11 New Standout Beauty Products You Need to Know About
Best Health staffers and their most trusted confidants are trying the latest skin, hair, and makeup products to find this year’s greatest hits. Here, the best beauty products of 2020.
An eco-friendly nail polish remover
“Finally, a green solution to chemical-laden nail polish removers. Made from corn stock fermentation and enriched with vitamin E, this Canadian creation is also biodegradable and vegan. Best of all, it performs without compromise.” —Courtney, managing editor
Suncoat Plant-Based Nail Polish Remover, $12, well.ca
A serum in a league of its own
“This limited edition of Elizabeth Arden’s much-loved Ceramide Capsules was released in honour of Chinese New Years. (Full disclosure: Although the packaging is new for 2020, the capsules are not as new, but I’ll take this roundup as an opportunity to gush about them.) The formula comes in individual biodegradable capsules, which prevent it from oxidizing. What does this mean? The serum is super potent—it brightens, firms and moisturizes skin like no other serum I’ve tried.” —Renée, digital editor
Limited Edition Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $107, elizabetharden.com
A face mask that helps beat winter blues
“Facial oils have their place in combatting dry and dull winter skin, but sometimes you just want something a little lighter. Enter Neostrata Restore Bionic Oxygen Recovery—a foaming face treatment that delivers a similar glow without feeling greasy. The added bonus to this five-minute facial? A few seconds after applying the creamy formula, it bursts into a fine foam, which proceeds to pop—bubble by tiny bubble—creating quite a delightful tickling sensation. A luxurious little pick-me-up for February! —Brett, executive editor, digital, at Reader’s Digest
Neostrata Restore Bionic Oxygen Recovery, $78, well.ca
Psst: Check out these other ways to improve your skin this winter.
Photo Credit: CTZN
A nude lip shade for every skin tone
“Most nude lip shades are not inclusive of every skin tone, but CTZN has over 25 shades of nude to choose from. I used their online ‘Get Matched‘ feature, which allowed me to find the nude finish I was looking for: Ibiza, a slightly darker shade with brown and blush undertones. The product is double-ended, with a matte lipstick on the top and a lip gloss on the bottom, and acts as a lip balm, keeping my lips hydrated thanks to wild mango butter.” —Alyssa, assistant digital editor
Nudiversal Lip Duo, $25, CTZNcosmetics.com
A sustainable hand soap that smells super expensive
“My favourite hand soap is Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, but at $51, it’s a little too expensive for me. Luckily, this new soap from The Detox Market’s brand Detox Mode boasts similar notes (like cedar), smelling just as good at the fraction of the price. What’s more, the Detox Market’s soap is a sustainable option. It comes in a glass jar and can be re-filled in-store.” —Renée, digital editor
Detox Mode Impossible Soap, $30 refills available in store for $25, thedetoxmarket.ca
(Speaking of sustainability, here’s how to build an eco-conscious wardrobe this season.)
A primer with (skin-care) benefits
“This primer is lightweight and moisturizing and gives my skin a beautiful glow. It creates the perfect canvas for my other products.” —Lisa, production manager
Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Illuminating, $50, sephora.com
A cleanser that’ll help minimize pores
“Every product in my skin-care regimen is Dermalogica. So, naturally, I couldn’t wait to test out this new clay cleanser, which contains prebiotics to help balance oily skin. For two months, I’ve incorporated this product into my nightly skin-care routine. I’ve noticed my pores (especially in the nose region) are less prominent and my skin is less oily.
What I also really love about this product is that it doubles as a face mask. I like to apply a thin layer to my face and leave it on for 10 minutes; my skin is left feeling soft and revitalized after every use.” —Alyssa, assistant digital editor
Active Clay Cleanser, $55, dermalogica.ca
Concerned about blemishes? Check out these dermatologist-approved face masks for acne.
Eco-friendly makeup remover wipes that’ll prevent breakouts
“Reusable makeup remover wipes are nothing new, but these ones aren’t like the others. They’re super soft and gentle and are labelled with each day of the week. This makes it easy to remember to replace your wipe every day, eliminating the risk of bacteria accumulating on it, which can lead to breakouts.” —Renée, digital editor
Reusable Rounds, $25, thedetoxmarket.ca
(Prone to breakouts? Stay away from these skin-care ingredients.)
A leave-in conditioner that acts as a detangler for curly hair
“I spritz this product throughout my hair when I get out of the shower, and it allows me to brush through my long, tangled strands with ease. My natural curls dry smooth, bouncy, and frizz-free.” —Alyssa, assistant digital editor
Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner, $32, thedetoxmarket.ca
Psst: Here’s the right way to care for your hair.
Photo Credit: Charlotte Tilbury
An eyeshadow palette fit for an effortless French girl look
“This fuss-free, four-shade palette came out in 2018, but the collection was extended this year to include a larger range of colours. My favourite is Pillow Talk—it offers a dreamy, barely-there feel. I like to pair it with a quick swipe of mascara and a red lip for a classic French girl look.” —Renée, digital editor
Luxury Palette, $66, charlottetilbury.com
Psst: Here’s more inspiration for your next eye makeup look.
A mascara that delivers a natural doe-eyed effect
“Picky when it comes to my lashes, I only use mascara that looks really natural on my eyes. That means no clumping, no two-coat minimum, no flaking, and definitely no false-lash drama. This new mascara from L’Oréal Paris gives my lashes an instant, natural lift. The wand’s short bristles effortlessly grip and separate lashes for a wide-eyed look that stays put all day.” —Alyssa, assistant digital editor
L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Mascara, $14, Shoppers Drug Mart