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Like many self-proclaimed skincare enthusiasts, I once needed to try every acid, retinol, and active ingredient known to humanity. I believed this exhaustive regimen was the key to flawless skin, but I couldn’t have been more mistaken.


Night after night, I subjected my skin to a variety of acids and ingredients, inadvertently causing overexfoliation and damaging my moisture barrier. Instead of allowing my skin to recover, I constantly bombarded it with new products. Despite my best intentions, my skin rebelled, bringing redness, inflammation, and acne.

With summer fast approaching, I can already feel my face becoming slick with sweat almost instantly upon stepping outside. While a dewy glow can be charming, there’s a fine line between radiance and oiliness.

So, usually, I opt for minimal face makeup. This means my skin takes center stage, so I always want to ensure it looks its best.

With little to no breakouts and a pretty even complexion today, I’ve learned the hard way that sometimes, simplicity is truly the best approach when it comes to skincare. So, let me share some of my favorite affordable products that not only work effectively but also won’t break the bank or compromise your skin barrier.

Cicaplast Baume B5 | La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay

If I could bring only one product to a deserted island, this soothing balm from La Roche-Posay would be my top choice. Packed with healing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin B5, I adore using its multi-purpose formula as an overnight mask, applying a thick layer before bedtime whenever my skin feels a bit irritated.

As the days with high UV indexes approach, last summer, this holy-grail cream was my first go-to for soothing any sunburns. Move over, aloe vera.

Idealove | It’s All For You, Super-Ferment Essence


Have you heard of skin essences? Originating as a staple in Korean beauty routines, essences are now gaining traction in North America for their potent, lightweight formulas known for delivering remarkable skin results.

I recently got my hands on an essence from Idealove that taps into the benefits of fermented ingredients combined with ultra-hydrating ceramides to promote firmer, smoother skin. Its application is effortless, just after cleansing and before moisturizing, and I’ve noticed a visible difference—my skin appears noticeably more plump!

Avene | Cicalfate+ Restorative protective cream


Whenever I stray from this moisturizer from Avene, I inevitably find myself returning to the shelves of Shoppers Drug Mart to replenish it. It’s a tried-and-true favorite for me and my dry skin. Its formula is a blend of restoring and purifying ingredients, such as copper sulfate and zinc sulfate, which work to both nourish and protect affected areas from contamination.

French skincare truly shines for those with sensitive skin, and the best part? A tube of this lasts me ages for just $26 CAD.

After dabbling in countless products, I’ve found joy in sticking to a few tried-and-true essentials with summer around the corner. Embracing this less-is-more approach feels like a breath of fresh air, especially when it means skipping heavy makeup. With a focus on gentle yet effective formulas, I’ve learned that effective skincare doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive—it just has to work.

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