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Anti-ag­ing Cream

Un­der $60 Read­ers felt that, just like the flower-crown Snapchat fil­ter, this rich cream blurs im­per­fec­tions in­stantly. But it’s in it for the long haul too: Col­la­gen- and elastin-stim­u­lat­ing adeno­sine and caf­feine boost skin’s vol­ume. Vichy Lab­o­ra­toires LiftAc­tiv Supreme ($49.95) Over $60 This pol­lu­tion-fight­ing mois­tur­izer, made with life plank­ton, was lauded by read­ers for its gel-cream tex­ture and scent. Bio­therm Blue Ther­apy Ac­cel­er­ated Re­pair­ing Anti-Ag­ing Silky Cream ($79). Wrin­kles can be caused by frown­ing and smil­ing, sag­ging and parched skin. This for­mula, made with tripep­tides and hyaluronic acid, fights all three. Filorga Ab­so­lute Wrin­kle Cor­rec­tion Cream ($95)

Dark-Spot Cor­rec­tor

Dark spots and dull­ness can be just as ag­ing as fine lines. That’s why read­ers loved this serum made with an­tiox­i­dant ginkgo biloba. “My skin was brighter and looked very even af­ter us­ing it for seven days,” said Ali­cia Purvis from Port Moody, B.C. Clar­ins Mission Per­fec­tion Sérum ($68)

Fa­cial Scrub

This soy scrub is mild enough to be used ev­ery day, noted ju­rors. Aveeno Pos­i­tively Ra­di­ant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub ($12). En­vi­ron­men­tally friendly mi­crobeads slough off daily grime, while moringa-seed oil pro­tects your skin from pol­lu­tion. Con­sider this your skin’s an­ti­dote to 21st-cen­tury life. Clar­ins One-Step Gen­tle Ex­fo­li­at­ing Cleanser ($37)

face-Makeup Re­mover

It’s not just ju­rors who loved this one-step wa­ter-free cleanser. The best Fash­ion Week makeup artists are never with­out a bot­tle of this mi­cel­lar wa­ter in their kits. Bio­derma Lab­o­ra­toire Der­ma­tologique Hy­dra­bio H2O ($24.90)

Fa­cial Mois­tur­izer

Un­der $25 The tex­ture of this drug­store fave got top marks from BGP ju­rors. Credit goes to hyaluronic acid, which is the Won­der Wo­man of skin­care mol­e­cules: It can re­tain up to 1,000 times its weight in wa­ter. Neu­tro­gena Hy­dro Boost Gel Cream ($24.99) Be­tween $25 and $40 Even nor­mal to oily skin can be­come de­hy­drated. This for­mula mim­ics skin struc­ture so that mois­tur­iz­ing in­gre­di­ents can pen­e­trate deeper. Bio­derma Lab­o­ra­toire Der­ma­tologique Hy­dra­bio Gel-Crème ($29.50) Over $40 Sen­si­tive-skin prod­ucts tend to feel a bit util­i­tar­ian—but not this lux­u­ri­ous fra­grance­free for­mula from Chanel. It con­tains just 10 in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing sooth­ing sil­ver-nee­dle tea. Chanel La So­lu­tion 10 de Chanel ($106)

Lip Balm

This win­ning lip balm is a triple threat: It con­tains pro­tec­tive rose wax, shea but­ter and a hint of pink pig­ment. Clar­ins Mois­ture Re­plen­ish­ing Lip Balm ($25)

Face Mask

Un­der $40 Gel-oil hy­brids should be your go-to for nurs­ing sen­si­tive skin through Cana­dian win­ters; they pro­tect the skin’s mois­ture bar­rier. Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Vi­ta­min-Rich Detox Mask ($37) Over $40 Beauty sleep is a real thing—es­pe­cially if you use this Que­bec com­pany’s overnight treat­ment, which con­tains a po­tent pep­tide. Read­ers said it suc­cess­fully plumped skin while they slept. Lab­o­ra­toire Dr Re­naud Pure Overnight Youth Con­cen­trate ($90)


Un­der $30 This win­ner is broad-spec­trum, which means it pro­tects against UVA rays that cause ag­ing and UVB rays that cause sun­burn. Also key: It wears well un­der makeup, said ju­rors. Aveeno Pro­tect + Hy­drate Sun­screen Lo­tion SPF 30 ($15.79) Over

$30 A min­eral sun­screen that doesn’t leave a white film hits the beauty jack­pot. “It ab­sorbs so quickly... it ba­si­cally dou­bles as my primer,” says An­nie Xia of Rich­mond, B.C. Lise Watier Sun Smart Uni­ver­sal UV Shield SPF 30 ($39). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.


Un­der $45 A time-re­lease for­mula en­sures that thirsty skin gets 24-7 hy­dra­tion. Eau Ther­male Avène Hy­drance Op­ti­male Hy­drat­ing Serum ($44) Be­tween $45 and $95 This new prod con­tains Bio­therm’s sig­na­ture Al­gae of Youth anti-ag­ing for­mula but in a fast-ab­sorb­ing serum. Bio­therm Blue Ther­apy Ac­cel­er­ated Re­pair­ing Serum ($75) Over $95 Coco Chanel’s favourite flower has anti-ag­ing ben­e­fits too. The lux­ury brand has in­fused vo­lu­miz­ing camel­lia-oil ex­tract into droplets that burst upon con­tact with skin. Chanel Hy­dra Beauty Mi­cro-Sérum ($125)

Eye-Con­tour Care

Un­der $35 Laura Black of Puslinch, Ont., gave this vi­ta­min-C- and -E-rich eye cream the ultimate com­pli­ment: “[Af­ter us­ing it], it looked as if I had slept 13 hours.” Mar­celle Hy­dra-C Eye Con­tour Gel-Cream ($24.95) Over $35 Proof you can feel in­fe­rior to a flower: This cream con­tains rare or­chids that grow in China. Mol­e­cules in the petals and stems help skin cells re­new faster. Guerlain Orchidée Im­péri­ale The Eye Serum ($270)

eye-Makeup re­mover

Like a ro­mance-novel hero, this eye-makeup re­mover—made with corn­flower ex­tract—is strong but gen­tle. “It made my skin feel soft, and I re­ally like how eas­ily my wa­ter­proof makeup came off,” said Ash­ley Freck­el­ton of New Glas­gow, N.S. Vichy Lab­o­ra­toires Pureté Ther­male Wa­ter­proof Eye Make-up Re­mover ($19.95)

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