Although autumn in Toronto is off to a slow start this year, the cooler weather is slowly starting to creep up. The cooler and drier weather means switching over to fall/winter skin and haircare. It can seem overwhelming with all of the different steps and types of products, but UC is here to break it down for you.
In terms of skin care, it all really depends on the type of skin you have. However, regardless of if its dry, oily or combination, its crucial to moisturize in these dry months! We have 5 tips that will ensure a smooth transition into your winter skincare:
- Never skip moisturizer!
Personally having oily skin myself, I thought it was always ok to just cleanse my face and skip out on the moisturizer. But this was causing parts of my face to become very dry and other parts of my face to produce more oil due to being dry. I typically use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel year round and during the fall/winter months I use the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask a couple times a week.
People with drier skin however should be using a thicker moisturizer. The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is great for all skin types but works especially well to repair very dry skin, and layers well under makeup too. Something like the Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment can also be used day and night after cleansing if the skin is very dry.
- Give those lips some love
After having tried countless lip balms and treatments, the Bite Beauty Agave Collection is among my favourites. It consists of a lip scrub, mask and balm. I have always struggled with very chapped lips in the winter months so this collection was a saviour for me last winter. Sephora has created a set of all three minis, so you can try the collection without committing to any full size products.
Just because you can’t feel the heat from the sun, it doesn’t mean that those harmful SPF rays aren’t still out there! Continue to use that summer sunscreen throughout the winter months, or switch to something more moisturizing like the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. You can also try makeup that has SPF protection like the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+.
- The right cleanser is important
Just like moisturizer, the best cleanser for you depends on your skin type. I use the Olehenriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser every morning and double cleanse at night with the Clinique Take The Day off Cleansing Balm and Cos RX Low PH Cleanser.
For drier skin, the Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser is a great option, and can be used along with the Clinique cleansing balm for a double cleanse at night.
- Hand care is important
Hand care is important to keep dry and cracked winter hands moisturized, but it’s also an important step in preventing the look of aged hands. I’ve always been an avid hand cream user year round, but in the colder months I have one in every handbag, my washroom, nightstand, and pretty much every other room in the house. As someone who suffers from very dry hands, I have tried almost every cream on the market. My holy grail hand cream is the Extreme Hydration Concentrate from The Chemistry Brand.
Try out these tips for transitioning your summer routine to your fall routine, and let us know what your tips and tricks are for these upcoming cold months!