My Top Picks for Dry Skin

Are you finding your skin a bit dry as we are transitioning seasons? Here in Canada we are into fall and heading into winter and many people. including myself, start to have drier skin. I want to start off by saying that while I do have an excellent knowledge of skin and how it works that I am not an esthetician or dermatologist and your best bet to healthy skin is always personalized advice from your facialis or doctor. Here are my top picks combat dry winter skin. I currently use or have used each and every one of these products and would never recommend something that I haven't tried on myself. And I will say it again - a flawless makeup application begins with a great skincare routine!

1. A Good Non-Stripping Cleanser

If you're like me you like the feeling of squeaky clean skin after cleansing your face. This is something that I have had to get over. When cleansing your face you should never be left with dry, tight feeling skin. If you are, chances are that your cleanser is over cleaning and stripping your skin of it's natural oils in the process. I use Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel on the regular. I love that it is still foaming without stripping my skin. I If your skin is extremely dry and sensitive I also love Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser and will use it when my skin acts up with eczema or allergies. You may also want to consider oil cleansing which can be very beneficial! Try Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oill as it removes dirt and impurities without stripping your skins natural barrier.

2. A Good Exfoliation

Did you know that proper exfoliation can help your skin care products to work more efficiently? It removes dead skin cells which could otherwise clog pores and not allow your moisturizer and other products to properly absorb into your skin. Skin that is exfoliated properly will also provide a smooth canvas for a flawless makeup application as it will help to remove all those dead skin cells that makeup loves to cling to. Depending on your skin type and sensitivity level you can exfoliate anywhere from 1-3 times a week. Be careful not to over exfoliate as it can make dry skin worse and increase oil production. My top pick for exfoliation is an enzyme exfoliation as it is less abrasive. If you are using an abrasive exfoliant (think grain-like) be careful not to apply to much pressure as this can cause micro tears in the skin and cause damage. Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel is one of my favourites for gentle enzyme exfoliation as well as Sonia Roselli's sexApeel Instant Exfoliation Spray If you prefer a grain-like exfoliant Dermalogica's Microfoliant which can be mixed with water or your cleanser.

3. Adding a Moisturizing Mist

Adding a misting toner to your routine can also help your products to be absorbed properly into your skin and also deliver an extra boost of moisture. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater can be used as a toner (after cleansing and before serums/moisturizers), after makeup or throughout the day to give your skin a radiant glow. I have been usingNIOD's Superoxide Dismutase saccharide mist (say that 5 times fast) for a couple of years now and absolutely love the results. It is so much more than a toner! It acts as a daily force against oxidative stress, water loss and the look of inflammation. This too can be used during your skin care routine, after makeup and throughout the day - even on the body!

4. Hyaluronic Acid

This little wonder can do big things for dry skin! It is able to hold up to 7x its weight in water which makes it the perfect addition to add to your winter skin care routine. My very favourite is Deciem's NIOD MULTI-MOLECULARHYALURONICCOMPLEX. Starting at $35 CAD it offers 15 complexes of hyaluronic acid. For a more budget friendly version at $20 CAD Check the Deciem's Hylamyde low molecular HA (which I have most likely used on you if you've had your makeup done by me) It has 5 complexes of HA and will also do the trick.

5. Adding an Oil to Your Routine

There is a lot misinformation out there about adding an oil to your skincare routine. A lot of oils are actually non-pore clogging and have an amazing array of fatty acids, antioxidants