Dermaplaning

D E R M A P L A N I N G
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I get frequently asked if dermaplaning at home is the same as when you pay to get it done.
I also have seen when girls over use those at home dermaplaning blades to try and get off dead skin 🔪
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Those at home dermaplaning blades will only get off the vellus hair ( 🍑 FUZ ) so using them to maybe maintain after dermaplaning, or just to get that pesky mustache, is totally cool because that’s ALL it’s good for. It will not get off dead skin so if you constantly try to achieve that goal, you will develop an even thicker dead skin layer because your face is will try to protect itself. . .
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That’s why some things are better to just spend the money and get it properly done. . .

Professionally done dermaplaning will remove the vellus hair AND all the dead skin. We will also properly cleanse your skin, cool it down after and apply great products to help strengthen and support healthy skin. .
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You skin is your biggest organ, it’s also majority of your selfie 🤳🏼 so why not take good care of it and go see an esthetician for all your skin needs ❣️

Gut health = Skin health

Gut health

 

 

We’ve all heard the saying

” follow your gut.”

But I’m here to tell you to

“Listen to your gut.”

 

 

 

What does it mean to have a unhealthy gut ?

Unhealthy Gut = Unhealthy body

Numerous studies in the past two decades have linked  the quietly of your gut health to your immune system, mood, mental health, skin health and more.

The term “gut microbiome” refers specifically to the microorganisms living in your intestines. A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. While some microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary to a healthy body.

So when some refers to your gut health, they are talking about the good bacteria in your gut vs the bad bacteria. When it is unbalanced, you start to show signs of bad gut health, meaning you can experience signs of frequent upset stomachs or food intolerances, increased inflammation in the body, unintentional weight changes, problems sleeping or constant fatigue, Bad skin and more.

Now, all of these make each other worse, for instance … you eat dairy (and because of the food intolerance and added hormones in dairy) – you break you (and because of the increase of inflammation and extra estrogen in you system ) – you get cystic/hormonal acne (and because of the unhealthy skin – it takes long to heal and/or gets worse.)

It’s a vicious cycle people …


 

How does a healthy gut make a difference ?

for starters, a healthy gut helps to strengthen your immune system, you heart health, brain health, improve your mood, better your digestive system and improve your skin health. A healthy gut will also help eliminate extra estrogen in your system, thus helping with those awe-full hormonal breakouts.

So not only will you have more energy, better focus and stronger immune system but you’ll also have a glowing complexion and an over all happy healthier feeling.

Now, your probably asking, how can I get a heathy gut !?

Well, to begin, lets take a look at your diet and stress levels …

• Are you eating fast food, sugary treats and drinking lots of coffee + alcohol ?

• Are you sleeping less than 6 hours a night, stressed daily and have a hard time feeling happy ?

If you answered Yes to most of those, if not all of them, then bad news … you are hurting you gut health.

Now lets throw in more variables that affect your gut, like …

• Do you drink enough water, taking vitamins + supplements and eat a lots of fruit and veggies ?

• Do you exercise , eat whole grains and eat/drink fermented foods ?

Is you answered No to most of those, if not all of them, then i’m sorry to say but your gut needs help.

There is so much more that contributes to a healthy or unhealthy gut but making small changes here and there will start to improve your health.

Heres a couple ways to start – 

• Get more sleep : Between 6-8 hours is recommended

• Eat less fatty, sugary, proceeded food and more balanced, wholesome, fresh foods.

• Drink or eat more things like kombucha and yogurt.

• Try your best to De-stress : take a walk or a bath, read a book or do yoga.

• TAKE YOUR VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS !! Seriously, a multivitamin and probiotics are so important for your gut health and health health.

• More water, tea, green juice and less alcohol, coffee and pop.

There is so much more ways to improve you guy health, just do the research and make the change. In a month you’ll be glad you started today.


 

A healthy gut doesn’t just mean healthy skin,

it also means a heathy you.

xox

Under the Sea 🐚

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We all love the ocean, we love to sea the blue waves ( pun intended )  and feel the sand beneath our toes.

But did you know that the ocean can provide more than just a relaxing view …


 

Ingredients from the ocean.

Algae ~ Chock full of nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and peptides that can help draw toxins from the skin. It is an AMAZING ingredient full of incredible benefits for your skin because it conditions, hydrates, softens and detoxifies your skin, along with replenishes essential vitamins and minerals. This is the main ingredient in My fun hydro-jelly masks.

Dead sea salt ~ Soothes and reduces Skin Inflammation such as acne inflammation and inflammation associated with sunburns, eczema & psoriasis patches. It detoxes your skin pores by driving out all the gunk including dead cells, dirt, pollution, stale sebum and germs that collect and form acne, blackheads and white heads. Helps hydrate your skin thus improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, it can also help prevent ingrown hairs.

Seaweed ~ A mix of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants that can benefit your skin. The antioxidants in seaweed can help prevent free radical damage to the skin and protect against skin aging, seaweed can also help moisturize and calm the skin. It is also good at combating acne and promote tissue regeneration, boosting the skins elasticity. Leaves your skin feel soft and refreshed.

Sea Kelp ~ Rich in vitamins and minerals, Sea Kelp works to repair damage to the skin by replenishing protein. That, together with the fact that it also helps support natural collagen production, makes it powerful wrinkle-fighter plus it will even give you a little glow boost too. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it the perfect blemish treatment.


 

Now if you didn’t notice the the common factor between all these ocean derived ingredients, it was that fact that they are all high in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

These make anyone of them a great add on to your skin care routine.

You can find many skin care lines that includes these ingredients, I personally love the seaweed mask from lush.


Make a difference

The earth supplies us with many wonderful ingredients, we must only open our eyes and look for them. Lets try our best to use Eco friendly and cruelty free products, or even re-cycle or re-use your empty beauty products because from plastic containers to chemical ingredients,  we may add to the ever growing pollution problem.

Every small change counts 🐚

Moisturize !!

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If your answer is no then trust me, you will want to keep reading. If your answer is yes then give yourself a pat on the back because you rock.

Why is it so important ?

While a hot shower/bath can be relaxing and a must during winter, it isn’t the best thing for your skin. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oil barrier, the thing that protects it against the cold winter air. That’s why your arms and legs may look dull and flaky, or you may get itchy and your skin feels tight.

Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain it’s balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up. Scars and blemish are more visible, along with wrinkles and fine lines. Many people who breakout one their face and body will think it better to be dry, NO, it’s waaay better to be hydrated !! Dehydrated skin won’t heal properly, so you’re more likely to scar and take longer to heal.

Mono Gohara, a dermatologist at Yale University, says ” Your skin absolutely needs moisturizer.”

ESPECIALLY when you live somewhere dry and cold like Calgary, Alberta. Your skin can naturally be dehydrated because of the environment its exposed to. The fact that most of us arn’t drinking the daily recommended amount of water, doesn’t help.

Have you ever look at your grandparents skin and thought to yourself, ” It’s so thin and easily bruised or torn”

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, moisture is essential to skin health and prevents injury and skin loss.

Now everyones genetics play a part in how your skin may age, but if you can make a difference and maybe even prevent some early or severe signs of aging, wouldn’t you ?

If yes, then start moisturizing your whole damn body !! Your face and hands may need it more than just once a day, and during winter its better to use a body butter than a lotion/yogurt because its thicker and will protect your skin better. But come summer time you don’t need that thick heavy cream, just something light to help keep it healthy. There are more ways to help your body age better, like having a healthy diet and using proper sunscreen.

If you always thought it was normal to have dull flaky skin, then I’m here to tell you it’s never too late to get that all year summer time glow. It’s a proven fact that hydrated skin stays tanned longer. I always get asked about my tan during winter and my secret is that I use a body butter after every shower/bath. I also stay on top of my sunscreen during summer so that I don’t burn plus, I exfoliate once a week.


My favorite lotions.

During winter I use one of the following • Almond milk body butter, honey body butter or shea body butter from the body shop. Then during summer I use a lighter body lotion/yogurt in the same lines.

For my face, I use the Andalou line, Sukin line or Aveeno sensitive, WITH SPF !!


I can’t stress enough the importance when it comes to moisturizing your whole body, healthy skin doesn’t start and end with your face. You have to moisturize from your head to your toes unless you like being dry and flaky … but if you don’t, then its a simple 5 min fix.

Also, moisturizing alone won’t prevent aging, it’s the harmful UV rays that really break down our collagen and cause you to age faster and worse. Using SPF face cream is so very important, not just during summer but winter too ( UV rays don’t disappear along with warm temperatures) . Make sure you are using GOOD sunscreen, frequently during the day, and it will not only prevent signs of aging but also prevent skin cancer.

Our skin is our largest organ and it literally keeps our body protected & together, don’t you think it deserves extra love and care. Don’t be that person that thinks they don’t need it and they don’t care, because no one is immune to aging or even worse, skin cancer.

Love your skin, be kind to yourself and always remember that you are beautiful.

 

 

The toxic truth about face masks

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Have you ever tried one ?

Face masks come in all different types, colours and textures. You can buy a s sheet mask, mud mask, pull off mask, clay mask and more. They can be patterned, sparkling, gold & silver, foaming and MORE  !!

Thats why they are so much fun, the packaging alone makes you want to buy one and then we see all these influencers on social media posting about them. So how can you resist looking like a fluffy grey cloud ?

But what are you really putting on your face ?


 

What types of masks are there ?

Clay mask –  Usually found in powder form, designed to help clean out plugged pores and congestion by pulling the skin tight as it drys, also helps mildly exfoliate. Careful to only leave these masks on 5-10 mins as they can strip your skin of its natural oils.Great for oily, acne and congested skin

Sheet mask – Synthetic or organic based sheet soaked in a serum made up from many different types of ingredients. Great to apply before a big night out as it leaves your skin dewy and glowing, also fun for a night in especially when it has an animal print on it or foams up as it sits on your face. Great for all skin types but oily, acne and sensitive skin must be careful.

Cream mask – Goes on like a thick cream, doesn’t dry or fully get absorbed, and can be found is some interesting scents like chocolate or rose. Designed to nourish your skin but is time consuming because usually must sit for 10-20 minutes and then be washed off. Great for normal to dry skin types.

Gell mask – Applied in a thin – moderate layer that usually gets fully absorbed, this masks is mainly for sensitive – dry skin types or used post treatments to help sooth and hydrate skin.

Exfoliating mask –  Usually comes in a scrub or acid based to help remove dead skin, the scrub has a rough texture and the acid based may commonly have glycolic or lactic acid but some are made up from active fruit enzymes.  Great for anti aging purposes or acne prone skin, people with sensitive skin should be careful .

Thermal mask – Designed to heat up the skin to increase blood circulation and allow for a deeper clean between wrinkles, fine lines and pores. Best for mature and aging skin.

Peel-off mask – This mask will dry and peel off in one swoop, some of you may have seen the famous charcoal peel off mask all over social media. In theory it peels off the dead skin and impurities on the outer skin layer but be warned, this mask type can be harsh on your skin, causing damage to the elasticity, collagen production and texture. For all skin types but no recommend.

Sleeping mask –  Can be cream or gell based but it is applied before you go to bed and will slowly work over night so you wake up with plump hydrated skin. Great for aged skin.


What ingredients to avoid.

 

1. Parabens

  • benzylparaben
  • butyiparaben
  • propylparaben
  • methylparaben
  • ethylparaben
  • isobutylparaben

2. Benzoyl peroxide

3. Hydroquinone

4. Petroleum

  • Petrolatum
  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • Mineral oil
  • Liquid paraffin

5. Perfume

6. Sodium lauryl sulfate

7. BHA

8. Polyethylene/PEGs

9. Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol

10. “Fragrance”

11. Alcohol

Many of these ingredients can worsen acne, trigger breakouts, dry out your skin, affect your cells, destroy your collagen production and much more.


 

How to know if its a good product

There are a lot of products that will tell you it has organic ingredients or its ” all natural” but in reality it contains some aloe vera along with 5 chemicals, so truly what are you spending $70 PLUS on and what is it doing to your skin ?

If you want to know you are getting your moneys worth but don’t want to google all the ingredients, here are some tips for a quick and easy break down.

  1. Does it say None-GMO ?
  2. Does it say cruelty free ?
  3. Does it say Chemical free ?
  4. Can you pronounce most of the ingredient ?
  5. Are the advertised natural ingredients at the top of the list ?
  6. Where did you buy it ?

These are great tips because a few of them are a dead giveaway, like if your buying you’re products at planet organic then you can rest assure its unlikely to be filled with harmful chemicals, and if the natural ingredients are at the top of the list then at least you know there is more of the good stuff than the bad.


 

Now there are many more harmful chemicals, than what I have listed, found in you skincare and makeup. And just because it says organic or natural doesn’t mean its good.

You should always do your own research when it comes to the products you use on your body, a long with what you read on the internet.

Don’t cheap out on your skincare or makeup • Just because its expensive doesn’t mean its good for you skin.


 

Play it safe when your playing around with face masks, your skin absorbs those ingredients. Your skin is the largest organ apart of your body, isn’t it worth the 10 min research before slapping on the product ?