What do you love about FALL?
Is it the colours of the leaves? Sipping on pumpkin spice lattes? Curling up with a good book and a warm blanket? I love all these things, but I also I love being able to wear my favourite leather jacket, soft cords, colourful pashminas, and have richer colours in my makeup bag. I’ll leave the “richer” colours for another post; first thing is skincare!
Fall is a time of change. Along with the beautiful colours of the leaves and rotating our closets, there are essential changes we must make to our skincare, too. It’s time to replace our gel cleanser with a creamier cleanser; to invest in a heavier moisturizer and perhaps a serum; to carry a flower water in our bags to mist with throughout the day.
Cooler weather can do a number on our skin. It can make our skin feel dry and tight, and wash us out. For this reason, it’s ok to put on a bit more of everything – skincare (and makeup). I know a few of you are probably giddy at the thought of more products and some of you not so much. That’s ok. The changes don’t have to be big. Make some small changes that work for you and your skin – a tinted moisturizer, a serum or a tinted lip balm – and it’ll be easy to create a skincare routine that’s easy to execute. Here are some tips to get your skincare ready for the cooler months ahead.
1) A creamier cleanser
I used to love my gel cleanser because it gave me a squeaky-clean face. That was then, when I didn’t know that it stripped my face of more than just my makeup. If you’re 30 and up, you should switch to a richer hydrating cleanser (permanently) made with beneficial anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants to prevent the skin from damage by free radicals. Here are my recommendations:
Helena Lane’s Chamomile and Mandarin cleanser is an oil cleanser made with jojoba oil which has anti-inflammatory properties to keep skin cool and comfortable and anti-oxidant properties which naturally slow down the signs of aging. I’m on the second jar of this cleanser because I absolutely love it! Take 10% off on me at checkout by using the promo code mariavelve. If you’ve decided oil cleansing is not for you, although I hope you’ve given it a try first, Graydon’s Aloe Cleanser is the perfect creamy cleanser to switch to. It has a light milky texture which feels wonderful on the skin; pink grapefruit, blood orange and geranium give it a pleasant faint aroma. Its apricot kernel oil has anti-aging, anit-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties; aloe vera juice is the perfect hydrator. You’ll need a warm face cloth to remove these cleansers off your skin.
2) A richer moisturizer
Although a heavy face cream is the last thing we want to think of during the summer, the fall begs for a richer moisturizer as temperatures start to drop. Our skin goes through numerous temperature changes as we go from the cooler outdoors to heating indoors. A great choice for a day time moisturizer should be one with a sunscreen because the sun rays are still strong even in winter. Here are my recommendations:
Helena Lane’s Sun Cream is a blend of natural moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and avocado oil with the protection of non-nano zinc oxide. The protection it offers is comparable to SPF 30 which makes it a great choice for the face. For night, I would recommend Wildcraft’s Geranium Orange Blossom face cream. Calendula-infused sunflower oil, aloe vera juice and rosehip seed oil are just a few on list of hydrating anti-aging ingredients. The cream is whipped to a thick yet not heavy butter which is absorbed quickly; smells heavenly, too! I’ve been using it for just over a week and I couldn’t be happier.
3) A serum
Listen to you skin and give it a little more when it asks for it. This is where serums come in. There are two different kinds: oil-based serums and water-based serums and they work a bit differently. An oil serum adds nutrition (my favourite kind) and hydration. I love the dewy look it can give the skin. You can add it under your makeup and get that beautiful hydrated look. A water-based serum can also add hydration, but also a little something extra: it firms, lightens, tightens, etc. Sometimes these types of serums can be sticky; you might find that it requires to be followed by a moisturizer and cannot be worn on its own. Here are my recommendations:
Oil serum – Sweet Living Company’s Rosehip and Frankincense Elixir is the bomb. I know I’ve blogged about this oil before, but I just can’t help myself. It feels beautiful on. When I wake up in the morning, I can tell I had it on the night before. There’s just something about it I can’t explain. I look more refreshed. I love the smell and it does wonders on fading sun spots. There. I’m done raving about it yet again.
Water-based serum – The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid serum adds that extra hydration my skin craves. On the nights that I don’t feel like using my oil cleanser (because it would all be too much together), I add this serum before my moisturizer. One drop on my forehead and one on each cheek does the job. I gently massage it to the entire face and neck and then lightly tap it in with my fingertips into my skin. You can also press it in; a little goes a long way. It works great and it’s affordable. If you want to use a serum to see if it’s for you, The Ordinary has lots of different options to suit your skin’s needs and their prices won’t break the bank.
All opinions used in my articles are my own and that of my clients. I only recommend products I love on me and my clients. All products used and recommended here have been purchased by myself. I have not been provided with any compensation to write this review; however, if you choose to purchase through my links, I will be provided with a small percentage of the sale which I will be putting into more products (seriously, I’m addicted) and more reviews 🙂
Do I need a disclaimer for this one? Sure. I’m not a dermatologist. My recommendations are based on research and testing of products on myself and clients. My knowledge and passion for skincare and makeup comes from 17 years of experience working with products in makeup school, as a manager in a spa and in retail.
Message me if you have any questions about the article or about how you should be winterizing your skin.