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Awakening Your Skin for Spring

Each season offers a new opportunity to elevate our self-care habits aa well as tweek our skin care routine and products to combat new seasonal challenges.
The warming temperatures of spring bring these new challenges to maintain healthy, vibrant, youthful skin. Our top recommendation is to book a skin treatment or Clinical Skin Care Consultation with one of our Estheticians for a customized plan. While visiting your trusted Esthetician is an ideal option, here are a few of our tops tips to easily transition to your spring skincare routine because glowing skin is a look that works no matter who you are or what your age is.
1. Healthy skin begins from within, so it is best to pair your new spring skincare routine with healthy habits such as making sure you are drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy meals each day. Consider adding the dynamic Bend Renew & Protect supplements to your daily diet. Health Canada approved to hydrate, firm, reduce inflammatory skin issues and protect the skin from UV! 
bend renew and protect
2. Tune up your shower/cleansing tools. With increased humidity coming, moist, wet loofahs and bath sponges can be great hosts for bacteria. Over repeated use will introduce this to your skin, potentially causing infection, so make sure to clean and dry them or replace them every month. Better even is to try a Bathorium Konjac Sponge for the body or  Daily Concepts Konjac Sponge for the face. Konjac is a velvety soft natural fibre that does not harbour bacteria!
daily concepts konjac sponge
3. Treat that bumpy winter body skin. People with naturally curly hair tend to have bumpier skin because of the shape of the hair follicle. This is particularly noticeable on the backs of arms and legs. Great options are HydroPeptides Glow Revive Exfoliating Body Wash (with shikimic acid) followed by Glymed's Alpha Therapeutic Hand & Body Lotion (with super smoothing triple AHA action). Use daily to start and then 1-2 times per week to maintain smoothness.
4. Try Double Cleansing. Whether relaxing, working, or working out, springtime weather beckons us to go out and enjoy it. This may mean more sweating and exposure to impurities – either of which can clog your pores and leave your skin dull and unable to fully absorb skincare products.
As you would spring clean your home, try spring cleansing your skin to give it a deep clean and free it of sweat and impurities. A favourite spring/summer cleaner to start is with GM Collin's Sensiderm Cleansing Oil. This first step cleansing oil is highly effective for removing oil, sunscreen and makeup from the skin as well as an anti-inflammatory for the most sensitive skins. Follow this cleansing with your favourite water-based or gel cleanser.
gm collin sensiderm cleansing oil

5. Refresh your skin with skin resurfacing. Spring is the ideal time for an upgraded or intensive exfoliation routine. Dry dead skin cells may naturally fall off, but some stay behind on your skin even after cleansing. This also leads to ted pores and a dull complexion. Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin! Now is time to give your skin a deep breath!

Before the summer comes consider on of these two intensive exfoliating regimes:

1. Mild Intensive Regime - every day for two weeks use either Yonka Gommage or Phytomer Vegetal Peel as directed.

2. Medium Intensive Regime - every night for 30 days use either GM Collin Poly-Acid Peel Serum or Yonka Glyco Night 10% Mask at night. These are leave-on treatments that are highly effective exfoliating and wrinkle treatments.

3. High Intensive Regime - visit us for our Skin Boosting Peel Series for progressive exfoliation and skin rejuvenation.

skin boosting peel

Once the regime is complete, maintain the results with weekly exfoliation from either of the first two regimes at home.

Please remember that the use of sunscreen is always recommended but after exfoliation it is extremely important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

6. Wear Sun Protection all of the time. Period. Unless it is dark outside. Click here to find the right one for your skin type. 

7. Layer Hydration. Instead of applying a heavy moisturizer, opt to layer hydration using mists and serums under a lighter version of your daily moisturizer. This is especially important if you’re spending more time outdoors and sweating. By layering hydration, you create a lighter moisture barrier that is just as effective.

An on-the-go option, ideal for this season, is GM Collins Hydramucine Treating Mist– which delivers the fast-acting results of a serum through a refreshing mist. Yonka's Hydra 1 Serum is also an excellent hyaluronic based serum that hydrates and supports the skin's moisture barrier but light enough for all skin types.

For the best lighter version of your moisturizer for spring/summer, consult one of our Estheticians.

yonka hydra 1 serum

8. Focus on Antioxidants. Antioxidants can effectively support the skin and protect it from the harmful effects of free radicals created by UV and pollution. They are known glow makers and reducers of sun spots and wrinkles. The most common antioxidants are vitamin A, C, E and niacinamide, which can strengthen the skin barrier and improve its tone. Before introducing an antioxidant, consult with one of our Estheticians to recommend the right one for your skin type. An effective antioxidant is an investment - you want to get it right.

9. Wear effective eye protection. With more sunny days, the brightness can cause more squinting leading to fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area.


10. Temporary Skin Worsening. Skin responds to the changes of season and transitional periods and not always in a good way. It's not uncommon to experience temporary skin worsening during the transition from winter to spring and notice flare ups in acne, eczema and rosacea; have rash and/or dry spots. Several factors can contribute to this, including shifts in weather, environmental allergens and changes in skincare routines. The most important: be patient and support your skin to adapt to the new environmental impact as easily as possible. 

We wish you call a happy, healthy, glowing skin this spring!