If you’ve never tried double cleansing, it might be a game-changer for you! The first step is an oil-based product that will dissolve any SPF and makeup (including eye makeup - the panda look is REAL).
The options are endless, but this light oil is a winning formulation that will make you look forward to your evening routine.
If you panicked when you read “oil-based” because you have oily skin, fear not! Oily skin actually does *really well* with double cleansing.
No matter the length of your hair, you’re going to want it out of your eyes while you wash your face.
And why not get one that’s adorable like this sweet kitty hair band? I’ve had mine for several years, and it gets washed often with the rest of the laundry without any troubles. Plus, it’s so silly it’s almost serious.
The second step of a double cleanse is a water-based product that will clean up any leftover impurities from the oil-based step.
As someone who has tragically-dry-and-dehydrated skin, I tend to avoid any kind of foaming cleanser. But this one from Klairs is the right amount of creamy and foamy. Delightful!
4. Maelove Glow Maker $30
There aren’t any “rules” in skin care, but there are some universal suggestions. Like incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily routine… It will help brighten your complexion and will increase the efficacy of your SPF formula. This formulation is a dead-ringer dupe for a MUCH more expensive (7x more expensive) popular alternative.
What’s not to love?
(Ships to Canada with for a very reasonable fee. Duty / taxes paid by buyer.)
This sweet little device will make cleansing your face more enjoyable and relaxing. I keep mine in the shower, and have charged it exactly ONCE in the three years that I’ve owned it.
Don’t worry about this being yet another device you have to charge - it magically lasts forever!
This serum has given me better results than the much more expensive versions that I’ve tried in the past.
Bonus: I have zero eye irritation when using this formula. Huzzah!
7. NIOD Modulating Glucosides $28
If your skin barrier feels compromised at all (itchy, red, or inflamed), this serum will be the comforting blanket you’ll be craving.
Perfect for all skin types, it provides a luxurious cushioning layer of protection. I keep two bottles on hand at all times, because I never want to run out.
8. I’m From Honey Lip Balm $20
I don’t know about you, but this dry weather has me reaching for my lip balm several times a day. I keep a pot of this delicious-smelling product in my desk drawer so I can apply as needed. I love that it’s never sticky, but keeps my lips moisturized for hours.
Is it weird that I also rub it on my cuticles to keep them conditioned? Hope not!
9. COSRX Retinol 0.1 Cream $27
This is the perfect option for anyone who is dipping their toe into the Retinol waters.
Retinol is one of the most-researched (and proven effective) ingredients available. It increases cell turnover so you’ll have baby-smooth skin, and it also helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Also? It can be super irritating. You’ll want to start slow (1 x per week) with a gentle formula like this one and then work your way up to stronger emulsions.
10. Solawave Skincare Wand $150
I was recently gifted one of these wands by a skincare-appreciating friend. May you also have such a human in your life!
This small device does a few different skin-boosting jobs. It produces micro current, delivers a mini massage, has heat therapy (it physically warms your skin), and emits red LED light to heal sun damage and reduce fine lines. I’ve been enjoying using mine over the past few weeks!
I’d recommend purchasing the wand-and-serum bundle in order to get the most out of this device.
(Ships to Canada with for a very reasonable fee with duty / taxes included)
11. Home Edit Narrow Bin $17
This clear bin (or any clear bin) will be super useful for wrangling your skin care in one place. I fill mine up with the products I keep in high rotation, and store it under the sink when not in use.
Practical AND cute!
12. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen $36
Don’t let me tell you how to live your life… But you should be using SPF every single day. Whether it’s raining. Or snowing. Or you’re staying inside.This is the single easiest, most effective way to stave off any unwanted fine lines, damage, and hyperpigmentation.
Don’t like the white cast that some SPF formulas can give you? This is the answer - it goes on completely sheer, which makes it a perfect match for any skin tone.
13. Nécessaire The Body Exfoliator $30
If you want to be blown away, use this body exfoliator on your legs before you shave them. I promise you’ll never experience anything smoother!
While I tend to choose unscented versions of products (and there is one of the Body Exfoliator), I love love LOVE the Eucalyptus scent - it makes me feel like I’m at a high end spa getting pampered.
14. COSRX Master Pimple Patch $6
Look, we all get blemishes. These ingenious hydrocolloid patches will simultaneously cover your spot while helping to heal it faster.
You'll be shocked at how effective they are.
There are one million moisturizers out there (and I’ve tried at least a thousand of them), so how do you choose?
Since this is the step in my routine that seals in all the goodness that I’ve applied before, I like this part to feel luxurious.
Not only does the packaging of this moisturizer scream “treat yourself!”, the contents are top-notch. Best suited to people with dry skin (like yours truly), this formula will lock in moisture for hours while not feeling too heavy on your skin.
Plus, the scent is heavenly. And did I mention the packaging?