How to find the Perfect Sunscreen for your Skin Type

The Best Natural Sunscreen for Each Skin Type

Sunscreen can be tricky. We all know we should be wearing it everyday (right?), but finding the prefect sunscreen for your skin type that sits well with makeup AND feels good on your skin can be tough! Since I only work with natural products it’s even harder to find a good mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave your skin looking chalky.

I joined with well.ca to create a video detailing my top sunscreen choices for every skin types and tone.

FOR DRY or NORMAL SKIN 

ThinkSport Everyday Face Sunscreen for normal to dry skin

FOR OILY SKIN

FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

FOR YOUR BODY

ThinkSport all natural water resistant body sunscreen

FOR LIGHT COMPLEXIONS

FOR DARK COMPLEXIONS

AFTER SUN CARE 

Let’s not forget about our skin after it’s had too much sun! Vitamin C (a super antioxidant) can help combat free radical damage, which can cause hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, and skin cancer with repeated exposure. A great way to get this into your skin care is to apply a Vitamin C serum before you go out into the sun. It’s also a good idea to slather on a Vitamin C and fatty acid rich oil like rosehip or seabuckthorn to help soothe, moisturize, and nourish sun worn skin. 

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Herbal Face Steam for Oily, Dull, and Dry Skin

Herbal Facial Steam Screen Shot Whether you’re dealing with major pore congestion or your skin needs some extra care, an at-home DIY herbal face steam is just what the doctor (or esthetician!) ordered!

Top 3 Benefits of steaming:

  1. Softens dirt and oil that’s hardened and built up in pores
  2. Stimulates circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin
  3. Super relaxing and uplifts mood as you breathe in the herbal infused steam

Here’s what you need:

  • large heat proof bowl
  • large towel
  • boiling water
  • herbs and essential oils (see below for recipes)
  • time (to chill ooooout!)

Herbal Face Steam for Oily/ Acne Prone Skin

  • 1-2 sprigs of pine (use your old christmas tree or wreath!)
  • 2-3 whole, dried bay leaves
  • 1-2 tsp of whole cloves

Herbal Face Steam | elodiebeauty.com

Herbal Face Steam for Mature/ Dull Skin

  • 2 sprigs of fresh (or dried) rosemary
  • 1 TBS of green tea leaves

Herbal Facial Steam for Dull Skin | elodiebeauty.com

Herbal Face Steam for Dry/ Sensitive Skin

  • 1-2 TBS dried chamomile
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil

Chamomile Herbal Face Steam for Dry Skin | elodiebeauty.com

How to Steam:

  1. Cleanse your face
  2. Fill a heat proof bowl with boiling water
  3. Add your customized herbs and essential oils
  4. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl, trapping the steam
  5. Sit for 5-10 minutes, breathing deeply (avoid steaming for too long since heat can dehydrate the skin)
  6. Dip a cloth into the (cooled!) water and tone your skin with the herbal-infused ‘tea’. If you wish, you can save the water in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days to use as a toner later.
  7. Follow up immediately with your serum, moisturizer, and/ or oil.

DIY Herbal Face Steam | elodiebeauty.com

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Pregnancy Diary: Dealing with Hormonal Breakouts

Pregnancy Diary: Hormonal Acne Pregnancy glow is not a reality for all women . . .

I’m part of the unfortunately group of women whose pregnancy “symptoms” include hormonal breakouts. These breakouts have predominately remained on my the chin (usually cysts, which are classic indicators of hormonal imbalance), but I’ve also had smaller breakouts (not cysts) on my upper lips and forehead.

Dealing with my skin during pregnancy has been a big challenge since I’m hesitant to use some of my regular go-to products because of safety issues, such as some essential oils and anything with willow bark (the natural derivative of salicylic acid should be avoided during pregnancy).

For long term results, all hormonal-related skin issues need to be addressed internally. But, obviously I can’t do that right now since those hormones are keeping my baby safe and sound! All I can do is treat the symptoms as best I can. I’ve outlined my main strategies below.

Hormonal Breakout Treatment Plan: 

1. Wash and moisturize with jojoba oil

When all hell breaks loose on the battle field (aka my face), I go back to the basics and keep my routine as simple as possible. Jojoba oil is a good neutral oil that is tolerated well by most skin types. I normally never recommend only using an oil for a moisturizer (you need to feed your skin with water -soluble ingredients as well!), honestly though this is the first time in my life where my skin has been so oily that I really do not need it. It’s also the middle of summer here in Toronto and humidity levels have been through the roof! To cleanse, I rub a small amount of oil onto damp skin and wipe off using gentle circular motions with a warm wash cloth. I follow up by applying more oil as a moisturizer afterward. I use an organic, cold pressed oil from Leven Rose.

2. Apply Lactic Acid 2-3 x per week

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are perfectly safe to use during pregnancy and are life saviours when it comes to shrinking big ugly cysts, keeping pores clear, and helping to lighten red marks left by old breakouts. My favourite one to use is Pure + Simple’s Lactic Acid.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids for acne during pregnancy | elodiebeauty.com 3. Use Raw Honey Masks 1-2x per week

Raw Honey is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory (two necessary qualities required in an effective treatment against breakouts). 1-2 times per week, I will massage raw honey onto freshly cleansed skin and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. This helps reduce redness and clear pores.

Raw Honey Face Mask for Acne | elodiebeauty.com 4. Stop touching your face!

This can be so difficult to do, but honestly, my skin is the clearest when I’m not constantly at the mirror obsessing over every little spot. Touching and picking only introduces more bacteria onto the skin and increases inflammation.

5. Wear foundation

I’m not always a advocate of wearing a bunch of makeup just to cover up a problem, but since this problem is one that I’m stuck with for the next few months, I need to look and feel my best. You may find that the foundation you always wear is actually making your skin worse. It’s important to find a natural, lightweight foundation that won’t aggravate breakouts, or clog pores. Currently, my skin tolerates Sappho Organics Foundation extremely well. It’s a bit light on the coverage, but does the job (and doesn’t contain coconut oil, like most natural makeup!).

Are you dealing with hormonal breakouts? What have you been using that helps?

Probiotic skin care for acne and inflammation

Honey and Kefir Probiotics for your gut and skin

You may already be taking probiotics for your gut health, but what about for your complexion? Probiotic skin care is trending in the beauty world as a go-to topical treatment for many skin conditions.

The idea behind probiotic skin care is essentially the same as probiotics for the gut. Feed the skin good bacteria and it will “conquer” the bad bacteria. The most common example of bad bacteria on the skin is propionibacterium acnes (or P.acnes). It’s one of the evil puzzle pieces that contribute to acne and consequently causes severe inflammation on the skin ( aka angry red pimples).

The goal of applying “GOOD bacteria” onto the skin is to balance the bacteria ecosystem. This reduces the effects caused by excessive “bad bacteria” like acne and other inflammatory conditions. There are many product lines out there that you can check out like The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner, or Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and Moisturizer.

You can also whip up your own very simple D-I-Y probiotic face mask with yogurt, or better yet, kefir. The lactic acid from the dairy alsos act as an amazing exfoliant because it’s an alpha hydroxy acid.

Skin Probiotics Anti-Inflammatory Probiotic Face Mask*

1 TBS of organic full fat greek yogurt (optionally, this will help thicken the mixture)
1 TBS of organic full fat kefir
1 TBS of raw honey

Mix all ingredients together (this might be a bit runny) and apply onto freshly cleansed skin with hands or a cosmetic brush. Let sit for up to 30 minutes. (This can also be used as a spot treatment). Rinse off with cool water and follow up with your serum, and or moisturizer. (Black cumin seed oil applied as a spot treatment on pimples, or on the entire face after this treatment does wonders).

*apply ongoing twice a week to help heal acne breakouts and calm inflammation.
*not recommended if you have rashes, or overly sensitive skin