Helena Lane Skincare

Helena Lane Skincare | elodiebeauty.com

My skin has never looked better. Seriously.

There are a number of factors at play:
1. I’m still breastfeeding. (For once in my life hormones are acting in my skin’s favour!)
2. I cut out all dairy (with exception to a few tastes here and there) because of my son’s eczema.

I agree, these are two MAJOR factors. BUT I’m also sleep deprived, stressed with moving and renovating my condo, and not eating as well as I should. Considering all of these things, my skin is feeling great and I would like to give some credit to Helena Lane Skincare.

I’ve had my eye on these products for a while and so I’m excited to finally have had a chance to take them for a spin thanks to Helena, the company’s founder.

Cleanser
Helena Lane Chamomile & Mandarin Cleanser | elodiebeauty.com

The Helena Lane Cleanser is really a ‘balm’. Meaning it’s made up of oils and waxes, and contains no water. Cleansing balms are actually my favourite way to cleanse. They’re less messy than a liquid oil cleanser, and very comforting , especially in the colder winter months. Cleansing balms are also great for removing eye makeup!

I’ve fallen in love with other cleansing balms, but never stuck with them because they contained coconut oil (as most of cleansing balms do). Fortunately, this one is a jojoba oil base, which is great for all skin concerns, including acne. There are 3 different kinds, I’m using the Chamomile & Mandarin, which smells so nice!

Benefits of a cleansing balm :

  • won’t strip the skin of natural oils
  • less messy than oil cleansing
  • more effective at removing makeup

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Helena Lane Hyaluronic Acid Serum | elodiebeauty.com Helena Lane Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the hydrating power of this skincare line. For any healthy skincare regime, you need a combo of hydrating water soluble ingredients + nourishing and protecting oils. I love the face that Helena Lane makes a serum as part of the product line. Depending on what your skin needs on any given day, it gives you the option to layer your products.

Helena Lane Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum | elodiebeauty.com

If you’re familiar with hyaluronic acid, it’s a clear odourless liquid. I’ve tried some that are thinner in consistency than others, but I like this one. Not too thin and not too thick, and absorbs quickly. It has a slight sticky feeling which is normal. That’s the hydrating magic and will go away once you apply your moisturizer or oil.

Moisturizer 

Helena Lane Argan & Neroli Moisturizer | elodiebeauty.com

The Helena Lane moisturizers (4 in all) are water-free, essentially like a face “balm”. I’ve never routinely used a balm and have always opted for a traditional oil + water moisturizer.

These moisturizers are a mix of shea butter, oil, and essential oils. I was reluctant at first since I usually stay away from ingredients like shea for fear of it being too “heavy”. Shea butter actually has antibacterial and healing properties though and is rich in vitamins A & E.

After applying a few drops of serum for hydration, I apply a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to lock everything in. It leaves my skin incredibly soft!

Even if you traditionally have oily or acne-prone skin, I wouldn’t discount this moisturizer. Try the Argan & Ylang Ylang version. 

A little goes a long way!

Helena Lane tip: If you can still feel moisturizer on your skin after 5 minutes, you’ve used too much. Our skin only absorbs what it needs. 

Helena Lane Chamomile & Argan Moisturizer

Helena Lane Skincare is one of the many fantastic beauty brands will be at the Mindful Beauty event hosted by Graydon Skincare on September 28th 12-7pm at Creeds Coffee Bar (390 Dupont St. Toronto). Admission is free! 

Face serum vs. Face oil: What’s the Difference?

well.ca with Seanna Cohen Skin Care Therapist

Read the ingredients

Confused about serums and oils? Which is which? These days, many brands call their products ‘serums’. Don’t get caught up on titles. Look at the ingredient list to figure out the difference between a serum vs. an oil.

A serum contains water-soluble ingredients like aloe, fruit extracts, or hyaluronic acid. An oil or blend of oil contains ingredients like jojoba, rosehip, seabuckthorn, and argan. Always apply the lightest products first (like a serum with water soluble ingredients), and work your way to the heaviest products (like your oil blends). 

Face serum vs. oil

A serum in the traditional sense of the word is a water soluble product. It contains highly concentrated ingredients that are meant to target specific skincare concerns like, dehydration, pigmentation, or fine lines. It’s like a specialized treatment, or multi-vitamin for your face. Apply these immediately after cleansing and toning (before moisturizer).

Oils are sourced from a number of therapeutic plants. Just like serums, oils target specific skincare concerns, but also act as a natural barrier for the skin to protect, heal, and nourish. Apply these last. Oil are the last line of defence against the elements and environment.

Watch this!

In this video with well.ca, I explain the difference between the two types of products and when to use either one. Have a watch!

Healthy Skin Test #1: Moisture Check


Healthy Skin Test Take the Healthy Skin Test 

There’s no such thing as “flawless skin” outside of photoshop and Instagram filters. It’s an impossible goal we create for ourselves which has us constantly grabbing for the newest cream or cosmetic procedure.

Instead of striving for flawless skin, you should strive for “healthy skin”.

What is healthy skin? Just like the body, when skin is healthy it’s properly nourished and hydrated. It actually glows because blood is circulating properly, it’s smooth to touch because the natural barrier is intact, and it’s dewy because oils are in a perfect state of equilibrium.

How do you know if you have healthy skin?

I have three simple tests that you can try to see where your skin’s health rates. The first test is a moisture check. Stay tuned for tests # 2, and #3.

Need some help getting your skin healthy and glowing again? Book a skin care consultation with me and receive a custom plan with specific product recommendations and a step by step approach to achieving your skin goals!

3 ways to improve dry skin over night

Improve dry skin | elodiebeauty

Dry skin be gone!

As the grand finale to my hydration-themed blog posts this month I wanted to give you three easy ways you can improve dry skin right away. (If you missed the others see: DIY Vanilla Rooibos Body Butter, Hydrating Chia Seed Mask, Chia Seed Blueberry Drink).

In reality treating dry skin can take some time, however taking some simple measures can make an immediate difference in how your skin feels.

Stop using products with SLS

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), and it’s close relative, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are in pretty much all conventional soap products. It’s what makes them foam. It’s also what makes them naturally drying for the skin because it dissolves oils. Despite wanting that “squeaky clean” feel, removing the skin’s natural oils can create severe imbalance. Especially during the winter this leaves the skin (face and body) extremely vulnerable, producing parched, cracked, and irritated skin.

Only scrub the “pits” and “bits”

Many of us, since childhood, have learned to scrub our entire bodies everyday with foaming body wash or soap. Hear me out when I say . . . stop washing your body! What I mean is, unless it’s entirely needed (like you’re drenched in sweat from a hot yoga class, or you’ve been rolling in the mud), only wash the “essentials” with soap. Essentials being, pits and bits. Every winter, I was constantly plagued by dry, eczema-like patches on my body until I stopped sudsing up my arms and legs every day. Even if your soap is SLS-free it can still remove some of your skin’s natural oils. If you want to clean and exfoliate your body every day, use a dry brush instead to slough off dead skin cells and dirt that can accumulate.

Turn down the heat

I’m talking about water temperature. Just like butter, hot water can basically melt the skin’s natural oils. Lather up with soap in a hot shower and you get squeaky clean, oil-free skin. This might sound like a good thing, but your skin will become dehydrated and unprotected from the elements. Keep showers under 10 minutes (better for the environment too!) and keep the water warm, not hot! When you get out, make sure to slather on a moisturizer or oil while your skin is still damp to further protect it.