Skincare Must-Haves for the Winter

Hello, everyone! This week has been crazy – I forgot to post this blog post on Tuesday AND Wednesday, and almost forgot today too. It’s been a struggle!

If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that I have dry skin all year round, but the dryness gets particularly bad in the winter. I feel like I’ve finally gotten it under control in the last two years, so today I wanted to share some skincare categories that are necessities in my winter skincare routine. In particular, I want to show you some specific products that I love. Read on for my winter skincare suggestions!

Herbivore Pink Cloud


This one is a given! You really need a good moisturizer to keep your skin looking soft and supple all year round, but it’s especially important during the winter. I’ve been loving the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme since the spring and summer, but I tend to switch to a heavier moisturizer in the winter. However, I’ve found that this has been working just fine in the winter so far; I’m not sure if it’s because it hasn’t been too dry and cold this winter, or if this is really good for all year round – but I’ll take it!

Winter Skincare

Overnight Masks

I discovered overnight masks about two years ago and they have changed my life in terms of skincare. I love them not only because they are like a drink of water for my skin, but also because they’re so easy to use. Unlike other masks, where you have to put it on and wash it off after 20-30 minutes, I apply this one before bedtime and just forget about it until the next morning. My favourite overnight masks are the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. The Origins is really creamy and rich, and the Water Sleeping Mask has more of a gel-like finish, but is still very hydrating.

Facial Oil

Different facial oils do different things, but most of them add some degree of hydration to the skin. I particularly love using facial oil as the final step of my nighttime routine, because I don’t really care how greasy my face looks at night. So far, my absolute favourite facial oil is the 100% Plant Derived Squalane, which locks in all of the moisture from the other products. I tend to switch this up every two days or so with an overnight mask.

TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum Shaba Eye Complex


Hydration is important in the dry winter weather, but so is exfoliation. You want to get rid of all that dead skin sitting on the surface of your face so that your skin feels smooth and fresh throughout the season! For exfoliation, I’m currently loving the Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. This is a pretty strong AHA/BHA blend, but it has never made my skin sting or give it any negative reaction. It’s only kept my skin looking very even. I’m going to be sad when I finish this little deluxe sample size from The Littles kit, because the full size is $110!

Eye Cream

Another product you should be using all year round, but is especially important in the winter. I notice a huge difference when I don’t use eye cream. I’m currently using the Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum – it’s not my absolute favourite, but is good for daytime use because it’s thin and sits well under eye makeup. I actually prefer using a thicker one at night (currently at the tail end of the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream).


Lip Masks

I’ve always had really dry lips, sometimes to the point where I can’t wear lipstick too often in the winter because it emphasizes the flakiness. This is why I’ve wanted to try lip masks for a while now. I’ve been lusting after the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks, but I purchased the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask during the last Sephora sale when I saw that it came in a set that included the limited edition scents. I’m currently using the grapefruit scent and it’s subtle but smells lovely! I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews on the Laneige lip mask so was hesitant to try it, so far I’m really loving it. It’s thick but easily spreadable, and I wake up in the morning with the mask having soaked in and my lips feeling hydrated.

Lip Balm

Of course, this is another one for all year round! Besides lip masks, I always have to keep my lips moisturized throughout the day, so I need a good, reliable lip balm to keep with me at all times. The Jack Black lip balms have been a long time favourite for years, but I’m currently using a few different brands, and my favourite by a long shot is the Glossier Balm Dotcom. The texture reminds me a little of a less greasy Vaseline, but it’s hydrating and lasts on my lips for quite a while before I have to reapply. Plus, this coconut one smells nice, like real coconuts instead of the synthetic scent (which would also have been nice, to be honest). This lip balm with the combination of the Laneige lip mask has really helped to keep my lips smooth so far, whereas in the past I would have had to deal with some flakiness by now.

Skincare for Winter

Body Scrub

I know a lot of people use body scrubs in the summer as well because they self-tan, and plus you show more skin when it’s warm. It’s easy to forego body scrubs in the winter because your body is hidden underneath long pants and sweaters, but I find that my skin gets so dry in the winter that it can feel itchy, so I rely on body scrubs a lot. I’m currently using the Bath & Body Works Peach & Honey Almond Shea Butter body scrub, which I bought a few years ago and recently discovered in my closet. It’s really nice and scrubby, but the shea butter makes it feel really softening. Unfortunately, it’s not available anymore.

Body Butter

In the winter, I find that regular body lotion isn’t quite thick and moisturizing enough for my skin, so I always gravitate towards body butter. My go-to body butters are the ones from The Body Shop, which are very hydrating. In particular, I am loving this Vanilla Chai scent from last Christmas. It’s a creamy warm scent that is perfect for the holidays, and it’s too bad they didn’t bring the scent back this year.

Hand Cream

My hands are super dry year-round because I wash them so often, but they’re really bad in the winter. Not only does the dry weather make them crack, but I wash my hands more often than usual to avoid getting whatever cold and flu that’s being passed around once it starts getting cold. My favourite hand cream that I’ve tried in the last year is the Delectable hand creams, which I’ve found super moisturizing for the hands without feeling sticky or thick.

That’s it from me! What products are a must-have in your winter skincare routine?

15 thoughts on “Skincare Must-Haves for the Winter

  1. I love that we have the same skin type so all of your recommendations are perfect for me! I love the delectable hand creams too, they smell amazing and do such a good job hydrating my skin. It’s good to know that you still love that herbivore moisturizer at this time of year. Great post!

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  2. I love sleeping masks too – especially the two you mentioned. I’ve been using the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask lately and I like it – although I’m not sure it gives me quite enough moisture. Might be better for the summer months.

    One of my favourite products for the Winter months is L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. It’s great for shaving and I like it as a body wash too (it doesn’t lather much though). I top it with the OGX Miracle Coconut Oil Body lotion and my skin is never dry – when I remember to do both steps anyway!

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    • I want to try the Glow Recipe Sleeping Mask, but I totally agree with you that it seems better suited for summer. It looks more gel-like and light? I’ve heard their moisturizer is good, though!

      I so remember you talking about the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil and it’s been on my wish list for a while now!


  3. I’ve been thinking about switching up my moisturizer. Can you tell me more about the Herbivore one? Does it last you a while? I always seem to go through moisturizers so quickly so it’s frustrating when they are expensive, but I still want something that is good quality with minimal filler or bad ingredients.

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