Hydrate, hydrate & then hydrate some more!
Honestly, I can't stress the importance of hydration enough, especially in our prairie climate.
Skin that is well moisturized and that can hold that moisture, will result in glowing, healthy skin! Why? simply put, that first layer of skin is meant to protect and it can only do that if it's smooth and supple. It will then be able to retain moisture and keep out all the nasties we're constantly exposed to
I've had many a customer ask me what I use and so I'm going to give you my personal recommendations and the steps I use everyday. In addition, I'll also give you some of the other options we stock in store at Generation Green.
NOTE: I will also link any of the products I speak about to our online store where you will find more detailed information and can easily add to cart.
When selecting a cleanser, choose one for your skin type and take a note of the ingredients to be sure it won't strip those natural oils. Surfactants are one of those ingredients commonly used in conventional products. They make things bubble to give the illusion of better cleaning.
TIP: If your skin feels tight and dry immediately after cleaning, you're probably using the wrong one.
I am personally using an olive oil cleanser, locally made by Herbs & Butters Skincare. This is one of my favourite skincare lines as the developer of this line is an actual chemist and has great insight on how ingredients work individually and together. I do however like to switch lines as the season change, and will also use products from the collections of Pure Anada and Just The Goods. Both of these lines are equally wonderful and offer great benefits. They also happen to be made locally as well. I follow the same rule for shampoo, body wash and skin moisturizers. I personally think switching up like this creates a new experience for your skin. I know others though that love when they find that one great product or product line and continually use with great results, it's just what you prefer.
A little self administered pampering is the intention here. Self care is a must do and this is just one of the ways you can achieve that.
Oils - Even if you have oily skin, add oils! They won't make your skin oilier but rather add a beautiful drink for your skin. There are so many to choose from but my top two picks are Some Moroccan Argan Oil and Pure Anada's Repair Luxury Treatment. 2-3 drops is all you need here!
I add an oil both morning and night. I think preparing your skin just makes your makeup go on better and like I said, your skin will love it.
I previously mentioned hyaluronic acid and honestly will say it was the game changer for me. This is what will help to lock moisture in the skin cells. My new favourite is from Herbs & Butters Skincare who amped theirs up by adding in ProVitamin B5 to help with any healing needed and shiitake mushroom, (HUGE FAN of all mushrooms!! They are nature's medicine!!) but in this formulation it will help to brighten skin and fade scarring.
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My 2nd must have is Co Q10. This is the ingredient that is going to help with skin elasticity and cell regeneration along with many other anti aging aspects. Another fabulous, must have for mature skin or anti aging. Again, I will recommend Herbs & Butters and Pure Anada. They both offer great results!
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Let's not forget the eyes! Typically, the first telltale signs of aging can be seen here. Reminder, no more than ring finger pressure to be used! It's a sensitive, thin skin area. I have a few suggestions here and all offering something different.
Night Cream/Deep Moisturizer - Hands down the favourite here is SweetPea Naturals "You Glow Girl". Soooo rich with a base of shea butter and rosehip seed oil. A pea size is all you need to instantly feel the hydrating benefits. Bonus, this one is great for soothing underlying skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea + more.
This is also when I like to use a Gua Sha stone. We have them available in pink quartz or a jade comb and they are wonderful for helping really penetrate those products into your skin, along with detoxifying and muscle toning. We recently did a workshop on how to use one of these stones correctly and it was amazing. Stay tuned for another to be announced soon
DO NOT SKIP THIS ONE!! If there is one thing you simply must never sacrifice it would be sunscreen! The trouble I had was finding a safe one that didn't leave your face streaky white and of course worked! Another chemist to the rescue, and local again! I found Unika Cosmetics and loved what they created. It's a clear zinc sunscreen that checks all the boxes.
Finally, and probably my favourite beauty tip of all is self love. When you look in the mirror, think and speak as kindly and lovingly as you can. Allow your authentic self to shine through in your smile, your words and your actions. That is undeniable beauty and the beauty secret you'll want to share.
Article written by Sherry Sobey
Founder/CEO Generation Green In The Exchange