Written by Janu Yasotharan
We should all be updating our skin care routine to the season in the same way we change our wardrobe by seasonal needs. As we head into the colder months, here’s a bit on why and how you need to transition your skin care.
As the weather fluctuates with the change in seasons, so do the humidity levels in the air. Winters, especially Canadian ones, come hand in hand with significantly lower humidity levels. Professional skin therapist Nyssa Grays tells us that our skin’s moisture levels can plummet with the humidity levels leaving us with dry and dull skin. As a result, in the colder months, you’ll want to focus on hydration. Now is the perfect time to pack away lightweight formulas of the summer for emollient rich and lipid friendly products to help lock in hydration.
So, what are emollients and lipids anyway? Often confused as moisturizers, emollients are one of the many ingredients in a moisturizer. While the other ingredients in your moisturizer work to hydrate your skin with water content, emollients work to smooth and soften your skin on a cellular level. For context, when you have dry and dehydrated skin, spaces develop between the cells of your skin causing it to feel rough or flake. Emollients fill those spaces with fatty acids called lipids, which will leave your skin smooth and supple.
Grays recommends our Intensive Moisture trio of products as a great place to start to meet these needs. Comprising of our Intensive Moisture Cleanser, our Phyto Replenish Oil, and our Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer, this trio is perfect for dry skin, helping preserve barrier lipids, and adding in even more lipids to lock in moisture for a healthy-looking glow.
To level up with a hydrating exfoliant, Grays recommends our Hydro Masque Exfoliant. This hydrating and exfoliating five-minute masque smoothes and renews for luminous, healthy-looking skin. The exfoliating ingredient in this product is bamboo, a natural, environmentally friendly physical exfoliant that primes skin for optimal hydration. Snow Mushroom (which holds 450 times its weight in water) infuses skin with hydration, protective antioxidants and Vitamin D. Jojoba Ester and Amino Acids, derived from Sugar Beets, hydrate and help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, while Cucumber Extract soothes and refreshes skin.
Just as we place importance on transitioning our facial skin care, it is equally important not to neglect the skin on our bodies. Grays mentions that the incorporation of our Thermafoliant Body Scrub into your body care routine would be an excellent choice. Combining it with our Conditioning Body Wash and Body Hydrating Cream routine would make room for heavenly results. This dual-action body exfoliant will energize and brighten dull skin by promoting the skin’s natural cell renewal process and a blend of replenishing bio-lipids will protect and strengthen the skin’s barrier. For an ultra-luxe experience, Grays recommends locking all that moisture in with our Phyto Replenish Body Oil.
For a skin care routine catered to your specific needs, Grays recommends booking some time with a professional skin therapist for a free virtual consultation to get you started. Find out more about that process here.