Inside Scoop: Here are the must have products to hydrate skin naturally with the change of seasons.
You may not know this (as we initially didn’t), but when the seasons change, your skincare game should change as well.
In the summer our skin is exposed to UV rays, sand, chlorine, and warm air. This is completely different from the fall, when the air cools down and the humidity begins to fade. Just as our skin reacts to these weather changes and just as you would need a warmer jacket in the fall, you also need to protect your skin differently.
Why transitioning your skincare is important?
- Products used during the summer are typically lighter and may not offer the kind of hydration required for fall and winter. If you tend to use the same product throughout the year, you may find that your skin is overly oily in the summer or overly dry in the winter.
- Some skincare routines may be diminished during the summer, such as the use of retinol creams, peels and exfoliators due to the fact that they may cause sensitivity and increase the risk of scars with the sun.
- Our skin needs change, and different products are best used throughout the year to work with your skin and with your outside environment.
Making small changes to your skincare regimen according to your skin type and the seasons ensures that your skin stays glowing and hydrated throughout the year, minimizing breakouts and sensitivities. Here are some of our favourite products for hydrating our skin naturally with the change of seasons.
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HOW TO HYDRATE SKIN NATURALLY WHEN THE SEASONS SHIFT
The sun exposure combined with a drop in humidity leaves our lips feeling the dryness first. The Hurraw! Night Treatment Balm is the perfect lip treatment that’s made with organic, vegan and raw ingredients. It’s also nutrient dense with oils such as avocado, argan, meadowfoam and rosehip. They help to rejuvenate, restore and moisturize lips while you’re sleeping.
The first step to hydrating your skin naturally is cleansing. At the end of the day, it’s important to remove all the makeup, dirt and debris that has collected on the skin’s surface.
We use a gentle cleanser like Derma E’s Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water, because it has Vitamin C to support the production of collagen, as well as probiotics and rooibos to rebalance and replenish the skin’s surface. It’s important to leave our skin feeling brighter and refreshed after an entire summer in the sun. We also love that this cleanser does not require rinsing and also helps hydrate the skin naturally.
The Derma E Firming DMAE Toner uses chamomile and lemon grass, contains
DMAE, which is known to help tighten and firm the skin, and alpha lipoic acid*, a very potent antioxidant that helps fight fine lines and skin roughness caused by sun damage.
Unlike most commercial products that use harsh chemicals and alcohol, this toner contains natural astringents including witch hazel, horsetail and horse chestnut to deep clean and minimize pores as well as prevent breakouts.
*Alpha Lipoic Acid may cause sensitivity on some skin types so test a small area before using.
The South Korean beauty brand Petitfée has become world famous thanks to these amazing Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches. Petitfée means “tiny fairy” in French and you will probably feel like you’ve been visited by one after using them.
We use these eye patches as a mask to instantly moisturize and revive our tired and puffy eyes. They can also be used in other dry and tired areas including laugh lines around the lips and forehead.
These patches work wonders, but if you have sensitivities to ingredients you may want to avoid them as they contain fragrance.
Ontario, Canada is notorious for its dry, cold weather.
We look for products that contain hyaluronic acid because it’s a substance naturally produced by our body that helps to retain water and moisture in our skin and tissues. It’s also one of the most widely used serums for dry and aging skin and for good reasons. When used in skincare like this Azelique Serumdipity Facial Serum, it helps to plump and hydrate the skin naturally from the inside out as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Azelique Serumdipity is an iHerb based natural skincare brand that’s cruelty free and free of gluten, GMOs, parabens and phthalates. It’s also pH balanced and uses eco-friendly packaging.
Everyone loves a good summer glow, but that sun exposure can be harsh on our skin, causing damage, dryness and dullness. This is where exfoliating becomes so important.
The Mad Hippie 2 Minute Polishing Mask contains simple ingredients such as Adzuki beans (buff away dull skin), rice bran (gentle exfoliant), oat flower (antioxidants and hydration), matcha green tea (antioxidant) and detoxifying green and white clays. It’s gentle enough on sensitive skin and yet powerful to scrub away dead skin cells and impurities. This leaves you with a soft, naturally hydrated and radiant complexion.
Best results are achieved when it’s used 1-2 times per week.
It’s just as important to exfoliate our body as it is our face. Gently exfoliating removes all the dead skin cells especially after the summer tan. Exfoliating also promotes collagen production and allows your body lotion to be absorbed properly.
The Madre Labs Exfoliating Bar Soap is great to use for naturally exfoliating while showering. It’s gentle on sensitive skin and the addition of marula and tamanu oils plus shea butter helps to hydrate skin naturally, leaving it soft, smooth and invigorated.
The last and extremely important step with the change of seasons is hydrating your body. While we may generally skip this step or use much milder products in the summer, the cold weather brings an extreme dryness to all body areas, so this becomes more of a daily routine.
Mild By Nature Orange Bergamot Body Butter is made with the classic moisturizer, shea butter along with moringa oil, coconut oil, jojoba, cocoa butter, mango seed butter and other delicious and hydrating ingredients. The brand is cruelty free, eco-friendly and contains no GMOs, parabens or phthalates.
The shift in seasons should come naturally with a shift in skincare. Remember to always look for products that are filled with natural oils or exfoliating ingredients, as these tend to hydrate your skin naturally. You can search iHerb’s Beauty and Personal Care sections to find what works best for your skin type and climate.
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