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15 days to better skin : YOU DID IT!

Day 15: January 15

You did it!

You completed our 15 days to better skin guide and I couldn’t be any more
happier that you chose to follow along.

I hope that by following along that you learned a few new things about
your skin, skincare, and yourself; that you are seeing positive changes in your skin
and that you are looking forward to seeing more.

For today, you just need to take the tips and tricks that you learned and continue to put them into positive action. I hope that you are inspired to continue finding new ways to treat and pamper your skin, and that you have a newfound interest
in maintaining a healthy complexion.

Here’s to better skin from Day 16 onward …

Stephanie+the fresh.beautiful team 

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15 days to better skin : brows, bangs, and lashes …

You’re skin is on it’s way to smooth sailing, so today your job is to create the perfect frame to show off all your hard work!

Day 14 : January 14

Trim your bangs. Tweeze and groom your brows. Curl your lashes. Wax any unwanted facial hair.

Take some time today to clean up and groom theses areas that highlight and frame the face – or at least book an appointment with a professional whom can take care of it for you.

Grooming your brows and curling your lashes will highlight the eyes, which are probably brighter and looking lifted thanks to all the extra care you’ve taken in the past two weeks. Trimming the brows and cleaning up their shape will frame your glowing skin; and removing any unwanted facial hair will further emphasize your complexions smoother appearance.

It’s all about the details, and these little tweaks just help the process a long. Plus, you’ll just look super cute!

Have a great day pampering yourself!

TIP : Don’t be afraid to experiment with brow and lash timing too … these simple tricks can help you look awake and made up instantly with no makeup. Less makeup equals more better skin days!

HOMEWORK : Learn how to trim your bangs and groom your brows yourself. This will help to save more money in your pocket which can then be saved up and spent on more skincare products!

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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 : 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 : 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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15 days to better skin : grab some nuts …

We’re just motoring through our 15 days here, aren’t we? As you can probably tell, beautifying the complexion incorporates so much more than just a great cleanser and face oil; and that’s why today, we’re focusing on how to fuel your body for a healthy glow.

Day 6 : January 6

There are plenty of dietary changes that can help alleviate and regulate any skin issues that might arise. For example, you may hear a lot about cutting out dairy or soy, or both dairy and soy all together. And of course there is also tonnes of info out there about eating more veggies, or consuming nothing about superfoods. Since you’re probably already watching what you eat to get bikini body ready in 6 months, I’m going to avoid any further nagging and chat at you about two snacks you can add to your diet without disrupting your current weight-loss plans.


These two nuts are right up there with the “easiest snacks ever” that you can bag up and stick in your purse for on the go noshing. No prep. No mess. Eat straight from your tiny tupperware container.

Almonds, which are high in Zinc can help aid in the healing of wounds, skin rashes and exzema. Walnuts can also help prevent or calm down breakouts, but because of their Omega-3 fatty acid content they can keep you looking younger a little bit longer.

Incorporating both buts into your routine takes a simple trip to a bulk food store, and some prep in advance.

Crunch on.

TIP : If almonds or walnuts on their own don’t seem appealing to you, try adding them to a tasty salad for some added texture. If you’re not dieting, crush some walnuts on top of a delicious brownie, bowl of ice cream, or piece of chocolate cake!

HOMEWORK : Do your research on supplements for both Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids. If you can’t adopt a routine of eating almonds or walnuts, and aren’t sure if your current diet incorporates enough of either nutrient, a supplement can help to top you up! Do speak with your GP first if you have any concerns about additional supplements.

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