Winter Skin 911

Battle dry skin woes with these tips that will keep it looking picture-perfect.

By Tracey Ho Lung

Winter is coming and while it won’t be to the Game of Thrones extreme, the cold weather, blistering winds and low humidity can put the freeze on smooth, supple skin. Be ready to fight back with these easy solutions that will get, and keep your skin in tip-top condition.

SKIN HELP: #smoothcrackedlips

With over a million nerve endings on our pucker and no defence membrane to protect it, it’s no wonder lips can get over-sensitive come the frigid weather. To add insult to injury, lips also have some of the thinnest skin on the body, making it prone to cracking, dryness and roughness. The only way to combat a cracked kisser is to prevent and protect with moisturizing lip balm that provides optimal hydration and is easily absorbed. Combining long-lasting jojoba oil, nourishing shea butter, antioxidant vitamin C and E, and hyaluronic acid—a highly effective moisturizing ingredient naturally found in the skin—eos Visibly Soft lip balms soften and soothe any cracked kisser. Even better? They come in delicious flavours such as Vanilla Mint, Coconut Milk and Blackberry Nectar.

SKIN HELP: #stopitchyskin

Thanks to cold temps and low humidity—both inside and out—the skin’s lipid barrier (you know, the one that prevents water loss) can take a beating. A weakened barrier allows much-needed water to escape and damaging irritants to get in, causing dry, itchy, even sensitive skin. Stop the itch by ramping up hydration with products that contain water-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin—both help repair skins’ natural barrier by drawing moisture into the skin. Pro tip: We know dry skin can get super-itchy, but avoid harsh exfoliation (which may damage sensitive skin even more) and get the most from your moisturizer by applying it on damp skin right after the shower.

SKIN HELP: #removeflakylips

Kissable lips can lose their lustre if flakes are all you—or they—see. And don’t even think about applying lipstick to camouflage your parched pout; lip colour will only enhance the dead skin (ugh). Instead, remove flakes by gently massaging lips in a circular motion with a damp toothbrush or warm, damp washcloth. Pat dry, then seal in your newfound smoothness with a swipe of hydrating lip balm. For a long-lasting and supple pucker, use a natural product that’s free of irritants such as preservatives, phthalates, parabens, petrolatum and gluten, which can cause lip dryness and sensitivity. eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm is 99 percent natural and enriched with Vitamin C which helps stimulate your lips’ rate of natural exfoliation, leaving them looking and feeling radiant. It’s also packed with moisturizing hyaluronic acid, a must-have for a smooth and soft pucker, natural conditioning oils, shea butter and antioxidant-rich vitamin E for seriously soft results.

SKIN HELP: #combatdryhands

In winter our hands bear the brunt of dryness: excessive handwashing, cold and wet digits from a good snowball fight or snowman-making session, washing dishes with hot water, plus other general wear-and-tear activities. All of these can decrease the skin’s lipid barrier, making them prone to dryness. Keep a moisturizing hand cream rich in humectants (these attract water into the skin) like hyaluronic acid, and emollients such as shea butter and jojoba oil at every sink and bedside table so you’ll be sure to slather it on and prevent the itch and discomfort.

SKIN HELP: #healroughheels

Although our tootsies are covered in socks for most of the winter they lack oil glands that can add moisture to the surface of the skin, making them a target for dryness and discomfort. Left untreated, dry heels can crack and turn into something more serious like a fungal infection. Stop rough heels in their tracks by soaking feet in warm water, then use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate the hard, dead skin. Pat skin dry and apply an intensive lotion with hero moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and shea butter, both expert favourites that will seal in moisture while enhancing softness.