LOCATION: Toronto, Canada
I am a beauty and lifestyle content creator on Instagram, an avid gamer and a foodie. I am a homebody and am often found spending time with loved ones, cuddling with my two cats (Kisu and Miju), watching competitive cooking shows or immersing myself in a variety of different online, console and mobile games. Creating content and editing videos are an outlet for me to express myself through sharing things I enjoy and capturing life’s beautiful moments.
SKIN TYPE: Combination, Oily
CONCERNS: Acne scars, Aging, Blackheads, Clogged pores, Dark circles, Dullness, Fine lines, Texture, Uneven skin tone, and Loss of firmness
FAVORITE GOOD MOLECULES PRODUCTS:
Pineapple Exfoliating Powder
Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches
Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer
Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosewater Daily Cleansing Gel
UNEVEN SKIN TONE
Q&A WITH KELLY
HOW DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS?
It’s hard for me to choose just one ingredient, so I will narrow it down to my top two. Centella Asiatica (Cica) is by far one of my favourite ingredients simply because it soothes, hydrates and repairs the skin barrier. Whenever my skin is compromised or irritated this is my go-to ingredient. Niacinamide is a close second as it helps reduce inflammation and minimize the appearance of large pores. Both of these ingredients are very versatile and my skin loves them!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE GETTING INTO SKINCARE?
Listen to your skin. While I blog about skincare and my experiences, most of my best learnings came from trial and error on my own skin. “Your mileage will vary” is very fitting as what works for one person may not work for another. Sometimes, it takes a while to see results too. We could be talking about months, so just trust the process! When I was first getting into skincare, I would often get discouraged if I didn’t see visible improvement in my skin compared to other people. Other than a dermatologist or a skin specialist, no one knows your skin better than you. There are numerous variables that can affect your skin condition such as diet, lifestyle and genetics. Take your time to understand your skin and see what works.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PRACTICE SELF CARE, APART FROM SKINCARE?
While you may rarely find me reading a book, self-care varies by the day. At its core, it is simply just taking time for myself. If I am feeling fancy, I usually treat my body to a deep exfoliation or a haircare routine. Other days, it could be taking time to be creative through photography, content creation or just making memorable home videos. And, if I’m honest, the best and rarest treat is lazing around doing absolutely nothing productive (maybe gaming 😊). As cliché as it sounds, I define self-care as what feels right and enjoyable in the moment.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE STEP OF YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE?
My favourite step in my skincare routine is cleansing. It feels amazing to “take the day off” and it’s like washing away my problems – literally, in skin and life. A gentle and effective cleanse is critical to my skincare routine as it allows me to start with a clean canvas.
WHAT IS ONE PRODUCT YOU WOULD TAKE ON A DESERT ISLAND?
Putting all basic human essentials aside, I must have my lip balm. It’s the one thing I need to have with me at all times.. My lips tend to get chapped throughout the day so keeping them soft and moisturized it absolutely critical, especially on a deserted island.
"The Squalane Oil is incredibly lightweight, yet effective. It keeps my skin dewy and plump all day long. It wears exceptionally well under makeup, SPF and other products and can be used day or night! I use this pretty much everyday."
"The powder to creamy foam is very gentle and easy to use. It works really well that I only have to use it 2-3x a week. I love that it keeps my skin soft and bright!"
"These are so soothing and are the perfect pick-me-up for my tired eyes, morning or night. If I have time or I’m off-camera during the work day, I will pop these on first thing in the morning and I’m off to a great start. My eyes feel refreshed and revitalized!"
"I’m not a morning person so I can appreciate a great multi-tasking product. I love using this moisturizer with a few drops of the squalane oil for healthy, glowing skin. It even got hubby’s approval!"
"If I’m not doubling up on my squalane oil at nighttime, I love using the rosehip oil. It protects my skin from aging, sun damage and promotes healthy skin. This formula is also incredibly lightweight and does the job without feeling heavy or greasy."