Summertime and the living was easy. #tbt to the days not so long ago when all we needed was a swipe of sunscreen to keep our tans at a healthy glow and a gentle cleaner come night. But as colder weather closes in, our regimen will require a bit of an upgrade.
It’s no question that Canadian cold weather calls for some heavy duty TLC, but what you need really depends on your skin type. We caught up with Dr. Harold Lancer of Lancer Skincare, the genius behind Kim Kardashian’s flawless face, for tips on taking care of every kind of skin and the prods that will help you make it to April.
Skin Type: Dry
Tip: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. “Hyaluronic acid and peptides will boost your skin’s hydration level, and reduce the appearance of fine lines,” explains Dr. Lancer. Bonus points for prods with natural fruit oils, like avocado and apricot, which are great for loading up the skin with moisture.
Cleanser: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, $9, nordstrom.com
Moisturizer: L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream, $116, sephora.com
Serum: Strivectin Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum, $89, beautyboutique.ca
Skin Type: Oily
Tip: “Keeping skin healthy, balanced and free of debris that can clog the pores is essential to help clear the complexion,” Dr. Lancer tells us. Be on the hunt for anything formulated with salicylic acid, which is sure to eliminate congestion (and thus, your surplus of oil).
Toner: The Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner, $84, nordstrom.com
Cleanser: Cetaphil Oil Control Foam Wash, $16, walmart.ca
Serum: Nia Fully Charged Serum x Moisturizer, $43, beautyboutique.ca
Skin Type: Normal
Tip: Don’t be fooled by your currently balanced complexion—normal skin types can fluctuate just like any other. “Keeping skin clean and healthy is critical to maintaining that balance throughout the day,” explained Dr. Lancer. A lightweight moisturizer is key to boost your skin’s radiance and protect it from unexpected seasonal changes.
Serum: Lancer Advanced C Radiance Cream with Vitamin C Collagen Cofactor 10x, $105, sephora.com
Moisturizer: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, $78, sephora.com
Cleanser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, $12, nordstrom.com
Skin Type: Sensitive
Tip: This skin type needs *extra* attention when it comes to seasonal changes. “It is important to keep the skin calm and soothed with extra protection against environmental aggressors when the weather and external factors are changing,” says Lancer.
Serum: Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate, $149, nordstrom.com
Toner: Marcelle Alcohol-Free Soothing Toner, $15, beautyboutique.ca
Cleanser: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, $15, sephora.com
Skin Type: Combination
Tip: “This skin type requires a variety of products on various parts of your face that combat both oily and dry skin,” says Lancer. Don’t be afraid to use more than one product at once, and choose products that will hydrate while also lessening oil production.
Cleanser: GlamGlow GalactiCleanse Hydrating Jelly Balm Cleanser, $49, nordstrom.com
Toner: Kat Burki Balancing Elixir in Rose Peony, $72, beautyboutique.ca
Serum: Jouviance Hydractiv hydrating boosting serum, $50, jouviance.com