Lips, Face, Hands, Body, Feet… Fight Winter!

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Freezing Rain in Ottawa, December 2012

Snow, ice, freezing rain and minus-way-too-cold temperatures are the hallmarks of our Canadian winters. It’s getting chilly up there and we all feel like hibernating these days!

Yet, we’d better enjoy the season—winter won’t be over anytime soon and it can actually be a fun time of the year. Snowy landscapes are beautiful, the sun shines on coldest days and there are many festivals to come such as Winterlude.

Here are a few products that should make your winter more enjoyable. None of them are sponsored links; just brands that I found worked well for me. Do share your favourite tips and brands in the comments!

For your lips — Your lips are exposed to the wind and the cold and can get very dry—I learned to always have some kind of lip balm in my bag. I like Burt’s Bee lip balms (some are tinted too!), you can find this popular American brand at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc. and most lip balms are around $5. If you want to splurge, I definitely recommend the French Nuxe’s ultra-nourishing Rêve de miel which comes as a stick (about $7) or in jar (about $20). The honey smell is wonderful and it’s a great balm to leave overnight for very dry lips.

For your face — I’m a big fan of Nuxe’s products. The very nourishing honey-scented Rêve de Miel (around $40) and the classic Crème Fraîche de Beauté (around $45) are my favourite, and they last a long time so it’s a small investment. I used to splurge on Shiseido creams… but splurging is the word here, their products don’t come cheap and they are hard to find in Canada!

For your hands — For very dry hands, the best cream I found is Glysomed (around $4): the texture is light, the cream is very nourishing and the smell isn’t too strong. Herbacine Kamille comes second, it’s a bit more expensive. To splurge, I head to The Body Shop and pick up the Almond Hand & Nail cream or the very nourishing Hemp Hand Protector (both $20 each). And don’t forget your gloves in the first place! The iconic Red Mittens are always a useful and collectible hit ($10).

For your body — Nivea is always a good value with their extensive range of body milk lotions, you can find this brand just about anywhere—the Pure & Natural (around $7) is my latest favourite for very dry skin. The Body Shop ‘s line of Body Butter creams (around $20) is another favourite, although some fragrances are very strong. To splurge, you can go with L’Occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil ($45). Yes, it’ expensive but a bottle lasts for a while and it really helps dry skin. I used it a lot when I was pregnant to prevent stretch marks (and I didn’t get any!).

For your feet — Before I even start putting on cream, I invest in a good pair of socks. Old Navy and Roots both sell very comfy plush “winter” socks. Ardene is also a good place to stock up on funky and comfy socks, I got 5 pairs for $10 recently. If your feet are very dry, Vaseline is a good inexpensive way to moisture your skin. Neutrogena’s foot cream is also popular and very effective.

What are your favourite products to fight the winter blues?


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Happy 2013 Zhu 🙂 Lots of happiness for you and your family 🙂
    My favorite products in winter? Lip balm and hand cream by Caudalie, the BEST products ever for the Canadian cold. Korres makes wonderfully moisturizing body butters without silicones (the Guava one smells like heaven), and I love the super rich crême défatigante day and night by Melvita. I used to love Nuxe, but much less now that I look at a product composition before buying…

    • Caudalie has great products, I haven’t bought this brand in a while but maybe I should look into it again. I’m tempted by Melvita as well… I don’t check product composition much, I just don’t want any more headache in my life right now 😆

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