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!

Flower Power: My Top 3 Spring Skin Saviours

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Spring has a remarkable way of showing us that the time has come to shed our winter layers and prepare for a re-birth. Just like new growth emerging from the soil ready to reveal its vibrant beauty, now is equally the perfect time for us to transition and bring our dull winter skin to life; to awaken, renew and blossom.

I am highlighting my top 3 Rhonda Allison ingredients and treatments in use at Sound Skincare this season of rebirth. Although these products are solely for professional use, I believe in sharing my knowledge about why I choose to use specific products and ingredients, so that you can understand their role as you lay blissed out before me.

These items are included in the following treatments:

  • Awake + Revive Facial

  • Spring Renew Peel (for a more rejuvenating treatment)

  • 12 Flower Power Facial


1. Hibiscus Peel

One of my favourite go-to’s for facials is the Hibiscus Peel from Rhonda Allison. Hibiscus acids are considered a second generation alpha-hydroxy acid, which increase cellular turnover, provide antioxidant benefits, and stimulate collagen production. Our skin greatly tolerates these (and other flower acids) because they are less irritating and much more moisturizing (twice as much, in fact) than most traditional AHA’s. It provides skin lightening, healing and moisturizing benefits, making it a great rejuvenator for all skin types.


2. 12 Flower Mask

When it comes to this mask’s ingredients, the power is in the numbers! This is the perfect complex of 12 unique flower acids all with their own benefits of brightening, hydrating, calming, as well as providing nutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants. These 12 flower extracts include: rosehip oil, cactus flower, hibiscus, blue lotus, white frangipani, magnolia, rose oil, passionflower, honeysuckle. kangaroo paw flower, banksia flower, red spider flower. These last 3 extracts are native to Australia, and help to impart feelings of kindness, relaxation, strength, and enthusiasm, which I find completes this blend beautifully.


3. Lotus Enzymatic Booster

Aging, dehydrated or sun-damaged skin? I am loving the benefits of this newly added booster to my arsenal, for brightening, smoothing and softening the skin. With powerful ingredients of papain, lotus extract, and L-Ascorbic, this powdered formula is simply added to masks and enzymes to further strengthen and repair. Lotus flower extract has amazing brightening and strengthening benefits due to its ability to scavenge free radicals, papain is a naturally occurring enzyme found in papaya to help digest dead skin cells while L-ascorbic acid is a valuable antioxidant and component of vitamin C that protects the skin against UV damage. Have different concerns? Don’t worry, I have a booster for that. Ask me about the different ones during your next visit!

All of these products are featured throughout the Spring Blossom Facial Series, which are available March-May. Book your Spring facial today!