Our skin has to endure a lot during the grueling winter weather. From the dry air to the bitterly cold temperatures – it’s a lot to handle. That’s why taking steps to prepare and protect it is crucial during this time of year. Get a jump-start on your winter skincare routine with these tips that will help protect your skin from the cold weather.


Even during the cold winter, maintaining a healthy, smooth complexion requires regular exfoliation. Start to exfoliate at least three times each week. You can adjust this to every other day if your skin is oilier and less prone to drying out. Just make sure you’re not over-exfoliating as this can be harsh for the skin to endure. Ignoring this step will let dead skin cells accumulate on our skin, preventing your moisturizer from penetrating deep into the layers of the skin to nourish it. Look for a mild and gentle natural exfoliating product or consult with a skin care specialist to determine which one is right for you.

Switch To A Heavier Moisturizer & Apply Daily

Did you know that the air here in Canada gets as dry as the Sahara Desert during the winter? That’s why using a heavier moisturizer during the winter is necessary, applying it twice every day. Lighter products for summer won’t provide the level of hydration your skin needs during this season. So make sure to swap our your summer moisturizer for a heavier one to combat the level of dryness, and to protect the skin from chapping. Rich balms with shea butter are also a great option during the wintertime.

Avoid Long Hot Showers

Sometimes, there’s nothing as soothing as a long hot shower, especially when it’s so cold outside. But as luxurious as it feels, it’s also harmful to your skin. Long hot showers can make the skin more prone to damage since it ends up dehydrating it. Try to avoid them and curb your shower time as much as possible. Using a moisturizing body wash can help to lessen the impacts as well.

Wear Sunscreen

Even during those bleak and grey days with little sunshine, UV rays still exist and can penetrate through to impact your skin. Sun exposure is one of the leading culprits for premature aging. To prevent fine lines and sunspots from developing, always apply sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer before going outside. Remember, just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean those harmful rays aren’t present. And once the snow accumulates, they can intensify as they reflect off of the white-covered surfaces.

Switch Up Your Makeup

If you’ve been using a powder-based cover-up, now’s the time to switch to a creamier one instead. In the summer, we have to combat excessive sweat, humidity, and breakouts, whereas winter brings along opposite challenges with excessive dryness. To keep your complexion looking flawless, use tinted moisturizers, cream-based coverup, and even cream shadows.

Stay Hydrated & Eat Well

The winter season can make it hard to resist comfort foods and other indulgences around the holidays. But what you put into your body has a direct impact on how your skin looks and feels. Resist the urge to indulge in treats and junk food, and load up on vegetables and sources of healthy fats instead, like avocado and cold-water fish. To protect your skin from the cold weather, stay hydrated and drink at least 2 litres of water each day too.

Get a Skin Treatment

Winter weather can be especially harsh against our face since it’s exposed most of the time. If you’ve been contemplating a trip to a skincare clinic for a treatment or facial, now is the best time to do it. HydraFacials, advanced facials, chemical peels, and even dermal fillers can help to repair, replenish, and make your skin look luminous during the cold weather.

Winter places a lot of stress on our skin. Without the right routines in place, it can become dry, brittle, and cracked in no time. If you’re concerned about your skin heading into the winter season, contact us at The Ottawa Skin Clinic today. We offer a wide variety of advanced treatments that are designed to repair any damage and provide the right type of nourishment it needs to rejuvenate and withstand the winter elements with ease. Browse through our list of services or get in touch to book a consultation with one of our skincare specialists. They can assess your skin in person and recommend the best treatments based on your condition and needs.