As the weather turns cooler, skin (especially in dry climates) calls out for something a little thicker and more luxuriously nourishing than oil. Plus, a few classic products to keep in your medicine cabinet.
1/ IT’S MAGIC, YOU KNOW
There’s got to be magic in here for sure! It feels like a sports medicine because of the menthol but works with the all natural power of arnica for achy muscles. Wonderful for after-exercise massage.
DR BRONNER’S Arnica-Menthol Organic Magic Balm – 2 oz., $17.79; drbronner.com
2/ BEE-LIEVE IT!
A conventional formulation with a distinct rose scent, it benefits from several bee-related ingredients: honey, venom and beeswax.
WEDDERSPOON Manuka Honey Night Cream with Bee Venom, $59.99; wedderspoon.ca
3/ FLOWER POWER
Though it lacks the heady fragrance of an essential oil, this balm more than makes up for it with powerhouse healing botanicals including comfrey (new cell growth), calendula (soothing), and evening primrose (reduces irritation).
PROVINCE APOTHECARY Hydrating Rescue Balm, $26; provinceapothecary.com
4/ THREE’S COMPANY
Super healing, non-greasy and with only three ingredients, this is great to have around the kitchen, garden or in your purse for small cuts, bruises, rashes or dry skin.
RIVER CITY HERBALS Calendula Ointment, 4oz., $30.99; rivercityherbals.com
5/ SIMPLY IRRISISTIBLE
Silky smooth, and bright as sunshine (the colour hints at beta carotene oil and calendula), it glides on your face with a beautiful, fresh orange and lavender scent. Perfect for every day use.
HUNA Nourish Skin Nutrition Balm, $90; hunaskin.com
A thick, sticky moisturizer with a faint citrus scent made since 1926.
Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream, 75 ml, $23.10; available at well.ca, The Detox Market and natural health & wellness retailers across the country.
Everything from the scent to the instant relief, to the iconic blue bottle spells comfort and warmth.
Vicks Vaporub Ointment, 190 mL, $13.48; vicks.ca
Must-have beauty essential for removing makeup, moisturizing, intensive hair conditioner or creating a dewy look.
Vaseline Original Healing Petroleum Jelly, 100 g, $2.59; vaseline.ca
Introduced nearly a decade ago, it is brilliant for quickly soothing dry skin (tip: use even if you don’t have eczema).
Polysporin Eczema Essentials Flare-Up Relief Cream, 165 ml, $17.99; polysporin.ca
This original beauty article first appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.