Beauty starts with good skin. And, the better your skin, the less makeup you need.

The best products for your skin are not necessarily the most expensive. You shouldn’t have to eat ramen noodles for a month in order to buy a face cream. In fact, there is compelling evidence to the contrary. (See here).

Instead of a haphazard skincare routine with random products chosen from the latest glossy ads in Vogue, it is far savvier to put together a small but mighty arsenal of skincare products that actually work—with claims backed by science, not marketing hype.

So when I was looking to change up my soap ‘n water, no-skincare skincare routine, I was so impressed with the anti-ageing videos on Hot & Flashy that I pretty much adopted her routine.

CeraVe is a wonderful brand that is gentle and fragrance-free that is available at the drug store (yes, you can rack up your Shopper Drug Mart Optimum Card points every time you buy) and on Amazon. With state-of-the-art ingredients including niacinamide, CeraVe rivals—and in some cases surpasses—its pricier competition at the beauty counter. Incidentally, Cerave is the top-selling cleanser on the Internet. I use the Hydrating Cleanser, Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM and Eye Repair Cream morning and night.


Now for the interesting bit: serums. If you did nothing more than wash and moisturise with CeraVe, your skin would look good. But add serums, and your skin will noticeably improve—the texture will change—it will become softer and smoother. I use the Timeless Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid in the morning after cleansing and before moisturising; and Matrixyl 3000 in the evening after cleansing and before moisturising.

This regime was working wonderfully; and then I read a beauty post from fellow Canadian blogger, Bloomin’ Rouge about A313. A quick online order from Avibon and A313 Vitamin A Pommade was delivered to the BC forest from France.


Update: The cult French retinol is now available on Amazon.