Winter can be a challenging season for your skin. Calgary is notoriously dry in the winter, so how can you keep your face and body feeling nourished and well cared for? We reached out to our friends at Neal’s Yard Remedies to get their hot take on cold weather skincare!

Tell us a little bit about Neal’s Yard Remedies and what you offer!

Founded in 1981 in London UK, Neal’s Yard Remedies is the first and best provider of organically, ethically sourced ingredients and products. We were founded by a homeopath who understood the problems associated with synthetic ingredients. Even our logo describes the company vision: the bush has strong roots and healthy branches, just the way we want to help the world and our customers.

Winter means dry air and dry skin. What products do you have that can defend against the harsh Calgary winters?

It can be terrifically harsh here! Calgary’s low humidity means moisture is pulled from your skin, leaving you itchy and flaky! Neal’s Yard Remedies offers several lines of moisturizers with differing intensities. We also have gentle cleansers and great advice to help you pick the formulation that is exactly right for you.

If someone wants to start a new skincare routine, what recommendations do you have? Should they switch out everything at once or one product at a time? 

One at a time is a great way to do it! Start with your moisturizer as everything builds from there.

How important is sun protection in winter?

It is so important! Sun reflects on snow, which can be every bit as damaging as the sun reflecting on water during the summer! Don’t forget to smooth on a good SPF after your moisturizer every morning.

What tips on essential oils do you have to share? 

I love essential oils and use them all over my house! I use them for cleaning, in the bath, and I create my own mixes and lotions! The sky’s the limit! For cleaning during the winter, when cold and flu germs are hanging around, I love to use tea tree oil. Pop into the store and we can walk you through how to do it yourself!

Any new NYR products that you’re excited to share?

Yes! Our new line launched in London a few days ago, and we will have it first week of November. It’s called the Sensitive Range.

Our new Sensitive range is designed to allow skin to breathe – the collection is dermatologically tested and approved, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and certified organic. A common symptom of sensitive skin is dryness, yet many products aimed at dry or atopic skin are formulated to reduce water loss by acting as a barrier which locks in moisture. However, treatment for dry skin is not always appropriate for sensitive skin as it can feel like it traps heat, which can cause itching and irritation. Our collection has been formulated to encourage a healthier skin barrier while allowing skin to ‘breathe’.

Comfort & Hydrate Micellar Cleanser: As light as water, our no-rinse cleanser provides skin with a surge of hydration while sweeping away everyday impurities, make-up and waterproof mascara. With hyaluronic acid to give a silky soft consistency for a comforting cleanse, skin will feel refreshed, soothed, and hydrated for up to 12 hours.

Restore & Smooth Serum: Pure, lightweight and oil-free, our soothing serum quickly absorbs to hydrate and rebalance sensitive skin. With a restoring blend of sodium hyaluronate, helichrysum and sea water extracts, the appearance of redness is reduced over time, and fine lines and wrinkles visibly plumped for a firmer, smoother complexion.

Replenish & Balance Moisturiser: provides 12 hours of moisture with sodium hyaluronate to plump and oat extract to firm the skin for smoother, supple skin.

Do you have any specials or promotions happening in November and December?

We have an offer for the new Sensitive Range when it launches in November! Just purchase the 3 items and you will receive 20% off the entire bundle.

Neal’s Yard Remedies has plenty of incredible products certain to please everyone you have to buy gifts for this holiday season! Visit their store on Fourth Street at #130, 2207 4 St SW.