Your Guide to Transitioning Skin Care for Fall

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By Vicki Laninga

Welcome to the glorious and brief window of time in which it’s just cool enough to enjoy being outside. Enjoy this fleeting moment while it lasts until fall gives way to another bone-chilling Canadian winter.

When it comes time to braving the cold by breaking out the coats, it’s important to prepare your skin at the same time. Make sure you’re ready for colder weather by incorporating these tips into your routine.

Thicken up your moisturizer

I always enjoy colder weather at first. That is, until the wind begins to feel sharp-- I know you know what I’m talking about.

Come the chillier months, ingredients that are often a little too dense for me in the warm weather become a necessity to keep my skin from reacting to the cold and wind. I look for more dense ingredients like shea butter to add the extra moisture back into my skin that the harsh conditions can strip away.

My skin is sensitive and thicker ingredients can sometimes cause me to break out or make irritation worse, so I always take the time to look for formulas that offer the benefits without being overly dense. I’ve been using the Smith Farms Marshmallow face cream as a great solution to this. This formula is lightweight enough to keep my pores from getting too clogged, but is ultra nourishing and soothing. It also has ingredients like shea butter, plant-based collagen, and organic mallow root extract, which will leave your skin restored, hydrated, and even.

Smith Farms Marshmallow Face Cream ($32.99)

Thicken up your moisturizer

I always enjoy cooler weather at first. That is, until the wind begins to feel sharp-- I know you know what I’m talking about.

Come the chillier months, ingredients that are often a little too dense for me in the warm weather become a necessity to keep my skin from reacting to the cold and wind. I look for more dense ingredients like shea butter to add the extra moisture back into my skin that the harsh conditions can strip away.

My skin is sensitive and thicker ingredients can sometimes cause me to break out or make irritation worse, so I always take the time to look for formulas that offer the benefits without being overly dense. I’ve been using the Smith Farms Marshmallow face cream as a great solution to this. This formula is lightweight enough to keep my pores from getting too clogged, but is ultra nourishing and soothing. It also has ingredients like shea butter, plant-based collagen, and organic mallow root extract, which will leave your skin restored, hydrated, and even.

Smith Farms Marshmallow Face Cream ($32.99)

Don't forget your lip balm

There are few things more irritating than chapped lips, and having a solid lip balm on hand during the cool months is a must. With so many affordable options to pick from, there’s tons of room to try a ton of formulas to find the one that fits your needs and flavour preferences.

I’m usually wearing some type of lip colour over my balm, so I prefer to keep my lip balm neutral. I reach for the saaboon Nude Lip Balm, because it’s hydrating and effective without any added fragrance or flavour. The avocado and cocoa butter make this formula as nourishing as can be. Saaboon is locally owned and operated in Ottawa, so if you’re looking to make a positive impact on your carbon footprint by supporting local businesses, this is a company you should know.

saaboon Nude Lip Balm ($5.99)

Using a moisturizing serum

Serums are hyper-concentrated with a plethora of coveted essential oils and ingredients, and shouldn’t be skipped in your skincare routine. That’s especially true in the cold months when your skin is the most vulnerable. A little goes a long way with these powerhouses, so if you’re open to spending a little more money in one element of your routine, this is a great place to do it.

I’ve been using the Natreceutique Intensive Soothing Serum as a part of my evening routine, and it’s been so impressive. This serum is oil-free, so if you find that oil-based products clog your pores but still want the benefits that a serum provides, this is an awesome choice.  

Natreceutique Intensive Soothing Serum ($47.49)

Thicken up your moisturizer

I always enjoy coldr weather at first. That is, until the wind begins to feel sharp-- I know you know what I’m talking about.

Come the chillier months, ingredients that are often a little too dense for me in the warm weather become a necessity to keep my skin from reacting to the cold and wind. I look for more dense ingredients like shea butter to add the extra moisture back into my skin that the harsh conditions can strip away.

My skin is sensitive and thicker ingredients can sometimes cause me to break out or make irritation worse, so I always take the time to look for formulas that offer the benefits without being overly dense. I’ve been using the Smith Farms Marshmallow face cream as a great solution to this. This formula is lightweight enough to keep my pores from getting too clogged, but is ultra nourishing and soothing. It also has ingredients like shea butter, plant-based collagen, and organic mallow root extract, which will leave your skin restored, hydrated, and even.

Smith Farms Marshmallow Face Cream ($32.99)

Don't forget your lip balm

There are few things more irritating than chapped lips, and having a solid lip balm on hand during the cool months is a must. With so many affordable options to pick from, there’s tons of room to try a ton of formulas to find the one that fits your needs and flavour preferences.

I’m usually wearing some type of lip colour over my balm, so I prefer to keep my lip balm neutral. I reach for the saaboon Nude Lip Balm, because it’s hydrating and effective without any added fragrance or flavour. The avocado and cocoa butter make this formula as nourishing as can be. Saaboon is locally owned and operated in Ottawa, so if you’re looking to make a positive impact on your carbon footprint by supporting local businesses, this is a company you should know.

saaboon Nude Lip Balm ($5.99)

Healthy hair tip

Protecting yourself against tough weather doesn’t end with your skin! Your hair is just as volatile to nasty conditions, and it’ll show in excess breakage and dullness. To combat this, I wash my hair a little less often than I do in the summer to retain some of the natural oils to prevent it from drying it out with excessive washing.

When I do wash my hair, I incorporate a hair mask at least once a week to add a little extra protection. I use the Andalou Marula Hair Mask once a week, and let it sit for ten minutes or so. I like this formula because it adds body without weighing down my fine hair or making it feel greasy.

Andalou Marula Hair Mask ($4.88)

Don't forget your lip balm

There are few things more irritating than chapped lips, and having a solid lip balm on hand during the cool months is a must. With so many affordable options to pick from, there’s tons of room to try a ton of formulas to find the one that fits your needs and flavour preferences.

I’m usually wearing some type of lip colour over my balm, so I prefer to keep my lip balm neutral. I reach for the saaboon Nude Lip Balm, because it’s hydrating and effective without any added fragrance or flavour. The avocado and cocoa butter make this formula as nourishing as can be. Saaboon is locally owned and operated in Ottawa, so if you’re looking to make a positive impact on your carbon footprint by supporting local businesses, this is a company you should know.

saaboon Nude Lip Balm ($5.99)

Using a moisturizing serum

Serums are hyper-concentrated with a plethora of coveted essential oils and ingredients, and shouldn’t be skipped in your skincare routine. That’s especially true in the cold months when your skin is the most vulnerable. A little goes a long way with these powerhouses, so if you’re open to spending a little more money in one element of your routine, this is a great place to do it.

I’ve been using the Natreceutique Intensive Soothing Serum as a part of my evening routine, and it’s been so impressive. This serum is oil-free, so if you find that oil-based products clog your pores but still want the benefits that a serum provides, this is an awesome choice.  

Natreceutique Intensive Soothing Serum ($47.49)

Using a moisturizing serum

Serums are hyper-concentrated with a plethora of coveted essential oils and ingredients, and shouldn’t be skipped in your skincare routine. That’s especially true in the cold months when your skin is the most vulnerable. A little goes a long way with these powerhouses, so if you’re open to spending a little more money in one element of your routine, this is a great place to do it.

I’ve been using the Natreceutique Intensive Soothing Serum as a part of my evening routine, and it’s been so impressive. This serum is oil-free, so if you find that oil-based products clog your pores but still want the benefits that a serum provides, this is an awesome choice.  

Natreceutique Intensive Soothing Serum ($47.49)

Healthy hair tip

Protecting yourself against tough weather doesn’t end with your skin! Your hair is just as volatile to nasty conditions, and it’ll show in excess breakage and dullness. To combat this, I wash my hair a little less often than I do in the summer to retain some of the natural oils to prevent it from drying it out with excessive washing.

When I do wash my hair, I incorporate a hair mask at least once a week to add a little extra protection. I use the Andalou Marula Hair Mask once a week, and let it sit for ten minutes or so. I like this formula because it adds body without weighing down my fine hair or making it feel greasy.

Andalou Marula Hair Mask ($4.88)

Hands need love too!

Don’t forget to give your hands some love, too! A great hand cream is key to protecting your skin against cracking and redness. Look for a cream that’s fast-absorbing and offers a boost in redness-reducing ingredients, not just one that feels nice. This year, I have the Simply Honey Hand Cream in my purse. Aside from absorbing quickly (so I can continue opening doors and twisting off lids undisrupted), it’s also packed with beeswax which is incredibly nourishing for irritated skin.

Simply Honey Hand Cream ($19.99)

Healthy hair tip

Protecting yourself against tough weather doesn’t end with your skin! Your hair is just as volatile to nasty conditions, and it’ll show in excess breakage and dullness. To combat this, I wash my hair a little less often than I do in the summer to retain some of the natural oils to prevent it from drying it out with excessive washing.

When I do wash my hair, I incorporate a hair mask at least once a week to add a little extra protection. I use the Andalou Marula Hair Mask once a week, and let it sit for ten minutes or so. I like this formula because it adds body without weighing down my fine hair or making it feel greasy.

Andalou Marula Hair Mask ($4.88)

Hands need love too!

Don’t forget to give your hands some love, too! A great hand cream is key to protecting your skin against cracking and redness. Look for a cream that’s fast-absorbing and offers a boost in redness-reducing ingredients, not just one that feels nice. This year, I have the Simply Honey Hand Cream in my purse. Aside from absorbing quickly (so I can continue opening doors and twisting off lids undisrupted), it’s also packed with beeswax which is incredibly nourishing for irritated skin.

Simply Honey Hand Cream ($19.99)

I’m never really ready for winter, but with the right skincare options in my rotation, my skin won’t give that away.

Hands need love too!

Don’t forget to give your hands some love, too! A great hand cream is key to protecting your skin against cracking and redness. Look for a cream that’s fast-absorbing and offers a boost in redness-reducing ingredients, not just one that feels nice. This year, I have the Simply Honey Hand Cream in my purse. Aside from absorbing quickly (so I can continue opening doors and twisting off lids undisrupted), it’s also packed with beeswax which is incredibly nourishing for irritated skin.

Simply Honey Hand Cream ($19.99)

About the Author

Vicki Laninga

Vicki is a Content Strategist, Blogger, and Communications pro based in Ottawa, Ontario. She's passionate about helping beauty fanatics find sustainable, vegan alternatives to the products they love without compromising the quality they need.

When she isn't writing (which isn't often!), Vicki loves weightlifting, running, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Monty.

Follow Vicki on Instagram: @vickilaninga

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