Monthly Archives: March 2016

the one thing they don’t tell you about exfoliating …

are we almost through March 2016? are you kidding me? this is crazy – the year is flying by and my body isn’t even summer ready yet.  but then again … when was it ever. (ba-dump-bump … and cymbal …)

anyhoo, i just wanted to kick a quick minute with you to share with you the one thing you might be doing wrong with your skincare routine, because to be honest, i see it a lot … especially with the most disciplined of skincare enthusiasts. plus, i also find that as the weather warms up, we’re often trying to heal, correct and repair the winter damage that was done, which leads us to going above and WAY beyond in our skin care routine.

so what do i have to share? it’s actually so simple …

you’re over exfoliating babe!

ok, ok – maybe you aren’t BUT if you are exfoliating every day or at three times or more a week … that’s actually TOO MUCH . you can do more damage than good for your skin and you might end up disrupting that delicate microscopic layer of your complexion that keeps everything glowing, healthy and protected.

too much exfoliating can dry out the skin, thin it out, and make it sensitive to cleansers and moisturizers. ouch! for some, the opposite can occur and you can go super oily because your complexion starts to produce oil overtime to replace what you have been excessively stripping away. excessive oiliness can then snowball into a whole new set of issues …

but i get it, i do, because nothing feels more refreshing than a fresh scrub. coming out of the winter season. exfoliating brightens up the skin making you feel spring ready. here are three quick fixes to ensure you don’t over do it …

drop your daily exfoliating wash. microbeads are soon to be a thing of the past in face washes thanks to new regulation and the protecting of our earth (yes!), but there are other cleansers out there that claim to be daily exfoliating washes. while they may not feel as scratchy or scrubby as an actual exfoliator, there still contain ingredients made to strip the skin. ditch it, and pick up something new that is gentle and made for your skin type.

aim for twice a week. wednesdays and sundays. toonie tuesdays and friyays. dedicate exfoliating to two days a week – the same two days every week – and this will ensure you’ll never have to guess when you last exfoliated and end up overdoing it because you miscalculated.

keep it simple scrub. cornstarch. brown sugar. baking soda. exfoliating the skin is as easy as heading over to your pantry. once you find a new cleanser you love, take a bit of brown sugar and mix it together. make a light creamy paste, and gently work in circular motions one the skin. rinse away and continue your routine as normal.

to be clear, exfoliating is NOT the enemy. it’s over-exfoliating that is.

if you have any questions about exfoliating or getting your skin summer ready, feel free to give the FB team a shout through our contact page!

here’s to better skin days!

-s-

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bioderma sensible H2O : everyone wants to be french, non?

on any given day in the beauty and/or style section of a Chapters or Indigo, one can find plenty of books and resources about how to be stylish or beautiful like the french. or a parisian. or even someone from Quebec City. 

i will not lie, i like quite a few things that are very parisian or french – most of which are pastries and delectable bites … but those stories belong on another blog such as a foodie blog or “how i doubled in size that one time i looked at a pastry shop” kind of blog. but i digress.

when it comes to beauty and skincare, I do adore micellaire cleansing solutions.  There are plenty on the market these days, but I have a favourite … namely Bioderma Sensibio H2O. for those of you not in the know, Bioderma Sensibio is a cleansing makeup remover water that is fragrance free, paraben free, and alcohol free. made specifically for fragile or sensitive skin, it removes makeup with ease and soothes irritated skin. it’s the perfect way to refresh the complexion at the end of the day.

the other reason Bioderma is so popular is it’s user-friendly application. while it removes even the most water-resistant of makeup, there is no need to rinse after use. you simply apply Bioderma to a cotton pad and wipe away the day’s dirt. discard used cotton pad. moisturize skin. say goodnight.

it’s that easy. really!

Bioderma is the perfect solution for anyone, and certainly any of my clientele, who seem to say “I’m too tired to wash my face tonight” at least three to four times a week. it is also the perfect companion for those whom require a more gentle routine.

available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada, you can now embrace a little bit of your inner french beauty!

-s-

 

 

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march 2016 : in like a lion …

i find the first quarter of any year to be a real roller coaster … at least here in the northern hemisphere. in january, we are filled with good intentions to be better, do better, live better. and when february rolls around, we still have every intention of what we set out to do at the beginning of the year, but life returns to normal (from the holiday euphoria) and for some seasonal affective disorder sets in, and so for some reason … we stray a bit from the path.

but then in comes march, and with that the onset and anticipation of spring, sunnier skies, and warmer weather.

so, when it comes to skin … how can you get back on track?

well, back in January over at our sister site – BlushPretty –  they shared this post with their tribe :

have you ever tried to detox your skin? are you interested in detoxing the skin?

if you’ve ever been on a food and diet detox or cleanse, you may have noticed plenty of benefits within days of beginning. more energy, less bloating, and *eek* regular bowel movements. detoxing the body does more good than bad (when done properly, of course!).

now, your body is covered in skin. in fact, your skin is your largest organ. so imagine, if a diet detox can benefit the inside of your body so so well … what can a skin and complexion detox do for the outside of your body?

BlushPretty.com shared some great tips (if I do say so myself!) but you should also take some time to read Adina Grigoire’s Skin Cleanse a fantastic yet easy to read, in-depth look about taking it easier on your skin. she marries the things you can do on the outside (natural skincare) with all the things you can do for the inside (natural diet) to achieve clear, calm, and beautiful skin.

As you know, we are big advocates on getting your skin to its most beautiful state. For the month of March, we will be offering some great promos and packages each week, so please stay tuned to the blog, our Twitter, and our Facebook for updates!

Have a great March everyone!

-s-

 

 

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