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It should be easy, but sometimes finding a gift within a certain price range that is still thoughtful can be difficult. Let us help.
Finding the perfect Secret Santa gift is more difficult than it seems. First, if you're buying for someone specific, you want to gift to be thoughtful—but that can be difficult if you only have a limited budget. And that's the thing about the budget—you need the gift to be less than, but close to, your budget (whether it's self-imposed or part of a larger secret santa mandate). Plus, sometimes you don't know who your secret Santa is! And shopping for a mystery person means you need to get something that will appeal to pretty much everyone.
Got it straight? No? Don't worry. We've compiled some of our favourite gifts to give that fit into your Secret Santa budget—whether it's $5 or $30.
Gifting beauty is always a good idea if you ask us. These face masks are inexpensive so feel free to pick up a few.
Patches are a great way to personalize your style—but they're also creative and compact expressions of art.
This item combines two of our favourite things—the Toronto Blue Jays and lapel pins! Not a sports fan? Luckily there are plenty of lapel pin options to make sure you find the right one for your giftee.
We know not everyone is a fan of slippers—but these ones are so cozy and a steal at $15!
Colouring books have shown to relieve stress and help people meditate—they're also super fun!
Having a hand cream in your bag all winter long is necessary to avoid dry, cracked hands. A practical gift has never been so indulgent!
Cloth napkins are a much more environmentally-friendly pick than their paper alternatives—and super chic around the holidays.
Give the gift of a cozy home. We especially love this limited edition scent from Canadian brand Province Apothecary.
Everyone loves a scented candle—especially a rich, warm scent that makes staying in that much better.
A calendar for the new year is something we always forget to pick up in December. Make sure to find one that suits your giftee's personality.
Having a notebook on hand is a requirement for many people. This fun pack is Pantone-coded!
It's a problem if you don't have a hat come December. The Drake General Store wants you to wear your provincial pride on your head with these colourful picks.
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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.