16 Clean Beauty and Wellness Staples to Give Your Routine a Boost
High-performance beauty and wellness swaps that contain all of the good stuff with none of the fluff.
by : Melissa Fejtek- Apr 30th, 2021
An All-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water
It’s time to ditch the makeup wipes and opt for a multi-purpose cleanser instead. Specially formulated for people with sensitive skin, Garnier’s micellar cleansing water will leave your skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup, all without the need to rinse.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($11 shop.shoppersdrugmart.ca)
An Organic Eye Balm
Start spring off bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with this illuminating eye balm from clean beauty pioneer Kjaer Weis. Housed in a fully recyclable jar and made with squalane, cold-pressed plant oils and the brand’s signature skin-enhancing Dioscorea batatas (Chinese yam) extract, this silky pot of goodness functions beautifully as an under-eye primer and even works as a lip balm.
Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Eye Balm ($87, thedetoxmarket.ca)
An Instant Skin Detox
Infused with pore-refining French green clay, kaolin clay and antioxidant-rich green tea, this powder-based mask from Canadian skincare brand Three Ships promises to nix blemishes and firm skin sans the use of harmful ingredients. Mix the ten-minute mask with a few drops of water or toner (we love using a splash of rosewater) and watch the finely milled grains transform into a soothing paste that tightens and brightens the skin.
Three Ships Green Tea Detox Mask ($22, threeshipsbeauty.com)
A Grass-Fed Collagen Supplement
Besides improving the condition of your hair, skin and nails, collagen – the structural protein that makes up most of your body – is essential for healthy muscle formation, strong bones, teeth and joints. The bad news? As we get older, our body decreases its natural production of collagen at an increasing rate. The good? One scoop of NeoCell’s Collagen Protein Peptides offers 20 g of grass-fed collagen along with hydrating hyaluronic acid and immune-boosting vitamin C and Amla fruit extract to support your body inside and out.
A Microbiome-Balancing Mist
Fermented sake extract, kombucha and a blend of ceramides, amino acids and minerals work together to protect the delicate balance of the skin microbiome in this pH-balanced mist. Spritz generously throughout the day to calm the skin, amp up moisture levels and increase resilience to external stressors like pollution and blue light.
Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray ($55, sephora.com)
A High-Efficiency Night Concentrate
Tackle fine lines and uneven texture while you catch up on sleep with this non-irritating, quick-absorbing night concentrate from bareMinerals. It contains a plant-based retinol alternative sourced from the picão preto plant to deliver all the transformative benefits of retinol without causing flakiness or irritation, along with protein peptides to support collagen production and hyaluronic acid for an extra layer of hydration – a must year-round.
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate ($81. bareminerals.com)
A Mood-Boosting Scrub
Slough away dead skin cells and re-energize your mind with this gorgeous-smelling scrub from clean beauty brand Kalmar. Made with crushed walnut shells and shea butter and scented with lemon, ginger, bergamot and jasmine, the gentle formula polishes and softens skin while uplifting the senses.
Kalmar Joy Jubilation Foaming Polish ($66, shopkalosophie.com)
An SPF-Infused Foundation
Shield skin from sun damage year-round while evening out skin tone with this SPF-infused moisturizing foundation from Canadian brand LASPA. Available in three blendable shades, its mattifying formula adds a subtle tint to the skin and provides mineral-based, reef-safe sun protection that doesn’t pill or produce a white cast.
LASPA Fluid Matte Foundation SPF 20 ($39, laspanaturals.com)
A Zero-Waste Period Cup
Make 2021 the year you ditch disposable period products. This Canadian-made, ultra-flexible menstrual cup from Nixit offers 12-hour protection and has a unique design: the thin disk-shaped cup rests on the fornix, allowing it to remain in place suction-free while feeling virtually undetectable.
Nixit Menstrual Cup ($48, nordstrom.ca)
An Antioxidant-Fuelled Drink Mix
Double up on the skincare benefits of antioxidants with this citrusy drinkable mix from wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop. It contains vitamins C and E along with CoQ10, grape seed extract and lutein to support collagen production in the body and tastes delightfully refreshing when mixed with water.
Goopglow Powder Mix ($82, sephora.com)
An Aesthetically Pleasing Diffuser
Bring good vibes into your home with these limited-edition colourful stone diffusers from Vitruvi. Now available in warm honey, dusty rose and seafoam green shades, this minimalist porcelain diffuser will brighten up your spirits and your home in a flash.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser in Honey, Rose and Sea ($119, vitruvi.com)
A Cozy Bath Set
Relish in the joy of floating in a hot bath with this trio of relaxing soaks from Montreal-based clean beauty brand Belle & Candide. Whether you lean into the warming scents of peppercorn, ginger and cinnamon or delight in the muscle-soothing properties of eucalyptus and peppermint oils, there’s something for everyone in this dreamy set.
Belle & Candide Unwind Bath Soak Set ($60, lateliercandide.ca)
A 100% Vegan Hair Line
Known for their high performing, natural-ingredient based hair care and eco-friendly initiatives, experts at Aveda have recently reformulated all products to no longer contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients, effectively minimizing their carbon footprint. We love the bestselling Be Curly Curl Enhancer, which relies on wheat protein and aloe to improve hydration levels in hair and increase bounce.
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer ($26, aveda.ca)
An Anxiety-Busting Supplement
Soothe your frazzled nerves and support your adrenals with CanPrev Adrenal Chill, which contains a blend of full-spectrum ashwagandha extract and L-theanine, two ingredients clinically studied to decrease stress and anxiety levels.
CanPrev Adrenal Chill ($30, well.ca)
An Instant Suntan
Put a stopper on the quarantine blues with a few drops of this sunless tanning serum from sustainably made luxury suncare brand Soleil Toujours. Loaded with skin-friendly ingredients like red algae, vitamin E, chamomile and turmeric, it imparts a subtle sun-kissed quality to the skin when mixed with moisturizer, serums or SPF, or can be worn alone to achieve a deeper glow.
Soleil Toujours Daily Sunless Tanning Serum ($72, soleiltoujours.com)
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