Wintertime in Toronto. Beautiful, yes?
When I was fresh out of university, like most grads I mass-applied to all the big companies. One of them, was a skincare & beauty company. Did I want to work there?! Maybe?! I guess I’d only know once I started, but the fit likely would not be right.
In the interview, one of the questions that came up was how to market a winter product to men and women, to make sure it was attractive to both sexes.
My answer to the question was, regardless of sex, our faces are always exposed to winter conditions. Both would benefit from using it.
In hindsight, I probably wouldn’t have even used that product, but I wanted the job. So I answered logically.
I didn’t get the job.
I still believe that the logic holds true, though. Whether you’re in Toronto like me, or Montreal, New York, the UK, or even L.A. seasons change. Winter is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that our faces always remain exposed.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked about my skin.
How do you get clear skin?
What products do you use?
What’s your morning/evening routine?
I always feel super basic when I tell people that I barely use any products. Or that I have no morning/evening routine at all other than taking a shower.
When it comes to getting clear skin, I honestly believe that we can ALL heal our skin from the inside out.
What we put into our bodies, is directly related to what comes out. Directly. That being said, I know there are a number of companies out there that do believe in creating skincare products that are derived from natural sources. Because of this,
I’ve always been pretty open to trying natural skincare products, but I needed more information.
While I’m a big believer of healing my skin from the inside out, I know that I could do better at incorporating some complementary products into my “routine”. I recently visited The beauty BOUTIQUE at Shoppers Drug Mart for a winter skincare consultation. (For my friends in Quebec, Shoppers Drug Mart is Pharmaprix).
I went into it with an open mind, and really had a great informative experience. The gentleman and Beauty Advisor who helped me, Ross, was super knowledgeable, having been an aesthetician for over 10 years. He was great at listening to my needs and was happy to recommend all-natural products that were suitable for MY skin type.
He even used a piece of equipment that was able to pull up my skin on a monitor, and zoom in to monitor levels of oiliness and dryness across my face.
That was the biggest advantage of the skin consultation, a customized consult with products for your specific skin type.
Turns out I was oily in some places and dry in others. I was actually really happy to hear this! I now knew the areas on my face that needed more attention than others. Plus, I was armed with the info I needed to tackle winter’s conditions with a suite of natural skincare products that were right for me.
When the consultation started though, it started with that one question. What do I do to get clear skin?
I really thought about it, and the honest answer is the list of 9 things I’m sharing with you here.
Our body’s natural way of healing itself and balancing all of our hormones. Don’t overdose though, get the amount that your body needs.
I get a bit excessive here and I know it, but I aim to get four liters of water a day. They say two is enough, but water is the BEST way to flush toxins out of your body & skin, naturally.
I gave up coffee. For good.
That’s it. No more caffeine. Plain and simple.
Plant Based Meals
I think everyone can benefit from adopting a plant-based diet, whether that means going full vegetarian or just incorporating more meatless meals. If your hang up is ensuring you get your protein hits, did you know that every plant on earth has a source of protein? And while many of us believe that “the more protein the better” – that isn’t always the case.
Protein IS one of the macro nutrients that our bodies need to thrive, but as the case with most things, exceeding your recommended amount of daily protein can actually promote disease. The biggest benefit of going plant-based, is obviously the higher vitamin & nutrient uptake (great for inner and outer health), and the lower cholesterol and caloric intake.
Smoothie bowl with ingredients:
- 1 cup PC® Wild Canadian Blueberries,
- 1 banana + 1 cup almond milk
- A scoop of vegan protein powder + chia seeds + cinnamon
Sugar is an anti-nutrient
This is a big one. We all know that sugar is the enemy, but many people don’t know that it acts as an anti-nutrient. Wherever possible, I cut refined sugars from my diet all together.
A simple cleansing routine
I’m personally not a fan of using a lot of products. After my skin consult I found a few botanical-based ones that I really like from Darphin, and another from Dr Roebucks – but my rule of thumb is the fewer the better. I think having a simple face cleanser and moisturizer are key.
Once a day. Half an hour minimum. Whatever your method. Just go sweat. I started incorporating more hot yoga into my weekly routines. Cardio and sweating are like instant hits of goodness for the body & mind.
Don’t hang out in the sun
Sorry to break this to you, but there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is our skin’s natural defense mechanism against the UV rays of the sun.
Relax. Take a bath. Be kind to your body. Nourish it.
What am I missing guys?!
I have friends who will spend their last waking hours trying to convince me and sell me on their skincare products. Are there any great ones I might be missing?! Turns out I’m a total noob at this, so let me know in the comment section!