Your Wedding Season Skincare Checklist

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Whether you’re a bride to be or an honoured guest, there’s no denying that summer is the busy season when it comes to nuptials (and the parties that come along with them!). Weddings and extra socializing in the summer is as fun as it gets, but often comes along with parched, dehydrated skin (hello, champagne), too much sun exposure and fatigue from staying on the dance floor until the wee hours. Luckily, my main focus at Sound Skincare this season is prevention and protection! While I always recommend starting your pre-bridal skincare routine at least 6 months in advance, there are many ways to prep your skin (gently) closer to the big day. See below for my top tips for wedding season skincare!

1. Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. As the outside temperatures climb, so does our body’s need for hydration. Try to drink plenty of water (add lemon for extra detox) daily in the months leading up to the wedding - and don’t forget to supplement with a high quality collagen (try my Bend Beauty Marine Collagen + Co Factors). Collagen is an awesome building block for helping your skin stay plump, hydrated and nourished all summer long (good balance for the casual beverages summer tends to invite). Like we talked about last month, your diet is a huge key to success when it comes to the health and vitality of your skin. Ensure you’re prepping for wedding season by inviting in more whole, veg, fermented foods and a good probiotic/omega into your diet.

2. Establish A Routine

Now that you’re prepping your skin from the inside out, your next step is to schedule a skin consultation with me! I’ll take the time to assess your skin and make recommendations for treatment and products that will be tailored to your specific needs. I always suggest to not start a brand new intensive routine too close to the wedding date (especially no peels!). For many clients, I take a minimal approach if we are 1-4 weeks out by sticking with hydrating, brightening and soothing treatments. My number one bridal skincare tip is to schedule a series of LED sessions with me leading up to the day; to stop acne bacteria in its tracks and stimulate extra collagen for that glow. I may also suggest to get in the habit of doing facial Gua Sha at home (pick up your Jade tool at the studio!) to help detoxify the skin and reduce puffiness. I can advise you on starting a skincare routine that makes sense for your lifestyle (and point you in the direction of the most effective cleansing and hydrating products for you!). Lastly, I’m here to remind you that it’s equally important to care for your nervous system - stress can take a huge toll on our skin, so make sure you are getting plenty of rest along with carving out some much needed time for self care!

3. Prep With A Customized Facial

Just in time for the wedding season, I’ve introduced a brand new facial treatment to my offering: the Wedding Renewal Facial. This beautifully restoring facial focuses on the practise of Gua Sha, an ancient Chinese treatment that uses a gentle scraping technique to facilitate lymphatic drainage in the face and neck, which detoxifies and sculpts for a natural lift and glow. Paired with customized enzymes, masks and serums from my go-to product line, Rhonda Allison, the skin will be infused with deep hydration and vitamins for added nourishment before or after your big day. As with any of my treatments, I’ll customize the treatment completely for your individual skin needs and concerns. And finally, while maybe not quite as important as your vows, I consider a strong SPF to be a key ingredient in the big day!

Book Your Pre or Post Wedding Facial Today

Just a reminder that Sound Skincare is your one-stop-shop for pre-wedding beauty - offering everything from waxing to pedicures to lash tints to compliment your awesome new skincare routine, and get you ready for the big day from head to toe!

How To Effectively Heal Your Acne


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!

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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