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How-To Guide: Transforming Your Skin Routine as the Seasons Get Colder

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Skincare should be treated like every other trend – we update our closets from season to season to keep up with today’s fads, but we should be doing the same with our skincare routine. As the seasons change and the temperature cools down, a lot of us begin to notice changes in our skin: some people get more dry, whereas others begin to break out. For this reason, it’s extremely important to alter your skincare routine to ensure that your skin stays glowing and clear for the fall and winter seasons! Keep reading to learn how to keep your skin healthy this fall!

Intensify Your Moisturizer:

As the cold approaches us it’s time to use a heavier cream to lock in our skin’s moisture. During the summer we tend to use moisturizers that feel lighter on the skin (and that hopefully have an SPF), but as the temperature drops your skin is going to need protection from the dry air. It’s still extremely important to protect your skin from UV rays during the chilly months, and luckily a lot of heavier moisturizers have a high SPF! If you’re still oil-prone, then using a gel based cream will work well for you!

Avene Skin Recovery Cream ($35)

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Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentrate ($28)

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream $16

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Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate:

It is extremely important to exfoliate during the colder seasons to keep your complexion clear and bright. The cold and dry air causes your skin to deplete its moisture at a much faster rate, meaning it’s extremely important to regularly remove the dead skin cells that trap in dirt/oil (that causes breakouts and uneven skin texture).

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant® ($50)


Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment  ($24)

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Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder ($65)


Switch Up Your Cleanser:

In order to avoid not getting too dry (which is extremely important for those of you with combination and dry skin), it’d be a good idea to invest in an oil or milk-based cleanser. If you’re prone to breakouts, your cleanser can include salicylic acid but should avoid harsher chemicals (like BHA & AHA – which should still be used, but never daily).

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser ($60)


Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18)


Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel ($9)


Glamglow Galacticleanse ($36)


Time to Repair Your Skin

We all allow our skin to soak in the sun over the summer and spring, but now it’s time to prepare what we’ve damaged. The colder seasons are the perfect time to focus on treating any brown spots or sun damage. This is because the sun is not as strong, and you won’t be tanning as much!

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution ($49.50)

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OLEHENRIKSENTruth Serum® ($48)

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CosRx Triple C Lightning Liquid ($27)


Say Goodbye to Alcohol-Based Toners:

Alcohol-based toners are extremely stripping of the skin. By switching to an all-natural toner, your skin will continue to stay at a healthy pH level and won’t dry out or be too oily!

Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner ($10.95)

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Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion ($15)


Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner ($28)

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Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence ($68)





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