Face Cleansers for Transitional or Fall Weather

Don't wait for the first snowfall – start weatherproofing your skin now so it can better handle winter's arrival.
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Don't wait for the first snowfall – start weatherproofing your skin now so it can better handle winter's arrival.
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Now 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 Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser: gentle, with a rich texture

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser: gentle, with a rich texture

Aveeno 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.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: contains skin-conditioning ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: contains skin-conditioning ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

CeraVe 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: a comforting wipe-off formula, and it's fragrance-free.

Marcelle BB Cleanser: a comforting wipe-off formula, and it's fragrance-free.

Marcelle 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: cleanses throughly and leaves skin soft, never stripped

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil: cleanses throughly and leaves skin soft, never stripped

Josie 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: soothes with rose water, dragon's blood extract, hyaluronic acid

Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water: soothes with rose water, dragon's blood extract, hyaluronic acid

Rodial 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.