remove some of the rough surface in order for the cream to do it’s job best. This is where a hand scrub comes in. For some of you this may seem like an unnecessary step or a luxury, but trust me and try it! Who cares if it is a luxury, it feels AH-MAY-ZING! While there are many DIY posts online to help you make your own scrub, I tend to purchase them. I am not saying one is better than the other, I am just not a DIYer.

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There are a few hand scrubs that I have used and enjoy. Crabtree & Evelyn makes a great scrub called “La Source Hand Recovery”.  This product helps remove the dry and flaky skin with mild exfoliants. This is best applied to dry (as in not wet) hands and then you work it around by rubbing hands together. Pay special attention to the backs of hands and around the cuticle. Then, rub hands under warm water until it is all rinsed off. Immediately your hands feel smoother and look more lovely. Although this product is touted as a scrub and moisturizer in one, I would recommend applying a good moisturizer afterwards after blotting your hands dry with a towel. I have also enjoyed Mary Kay Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub, but it only comes as part of a set and I don’t always require the other pieces. You can use a hand scrub a few times a week or even daily in the driest of seasons.

I don’t know about you, but I really like to try a hand cream out before I buy it. This often limits me to more expensive brands as they are usually the ones that have testers. I have taken the risk of buying without trying before, and I usually end up with something too watery to do a good job, or alternately one that is too sticky and won’t rub it (subsequently leaving a film on my hands that collects dirt throughout the day so I look like I have been digging through garbage). I find L’Occitane makes wonderful hand creams that are a real treat to use AND are effective at reparation. There are a number of scents to choose from and often you can find multi-packs to get several to try. I also really like Avéne Cold Cream Hand Cream and Biotherm Biomains Hand Cream

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Application of hand cream is really important. For years I would just squirt some into my palm and rub it in. Then, I would be irritated when I couldn’t open a jar of pickles or something (I know weird) because my hands were too greasy. Well, let me give you a tip… maybe you are super smart and already use this method… put your lotion onto the BACK of your hand and then rub the backs together. Since this tends to be where you are dryer it will help distribute the lotion or cream to where you need it most. Pay special attention and rub into each finger nail and into each cuticle. Lastly, rub any remainder into palms only if you need to. Voila! Now you can open jars to your hearts content!

Nail_Care_Apricot_Cuticle_Oil_PackSpeaking of cuticles, I like to employ the use of a cuticle oil whenever I remember (not nearly often enough). This is a great way to prevent hangnails and cracks as the winter weather sets in. I am prone to the skin on the sides of my nails splitting if I neglect my hands, and this is a very painful and ugly thing to experience. The options are endless here too, but I like to use Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. It is in a nail polish bottle so it’s small and easy to tote around, and I like to apply cuticle treatments with a brush as it is fast and easy. Truth be told, the main reason I ever purchased this particular one is I had a sample of it in a magazine insert. I used the sample, liked it and bought it. Sampling works!

There are times when my hands need an intervention due to abuse and neglect. This is when I use a night treatment that looks a little strange and makes my hubby call me “Mickey Mouse Hands” (I think he is a little creeped out by how it looks). BUT – it helps provide quick relief to painful stinging winter dry hands. Go to the drug store and buy cotton gloves. You can usually find these in the beauty section. Then at night slather on your cream of choice, or if you are like me and require major help, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant. This magic elixir is a beauty fix-all for everything from ravaged hands to windburn on your cheeks. This is a truly legendary, award winning product that boasts a multitude of uses. So, once I have slather this stuff all over my hands, I put on the cotton gloves and go to sleep. The gloves allow the product to stay put and have a chance to soak in to where you want it rather than it ending up all over your sheets. When I wake up there is a noticeable difference. If my hands are really bad I will do this a few nights in a row along with the regular daytime methods noted above, and within a week my hands look human again. elizabeth-arden-eight-hour-cream-skin-protectant

What do YOU use for hands to keep the winter sting at bay? Please leave your comments and questions below- your feedback is important to me. If you enjoy this blog please feel free to share on your social media!

Up next… Baby It’s Cold Outside Part 3 – Body and Part 4 – Face… and then on to some make up stuff!


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Baby It’s Cold Outside

I live in a fantasy world where it’s always sunny and warm and the air has the perfect amount of humidity. Then I step outside into the harsh reality which is a Canadian winter, and usually by this time I have neglected my winter beauty routine so badly that I am in need of some serious TLC. I reside in Southern Ontario but spent most of my years in the harsh, cold dry prairies where the little moisture that exists there is long gone by the time November hits. I also lived in Yellowknife, NWT for five years. That’s right – I KNOW cold!

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There are many areas of our bodies that require extra care in the winter months (hair, face, appendages), but this post will focus on lips. Lips do not have oil glands, and the harsh cold, forced heat and even hot sun can leave them less than kissable. Lip products and treatments are available in every price point, and over the years I have tried dozens. I have used a few over the years that I purchased more than once, but nothing really wowed me.

I don’t know if it is my age or the fact I just birthed a tiny human, but last year my lips were parched beyond recognition. They were cracked and flaky, and the feeling was really quite stabby. With a new baby in my life, I was sleep deprived and neglected myself in order to keep the tiny human happy. Well, one day my friend Christine brought me a present that soon leapt to the top of my MUST HAVE list! First, she brought me the most delicious garlicky cabbage rolls that I am certain chased away and impending bout of the flu, but more to the point of this post – she brought me a tube of Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

Bite Beauty is a company based in downtown Toronto and takes a natural approach to lip care. I love to support an innovative Canadian company! Now, they are about so much more than this one awesome product, but I will leave you to discover all that Bite Beauty has to offer for yourself.

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The Agave Lip Mask is held captive in a darling little squeeze tube, and when released you will discover a nice thick texture which is almost like an ointment. It has a divine smell which comes from the blend of ingredients: organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and  antioxidant trans-resveratrol which is found in red wine. You always taste your lip products so it may as well be pleasant. This borders on delicious and you may find you having to stop yourself from licking your lips throughout the day (at least while in public). I use my finger to slather it on and then I let it settle in. It imparts your lips with a nice subtle shine and does not feel sticky or icky. This product alone brings life to a tired face and brightens my overall outlook for the day. (Maybe I went too far with the outlook comment, but I am not apologizing for it.)

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Within days this amazing elixir transformed my stinging, flaking lips back to the luscious pillows that they truly are (I’m only half-joking about the quality of my pout). I have used this product now almost twice a day for close to a year, and the tube is now getting towards the end. You really need only the tiniest amount as it melts into your lips and spreads like warm butter. Once the Agave Lip Mask has absorbed, I add my regular lipstick/ liner and/or gloss right on top! And I always put a dab on my lips at bedtime to keep them tip-top!

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Close to a year in and almost at the end

If I have to mention a downside to this product, it would be the tube itself. I find that sometimes it can be difficult to squeeze out, and the black on the tube flakes off in the most  inconvenient of places (always on my nose somewhere!). Really though, this is NOT a deal breaker and I will continue to use this lovely product, and have even decided I may try the Bite Beauty Lip Mask in Champagne – a beautiful rose gold shimmer has been added to the original formula and the result is a naturally beautiful sheen that hydrates and heals.

Toodles for now Foxes… stay tuned for winter hand tips with Baby It’s Cold Outside Part 2 coming soon!

Please leave comments so I can improve! This is my first crack at blogging and feedback is welcomed. Also, tell me what is your favourite lip product for dry lips?