The last stretch: The skincare you need to try for November

I seriously can’t believe we are already in November.

It feels like yesterday when the world stopped as we knew it and everything just slowed down.

Since the middle of March I’ve worn less makeup, used less heat on my hair and really watched as my body embraced these new positive changes.  My skin is doing great and my hair is feeling thick, healthy, and shiny.  Sure, the lack of going out sucks, but my body has been doing great because of it.

Anyways, I get to try out a lot of skincare here and love to see what’s new and exciting every month. Since skincare has blown up this past year (even more so than usual), I find that my usual beauty packages are turning more into skincare ones (when I get a makeup item now I get way more excited, even if I don’t really use it as much as I used to ).

Anyways, since we are on the last stretch of 2020 (thank goodness), and heading into a chillier season, its about time to start upping your skincare routine.  If you’re looking for something new and noteworthy, then keep reading.

Derma E Hydrating Night cream and Serum

Derma E Hydrating Night Cream and Ultra Hydrating Serum

Cold weather means dry skin, so it’s super important that you start switching out your moisturizers for something thicker and aimed to hydrate.

The Derma E Hydrating Night Cream (C$47.49) is a great moisturizer to try since you apply this at night to wake up to glowing and soft skin. This cream will help to hydrate and balance your complexion while you sleep thanks to the added hyaluronic acid in the formula.  We’ve chatted about hyaluronic acid before on here, but it’s an ingredient that lots of skincare brands use to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier.

This moisturizer will help to plump skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as minimize rough and dry patches.  They also offer it in a day cream as well.

Pair this moisturizer with their Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (C$47.49), which is a vegan hyaluronic acid serum that will help to improve your skin’s appearance.  The formula helps to dim the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as give you more plump and firmer skin.

You can use this serum both morning and night and it will help with redness and dryness, as well as help skin have a more radiant complexion.

Kiehl's Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask

Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask

Skin feeling irritated lately? Then you’ll love Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask (C$59).

This mask is designed to hydrate and calm irritated skin, including dryness and redness.  It is ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin and features a gel formula that is gentle and soothing on the skin.

Apply this mask for at least 15 minutes for the formula to go to work.  The aloe helps to hydrate and improve skin’s appearance, while the calendula extract helps to soothe and calm skin.

Once rinsed, you’ll notice your skin feels super soft and hydrated. This one is a great mask for the cold, dry winter weather.  Trust me, your skin will thank you.

L'Occitane Immortelle Précieuse and Skinceuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair

L’Occitane Immortelle Précieuse Masque de Nuit

Hands up if you spend your entire day in front of a screen?

I feel like everything we do nowadays is in front of a screen, whether it’s your phone, computer, or TV. Because of that, our skin is constantly being damaged by the blue light that is transmitted from these devices. Skin looking dull and feeling dry? It might be the blue light from your screens.

I try to incorporate blue light protection into my daily life, whether it’s my blue light glasses (which I cannot recommend enough – totally life changing!) or my skincare.

L’Occitane’s Immortelle Précieuse Masque de Nuit (C$85) is a great nighttime moisturizer to help defend your skin against blue light. The cream is formulated with a light texture to help skin resist the effects of external aggressors, including blue light and pollution.

The mask includes a unique formula featuring their Immortelle Super Aqueous Extract, which is known to have antioxidant properties, as well as the Immortelle essential oil from Corsica, which is known to fight visible signs of aging.  It also includes everyone’s favourite skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid, to hydrate skin. The combination of these ingredients will protect against blue light and will preserve skin’s radiance.

Skinceuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair

I’ve been using a neck cream for ages and it’s quickly become one of my must-use products every single night.  The one I usually gravitate to is from Neostrata, and having gone through multiple bottles of the stuff, it’s something that I can’t imagine ever not having in my skincare collection.

I love neck cream so much that when I saw that Skinceuticals came out with one this year, I was jumping for joy at the chance of trying it.

The Skinceuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair (C$160) is a daily retinol cream that is specially formulated for the neck. So why do you need a special cream for your neck? Won’t your moisturizer just do?  These creams are designed to target early-to-advanced signs of aging, which means lines, sagging, and wrinkles.  These things can happen to us early since we are constantly looking down at our phones (who knew!).

This cream includes 0.2 per cent slow-release retinol, 2.5 per cent tripeptide concentrate, and 5.0 per cent glaucine complex.  Together, these ingredients are targeted to reduce multiple signs of visible neck aging.

With regular use, your neck should appear less thin, wrinkles and lines should be reduced, it will feel more firm, and skin tone will be evened out.  If you have received neck procedures in the past then this would be great to use to accompany that.

Mary Kay Micellar Water and limited-edition facial cleansing pads

We all need a good makeup remover and usually the ones I reach for are a micellar solution.

New from Mary Kay, the Micellar Water (C$20) launches today (November 16) and is a gentle, yet effective way to remove makeup and cleanse skin. The formula is watery-based and will remove makeup in a flash, while cleansing skin and getting rid of dirt, oil, or impurities.

Pair the micellar water with their limited-edition facial cleansing pads (C$18), which come in a pack of 10 and are reusable (hence great for Mother Earth).  I’ve been using similar ones on and off, and truthfully they aren’t as great as the throw-away ones, but I do love how they are more eco-friendly and they do the job well.  These come in a handy little bag as well, so it makes it easier to wash.

Mary Kay TimeWise Replenishing Serum C+E, Satin Hands Shea Hand Sanitizer, and Illuminea Body Souffle

Just like your body needs its daily vitamins, so does your skin!

The TimeWise Replenishing Serum C+E (C$67) is the brand’s newest addition to their popular TimeWise skincare line.  This serum gives your skin its daily dose of Vitamins C and E, the latter of which is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to science. The pairing of the two vitamins together will boost skin’s defense against aging and with regular use, skin will look and feel more firm and glowing.

Now your face isn’t the only thing thing in need of moisture.  Marry Kay will be releasing a new fragrance later this month and to go with it they have introduced a new body souffle. The Illuminea Body Souffle (C$34) is a luxurious body cream that will melt into your skin and leave it smelling fresh and fragrant.  The Illuminea scent opens with spice, leading to fruity florals, and then finishing with a woodsy warm tone.

Finally, this last item is (sadly) the most exciting for me (aside from maybe the neck cream).  Mary Kay released a spray hand sanitizer as part of their Satin Hands line today!  The Satin Hands Shea Hand Sanitizer (C$11) is designed to be gentle enough to keep your hands nice and smooth without drying them out. It features a blend of soothing moisture to clean and sanitize hands, without leaving them dry.

Skincare to try in November 2020 from Mary Kay, L'Occitane, Skinceuticals, Kiehl's, Derma E

If you are interested in any of these items I would also recommend looking to see if they are offered in any gift sets for the holidays.  I will be doing a skincare holiday round up as well, but a lot of times you can purchase the full-size product with a few minis thrown in for around the same price.

Let me know if you give any of these a try and I wish you all healthy and soft skin for the months ahead!

What’s on your skincare wish list for this month?

Please note, all products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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