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 | elodiebeauty.com

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 | elodiebeauty.com

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 | elodiebeauty.com

Healthy Skin Test #2: Oil Balance

How Healthy is your skin? Take the Oil Balance Test! | elodiebeauty.com

This is the second part of my healthy skin video series where I show you three simple tests that you can take to determine your skin’s health. If you missed the first video, check it out!

Oil Balance

Have you ever complained about having oily skin? How about an oily T-zone while your cheeks are dry and flaky? Maybe you just have an oily forehead and chin?

Here’s the deal: we need oil on our skin.

Oil is the skin’s last line of defence. It protects the skin from the heat and the cold (keeping moisture locked in!). It protects our skin from bacteria and pollution, AND oil also helps keep wrinkles at bay!

The amount of oil your pores naturally secrete differs from person to person.

How you choose to control your body’s natural oil secretions can further affect how much it produces.

Watch the video to see how how balanced your oils are and what you can do to fix it!

Note: In the video, I didn’t clearly explain why you use oil to balance oil. This is mostly in the case where your skin is either not producing enough oil (so it needs extra help protecting itself), or it’s been stripped of it’s natural oils. This leaves the skin unprotected, susceptible to dehydration (see the first video) and producing too much oil. In cases like this, often the cheeks (which are naturally less oily) are dry and flaky, while the T-zone is excessively oily. By avoiding harsh and over-drying products, and by applying an oil after your moisturizer, it will signal to your body that the skin now has enough oil so it does not need to over compensate and produce more. 

Let me help you!

Need some custom advice? Book a skin care consultation with me and receive a personalized plan with specific product recommendations and a step by step approach to achieving your skin goals!

Hydrating Chia Seed Mask for Dry Skin

Hydrating Chia Mask for Dry Skin | elodiebeauty.com Here at Elodie Beauty, January is hydration month, and this Chia Seed Face Mask is the perfect solution for dry skin. 

The drop in temperature and hike in central heating has my skin feeling super dry and dehydrated. I’ve pulled out all the stops: cool mist humidifier, regular layering of hyaluronic acid serum, thick moisturizer, and omega-rich oil, a water bottle at my side at all times . . .

But sometimes it’s STILL not enough!

I’ve created this mask as a hydrating treatment to give my skin that extra boost.

Chia seeds are rich in skin-protecting omega fatty acids
Rose/or chamomile water is soothing and calming for dry, parched skin
Raw honey is anti-inflammatory and an amazing humectant that draws moisture to itself
Rosehip oil helps repair damaged skin and build up the skin’s barrier function

Hydrating Chia Seed Face Mask

  • 1TBS ground chia
  • 3TBS rose water or chamomile water
  • 1TBS raw honey
  • 10-15 drops of rosehip oil

Hydrating chia mask for dry skin | elodiebeauty.com

You can buy pre-ground chia seeds, or use a clean coffee or spice grinder.

Hydrating Chia Mask for dry skin | elodiebeauty.com

Dissolve chia seeds into rose water and let sit for 1-2 minutes until mixture to thickens.
Add honey and mix until combined (this may take a second since the chia mixture is really jelly!)

Chia Mask
Finally, mix in rosehip oil and apply generously all over face (you’ll want to tie back your hair, it can get messy!). Let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well. The chia seeds will give your skin a gentle exfoliation. Follow up by applying a hydrating serum (like this one!), moisturizer, and more rosehip oil.

Treat Sensitive Skin and Rosacea with Pai Skincare

 

Pai Skincare Instant Calm Line | elodiebeauty.com Do you have sensitive skin?

You’re not alone. Many people have sensitive skin . . . or at least think they do.

The fact is, sensitivities are usually brought on by heat and trauma, and while some people are more predisposed to redness and irritation, sensitive skin can often be managed or avoided.

Lifestyle (diet, stress, etc.), too much sun, and years of using harsh ingredients can lead to skin sensitivities.

There’s good news though.

By consistently using nourishing and gentle products that rebuild and strengthen the skin’s barrier function (in other words, the skin’s ability to protect itself), you don’t have to live with sensitivities and irritation!

Enter Pai Skincare!

Pai is a UK based natural brand that specializes in products for sensitive skin. It’s a product line I often recommend to my clients to treat rosacea and sensitivities.

(Just to be clear, rosacea, unlike many other skin irritations, is in fact a diagnosed inflammatory skin condition that technically does not have a cure. In severe cases, rosacea appears as permanent flushing on the cheeks and nose, and can be accompanied by stinging, heat, and even papules [pimple like bumps]). Rosacea can be managed naturally though through a proper skincare regime in conjunction with lifestyle choices that reduce inflammation in the body (speak to your holistic practitioner about internal treatments!).

As a Skin Care Therapist I often look for products that have simple ingredients (my clients need to know what goes in their skincare!), products that don’t contain ‘triggers’*, and of course products that feel great on the skin. Pai covers all of that. Even with the higher price point (products range from $40-$100), the quality of ingredients and performance of the products are worth the investment.

*Pai products avoid many of the common sensitizing”trigger ingredients” such as alcohol, witch hazel, eucalyptus, peppermint and menthol.

Pai’s Instant Calm line is particularly awesome for those with highly irritated, inflamed skin, and for those managing rosacea.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser | elodiebeauty.com The Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($56) feels so creamy and nourishing that it barely feels like a cleanser, yet still leaves the skin clean and refreshed! It’s designed to be removed with a soft muslin cloth (included with the cleanser) that gently exfoliates at the same time. One of the main ingredients, Camellia oil, is known to help protect and nourish the skin. This incredible oil is packed full of Omega 3 and Vitamins A, B, & E, and has been used in Japan for centuries as a skin cleanser and conditioner.

Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

The Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream ($66) is one of Pai’s “hero” products. It feels rich enough to soothe irritated itchy skin, but not too thick that it feels overly heavy. This cream contains german chamomile extract which is full of matricine and chamazulene that soothe irritation and redness. Rosehip (which you’ll read more about below) is also a star ingredient and works to promote skin regeneration and healing. (By the way, even though this cream is labelled a “day” cream, it’s perfectly good use it at night!)

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil | elodiebeauty.com Rosehip BioRegenerate oil ($40) is by far one of the best quality rosehip oils I have found on the market. The rich reddish-orange colour definitely hints at it’s purity and high concentration of nutrients, which come from including both the rosehip fruit and seed into the formula.

When using this oil, you may find your skin takes on a bit of an organ-y tone immediately after, but it will absorb in and won’t stain your skin. Regardless, I always recommend using it at night. Rosehip is one of my all-time favourite oils. It can do wonders to heal and strengthen the skin. It contains high concentrations of vitamin A, carotenoids, and omegas to renew, condition, and promote an even skin-tone.

Use products with these ingredients!

  • chamomile, calendula
  • rosehip extract, oil
  • camellia seed oil
  • jojoba oil
  • vitamin E
  • evening primrose oil
  • coconut oil (not recommended for acne prone skin)
  • antioxidants such as pomegranate
  • oats

Avoid products with these ingredients!

  • sodium laurel sulfate
  • ethyl alcohol
  • salicylic acid
  • benzoyl peroxides
  • petroleum
  • certain essential oils (such as peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon)
  • high doses of vitamin C, glycolic acid, AHAs, and ginseng

Need help managing sensitive skin and rosacea? Book a skin care consult or facial with me!