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!

How To Effectively Heal Your Acne

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Even though it’s hard to remember this while you’re suffering – acne is an extremely common skin condition. In fact, it is the number one concern of my clients at Sound Skincare. My own journey with acne actually inspired me to become a skin therapist in the first place; so, thank you for that, acne! Unfortunately for all of us, we are seeing a rise in adult acne. Contributing factors include: excess sebum (oil) production, congestion, excess bacteria, hormone changes, as well as inflammation of the gut and using the wrong skincare products.

Our skin is our largest organ – and it is always trying to tell us something. Are you listening?

Acne is our body’s way of sending a message that one or more of these factors is out of balance and needs remedying. There is no overnight fix for acne, but discovering the underlying issue is the best place to start. Have you heard of the gut microbiome? Largely overlooked in the past, the skin-gut connection is making its mark in skin health studies, and I wanted to share a bit of information with you on this topic. By looking at the link between our gut health and our skin condition, we’re one step closer to achieving healthy, clear skin.


Understanding your gut microbiome is key.

There is a universe full of different types of bacteria and microorganisms that need to exist in our guts in order to protect our immune systems and, ultimately,  our skin. Inflamed skin often stems from an inflamed gut – so, let’s look at a couple of key factors in preventing acne flare ups and improving the connection between our gut and skin.


An effective anti-acne treatment begins with your diet.


In order to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut, it’s best to cut down on inflammatory foods like sugar, dairy and refined carbs. Bacteria-destroying antibiotics and other oral prescriptions have also been known to wreak havoc on gut balance, in turn inflaming our fragile skin. Like everything in life, it’s all about balance. Try adding these items into your daily habits:


Omega-3s: These anti-inflammatories help encourage healthy sebum production and are rich in seafoods (salmon, anchovies, sardines, etc.), but can also be found in nuts and seeds. To ensure you’re getting the required daily intake of omegas, try taking a supplement like Bend Beauty (available for purchase in studio).


Probiotics: Promote a balanced gut microbiome by adding fermented foods like: kefir, pickles, miso, kombucha, and sauerkraut to your diet. Take a daily probiotic supplement to help deliver the healthiest strains of bacteria directly to your gut. Your skin will thank you.

Green Tea: Another powerful antioxidant created in nature – green tea contains polyphenols that help reduce inflammation by lowering sebum protection. It also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, and promotes beneficial bacteria (amazing!).


Vitamin A to Zinc: When it comes to your skin health, the key vitamins to focus on are A, D, E and Zinc. Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables, carrots, sweet potato, fatty fish, eggs, lean meats, beans and whole grains for a nice dose of skin-love.


Don’t forget to treat the surface of your skin with care.


Along with the microbiome, our skin’s acid mantle and lipid bi-layers also work in harmony to protect us from infection and environmental damage, all while maintaining a healthy and functioning barrier. It’s crucial to stop damaging the surface of our skin with the wrong products and treatments. By replacing these habits with a more healing and reparative approach, we can build and maintain a stronger and more balanced epidermis.  


If you focus on your gut and on how you treat your skin, acne won’t stand a chance.


Don’t scrub: If you’ve ever received a treatment at my studio, you may have noticed that I rarely use ‘scrubs’. By avoiding unnecessarily aggressive treatments such as microdermabrasion and over-exfoliating, your skin will repay you by not reacting in as equally a harsh manner (hello, acne). I always recommend enzymes for gentle exfoliation as they help digest dead skin cells and feed nutrients directly into the skin.


Don’t be harsh: when we use harsh, drugstore brands and topical acne prescriptions that dry out the skin, our skin reacts as strongly as you attacked – and the effects are usually as harsh as your approach.


Seek professional advice: Too often, I see clients who are using either the wrong products for their skin type, or they aren’t giving their skin anything at all.  Our skin needs proper nourishment and protection, and someone with expertise (hello!) can help you establish a routine that will help. Professional products are essential for treating acne, as they often have higher concentrated, specifically formulated ingredients that deliver properly into the skin and help you achieve results.


Try an LED Light Therapy treatment: LED treatments work to heal acne with low-level wavelengths of light therapy that become absorbed into compromised acne skin cells to restore vitality to the skin, thus killing harmful acne bacteria and encouraging healthy skin cell renewal.


Having a proper skin consultation, a healthy routine and improving the microbiome of your gut will undoubtedly help heal your acne. If you’re suffering from acne and need help getting started on the right path, I recommend booking an Essentials Facial with me today. I’ll take the time to do a thorough skin analysis and create a plan customized for you. It’s all about taking a balanced, proactive and holistic approach whenever our skin is trying to tell us something!