STORE: Lightweight gel lotions and oil-fighting cleanser
ADD: Moisture-rich creams and hydrating cleanser
Many gels don’t contain the rich ingredients that skin needs when the temperature starts to drop. Even if your skin type falls into the oily-to-combination category, the cold weather can strip away moisture, leaving it dry, flaky or even chapped. To combat this, switch to face creams that contain richer ingredients such as shea butter, or opt for products that lock in the skin’s moisture content such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin or urea. Some of my favourites are Eucerin 5% Urea face cream, and Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer.
STORE: Pale shades
ADD: Rich, jewelled shades
Those pretty pastels that looked so good in the summer may leave you washed out come fall. Natural daylight becomes grayer in the cooler months and subtle shades may come across as uninspiring on the skin. This is the time to choose richer shades like berry, plum and emerald to complement all the tweeds and browns you’ll be wearing. On eyes, go for LancÃ´me Colour Focus in Spontaneous (a deep berry), or M.A.C. Mineralize eye shadow in Tres Teal. Clinique’s Colour Surge Lipstick in Silvery Plum works for a variety of skin tones.
STORE: Water based texture-boosting or volumizing hairsprays
ADD: Hot oil treatments or hair masks
Nobody likes giving up carefully created volume or calculated waves, but with the cold air outside and central heating inside, it’s time to concentrate on replenishing dull, summer-ravaged hair. (UV rays, saltwater, excess drying and chlorine can do major damage!) Add much-needed moisture with The Body Shop Brazil Nut Moisture Mask, which penetrates deep into the hair shaft, or massage in Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Treatment Moisturizing Formula with Vitamin E into your hair before your regular shampoo.
STORE: Long-lasting lipstick
ADD: Moisturizing lipstick or lip balm
Lipsticks that claim to last up to 12 hours usually sacrifice moisture for staying power and can further dry out your already parched pucker. Although many come with their own moisturizing gloss, it’s best to save them until next summer. You’ll want super moisturizing and non-irritating ingredients close to your sensitive lips. Kiss My Face Ginger Mango Lip Balm contains canola oil and vitamin E, key moisture-infused ingredients. You can also look for other soothing ingredients such as lanolin, petrolatum, aloe vera, jojoba or macadamia nut oil or beeswax on labels.
STORE: Summer foundation
ADD: Winter foundation + bronzing liquid
Due to exposure to the sun (even while sporting sunscreen), our skin tends to be a shade darker in the summer. To successfully transition a foundation to the fall, it’s best to mix a moisturizing “winter” shade (usually this is a paler shade) of foundation with a liquid bronzer. My favourite is EstÃ©e Lauder Bronze Goddess Self Tan, which goes with a variety of skin tones. This will allow you to naturally evolve your foundation to match your skin’s original shade in the winter. Tip: Never combine bronzer and foundation in one bottle. Instead, use the palm of your hand to mix.
Sunscreen: Many dermatologists, facialists and makeup artists agree that sun exposure is a major cause of premature wrinkles and fine lines. And although it’s obvious in the summer, sunscreen is equally important during the winter months (the sun’s reflection off snow is especially damaging). Choose one like Neutrogena Daily Moisture with SPF 15, to wear underneath makeup and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
Exfoliant: Dry, flaky skin is a year-round dilemma. As new skin cells forms, it’s essential to slough off the dead skin cells to showcase a soft, healthy sheen. In the summer, an exfoliant is perfect for prepping legs and body for self-tanner, while in the winter it works for regular removal of unsightly dry skin. A seasonless product is Olay Body Wash and Scrub exfoliant, which contains natural loofah and exfoliating beads.