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This Week’s Need-To-Know Beauty News

This week in beauty we saw new product launches from Glow Recipe and Eau Thermale Avène, and COVID-19 relief donations from MAC Cosmetics and Monat.

Glow Recipe launches new cactus water-based PHA and BHA toner

Korean skincare brand Glow Recipe has launched a new product for your top shelfie. The Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner, inspired by the popular Korean beauty aqua peel treatment that suctions out dirt while simultaneously injecting pores with hyaluronic acid, is basically a facial treatment in a bottle. This product has a perfectly balanced formula of six per cent hyaluronic acid + six per cent pore-refining actives (PHA and BHA) — the PHA gently exfoliates the surface of the skin while the naturally derived, oil-soluble willow bark BHA works deep within the pores. Uniquely, the product’s formulation is based on cactus water rather than your typical H2O. The desert-resilient cactus plant is notorious for retaining moisture in barren conditions, and translates the same tactics onto the skin, with a “stretchy” texture. Shop the toner now on And if you’re looking for more skincare TLC, check out these six new beauty launches.

UNICEF Canada, Food Banks Canada and Help Age Canada utilize MAC Cosmetics’ recent Viva Glam donation for COVID-19 relief

MAC Cosmetics’ charitable program Viva Glam recently donated $10 million USD (roughly $14 million CAD) to support vulnerable communities during the coronavirus pandemic — and the local recipients are already making good use of their grants. Globally, UNICEF has partnered with the World Health Organization through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All money collected funnels into training and equipping communities and healthcare workers to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. Canada’s branch is just as thrilled to be assisting. “UNICEF Canada is deeply grateful to MAC Cosmetics Canada for its commitment to protect the world’s most vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Linton Carter, chief development officer of UNICEF Canada. “Our global response includes providing critical hygiene and medical supplies, access to continuing education and psychosocial support. We are also working with governments to ensure children have access to health care, including routine vaccination programs.”

With the funds that HelpAge Canada is receiving, they have been able to launch a national appeal to support isolated, low-income seniors in Canada. Preventing loneliness triggered by isolation and fostering healthy, active communities is their aim. “HelpAge Canada is proud to stand alongside our Canadian seniors and provide the safe delivery of food, medications, hygiene products and personal care and to let them know they are loved and are not alone,” HelpAge said in a release, acknowledging that older people are at the highest risk of COVID-19 infection, which has further isolated them from basic necessitiesy. “On behalf of HelpAge Canada, our tireless partners, and seniors everywhere in Canada: Thank you MAC Cosmetics Canada for your generous support!”

If you want to contribute to MAC Cosmetics’ efforts, 100 per cent of MAC Viva Glam lipstick purchases will go toward further assisting these organizations. Plus, you can share an Instagram message of support using #MACVIVAGLAM.

Eau Thermale Avène launches the Skin & Cancer program in support of cancer patients across Canada

Skincare brand Eau Thermale Avène has launched its Skin & Cancer program, a project aimed at preserving the health and comfort of cancer patients’ skin. Launching with seven products — a thermal spring water spray to soothe weakened skin, a gentle cleansing lotion, two different creams, a healing balm, a non-comedogenic sunscreen and an SPF-infused tinted compact — the line aims to alleviate the impact that cancer treatments pose to the skin. “The side effects range from mild discomfort to extremely disabling situations which can even prevent patients from continuing with the cancer treatment itself,” said Dr. Didier Guerrero, consultant dermatologist at Avène Dermatology Laboratories. Eau Thermal Avène is known for its thermal waters, which hold healing properties, and are sourced directly from the springs of Avène. In line with the brand’s 30th anniversary, Eau Thermale Avène has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society, and will donate $1 for every limited-edition bottle of the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray sold, until their 2020 goal of $15,000 is reached. Find them in all pharmacies across Canada.

Haircare and skincare brand Monat produces hand sanitizers and disaster relief kits for frontline healthcare workers

Photography courtesy of Monat Global

Haircare and skincare brand Monat is stepping in to support the current global circumstances. Monat Global has established a Gratitude Program, which has allowed the brand to distribute disaster relief kits, filled with a variety of personal care items. So far, they have given approximately 1,000 disaster relief kits to frontline healthcare workers across four Canadian hospitals.

Additionally, Monat has shifted gears in its own manufacturing facilities and started producing hand sanitizer. The company has made 240,000 bottles of hand sanitizers thus far, providing 27,000 of them to Canadian hospitals. “Making an impact on the communities in which we live and work is a fundamental part of our DNA. Seeing our communities in need made this a simple decision.” Stuart MacMillan, president of Monat Global said.