Washing Up: Face Cleansers for Transitional or Fall Weather

by Janine on 19 September 2013 · 8 comments

beauty-fall-2013-dvf-dian-von-furstenberg-natural-bold-lip-fresh-face-fashionoverreason-new-york-fashion-weekNow that Mother Nature has sucked the humidity out of the air (with a gianormous straw, maybe?), our skin’s asking for compensation. Time to switch up the skincare. But we’re not about a big investment to change every product all at once. Let’s start with cleansers for transitional weather, that seasonal slide into cozy-sweater-and-scarf days.

Gentle, moisturizing, creamier formulas, or oil — we love these for taking the day off our faces and leaving our skin soft, not stripped.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser_cleansers for transitional weatherAveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser ($13.59, well.ca) is a gel cleanser with a rich texture and a Total Soy Complex that, with continued use, brightens dull and uneven complexions and improves tone. (Fun fact: soy’s ability to even out skintone and boost its radiance was discovered in Asia. Factory employees who worked hands-on with soy had remarkably smooth, bright, unblemished hands.) This Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser formula is oil-free and gentle, appropriate for all skin types.

Want to know more about Aveeno? Watch BT Toronto tomorrow at 6:20 am (or hit the BT Toronto website after 10 am) — I’ll be there to share details and transitional skincare tips! Recap on Beautygeeks after 10 am.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser_cleansers for transitional weatherCeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($15.99, drugstores and mass retailers) brings ceramides and hyaluronic acid (HA) to the cleansing table — or sink. Ceramides are natural lipids (fats) that help skin retain moisture. We lose them to aging (surprise), and studies suggest that people with super-dry skin have lower levels of ceramides than people with normal skin. (Read more about ceramides here). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is also a natural molecule in the body — and often mentioned here on Beautygeeks. Its ability to hoard 1000 times its weight in water makes it a highly desirable ingredient in moisturizing formulas. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser’s combo of ceramides and HA makes it ideal for sensitive, dry skin.

Marcelle BB Cleanser_cleansers for transitional weatherMarcelle BB Cleanser ($16.95, marcelle.com, drugstores) is a no-water-required cleansing lotion that moisturizes as it removes makeup and grime. Has anyone else kind of had it with BB claims? “BB” now seem to be slapped on almost any multi-tasking product that promises moisture-plus-whatever. Let’s keep things simple with the following positive details: this Marcelle BB Cleanser doesn’t tie you to a sink because it can simply be wiped off with cotton pads (these are the best); it leaves skin nice and soft; it’s comforting in drier weather for all skin types; and it’s fragrance-free.

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil_cleansers for transitional weatherJosie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil ($12 to $38, sephora.ca, Sephora) is a lovely cleansing oil for all skin types. It breaks down stubborn and waterproof makeup, rinses away cleanly with water and leaves skin soft and glowy. And it smells good, too. Cleansing oil is especially good for the dead of winter when the air is brittle. As well as Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, we like Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils and Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse.

Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water_cleansers for transitional weatherRodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water ($30, murale.ca, Shoppers Drug Mart) is another no-sink-required cleanser you apply and wipe off with cotton pads. This one is a Beautygeeks favourite for the following reasons: the base is rose water (gentle and soothing); Dragon’s Blood extract has skin-calming properties; hyaluronic acid helps skin hoard moisture. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water is for all skin types, but dry and sensitive skin should do especially well with it.

These are our top choices at the moment re: cleansers for transitional weather. We’re open to suggestions, though.

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Cool-Weather Skincare, Oatmeal, Soy, Shitake and Aveeno
20 September 2013 at 10:56 am

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Dcnussbaum 24 September 2013 at 6:29 pm

Great choices! Would love your feedback on Spectro.


Janine 24 September 2013 at 11:14 pm

Haven’t used it in years, D, but know it was re-vamped a bit fairly recently. Docs like to recommend it for sensitive skin because it won’t strip it dry. Comes in formulas for acne-prone skin, combo skin and dry skin too, as well as an exczema formula. Reasonably priced, so definitely worth a try if you’re on the hunt for basic skincare that promises to treat yours gently.


Dcnussbaum 30 September 2013 at 1:48 pm

Thanks J! I have combo skin and for some reason, my forehead has become more blemish-prone with age ??? I’ve tried a few cleansers and the only one that’s worked so far is Spectro Cleanser for Blemish-prone skin. And it doesn’t dry it out. Seriously.


murt 29 September 2013 at 12:16 am

hmm – definitely will check out the Cerave Hydrating cleanser.

My two favourites – I use one or the other all year round – are Clinique Comforting Cleansing Cream or DHC Cleansing Milk.


Mascara mom 2 October 2013 at 5:03 pm

I worked out an elaborate night-time routine…OCM, then cleansing, toning, serum-ing and then, if needs be, moisturising. Soonest I have finished my nivea cleanser, i am getting the CeraVe one…it should be perfect for the coming weather. Ceramides and HA…in my dreams…


Janine 2 October 2013 at 10:07 pm

I just looked at your skincare for Fall post — that’s an elaborate routine, too! You’ve reminded me about the Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal collection, thank you. I’ve been meaning to give that a go; I’m moving it up on deck.

Do let me know how the CeraVe does for you!


Mascara Mom 10 October 2013 at 12:54 pm

:) Yeah, it is a lot of steps, but I end up skipping a couple depending on how tired I am and how my skin has been behaving. All is the quest for a less ‘mommy-skin’. As I said, all this effort at night means come morning I just have to slap on some sunscreen, rub some blush and be out teh door soonest. The YR Hydra Vegetal line has been a saviour for my dehydrated skin, can’t recommend it enough. It is very strong on fragrance but that dissipates soon.


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