Changing Seasons Changing Skin Care

The days are shorter, colder, windier and darker: what a bummer. The winter blues are starting to come about, maybe held off with the excitement of halloween but will still start effecting us.

Want to help boos your fall and winter routines? Make sure to take stock in what you have for your skin care and makeup routines.

“Are you finding that your skin is flaking more from the dryness? Shedding its cells like all the trees around you without the benefit of the beauty of the changing of the leaves?”

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Back to School Quick Manicure

Everyone’s going back to school(students & teachers), or you are sending your kids off to school now. It’s so hard switching from summer mode and it might take you a month to get back on track.
Typing away new assignments, making lunches and flipping through books can get hard on your hands. Here are some tips to keep your hands soft and your skin and nails strong.

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Tip #1: I always suggest keeping a small bottle of hand mositurizer in your bag and apply at lunch, or 3-4 times a day if your hands get super dry from touching paper all day.

Tip #2: Make sure that you always have a small nail file in your bag as well, typing with long nails is tricky. I know once my nails get to the length where they will either hit 2 keys at once or get stuck underneath the keys on the keyboard and then they break or bend(I think the bending is worse and way more painful). This will help you figure out what length you should keep them at, this is your call of what you can handle.

Tip #3: If you find that your nails are getting weak from typing or just from more general ware that they are used to in comparison to the summer vacation, 2x a week get some vitamin D gel capsules from the pharmacy and cut 1 open and rub the gel over your nails. Lots of hand moisturizers and cuticle creams have vitamin D in it(and more), but the gel capsules are more concentrated and work faster I find.

Tip #4 : Finally as usual make sure to drink lots of water and eat healthy! Drinking water flushes out your system, removing toxins and helping your cells to stay strong. Eat foods with protein, but key vitamins such as the B-complex, C, A, E (alpha tocopherol), D, calcium, zinc, iodine and iron for stronger nails(and Hair!)

Weird Skin Care: Placenta Facials

Somehow Placenta Facials has come up more then a few times in the past month in talking with friends and clients. My job inspires odd conversations which is great!

So why would you want to stick a placenta on your face?

The idea is that because its so clean and pure and highly packed with stem cells that it will have many benefits.  It is associated with many different cultural practices and also is apart of a new esthetics trend called “live cell therapy”.

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Product Knowledge: Gycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is known for exfoliating skin, improving texture and revealing a fresh, smooth, more youthful complexion.

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But aren’t products with Glycolic acid only to be used by dermatologists and highly trained estheticians? Don’t they just acid burn off your face and if you mess up you will look like two-face?

 

No and yes… it all depends on the percentage and pH levels of the glycolic acid in your products and who is using the products.  And don’t worry this kind of acid isn’t the same kind from Batman.

Read more to find out what you should be using and how it can benefit your skin…

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Questions for Scotia: Vegan Hyaluronic Acid?

I have been asked this question a few times about my new Hydrating line from DermaE that uses Hyaluronic Acid.

“How Can Hyaluronic Acid be vegan? I know it comes from rooster cones. How did this company get certified vegan?”

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Hyaluronic acid is derived from 2 different sources: yes rooster cones (their little red mohawks) and from fermented grass yeast.  But why would it even bother coming from animal byproduct if you can get it from fermented grass yeast?

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Product Review: Fit Me Foundation by Maybelline

I rarely buy makeup at shoppers drug mart or any regular beauty counter really. I normally shop online straight from the companies or from sephora when I can. I saw a commercial for this new foundation by Maybelline and thought to try it.

My routine usually doesn’t use foundation because my skin is normally healthy enough that just a matte powder that has a bit of colour correction is fine.  The foundation that I use for photoshoots or special occasions is Urban Decay HD liquid foundation. Which is so HD that I have to make sure to have a mini facial before hand. It is also a bit expensive(have to order it online or grab it when I’m out of town) so I don’t want to use it all the time.

Now that its the winter and I have spent a week in the hospital without a shower, my face is dry ans flaky and I have a few scabs from where the E.E.G wires were glued on.  I needed something that could cover and not cost too much and be lightweight.

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trying to class it up with a head scarf, but each of those wires were scratched into my skin and then glued, then removed with acetone… talk about skin damage! ** not wearing the foundation here**

 

I was very happy with my purchase that cost about 8$. I picked #120: classic ivory which is just a bit darker because I do have a varied complexion and I easily go red.  This kind was also formulated for normal to oily skin, which is great that they are addressing the different skin types rather than just making 3 different  kinds and not clearly stating what skin type it is for which normal people need to see.

It is a bit thicker than the Urban Decay HD, but it did a great job covering up my sores from the wires, and didn’t dry out my skin.

 

I am very happy with this addition to my regular makeup routine!

Dry Hands and Feet

Following my last blog post about exfoliating I will be talking(sort of) about the next step: Moisturizing.  Because it’s winter time I’ll be focusing on dry skin on your hands and feet.

The most I personally suffer from dry skin in the winter is just a random angnail(hang nail) here and there. I work in moisturizer all day giving massages so I get way more moisture than I need to combat the dry air, cold winds, frost and all the other havoc that Jack Frost pulls on skin.

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