Winter Skin Savers Part 2 (Blogmas 2016 Day 22)

For Blogmas last year, I did a roundup of products I recommend to help combat that dreaded winter dryness (you can read that here!)
I wanted to include an updated list with a couple of my current favourites, as my skincare routine is completely different this year. I’ve begun trying to only purchase from brands that don’t test on animals, so this list features skincare items that are not tested on our furry friends!

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Dr. Roebucks “Face” cream: I have become absolutely obsessed with this Australian brand. It was created by physician parents in the 70’s, with their Pure cream to treat their children’s eczema. They’re all about natural ingredients, with maximum efficacy. The products are all formulated without harmful chemicals, fillers, BPA, or parabens. They contain no synthetic fragrance or preservatives.

This cream is marketed as an anti-aging cream, which is why it took me so long to try it. It wasn’t until my coworker told me her teenage sister has been loving it to help treat her acne that I knew I had to give it a try. It is a super smooth hydrating cream that helps fight against aging, but also helps with acne and uneven skin tone! It has natural macadamia oil, vitamin E, rosehip oil, and lavendar oil – all of which are amazing for keeping the skin smooth and reducing inflammation! I noticed a difference literally overnight. I haven’t had any major pimples since using this (and while that is partially due to my change in diet, my skin hasn’t been this clear in months!!) It’s also helped keep my facial eczema flare ups at bay and keeps my skin so soft and hydrated. It’s good for all skin types, even oily skins!

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask: Lush is very well known in the cosmetic industry for actively fighting against animal testing as well as many other important issues. They truly are an incredible brand, and my obsession for them has grown substantially in the last year. This mask is one of my absolute favourite Lush products!

This mask is phenomenal for calming, balancing, and detoxifying the skin. It’s jam-packed with fresh blueberries, calamine powder, chamomile oil, rose absolute, sweet almond oil, and more. Its blend of ingredients makes it suitable for all skin types, specifically sensitive, dry, and combination or problematic skins. I love using this in the evenings when I’ve had a heavy makeup day, when my skin is breaking out, or when I feel like it needs a deep clean. It helps clean and clear up the skin without stripping your natural oils, so it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dehydrated or uncomfortable.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion: I was so ecstatic for this limited edition body lotion to launch for Lush’s Holiday collection (you can read my post about that here!) This is an ultra-soothing and moisturizing body lotion, full of amazing ingredients to help you relax. Oatmeal Infusion, Almond Oil, Lavender Water, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Lavender Oil, Tonka, Ylang Ylang oil, and more.

It smells like sweet lavender and cocoa, and leaves your skin so silky smooth. I love to apply this to my elbows, arms, and neck before bed. Since it has the natural essential oils, applying it to your neck will help calm and soothe you with aromatherapy.

Sadly this cream is limited edition (hopefully they’ll launch it permanently!) so I’d highly suggest getting your hands on it while you can!

Lise Watier HydraForce Lip Balm: this is without a doubt my new favourite lip balm. Lise Watier is a Canadian brand, and has been one of my favourites since I first started playing with makeup. This lip balm is from their relatively new HydraForce line, and it features a really cool ingredient called Gaspé algae extract. It’s found in harsh climates, and helps plants to hold on to moisture and prevent from dehydration. It does the same for our skin! I slather this on my lips before bed, and in the morning my lips are still quenched. This is a great alternative for those wanting deep, long-lasting hydration without the thick goopy texture of the Bite Agave Lip Mask!

Aromic Citrusy Nighttime Face Oil: I have been loving this all-natural face oil. I just posted a full review of this oil, which you can read here! 

 

Previous Blogmas Posts: 

Holiday Makeup Inspiration (Blogmas 2016 Day 21) 

Kylie Cosmetics Review – Blogmas 2016 Day 20

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Aromic Citrusy Nighttime Face Oil Review- The Winter Skin Saver (Blogmas 2016 Day 12)

 

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A good facial oil can be your best friend during the winter. I previously did an entire post about oils and why they’re so good for your skin (which you can read here!) To recap, oils help replace the natural oil component in our skins. Our skin has a natural water and oil component that are part of our moisture barrier. This moisture barrier often gets unbalanced and damaged during the winter, thanks to cold, dryness, wind, and of course indoor heating.

A natural oil (must be natural! Our skin doesn’t know what to do with overly processed, synthetic oils) helps to give the skin that crucial hydration it’s missing or lacking.

One of my current favourite oils is the Citrusy Nighttime Face Oil from Aromic Skincare, a Canadian brand.  This oil is handmade, and 100% natural. They work with chemists, biologists, and botanists to formulate natural yet highly effective oils jam-packed with active ingredients. Their formulations contain between 9 and 29 active ingredients! To put that into perspective, most products on the market contain only about 2-5 active ingredients. 

What I love best about this brand is that they are completely cruelty free, and 100% vegan! That means no yucky animal by-products in any of their formulations. Just pure plant extracts and essential oil goodness!

They currently have only 2 products in their range, the Hydrating Oil and the Citrusy Nighttime Oil. Both retail for $40, which may seem expensive at first but considering the phenomenal formulation, it’s actually an incredible price. Other oils on the mark range for about $50-$200 and up!

The Citrusy Nighttime Face Oil quickly became my favourite face oil. It’s great for all skin types, especially those wanting radiance and hydration with a super light-weight texture. The orange oil in it gives it the most incredible fresh, citrusy smell. Seriously, I wish I could have you all smell it through my screen. It also contains Evening Primrose Oil and Jojoba oil, which are great for problematic or unbalanced skin! I’ve been battling some hormonal acne in the last year, and I found this oil really helped to calm down my breakouts and keep my skin looking bright!

It has minimal ingredients, which are: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Citrus limonum, Citrus Auratinum Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tocopherol. 

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Oils that contain fruit essential oils, especially citrus, are typically recommended just for nighttime use. This is because they are natural brightening ingredients (which are completely safe for skin, and super beneficial) but they can make the skin a little more sensitive to the sun. Because they’re so concentrated and contain active ingredients, it’s also best to use during the night because that’s when our skin does the most repairing.

The Hydrating Oil however can be used in the daytime, especially under makeup or mixing a drop with your foundation for a more dewy glow!

I apply 2-5 drops after my serum, and before my moisturizer. You can also mix this with your moisturizer if you prefer! I’ve been using mine about 2-3 times a week, and I definitely notice a difference on the nights that I don’t use it. It helps my skin feel so much softer, more supple, and more hydrated. I am so in love with this oil!

This would make a great gift for any skincare lover in your life, or for anyone looking for natural products. They offer free shipping on all orders, which is so amazing considering they’re a relatively small brand! I cannot recommend this enough!

 

*This product was sent to me by the brand. This is not sponsored, nor did they ask me to write a review. All views are my own honest opinion!* 

Previous Blogmas post:

Drugstore Stocking Stuffer Ideas (Blogmas 2016 Day 11)

 

Anti Aging Treatments – Is Laser Skin Tightening Right For You?

Wrinkles, sagging, and a loss of density are a natural part of the aging process. A common misconception of aging is that we have to give in and accept it. Contrary to popular belief, we are not powerless in the war against aging. This topic is one of the most prevalent questions I hear from clients.While there is a certain amount of visible skin aging that is inevitable, there are also steps we can take to keep our skin looking youthful for as long as possible.

There are so many products, treatments, and technologies available today, with new advancements being released every year. With so many methods and treatments at our disposal, choosing a course of action can seem very overwhelming. I always recommend thoroughly looking into your options, and determining which treatment is best suited for you.

Surgical Options Versus Non-surgical
When considering your options, don’t make the mistake of immediately opting for surgical treatments as your first step. Explore your other options first, as surgical procedures do carry many risk factors as well as extended recovery time. Yes, the results can be far more dramatic, but at what cost? Is it worth risking your health over complications that can (and do) happen? Consult a dermatologist regarding topical skincare, such as retinol products, Vitamin A, ceramides, etc. Even if there are no other options left to you, rethink the risks before choosing surgery.

Non-surgical procedures have far fewer negative side effects and far less recovery time. Depending on the treatment, there may not be any side effects at all. Non-invasive skin tightening treatments require very little down recovery time.

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Laser Light Therapy

Laser Light Therapy
One form of skin tightening is done through the use of cosmetic laser equipment that produces infrared light energy to stimulate the collagen production in the lower layer of skin. This is a non-invasive procedure that does not damage the surface layer of your skin, so both recovery time and risks are minimal. The only side effects are nominal swelling and mild redness. Both are just temporary effects caused by the cosmetic laser equipment. This method works on all most skin types and skin colors, though it is not recommended for very dark skin tones. You can return to your regular activities the same day of treatment.

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Using Radio Frequency
While this method is very similar to the laser light therapy treatment, it uses radio frequencies to target cells in the lower layer of skin. Both methods stimulate collagen production in the cells to repair and tighten skin. Radio frequency treatments are good for all skin colors and types. As with laser light therapy, there are minimal side effects and recovery time. One difference between these two treatments is that the radio frequency procedure is not as consistent a treatment as the light therapy.

Other Methods of Skin Tightening
There are still many other methods to tightening your skin. The most commonly sought method is to use topical creams or lotions. Most are nothing more than moisturizers, not even containing any anti wrinkling agents. Some just contain ingredients to prevent further damage to your skin, like sunscreens, without removing the wrinkles you already have. For the most part, skin tightening creams are only mildly effective, making them a less appealing treatment for the advanced stages of aging. Serums are another topical method, and are more concentrated in treatment than moisturizers. They contain a smaller molecular structure, which allows them to absorb slightly deeper than a cream. While a good skincare routine consisting of a serum and moisturizing cream can help to reduce the signs of aging or to help reduce the further signs from accelerating, there is only so much topical products can do.

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Dermal fillers

These are another way to tighten skin, and consist of injecting a substance into the skin to inflate it. This gives the skin the appearance of full, healthy cells. Of course, there is risk involved with this procedure, including migration of the injected material to other areas and lumping effects. This procedure is very popular in the media and hollywood today, with most celebrities (and even many of our beloved Instagram Beauty Guru idols) getting fillers in the cheeks, lips, and forehead areas.

Making the Decision
Before making your final decision, you should consider making an appointment with your doctor to thoroughly explore which procedure be best suited for you. Just because a certain course of action worked for someone else, doesn’t mean it will be best for you. Make an informed decision to get the right results for you!

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NEW Clarins Mission Perfection Serum & Multi Active Cream – and Giveaway!

 

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Clarins has an exciting lineup of launches for Spring 2016! I recently attended their training and Spring launch event, and wanted to share with you all! (I’m also giving away these 2 new products!!) 

Click here to enter my giveaway! There are a ton of different ways you can enter. The giveaway is open worldwide, and open from February 12th 2016 until February 26th, 2016.

2 of the biggest launches for Spring 2016 are the new Mission Perfection Serum, and additions to the Multi Active line!

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The Best Hydrating Face Masks & Why Overnight Masks Are So Effective (Blogmas Day 22)

If you’ve read my previous skincare posts during this year’s Blogmas, you’ve likely heard me ranting about how important it is to protect the skin and keep it hydrated, especially during the winter.
You can read my full post on products that will save your skin here,
and you can read all about facial oils here! 
During the winter, the skin is exposed to not only cold temperatures, but to dryness, dehydration, and the assaults of that dreaded indoor, artificial heating. All of these elements can wreak havoc on our skin, and its ability to keep itself hydrated. Many opt for a heavier moisturizer during the winter, which is definitely a huge help. However, sometimes a heavier moisturizer just isn’t enough.
Using a hydrating mask 1-2 times a week can really help save your skin from dryness, irritation, and flaking this winter. Most hydration masks help soften and hydrate the skin, but also help protect and strength the skin’s moisture barrier.
For best results, using overnight masks help to keep the skin hydrated throughout the night (when we can often lose most of our moisture!) but also work with the skin’s natural repair mechanism. Skin repair is working its hardest during the night. Did you know that your skin’s repair works in tandem with circadian rhythm, and peaks at night time? Estee Lauder was one of the first companies to discover the true importance of beauty sleep – our skin’s catabolysis process (in which our skin is purifying our cells and getting rid of debris to make room for new, healthy cells) is most active between 12-4 am. “Beauty Sleep” is no longer just an expression!
There are many different products on the market, but these are some of my favourite!
  • Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask: this is a hydrating and cleansing mask, that will help draw out impurities while soothing the skin and providing hydration, and antioxidant benefits. I love to use this when my skin is acting up, if I’m having an eczema breakout, irritation, or if I’ve been wearing a lot of heavy makeup lately. This isn’t an overnight mask – you leave it on for about ten minutes, rinse it off, and can then follow with an overnight hydrating mask if you like! It’s also great because (as with mostly all Lush products) it’s natural! It has great ingredients like blueberry.
  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: this mask smells amazing (but strangely doesn’t irritate my skin!) It has a very smooth, buttery feel and really hydrates the skin. This mask you apply liberally at night, let it sink into the skin for about 10 minutes, and then massage in or gently wipe off the excess. I prefer to massage it into the skin so I don’t waste any product. (And honestly, my skin is so dehydrated that it really does drink up every bit of this mask!)
  • Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask: This is a lighter weight mask with more of a gel texture. This might be a better option for those with more combination to oily skin types (but it’s great for dry skins too!) It helps calm, soothe, and hydrate the skin. For a lighter treatment, you apply it liberally to clean skin, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then gently rinse off with cold water. For a more intense treatment, you can apply it to your skin as your last skincare step before bed, and let it sink in overnight! You can also refrigerate it for an extra cooling feel!
  • Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask: this mask can be found at most drugstores, and is great because it’s 99% natural! It’s great for hydration and also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It’s got ingredients like water, castor seed oil, coconut oil, clary extract, and more.
  • Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial: Sephora describes this as a “weightless souffle” – it’s an intensive overnight cream to offer hydration, smoothing, and nourishment for the skin. It’s quite a thick, butter like texture, but it melts right into the skin. This is used at nightime, and can even be used as a daily nighttime moisturizer!
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask: this is an oil-free, fragrance-free mask that’s great for sensitive skins. It was one of the first hydration masks I ever really tried. I fell in love with this product when I used to work at Clinique, and it still remains one of my favourites to this day. It’s a lighter weight cream texture, but offers intense hydration. It really gives you soft, hydrated, dewy looking skin. You apply this liberally at night time, and massage it into the skin.
  • Avene Soothing Moisture Mask: this is another great option for sensitive skins. It contains high amounts of the Avene Thermal spring water to help hydrate, sooth, and protect the skin. It also helps add radiance! You want to apply this liberally all over, let it sink in for 10-15 minutes, then gently tissue off the excess.
  • The Face Shop Avocado Sheet Mask:  I’m relatively new to sheet masks, but definitely couldn’t resist my curiosity for them. I actually tried these because a friend gifted them to me – and have since fallen in love. These are so cool because they are a thin sheet that comes pre-moistened and soaked in a package of serum. You pull the sheet out, press it against your face (and kind of look like a psychopath, to be honest). You leave it on for 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet, and then massage the excess product into your skin! The Avacado mask is so hydrating, it really helped smooth and moisturize my dry skin!
What are your favourite hydration masks?
Don’t forget to check out some of my previous skincare & makeup posts:

Products That Will Save Your Skin This Winter (Blogmas Day 13)

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I’ve said it before, and I will likely say it hundreds of times in the future: skincare is absolutely crucial in the winter. Skincare is always important, but even more so in the winter. If you live in a particularly cold or harsh climate like I do, the skin faces aggressors on a daily basis.

In the winter (especially in climates that get a lot of snow and freezing temperatures) the skin’s moisture barrier can majorly suffer (you can read all about the skin and moisture barrier here!) The skin can become majorly dehydrated and dry as it’s exposed to freezing cold, harsh wind, and indoor heating. All of these things wreak havoc on our skin, and its ability to balance itself and regulate moisture.

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Favourite Lip Balms/Treatments for Dry Winter Lips (Blogmas Day 11)

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One of the most popular trends of the Holiday season is red or berry lips. Something about a bold red lip with gold eyeshadow perfectly represents Christmas. While I do love a bold lip, there’s some irony in the fact that a bold lip is the most popular in a season that is typically the coldest, and the driest for our lips. I don’t know if you’ve tried applying red lipstick to dry, cracked or peeling lips, but it’s not pretty.

The first step in executing a successful bold lip for the holidays is to make sure the lips are prepped before hand. (For a tutorial on how to exfoliate, fix dry lips, and prep the lips, click here!)

There are a million different lip balms on the market, but sadly many do not actually heal the lips. Many can be counterproductive by making lips more dry if you aren’t constantly reapplying them.

Working in cosmetics, I’ve tested my fair share of lip balms and treatments over the last couple of years. So far, these are my absolute favourite in healing and hydrating the lips. I love each one in a different way – after all, if you’re as dry as I am, you can never have enough lip balms.

  • Nuxe Reve De Miel : this is a recent favourite of mine that I decided to try after hearing so many great things about it. While it’s quite a thick wax-like texture, it melts into the lips beautifully. It’s ultra nourishing and smells phenomenal. It’s infused with grapefruit, honey, and shea butter.
  • Korres Lip Butter: This one has a bit of a tint to it, and is a tad more glossy. This is great to keep in your bag for touch ups, or for a some sheer colour and hydration while you’re on the go. It’s also great to keep the lips nourished on those “no makeup” makeup days.
  • Lush Chocolate Whipstick: This lip balm from Lush is natural, and smells like chocolate. It’s also a thicker wax-like texture, and requires a bit of warming up with the finger tips. It’s very hydrating and nourishing, and did I mention it smells like chocolate?! It has amazing ingredients like shea butter, almond oil, beeswax, honey, olive oil, cacao, tangerine and orange oil, oats, cocoa, and vanilla.
  • La Roche Posay Ceralip:  La Roche Posay is a great dermatological-based brand. This product is both fragrance and paraben free, and is phenomenal for treating severely dry or cracked lips. It’s often used after medical treatments, and helps replenish lipids in the skin to maintain moisture and softness.  I actually recommended this to a coworker who was suffering from cracked, bleeding lips, and they looked back to normal within just a couple of days. She couldn’t stop raving about it!
  • Bite Agave Lip Mask : this is probably my favourite out of all for a night time treatment. It’s incredibly thick, and feels like a nourishing barrier on the lips. I don’t really like it for day time use (unless you’re going to be home all day) and it doesn’t wear as well under makeup. However, putting this on at night before bed is a dream come true. I wake up, and my lips are still hydrated and still have this product on them. This is a must have for anyone with very dry, dehydrated lips, or for someone who breathes through their mouth at night.

What are your favourite lip balms?

Strobing – Glowy Skin In The Midst of Winter Dryness (Blogmas Day 9)

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One of my least favourite things about the holiday season is the unfortunate effect of winter dryness. Dry, flaky skin, redness, and irritation all come to mind when I think of December, which can definitely put a damper on my holiday spirit /9especially if you live in an extremely cold climate like I do. Oh, Canada!)

Combatting winter dryness can be a seemingly daunting task, but there are a lot of steps we can take to help our skin. Hydrating is definitely the most important step. You can read all about oils and how they can help the skin here.  I will also be posting my favourite creams and masks to protect the skin soon as a part of Blogmas!

For today’s Blogmas post, I wanted to share how to achieve that healthy glowing complexion with makeup. The glowing, dewy look can definitely be harder to achieve in the winter than in the summer heat.

The “strobing” trend has been all over the internet and makeup industry for quite a while now. It’s been all over the runways, especially paired with  a berry or red lip. It’s by no means a new trend, and while some believe it’s already phasing out, I personally think there are a lot of great things we can learn from strobing.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 11.32.20 PMFirstly, yes. Strobing really is intense highlighting. But there’s more to it than that. The purpose of lighting is to create bright, glowing skin. It focuses more on bringing forward plains of the face, rather than adding dimension with the intense contouring that’s also been immensely popular over the last few years (thank you, Kim Kardashian and drag queens!) With strobing, the rest of the face is typically kept much more subtle. Natural-looking foundation with little to no contour, and instead focusing on really highlighting the cheekbones and adding that dewy, almost wet look.

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Strobing, when done right, can add a beautiful youthful glow to the skin. It creates the look of healthy, full, supple, bright skin.

Layering tons of highlighter on the skin is not always the most flattering on all skin types. For those of you with very dry or textured skin like I have, you really have to be careful with what you apply to the skin.

My favourite way to create a more natural strobing effect for a gorgeous glow is:

  1. Make sure the skin is exfoliated, to avoid the look of dry patches or flakes.
  2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Seriously, this is one of the most important steps. After cleansing, I go in with a hydrating serum, followed by a moisturizer. Apply your moisturizer at least 10 minutes before applying makeup if possible, so that it has time to absorb into the skin.
  3. If you’re very oily, you may want to apply a primer. I personally have a love/hate relationship with primers. While they do help product stick to the skin, if you’re very dry or have texture/flaky patches, primer can actually accentuate this.
  4. A hydrating mist or facial spray is a great way to add extra moisture to the skin. My favourite is the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist – it’s very expensive, but truly amazing.
  5. Opt for a foundation with a dewy or luminous finish. This really helps create that youthful glow, and will also help boost your highlight. Apply your foundation in very thin layers, blending into the skin with a damp sponge (this works better than a brush for creating a dewy, natural finish.)
  6. Cover any blemishes, spots, or discolouration with thin layers of concealer. The Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer is one of my favourites for hiding these imperfections. Use concealer sparingly, this look is all about creating a perfect “natural” base.
  7. Apply a cream or liquid highlight to the high points of the cheekbones. I like to apply this by gently tapping it into the skin with my finger. Use sparingly, slowly building it up. You can also add this to the tip of your nose, your cupids bow, a tiny bit to the chin, and to the forehead.
  8. Apply your favourite powder highlight over top of where you applied your cream highlight. I like to use a fan brush to apply this. For fair skin tones, a pale pearl or champagne tone works beautifully. For deeper skin tones, look for highlighters with more of a gold tone.
  9. After highlight, (and finishing the rest of your makeup as desired, although try to skip powder if possible to avoid mattifying the skin) finish with a setting spray or face spray. Mac Fix + is phenomenal for accentuating highlight, adding moisture, and absorbing any excess powder on the skin, however it’s not really a setting spray. Other sprays that work well are the Urban Decay Chill setting spray, the NYX Dewy Setting Spray, and the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist.

 

All About Oils – Winter Skin Tips (Blogmas Day 7)

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While I love the holiday season, I don’t particularly enjoy cold weather. I don’t know about you, but dehydrated, flaking skin can put a damper on my holiday festivities.

The skin typically becomes much drier in the winter as it’s exposed to cold, wind, indoor heating, and dry climates. All of these things can wreak havoc on our skin’s moisture barrier, causing it to become dry, dehydrated, and unbalanced.

Oils are an incredible way to help balance, hydrate, and restore the skin. There are a million different kinds of oils on the market, ensuring there’s a type for every skin need.

In order to really understand how oils work, it’s important to understand one of the most crucial elements of our skin: the moisture barrier.

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Giveaway – Salcura Winter Skin Skincare

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Hello everyone! I am so excited to announce that I’m doing my very first giveaway! If you read yesterday’s post about my Salcura skincare experience and review, then you know that I have totally fallen in love with the brand, and that it has helped my eczema immensely!

(You can enter right here on my facebook page!)

(this giveaway is now closed)
Salcura has generously offered to give one of my followers/readers a chance to win some skincare!! I absolutely love giveaways, and have been wanting to do one since I first started blogging. I recently hit a blogging milestone, and thought this would be a perfect time to host a giveaway!

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The giveaway will be running from November 27th to December 4th, and you can enter by following myself and Salcura on Instagram, but also here for extra entries and more chances to win!

One of you lovely people will win some Salcura products geared towards hydrated dry, winter skin!

If you’d like the chance to win some Salcura skincare, click here! 

 

Eczema/Psoriasis Treatment – Salcura BioSkin Review

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I recently got the opportunity to try some products from Salcura Skincare and as soon as I tried the products, I knew I had to write about them. (No, this post is not sponsored in anyway, nor did they ask me to write it – I’m writing this of my own free will because I’ve fallen in love with the brand!)

If you suffer from eczema or any other skin condition like dermatitis or psoriasis, I highly recommend trying this brand. It has been doing wonders for my skin!

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I had never really heard of this brand prior to trying the products, so naturally I was skeptical, particularly because the products are targeted for eczema or psoriasis-prone skin. If you suffer from eczema, dermatitits, psoriasis or any other skin condition, then you know how frustrating it can be to find a product that works and doesn’t irritate the skin. I was so amazed at how quickly the Bioskin range helped to calm the itchiness and redness, and could feel immediate relief in my eczema flare ups.

I tried the Bioskin Dermaspray, the Bioskin Zeoderm, the Lavender Extract, and absolutely fell in love.

About Salcura started over 10 years ago, this British Skincare company was founded by a biomedical research scientist. The goal was to create a brand based on research and innovation, that could utilize nature to help treat skin conditions. All the products contain the finest grade of pure, naturally-sourced ingredients that are free of parabens, cortisones, artificial dyes and fragrances, etc.

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About Bioskin:  This particular line is ideal for dry or sensitive skin types, and conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.  They are designed to help soothe the skin, strengthen the skin’s ability to maintain moisture, and aid in the natural healing process.

The Dermaspray is a fascinating concept, because it offers the hydration and treatment of a topical cream, but in a much lighter, more easily absorbed texture. It also offers less waste, and can even be used on the scalp! This is best used as the first step (after cleansing, if used on face). It starts to absorb into the skin immediately, and really soothes and hydrates.

The Zeoderm is phenomenal, and is used as the second step to help further treat, soothe, lock in moisture, and repair the skin.  Zeoderm can be used on the face or body, whereas I find the Dermaspray may be preferred for the body.

The range features topical treatments (the Dermaspray, Dermaserum, and Zeoderm) as well as cleansers and haircare.

Ingredients: The line uses only top-grade natural ingredients, and no artificial dyes, cortisones (which are found in many eczema-treatment creams and can be very harmful – they even caused me to lose a nail once!) antiobiotics, parrafins, or lanolin. The main ingredients used are aloe vera, water, glycerin, safflower & sunflower oil, grapevine oil, sea buckthorn oil, eucalyptus essential oil, olive oil, and almond oil.

All of these ingredients have soothing, hydrating, and restorative properties to help calm the skin, soothe itching, and restore hydration!

Do they work? I decided to test the products on a patch of eczema near my forearm that has been particularly stubborn. Instantly it felt soothed and less itchy. The next day, I was so shocked at how much the redness and itchiness had subsided. Within a week, the patch was nearly gone! It didn’t sting, burn, or itch, but left my skin feeling hydrated and soothed. I will definitely be trying this on my hands, and will update you guys with before and after photos!

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How cute is this PR package?? It fits their natural vibe so well! I love that they threw in some essential oil (lavender happens to be one of my favourite scents!) berries, and sunflower seeds!

As for the Lavendar essential oil, I knew I would instantly love it. Lavender is incredible for relaxation, and essential oils help work with the brain’s chemistry for different purposes. I love to apply a tiny drop of this to my neck before bed, and I really find it helps me relax, ease anxiety, and even sleep better.

I’m a huge advocate of naturally-sourced products, which is part of why I love these products so much. There are so many harmful and unnecessary chemicals in many of our products today, and with eczema you have to be even more careful. It’s so rare to find such an effective yet safe product, and Salcura definitely achieved this beautifully!

I’m so happy to have tried this brand, and 100% recommend it to anyone suffering with eczema. They have a ton of other products too for all sorts of skin concerns!

 

Skin Aging: How to Prevent, Treat, & Repair!

Did you know that up to approximately 90% of visible skin aging is preventable, and often caused by sun damage? Ghergich & Co. (involved in SEO, social networking, and content marketing) recently collaborated with Health Perch (a digital health magazine) in an awesome post about skin aging. They created some incredibly cute and creative graphics, and were kind enough to let me use them for my own post! (No, this post is not sponsored!)

Skincare has been a huge passion and obsession of mine since I first started working in cosmetics. I started in the industry working at Clinique, which as I’m sure many of you know has quite a strong presence in the skincare world. It inspired a fascination with all things skin care, as well as the science behind products, and the biology of skin aging.  Continue reading