11 products to help combat winter hair and skin

Green beauty expert Michelle Bilodeau shares her must-have skin care products for this time of year.
Published January 22, 2020 3:12 p.m. EST
Last Updated January 24, 2020 11:00 p.m. EST
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When it comes to blustery, wet winter months, it's not easy keeping our skin looking its best. Green beauty expert Michelle Bilodeau wants to help us save our skin, so she dropped by The Social to showcase some clean must-have products to keep us glowing from head to toe this season.

LanoLips Lemonaid Scrubba Balm

This 100% natural lip scrub and balm hybrid is from Australian-based brand Lano. In the lipstick shape, it’s really easy to get the right amount of scrub on your lips, and then you can use your fingers to get rid of dead skin cells. It’s made with fine sugar crystals and crush orange peel, and it leaves lips hydrated thanks to glycerine and jojoba oils.Sephora |$23

Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm

After a good scrub, you’ll need to follow up with a super hydrating balm. This lightly scented balm is packed with ceramides, squalane and hyaluronic acid to hydrate lips. The brand also suggests using the balm on cheekbones as a highlighter, on the eyebrows to define or to add SPF to the balm to create a protecting lip treatment.Biossance |$22

aN-hydra The Powder of Youth

This new, über sustainable probiotic cleanser, masque, gentle exfoliator and treatment in one is soap-free, so it won’t strip away moisture. It also doesn’t contain water, meaning all the ingredients are stable. It contains 10 % vitamin C, Canadian glacial clay, which is Ecocert certified, as well as a plant-based probiotic to help balance the skin’s microbiome—that, combined with lavender and hyaluronic acid, helps to keep the skin hydrated and balanced without stripping it of its natural oils. Just add water to use.aN-hydra | $66

IV Skincare Infusion Serum

The IV Skincare Infusion Serum is chalk full of skin enhancing and hydrating ingredients, like strawberry, blueberry, cherry and chia oils, all blended together with vitamins C and E for a brightening and hydrating serum. Use use with a spritz of toner first, or on top of night cream; applying on top of both will act as a carrier to bring the ingredients of any serum deeper into the skin.Vossity | $65

LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt Tube

This one-ingredient wonder is special for a few reasons. It’s made from 100% Nilotica nut butter, a rare hydrator harvested from 20-year old trees along the Nile River. It’s full of fatty acids, allantoin, and vitamin A to hydrate, brighten and protect skin. Use as an overnight mask after your serum to soothe and hydrate a parched complexion. It can also be used as a salve for sunburns or scars or as an oil cleanser. The brand also provides a living wage for all the women who harvest the Nilotica nut in the Nile River Valley.The Detox Market | $41

RMS “Un” Cover-Up Cream Foundation

Protecting your skin with a hydrating foundation is key in the colder months. RMS’s first ever foundation is a gorgeous, dewy skin must-have. Founder Rose-Marie Swift recommends not applying too much to the centre of the face, but instead, starting on the cheeks and blending out that way. This foundation is also buildable depending on how sheer you want it, or how much coverage you prefer.Shoppers Drug Mart | $68

Scentuals 100% Natural Lip & Cheek Tint

A hydrating lip and cheek tint is a great addition to our winter makeup kits. This one comes in four beautiful shades, and can be used anytime to hydrate lips, while adding a dewy look to cheeks. It contains coconut oil and shea and coconut butters, as well as vitamin E, all to add moisture into the skin.Scentuals | $10

Bastide Corps-A-Corps Body Cream

Bastide is a revamped line from popular hair guru Frédéric Fekkai and partner and wife, Shirin von Wulffen. Based in Aix en Provence, the team rebranded and cleaned up the Bastide brand, launching with this staple product that Fekkai says is his personal favourite. It contains Provence olive squalane, shea butter and sweet almond extract, with over 95% of the ingredients coming from natural sources.Bastide | $65

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Hand Cream

This French staple skincare brand has now ventured into taking care of your hands. Made with its proprietary Viniferine, a compound created out of the skin and juice of grapes found on the Caudalie vineyard. It also contains the hydrating properties of shea and avocado oil, moisturizing while helping to brighten the skin on hands and combat aging. Apply twice a day, morning and night. Over 90% of women that tested this product found their dark spots lightened with use. To have the dual action of brightening and hydrating during the winter is key!Caudalie | $26

Evolvh UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque

Static, limp locks and split ends are all caused from lack of moisture, which can be sapped out of our hair at this time of year. This mask contains tryptophan to help rebuild and strengthen hair, while sunflower oil moisturizes the scalp and the hair and helps to protect strands from sun damage. Apply a thin layer and comb through hair after shampooing, wrap in a shower cap, and leave on for 15 minutes. If you have coarse hair and need more of a boost, experiment with leaving it one for 30 to 45 minutes.The Detox Market | $64[video_embed id= '5726612879001']RELATED: Winter hair hacks every gal should know[/video_embed]