Before I hit my mid-30s, I barely paid any attention to my skin. I didn’t use eye creams, I wasn’t loyal to any specific face wash. I just went for cheap and cheerful for the most part.
Now, the older I get (and I wouldn’t say I’m old), the more in love I am with fancy, good-quality skincare. I may skimp in some areas in my life, but I’ve decided that my skin is worth good products. And while I certainly don’t buy all these products regularly, when I can, I invest in one or two of them, so I have a regular rotation of good quality products to treat my face to.
One of the benefits of knowing some fashion and beauty editors is having them tell me what I should be slathering my skin with—and getting advice on brands and products to try. Here are a few I’m currently in love with.
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel
$65 | available here
This product has been the ultimate game-changer for me. I love Dermalogica, and the calm water gel is perfection for my sensitive skin. It’s essentially a weightless water-gel moisturizer, and it hydrates my face while soothing the redness I tend to get. I don’t think anything else has made my skin feel softer or smoother.
Drunk Elephant ‘The Littles’ Kit
$118 | available here
I instantly fell in love with Drunk Elephant products when I first started trying them. I think it’s safe to say that almost all of their stuff is amazing. The thing is, it’s also pretty expensive. So—if you want to test out their skincare without investing too much into something you aren’t sure you’ll love, you might want to try out their “The Littles” Kit. It includes small versions of their cleanser, serums, facial oil, moisturizer, and eye serum.
The Ordinary’s Niacinamide
$5.90 | available here
Yes, that says $6 for a bottle of this stuff. At times, I can have red, blotchy and sometimes bumpy skin—and Niacinamide is essentially Vitamin B3 that’s used to reduce blemishes. So, I decided to give it a try. There are some slightly lengthy descriptions about when and how to use this on their site, so be sure to always follow all the rules and instructions. (It can affect the integrity of Vitamin C, for example, if you’re using that in a serum). But I love this and use it almost daily.
The Ordinary’s 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
$7.90 | available here
Squalane is a product I had never heard of before but recently learned that it’s something that’s found naturally in the skin. Apparently, the amount your body produces decreases over time (as you age), which can leave skin dry and vulnerable. I was told it’s good stuff, so I gave this a try and, again, I love it. It’s essentially a hydrating oil. I tend to have very dry skin in the winter, so this stuff is amazing for that. It can even be applied to hair to add shine and reduce breakage.
Indigena Skincare Rose Petal Eye Cream
$65 | available here
Eye creams are one of those things that I’m not totally sure about. I find it’s hard to see a huge improvement—especially when you’re a mom who isn’t sleeping all that well. (Does anything get rid of dark circles, really?) However, I love the way this eye cream feels. It’s cooling and soothing, as well as creamy. It feels really soft going on and it’s not heavy at all. Plus, this is made in Newfoundland. A gem of a find for all of us Canadians!
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
$95 | available here
This serum has the benefit of squalane, plus a plant-derived retinol (see more about retinol here), that offers sensitive skin retinol-like results without irritation. Basically, it’s meant to smooth and reduce fine lines and improve your skin tone. It’s got a lovely texture, too.
Beauty Counter Charcoal Cleansing Bar
$32 | available here
This one is for all of us who want a really great squeaky-clean cleanser. (Me!) I’m always, always on the hunt for a good cleanser. I like that this one is detoxifying and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out.
These are just a few of my favourites, and I’ve mentioned them because I truly have seen a difference in my skin since trying them. But I do realize they’re an investment and not always an option for everyone. If you can treat yourself, I think it’s worth it.