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Winter VS Your Skin – A Guide to Skincare in -40

Dry, flaky skin. Chapped lips. Your own personal snow globe when you peel off your leggings (ew, we know). Welcome to Alberta! It can feel impossible to master your skincare routine when it’s so cold out that the air hurts your face. Fear not, because we have your perfect skincare guide to help you stay moisturized throughout the freezing months!

The first thing to know is that your skincare routine SHOULD change with the seasons. The lighter facial moisturizer you’ve been using all summer? She may not be heavy enough to combat the cold! During the winter months, it’s important to use a gentler cleanser, exfoliate, and repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

At Ageless Living, we stand by our Alumier products and the way they can truly transform your skin. Alumier is a Canadian company that is ethically made using clean and effective ingredients. Let’s take a walk through some of our winter faves!

1. Cleansers

During the winter, we love to recommend a cream-based cleanser versus a gel based. The reason being that they keep your skin more hydrated, less of that “stripped” feeling after washing your face. They are gentle, and great for red and sensitive skin.

Alumier has two cream cleansers. Sensicalm, which is targeted to soothe and calm red and reactive skin. And Hydraboost, and amazing anti-aging and hydrating cleanser suitable for all skin types during the winter.

2. Exfoliants

Imagine trying to layer all your products on top of dead skin, it isn’t going to penetrate. We need to push those dead skin cells OFF. This can be done using a gentle exfoliating scrub, or a liquid exfoliant. Alumier’s Lotus Scrub uses lotus seed powder to evenly cleanse and exfoliate the skin without being harsh. Please, whatever you do, do NOT reach for that apricot or walnut scrub, as these can cause micro abrasions in the skin and introduce bacteria… hello acne.

Another option is the Bright and Clear solution, a true cult favorite. Bright and Clear is a refreshing liquid exfoliant that uses lactic acid and caviar lime to slough off the dead skin, revealing a more fresh and radiant appearance.

3. Targeted Serum

Our skin often times needs an extra boost, especially in the winter. A great way to enhance your winter skincare routine, is to add in a targeted serum. Our cold weather staples are the Ultimate Boost Serum, and Calm-R. You will see Ultimate Boost serum flying off the shelves at any time of the year, but especially now!

With hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this product keeps hydration contained within the skin, increasing the efficacy of your daily moisturizer. This product can be used all the way up to your lash line for total hydration. Calm-R is a product targeted towards red, sensitive, and dry skin. When it feels like even water burns your face… insert Calm-R. Calm-R uses sea whip, along with other moisture locking ingredients such as hinokitiol, to calm and relieve sensitive skin.

4. Moisturizer


This one may seem a bit obvious, but let’s chat about it anyway. Like mentioned earlier in this post, your skincare should change with the seasons. Which means in winter, we need to go heavier with the moisturizer!

We love Alumier’s Hydrarich which is packed with emollients to keep your skin moisturized all day and all night. This product also has hyaluronic acid in it. Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid keeps water in the skin and is able to hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water…wow!

5. Sunscreen

Alumier products

You may be thinking “but it isn’t hot and sunny out?”. UV rays can damage your skin even in the winter, as it is often cloudy and the rays are hiding behind the clouds ready to wreak havoc. The sun’s rays also reflect off of the snow, which means they are actually hitting you twice! Double the exposure, double the damage.

Alumier’s Sheer Hydration broad spectrum SPF 40 is another one of best sellers. This sunscreen doubles as a daytime moisturizer and comes in both an untinted and tinted version. If you are looking for that summer glow during winter, try out the versatile tint, also known as the “J-Lo Glow” in our clinic, for a healthy and summery glow.

Alumier’s Sheer Hydration broad spectrum SPF 40

We hope that after reading this you are feeling more equipped with the tools you need to achieve the best possible winter complexion. Say “goodbye” to dull, dry skin, and “hello” to winter radiance! Consults with our skin care professionals are always free and we can’t wait to kickstart your fresh-faced journey!

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Alanna Hamel

Alanna graduated in 2015 from Portage College as a Licensed Practical Nurse, after moving here from Nova Scotia. She has worked in acute care, maternity, day surgery, as well as drug & alcohol rehabilitation. Alanna joined the Ageless Living team in 2020 and quickly transitioned into providing therapeutic Botox treatments for conditions such as chronic migraines, hyperhidrosis, and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). She has now become our main cosmetic injector for Botox, filler, and Belkyra treatments while working closely with our senior nurse injector. Alanna has always had a passion for empowering people and boosting their confidence - whether it be through exercise, skincare, or injectable treatments.