When I was in high school, I knew nothing about skincare. I was in college when I started to realize that it should be an important part of my daily routine. In 2007 I started working at Shoppers Drug Mart as a beauty adviser, and quickly fell in love with moisturizers and serums. In order for your makeup to look flawless, you need to start off with a great canvas. When you take care of your skin, your makeup will sit better on your skin and look more radiant.
It is super important to remove your makeup before you go to bed. I cringe when people tell me they don’t do this. Leaving your makeup on will clog your pores, dry your skin out and can lead to eye infections.
These are my favourite products to use at nighttime:
Clinique Take The Day Off Face Wipes
I love these wipes! They are hypoallergenic and don’t irritate my skin. These are great if you’re looking for a quick way to remove makeup.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover
This is my favourite makeup remover; I’ve been using it daily for the past year. This dual-phase remover takes away my eye makeup in a few swipes and doesn’t irritate my eyes. You don’t need to tug at your eyes to remove waterproof makeup. It contains aloe and cucumber so it is very soothing.
Pixi Glow Tonic
I love this toner because it contains glycolic acid, which is great for exfoliating your skin, leaving it feeling tighter and brighter over time. I thought this would burn my skin or make it feel irritated, but it does the exact opposite.
Vichy Thermal Water
This is 100% pure spring water that contains 15 minerals. It is proven to help with regenerating and soothing your skin. This feels so refreshing. If you are super sensitive you can skip the Pixi toner and use this as your toner.
Lancôme Visionnaire Yeux
Using an eye cream is very important as we age. The skin under your eyes is very thin and only cream formulated for that area should be applied to avoid irritation. This is a great eye cream that helps with wrinkles, dark circles and eye bags. It has “hydra blur technology” which immediately improves the appearance of imperfections around your eyes.
Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost Serum
This serum transformed my skin. It is a “needle free” filling serum that plumps up my fine lines. It helps stimulate collagen and elastin, making my skin look plump and radiant. Serums are very important—they hydrate deep into your epidermis and work faster than most creams.
Neostrata Pore Minimizing Anti-Shine Hydrating Gel
This is a great product for someone with combination or oily skin. It helps hydrate my skin, improves the texture and controls my oil. It is super lightweight and non-irritating.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lip
Don’t forget your lips! All year round we need to protect our lips from the dry environment. This is probably my sixth tube of this stuff—I apply it day and night. It contains panthenol, which helps prevent your lips from cracking.
Remember: Skin first, makeup second!