Monthly Must Haves: October 2020

Can you believe it is already November? Is anyone else starting to feel excited for Christmas? We had a little dusting of snow last week that really got me into the spirit. With a new month underway I am sharing some of my favourite products I used during October. Here is a look at some of my recent favourite products.

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Cream

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Cream – This is a product I have always thought to use on other parts of the body, but never on my face until Romy from Ymor Beauty. (If you don’t follow Romy I highly recommend you check her out. She has a background in science and brings so much knowledge to her reviews. She is a great resource.) I have been using Cicalfate primarily when I have a blemish clearing up or to heal any irritation. It has amazing healing and restorative benefits . Plus the zinc sulfate is antibacterial and can help prevent acne causing bacteria from developing on the skin.

I also love using this product if my skin just needs a boost. If my skin is super dry and dull I apply this product at night. The next morning I wake up with the most glowing, soft and radiant skin.

Neostrata Bionic Oxygen Recovery

Neostrata Bionic Oxygen Recovery – I have become a big fan of Neostrata products. If you follow my blog or instagram you will often see their products popping up in my content. This Bionic Oxygen Recovery Treatment is amazing. It is made up of polyhydroxy acids or PHAs, which the founders of Neostrata discovered – HOW COOL! PHAs provide exfoliation, strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier while being gentle and not irritating. They are so gentle they can even be used on post-procedure skin. PHAs are an amazing ingredient for anyone with sensitive skin who can not use strong actives.

Right now, I am unable to use many actives due to wearing a mask because my skin has become really sensitive. This has made treating acne a bit difficult. Adding this treatment into my routine 2-3 times a week has been a complete game changer for me. It combines two different PHAS, gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, to gently exfoliate the skin. The antioxidant and humectant properties help to repair and hydrate the skin.

To use this product you massage a thin layer onto damp skin. The product begins to bubble and disappears after 5 minutes. The bubbling action helps to deliver molecular oxygen to the skin to energize your skin cells.

The results I have seen from using this product are amazing! After one use I noticed immediate radiance – my skin is glowing! It has also calmed my stressed out skin and really helped calm down my acne. My skin is looking a lot clearer, more radiant and just overall healthy and thriving since I have been using this.

Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream – Our neck is often and area we neglect and is one of the first places we show signs of aging. With the increase in technology people are often noticing signs of aging on the neck really early and it is referred to as “Tech Neck”.

Tech neck is the horizontal lines that develop on the neck as a result of constantly looking down at devices like phones or computers. This is something I have definitely started to develop and I want to start caring for now and taking preventative measures.

This neck cream helps to firm, reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles and even the skin tone. It is really effective at doing all of those things and I have definitely noticed more smoothness in my neck area and a reduction in the appearance of lines on my neck. The thing I love most about this neck cream is the texture. A lot of other neck creams I have tried can be very oily, or feel like they just sit on the surface of the skin and don’t fully absorb. This one is super light in texture and absorbs into the skin beautifully.

Do I recommend this neck cream? Absolutely, but I also understand that spending $98 on a neck cream isn’t realistic for everyone. If I can offer one piece of advice it would be to carry your skincare down your neck. Bring everything down – cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen.

Covergirl Clean Fresh Translucent Powder

Cover Girl Clean Fresh Translucent Pressed Powder – I have never used a pressed translucent powder as I usually opt for loose. I am so impressed with this powder and it is drugstore. It does a really great job at setting your makeup and blurring the skin. I mainly use it under my eyes and through my t-zone. It does a great job at leaving a natural matte finish and blurring any lines or pores. I have seen other reviews where people said they felt like it left a white cast on their skin. I personally have never experienced this, but I am a pretty fair skin tone. I also think this will be great for travelling or on the go instead of bringing my loose translucent powders with me as they can be quite messy.

Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo and Conditioner

Fekkai Color Technician Shampoo and Conditioner – I’ve been searching for a shampoo and conditioner that is easily accessible (can be purchased at the drugstore rather then the salon) and doesn’t contain things like silicones or sulfates. Fekkai recently relaunched their products at the drugstore and I am really excited about it. I have been using their shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair. It is supposed to extend the life of your colour and prevent brassiness from occuring. It is free of silicones, sulfates, phthalates and parabens. It has definitely helped my hair with brassiness. I find I am using my purple shampoo less often to maintain my blonde. It also leaves my hair feeling really clean and doesn’t add any weight to my hair.

Those are a few of my favourite products from October. What products have you been loving?