Autumn in Ottawa is a time of transition: the changing of temperatures, shorter days, and packing away your summer clothing until next year. But what many of us fail to change is our skin care routines. As the cool, drier air arrives, your skin has to adapt to those changing elements. So, naturally, your skin care should alter as well. In order to give your skin the best treatment to battle against the upcoming seasons, you need to provide it with the best possible care for repairing it from all of that sun exposure from the summer months, while preparing for that cool, dry air or the months to come.

So this fall, make it a point to upgrade your skincare routine. Here’s how to get started:

Avoid Harsh, Fragrant Soaps

During those warm, blissful days, the smell of your coconut, tropical breeze soap and body wash may have been the cherry on top of those glorious beach days, but it’s time to get rid of them. Any soaps or body washes with intense fragrances usually come with a large amount of harsh chemicals that can leave your skin dry and sensitive. Opt for hydrating body wash and scrubs that will help your skin retain moisture rather than deplete it.

Book a HydraFacial MD® Treatment

The HydraFacial MD is a state-of-the-art treatment to moisturize, exfoliate, soothe, nourish, and rejuvenate your skin. It is painless, non-irritating, and provides instant results of smoother, hydrated skin. This skin treatment even works for conditions such as rosacea and acne. Your skin care professional will uniquely tailor each stage of the process to best suit your skin condition and provide maximum nourishment and hydration.

Use Hydrating Moisturizer

If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that all lotions are not created equally. Most people don’t think twice about using the same moisturizer on a bitlingly cold winter evening as they do on a sweltering summer day. The humidity level drops and the air becomes much drier in the fall and winter months, so it makes sense to switch your lotion to match. If you’ve still got a full bottle of lotion left over from the summer, save it for next year and grab yourself a hydrating, perfume-free moisturizer.

Carry Around Hand Lotion

Your hands are almost as frequently exposed to the elements as your face, so do them a favour and have a hand cream that you can pop in your bag or leave at the office so that you can remind yourself to use it frequently. Preventing dry, cracked hands will be well worth the reminder. Consider SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest, & Hand Repair, a restorative body treatment to brighten and redensify.

Protect Your Lips

Last, but certainly not least, our lips are at the forefront when it comes to exposure. They also have to endure all of that dry, cold air. So don’t forget to protect them with a good lip balm as well! Apply PCA Peptide Lip Therapy to the lips twice daily to protect against environmental damage, reduce lip lines, and improve hydration.

Ditch the summer products and upgrade your skincare products and routine to give your skin the best protection during the upcoming season.