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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Ottawa chapter.
Her Campus at uOttawa’s Beauty Awards series shares the best skincare, haircare, and cosmetic product recs that our chapter has to offer. We hope that our favourites will become your favourites too.

From cleansers to masks, toners, exfoliants, serums, sunscreens, and moisturizers, skincare is a journey. Let’s take this voyage together.

Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser, $47, Shop Now

“This cleanser smells and feels amazing, and you only need to use a small amount to reap its benefits (for reference, I’ve had the same 30ml bottle since Christmas). My skin always feels super fresh after using it, and the experience of applying it is super calming.”

–Teaghan Durand, Lifestyle Editor

Dove Beauty Bar for Sensitive Skin, $6, Shop now

“Yes, I jumped on the skintok-endorsed Dove Beauty Bar bandwagon. And no, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Since swapping out my body wash and facial cleanser for this bb, my skin has been way softer and my acne has all but disappeared. Use once a day for oily to combo skin, and up to twice a day for other skin types.”

–Emily Clements, Fashion & Beauty Editor

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Acne Purifying Gel Cleanser with Salicylic Acid, $19, Shop Now

“This is my absolute favourite cleanser of all time — and at a price point that makes me love it even more! It’s not drying, so it can be used both morning and night. The scent is subtle, like a product you might find at a spa. It makes my skin feel so refreshed, and with consistent use, I rarely get any blemishes.”

–Sophia Harries-Jones, Writer and Pinterest Chair

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, $13, Shop now

“This cruelty-free and vegan mask really evens out my skin tone. It’s also super easy to use: I just rub a little all over my face and leave it on for ten minutes before I wash it off. I always moisturize afterward (since this mask can be drying) and my skin looks and feels rejuvenated right away!”

–Gwendolyne Seto, Entertainment Editor

Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, $13, Shop now

“Without fail, the water at my parents’ house always irritates my skin. I use this super-gentle toner whenever I’m home to ‘reset’ my skin after washing my face and to prepare it for the rest of my skincare routine.”

–Emily Clements, Fashion & Beauty Editor

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $15, Shop Now

“This is a great product that works to minimize pimples. I just stick one of these patches on a pimple before I go to bed, and then in the morning, most of that pimple has been absorbed!”

–Faith Dehghan, Writer

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $32, Shop Now

“This product has truly brightened my skin, and its ingredients are no-nonsense! It tackles a bunch of skin concerns, like texture, clarity and brightness; so, really, it could be used by almost anyone. It contains salicylic acid to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and eventually lead to brighter-looking skin.”

–Grace Kim-Shin, Writer

La Roche-posay Pure vitamin C10 Serum, $61, Shop Now

“I use this serum in the morning after my cleanser. I love it because it’s light and doesn’t clog my pores, and because it’s very easy to layer with other products.”

–Sama Khalil, Events Coordinator

Glossier Super Bounce, $35, Shop Now

“I find that my moisturizer sinks into my skin way better when I apply this first than when I just use moisturizer on its own. I also love the smell of this product, and I’m obsessed with how smooth my skin feels after using it! You only need a couple drops, and you’re good to go.”

–Teaghan Durand, Lifestyle Editor

Banana Boat Simply Protect Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+, $9, Shop now

“Before I discovered this product, I had a mixed relationship with SPF; I knew that it was good for my skin, but it was also super irritating. Enter: this product, to save my sensitive, sun-exposed face and body — and at a lower price point than most sensitive skin products, too.”

–Emily Clements, Fashion & Beauty Editor

Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra S.O.S. Intense Hydration Moisturizer, $52, Shop Now

“I love to use this moisturizer on days when my skin is super dry; it really does provide the intense level of moisture that its name implies!”

–Teaghan Durand, Lifestyle Editor

Gold Bond Ultimate Moisturizing Skin Therapy Lotion, $10, Shop Now

“This product — with its 7 different moisturizers, plus aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E — is great for the wintertime! Despite how hydrating it is, it also absorbs quickly, so it never feels sticky. This lotion is not only hypoallergenic, but it’s also gentle enough to be used on the face. It’s also affordable and is available almost anywhere worldwide.”

–Emily Crandall, Writer

Dove Body Love Pampering Care Body Lotion, $6, Shop Now

“This is such a beautifully gentle lotion. It immediately sinks in, and effectively hydrates sensitive skin. I find that its light shea fragrance clings to me and my clothes to create this delicate, sweet scent that follows me around everywhere I go.”

–Alice Cocard, Writer

Do you love what we love? Check out the other articles in our Beauty Awards series:

Read about our favourite haircare and cosmetic products.

Learn about the woman-owned and Indigenous-owned beauty brands that inspire us.

Visit our go-to salons.

Find out which beauty products we discovered on TikTok.

May your beauty shine from the inside out.

Emily wrote and edited for Her Campus and Her Campus at uOttawa from 2020–2022.
Teaghan is a fourth-year Translation student who loves drinking espresso and thrifting--in that order. She is also a part of the Campus Trendsetters community! Find her on Instagram @teaghandurand :)
Emily Crandall

U Ottawa '24

University of Ottawa Alumna
Alice Cocard

U Ottawa '23

Third year communications student with a passion for art, writing and criticizing