We are huge advocates of customization + tailoring your beauty routine to suit  skin's needs as the seasons change. Educating clients on how to adapt their skincare regime effectively is at the forefront of what we do! Here are Holistic Aesthetician Cassandra Bradshaw's top 5 tips for taking care of your skin this season. 

1. Oil-based skincare
It's no secret that we're obsessed with oil. Using oil-based skincare products acts as a preventative measure against dehydration and dullness. All skin types and conditions can benefit from using this form of skincare, especially during Fall when common formulations (gels, foams) can be overly drying and irritating. Some people are afraid of using oil on their skin, as they believe it may lead to breakouts and congestion. The opposite is true, as oil actually prevents and clears acne. Oil products maintain hydration levels within the skin, keep our PH levels balanced and impart a natural, healthy glow. Use an oil cleanser every night to easily remove makeup and reduce excess oil. Especially if you are dealing with dry, dehydrated, cracked or flaking skin, oil will be your best friend!

Recommended product: Moisturizing Cleanser + Make Up Remover

2. Layering

Fall is all about layering - sweaters, scarves, and your skincare! During the hot humid months of summer, we tend to use less products on our face as added moisture is not always necessary. In the colder, drier months of fall I recommend using a face serum followed by a lotion or balm on top. The face serum will penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, and the lotion or balm will protect the top surface. This is a great way to protect your skin from becoming dehydrated, chapped and irritated by harsh winds. I bike a lot through the city, so I prefer a beeswax based balm as it really seals in the moisture!

Recommended product: Protecting & Restoring Face Balm

3. Exfoliation
Exfoliation is an integral part of a skincare regime any time of year, but most importantly during the months that we notice more flakiness on the top surface. Since our skin's can be more sensitive during the colder months, it's important to use a gentle but effective exfoliant. Province Apothecary's oat + green tea based exfoliator will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.  Try to exfoliate every 3 days and your skin will thank you with a youthful, natural glow and radiance. 

Recommended product: Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator.

4. Seasonal eating
With regards to our holistic approach to beauty, I always recommend following a seasonal and local diet whenever possible. Fall is the time of harvest - with so many nutritious local fruits and vegetables available to us at farmers markets throughout the city, it's an easy time of year to eat seasonal! Eating seasonal works well with our body's digestive system and boosts our immunity, thus providing a positive effect on our outer skin. A healthy digestive system will show on your skin by reducing inflammation and blemishes. Warming, grounding foods like squash and pumpkin are in abundance. Try this recipe for Healthy Pumpkin Pie Squares!

5. Movement practice
It's easy to feel more energized during the long, sunny summer days, but it's imperative to carry that energy through to Fall, and cultivating a regular movement practice is a key way to do so. Wether it be attending a yoga or pilates class at the gorgeous Muse Movement studio, getting outside on the waterfront trail for a morning bike ride, or jogging along Dundas West after work hours - whatever activity you choose is sure to bring more vibrancy and life to your skin. 

By: Cassandra Bradshaw