My winter skincare routine


I recently had the great misfortune of messing up the skin on my face.

I’m not entirely sure what I did but I think it was a combination of rubbing too hard with a washcloth and using chemical exfoliation.

Almost overnight, the skin on the sides of nose and immediate cheeks became very dry and wrinkled. It looked parched and thin. Nothing I put on it seemed to make a difference. It didn’t really flake but it felt very tight and looked dehydrated.

I drink LOADS of water every day (around two litres), I don’t use skin products containing alcohol or other irritating ingredients and genuinely limit the things that dry out skin. So I resigned myself to the fact that at 41 my skin was just getting old. This made me very depressed.

My face looked shriveled. Like your fingers do when you spend too much time in the bath or shower. I spent some time researching this but found little to help me.

I finally began researching ‘orange peel skin’ – which is sort of how my face looked – and came across a bunch of helpful articles and tips on how to treat it.

The advice included things like using Emu oil and manuka honey. I wasn’t super keen on the Emu thing and raw manuka honey costs about a million dollars.

I immediately stopped the BHA and AHA exfoliation, set aside my washcloths and, for about a week, massaged jojoba oil into my face prior to removing my makeup each night.

Both night and day, I topped off my regular skincare routine with Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment. It was the only thing which didn’t leave my face tight and dry. Yes, I looked like a grease ball but my face felt better.

It’s been a couple of weeks now and my face has started to look normal again. I’m fairly sure it takes many weeks to truly heal damaged skin so I’ll be keeping up the gentle routine for as long as it takes.

I was lucky enough to find some very affordable skin balm on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart – A-Derma Exomega Emollient Balm – which cost $22 for a giant tube and contains stuff like Shea butter and Evening Primrose Oil. I’ve started using this day and night too.

The rest of the time this is what I’m using. You’ll probably freak out when you see what I put on my face.



After two weeks, I’ve reintroduced my AHA/BHA exfoliation. I use Paula’s Choice 8% AHA gel in the morning (after toning) and Paula’s Choice 1% BHA lotion in the evening.

I have a special code which gives you $10 off your Paula’s Choice order. If you’re ready to buy any of the PC items here, use this link.

How do you deal with winter skin? I’d love to hear what’s in your skincare arsenal.

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