Best Face Products

Probably one of the most popular questions I get asked is my favourite face product. Which is kind of like asking what's your favourite shoe. Like are we talking for running? For walking? For Friday night? For the beach? Anyway, today I'm rounding up some of my favourite face products that target a variety of concerns. 


Cliniderm Soothing Micellar Water. For months (years?) everyone has been going on and on about micellar water and how great it is and honestly I could not get on board. I've tried them all and i just don't get the hype. They do not remove makeup. You know what removes makeup? Makeup remover. But my husband is working on a skincare book that's coming out next year (more on that later) and so he's always sitting beside me in our shared office going on and on about micellar water too. So I was like "Do you even know what it is?" (PS He's a ghostwriter, so he's writing this book with a dermatologist). I dug out all the micellar waters in my beauty closet and then lined them up in the bathroom and then dragged him in there. I handed him a wad of cotton pads and told him to get to it and see what he thought. Except, he doesn't wear makeup. So then I showed him. Except...then I tried Cliniderm's Soothing Micellar Water and honestly, it's the best thing I've tried for removing makeup since my Marcelle Makeup Remover wipes (which I will be forever obsessed with). It's a rinse-free makeup remover and it really actually works. lus of course it's soap-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free so ideal if you have sensitive skin. Available at drugstores.


NeoStrata Anti-Aging Peel Solution. I'm trying to dedicate more time to sloughing off my dead dry skin since now that I'm over 40, my cells are only turning over once every 40 days (what????). This is like a DIY peel. You apply it to clean, dry skin, massage it in, leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off. You can use it 1-3 times a week, which is nice. The only thing is that I never use it that often because by the time I get to my skincare routine i want to go to bed, so I don't totally love that I have to go back to the bathroom to rinse it off. It works, it's just that I need to work on a better bedtime schedule. Available at drugstores. 


Skyendor Power Retinol Intensive Repairing Cream. When I'm too lazy to do the NeoStrata Peel, this is my go-to. It's a cream, but it contains retinol which is what we all need if we're going to fight wrinkles. In fact, it's one of the only ingredients (along with Vitamin A) that's really been proven to combat against fine lines and wrinkles. You can use it twice a day but I only use it at night because retinol makes your skin sensitive to the sun, so I don't think it's a good idea in the daytime. The one thing I don't love is that it doesn't say the % on the packaging, and I like to know just how active the retinol is. But as you can see from the photo, I'm clearly loving this product as the tube is nearly empty.


IDC Hydra UV Protect Anti-Pollution Moisturizing Cream SPF30 (Broad Spectrum). This is a brand new product and the first that I've seen that is combatting pollution. Of course, there are others out there -- anything that is an antioxidant is combatting pollution but this one is saying it specifically, which I like because I live right downtown Toronto so obviously pollution is a huge factor in my daily life. That aside, what I liked that it was Broad Spectrum - meaning it protects against both the rays that give you a sunburn (UVB) but also the ones that give you skin cancer because they go deep beneath the skin's surface (UVA). Often to get this protection, the SPF will feel thick and chalky and leave a white residue -- not the greatest for everyday. But this goes on super thin, feels super hydrating (it does say it's a moisturizing cream on the package) and it smells fantastic. Total convert because I'm always looking for a daily moisturizer that has my SPF too. This is it. Available at


CoverGirl Stay Fabulous Foundation + Sunscreen SPF20. Also in the category of "looks terrible because it's so well-used" is this foundation. I like a liquid foundation because I feel it gives me the coverage I need to have smooth skin without being drying or cakey and I love that this adds in SPF so that even when I'm wearing SPF, I know I've got double protection. Also, I've been very diligent about using a great Quo foundation brush (synthetic bristles - the key when you're using liquids!) and I've noticed I've had this bottle for quite a while despite using it once or twice a day. At drugstores. 

Caroline Bishop