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This month, we bring you the best in clean beauty, foun­da­tion in­clu­siv­ity and hair savers.

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Our tips on clean beauty, hair savers and more

QI go through body lo­tion so fast it’s bankrupt­ing me! Are there af­ford­able op­tions?

If dry skin is the bane of your ex­is­tence and you’ve ex­hausted your op­tions, con­sider some­thing sim­pler and cost­ef­fec­tive. Dr. Sandy Skot­nicki, a Toron­to­based der­ma­tol­o­gist and the au­thor of Beyond Soap, rec­om­mends body oils. “For the body, my favourites are vir­gin co­conut oil and sun­flower-seed oil,” she says. Oils im­prove the skin bar­rier that helps hold in mois­ture with­out be­ing too heavy. Look for co­conut oils that are cold-pressed or ex­tra vir­gin, which in­di­cates the oil is un­re­fined—the best kind for skin care be­cause it’s rich in polyphe­nols, a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant.

QNow that I’ve started to ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, is there any­thing that can help me cut down on wash­ing my hair?

Ap­ply this non­aerosol pow­der at your roots and mas­sage it in ei­ther be­fore you go to bed or be­fore you hit your Spin­ning class. The rice and tapi­oca starches will help soak up sweat and oil, while char­coal de­odor­izes your hair and scalp, mak­ing your hair seem thicker by adding tex­ture. Kaia Nat­u­rals owner Mary Futher likens the prod­uct to gravy—“starches need time to thicken”— mean­ing, the longer the pow­der sits, the bet­ter the oil ab­sorp­tion and vo­lu­miz­ing ef­fect. KAIA NAT­U­RALS The Take­sumi Detox Overnight Dry Sham­poo, $32, ka­ianat­u­rals.com.

QFind­ing the right foun­da­tion colour is a chal­lenge. Do any brands have a wide range?

Ma­jor beauty com­pa­nies are fi­nally em­brac­ing a full line of foun­da­tion shades for women of all skin tones, in­clud­ing some of our favourite af­ford­able brands. Both May­belline New York and Cover­girl have launched ranges with 40 shades in for­mu­la­tions geared to­ward full, matte and long-last­ing cov­er­age. MAY­BELLINE NEW YORK Fit Me! Matte + Pore­less Foun­da­tion, $11, may­belline.ca. COVER­GIRL Trublend Matte Made Foun­da­tion, $14, cover­girl.ca.

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