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Winter Woes and Summer Surprises: Adapting Your Skincare for the Seasons 


The Canadian seasons really take their toll on our skin. From the unforgiving sun in the summer to the howling, chafing north winds of winter, our skin is put to the test everyday. It takes an effective skincare regime to reduce the signs of aging, skin irritation, and other skin annoyances caused by our harsh climate. But let’s face it, quality skincare products can cost a pretty penny.  

Here we share our insider tips to leverage your AIR MILES® Reward Miles™ to get department store-level skincare products for less to help you maintain a glowing complexion all year round. 

Skincare Tips Throughout the Seasons 

Protecting Fall Skin Care 

Fall calls for a whole-body routine using heavier body lotions to prepare skin for the upcoming drying winter weather. It’s also the season to introduce a night cream to strengthen your skin’s barrier to contend with cold winds that destroy the lipids that protect your skin. Your moisturizer should be extra hydrating, helping hold in its nurturing ingredients throughout the day. And fall is also the time to pop a travel-size, high-quality hand cream in your purse, glove compartment, coat pocket, desk drawer, etc., so you can continue to reapply it throughout the day. This will avoid having dry, itchy hands throughout the winter months! And don’t forget a nurturing lip balm and exfoliator to combat chapped lips. 

Cold and wind are very irritating, so your facial cleansers should be soothing and gentle in the fall. Look for products with healing and rehydrating ingredients like glycerin and botanicals. Last but not least, exfoliation is essential in the fall to remove the aging and dulling effects of the summer sun, and possibly your fading tan. Invest in a good quality body scrub with moisturizing oils—such as rosehip—to hydrate while removing dead skin cells for luxurious skin all winter long. 

Winter Skin Care Essentials 

Winter is all about hydration to whisk away those tell-tale dry skin flakes. As a result, your winter skincare essentials should be a combination of effective exfoliants and moisturizers. Although it might be tempting to reach for harsher cleansers to eliminate flaky winter skin, this can be too irritating in the colder months. Instead, look for gentle exfoliants or nurturing masks.  

Your foundation is another item you’ll want to swap out in the winter. You’ll need more moisture, so if you tend to use powders, switch to a creamier foundation—such a CC cream—to even out skin tone and provide moisture for dry skin. Also, continue using SPF products in the winter, whether in your foundation or daytime facial moisturizer. 

Stimulate Healthy Cells for Spring Skincare 

Winter tried its hardest to remove all signs of moisture from your skin. Help overcome winter’s impact as the weather warms by switching to a light night cream that helps accelerate the turnover of fresh new cells. Look for rejuvenating ingredients such as azelaic acid or niacinamide, they bring a youthful glow to the skin by improving your skin’s natural metabolism.  

If you suffer from allergies, choose soothing under-eye concealers that help reduce puffiness and avoid using heavy mascaras that can be irritating for allergy-prone eyes. While you may be squinting into the spring sun, a soothing eye cream with peptides and antioxidant helps keep the skin around your eyes smooth. 

Lighter, Hydrating Summer Skin Care Routine 

Summer calls for lighter-weight moisturizers and foundations to help keep skin looking dewy instead of greasy. A go-to summer skincare strategy is replacing your usual facial moisturizer with a Vitamin C Serum to reverse and protect against sun damage. A Vitamin C Serum hydrates without feeling greasy when you sweat. Calming face masks you can put in the fridge also reduce the discomfort of hot weather or a sunburn.  

If you use self-tanning products, you must find a full-body exfoliating product to completely slough off all signs of dead skin, or your tanning product will cling to the dead skin cells.   

And don’t forget this is sandal season, so you want a good foot scrubbing product to remove dead skin from your heels (and big toe!) for flip-flop, Birkenstock, or strappy sandal-worthy feet.   

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Use Your Cash Miles Towards Cash Rewards In-store and Online at Leading Beauty Retailers 

Shop the latest trending skincare and gleefully pack your bathroom vanity with products that elevate your skincare routine all year round. But here is our hot tip: you can stock up without creating more worry lines by using AIR MILES eVouchers toward your skincare purchases. Here are some eVouchers available:  


Face any season with Sephora’s luxurious facial creams and sun protection. Protect your skin against damaging summer UV rays with a wide assortment of SPF products, whether you want something invisible like Supergoop!, products packed with wrinkle defenses like Dr. Dennis Gross, or something multi-purpose like Clarins. When it comes to the colder months, check out luxurious brands like the Tata Harper exfoliating cleansor or Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream moisturizer help combat dry skin from winter’s harsh winds. 

Bath & Body Works 

You’ll love the skin-quenching hand and body products exclusive to Bath & Body Works. For dry winter hands try the shea butter hand cream. For those summer months, pick up a bottle of At the Beach Body Scrub to get your skin ready for the sun.  

Hudson’s Bay Company 

Set up a free beauty consultation at your favourite HBC location to learn exactly what products you need for a healthy complexion and put your best face forward each season. Then shop the exclusive HBC counters or products online to discover leading brands including Biotherm, Clarins, Clinuque, Lancôme, and more. 


Your home skincare routine is just one part of maintaining healthy skin year round. Up your skincare game with seasonlly relevant spa treatments. With WaySpa, you can indulge yourself at one of many spa partners across Canada. From facials to medispa treatments and relaxing massages to the latest cosmetic laser treatments, let someone else pamper your skin once in a while.  

Keep the Skincare Party Going by Shopping through 

Earn, redeem, repeat. If you’re shopping online for all your skincare needs, make sure you shop through where you can get Reward Miles at hundreds of stores. These include, Clinique, Khiel’s Canada, L’Occitane, La Roche Posay, Amazon, Aveda, The Body Shop, and more.  

If you’re set up to earn Cash Miles, you can then redeem your Cash Miles when you have enough for an eVoucher to keep up with your skincare routine. It’s the perfect way to get seasonal skin care for less, allowing your online purchases to fuel future eVouchers—the perfect symbiotic relationship. 

Through rain, snow, wind, and sunshine, the AIR MILES Reward Program is here to help you earn on and redeem for almost anything. Join now to start earning those Reward Miles.  

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