The hot and hazy summer days are on their way out, with the frigid and dry months on their way in. Make the most of the season with a skincare routine that’s guaranteed to protect and nourish your skin – guaranteeing you a year-round glow, even in below-freezing temperatures!
Swap out your summer cleanser
Swap that, try this: nix foam cleansers and avoid products that contain a high acid content — salicylic acid and glycol acid are red-flag ingredients for cold-weather products, because while effective for other uses, they tend to be too harsh on the skin in colder months. Look for moisture-rich cream cleansers that will be gentle and ultra-hydrating on your skin.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple 240 mL, $32.
Resist excessive hot showers
Swap that, try this: give your skin a break and limit your hot-shower time, using gentle moisture-rich cleansing products.
Fresh Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel, US$20.
Remember to pat-dry with your towel afterward – harsh rubbing with the towel can really irritate your skin.
Get into a good post-shower routine
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil, $144.
Remember to look for oils that won’t clog your pores — steer clear of mineral oil, primrose oil, avocado oil and almond oil.
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Layer, layer, layer — and don’t forget the SPF!
Swap this, try that: or in this case: don’t swap! Keep that summertime SPF in mind with a moisture-rich daytime cream that contains an appropriate SPF. Remember: SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and a change in season doesn’t make the sun’s rays any less harmful in the winter months.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF30, US$128.
Keep an eye out for keywords
Swap this, try that: in place of that gel serum, look for one packed with essential oils to be used once or twice daily, after your toner and before your moisturizer.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum, US$52.
Gentle makeup removal is key
Swap this, try that: what you may not realize is that many of these handy drugstore wipes are alcohol-based, which translates to parched and acne-prone skin with overuse. Forgo the wipes and try a natural oil-based remover instead, for a gentle and nourishing effect.
One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover, US$42.
Go easy on the anti-acne products
Swap this, try that: we’ve already mentioned the damage that glycolic acids can have on already-dry skin, and it’s important to understand that once those nasty side-effects roll in and your skin begins to flake and peel, you’re going to find yourself working overtime to help it to recover. Swap the summer-friendly anti-acne tools for effective gentler alternatives like tea tree oil.
Art Naturals Tea Tree Oil, US$18.
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Swap this, try that: remove those dead cells and make room for healthy new ones with an exfoliator treatment that has sensitive skin in mind. And never forget to give your skin a boost after treatments by applying a moisturizer to counter any damage from stripping those dead skin cells.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Face Peel, $25.
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Invest in a humidifier
Swap this, try that: a cool misting humidifier located near your bed as you sleep will work to counter the loss of moisture from the dry indoor environment during nighttime hours, when your skin becomes the most dehydrated. For daytime hours, consider a facial mist to keep on hand while you’re on-the-go.
Province Apothecary Invigorating Toner, $18.
Swap this, try that: opt for gentle and hydrating masks over those that may leave your skin feeling too stiff and parched.
The Body Shop Mediterranean Almond Milk With Oats Instant Soothing Mask, $28.
Invest in cooling products
Glossier Moisturizing Soothing Moon Mask, $27.
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Protect that pout
Swap that, try this: it’s not enough to just apply a balm and go during the colder months. When gently exfoliating your face twice a week, use a soothing sugar scrub or similar for your lips to remove dead skin and avoid flaking or peeling. Before applying lipstick, use a primer or balm on lips to add a nourishing protective layer, and never go to bed without a quick swipe of balm or petroleum jelly.
Burt' Bees Lip Balm, $5.
Keep that glow year-round
Swap that, try this: whether we’re talking fall and winter or spring and summer, overexposure to the sun for the purposes of baking your skin to that coveted golden hue is a major no-no. It’s just not worth the short and long-term damage. With that being said, there’s no end to the self-tanner options on the market, with something for everyone, in every shade and with every possible option of application. From foam to moisturizer, spray and even water — yes, water! — there’s a self-tanner out there with your name on it.
St.Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, $54.
Swap this, try that: we love the idea of keeping a water bottle on hand for easy-access to H20, but when you sip from the bottle, the leftover water on your lips will soak up the natural oils there. This translates to flaky, chapped lips. Keep straws on hand or find a water bottle with a built-in straw to avoid quenching your thirst — but parching your pout!
S'well Pink Topaz Water Bottle, $45.
Talk to an expert
Swap that, try this: we suggest finding a local dermatologist you like and getting into the habit of checking in them each season. Even if your skin doesn’t qualify as “problematic” or overly-sensitive, an expert will be able to take a deeper look and let you know if you’re on the right track — or make suggestions where you could be doing better.