Have you looked under your bathroom counter lately? Peered into the depths of your skin care products graveyard? And as you throw out expired product after rancid product, do you shed a single tear for all the dollars you spent on these products that promised miracles but only lead to disappointments? Last year, I did exactly this. As I watched my hard earned money get washed down the drain, or tossed into the recycle bin, I vowed to find a better, more fiscally responsible means to care for my skin. That’s when I spiralled into a vortex of DIY [...]
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The holidays. A dichotomous time where I find myself both thrilled and excited by all the nostalgia and festivities, but then equally riddled with anxiety from all the messages to buy this, gift that, you need stuff, stuff, stuff. My absolute favourite gifts to both give and receive are ones that are thoughtful, handmade, and from the heart. To know that someone has lovingly spent precious time pouring their creativity into an item means so much to me. This is why this year, my focus is on gifting DIY Skin Care for the holidays. Maybe you’re a knitter, or [...]
Getting started making your own skin care does not need to be expensive or complicated. In fact, keeping it as simple as possible is the best option for your skin. Limiting the number of ingredients you use to just a few tried and true options, and using equipment that is already in your kitchen, means you can get started making your own DIY skin care today. Building your DIY skin care kit at home will require a few things. In today’s post, I’m sharing which staple ingredients, can’t-do-without ingredients, oils, essential oils, equipment, and packaging will make your voyage [...]
Does the idea of crafting your own skin care products bring up images of scientists in white lab coats surrounded by beakers? It did for me. I used to think that I needed an advanced degree in chemistry to be able to put together a smooth, emulsified lotion that would work for my skin. Plus, trying to read the complicated, unpronounceable list of ingredients on products at the store can perpetuate the idea that making your own skin care at home is too difficult. And yes, there is some chemistry involved in making skin care, however, there are so many [...]
If you find yourself horizontal on the couch with a nasty cold or flu this season, the last thing you want to worry about is your skin. Unfortunately, when your immune system takes a hit, your skin can too. And while it may be a struggle to just hit the “Yes I’m still watching” button on Netflix, I have 5 ways I recommend you care for your skin when you’re sick. I am a homebody at heart, but the other week I ventured out on a Thursday night to attend a really awesome film. It was great, the film’s creators [...]
It’s official… if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn has officially arrived. The leaves have changed, pumpkin spiced everything is for sale, and sandals and shorts have been swapped out for boots and sweaters. And as the seasons change, your skin will also need to adapt to avoid drying out and breaking out. To help you navigate this seasonal transition, here are 5 steps to an acne free autumn: 1. Remember to stay hydrated. This may seem like common sense, but as temperatures drop, your inclination to drink water may also go down. Plus, the summer typically has you [...]
Acne is extremely physical. When you have it, you feel it, you see it, and you do everything in your power to try and hide it. And when you can’t seem to hide it, the next best thing is to hide yourself. There’s this innate fear about being seen when you have acne, and even when your acne is gone, it’s hard to step back out and face the world. But what if this fear of being seen is actually a causative factor for your pimples? We can all agree that having acne is emotional, but there are also psychosomatic [...]
For a while now, I've watched countless people in online support groups struggle aimlessly with their skin. They post questions about specific supplements, or agonize over ingredients in their concealer. It breaks my heart, because while they are suffering with their acne, they are also losing the Acne Guessing Game. What is the Acne Guessing Game? If you're not sure what's causing your acne, then you can't be sure what you need to do diet, supplement or lifestyle-wise, to address the root cause of your skin woes. So you end up guessing... "If I just stop eating dairy..." "I [...]
We are a few days out from the official start of winter, but dry skin doesn’t always wait for the official winter solstice. The struggle of dry winter skin is real and can wreak havoc on our bodies. From embarrassing flakey skin on the face that makes it impossible to wear makeup to an increase of pimples and breakouts that make you feel like a teenager again, and even red, painful cracked lips that you swear everyone is staring at. I am a full believer in promoting healthy skin the natural way, so I’m sharing 5 easy, [...]
I have a confession: I am a complete N00B when it comes to makeup. My goal with makeup is usually to spend as little as possible, and to wear as little as possible. In my struggles with acne I was able to get away with this, as my breakouts were always the worst on my chest and back, and for the spots that crept onto my face, it was nothing some heavy duty concealer couldn’t handle. Knowing what I know now about skin health and toxicity in the body, I can’t help but think a little bit harder about the [...]