Can you believe that fall is here? Hopefully, you have actually noticed! Here in Ontario, we have experienced such a colourful Fall! We have been feeling cozy sweaters, warm tea, scarves and blankets, and most of all our fall skincare routines. The air is changing and temperatures are dropping, so our skin needs some extra love this time of year. Keep reading to find out what we recommend to transition from summer to fall skincare.
1. Protect and Correct
This change of season is a great time to evaluate the current state of your skin, and address those concerns before diving into a brand new routine. Did summer leave a mark on your skin - literally? Are there any hyperpigmentation spots you need to address? Did you spend a lot of time in the sun? Is your skin tone looking dull, uneven, or are you noticing more fine lines than usual?
If you answered yes to any of those questions.. You might want to add some Vitamin C to your routine. Vitamin C is known to repair sun damage, treat fine lines, and protect the skin from further damage from free radicals. Try these Vitamin C serums, or get your Vitamin C from your moisturizer with the Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Moisturizer. Another option is a toner enhanced with Vitamin C, like the Neroli Clarifying Complexion Mist. It’s great for acne or breakout prone skin too!
On that same note, just because the temperature has dropped, does not mean it’s safe to stop using your SPF! You should keep up your safe sun practices well into the winter; the sun continues to penetrate and damage our skin year round. For an easy addition to any skincare/makeup routine try the Salt & Stone SPF Face Stick. Keep it in your bag to easily reapply throughout the day.
2. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
After months of sweat, excess oil, SPF, and lots of time outside, it's time to get rid of that built up sebum and dead skin. If you’ve been regularly exfoliating, you’re in good shape. If you haven’t then it’s time to get at it. Start fall with a fresh face, and reveal a glowing and smooth complexion. Depending on the product we recommend exfoliating 1-3 times a week. Try John Masters Organics Exfoliating Face Cleanser with Jojoba & Ginseng if you like the feeling of a scrub and you’re happy to do it a few times a week. Go for Indie Lee’s Radiance Renewal Pads for a strong enzyme exfoliant that only needs to be used once weekly. Another great way to exfoliate is by using a konjac sponge! Use it on it’s own, or with your daily cleanser to boost exfoliation.
Don’t forget about your body! Using a body scrub has so many benefits. First of all, it will clear uneven texture and leave you feeling smooth. It will also help with Lymphatic Drainage, which keeps your body functioning better and leaves you glowing. Click here to read a blog post all about that.
3. Step up Your Moisture Game
And don't forget that the air is getting drier, so your skin will be craving more moisture. If you’ve been using something lighter-weight all summer, you can simply apply a bit more than usual to tide you over for fall, and bring in a heavier cream when winter hits. Or you can step it up a notch by opting for a richer moisturizer as soon as your skin starts to feel pinched like Graydon Skincare Berry Rich Cream.
The skin on the rest of your body should also be cared for. Click here to shop body lotions and butters.
4. Mask Away
Remember when we said fall is a good time to evaluate your skin? What did you notice? Are you more oily, dry, experiencing breakouts or redness? Whatever the concern, there’s a mask for that. Here are some of our favs to help you start fresh in fall:
For breakouts and oily skin:
For dry skin:
For dull or uneven skin:
For sensitive or irritated skin:
5. Don’t forget lips and eyes
These delicate areas are the first to feel the effects of cooler temperatures. Remember to apply your eye cream consistently, and gently use the ring finger to tap it in. Try Sahajan’s eye cream for a radiance boost specifically formulated for the gentle eye area.
Lips! Some of you might experience dry lips year round; but as it gets colder, the dryness gets worse. Nourish and heal your lips with Indie Lee’s Lip Treat, or reach for Smith Farms Shea Butter Lip Balm to keep your lips smooth and hydrated.
Follow these steps to transition your skincare like a pro! As always, comment down below with any questions or your own tips you may want to share!