Skincare Routine + Fav Products Under 10$

Good morning, today I wanted to share my skincare routine and some of my favourite products (including options under 10$ CAD!). Skincare is probably the most important part of any “beauty” routine. I find my skincare routine therapeutic and relaxing. In the morning I feel more awake and at night I am ready for bed. No matter what my day brings, I will always do my skincare.


I have an oily t-zone and dry patches around my cheeks. In the winter, overall, much drier skin (thanks to Canadian winters). I used to have very oily and acne prone skin and I used to wear a ton more makeup than I do now (I will have a post about my favourite makeup soon!). Recently with my current routine I have far less breakouts and my skin is balanced much better.

Pre-Wash/first cleanse

I use the Garnier Micellar water and reusable cotton rounds (that I DIY last summer. If sewing isn’t your thing then these by Marey’s Monsters are a great option but it’s even better to find someone local) because makeup wipes generate so much waste on a daily basis and most times they’re too irritating for the face. Another great options is a cleansing balm (which is probably an even better choice both for your skin and the environment) however I don’t personally like the feeling of them. Regardless of your method of choice, a first cleanse is crucial especially if you wear makeup or live in a hot and humid climate.


I like the Clinique Liquid Facial soap but not everyday because it’s too drying for my skin, not to mention it’s quite pricey. I’ve recently started using Neutrogena Acne Wash Cream Cleanser and so far it’s been good. This cleanser contains salicylic acid, which is great for acne, however, this isn’t necessary when there are no active breakouts (though it’s a wash off treatment so it’s not as harsh as a spot treatment containing SA). I am still on the hunt for a gentle cleanser that is good for every day use when I don’t have any active spots.

Serums & Treatments

Serums are a somewhat recent addition to my skin care routine and I have noticed such a difference! The Ordinary is overall a great brand for a few reasons. The Ordinary falls under a larger company, Deciem, which is partially owned by Estée Lauder. This allows them to offer high quality products at a super low price since the research/product development is done through the other companies and they don’t spend money on marketing. Though the trade off is that you need to do some research about skincare, more specifically the ingredients because that’s all The Ordinary is. These are my 3 favourites (all about 6$ CAD!) :

1. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% : Amazing for oil control. I use this in the morning and it noticeably helps reduce the oil production on my face.
2. Lactic Acid 10% + HA : This is an acid that is great for chemical exfoliation and cell turnover. Acid might sound scary, however this is the gentlest of the chemical exfoliants, after Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid, so it works well for sensitive skin. If you are concerned about sensitivity you can aways mix your serums with moisturizer and start with a few times a week until your skin builds tolerance.
3. Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 : Hyaluronic acid isn’t actually an exfoliant, it’s a humectant. This means that it retains moisture. While this aids in moisture retention and delivering your moisturizer deeper into the skin, it is just that, an aid, you still need a moisturizer on top of this.

I use the Clean & Clear advantage spot treatment on any active acne spots, it contains salicylic acid, like the aforementioned cleanser, but you leave it on just active spots.


My favourite moisturizer is the Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel, it’s oil free and free of fragrance. Another favourite of mine and a great dupe under 10$ is the Clean & Clear morning burst gel. I tend to switch between the two since they are so similar. Both are great for combination, oily or acne prone skin.


Arguably the most important step in your skin care routine because UVA rays cause aging. Not to mention it lowers your risk for skin cancer. I’ve been using the Neutrogena Clear Face sunscreen and overall I like it, Unfortunately, the draw back to this sunscreen is that its a North American chemical sunscreen (thus making it not reef safe!) and it’s pretty intense on sensitive skin but if you don’t wear sunscreen because you break out and it feels gross then I would say give this a try. If you want to try a reef safe sunscreen or a different drugstore sunscreen, check out this video by Skincare by Hyram.

Bonus step

Lastly I make sure to moisturize my lips. My go to is just plain Vaseline, it’s moisturizing and protecting. While the methods of producing petroleum jelly are not eco friendly, I have had the same container for years which I guess is better than repeatedly purchasing other products.

Thank you so much for reading, don’t forget to subscribe via email below (or WordPress) for updates on any future posts. If you have any recommendations of products I should try, leave me a comment.
~Tori Scherle~

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I'm 22 years old and starting my Masters in Biology at the University of Ottawa in September. I just recently graduated with my Honours BSc - Biology. I love photography, baking, plants & adventures!

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