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15 days to better skin : choose the right protection …

For most of this guide, we’ve focused on repairing and renewing the skin because the key is to get your skin back into shape. But what happens once you meet that goal?

Day 13 : January 13

Protect your skin.

Today, I want you to grab your tablet (or laptop, or smartphone) and start researching on your options for SPF. This is especially important if you’ve been relying on a moisturizer or foundation base that claims to have SPF included. You need a standalone SPF if you really want to protect your skin. While the SPF included in your products can help to protect, it’s not their #1 goal. An SPF-specific product is your best bet for fighting off increased and future sun damage and aging.

Before you think “okay – I’ll just pick up some Coppertone” … no no … plenty of cosmetic brands have SPF that will fit a bit better with your daily skin and beauty routine. They are lightweight in texture and feel, making it much easier to wear day in and day out. Choose one with an SPF of at least 30 or higher. You’ll want to apply your SPF at the end of your skincare routine, but before makeup.

Never forego sun protection. Even in the winter months, your skin needs its SPF. Be very diligent about it to prevent a plethora of skin issues down the road.

Have fun in the sun!

TIP : Ask for samples and try them all out under your makeup. While all may protect equally, some might create a better base for your makeup than others.

HOMEWORK : If your budget allows, you can pick up an extra SPF product in stick form. You can stick this in your purse and reapply as needed throughout the day especially when you’re outside more than expected.

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15 days to better skin : discover face oils …

I’m hoping by now your skin is taking top priority in your daily rituals, morning and night; that you’re beginning to reap the benefits, and you want to keep it up. If so, I’m ready to share with you the tip I recommend to all my clientele, regardless of their skin type.

Day 12 : January 12

Embrace face oils.

I have a lot of clients that I recommend this to look at me in shock and concerned that using face oil will just promote ongoing oily skin … but many experts will tell you the exact opposite is true … and so will plenty of my clients.

Whether you apply face oil directly to the skin as is, or add a few drops to your existing moisturizer, face oils can help to regulate oil production and hydrate at the same time. They can also be used to remove makeup and cleanse the skin before you wash, which is much more gentle than stripping away your makeup with a remover or soap based cleanser.

There are some great brands available with a range of face oils to combat skin issues such as acne or rosacea, while others can aid in the fight against aging. You can also check out the health food aisle or a nearby health and nutrition store for natural and organic versions. And the best face oil DIY … well for me, it’s organic coconut oil straight out of the jar.

If you’re still unsure about applying oil directly to the skin, start off small with adding just a drop to your moisturizer or night cream. You’ll still notice results, and eventually become more comfortable with using face oil on its own and directly to the skin.

And that’s when the magic happens …

TIP : Get comfortable with it. Start with a simple face oil before moving on to face oils that help to combat certain skin issues.

HOMEWORK : TRack your progress with face oils. Whip out the camera, and track the changes in your skin after a week of using face oils.

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15 days to better skin : its in the details …

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About now, you’re seeing positive changes in your skin and leaps forward in caring for it. The best way to set off your new glowing skin is to take care of the smaller details as well. One of the smaller details that happens to complement healthy skin are lips.

Day 11 : January 11

Scrub, soften and protect your lips.

Soft kissable lips and smooth clear skin pack a one-two punch in the healthy department.

Start by exfoliating the lips with a gentle lip scrub or soft toothbrush. If you don’t have a lip scrub, you can mix together some coconut oil with brown sugar. Using a gentle circular motion across the lips removes dry skin and flakes revealing smoother skin instantly. Be sure to exfoliate over the lip line as well.

Once your lips are freshly scrubbed, smooth and replenish the area with your favourite natural lip balm. Be liberal with it … and be frequent. And same thing : don’t just apply to the lip area, go over the lip line a bit to nourish and hydrate any finer lines around the mouth.

If you own a lip cream, you can apply this as well for a very intensive lip treatment.

No, kiss away …

TIP : Scrubbing your lips is way different than scrubbing your skin, face, or feet. A gentle touch is all you need. Scrub too hard and your lips may get chapped all over again.

HOMEWORK : Make a habit of having a natural lip balm nearby or in your pocket at all times. Especially in the winter months!

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15 days to better skin : book a facial …

Experts say that a the best way to reach a goal is to set small goals and reward yourself each time you reach that goal. Well, I’ve given you a 15-day guide to follow and you’re at 10 day. And I know you are good for five more, so today, I want you to set your reward for the end of this 15 days … and enjoy it.

Day 10 : January 10

Book a facial.

Whether you book just a facial or a full day at the spa, that’s up to you … but just make sure it includes a bit of pampering for your new skin. It could be a simple facial with extractions or a full on treatment complete with a peel but do your research and only book in for what you’re truly comfortable with.  This includes budget and time wise too.

Again, the key here is that it’s a reward. So treat it like one. The only stipulation is you make your appointment for 6 days from now – AFTER you complete your 15 day guide.

Go ahead – make that call!

TIP : If you don’t go for a facial regularly, ask friends who do for recommendations. Right down to the package they buy and the skin specialist they see.  You can’t go wrong with great recommendations.

HOMEWORK : Mark your appointment day in the calendar, and get motivated to finish up the 15-day guide to better skin.

BONUS : Want to book a skin treatment with us? Well, just give us a call and mention this guide, and book in our 75-minute session for just $99 plus HST!

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15 days to better skin : repetition is good …

Well, we completed one whole week and are now in the back half of our 15 days. There is still plenty to share as we turnaround your skin, and we hope you have enjoyed following along.

Day 8 : January 8

Cleanse, exfoliate and rejuvenate.

Remember the deep cleanse and exfoliate from Day 1? Well, you should be cleansing every night, but today you’re going to exfoliate again. You should be about due for one anyway. In addition to exfoliating, take an extra 30 minutes to enjoy the benefits of a face mask.

Exfoliating once or twice weekly is more than enough and can help to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation, which prevents dull skin and imparts a natural glow. A mask assists in repairing and hydrating the skin; or if you choose the right mask with the right ingredients, it can aid in clarifying pores, improving collagen production or firming the skin. There are plenty to choose from (or make in your kitchen at home!) and you can switch it up each week!

I repeat, this entire routine should be something you do weekly, or if possible – twice weekly. Your skin will thank you for it.

Take it easy tonight!

TIP : For face masks, you can never have too many to choose from. You can research some DIY masks from the good ole interweb; or you can pick up a selection of sheet masks (which are super fun) from a local beauty store.

HOMEWORK : Take it easy tonight – it’s Sunday after all!

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15 days to better skin : lighten up …

On Instagram, I often selfie about going makeup free for a few days when you can to let your skin just be itself. I suggest it to my client’s as well, especially when they are trying to repair and correct any skin issues. I simply cleanse, moisturize and protect for a few days … nothing else.

Of course, it’s a task that is easier said than done, especially if you love makeup. I LOVE MAKEUP … I do.  But … I also love my skin. Here’s a way you can toe the line of being almost makeup free for one or two days, giving your skin a much deserved rest.

Day 7 : January 7

Lighten up.

As in lighten up your application or lighten up on the products or lighten up on the formulations. You don’t have to go full face EVERY day. Sometimes a quick 3-minute face looks just as polished and clean as the 30-minute face that’s complete with contour and highlight.

I suggest using as minimal products as possible, foregoing some of the extra stuff like eyeshadows, all sorts of powders (baking to contouring), and setting sprays.

Here are some looks that you can try to go makeup lite for at least 2-3 days a week without missing a step :

  • Use a tinted moisturizer instead of a medium or full coverage foundation to base your face. Plenty of brands have a range of skintones and shades available for tinted moisturizers (instead of just light, medium, dark) which means you can still enjoy a little bit of coverage that matches and enhances your skin. Apply all over.  Brush your brow hairs up and out, and fill in lightly if needed. Apply a hint of mascara and your favourite bold lip colour.
  • Conceal as needed with a creamy concealer.  Usually just around the nose and under the eyes will suffice, plus any imperfections. If you’re poison is normally eyeshadow and definition, dial it back a bit. Skip the eyeshadow, buy take a nice creamy kohl pencil and line your eyes close the lashes.  Smudge the colour a bit for a soft smoke that rims the eyes. Add mascara, brush up the brows, and throw on a gloss or lip stain.
  • Have an organic makeup bag strictly for your lighter days. I favour RMS beauty and W3LL people, which both have base colours for the skin, and a series of cream colours for the face.  Spot cover only with your organic base – much like the concealing step in the tip above. Blend into the skin. Using a multi-use cream colour in a flattering neutral shade (thing dusty pinks , peaches, etc) apply a dab to the lips and a swoosh on the cheeks for a fresh-flushed face. You can repeat the same brow and mascara step as above.

Not only will lightening your makeup application give you better skin, but it will give you more time – especially on the weekend – to just get on with it. We only get two days a week to rejuvenate from the daily grind so make the most of it!

Happy weekend all!

TIP : The creamier the concealer the less you’ll need to apply. If you have a stiffer concealer, take a bit and warm it up on the back of your hand a bit before applying. Or, mix a bit with your moisturizer so that it glides better over the skin.

HOMEWORK : Start an organic makeup bag. You don’t need much – especially since organic products can cost a pretty penny.  Spend what you can for a good organic base, and then you can scrimp a bit on colour products and build from there. In the long run, you’ll be able to do a full face with a selection of great organic products while still treating your skin well. This is a great option for those who need to be Beyoncé 24/7!

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