Well known fact: In the last two years I have become passionate (obsessed?) with a good skincare regime.
Little known fact: One can have a comprehensive skin-care regime, made up of clinical grade formulas, for an extremely small investment. You just need to know where to look.
My skincare motto: Wash your face before bed, wear sunscreen and generally take care of your skin because it is the only one you will get. Taking care of your skin includes using decent products to hydrate and maintain skin integrity. Drinking lots of water (which I am inconsitent with!) never hurts either.
Have you heard of The Ordinary ? It is a sub-company of Deciem (the skin-care giant) and their motto is “Clinical formulations with integrity”. What they harrow is high quality, clinical grade formulations at an affordable price. They offer a product for every skin concern and I am obsessed. OBSESSED. They are ridiculously affordable, made in Canada, paraben free, non-GMO, vegan etc. I have replaced 80% of my products with The Ordinary’s version and not only is the product high quality and comparable to what I was previously using but I can honestly say that my skin looks better than before. My new vitamin serum absorbs faster than my old one and the new retinol is very gentle on my sensitive skin. Here is the kicker, most of their prices are one tenth the cost of products you can find at Sephora, your spa and even your dermatologists office (honestly a comprehensive regime will set you back $50-$90 TOTAL). I am saving hundreds of dollars a year and my skin is better for it! The packaging is great and shipping is free over 25 dollars in Canada!
If you don’t believe me, here is some background for you. Over the years I have tried an exhaustive list of products, an embarrassing amount really, to find the best and most affordable skin-care regime for myself. Some of the brands I have explored include…..
- Ole Henriksen
- Arbonne (which was possibly my overall least favourite for quality and price- don’t hate me Arbonne die hards but it just didn’t jive with my skin at all!)
- First Aid Beauty
- Kate Sommerville
- Josie Maran
- Sunday Ridley
I have loved many of the products I have tried, even used some in my rotation for years. My skin is dry and I am my thirties. My goal is dewy, blemish free skin that requires minimal amounts of makeup on a day-to-day basis. My other goal is to maintain my skin and to age as gracefully as my genetics allow (as opposed to as gracefully as an old banana). Basically, I don’t want to look like a raisin or a prune when I retire. Not vanity, just realness. What I have been looking for is a good cleanser, decent moisturizer/oil, something to de-puff my eyes when I wake up looking like a troll in the morning, a vitamin heavy serum, some gentle retinol and a sunscreen. All without spending a fortune. The Ordinary has made this a reality.
Interestingly enough, I am not the only person who feels this way. The Ordinary recently launched a foundation line that had a wait list of almost thirty-thousand people (spoiler alert it was totally worth the wait!). They unfortunately sometimes have trouble maintaining stock because there is such a high demand for their products but they are totally worth the wait. Later this month they are launching an SPF line (yay!) and have just opened their first store in downtown Toronto. I just wish they had a cleanser and maybe a moisturizing eye cream!
Here is my current regime…
(*which set me back less than $80 shipped to my house!)
Am: After washing my face I apply the “Buffet” serum (which is a heavy hitting vitamin and peptide combo) followed by their moisturizer. I also gently apply the Caffeine serum around my eyes (this product is probably my favourite one) to de-puff and brighten! If I am super dry which I am often, I put a few drops of the Hyaluronic Acid +b5 on prior to the moisturizer.
Pm: After washing my face I apply the “Buffet” serum again followed by the advanced retinol (* please wear SPF if using retinol and say away from your eyes when applying it). Then I seal it all in with a few drops of the cold pressed rose hip oil. I also apply an anti-aging eye cream by Caudalie that I love but would be happy to replace if they launched one! If I have blemish I spot treat that bad boy with a little of their salicylic acid (R.I.P pimples!),
My morning and evening routines take less than five minutes including washing my face and applying the lotions and potions. That is pretty small investment of time for big pay-off in my books! In the future I am looking forward to trying the toner and SPF.
Happy Monday everyone!