Beauty Category

Rosehips image credit: Zixii In the beauty world, the importance of proper sun protection gets heavy rotation.  We all know that SPF is necessary to prevent skin irregularities, pigmentation, inflammation and free radical creation (which accelerate signs of aging).  But what about after the damage is done, especially this time of year after the sunny laden summertime? There are probably very few of us that don’t have even a little sun damage. With skincare, it’s always best to be proactive. The quicker we treat our skin, the more likely thatRead More
Image credit: Bernhard Friess Beauty products so often tout exotic active ingredients sourced from the far ends of the globe. But while the unfamiliar and mysterious may seem glamorous, there are so many powerful beautifying ingredients grown on our own home soil. Many natural cosmetic ingredients cultivated and produced right here in Canada have amazing therapeutic benefits, providing us with local, more sustainable skincare options. Here are five fantastic ingredients that have the made in Canada stamp on them, revealing how beauty can be found in our own backyards. BORAGERead More
As our gardens reach full bloom in the summer, we are reminded of how floral essences offer up some of the most powerful skincare ingredients. Flowers used in skincare have been prized for centuries for their fragrant smells and potent therapeutic properties, and I love discovering all the different ways flowers can benefit different skin types. So, here are some of the most effective floral ingredients for the most petal pretty complexions. Rejuvenating Rose One of the most common flowers in beauty care is rose. Rose is best known forRead More
There’s no escaping it: castor oil is making a comeback. Sure it’s been around for a long time, but for many, it’s just newly making waves on the online beauty scene (all that talk about castor oil cleansing!). Well, this uber-rich oil shouldn’t only be used as part of this skincare trend as it has many uses. For years, this oil has been used for a number of things from cleansing, liver detoxification, and eyelash thickening. Read on for seven ways you can use castor oil to beautify your skinRead More
Image credit: Magdan Tania/Dreamstime I’ve been seeing the story about Tracey Spicer, the Australian news anchor that has publicly committed to phasing out “extreme grooming”, around the internet for a while now. But it wasn’t until I heard a segment about it on the radio that I really decided to sit down and contemplate it. Sure, beauty is something I think about a lot – and I mean a lot – but since it’s been in the media so much, I thought it would be a good to really analyze storiesRead More
Image credit: Helga Weber I was recently in Panama to lecture about Ayurveda and skincare. While I was there, my friend and nutritionist hosted a weekend away by the beach. It was beautiful and I loved every minute of it. But one thing I did not love was the fact that my face broke out in a way that I haven’t seen in ten years. I don’t know if it was the sun, sand, or the residual stress I had left behind at home but these were stubborn, blistering blemishesRead More
Image credit: Helga Weber Reasons to Relax: How Manifesting Stress Wreaks Havoc on Our Skin In my experience of treating skin for over a decade, I know that stress deeply affects our skin. This is a two way relationship: while our skin controls our bodies’ stress response through its receptors, the stress response also affects our skin. This can trigger sensitivity, acne, skin aging, and disease. The relationship between stress and our skin creates a strong argument for serenity now. Inflammation and Redness Stress is inflaming for our skin. ThoseRead More
Practicing any kind of sacred ritual can bring about awareness and transformation. Be it a puja, guru’s blessing, communion, mantra practice or the like, I’m pretty much game to try anything that sounds like it will help me live a more mindful and thus happy life. I think many of us don’t readily think of our daily skin care practice in the realm of sacred ritual, but after I was introduced to an Ayurveda skincare and perfume line, I grew to see this differently. For those unfamiliar or needing aRead More
Very few things make me excited enough to squeal, but visiting an organic argan oil manufacturing cooperative makes it onto the list. While in Essouira during my Moroccan voyage, my number one mission was to visit an argan oil field. I even informed my husband that beach time would only happen once I had seen these lovely olive-like treasures turned into precious skin-beautifying liquid. It is a rare fruit to find, and the area between Agadir and Essouira is the only place in the world argan oil is made. ThankRead More
I don’t know if there is something in the water but many of my clients, colleagues and team have been asking a lot of questions about hormones lately. I think it’s important to talk about hormones because while most of us understand how important they are and how much they influence every action within our bodies, we know little about their nature or how to balance them. So today I will be talking about a hormone that is very dear to me: estrogen. I, myself, have high estrogen which makesRead More