5 fall skincare finds that are totally rocking my world right now—cleansers, serum, eye cream and more!

Does your skin freak out a bit with the change in weather? Mine does (but then again, HELLO—it’s not like it ever needs an excuse). But still, I always know the cooler weather is here when the tip of my nose starts getting all dry and flaky. Anyone else get that? It’s SO annoying.

That’s why I have to start in with the hydrating products come October. (But not too hydrating, or I’ll become an oil slick. It’s that oh-so-fun delicate balance….) I’ve found that it’s all about layering the right ingredients in the right textures, and also making sure that I’m not stripping my skin with anything aggressive. Moist, dewy skin FTW!

To that end, today I’m gonna fill you in on a few new skincare finds that’ve made a home in my always-changing skincare routine for the past month or so. Some are new, some are not-so-new, but all are excellent.


You should check these out:

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water

Rodial Dragons Blood Cleansing Water 5 fall skincare finds that are totally rocking my world right now—cleansers, serum, eye cream and more!

People—okay, women in their 20s and 30s, to be more specific—are always asking me what I think is a good starter skincare line. I never really know what to say, because I’m a mixer-and-matcher by necessity (hazard of the job). But after trying everything in this new Dragon’s Blood line from Rodial, it’s getting my ringing endorsement. The whole range is based around the sap from the sangre de drago (Dragon’s Blood) tree, which forms an invisible second-skin film to protect against environmental damage, calm inflammation and just generally make your complexion look better. And everything is super-light, not greasy!

My favourite product in the collection is this no-rinse cleanser. The pump makes makes it extra convenient, and the liquid itself does a wicked job of removing makeup. It’s very gentle; I tend to use it to refresh my skin before a makeup touch-up/re-application in the evening, but you could use it as your regular cleanser, no probs. But best of all is the scent—and that goes for this entire line. I don’t know what it is (ylang ylang?), but I DIE over the fragrance. You’ll notice it even more in the (also great) hyaluronic mask and SPF 15 moisturizer.

Consonant Body HydrExtreme

Consonant Body HydrExtreme 5 fall skincare finds that are totally rocking my world right now—cleansers, serum, eye cream and more!

Okay so for once, I’m going to recommend a serum that is NOT SkinCeuticals. (Not that I don’t love them with all my heart, obvi.) But in this particular category—hydrating serums—I do think Consonant Body may have a slight edge. And that’s saying something for an all-natural brand! HydrExtreme is a clear, light, runny liquid—it’s not at all gel-like, which is the texture of the SkinCeuticals hyaluronic serum. And that’s because this contains cassia angustifolia seed extract and glycerine instead. That’s it! Two ingredients. When have you ever seen THAT kind of minimalism on a skincare label?

But there’s more: what really blew me away with this was that it outperforms hyaluronic acid in terms of the longevity of hydration. Hyaluronic lasts 12 hours, whereas this goes for 24. So that’s double. (See? I can do math.) Personally, I’ve noticed a difference too—I’ve been using this ever since meeting with Consonant founder Bill Baker about a month ago, and my skin just drinks it up and stays softer, longer.

Buy it online from Well.ca for $72 (10 mL size) or $149 (30 mL size). Free shipping with no minimum order in Canada!

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All In One Facial Cleanser with Toner 5 fall skincare finds that are totally rocking my world right now—cleansers, serum, eye cream and more!

I’ve been on a mission lately to eliminate sulfates from my cleansers (and shampoo—but that’s another sad story for another day). I had no idea that Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare was so eco-progressive: this product is not only sulfate-free but also vegan, cruelty- and paraben-free. I honestly have no idea when it launched, but I pulled it out of my archives a few weeks ago and now I’m totally addicted. The formula is a thick cream, but don’t let that put you off: the way you use it is to apply it on dry skin and then massage for 10 to 30 seconds (depending on whether you’re dry, which needs less time, or oily, which needs more) before rinsing.

By this point, you’ll be surprised and impressed because it gets off even sunscreen and waterproof eye makeup (!!) and yet doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry AT ALL. The way I see this is that it gives you all the benefits of a traditional cream or oil-based cleanser (which it’s not) but in a hypoallergenic, cleaner-rinsing formula that won’t break you out. No lie, it might just be my Life Cleanser.

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel 5 fall skincare finds that are totally rocking my world right now—cleansers, serum, eye cream and more!

Have you heard of AmorePacific? It’s a Korean company—and Korea is totally the new France when it comes to skincare. I didn’t really know what to expect from this line, since it’s pretty luxe and you never know if it’s all hype and packaging, yes? Thankfully, for this product at least, that’s not at all the case. It belongs to this new category in skincare that I’ve been noticing: the gel-cream. Which is exactly what it sounds like—a cross between a light gel texture and a heavy cream. For daytime, it’s genius, since anything greasy around the eye area can take forever to absorb and encourages my makeup to smear. I load this on and it feels both refreshing and incredibly hydrating; in fact, like the Consonant Body serum, it gives you a full 24 hours of hydration.

Other fun facts: it’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

Eminence Organics Persimmon & Cantaloupe Day Cream SPF 32

Eminence Organics Persimmon Cantaloupe Day Cream SPF 32 5 fall skincare finds that are totally rocking my world right now—cleansers, serum, eye cream and more!

When it comes to sunscreen, I’m pretty much a SkinCeuticals girl—in the summer, you can’t beat their tinted physical block. But like I said, come fall my skin needs something more… and while I could easily do the whole serum-moisturizer-sunscreen layering thing, some days I’m lazy and I want something more one-step. That’s why I’ve been dabbling with this sunscreen cream from my favourite organic brand, Eminence Organics. It’s a whipped pink cream in a pot (fun!) but it’s designed for normal-to-oily skin. So I’ve found that it strikes that perfect balance of moisturization without greasiness, and leaves you with a matte finish.

The zinc oxide gives you the necessary SPF protection but you also get a whole host of other skin goodness: antioxidant persimmon and cantaloupe juices, soothing aloe vera, skin-firming maral root and wild jujube and wrinkle-fighting alpha lipoic acid. I mean, really—what other skincare brands do you know with products that include persimmon juice? Awesome.

Tell me:

What changes do you make to your skincare regimen come fall?
Have you tried any of these sweet brands and/or prodz?
Discovered any cool skincare stuff lately? Please share!


ana p
Thursday, October 11/2012 at 4:12 pm

These sound amazing! Thanks for the post, I can’t wait to pick up that serum. I’ve read that jar packaging is a no-no when it comes to keeping ingredients effective, especially with sunscreen. Thoughts? Experience?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, October 11/2012 at 8:45 pm

Let me know what you think of the serum if you try it!

In general anything in a jar isn’t as hygienic for sure… and yes, you’re right that it’s not as stable of an environment for certain ingredients. Haven’t heard that it’s a problem for sunscreens but it is for antioxidants – they’re more potent when they have less exposure to air. (That’s why SkinCeuticals for example packages all their serums in dark glass bottles with droppers.)

I think the Eminence cream would be way too thick to work in a tube format though… it’s so whipped and lovely that you kinda need the jar to really appreciate it. And as for the antioxidants, they’re not nearly as effective in cream formats versus serums anyway – so I rely on my trusty CE Ferulic to get my daily dose, and this is more just for sun protection and hydration.

One more thing on the jar issue – I found this study that says it can actually be a good thing for sunscreen, because it encourages you to apply more… whereas people are stingy with tubes. http://www.gcimagazine.com/marketstrends/segments/suncare/99341929.html


Thursday, October 11/2012 at 9:54 pm

Radial sounds very intriguing!!! As does Dr Dennis! Currently I’m having really great luck with Lush prods. Ultrabland is a wipe off facial oil/cream that I thought would only make my oily skin worse- but it’s totally clearing up blemishes and leaving my skin soft and balanced. I’m also using a face mask of theirs, soaps that are doing wonders for my bod and their shampoo ‘big’ is pretty awesome for thin hair —especially when used with the phyto mousse you introduced me to!! Always love your suggestions and reviews, keep up the amazing work :)


Thursday, October 11/2012 at 10:34 pm

I was so happy to read this post today! (In fact, I ALWAYS look forward to reading Michelle’s posts after a long day at work. I must say, it’s been my daily fix for a while now. Thank you, Michelle, for making these October days days a little brighter!!)

I am always on the lookout for fabulous new products and I think I might try the Éminence cream. From Michelle’s description, it sounds so yummy and luxurious!

I also wanted to share with you my love for the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. A little goes a long way and if the smell doesn’t offend you (I actually like it), the results are quite impressive the morning after: a plump and dewy complexion will stare back at you in the mirror! Does anyone else use this cream? If so, please let me know what your thoughts are on this cream and if you are getting the same kinds of results.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 11:00 pm

Oh wow thanks Luda! That made my day!

I love love love everything Eminence makes… honestly they’ve never disappointed me. I think what’s also great about that line is that they sell a lot of starter kits with mini sizes, so you can get a feel for whether or not you like stuff before you shell out for the full size. Not sure if the SPF cream is avail that way though… but the samples do give you somewhat of an idea of the textures so you know what to expect.

Haven’t tried the Korres but that’s another great skincare line – thanks for the reco! I love overnight treatments – Origins makes an overnight mask that is also insanely good; I highly recommend.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 10:55 pm

Aw thank you! :)

I have heard amazing things about Ultrabland but never that it cleared up blemishes!! Now I really want to try it. So you don’t rinse with water? You just wipe off with a tissue? I feel like I’d be paranoid not rinsing it off with water!

I love Lush soaps as well… my absolute favourite is this one called Snowcake that only comes out at Christmas. I used to stockpile it…


ana p
Friday, October 12/2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Michelle for those points and the link! Much appreciated. I love the feel of Eminence prodz, but have skipped them for reasons mentioned; you have now made me think twice. Like you, I do feel that nothing beats the Skinceuticals CE serum. But, damn that price!!I love that it allows you to layer over it without the use of added silicone or glycerin. I like saving those ingredients for a moisturizer of foundation…layering these ingredients can cause clogs I find. Cheers!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 11:02 pm

Yes Eminence is definitely worth a look – I find them to be the most high quality organic line and just very interesting in general with their unique natural ingredients. My skin seems to really love the stuff. Forgot to mention there is an oil that’s excellent too – I think it’s called Herbal Recovery Oil.

I agree with you about CE Ferulic and/or Phloretin CF – I like the purity of those serums and that they feel totally weightless.


Monday, October 15/2012 at 2:38 pm

Looking for products to have a smoother looking, more hydrated, less wrinkled face. I’m 58, have average skin, some age spots. Any suggestions?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 11:08 pm

I would definitely start with some serums – an antioxidant one with vitamin C would be good for the age spots and general free radical protection. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF are both good choices.

For the hydration I’d invest in a hyaluronic acid serum as well – such as the Consonant Body one I mentioned in this post. You can mix and match your serums and use them alone or separately depending on what your skin needs each day.

For the hydration a good moisturizer and weekly masks will help (see this post: http://beautyeditor.ca/2012/06/11/peel-mask-moisturize-maybe-you-should-make-this-your-new-skincare-mantra/).

You might also want to try a retinoid to help with your skin texture and the age spots. You could do an over the counter retinol (SkinCeuticals is great) or just get a prescription… depending on how resilient your skin is you could get some dryness/flaking until your skin gets used to it. Best thing is to apply moisturizer 30-45 min after application or just apply a few times a week to build up tolerance.

Sometimes though professional treatments are worth the investment if you really want “wow” results. I would consider IPL for the age spots or even Fraxel which can improve pigmentation and overall texture.

I hope that helps a bit!


Tuesday, October 16/2012 at 6:49 pm

Hi Michelle, I love your product posts. Where in Canada can you find these products? Can you also include approximately how much we are talking about in terms of price?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 11:19 pm

The Rodial line is $30-60 and available at Murale. I think the cleansing water is $30.

Consonant Body you can buy from Well.ca and is $72 for 10 mL or $149 for 30 mL.

The Dr. Gross cleanser is $32 and avail from The Shopping Channel website.

I’m not sure of the Canadian pricing for the AmorePacific eye cream but it’s at Sephora… US price is $85 (eeks! pricey I know).

The Eminence cream is $68 – try TheFacialRoom.ca or SpaBoutique.ca.


Wednesday, October 17/2012 at 12:39 pm

Thanks so much for the organic & natural suggestions! I’ll keep my eye out for the serum, or maybe whip some up myself… hmmmm.

I’m loving honey-as-cleanser. Wet skin. Apply honey. Rinse well. Soft, clear, not-tight skin! Flaking at all time low for this time of year.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 11:21 pm

Oh wow I didn’t realize you could cleanse with honey. Very cool. I’ve heard of people using it as an acne treatment since it’s antibacterial… I can imagine that would be messy though!


Natalie Cacace
Monday, October 29/2012 at 11:57 pm

I know exactly what tree the Dragon’s Blood collection uses. When I was in Galapagos, our tour guide slashed the white tree and a red sap just streams out. It’s pretty amazing, and I used the direct sap to help heal bug bites and disinfect cuts I developed from trekking. It’s nice to see a whole skincare line devoted to it. I must try!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 30/2012 at 11:21 pm

Oh wow! I would have slathered it all over my face, haha!


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