How To Transition Your Skin From Winter To Warmer


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If you've ever noticed a sudden change in your skin –sensitivities, breakouts, and uneven tone—it could be the seasonal change. It's that period when the weather changes from hot to cold, or cold to hot and often leaves skin in a state of flux, reeling to catch up. As we enter warmer weather, help your skin out by making a few adjustments to your skincare routine early on to counteract these changes. Here are some tips on how to transition your skincare routine from winter to warmer.

Exfoliate regularly

Over the winter months skin loses moisture and becomes dry and rough. If the skin is dehydrated, which often happens during winter, dead skin cells can become trapped in tight pores. These 'plugs' of debris can eventually lead to breakouts, especially as temperatures rise and the skin produces more sweat and oil. To combat clogged pores, exfoliate 2 –3 times per week to slough off dead skin cells and help keep your skin clear. It's also a great way to stimulate cellular regeneration and get your skin glowing for spring!

An exfoliator like the Superfood Mask + Scrub uses 15 types of superfoods with a range of skin benefits to reveal glowing skin. Each capsule contains ingredients like papaya, shiitake mushroom and licorice root (for a list of the full ingredients see here) that gently remove make up and grime. Sloughing off dead skin cells also allows your skincare products like your moisturizer or serum to penetrate more deeply afterwards, delivering hydration to your skin more effectively.

Layer your products

Much like clothing, layering your products gives you flexibility to ‘lighten up’ or ‘load up’ on what your skin needs during periods of fluctuating weather. In the dead of winter, dry skin needs all the bells and whistles: a hydrating toner, water-soluble serum, moisturizer, oil or face balm. In the spring when there’s more warm moisture in the air, you can pick and choose the combination of products to suit your needs.

Try pairing a hydrating toner like our Face Food Mineral Mist with an oil serum like Superfood Serum or a light moisturizer (Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is one of my favourites). 

You can also lighten up heavier moisturizers like the Berry Rich Cream with a few sprays of the Face Food and blend that into the skin.

Make sunscreen part of your daily routine

Much of ultraviolet radiation occurs incidentally, such as when you’re in your car, walking to work, or sitting by a window. UVA rays (aka ‘Ultraviolet Aging Rays’) can still penetrate windows and shade. For this reason, sunscreen should be worn year-round. Since the warmer weather draws us out to enjoy the sunshine, we should be especially diligent and wear an SPF every day during the spring and summer. Once you find the perfect sunscreen that sits well with your makeup and feels great on your skin, you'll be sure to wear it every day!

Amp up the antioxidants

Before you go patio hopping and sun bathing, add an extra line of defense against the sun using antioxidants. This is a term that gets thrown around, but antioxidants are actually one of the best ways to arm your skin against ultraviolet damage. One of the most common antioxidants to use is vitamin C and can be applied topically via a concentrated serum. Some plant and fruit oils are also rich in antioxidants and work to counteract damage causing wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Slather on The Superfood Serum, made with antioxidant-rich blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils before heading out into the sun, or afterwards, to help heal inflammation and counteract sun damage.

There you have it. Keep these transitional skincare tips in mind as the weather warms up. Make a few changes to your skincare routine and you'll be sure to help your skin adjust to any changes the warmer seasons throw at it.

Seanna Cohen is a certified skin care therapist and the founder of Elodie Beauty, an online resource to learn beauty tips and answer all of your skincare questions. Seanna empowers others to establish a more natural beauty routine through personal skincare coaching sessions, blog, and workshops. Follow Seanna's journey and get inspired to live a clean, green, beautiful life @elodiebeauty and

Not sure which moisturizer is right for your skin type?

Worry not, we've got you covered!
Here's the skinny on our 'Partners in Cream'. 

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Take this quiz to determine the right moisturizer for your skin! 

 What's your main skin concern? 

A. I always have to deal with redness and flaking 
B. My skin always looks dry
C. Breakouts!
D. My skin gets irritated really easily 

How would you describe your skin? 

A. It's always dry and flakey 
B. I'm starting to develop fine lines and wrinkles
C. Oily and acne prone
D. Scented products make me break out 

How do you want your moisturizer to feel like? 

A. Luxurious and rich 
B. Smooth and comforting 
C. Non-greasy and soothing
D. Lightweight and refreshing 

If the answer to these questions was mostly the letter A, then you might want to use a cream that helps you manage red, dry, irritated skin. 

The Putty is a great moisturizer for those who are prone to redness and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Anti-inflammatories like turmeric and seabuckthorn work to soothe the skin and calming down redness. 

If the answer to these questions was mostly the letter B, then you might want to use a cream that helps you hydrate and restore your skin. 

Our Berry Rich works double duty as a facial moisturizer and an eye cream and packs a powerful antioxidant punch with Canadian berries and strawberry essence. It is also a great cream for those with dry or mature skin. Our special vegan probiotic blend, will help balance and bring your skin back to life. 

If the answer to these questions was mostly the letter C, then you might want to use a cream that helps you balance oil production. 

If your complexion is getting congested and your sebum production is out of whack, try the Green Cream. This moisturizer is packed with herbs which helps moderate excess oil production. One of most favourite ingredients is broccoli seed oil which is also known as 'nature's retinol'. It's loaded with vitamin A that helps increase cell turnover, revealing brighter, more radiant skin. 

If the answer to these questions was mostly the letter D then a scent free moisturizer is a must.

Our Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is super helpful if you have reactive skin. This water-based moisturizer contains no fragrance to prevent irritation for those with sensitive skin. Maple Sap Water helps deliver mineral-rich nutrients and nourish the skin while actives like black currant and pomegranate seamlessly soothe, calm and hydrate.  

Fyi -> These fabulous creams can be mixed together for added benefits to restore your skin's natural glow. 

If you are still unsure about which moisturizer is right for you, set up a 1-on-1 skincare consultation with me! 


Eating Disorders + Skincare: Graydon's Journey

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Riddled with eating disorders as a young woman and having spent some years in France growing up, my love and obsession for food came quite naturally to me but healthy eating habits did not.  

Pursuing a contract in packaged goods marketing in the cookie industry helped pay my bills and working part-time as a pastry chef fed my unhealthy binge/starve food habit.

I found myself in absolute burn out having fainted one day, and an ensuing trip to the hospital resulted in me being put in the mental health ward for a couple of weeks to get my health back.

Forced to consume of what I would call a diet of ‘fake food’ to put some pounds on me (think milkshakes from a tin, overcooked pork chops with reconstituted gravy and cherry pie filling served over jello with Cool Whip) I didn’t really receive much nourishment for my body or my mind BUT when I finally left I was determined never to be in lockdown again.

I  was determined to get better and create a new me so I took my power suits to the consignment store. Cut my hair super short. Left my marketing gig. Signed up to do an intensive yoga program and started making sh*t (skin concoctions) in between having anxiety attacks and downward dogs.

I got heavily into the vegan, whole food world and my fascination with food became very health oriented. Foods like the humble avocado began replacing my cravings for sugar, alcohol and dairy. Slowly but surely, I started cultivating healthy eating habits rather than allowing a poor diet to ruin my lifestyle. I started cooking for people on the side to help them heal too. It didn’t happen overnight, but combined with more therapy than anyone would ever want, I started to feel and look better too.

My yoga and mindful meditation practice helped me connect to my body and I found that I had an undiscovered gift for nurturing others. Recipe development came naturally which lent itself to making yoga related products like healing oils, ayurvedic creams for redness and calming mists for anxiety. Soon enough I had women knocking at my door to teach them about the sacred act of restorative yoga and self-care.

This community of women loved buying my handcrafted products because they had already experienced their profound results in my classes. I loved that they affectionately likened my creams to being comparable to a 'salad for your skin'

As a budding entrepreneur, I didn’t know the endgame, but I was on my way to where we are today.

What helped me? Hard knocks. Listening to my body rather than failing to listen. Finding peace over a less than perfect childhood. And starting over again and again. Just starting. Honestly, I can't tell you how many times I've had to pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again.

Little did I know that my unhealthy connection to food would actually lead me to create a superfood skincare line -- very much inspired by the mindfulness movement and for me having to make good choices for myself, not to just survive but to thrive. 

My products aren’t just good for your skin, they elevate your health and well being and I like to think that our cult-worthy products are not only helping people’s complexions but that they are nurturing a far-reaching community and our planet at large.  

To learn about Graydon's favourite self-care tips, DIY recipes and to build up your arsenal of self-care products, you can book a one-on-one Tea with Graydon session.

Alcohols That Are Actually Good for Your Skin

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When you see the word “alcohol” in a product, what comes to mind? 

In terms of skincare, I bet most of you will associate the alcohol type of alcohol that is a strong smelling clear liquid that dries the skin and often causes your skin to sting. Truth be known, “alcohols” are actually a large family of substances and some alcohols especially the “fatty alcohols” are very good for your skin (and no, they won’t make you fat, but they will help soothe, smooth and hydrate your skin).

In case you didn’t know here is the definition of alcohol: an alcohol is an organic compound in which the hydroxyl group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom and this carbon is saturated.  Now that you know that, let’s proceed in talking about how and why this is relevant to your skin. 

Different Types of Alcohol in Skincare 

If you see the word “alcohol” alone in the ingredient list, it is the same alcohol contains in our beer, wine, and hard liquor.  It is also called ethanol or ethyl alcohol.

In case you’re wondering it is ethanol that we use in our Germs Away Mist and Before Bed Spray. We use ethanol for its germ-killing properties and ability to effectively disperse into the air, when sprayed.

Another common alcohol is SD alcohol, isopropanol, or isopropyl alcohol.  These alcohols have an additive in them to make the alcohol undrinkable, so it doesn’t end up in somebody’s stomach.  This alcohol is not ideal for your skin since it is drying and irritating, even though it has antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties.

Below is the “bad alcohol” list.  I wouldn’t suggest using a skincare product if one of these appears near the top of the ingredient list.

- Isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol, IPA
- Methanol, methyl alcohol
- Benzyl alcohol (usually used as a preservative, not ideal but not so bad if you see it towards the end of the ingredient list)

Alcohols That Are Actually Good for Your Skin

A group of good alcohols is fatty alcohols, and they don’t look, feel and smell like anything mentioned above.  In fact, most fatty alcohols look like white pearls. They have a slippery feel and help to protect and soften our skin.  Most of these fatty alcohols are often derived from a plant source such as from coconut.  

Here’s a bit of history: Cetyl alcohol was originally derived from whale oil after it was discovered in 1817.  Its name ‘cetyl’ comes from the Latin name for whale, cetus. Gladly, whale oil is no longer used. The cetyl alcohol we use in our formulations helps to form a protective film on the skin so water does not easily evaporate, thus helping your skin to retain moisture.  

Stearyl alcohol is another commonly found fatty alcohol in skincare products.  Typically, it is derived from cocoa, shea butter.  Stearyl alcohol is a great emollient and is commonly used as an emulsifier — helping oils and water to form smooth mixtures.  

Lastly, cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, usually derived from coconut oil.  It acts as an emollient, keeping moisture in the skin. 

All that said, when you look at our ingredients lists, you can feel safe knowing that we only use the best plant-based fatty alcohols in our creams and none of them will dry out your skin.

Valentine Day Gift Ideas

Now that Valentine's Day is fast approaching, you may be searching high and low for the perfect gift for your special someone. To make things easier we've compiled a list of products that would be perfect for your significant other or even as a gift for yourself! 

Read on to discover our top Valentine's Day gift ideas!   


All Over Elixir 

It's called our all Over Elixir for a reason. Not only can you use this oil all over your body, but it also works as a facial oil and hair treatment plus cuticles. This also works great as a massage oil that you can use on your partner. 


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Hand + Foot Relief

This immensely hydrating lotion is formulated for use on hands and foot, two common areas of the body that experience chronic dryness. Protect your skin in subzero weather by applying throughout the day, when necessary. Can also be used as a lip balm for chapped lips. 

before bed spray

Before Bed Spray 

Freshen your sheets with our best selling Before Bed Spray. It's relaxing lavender and citrus scent allows you to set the scene for a relaxing experience in bed. 

Let us know what you think of our Valentine's Day gift ideas! 



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