Save some money this season with easily accessible, moisture-retaining products for when that cold wind bites—all under $20.
Winter’s icy grip has set in, and the crisp weather calls for a new extra nourishing beauty routine. It's a fact that rough and dry skin longs for moisture when blizzards roll in and jacked up thermostats wreak havoc. The skin-care struggle is real. We can share our best ways to curb dry winter skin and tell you how to boost moisture, but you'll also need the beauty products to help see you through to warmer weather.
We know surviving sub-zero temperatures is hard enough—your pocket shouldn’t have to take a hit as well. The good news is, it doesn't have to. All of these beauty products can be purchased at your local drugstore and for under $20, leaving you with more spending money for a peppermint mocha on your way home.
This cult-classic beauty aid has the power to withstand Arctic climates. Slather on the all-natural product—with pansy, chamomile and calendula extracts— anywhere you need it: think dry patches, cuticles and rough elbows. $19, well.ca.
It's a beauty myth that exfoliating your skin will leave you more dry and dehydrated. The fact is, it helps shed dead skin and leaves your face primed to absorb your moisturizing products. Try these pads soaked in glycolic acid. They're less abrasive than a mechanical exfoliant such as beads or scrubs. $15, well.ca.
Even if you have oily skin, winter is time to replace your oil-free gel or clay cleanser in favour of milks or balms. This balm cleanser replenishes lost moisture through glycerin and cocoa butter while still erasing all traces of makeup and grime. $10, beautyboutique.ca.
When your skin is red, parched and in desperation for some heavy-duty TLC, that’s when you send in the face masks. In 15 minutes, this hyaluronic acid-infused facial sheet mask will prevent dullness and provide 24 hours of moisture retention. $18, indeedlabs.com.
Right now, summer feels like a distant dream—but your skin could still use a touch of (faux) summer glow. This foundation gives a dose of gradual self-tanner, providing buildable coverage when on, and a healthy bronze once you rinse it off. $18, almay.com.
Plenty of body washes can leave you dehydrated by the time you step out of the shower. This one does helps lock-in moisture post-shower with argan oil. $5.50, walmart.ca.
If body oil isn’t your thing, nourishing body butter is the skin fix you need. Whipped with shea and cocoa butter—both hailed for their moisturizing properties—there will be no dry skin ‘round these parts. $12, beautyboutique.ca.
This is a lifesaver. Coconut oil is an amazingly cost-effective way to help your body soak up all the moisture it needs. Since it can get greasy, slather it on overnight and wake up with supple skin (try your hair, as well). Added bonus: the scent will leave you smelling of the beach. $14, walmart.ca.
Nothing is worse than checking yourself in the mirror and realizing your lipstick is dray and cracked—and your lips are no better. Be preemptive and exfoliate before you leave the house using this E.L.F. stick made with sugar crystals that aren’t overly abrasive. $4, elfcosmetics.com.
"I don’t want velvety soft, moisturized hands for under $7,"—said no one ever! This cult classic is super-concentrated with glycerin, is fragrance-free and has the stamp of approval from the National Eczema Association. $7, well.ca.
Is everyone in the office—or your children’s school—getting sick? Spritz this anti-bacterial spray without fear of catching whatever bug is going around. Bonus: the added lavender oil prevents your hands from drying out. $7.50, drbronner.com.
Coming in an array of shades, this lip balm will give you that just-bitten winter colour we all strive for—while still keeping your pout moisturized and flake-free. $6, walmart.ca.
The sniffles, watery eyes, snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes–all of these contribute to smudged makeup and raccoon eyes. To keep you looking doe-eyed all day long, switch over to one of our favourite waterproof mascaras. $10, well.ca.
Oversized blanket scarves are the best winter accessory you can have in your closet. They are versatile and stylish, all while keeping you warm when faced with cold winter temperatures. Here are 15 soft blanket scarves add style to your cold weather ensembles, all under $100!
Super soft off-white checked scarf, $36, zara.com
Zigzag oblong scarf with frayed white trim, $22, forever21.com
Oversized long woven scarf in multiple boucle colours, $30, asos.com
Patterned scarf in a soft weave with fringes, $30, hm.com
Plaid blanket scarf, $30, joefresh.com
Boucle scarf in light pink, $33, garageclothing.com
Oversized loft scarf in navy blue, $34, topshop.com
Oversized plaid scarf with beige undertone, $35, aldoshoes.com
Woven blanket scarf with soft fringe finish including black/taupe/ivory colours, $40, lechateau.com
Oversized colour block stripe scarf in new camel, $45, gapcanada.ca
Leopard patterned blanket scarf in brown, $50, urbanoutfitters.com
Extra large brushed knit scarf with fringed edges in green, $50, urbanoutfitters.com
Multicoloured pattern scarf with frayed finish with brown undertone, $60, mango.com
Folk floral print scarf in dark brownish colours, $74, bananarepublic.ca
Wool blanket scarf decorated with diamond mosaic designs and handmade fringes in black, $85, aritzia.com
Steak and Broccoli Stir-Fry Image by: Stacey Brandford
The secret to a perfectly cooked beef stir-fry is placing the steak in the freezer before slicing it. That way, the meat will become nice and firm, allowing you to cut the meat into thin, even slices with ease.
Steak and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Place 450 g beef flank marinating steak in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. Thinly slice across the grain. Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp chili garlic sauce, pinch each salt and pepper and 1/3 cup water. Set aside. In bowl, toss together beef, 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1 egg yolk; 2 tsp cornstarch; and pinch each salt and pepper. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.) In large nonstick skillet or wok, heat 1 tsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry half of the beef mixture until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate. Repeat with oil and remaining beef mixture. In same pan, heat 1 tsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry 1 onion, thinly sliced, and 100 g shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced, until onion is golden and mushrooms are softened, about 5 minutes. Add 350 g bite-size broccoli florets (about 6 cups); 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced; and 2 tbsp water. Stir-fry until broccoli is tender-crisp, about 8 minutes. Return beef and any accumulated juices to pan. Stir in oyster sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: about 305 cal, 29 g pro, 14 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 16 g carb (4 g dietary fibre, 5 g sugar), 101 mg chol, 493 mg sodium, 864 mg potassium. % RDI: 7% calcium, 25% iron, 39% vit A, 198% vit C, 30% folate.
Hair advice that professionals swear by Image by: Bubmle & Bumble
It pays to talk to the pros if you're looking to step up your hair routine. Here's some of the best advice we've received recently from top hairstylists.
"The biggest mistake women make is using the incorrect hair-care products for their hair style, which can leave mid-lengths and ends looking dry. A professional consultation will [determine] what hair-care regimen is best."
"Make sure you're rinsing your hair correctly. That means spending between two and three minutes in the shower rinsing both your shampoo and your conditioner. Contrary to popular belief, warm water isbetter for rinsing products. Then, finish with a 60-second cool rinse to add shine."
"Hair needs all the help it can get. It needs added moisture, emollients, supportive structures. Treat your hair like you do your skin."
"The tendency to want what we cannot have is universal, but a cut will sit better, last longer and be so much easier to maintain if you work with your hair type instead of fighting against it. With a cut that's customized, getting ready is so much simpler—and prettier."
"People with really fine hair and lack of density should consider colouring their hair because they're going to benefit by swelling the hair fibre. If your hair is not damaged, you should consider double process, or single process with your own colour. When you damage the cuticle, you're going to lose some lipids, and that may be good for someone with fine hair looking for volume. Once the hair cuticle is lifted, the hair fibre can look nearly double in size."