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Winter Skin: Make it GLOW

We might be in the dead of winter, but your skin doesn’t have to know that. By diligently caring for your skin using the 5 steps below, you’ll never have to worry about weathered and wintered skin again.

(And ‘wintered’ is totally a word, because my spell-check says it is. Thank you, spell-check!)

Sleep

Sounds simple, and you know what? It is! Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it works hard to detox you from the inside out every damn day. It needs its beauty rest! Making sure you get 7-9 hours of good-quality sleep each and every night will go a long way towards obtaining healthy looking skin that is not season-dependent.

Brush

Yup—brush your skin. Using a dry skin brush to regularly sluff off the build-up of dead skin cells we accumulate faster as we get older is a fabulous way to get skin that glows. Not only do you remove the dull cells that create a boring complexion, you actively prompt your body to regenerate new skin cells faster, thereby producing younger-looking skin.

Yeah—you’re welcome.

Now, I’m not talking about your face; that’s coming up. I’m talking about slowly and rhythmically brushing your entire body with long, downward strokes from your neck to your feet. You can buy a dry skin brush at almost any store that sells cosmetics, bath, and body care products.

Exfoliate

This one’s for your whole body. Using a great quality exfoliant (I love RoC® MAX Resurfacing Facial Cleanser) on your face twice a week can really help to keep acne at bay, and give your skin a more youthful appearance.

When it comes to the rest of your body, I totally recommend making your own sugar scrub and giving yourself a full-body scrub-down twice a week. It’s nicer for your skin than a salt scrub, because salt is dehydrating, which is the opposite of what we’re going for.

Recipe for Lavender Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup fine, granulated sugar

¼ cup olive oil

Few drops lavender essential oil

Method:

Combine sugar and oil; mix well. Add essential oil and mix again. Store in your shower in jar with lid tightly fastened. (Take care not to break glass in shower!)

Moisturize

Making sure you step up the moisturizing is essential to keep winter skin at bay. During the winter months, use a thicker day and night cream. I actually add a few drops of almond oil to my moisturizer and slather it everywhere twice a day, including my face.

Hydrate

We all know that water is good for you, but during the winter, it’s imperative to keeping skin healthy and happy. I usually drink way more herbal tea in the winter than other times of the year, and it’s good and hydrating, too.

For tips and tricks on how to make your own herbal tea that helps with skincare, check out The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea.

Follow the above suggestions, and I promise you’ll have glowing skin in no time. Good luck!

Harlow Skin Co: Natural Body Care

You know you love something when you feel the need to write something positive about it, and I feel very positive about Vancouver’s Harlow Skin Co. The first time I tried anything from Harlow was last January, when Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary (an amazing place to sweat in style) gave me a lip balm sampler.

And I’ve been hooked ever since!

Ethically sourced ingredients that are free from preservatives and other unnecessary additives, Harlow’s skincare line is meant to

“nourish, repair and protect your skin leaving it smooth and hydrated.”

They create “clean, self-care products with a stylish aesthetic based around integrity, health and well-being.”

I love this! And I love that they’re local.

Here are three of my faves:

Harlow Wild Heart Body Butter

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Anything with the word ‘wild’ on it speaks to me—I even have the word tattooed on my right arm.

Harlow Eye Repair Elixir

Because healthy and hydrated eyes look younger, and we’re all over that.

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Harlow Flora Face Potion—Everlasting

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If you love sustainable, green, safe, and effective beauty/skin care products, then please try these! Check out Harlow Skin Co. HERE, and let me know what you think.

xo

*Images belong to Harlow Skin Co.

Toxic Overload: is YOUR body begging for a detox?

Detox Smoothie

The subject of toxic overload is something that I’ve been hearing about for years, but one that I haven’t given much thought about—until now. I’m currently writing an article for Vancouver’s alive Magazine on the harmful effects of colouring one’s hair. As always with the research involved in these topics, I’m overwhelmed and feeling guilt-stricken. I suppose some things are nice not to know about, but I’m always happy to improve my knowledge on topics like this—especially when it comes to the health and safety of my family.

Needless to say, my daughter will NOT be colouring her hair at age 15 like I was. (Unless it’s with henna.)

Anyway, this blog post is not specifically about hair dye—it’s about toxic overload—literally overloading our bodies with chemicals we use on a daily basis. Everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink to the cosmetics we happily slather on our skin each day contributes to this problem.

Our bodies are designed to deal with a certain amount of toxins and dispose of them through process of urination, elimination, and perspiration. But when we push our bodies to the brink by consuming too much alcohol, smoking cigarettes (among other things), rubbing Bio-Oil all over our scars (read the ingredients list for this product if you’re interested in becoming even more depressed with this subject), and dyeing our hair every 6 weeks, we are practically begging for the development of chronic illness.

So, if you think you may be overdoing it on the chem-end of things, here are some ways you can help your body detoxify (keep in mind that your skin is your body’s largest organ):

  • Drink TONS of filtered water—it helps to detoxify your skin and kidneys.
  • Eat lots of fibre—this helps with better elimination of toxic food.
  • Exercise regularly—this helps your skin and lungs to detox and contributes in a plethora of ways to better your overall health.
  • Begin taking milk thistle supplements—these help detox the liver.
  • Cut back on consuming harmful foods and drink, such as sugar, processed food, animal products, alcohol, caffeine, and trans-fats. (This will help cut back on the toxins you take in on a daily basis.)
  • Take up yoga. (Many yoga postures are designed to massage your organs and initiate the detoxification process.)
  • Search for better alternatives to your favourite beauty products—this will cut back on the amount of chemicals you absorb into your skin.
  • Take baths with Epsom salts—they help to detoxify your skin.

Bottom line: we can all help ourselves by reducing our toxic overload. If it can prevent future chronic illness and give us bright eyes and shiny hair, why not?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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