Three Ways To Care For Your Summer Skin On-The-Go

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Summer is well underway here in Tofino - the beaches are packed, we’ve got sand between our toes and (hopefully!) some SPF on our nose! August can be a jam packed travel month for all of us, so in keeping with our summer skincare theme of prevention and protection, I wanted to share my top tips this month for maintaining a sound skincare routine while out and about, on the road, and out exploring!

Whether you’re camping in the woods or flying overseas, swimming in lakes or hiking up mountains, I’m sharing my Top 3 Tips for caring for your skin while travelling this summer. I’ll also be sharing a few of my convenient travel-sized product recommendations that you can pick up in person here at the studio. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s extra important that the products you use are recommended by a professional (hello!).

Come in for a visit for an express summer facial treatment, and let me help you put your best face forward no matter where your summer travels take you!

  1. BE A CLEAN MACHINE

With the summer heat comes an increase in your skin’s oil production (and acne causing bacteria, unfortunately), as well as a build up of sun protection products like heavy zincs (especially if you plan on getting in the water) and SPF. Bringing a thorough cleanser on the road with you this summer will help so much in reducing product build up, so your skin can breathe easily while absorbing the thirst quenching products it will need at night this time of year. Take your time cleansing at the end of a long day, and use soothing, long strokes to coach the dirt up and out - your skin will thank you :)

Product go-to: Stop by the studio to pick up a travel sized version of your favourite cleanser (pumpkin cleanser is a top fave for post sun and surf) and moisturizer, as well as a pack of Rhonda Allison’s All Purpose Cleansing Pads for easy cleansing on the go.

2. MASK IT UP

The fun never seems to stop this time of year, but that doesn’t mean your skincare should! After a long weekend of swimming, sunning and adventuring, (and following a good deep clean!) a sheet mask or a travel-sized enzyme mask can be the perfectly pampered addition to your routine. In studio, there are multiple options from Rhonda Allison that come in tiny, easy to pack containers that make masking on-the-go a breeze! Apply to clean skin and kick up your feet to let it work its relaxing magic after a long day of summertime stimulation.

Product go-to: Newly added to the product shelf are the BEST sheet masks i’ve ever tried - the Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask. Come in today to pick up one or two for your next summer trip out of town. You can even maximize your travel time by wearing one en route to your destination, just try to not scare your seat buddy!

3. TONE ON-THE-GO

There can be an awful lot of travel-related sitting around this time of year! You know the feeling of hurry up and wait? The next time you find yourself parked in a 2 sailing wait, or posted up thanks to a delayed flight, why not treat your face to a little toning, lifting, and sculpting on-the-go? Come into the Sound to experience a Gua Sha treatment for yourself if you’re unfamiliar, and I’d be more than happy to show you how to self-massage using one of the many tools I have available for purchase. Jade Gua Sha tools make a difference in the face because of their specially designed shape and edge to gently scrape the skin for a perfect detox and uplift.

Product go-to: Try one of my Jade Gua Sha tools (starting at $48) and I promise you’ll be hooked on self-massage in no time! The lifted and toned results speak for themselves, and what better way to practice proper skin maintenance while you wait to arrive at your next summertime destination?

When you’re all finished with your new express routine, I’d recommend adding a moisturizing mist of Cucumber Spritz (available in travel sizes) for additional hydration and soothing support post sun-exposure. For more product recommendations and on-the-go skincare travel tips, come in and see me every Tuesday from 11-2 at my studio!

The Ancient Secret to Naturally Glowing Skin

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Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz of Gua Sha circulating the beauty industry lately. Or maybe you’ve never heard it at all (Goo-Sha who?!) Either way, this facial treatment is all things holistic as well as beneficial for the skin. I’m not one to jump onto skincare trends, but I absolutely LOVE these results! Read on to learn more about what this treatment is and why you should try it.


What is Gua Sha?

Facial Gua Sha, a gentle scraping technique that derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine, encourages lymphatic flow to move along its pathways in the face and neck (and down through the body) in order to remove toxins, reduce puffiness, and clarify the skin. Using specially carved gemstones (I like jade, rose quartz and green nephrite for their healing properties) to carry out these ‘scraping’ strokes, each angle of the tool serves a special purpose depending on the areas of the face that are being treated. The magic of Facial Gua Sha is that it only requires this tool along with the hands and knowledge of your skin therapist (that’s me!).


How Does It Work?

Why is it so important to stimulate the lymphatic system? Inflammation in the body caused by poor diet and chronic stress or illness creates fluid retention in the face. By introducing Facial Gua Sha, we are able to help facilitate the movement of this fluid (lymph) in order to de-puff, detox, and bring life to the skin. Extra special techniques with the Gua Sha tools also help to lift and sculpt facial muscles over time… literally a natural form of botox! Not only do clients notice that their skin looks more uplifted and glowing, but it is often noted how much lighter they feel after this relaxing session.


Get Your Gua Sha On!

If your current concerns include dull, devitalized, congested skin (but not full blown acne), or puffy eyes and dark circles, then Facial Gua Sha may be ideal for you. This is also the perfect treatment before or after an event (hello brides!) as it leaves you with a seriously glowing complexion while calming the nervous system due to its tension melting effects. Results are noticeable after one session, but with regular maintenance (weekly for 4-6 weeks, then monthly thereafter), Gua Sha provides a youthful, lifted and supple appearance while decreasing fine lines and helping to dissolve congestion.


Because Gua Sha is beneficial to do on a regular basis, these special tools are now available in the studio for home care use in between sessions! Facial Gua Sha is gaining popularity, but I think it’s worth a mention that not all of the online ‘advice’ of how to perform these techniques is accurate. Feel free to ask me the proper techniques to try and I’ll let you know whether this treatment is right for you.


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