The best Face Mask for your skin type

Natural face masks for every skin type |

Hottest Beauty Trend for 2017

Google recently came out with the Beauty Trends 2017 report which studied the most popular beauty search terms by users in the U.S., Japan, and France.

Guess what beauty term was searched the most?

Face masks!

The report also highlighted the top skin concerns people use face masks to treat, which are: oily skin, hydration, scarring, and acne/ blackheads. Check out below for my favourite masks to treat these specific skin concerns. 

For more, watch my segment on CTV Your Morning talking all about these face mask trends and the pros and cons of each.

Top pick for oily skin: Clay Masks
Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Mask

Clay masks for oily skin |

Top Pick for dry/ dehydrated skin: Sheet masks
100% Pure Caffeine Mask 
100% Bright Eyes Masks


Top picks for scarring/ hyper-pigmentation: Exfoliating peel masks
Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Mask
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

All natural exfoliating peel masks for scaring |
Top Picks for blackheads/congestion: Charcoal masks

DIY Mask using Organika charcoal powder 
1 tsp charcoal
1 tsp clay
1 tsp raw honey
2 tsp water

Mix all together, apply to clean skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Go Makeup-free with these skincare tips

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Going makeup-free always seems to be a goal we all have, but rarely do. We always feel that we have something to cover up or conceal.

You will never have flawless skin (because that doesn’t exist outside of photo filters!) but you can achieve healthy skin that will be radiant with, or without makeup. Try these tips to get your skin on the road to being healthy!

Improve Texture

Whether you’re wearing makeup or not, the texture of your skin can be quite noticeable and says a lot about your skin’s health.

  1. Exfoliate: Use a scrub to polish the skin, and an alpha hydroxy acid to help improve overall tone. For example, lactic acid can be very anti-inflammatory and can help diminish fine lines and mild scars. Try: Pure + Simple Lactic Acid. 
  2. Use a targeted serum: Dehydration is one of the main causes of rough skin and a serum with hyaluronic acid can help to boost the skin’s overall moisture level. Try: Viva Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids for acne during pregnancy |

Get a Natural Glow

Combat dull and lacklustre skin using these two strategies: 

      1. Add fat: Just like a good diet, fats are essential to keep skin healthy. When skin is healthy it actually glows! Apply a face oil after your moisturizer which will nourish cells with fatty acids and protect the skin from moisture loss and environmental damage. Try: rosehip oil for dry skin, or seabuckthorn oil for combination skin. 
      2. Use a targeted serum for brightening: Vitamin C is a fantastic option to help brighten and fade pigmentation. Try: FitGlow Super C Serum.

Fitglow Super C Serum |

Increase circulation

Healthy skin need nutrients to thrive. Increased circulation can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin to keep it nourished. When skin is nourished it has a natural healthy rosy glow. 

    1. Try facial massage: Spend some time massaging your facial oil using an up and out motion. Be careful around the eyes and don’t forget about the neck!
    2. Use ingredients that will stimulate blood circulation: Try a face mask with clay or caffeine, like Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask, or 100% Pure Caffeine sheet mask. 

Clay masks for oily skin |

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Julie Clark founder of Province Apothecary on essential oils during pregnancy |

Photo credit:Kristin Sjaarda

Can I use essential oils while I’m pregnant?

Essential oils are a topic of confusion for many women during pregnancy –they certainly were for me! I could never get a straight answer about safety and what to use, or not use. To get some clarity on the topic, I asked Julie Clark, Aromatherapist and Founder of skincare line Province Apothecary.
Here’s what she had to say:

Julie Clark founder of Province Apothecary on essential oils during pregnancy |

Photo credit:Kristin Sjaarda

“Pregnant or not, I avoid synthetic fragrances and dyes. I would much rather use a natural alternative, like an essential oil, over a synthetic fragrance. That being said, it all depends on you! I recommend using skincare products that have less then 1% essential oils (which equals 6 drops in 30 ml of carrier oil). I wouldn’t freak out though if you use a product with a higher dilution. Just see how you feel and slowly stop using the product until you are in your 3rd trimester.”

How harmful really are essential oils during pregnancy? Can they actually harm your baby?

“The reason to avoid essential oils during pregnancy stems from the same reasons why you should avoid certain (potentially) harmful foods, herbs, etc. while pregnant; simply put, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Some essential oils are actually emmenagogues (they can bring on your period), others are alcohols and can be absorbed into the blood stream and placenta. Additionally, internal over-consumption of essential oils can lead to liver issues. This is why (in general) aromatherapists do not suggest using essential oils internally.”

There are many essential oils that are safe to use during pregnancy, but it is recommended that you wait to use them until your second or third trimester.

Safe to use Essential Oils During Pregnancy |


Bergamot, Chamomile (German and Roman), Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Rose Otto, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, Yang Ylang


Aniseed, Basil, Birch, Camphor, Hyssop, Mugwort, Parsley seed or leaf, Pennyroyal, Rue, Oak Moss Sage, Tansy, Tarragon, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormwood, Oregano, Thyme, Savoury, Clove, Cinnamon, Cumin, Aniseed, Fennel, Anise star

Speak with your healthcare provider before using any essential oils 

Pregnancy Friendly Products

Many Province Apothecary products are unscented or have a dilution of less then 1% essential oils, which means they are perfect to use all throughout pregnancy!

Check out the following products: 

  • Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum
  • Custom Face Serum
  • Unscented Nourishing Moisturizer
  • Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator
  • Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask
  • Hydrating Rescue Balm
  • Eczema Balm
  • Protecting + Repairing Face Balm
  • Enhancing + Replenishing Eye Serum

What are your thoughts? Have you used essential oils during pregnancy? 

Event: Mindful Beauty, a green beauty pop-up

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Join us in this gorgeous event space at 245 Carlaw Ave. Unit #401 for the Mindful Beauty: a green beauty pop-up!

Over the last 4- 5 years I have seen huge growth in the ‘world’ of green beauty, especially in my own city. I used to feel like I was on a scavenger hunt every time I wanted to buy a product . . . and if I actually did find what I was looking for it would often be through an American online store which would cost me an arm and a leg . . .

But now here in Toronto (and country wide) I’m so proud to see that we’ve created such a fantastic community of green beauty retailers and producers, and there are so many amazing new and exciting opportunities arising because of it!

Bringing me to my main point, which is: on Tuesday, November 24 I will be joining a group of incredible green beauty-philes at the very first Mindful Beauty event – a green beauty pop-up.

My favourite green beauty brands including, Graydon and Province Apothecary, will be there for you to test out and shop their amazing products, there will be delicious treats to eat and drink, Naturopathic doctor Jen Newwell will be on hand to advise about any and all skincare concerns from the inside out, and of course I will be there to chat about all things green beauty and to give mini facial treatments.

Mark it in your calendar, can’t wait to see you there!

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