Vanessa Grant loves the anticipation and possibilities of trying new beauty products. Even after years of writing about beauty, she still gets a thrill from reading the directions and information on shampoo bottles and moisturizers. As an established Writer, Content Marketer and Lifestyle Editor, she has written for many of Canada's best-known publications, including FASHION, Flare, Style at Home and Parents Canada. Her practical and simplistic approach to being conscious within the beauty industry sets her apart from other voices in this space. You can explore her work further on Instagram @vanessagrantmedia and her website.
As one of 146 Clean Beauty Awards judges, Vanessa had a mindful approach to reviewing face creams. She explored several creams and revealed the three that stood out to her. She was asked to choose the top three face creams she loved based on her connection to the brand ethos, values, packaging and what worked best for her unique skin type. The overall ranking system of the Clean Beauty Awards is a systematic scoring method based on a product’s efficacy and performance based on skin type and skin needs which means that personal preference and brand values are not always reflected in the final results. We are taking this opportunity to ask Vanessa to choose her top three favourite products not just based on product performance but also based on her personal connection to the brand ethos, values and packaging.
Favourite Face Cream Product #1: Youth Anti-Age Day Cream
YOUTH Anti-Age Booster Serum is the rejuvenating boost your skin has been seeking. An exceptional 3-in-1 cream-serum that boosts cell vitality regenerates and visibly improves skin's tonicity. Antioxidant and rejuvenating active ingredients stimulate the production of collagen III and elastin while protecting skin from free radicals and pollution.
Vanessa loved the all-in-one hydration of Youth Anti-Age Day Cream:
“My skin felt dewy and moisturized. It’s a perfect day cream but also heavy enough for the night.
It smelled great without being overpowering, and I liked the modern-looking, easy-to-use packaging. It’s a simple product done perfectly. It feels effortless and like a staple you need.”
Favourite Face Cream Product #2: Gleer White Peachcule Cream
White Peachcule Cream is made from white peach called Mibaegdo, a discarded crop in Korea, in season. Using entire peaches, this radiant cream is collected drop by drop through the distillation method according to the characteristics of peaches which become richer when cooked. This is a seasonal cosmetic product that is shipped directly from the farm.
The instant effects of the Gleer Cream are what got it on Vanessa’s list:
“The Gleer White Peachcule Cream instantly brightens and continues to brighten and reduce the look of dark spots. It goes on smoothly and feels great on my skin, leaving it looking healthier and clearer. I like the fun packaging.”
Favourite Face Cream Product #3: Nuca Anti-aging Face Cream with Peptides and Sea Buckthorn
Nuca Organic's anti-aging face cream is a complex and unique formula that contains five natural peptides with a clinically proven role in visibly reducing the signs of aging. It is enriched with organic sea buckthorn, jojoba oil, and bisabolol extracted from chamomile and niacinamide. The peptides have a real hydro-lifting and skin-lightening effect. This velvety formula melts into an invisible serum-like finish for maximum line-minimizing hydration.
Vanessa’s third choice was easy to apply: How did this product impact your skin?
“This moisturizer feels great on my skin, is easy to apply and leaves a lovely velvety finish. I love the wooden lid of the cream.”
Vanessa’s dry skin was quenched by these three dream creams that left her feeling hydrated and refreshed. Knowing a ton about beauty products means that she is extra critical of all Aspects of clean beauty. Her top three are fantastic options for dry skin like hers.
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