Between constant hand washing, waves of anxiety and staying up to date on news briefings, you could squeeze in a little self-isolation skincare (if you’re up for it, no pressure). There are a few staple items like hand soap, face wash and a good hydrating mask that will make quarantine a bit more tolerable for your skin.
Whether the dry air in your building has your skin feeling extra parched or your through-the-roof stress levels are causing breakouts, we rounded up the top skincare products you can shop from a few online Canadian retailers to tackle every self-isolation skincare need. (We’ve also included a few tried-and-tested sunscreens because, yes, you still should wear sunscreen indoors.)
Shoppers Drug Mart
This go-to Canadian pharmacy carries an unrivalled selection of beauty brands, including everything from drugstore gems to more luxe selections. Bonus: the site is currently offering free shipping on all purchases big and small.
Hand soap: Avène Ultra Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Bar with Cold Cream, $8
Yes, you’re washing your hands umpteen times a day, but this bar contains cold cream and hydrating lipids that helps prevent zapping all remaining moisture from your mitts.
Hand cream: Philosophy Hands of Hope Hand and Nail Cream, $12
A best-seller for years, this hand and nail cream is packed with shea butter and macadamia oil. The scent is just enough – it’s detectable without being overpowering, which means you won’t be sick of it by your 10th application every hour.
Face wash: Dr. Roebuck’s Noosa Nourishing Crème Cleanser, $30
Right about now your skin could probably use a warm hug-like cleanser, and that’s just what this comforting face wash offers with its soothing, sulfate-free formula.
Face mask: High Beauty High Maintenance Peeling Mask, $62
A new addition to Shoppers skincare lineup, use this cannabis sativa seed oil-rich exfoliating mask once a week to keep your skin looking fresh, even when you feel otherwise.
SPF: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Face Sunscreen SPF 50, $34
With its mineral-based formulation, this tinted sunscreen protects skin from UV rays and gives skin a healthy glow, sans makeup.
This retail giant is flush with budget-friendly options and is well-stocked in everything from essentials to more treat-yourself skincare picks.
Hand soap: Dove Lavender & Yogurt Foaming Liquid Hand Wash , $9
Hand soap is a hot commodity these days. Try this hydrating alcohol, sulfate and dye-free formula that smells of soothing lavender.
Hand cream: Glysomed Hand Cream, $6
A classic (and for good reason!), this glycerin-based cream locks in moisture and makes quick work of ultra-dry hands.
Face wash: Garnier BIO Organic Cornflower Micellar Cleansing Water, $11
For those days and nights when you’re feeling lazy, a swipe of this micellar water removes oil and makeup from skin without having to rinse off.
Face mask: Burt’s Bees Detoxifying Clay Mask, $20
Stress breakouts are not uncommon in these, uh, stressful times. Nip blemishes in the bud with this clay and charcoal-infused mask.
SPF: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50, $16
This sunscreen has a long list of fans thanks to its lightweight gel formula that offers broad-spectrum protection without leaving a greasy residue behind.
It goes without saying that Sephora stocks skincare to address every skin concern. Here are our go-to picks to help navigate the plethora of options online.
Hand soap: Fresh Citron de Vigne Oval Soap, $20
Hello, my pretty. Not only does this vegetable oil-based, triple-milled soap smell divine, but unwrapping it feels like you’re treating yourself to a little present. A gift from you, to you.
Hand cream: Lano Rose Hand Cream Intense, $20
While the OG formula of this cream is plenty hydrating, you know you want (make that need) the intense version for hands that are zapped of all softness and moisture. This one does not disappoint.
Face wash: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $45
Gentle enough for sensitive skin, this cleanser gives your skin a daily dose of AHAs, so you get a deep clean, even if you’ve fallen off your regular exfoliation schedule.
Face mask: Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial, $90
An exclusive to Sephora, use this peel once a week to move dead skin cells along (bye!) and to keep your skin feeling so fresh and so clean.
SPF: Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, $47
This tinted mineral sunscreen protects your skin from damaging UV rays and free radicals and leaves skin with a subtle glow.
Nordstrom Canada just launched their own e-commerce site, which means you can now shop your fave brands in Canadian currency with free shipping.
Hand soap: Diptyque Softening Hand Wash, $57
We’re all for a make-yourself-feel-good-splurge right about now and since you’re washing your hands all the time, why not up the pleasure factor with this luxe liquid soap.
Hand cream: Byredo Vetyver Hand Cream, $90
It’s guaranteed you’re going to feel fancy when you use this divine-smelling hand cream. Seriously, it’s worth the price tag for the aromatherapy alone.
Face wash: Omorovicza Cashmere Cleanser, $90
Cashmere in cleanser form? Yes please. A triple whammy of skin-loving ingredients – calendula extract to sooth, apricot kernel oil to boost collagen production and shea butter to hydrate – round out this fancy face wash.
Face mask: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, $27
Whether you’re lounging around the house and want to indulge your skin or you’ve been invited to a last-minute zoom chat and you need a pick-me-up, throw on this innovative dry sheet mask to give your skin an instant hit of glowy hydration.
SPF: Kiehl’s Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $47
This sunscreen feels like you’ve got nothing on, but that doesn’t minimize it’s UV protection. It also absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves behind a matte finish.
The Detox Market
The Canadian outpost of this popular green-beauty retailer is open 24/7 to shop the cream of the crop in clean beauty.
Captain Blankenship Grapefruit & Palmarosa Sea Mineral Soap, $34
The star ingredients in this liquid soap include organic aloe vera, olive oil and seaweed extracts, which will help infuse some moisture back into stripped skin.
Hand cream: Karité Shea Butter Hand Cream, $49
Packed with unrefined shea butter and coconut oil sustainably sourced from Ghana, this hand cream is the real hydrating deal.
Face wash: Odacité Black Mint Cleanser, $53
With its minty fresh scent, this face wash will energize even the most sluggish senses in the A.M. Formulated with rhassoul clay and activated charcoal, it’s ideal for oily, blemish-prone skin that needs a gentle deep clean.
Face mask: Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask, $119
Leave dry, irritated skin behind after using this hyaluronic-rich mask. Apply during the day and leave on for 30 minutes or amp up results by using it as an overnight (or all day) treatment.
SPF: Love Sun Body Lightly Scented Sunscreen SPF 50, $32
This mineral sunscreen nails both scent and formulation thanks to almond and coconut oils and its moisturizing matte finish.
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