Does You Skin Really Need Gendered Specific Products?

In light of the new Gillette ad that addresses “toxic masculinity” which I am not super going to go into but as a mother of a young boy this did make a tear or two form.

But why should women care about men’s razors and the male ad? We buy the nice pink and purple Venus ones! Which also have their own more open minded add (not as much as Dove products) this one has a tattooed lady and a woman with vitiligo (the bleaching of coloured skin). They have even taken the pink away for blue and neutral colours.

But do we really need products that are for men or women? the answer is pretty much no.

Skin is skin

The only time you should really look at skin care products when it comes to your genetic gender is some facial skin care.

Male skin is 25% thicker, makes more collagen (so they don’t need or worry about anti-aging as much), and they have more hair growth which means a greater deal of sebum production which causes more blackheads. Men’s faces deal with more problems like ingrown hairs, blackheads, and large pores.

Women’s skin is more easily affected by androgen hormones which can cause flare ups of adult acne.

So if you don’t have a beard, can’t grow a beard, don’t have acne or have hormonal issues that you are consulting your doctor about then you really don’t have to care.

The rest is preferences that many of us have been taught over our lifetimes. Gendered marketing started in the 1920’s and was used for girls and boys toys but since then has exploded into every market. Look at some of the crazy shit companies make for him and her!

they’re the same… exactly the same.

Your skin care and body products are meant for your skin type: dry, oily, aging, sensitive or, normal. That’s all you need to care about. Market trends are pushing away from scents in general because of allergies but if you like the smell of lavender who cares! Like it. If you like your pits to smell like New Irish Car then go with it! Don’t want to smell like anything? Then keep to sensitive skin care lines or search out for a line that doesn’t add perfumes or fragrances in general.

Even packaging is changing to more netural, simple packaging so we don’t have to think ones with flowers are just for girls or ones with black, blue and silver lines or black bottles are for men. Hell I only want black bottles to match my style at home more than anything.

Don’t worry so much and don’t pay so much for a product that is higher prices but marketed with your presumed genitals in mind.

 

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Stop Trying to Sell Me MLM’s!

I am generally patient and polite to sales people, even though my personality doesn’t like being cold called or appreciate being told that “I can’t live without” something. I understand local advertisers calling me looking for more ad sales, and they aren’t pushy.  Multi-level Marketing (MLM) sales people on the other hand: holy hell I just can’t handle it.

MLM’s like Rodan+Fields, Nerrium, Younique, and even getting to pushy avon ladies… just no.

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Watch Out for Job Offer Scams

This is a more personal blog post today: I was targeted for a pretty scary scam.

Ever get a job offer that seems too good to be true?  And you hope and hope that  it really is! I got a email yesterday from someone at Instyle magazine offering me a job on a photoshoot for them. It was all paid for and a super crazy paying job.  Oh god how I was excited and flattered and then my logical self kicked in. Is this a real person?

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Here is the full story and what to do when you get one of these emails. There are a few updates at the bottom please read these too!

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Questions for Scotia: “Young Ladies Starting Makeup”

Questions For Scotia: this month’s question for me was from Nikki.
“how do you go about introducing makeup and skin care to a 13 year old?”

yGreat question because as we know from so many studies and documentaries like “Killing Us Softly”, that the media starts early and hits hard at our young women with the massive media presented image of “WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE”. Which to all us grown ups shake our heads, and shed a tear for all the pain we know our young ones will go through and for some, may never get past.

 

I will give you my last answer first: the best is always take them to someone who is a professional: a makeup artist at a store or spa, an esthetician, or a hair stylist. They can point you in the right direction for answers.
But now I can in detail answer you.

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Green Circle Salon Program

“Going green at the salon” used to be words that my Mum would roll her eyes at: because it meant that I was dying my hair another weird colour. But that isn’t what it means anymore!

The Green movement is picking up in Thunder Bay and the trend is becoming a business savy way in one of the most waste producing business: Hair Salons.

Some salons are just small with a few people working in them, and some are large with 8+ members.  Just taking a look at over a regular week in a salon you can see from  20-60 clients per week: per stylist! That is a lot of hair alone, not to mention all the product that goes into the hair and the leftovers, the foils (which can average about 50 per person), plus the cups, other lunches and things clients and staff bring in and throw out. It can result into 13 large bags of garbage or more a week!
A new program, called the Green Circle Salon Certification program, helps salons collect recycling that is normal for anyone and salon specific items that can now be recycled. These items include hair, foils, paper, plastic and even the extra products such as dye, lightener, etc. I spoke with Amanda Benincasa of Evoke Salon and Spa (one of the first salons in Thunder Bay to become Green Circle certified) about how it has impacted her business.
 On a trip to Winnipeg she went to a Green Circle presentation and was blown away. “I watched the demonstration of a synthetic buoy vs one made of the excess hair to help with oil spills in the ocean, lakes and rivers and it was amazing. The human hair buoy soaked up the oil in the water in half the time!”  Her salon Evoke was already an established green salon with using green and eco-friendly products such as Hempz and Davine’s hair products.  One of the things that I personally found great about this program was that they take all the plastics, unlike in Thunder Bay where you can only recycle bottles of #1 and #2 plastic that have twist off caps. “We used to throw out so much garbage, knowing how much already goes into our landfill, I thought I could do something to lessen our impact and it has! We only create 2-3 bags of garbage a week now.” told Amanda.
The Green Circle program is very easy for any salon to sign up for, they give you the boxes for disposal, then you pack it up let them know and they will send you a shipping label and arrange pick up for you. The salon has a small fee added to all services to support the program. It is the same as the Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are charged on the sale and distribution of all new electronic products regulated in Ontario. Paid at the time of purchase, the fee reflects the actual program cost to collect, transport and responsibly recycle each electronic category the end of its useful life.
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As a esthetician myself, I was wondering about what the Green Circle program could do for the esthetics side. Amanda told me “Currently they don’t have a program in place for items such as wax sticks and strips, acetone, nail files and more. But the estheitican at any salon and spa can still use the rest of the recycling for their plastics and cardboards.” I spoke with Evoke’s esthetician Rebecca Nelson about what future projects she could see for esthetics and Green Circle. “They could figure out how to deal with the wax itself, what to do with nail files. Maybe some sort of filter that could go in our drains to catch debris and some of the product? There are lots of possibilities.” Past paper, cardboard, plastic and the few glass containers we have, the only other recyclable items we have is using the sharps disposable that we can take to any pharmacy. 
 
“A Clean, Green & Beautiful Thunder Bay depends on the pride of residents, businesses, property owners and youth. It also makes good business sense and results in a healthy economy. Clean, green & beautiful cities attract visitors, highly skilled workers and investment, and enable us to live, work and play in well maintained, safe and pleasant surroundings.” – Mayor Hobbs from the Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee of Thunder Bay.
There are many different city, provincial and federal incentives for businesses to become greener, as David Suzuki always promotes ” You can just do 1 green thing to help.” Many of us do way more without even realizing it:
  • we do our weekly recycling, even if its just our empties because we can get money back
  • we use energy efficient appliances
  • when buying a new phone, laptop, tablet, etc we pay the electronic recylicng fee
  • we turn down our heat or air conditioning
  • use the hydro off and peak times chart to do our laundry + using only cold water
  • some of us compost for our gardens
  • use LED light bulbs (which you can get great coupons for online now as a incentive program)
  • walk, roll, bike to work or school /  using public transport
  • bring your own bags or ask for paper bags instead at the store
Thunder Bay has hope, I know there are many of you who were brought up “if you recycle paper, you are putting your family out of work.” because of the mill but only 10 out of 49 paper mills in Canada deal with recycled paper pulp (“Benchmarking Energy use in Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills” Natural Resources Canada 2015)  That is still a lot of jobs. We have to come to the realization that Thunder Bay is still behind. In many cities in Canada, once you get into a home you get a garbage can and a recycle can. In many cities they take more then 2 kinds of specific plastics. In many cities you can take in your recycling and get paid for it! Here you can take your metals to the scrap and the liquor and beer bottles to the beer store… but no paper, cardboard or plastic.
We can do more, follow the footsteps of my friend Elizabeth deBakker. “In May 1996, Elizabeth DeBakker, a 10 year-old student at École Gron Morgon School, addressed Thunder Bay’s City Council expressing her concern over debris found in city parks. As a result of this deputation City Council passed a resolution requesting the development of a municipal clean up program. A steering committee was established to develop an action plan to accomplish the goals of Ms. DeBakker.” – Ecosuperior.  If a 10 year old girl 20 years ago had this big of a impact, what can you do? 
I think all the Green Circle Salons in town have a great start to something very big.
 
 
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Product Knowledge: Talcum Powder

I know we all know the main use for talcum powder aka baby powder : to keep wet/sweaty areas dry.   But googling quickly can get scary,  what is it made up of and how did it become such a common house hold beauty product?

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Makeup 101: Blush and Bronzer

Blush otherwise known as cheek colour(guess where it goes) can comes in creams, gel, liquids, and powders(loose and pressed).  Powder blush is the most common to find and is the easiest to use.

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Why are Wedding Trials Important?

So its a few months till your big day! And you have a entire pinterest wall full of makeup and hair and nail ideas but how do you even pick one?
I like the lips on this one… but the top part of this hair style… but these nails don’t match my dress but the style is super pretty!

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AHH MY BRAINS!

Wanting to be the most beautiful bride is super stressful. But that is why there are professionals who can help!

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What to Expect When You Visit a Spa

For the past 10 years, I have heard some crazy things of what other spa owners, estheticians and assistants have told clients what to do, and how to prepare for their spa service.
And to be honest it is flabbergasting what they expect of clients and how lazy some people are. This is the service industry: I am here to serve you and your beauty and spa needs.

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So how do you know what to get? How to get it? Will You feel comfortable? What happens? What should you do?

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Cosmetic Scare Words : Parabens

This morning whilst having a shower, I looked at the back of my body wash and saw in big purple letters: Paraben free.

I know that I talk alot about products that have parabens, antioxidants, organic, and that are gluten free and cruelty free.

I explained anti oxidants in my post “Summer Sensitive Skin”. I went through other toxins like formaldehyde and toulene in my post about ZOYA nail polish and we all know what cruelty free is.  I haven’t gotten into parabens but they are something that is a scare word now in the world of cosmetics but why? When it comes to the chemistry of our makeup and skin care, what are the tiny differences to our body as a whole?

So what are they?

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