Affordable Clinical Skincare Brands

The lustre of glossy white walls and product consultants dressed in black may be attractive, but the department store may not always be the best place to shop for skincare. Often times one can find more researched, proven, and less expensive products from the science-based brands in ugly packaging, and though it may be boring, these are the brands who treat skin with fact rather than marketing.

NeoStrata

neostrata-canada-clinicalNow, first things first; NeoStrata in Canada is very different than NeoStrata in any other country. Canada has its own exclusive formulations, often with different technology. Nevertheless, NeoStrata is brilliant no matter the country. In Canada they were the first to introduce glycolic acid, stem cells, retinol with peptides, and L-ascorbic acid. They use external, independent and clinical evaluations to judge their products for efficacy, and focus on skin concern rather than fancy marketing and packaging.

Signature technology: Glycolic acid, retinol, L-ascorbic acid, PhytoCellTec fruit stem cells, Matrixyl 3000 and New Matrixyl peptides, Genowhite brightening peptide, epidermal growth factors, and hyaluronic acid.
Iconic product: Purifying Solution, because of 8% glycolic acid at a proper pH level for exfoliating.
Newest release: Anti-Aging Peel Solution, because of a 25% blend of glycolic acid, gluconolactone, papaya, and 1.5% peptides.
Personal favourite: All-in-One Night Serum, because of 0.30% retinol, 5.0% New Matrixyl peptides, and 0.05% hyaluronic acid.
Who the brand is for: Mature skin wanting steady results, blemish-prone skin, or those with uneven skin tone and texture.
Price point: Generally under $50, though nothing is more than $150.
Where to find it: Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall in Canada for the mentioned products, everywhere else in the world will have other products which are different though still brilliant.

La Roche-Posay

la-roche-posay-clinicalAnother one with a very country-focused product offering, La Roche-Posay is one of the many iconic French pharmacy brands in the industry which focus more on soothing and calming rather than aggressive treatment. The primary differentiator in La Roche-Posay products is the inclusion of thermal spring water containing bicarbonate, calcium, silicate, magnesium, strontium, selenium, zinc, and copper¹. The result of including this specific thermal spring water is a demonstrated antiradical, anti-inflammatory, and protection against ultraviolet B-induced skin damage. Is this a miracle ingredient, no, but it does have merit in skincare.

Signature technology: Thermal spring water.
Iconic product: Thermal Spring Water, because of its purity, mineral content, and ability to soften and soothe skin.
Newest release: Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer, because of its simplicity in formulation and inclusion of soothing prebiotic technology, glycerin, and niacinamide.
Personal favourite: Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser, because of its cushy cream-to-foam texture and EDTA to balance skin challenged by hard water.
Who the brand is for: Anyone fed up with aggressive active ingredients who wants a soothing, steady routine.
Price point: Generally under $50.
Where to find it: Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall in Canada, Ulta or Target in America, essentially any proper drug store in the world.
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April Favourites


I suppose this is closer to a ‘this year thus far’ favourites roundup, because I have been rather tardy in the filming business. So many things have happened recently, and as this blog is more of a personal hobby than a profit-generating job I tend to push it to the back burner. So, before I go into my recent favourites I will catch you up with my life.

01. I work at Sephora. Yes, the dream has come true; I am training to be a skincare consultant at Sephora. That means I can do what I love, which is chat about skincare with anyone and everyone, every day. Yes, please. As an employee of Sephora I do have to make it clear that, as always, the views expressed on this blog and anywhere else on social media are my own opinions; not of Sephora’s. I do not speak for Sephora, nor any of its brands/vendors. I have always refused compensation for product reviews here, and I will continue to do so, but I may mention a product that I received as gratis from Sephora or a brand during the normal functions of my job. As always it will be clearly noted as such.

02. I moved. The changes, I know, but I am now living in a house to be shared with a few other people. During the summer, however, it will be just me and that hopefully means more videos and content here on the blog. I also have my own fully-functional kitchen, so prepare yourselves for the return of baking. I have a few ideas for content already, so keep your eyes peeled.

I believe that to be everything of importance, so on to the favourites. I have a wide assortment of things to share, from skincare and cosmetics to housewares and literature. As always, you can watch the YouTube video here or skip directly to the links below.

Products mentioned

Skincare

Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment*
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powder Exfoliator
Hylamide Sensitive Fix Advanced Calming Complex Booster
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil*

Body care

Everyone Soap Shampoo + Body Wash + Bubblebath in Coconut and Lemon
Crest 3D White Deep Cleansing Toothpaste and Whitening Treatment

Cosmetics

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation
NYX HD Concealer in 01 and 12 Green
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax*

Houseware

White basket from IKEA, similar here
GURLI throw in grey from IKEA

Books and literature

‘Disclaimer’ by Renée Knight
Vogue, May issue with Taylor Swift
What to Bake and How to Bake It’ by Jane Hornby

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.