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

Combat dry winter skin with The Putty


the putty moisturizer

Red, dry, irritated skin? The Putty may become your new BFF! 

“I have terrible eczema and psoriasis and the only thing that works (besides cortisone cream which has terrible side effects) to heal the sore spots on my hands is your Putty. Thank you Graydon for creating a magical non-toxic product that really works. I'm so grateful. I use it on my kids now too. Buying your 240ml pump bottle will allow us to use it even more frequently, and at incredible value too.”  

The Putty is made with a complex blend of healing oils, such as buriti fruit oil, which make it excellent as both a face and body moisturizer. The healing oils help to alleviate inflammation, tenderness and redness associated with skin issues, such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

Like its name suggests, The Putty helps put your skin back together. Which is why it makes it perfect for the winter months. It’s light enough to use in the morning and rich enough to use in the evening. It's also fantastic for parched hands.

Ingredient profile: TURMERIC 


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Turmeric is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.It's a very effective ingredient against acne and is also able to remove excess oil from the skin. 

 Ingredient profile: SEA BUCKTHORN


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Sea Buckthorn is the best source of the rare Omega 7. This essential fatty acid helps repair and strengthen your skin at the deepest layer. It also contains beta-carotene whihc helps reverse the damaging effects of sun radiation. 

Ingredient profile: BURITI OIL


Buriti, pronounced ‘bu-REE-chee’, is a South American fruit with very beneficial oil. Its oil contains many nutrients and provides the richest known source of beta-carotene (crazy, eh?). Its beneficial properties help heal the skin, which is why you can find it in The Putty.

Winter Skin Benefits:

  • rich in essential fatty acids
  • full of vitamin E & C
  • contains the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene
  • anti-inflammatory
  • hydrating 

What Are Customers Are Saying...

This cream is amazing! It soothes and nourishes my skin. I use it every day. 

Love the feel and results!

This is the BEST treatment for my eczema— and I’ve tried a bunch. 

I now use this product whenever my skin needs a little TLC and it's definitely my go to skin care product.

I can't stop using it 

 I use it on my kids now too.

I love the moisturizing benefits of this wonderful cream, and use it on my face and body. 

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'. 

facial moisturizers  
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! 


Superfood Ingredient : Astaxanthin

astaxanthin red algae

This ingredient may be hard to pronounce but it’s one of the most potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatorys available today. Astaxanthin is a reddish pink pigment naturally produced in algae and is responsible for turning some types of crustaceans like salmon, lobster, and shrimp, pink!

Just to give you a better idea of how powerful this ingredient is…

Astaxanthin’s concentration of antioxidants is 6,000 time stronger than vitamin C! So rather than grabbing for that glass of orange juice, you may want to think about how to incorporate astaxanthin into your daily regime. It’s also 550 times more potent than vitamin E.

What are the benefits of astaxanthin?

This super ingredient can improve your heart health, cellular health and the body’s immune system with its antioxidant properties. To see these effects, you can either take astaxanthin supplements or apply it topically during your skincare regime.

What does astaxanthin do for your skin?  

Its concentration of antioxidants can help improve your skin moisture levels, along with improving the tone, texture and elasticity of the skin. Astaxanthin also offers sunscreen protection by penetrating skin cells and reducing UVA damage. The result? Plump and wrinkle-free skin with no dark spots caused by sun damage.

Astaxanthin is one of 15 superfoods used in our Superfood Mask + Scrub. Its ability to reverse the signs of aging and penetrating the dermal layer of the skin to fix damage to skin cells makes it one of the most sought after skincare ingredients on the market today.

Have any questions? Set up a one on one skin consultation with Graydon to learn more about astaxanthin and what other natural ingredients can do for your skin!

Eating Disorders + Skincare: Graydon's Journey

eating disorder

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.

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