Somewhere in between the frosty mornings that bleed into still-humid afternoons of the ever-shortening days, your skin has probably figured out that it’s fall, craving extra moisture and shine-control at the same time. While we’d love to load our online shopping carts with every skincare product under the sun, there’s a better way to update your skincare routine for a transitional season.
We’ve rounded up four ways to update your skincare routine for fall with some much-loved skincare products—all from our favourite beauty destination—to keep your complexion in check all season long.
Pick the right kind of moisture for your skin
It’s easy to categorize your skin as normal (who are these people?), oily, dry or combination, but few beauty products are one-size-fits-all. The key to having the best skin you can get is find the right kind of moisture for your skin. Sometimes that means reaching for something lightweight and oil-free, other times that means drenching your skin in oil or playing around with the right kind of ingredients (but always, ALWAYS applying an SPF before you leave the house). We love the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum ($125) for how much hydration is packed into every little capsule. The Clarins Rose Radiance Super Restorative Cream ($126) is super-lightweight and helps to brighten dull and dry skin that needs an extra glow boost.
Don’t skip the nighttime routine
No matter how diligent you are about hitting your daily water intake or keeping your day-planner up-to-date, sometimes the laziness from a crazy day sets in and your nighttime skincare routine falls by the wayside (though props if you at least have some Quo cleansing wipes ($10) stashed in your nightstand). Proper sleep hygiene has been proven to improve your overall quality of life, and that can start with putting in some time with your evening skincare routine—even if it’s a bare-bones one. Cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove all of the day’s makeup and grime with Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity Facial Wash ($22) or the Clarisonic Mia Smart ($229) for a more intense clean. Top your fresh face with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ($125) to let your skin repair itself while you catch some zees.
Treat yo-self (or your skin)
Once or twice a week, work a treatment into your nighttime skincare routine (since you are now committing to good sleep and skin hygiene). Not only will it help your skincare do its job better (because you have to repair your skin before you can maintain it), but it’ll also give you some time to treat yourself with a little skincare self-care (if that’s your thing, of course). Because a happy, relaxed mind means happy, relaxed skin. Our picks for weekly treatments? The GLAMGLOW YouthMud Glow Stimulating Treatment ($77) for its exfoliating and purifying masking powers and the Silk’n Titan ($299) for its ability to harness three different kinds of energies—infrared heat, LED light and radiofrequency—to repair and improve skin’s texture and tone.
Look for innovative ingredients
Itching for that new-new? We get it. Skincare companies are always pushing the bounds of research and sometimes the appeal of a new cool-sounding ingredient is enough to get you to revamp your regular skincare rotation—and even better if it actually works. This season’s impressive new ingredient? Amber algae. Biotherm’s newest addition to its Blue Therapy line is the Biotherm Blue Therapy Amber Algae Day Cream ($89). Amber algae, the main active ingredient alongside the brand’s cool-sounding Life Plankton formula, revitalizes skin and helps it regenerate from the inside out, erasing visible signs of aging while leaving skin hydrated and illuminated.
This article was sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart but the opinions are our own.