We asked Zoe Nicole Kelly, creative and product developer at Dr. Roebuck’s, some questions on how to make sure your skin stays plump, dewy and hydrated all winter long.
When winter rolls around our main concern is keeping our skin hydrated. Indoor heating, blustery winds and sub-zero temperatures all contribute to our dry complexions—and dry skin can lead to sensitive, irritated skin as well as emphasizing and lines or wrinkles you might have. Thanks, winter.
Zoe Nicole Kelly, creative director, Dr. Roebuck’s, answers our questions about how to keep skin soft, supple and hydrated for the harshest of seasons.
But first, how do I know if my skin is dehydrated?
Dry skin can be pretty obvious—a flaky, itchy or tight complexion are dead giveaways. But sometimes it’s not that obvious to tell if you have dry or dehydrated skin. If your fine lines are more visible than usual that could be a lack of hydration. If, when you touch your skin it doesn’t bounce back quickly, that usually means you need more hydration.
Why is my skin dehydrated?
The weather is definitely a factor, but dry skin can also be due to your diet and intake of water (hint: more water is better) and it can come down to genetics or an allergy. According to Kelly, anyone can have dehydrated skin because that’s more closely related to lifestyle, but if you have dry skin, that’s probably due to genetics. Either way you should get your skin some moisture, stat!
What are some ingredients I should look for in my skin care to keep hydrated?
“Glycerin is actually one of the most overlooked ingredients, because people think it doesn’t do much,” says Kelly. She recommends looking for a plant-based glycerin (instead of synthetic) to reap the most benefits from the ingredient. Other ingredients to keep an eye out for? Hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and cold-pressed oils. “Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin actually attract moisture to the skin and hold it there,” says Kelly. “If you get a really highly concentrated hyaluronic acid, it can actually penetrate the skin at the same time it holds moisture to the skin—working on two levels.”
What product should I add to my routine during the winter?
If you feel good about your products, but are looking to add an extra dose of hydration, you’ll want to pick up a serum. “The beauty of serums is that they are highly concentrated,” says Kelly, “so you can target the specific concerns you have.” Look for serums that aim to rejuvenate and regenerate collagen as well as moisturize.
Dr. Roebyck's Ultimate Hydrating Serum, $80, beautyboutique.ca.
What am I doing wrong?
“One of the main no-no’s—and it’s hard to do in the middle of winter in Canada—is having a hot shower,” says Kelly. Whenever it’s possible opt for a lukewarm shower and a short shower. Hot water is very drying to the skin—as are many bar soaps and many products that lather in the shower. Avoid products with alcohol, or products that are wheat-based. Instead, try cleansing oils and milks instead if you’re concerned about dryness.
If your skin is in full on crisis mode and/or you suffer from eczema—flaking, red, itchy, chapped and cracked skin—skip the lotions and creams and opt for a balm instead. This one, from French derm-brand Bioderma, helps soothe irritation, repair skin's barrier and helps prevent recurring flare ups. The emollient formula is paraben-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Bioderma Atoderm PP Balm, $33, murale.ca.
If you prefer oil to lotion, or want to layer your body care products, try Avène's Essentials Body Oil. The rich plant-based oils and vitamins A and E help to nourish and sooth parched skin. Try applying post shower, the formula quickly absorbed and won't leave behind a greasy film. Avène Essentials Body Oil
If you're on the hunt for a natural body cream that doesn't compromise on its effectiveness this jar has got your covered. The velvety body butter is whipped to perfection and harnesses the moisturizing properties of agran oil. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, $15, sephora.ca.
Sensitive enough for infants and children but powerful enough for adults, this rich cream is perfect for extremely dry skin and atopic dermatitis. The brands patented Rhealba Oat Planlet extract helps to calm irritatation and soothe skin. Vitmain B3 helps with elasticity while glycerine hydrates skin. It's also filled with nourishing omega-6 essential fatty acids which help to rebuild the cutaneous barrier of the skin, which is often damaged in extremely dry skin. A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream, 400 mL, $56, amazon.ca.
This butter yellow cream is a cult-classic. It's been around since the '70s and we're sure it will stick around for many more years to come. The all-over body cream is both rich and hydrating without being greasy. Kiehl's Creme de Corps, 250 mL, $38, kiehls.ca.
Everybody has that one friend who throws stellar dinner parties and always has sweet treats to share. Reward her generosity this holiday season with these picks.
Cookie cutters, $25 per tin of four, thebay.com.
Felt ketchup ornament, $13, drakegeneralstore.ca.
Kate Spade New York kitchen tools, $40 per set of 3, indigo.ca.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne, $71, veuveclicquot.com.
Canadian Living: The Special Occasions Cookbook (Juniper Publishing), $35, simonandschuster.ca.
PC Black Label Pistachio Spread $15, pc.ca.
Herringbone tea towel, $34, avrilloreti.etsy.com.
Cabbage cut in half.<br> Credits: Getty Images: MakiEni
White, green, red, savoy – there are a lot of varieties of cabbage, and even more health benefits
Cabbage usually isn’t the first item on your grocery list, but it should be. The nutritional rewards and health benefits of this leafy green will make that cooked cabbage smell worth it, we promise.
Rich in vitamin C
While citrus fruits get all the credit for providing vitamin C, cabbage is just as great a source for this powerful nutrient. In a recent study, patients with a diet with high levels of vitamin C have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, vitamin C is currently being studied for its affects on cataract prevention and lowering high blood pressure. All of which to say is, you don’t need to be eating oranges to get these benefits.
It’s good for your bone health
Vitamin K is important for building and maintaining bone density, and cabbage is chock-full of it. However, it's important not to take supplements or eat foods rich in vitamin K if you're taking blood thinners, some antibiotics or anticonvulsants, since it also helps with blood clotting and can interfere with these medications.
Cut your calories with Cabbage
Cabbage is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps you feel full for longer because it takes more time to digest. As well, cabbage is extremely low in calories—one cup of cooked shredded cabbage has only 34 calories!
If you're still unsure about slaws and sauerkraut, here are five delicious recipes that will definitely help you embrace this cruciferous veggie.
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