Winnipeg winters.

on Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:46 am

I recently moved to Winnipeg to go to school, and winter has been incredibly harsh on my skin, I can't seem to get enough moisture. So, I go through my usual routine of cleansing my face then moisturizing, but when I go out into the -40 weather, it still dries out. Any suggests? Particularly misschickie because you lived here before, and anyone else who lives with that type of weather.


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extra creamy moisterizer on Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:58 am

I used to have the same problem when I lived in Waterloo. Waterloo gets very windy and my cheeks were very chapped.

I normally only use a lotion during the day, but in the winter, I had to switch to a day cream. I used the Thermal S2 line from Vichy and I have also tried Estee Lauder's daycream (the green cucumber smelling one). Both are good. I would put the daycream on my face but put more on the cheek area. I also tried Biotherm's serum (green one) b/c they told me it helps. My cheeks did feel much better after lathering on all these moisterizer, but I found the best thing for my face was to keep it out of the wind as much as possible.

ex-Winnipegger here on Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

A few easy fixes...

1. buy a humidifier for your bedroom (or the whole house, if you can afford it). It'll do wonders for your skin, sinuses, and throat during the at-home times.

2. for short fixes, like heading outside for a snow day or a 3-block walk to the bus stop try smearing a thin layer of Vaseline across the exposed areas like cheekbones, lips, etc. You'll want to carry some pre-moistened wipes to take it off later so it doesn't clog your pores, but it really does wonders for windy days. If you're wearing makeup before you leave the house, make sure you take a little extra to touch up once you wipe off the Vaseline.

3. you can try using your night cream during the day, but if it doesn't contain spf (many night creams do not) spread a little of your daily moisturizer as well to get that extra sun protection. Snow and ice are highly reflective surfaces and you can get a sunburn if you're not protected. Winnipeggers will tell you that with the cold comes a lot of sun!

4. Use a natural fibre scarf (wool, for example) to cover up. It'll keep you warm and be less irritating to your skin, especially considering the condensation from your breath underneath the layers.

Ali de Bold
Hide inside on Jan 19, 2009 @ 02:03 pm

When I lived in Winterpeg my knuckles would crack and bleed and my legs were so dry they were actually flaky. It was disgusting. Estheticians have also commented that I have some broken capillaries on my cheeks from the harsh winters. I am not a winter person so how I coped is by hiding inside.

The points already made are excellent. All I would add is have lots of blankets around the house so you can always be cocooned in warmth. I do this in Toronto too btw. A heavier face and body cream is imperative for the winter and make sure you exfoliate often. If your face is still drying out when you go outside, keep a small jar of face cream in your handbag and apply it when you get to your destination. Also cover your face with a scarf at all times. A balaclava would be ideal if you don't mind looking like a bank robber. And don't forget your sunglasses since it's always sunny there and crow's feet don't descriminate between the summer and winter.

Another Ex-Winnipeger! on Jan 20, 2009 @ 12:44 am

Great tips from the other ladies!

I used to lather on the hand cream when I went to bed at night to help heal my dry hands. My knuckles would bleed from the cold..though that's partly my fault for not wearing the proper gloves! I also did the same with my legs as the skin would get so dry in the winter that they would hurt.

I do not miss the Winnipeg weather at all! lol (mind you last week in Montreal sucked. lol)

i have REALLY dry skin too... on Jan 26, 2009 @ 05:06 pm

Ok so I've never lived in Winnipeg, but I have lived in Montreal and now in Toronto which is getting to be as bad as Montreal... to top it off I have dry skin even during summer time so imagine me at winter. My skin is soooo dry that if i'm not careful i have a flaky face ..gross!!

anyways what I use is, at night after the cleanser/etc routine, i smear this on my face and go to sleep:

in the morning i wipe off and use a day cream with SPF (currently I'm using Neutrogena whip illuminating moisturizer ..and its working out pretty good).

although normally i don't wear any makeup - with this regime my skin manages to look human and somewhat healthy.

thats my two cents.. hope it helps! :-)

don't talk about it ..jj :) on Jul 27, 2009 @ 12:40 am

I live in Winterpeg and sometimes I put Neutrogena Hand cream
(Norweigian Formula) on my face ! I would of course use it on my hands
and elbows etc..

I've been on make up alley alot lately and lots of peeps are using Bio
Oil as a moisturizer ! I tried it and love it. Too oily for summer but
when I start to freeze to death it will be wonderful. Neutrogena in
genaral have really good moisturizers.

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