As the weather changes, so should our skin routine. Although it can be tricky switching products for a new season, one thing remains the same: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The best way to ensure your skin gets the hydration it needs is by choosing products that are not too oily, absorb into the skin quickly with a luxurious silky feel.
1/ A dozen ingredients mostly different types of oils — cotton, rosehip, flax, sunflower, palm — impart a sweet, fruity, bubblegum scent, and golden colour without artificial perfume. A nice rounded tip eyedropper enables you to control just a few drops, and holds in the oil unlike those with a pointed tip which tend to drip.
REN Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil, 30 ml, $90.00; renskincare.com
2/ With a handful of ingredients, this is a lovely way to get all the benefits of calendula in a more conventional and familiar cream lotion formula. It is especially good for skin irritability from prolonged mask wearing and cold-climate dryness.
Weleda Calendula Intensive Skin Recovery, 26.6ml, $19.00; weleda.com
3/ A beautiful black and gold bottle is not the only transporting element of this serum. Ingredients underscore global geographic touchstones: the beaches of the tropics (hibiscus), the mountains of the Himalayas (goji) and deep primeval forests (reishi). The Reishi mushroom extract while incredibly nourishing does lend a faint earthiness to the base note of the scent.
Antipodes Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum, 30ml, $66.00; antipodesnature.com
4/ This oil invites a relaxing routine — a warm bath, soothing massage and pleasant dreams — in no small part thanks to the herbal lavender scent. Rooted in long recognized healing oils such as clary sage, roman chamomile and myrtle, this is a treat.
Saje Natural Wellness Stress Release Tension Reducing Body Oil, 100ml, $22.00; saje.com
5/ Keeps skin dewy with only a few drops applied to skin. A unique slew of ingredients marry surf (blue-green and red algae) and turf with ingredients like Indian gooseberry, Barbados cherry, camu camu and baobab.
Eminence Organic Skin Care Marine Flower Peptide Serum, 30ml, $110.00; eminenceorganics.com
This original beauty article first appeared in the Winter 2020/2021 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.