I absolutely love my city of Calgary, Alberta. It has undergone an amazing cultural boom in the past several years, but the one thing that that drives me insane is how DRY Calgary is. I’ve have eczema and allergies all my life. Living in such a dry climate compounds my symptoms. Matty has psoriasis and he is constantly complaining about how his skin flare ups are so much worst out west compared to when he was living in Nova Scotia. Luckily, I’ve found a couple products that has really made a difference in living in a low humidity city.
1. Skincare | Our skin is our first barrier of protection. We need healthy skin to protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and infection. I keep my skincare routine as simple as possible. I use only 4 products, but the most impactful product is my facial serum.
- Original Human Co. Facial Serum // I am so grateful to have found this locally made facial serum company on Instagram. They are made by a mother-daughter duo who conscientiously source clean and ethical ingredients from South Africa. I have combination skin, so their Kalahari Melon facial serum is perfect for me. I’ve been using their serum for 4 months on my face and neck and it has been life changing. I used to have to moisturize my face about 5 -6 times a day, which made make up re-application such a drag. Now, it’s just twice a day, once in the morning and then before bedtime. I have the 30mL bottle ($75 CDN) and I’ve used less than a quarter, which is impressive because I use it daily (2-3 drops each morning). It’s incredibly easy to use and it doesn’t feel greasy. Step 1: Wash your face with a facial cleanser (I’ve been using the tea oil tree facial cleanser from The Body Shop since my teenage years. I love it because it helps to clean tone my skin without stripping my face dry. My face feels sooo smooth after each wash). Step 2: Leave your face a bit wet. Dispense 1-3 drops (I recommend starting with one drop first to figure out how much oil you need) of facial serum into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together then massage onto you face and neck. Step 3: Seal the oil in with your moisturizer of choice. Matty and I use only Aveeno on our faces. It is lightweight and does not make my face breakout.
For the rest of my body, I use Aveeno and Herbivore Jasmine Body Oil.
I am OBSESSED with the delightful and calming scent of the body oil. It’s one of my favourite scents ever. Sometimes I take the cap off the bottle just for a little sniff of the jasmine. This oil is definitely heavier than the Original Human Co. facial oil so I wouldn’t recommend it for facial use.
2. Increase Humidity. Buying a humidifier has been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It has reduced itchiness, respiratory irritation, and static in our loft. I purchased a humidifier from Amazon and definitely recommend it. The link to the humidifier I purchased is here.
I purchased one that is essential oil compatible because we both are obsessed with scents (Liquid Sunshine from Sage is my favourite). I also picked out this specific humidifier for its aesthetic and because it has a large 2 L reservoir. I’ve used it daily for over a month and have no complaints. Our plants, especially my fern has been thriving with the increased humidity. Tip: I rotate the humidifier around the loft every couple of days so all our plants can benefit from the humidity.
Do you have any other hacks for living in a dry climate? I would love to know what works for you!!