As a new chill to the air rolls in we are reminded of the joys of this new season like snug sweaters, warm drinks and the tender falling snowflakes that romanticize our evenings. At the same time, we can't help but also be reminded that living in the prairies of Canada means our skin suddenly becomes dry, itchy and unpredictable in the wintery months. As skin becomes extra sensitive with the changing of seasons, it is the perfect time to search for non-toxic, all natural products that will protect and nourish your skin. Check out our post on Conscious Cosmetics to learn more about why buying natural products is so important for you and for the planet.
Below, we've listed our top picks for natural winter skincare!
My New Neighbour Favourite: Wildcraft Face and Body Scrub
Getting in the habit of exfoliating at least once a week has drastically improved the health of our skin by clearing out dead skin, keeping breakouts at bay and helping absorb the moisturizers and oils we apply after. This gentle scrub by Wildcraft has a minty-tingle that leaves us feeling ultra-refreshed.
Teagan's Pick: Rocky Mountain Soap Avocado Facial Soap Bar
Shelby's Pick: Lowen's Vegan Face & Body Cleanser
Rocky Mountain Soap and Lowen's are two 'made in Alberta' companies that we absolutely adore. Both prioritize soothing, natural ingredients with a passion for bringing holistic skincare to their community.
Teagan's Pick: Neal's Yard Remedies DIY Facial Oil
Shelby's Pick: Eminence Organics Eight Greens Whip Moisturizer
Both Neal's Yard Remedies and Eminence products are all-natural, organic and have a luxurious feel when being applied. We have found that each product lasts many months and is well worth the price.
My New Neighbour Favourite: Pure Creations Hyaluronic Serum
Pure Creations is another locally-made gem that can be found at many health food stores. Their Hyaluronic Serum adds the perfect amount of moisture to extra dry skin when applied with a moisturizer. Check out their online skin care quiz to find out which products are right for your skin.
Teagan's Pick: Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mask
Shelby's Pick: Rocky Mountain Soap Calming Face Mask
A post-exfoliation facial mask every other week is an affordable way to reap the benefits of a spa facial by providing extra nourishment for your skin and maybe even time to sit down and enjoy taking care of yourself. Stick with Neal's Yard or Rocky Mountain Soap to ensure you are getting high quality natural ingredients in your mask.
Teagan's Pick: Apple Island Naturals (Purple Haze) Bath and Body Oil
Shelby's Pick: Ellie Bianca Body Oil
Body oil is a new thing for us, but oh boy, we are believers! We came to realize that body lotion and body oil are pretty much the same thing, except that lotion often has added emulsifiers and fillers. Body oil products are often simply a mixture of oils. We've come to love the lavish yet wholesome feel of applying body oil. Apple Island and Ellie Bianca are two Canadian companies committed to creating completely pure skincare products, and their body oils are top notch. We've also enjoyed concocting our own body oils at home, using information found here.
My New Neighbour Favourite: Om Organics Wild Plum Body Scrub
Om Organic's sugar scrub smells so good you literally gasp with satisfaction upon opening. This gentle, moisturizing and effective scrub keeps our skin bright through all seasons. We're looking forward to giving Airdrie's Lamb Soapworks body scrub a try soon!
Teagan's Pick: Moody Bee Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm
Shelby's Pick: Lowen's Be Local Lip Balm
A fantastic lip balm = a fantastic day, right?! Moody Bee and Lowen's are Canadian-made lip balms with the perfect amount of local honey to add moisture and scent that is oh so yummy.
My New Neighbour Favourite: Rocky Mountain Soap Vanilla Coconut Sunscreen
On the ski slopes, the snow shoeing trail or just a winter walk with your dog,it is still important to protect your skin in the winter sunlight. Rocky Mountain Soap's sunscreen is, hands down, our favourite natural sunscreen. It blends well, smells wonderful and has protected our skin from the sun all summer. We will continue to keep it on hand for our outdoor winter adventures!
Do you have a favourite winter skincare product? Let us know!
P.S. - This post is not sponsored. All products have been included because of their high quality ingredients and proven efficacy.