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Skincare Guru with 19 years of knowledge and experience. 🤍

My Skincare Reviews

Best Micellar Water

Canada's #1 Micellar Water*, formulated with micelles that gently lift away makeup and impurities from the skin. This all-in-1 cleanser, specifically formulated with no oil, no alcohol, and no fragrance, can work for all skin types, even sensitive, and requires no harsh rubbing or rinsing.

Use with cotton rounds. I usually buy them at Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart.

Favourite Acne Cleanser

I’ve been using this cleanser for the last three years. I stand behind it completely.

It’s described as a “Gentle pharmaceutical grade cleanser that helps clean and purify skin by removing dirt and oil.” - Read more on the link below.

Favourite Toner

The first time I tried this at The Best You… I fell in love. It smells so fresh.

Features and Benefits:

✨ Gently lifts away dead skin cells, debris and residue makeup
💗 Helps restore the skin’s protective pH balance
🍊 Enriched with Vitamin C and botanical extracts to provide clean, refreshing toning without the harsh, drying effects of alcohol
🔝 Alcohol-free, oil-free and recommended by physicians

Favourite Moisturizer (Expensive)

With acne prone skin - this is one of the only moisturizers I’ve used since I was 11 and didn’t breakout or have any burning sensation.

✨ Calms, soothes and helps reduce signs of redness, inflammation, irritation and bacteria
💖Contains Hexamidine, a unique antimicrobial with powerful anti-redness and bacteria fighting properties
🧫 Superior antimicrobial properties against acne-causing bacteria such as P. acnes, gram +, gram - and anaerobes
🥑 Enriched with Marigold Extract, Avocado, Vitamin E and Allantoin for added healing and soothing benefits
🧖🏻‍♀️ Ideal for daily use or on compromised skin post-procedure
✨ Alcohol-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested and recommended by physicians

Favourite Moisturizer

By far the best moisturizer I’ve used. Back when I was 16 I worked as a Cosmetician for a Pharmacy and went to an Avène training school.

This moisturizer is lightweight (no oil) and doesn’t cause any breakouts for me. I’m very sensitive to fragrance (most moisturizers burn my face).

Moisturizing*: It hydrates and replenishes with maximum respect for your sensitive skin. 💧
Soothing: Avène Spring Water has soothing and softening properties to soothe your skin and wrap it in a protective layer. ✨

✨ Light texture
💧 Moisturizing
💗 Soothing
✌🏼 Fragrance-free

Best Solution for Redness & Calming Skin

Back when I worked as a Cosmetician this was one of the best sellers. This thermale spray is a must have in your skincare routine!

Many cancer patients use this product post-radiation. It’s good for sunburns, post-shaving, Rosacea, post-treatments, post-make up removal etc.

Fun fact I learned in the training: This spring water never sees the light of day. It’s underground. 💧

Best Sunscreen

I’ve been using this one for the last three years. I will never buy any other SPF.

Aquaphor: An Accutane MUST!

When I was on Accutane over ten years ago… this was my life saver.
Put it on your lips everyday, hands etc.

P.S. My derm gave me a tip and I was too young to listen to this advice. PUT IT INSIDE YOUR NOSE (I still get nose bleeds since Accutane to this day!) Learn from my mistake.

Favourite Vitamin C Serum

I’ve been using this serum for the last 5 weeks and seen a huge improvement in my complexion. Not to mention “PIE” has faded dramatically. (I will be posting a before and after).

“Formulated with pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid USP), this patented oil-free sērum helps reduce signs of environmental damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone. Ideal for all skin types especially oily acne-prone skin.”

Features and Benefits:

🍊 Patented, stable formulation contains the highest grade Vitamin C available, L-Ascorbic Acid USP (pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C) for maximum efficacy and penetration
☀️ Helps reduce signs of environmental damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone
✨ Helps restore a radiant complexion, even skin tone and smooth skin texture
💧 Lightweight and fast-absorbing
🔝 Oil-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested and recommended by physicians

Favourite Retinol

I’ve been using this retinol for the last couple years.
I notice that with this retinol I experience less peeling and redness. Also, the results were quite fast - within a month I noticed a huge difference.

Favourite Prescription Cream

My dermatologist recommended this cream 3 years back and it’s the only one I trust. I have seen dramatic/quick results.

WHAT DOES BENZOYL PEROXIDE DO?

🦠 Kills bacteria that lead to painful bumps and blemishes

WHAT DOES ADAPALENE DO?

💖 Unclogs pores, helps prevent new clogged pores
✨ Decreases inflammation

Favourite Post-Treatment Cleanser

🧬 Unique, clinically proven 2-in-1 (dual) action formula protects the skin’s natural, protective oils and natural pH to moisturize and soothe sensitive skin as it cleans
🍼 Gentle enough for baby’s delicate skin or as a makeup remover
🩺 Recommended by dermatologists for over 65 years
✨ It is oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic
💗 Mild cleansing for all skin types

Post-Treatment Cream

I have to say Skin Medica takes the crown for post-procedure creams. I have used it post-IPL, dermapen and PRP.

💧 “This ceramide-rich treatment cream with growth factor blend TNS and peptides helps restore the skin’s moisture balance while soothing and hydrating dry and/or post-procedure skin.”

Post-Treatment Gel

Since Vivier discontinued Hydrogel - this is my new post-treatment gel.

DMK Solar Damage “creates a firmer plumper more replenished appearance as it works to support barrier protection and soothe inflamed skin.

It assists to restore the interstitial fluid of the epidermis to rehydrate and create a firmer plumper more replenished skin. Its specific formulation is designed to reduce inflammation and post-treatment irritation and redness, encourage healing, help increase antioxidants and aid cellular revision. Skins affected by acne, congestion, premature ageing, sun and environmental damage heat and erythema treatments, scarring and stretch marks, burns and sensitivity are all suitable to use this gel on.”

Tip: Always remember to refrigerate your post-treatment gel. It feels so good. 🧊

Pre-Procedure Numbing Cream

The only numbing cream I purchase now for the last three procedures. Emla brand has been trusted over 20 years.

Best Mask for Acne

I’ve been using this mask since I saw Brian Turner (#teamacne) promoting it. And I haven’t been disappointed the last few years.

Some points made on the website I have to show you that I absolutely 💗:

Made WITHOUT:

Parabens
Sulfates
Silicones
Dyes
Fragrance
Animal derived ingredients

Why It’s a Hit:

🐇Vegan and Cruelty Free - All products are tested by the Banish Team on ourselves, NOT on animals!
🌱Organic Ingredients-You can pronounce our ingredients!
✨Made Fresh to Order.
💖Made WITHOUT parabens and sulfates
🌈 No Artificial Colors
✈️Ships Worldwide!

Favourite Customizable Mask

This mask is wonderful for improving skin clarity, and very customizable.
I sometimes use the Turmeric Spot Treatment underneath the mask. I use it 3-4 times a week.

Details:
🐇 Organic/Vegan
🌱 purifies, soothes, and detoxes skin
✨ visibly reduces puffiness and supports a healthy looking complexion
🌎 Sustainable Ingredients

Best Acne Stickers

I’ve been using ZitSticka the last two years. I experimented with other their brands (Cosrx, Rael, Mighty Patch, Cake etc.) But they have won my heart. I don’t even want to try Peace Out or Starface.

Zitsticka products, packaging and marketing are not only aesthetically pleasing but most importantly their products actually work… even on my stubborn, painful hormonal breakouts.

P.S. A little tip… before you place any order be sure to check Acne Positivity influencer’s pages for discounts! xx

Favourite Lip Scrub

Definitely have a sweet tooth. This one tastes like 🍭 . I always lick my lips after lol.

Other flavours if you don’t like bubblegum:
Cookie dough, Unicorn, Cherry, Mint, Honey, Rose Lollipop, Watermelon, and Key Lime.

♻️ Recyclable glass pot made from up to 10% recycled material
🐇 Vegan
💋 Castor sugar buffs away flakes & Jojoba oil softens dry lips
🇨🇦 Made in Canada

Favourite Shampoo from Italia

This one is for volume. So it depends on what your hair needs are. 💗

The Bollati family founded Davines in 1983 in Parma, Italy. It originally began as a research laboratory specializing in the manufacture of quality haircare and skincare products for cosmetic companies. The name "Davines" is a combination of the Bollati children's names, Davide andStephania.

🌱 Ethical
🐇 Davines do not test on animals
🌲 Carbon Neutral since 2018 “At our carbon neutral Davines Village in Parma, Italy, where we manufacture our products, we exclusively power the factory and office using electrical and thermal energy derived from renewable sources. Every product that we formulate, design and produce is also made with clean energy.”

Favourite Gentle Conditioner

Again, it’s Davines. I never break out from Dede.

✨ Helps combing
💗 Protects
💧 Nourishment

Favourite Shampoo & Serum for Thinning Hair

When I was on Mirena I was losing chunks of hair at a time. Post-Mirena I found this shampoo and used it with the serum. What a difference it made. I absolutely love Davines. 💗

⚡️ Davines Energizing Shampoo is for treating thinning and breakage-prone hair. Energizing Shampoo stimulates circulation using caffeine phytoceuticals and improves hair elasticity, preventing loss.

✨ The Energizing Seasonal Superactive is a regenerating serum recommended for hair loss due to stress and seasonal factors, and also as a preventive treatment.

💗 It reduces hair loss and improves hair density and body.

Favourite Hair Mask

At the salon I always have a Wellaplex treatment after my hair is coloured. At home this is my go to mask between appointments. My hair feels like silk after I use these treatments. ✨

Best Therapeutic Shampoo

Their website description explains it all:

Original is clinically proven to help control itching and flaking symptomatic of scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and even common dandruff. The rich lather of T/GEL® Therapeutic Shampoo Original gently cleanses, leaving hair looking healthy, lustrous and manageable…even with everyday use*.

✨ Clinically proven to help control itching and flaking

Stye - Life saver

This was recommended by my dermatologist and has helped so many people I shared this tip with. ✨

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