Best Face Forward: The skincare you need to try in May 2020

I read a report lately that sales in the beauty industry have been down.

Honestly, this doesn’t surprise me since we have nowhere to go and no one to see (plus the whole mask thing kinda puts a damper on wearing lip products). What people are talking about though is skincare. In fact, CNN posted an article recently saying that one of my favourite skincare brands Tula saw record sales in April.

I’ve always kinda went above and beyond with my skincare products, but during this time I have found that I have been putting a little more effort into my skincare routine. Whether that means a few extra steps or face mask days. Luckily, I get a lot of skincare products to try out and if you are looking to invest in your skin a little more during this challenging time, then here are some goodies to check out…

Lancome Hydra Zen moisturizer

Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Glow Liquid Moisturizer

New-ish from Lancome is their Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Glow Liquid Moisturizer (C$60), which is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates, de-stresses, and supports skin’s moisture barrier, giving you a glow and leaves you feeling softer, smoother, and revitalized.

This moisturizer is ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin and is perfect for those who have issues with dryness, redness, dullness, and uneven texture. The formula is made up of a complex of 14 amino acids, which are known for their anti-aging and elasticity properties to support proteins, like collagen; hyaluronic acid, which includes moisture in your skin; and organic aloe vera, which soothes, moisturizes, and gives you antioxidant protection properties.

This moisturizer is perfect for those who live in busy cities or travel often since it helps to prevent water loss, defends against pollution, and provides antioxidant protection. With regular use, skin should appear visibly younger and smoother.

Neostrata Restore Bionic Face Cream

Neostrata Restore Bionic Face Cream

If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin then take a look at Neostrata’s Restore Bionic Face Cream (C$75).

This moisturizer contains bionic acid, which is a natural humectant that forms a water-binding matrix to help attract moisture to the skin barrier. This cream, which the brand recommends to apply twice daily, is on the thicker side and will help nourish and moisturize your skin.

I do find this to be on the pricier side considering how small the bottle is (40 grams). As a result, I would recommend applying this maybe only at night to act as a thick night moisturizer to wake up with hydrated skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost makeup Removing Wipes

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes

Neutrogena’s makeup removing wipes are some of my favourites, so when they released a new version as part of their Hydro Boost collection, I was instantly intrigued.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes (C$12.99) are a makeup removing wipe that is made with hyaluronic acid.  Each package comes with 25 wipes and gently and effectively remove dirt, makeup, and impurities.

I’ve also found that Neutrogena’s wipes are the best at removing makeup, so take that and then pair it with the hyaluronic acid formula to hydrate skin while it also cleans it, prepping it for the rest of your skincare routine.  If you are already a fan of their cleansing wipes, then I highly recommend you give these a shot next time you’re picking some up.

Reversa Collagenique

Reversa Collagenique Cream

I’ve always had a thing for Reversa since they are proudly Canadian and if you are looking for a little homegrown skincare, then take a look at their newest innovation, the Collagenique cream (C$60).

This moisturizer helps to prevent and reduce visible signs of collagen loss by hydrating and revitalizing the skin. The formula contains 98 per cent ingredients by natural origin, including MatrixylSynthe’6 peptide, which helps with aging; Agefinity, a biomimetic source that generates energy in skin cells; goji stem cell extract, which is a super fruit that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging; and fragmented hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate the skin.

This cream is suitable for all skin types and just like other Reversa products, is cruelty-free, vegan, and paraben-free.

Skinceuticals AGE Interrupter moisturizer and AGE Eye Complex

Skinceuticals A.G.E. Interruptor Moisturizer and Eye Complex

I’ve talked a lot about Skinceuticals on here, so when I got in their A.G.E. Interruptor Moisturizer and Eye Complex, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

The A.G.E. Interrupter moisturizer (C$185) is an advanced wrinkle treatment that helps to fight visible signs of aging caused by advanced glycation end-products (the A.G.E. in the name), which is a major factor of the natural aging process. This cream includes 30 per cent concentration of proxylane, four per cent blueberry extract, and 0.2 per cent phytosphingosine, which will help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and reverse the loss of firmness caused by the glycation process.

Apply this cream to your face once or twice daily to reduce the appearance of thinning skin, visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture, restore water and nutrients to make skin look more firm, and add hydration.

Pair this with the A.G.E. Eye Complex (C$113), which has a similar formula to combat dark circles, puffiness, and crow’s feet. It also includes optical diffusers to diffuse light and improve the radiance of tired dull-looking eyes to make them appear brighter and less tired.

Skwiik Face It moisturizer

Skwiik Skin Co. Face It cream

Calgary-based Skwiik Skin Co. calls their Face It moisturizer (C$28) the best face cream of all time.

It’s a pretty big claim, but it does do a heck of a good job. Appropriate for both day and night, this moisturizer is infused with neroli floral water and guava extract to help even out skin tone, hydrate, reduce inflammation, and protect your natural skin barrier.

This cream is suitable for a variety of different skin tones, including both acne-prone and sensitive skin. You can mix it with their Super Glow Elixir, which I talked about here, for a sleep treatment.

Skincare products to try for May 2020

Although I do miss wearing makeup (I mean, I can apply it, I just don’t see the point when I don’t leave my house), I do have to admit that my skin has been loving the much-needed break lately.  There are so many amazing skincare products out there and I feel like brands are really upping their games lately to come out with formulations to really help target just about any skin concern you may have.

What have you been loving lately?

Please note, this post contains products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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