Cold Weather Skincare Tips

Fall is such a magical time of year with its wonderful colours, comforting flavours and alluring scents. While fall is an exciting season, the change in weather can cause some challenges for your skin. Higher levels of humidity in the summer help keep moisture in the skin and maintain the skin barrier. When fall arrives, the cooler weather and drier air, both outside and indoor, makes it more difficult for skin to maintain moisture and disrupts the skin barrier. This can result in making skin more dull, dry and sensitive. For this reason its essential that your skincare routine changes with the season in order to give your skin what it needs. Here are some skincare tips to help you care for your skin during this period of drier air and cooler temperatures.


Although the weather may be cooler, don't skip out on using sunscreen - its just as important in the fall as it is in the summer. People tend to wear sunscreen less often during the cooler seasons but uv radiation is still present and the sun can still cause skin damage even on cold or cloudy days. So no matter how cloudy it may be, apply sunscreen daily and regularly to keep skin healthy and youthful. We love using Consonant Skincare The Perfect Sunscreen with SPF30 protection, botanicals that help hydrate your skin and lightly tinted to prevent any white cast.


It is important to give your body and skin the hydration it needs during fall and winter seasons. You can keep your body hydrated by always making sure you drink lots of water and are incorporating hydrating fruits and vegetables into your diet. Nourish your skin by using facial oils, serums and creams to hydrate your skin and coat it against cool and drier air. 


An effective fall/winter skin care routine includes changing your cleanser. During the summer months gel or foaming cleansers are great options for cleansing your skin. However, when the temperatures drops and the air becomes dry, these types of cleansers may be too harsh and may overly dry out the skin. Try instead to use a hydrating cleanser that will leave your skin barrier intact such as an oil cleanser or a milky cleanser like Graydon Skincare's Aloe Milk Cleanser. This creamy cleanser is soothing and formulated with aloe to help nourish the skin and keep it hydrated. 


During summer months, when the skin requires less hydration and has less moisture loss, a lighter moisturizer is sufficient. Once cold weather hits, you need to switch up your moisturizer.  A richer, thicker (but still non-comedogenic) moisturizer will repair and reinforce you skin's barrier and improve its ability to maintain moisture. Look for moisturizers that contain natural butters and rich natural oils like Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm.


During the fall and winter season as skin becomes dryer and less hydrated, add skincare products that contain Vitamin C. Using skincare products with vitamin C during the colder months helps to even out skin pigmentation while boosting collagen production resulting in brighter, glowing skin. A great serum to use is the Consonant Skincare Vitamin C + Licorice Serum which boosts elasticity, evens skin tone and decreases visible signs of aging. 


Your skin needs extra hydration during the colder seasons and this includes your hands, eyes and lips too. Make sure to use an eye cream, lip balm and body butter to keep skin hydrated. Osmia Lip Repair, formulated with manuka honey and myrrh extract, is an overnight mask and lip gloss all in one that works wonders for lips that are in need of some extra care. 


During the fall and winter months the air inside is very dry and as a result your skin also becomes dry, dull and rough. You can combat this by adding moisture back into the air with a humidifier. The more moisture that is in the air, the more moisture will be absorbed by your skin which will help keep it well-hydrated, plump and youthful. 

How do you change your skin routine for the colder months? What are your go-to  skin care practices for fall and winter?

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