Adapted from Spafinder
Some people say they do nothing to maintain their flawless complexions. Soap and water, they say. We are not those people—you know, the ones who keep beauty secrets…well, a secret. That’s why we’re sharing the top 3 daily beauty products that currently cover our bathroom counter.
Coconut oil for Cleansing
Ah, the versatile coconut oil. From teeth whitening to cooking to a dry hair saviour, this natural (affordable) ingredient deserves all the recognition it’s been given in the last several years. And in terms of skin—not only does it improve the quality, but it’s an amazingly effective cleanser. But there are some tricks of the trade if you decide to incorporate this ingredient into your regular regimen.
- Take the coconut oil in its natural solid state, then liquify it in your hands before applying to your skin. Rinse with warm water. Make sure to test out a small amount first to see how your skin reacts.
- Yes, you need to be careful. Coconut oil definitely benefits sensitive skin, but it’s not always a great option for acne-prone types (the oil has the potential to increase breakouts). A cleanser that cleanses skin? Great. A cleanser that clogs pores? Not so much.
We like Kopari Organic Coconut Melt. (The brand’s coconut oil is sustainably sourced and derived from organic coconuts.)
There’s been debate over the benefits of moisturizer, but we still consider it the holy grail of skincare (along with retinol and spa facials, that is). But it can be extremely tricky to find the moisturizer that best suits your skin type and will get you the results you seek. We’ve had fantastic luck with the following products.
Treat Yourself: Céla Essential Face Moisturizer
This Canadian made moisturizer is lightweight, suitable for all skin types and throughout all four seasons. It is infused with Cela’s signature Céla Complex, a blend of Canadian botanicals (blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary and lavender). This moisturizer is formulated with plant-based glycerin, squalane and vitamin E to refresh, soften and soothe even the most sensitive skin
Drugstore obsession: Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF15
Formulated with a VitaNiacin Complex and skin conditioners, it fights 7 signs of aging for younger- and healthier-looking skin. Its vitamin-rich formula helps reduce the look of age spots, minimize the appearance of pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Did we mention it’s fragrance free and offers UVA/UVB protection?
Another beauty secret to share: A day cream is not enough; you need to add a night cream to your skincare routine. Why? Your skin is in repair mode while you’re in sleep mode. Thus, manufacturers formulate night creams with ample active ingredients, so you wake up with brighter and more radiant skin. We rotate these two night creams, but you’ll always find one on our counter.
Treat Yourself: Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
Get some shuteye and rest assured you’re doing the best for your skin. Murad’s retinol-based night cream not only attacks the appearance of aging, but it’s a moisturizer that hydrates at the same time. (For those whose skin gets dry when using retinol, this is major.) It includes niacinamide and picolinamide, aka, skin protectants.
Drugstore obsession: CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream
CeraVe products have developed an almost cult following for their affordable products that work absolute wonders for skin. This night cream is no exception! It includes ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help restore the skin barrier, retain hydration and help soothe the skin while you sleep —so you can wake up with a feeling of looking rested and rejuvenated.