Hero Product: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, $5.90 at Sephora
Known for its potent yet inexpensive products, The Ordinary is somewhat of a skin care boon. Case in point: Its Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% that’s a fan favorite among skin care obsessives. It’s easy to see why. Formulated with a whopping 10 percent niacinamide, which is known to even skin tone plus reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, and 1 percent zinc that balances skin’s oil production, with diligent use it will improve the overall texture of your skin — and it costs just shy of $6.
Hero Product: Glow Facial Serum, $27 at NIU Body
Give your skin an instant boost with NIU Body’s Glow Facial Serum. Its ingredient list reads like a who's who of powerhouse oils. While it’s made up of a blend of camellia seed oil, jojoba oil, bergamot essential oil and vitamin E, it doesn’t clog pores. Tap a couple of drops on your complexion for a pick-me-up.
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Hero Product: Peppermint Halo, $26.95 at Saje Natural Wellness
Migraineurs and headache sufferers rejoice. This peppermint halo oil blend from holistic brand Saje Natural Wellness works wonders by minimizing head pain as soon as you feel a headache or migraine coming on — a direct result of the menthol it's formulated with. Trust us, this will make migraines a little bit more bearable. The small bottle is lightweight, making it easy to carry around, so chuck it in your bag so you can get some relief even when you’re on the go.
Hero Product: Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum, $76 at Credo
Esthetician Julie Clark’s struggle to find skin care items that wouldn’t cause her allergies and eczema to flare up led her to create her own beauty products out of her own kitchen, which eventually turned into Province Apothecary. Made of the purest substances, the brand’s offerings are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, as is the case with one of its best-selling products — the Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum. It hydrates skin and minimizes breakouts while leaving you with a glowy complexion.
Hero Product: HydrExtreme, $72 at Consonant Skincare
Skin feeling a bit dehydrated? Skin and body care brand Consonant Skincare’s beloved all-natural HydrExtreme serum will give your skin a big boost of hydration without feeling greasy or sticky. Because of its potent formula, you only need one or two drops at a time, so each bottle is sure to last you a while. Now that’s definitely a product worth splurging on.
Hero Product: Living Luminizer, $38 at Nordstrom
When swiped along the high points of your cheeks, this cult-classic highlighter from RMS Beauty — created by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift — gives you a soft but powerful glow. Like everything else from the brand, it's made with ingredients beneficial for skin, particularly nourishing castor seed and coconut oils.
Hero Product: Amuse Bouche Lipstick, $26 at Sephora
If there’s one beauty product you’re likely to inadvertently swallow, it’s lipstick, so it makes sense to use nontoxic formulas. With Bite Beauty, it's completely possible to make the switch without sacrifice. Its best-selling Amuse Bouche Lipstick comes in a whopping 39 vibrant hues, all of which are infused with an impressive mix of edible oils, such as avocado and coconut.
Hero Product: Rock N’ Roller Easy Eyeliner Ink, $24 at Sephora
Created by Jenny Frankel and her two daughters Taylor and Ally Frankel, NUDESTIX is one of those internationally popular brands you probably didn’t realize was Canadian. The entire line is made with convenience in mind with an array of multifunctional and easy-to-use products that cut your makeup routine in half. Case in point: Its best-selling eyeliner ink. Whether you’re an eyeliner pro or novice, the tool makes mastering the perfect winged liner a breeze as it allows you to easily control how thick or slim you draw on the line. The semi-matte and waterproof formula keeps it in place all day, so no worries about it smudging or messing up the rest of your eye look.
The beauty community has a well-documented love for everything French. But across the Atlantic, there’s another place where the beauty scene is equally impressive. The place in question? None other than Canada. Home to megastars Justin Bieber and Drake, the country also produces some of the most innovative, in-demand beauty brands, especially in the green beauty space. One standout among a lot of Canadian brands has to be the unique and nontoxic ingredients they use in their products that don’t compromise quality, proving that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s boring and not worthwhile.
If you’re bored with your current skin care or makeup routine and looking to try out some new products from the land of poutine and maple syrup, look no further. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some of the most impressive Canadian beauty brands on the market and their hero products worth the shipping and potential customs charges.