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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yelena Deshko

10 Skincare Tips for Toronto's Winters

Toronto’s Winter Skincare Challenges

Maintaining healthy skin during Toronto's cold, dry, and windy winters requires a tailored skincare routine that combats the harsh effects of low temperatures and dry indoor heat. 

The low humidity levels, both outdoors and due to indoor heating, can significantly dehydrate the skin, leading to dryness, flakiness, and irritation. This dryness is exacerbated by frequent transitions between the cold outdoor environment and warm indoor settings, which can stress the skin and weaken its natural barrier.

To combat these effects, it's crucial to focus on intense hydration, moisturization,  and barrier-strengthening skincare products and procedures. Additionally, the reflection of UV rays off snow, even on cloudy days, makes it imperative to protect your skin against the sun.  Exposure to strong winds can also lead to windburn, making it essential to shield exposed skin with physical barriers like scarves and to use protective moisturizers. The extremities, such as hands and lips, are particularly vulnerable to becoming dry, chapped, or cracked, and thus require regular application of nourishing lip balms and hand creams. 

10 Skincare Recommendations for Toronto Winters

Here are 10 recommendations for a winter skincare routine suitable for  cold, windy climates like Toronto:

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  1. Hydrating Cleanser: Switch to a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils. Cream-based cleansers are often a good choice.

  2. Rich Moisturizer: Use a heavier, oil-based moisturizer to provide extra hydration and create a protective barrier against the cold and wind.

  3. Serum with Hyaluronic Acid: Apply a serum containing hyaluronic acid before moisturizing to help retain moisture and keep the skin plump and hydrated.

  4. Weekly Deep Hydration Masks: Incorporate a deep hydrating face mask into your routine once or twice a week to replenish moisture levels.

  5. Sunscreen & SPF Lip Balm: Even in winter, UV rays can damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, especially when spending time outdoors. Protect your lips from the cold and sun with a nourishing lip balm that includes SPF.

  6. Gentle Exfoliation: Exfoliate gently once a week to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture without stripping away moisture.

  7. Eye Cream: The skin around the eyes is delicate; use a hydrating eye cream to prevent dryness and keep this area moisturized.

  8. Body Lotion with Shea Butter: Use a rich body lotion or cream immediately after showering to lock in moisture, focusing on ingredients like shea butter.

  9. Humidifier in Sleeping Area: Consider using a humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture to the air, which can help prevent skin from drying out overnight.

  10. Hydrating Facial or Chemical Peel: At least one time this season, treat yourself to an ultra-hydrating facial, such as the customizable Hydrafacial MD. A chemical peel like the Diamond Glow Microdermabrasion is also very moisturizing.

These skincare recommendations focus on hydration and protection, key elements in combating the dry, harsh conditions of a Toronto winter.


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