It is cold. Montreal is a cold af place in the winter. With windchill, temperatures have been around -20 C, even going as low as -30. When I was in uni, I took a course with a professor that specialized in Inuit communications. She spent some time in Nunavut for her research and said it was actually colder in Montreal than in the Arctic.
Of course, lots of people live here, so the cold is certainly bearable. And life goes on! You still have to go about your daily grind, and do what you can to stay warm and keep your skin looking and feeling nice. Because we all hate that horrible tight, dry skin feeling. Here are the products I am currently using to keep my skin hydrated.
Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter | I bought this on a whim at Sephora quite recently, and have been loving using it thus far. This is the first time I ever use this type of cleansing balm product. It works well as a first cleanse, to remove all the makeup. I love to massage this into my face for about a minute, and it feels soooo wonderful and comforting.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich | Glossier is one of those brands I hope to get to discover more of this year (that's if they will be able to ship to Quebec...). I was able to get my hands on this product, as well as one of the cloud paints, and I am loving them so far. This moisturizer feels luxurious and smells like lavender. It is definitely a rich texture and feels like it provides a good layer to protect my skin from cold winds.
Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum | This is the big hitter. I absolutely love layering this serum underneath any moisturizer I use, day or night. It's a bi-phase serum, which means you have to shake it first to mix the oils and serum. I use one pump, spread it between my hands and just pat it into my face. Follow with moisturizer. I even layer it over any other serums I apply for my nighttime skincare.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane | This is such a light, but incredibly moisturizing oil. I apply it in the same way as the Clarins serum above, patted into the skin in a thin layer, and followed by a moisturizer. It sinks in and makes my skin feel so moisturized and not at all greasy.
Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask | I'm starting to realize that I really like Boscia products. And I'm gutted that I wasn't able to restock on their Tsubaki Oil while it was on sale at Sephora! Anyway, this is the moisturizer I use at night, layered over either the squalane oil or Clarins serum. It smells delightful and I wake up to happy, hydrated skin.
It's been a cold and windy winter thus far, but I can tell you that I haven't had a single dry patch on my skin. Sometimes, for a boost of hydration, I'll use a sheet mask. I like these Mentholatum Botanics in either the Rosehip mask or Aloe Vera mask.
So those are the products that I find have been really helping my skin this winter. Let me know if you have tried any of these!