The last couple weeks has shown a big increase in cooling air and Toronto's movement into Autumn. This is a very popular time to start seeing extra dry lips and dehydrated skins. Dehydration can make skin appear more aged, dull or congested. Sometimes it's the part your complexion that's different but you can't quite put your finger on. In the next month or so we start seeing an increase of facials, the main concerns being that people are seeing the aging effects of summer in the sun, or that they're breaking out despite there being less humidity triggered oil production.
When we're still straddling the autumn and summer change it's a great time to start slowly introducing brightening and extra hydrating or nourishing steps in your routine. This is easiest to do with masks or serums, and with your next cleanser purchase switching from a gel to milk, basically slowly replacing "mattifying" products with hydrating products. A regular light exfoliant will make it harder for congestion to occur while lightening superficial hyper pigmentation. If you were considering doing a series of peels, we recommend to start booking for mid September!
Some products we recommend are:
Eminence's Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant ($48)
vegan powder based exfoliant can be used on it's own (mixed with water
or a toner) or mixed into a masque or your cleanser. It's a gentle
exfoliant that'll help boost cell renewal with buffing rice starch and
chick pea flour, while lactic acid helps break apart what's binding
excess dead skin cells.
Andalou Natural's Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask ($25)
cocoa based mask is the skincare equivalent of brownie batter. Cocoa,
glycerin (sugar), cocoa and shea butter and advocado and coconut oil.
This mask is a great treatment for windburn and will leave parched skin
happy. Formulated for treating depleted and aging skins to deliver deep
treatment for the most tired skin.
Eminence Stone Crop Line
gel cleanser to moisturizer this line contains a deep hydrating and
brightening Stone Crop extract. Nikki has seen clients hyper
pigmentation lighten even with just the use of the Stone Crop toner
daily. The deep hydrating action also helps boost the skin's protective
and healing abilities, lowering the chances of post trauma hyper
Aromatherapy Associate's Face Oils
Aromatherapy Associates has 5 different face oils that we love, the appropriate face oil for your skin type can completely boost your regimen. If you have quite a bit of mattifying / summer product you want to finish before replacing then you can add the oil to increase it's nourishing factor. They can be a great overnight treatment or used daily as a light layer between serum and moisturizer. A lighter balancing face oil will help cut through excess oil production and keep your skin appearing less shiny throughout the day. A little goes a long way with these and gives your skin the tools it needs to re-fortify.
A mineral oil, petrolatum and SLS free shop and spa, we carry a wide array of beard care, skin care and shaving products (including Eminence Organics, Villain Moustache Wax., Barber's Brew Grooming Co., Cuppow, reCAP, Sayula, Pacifica, Mammoth Beard Co., Better Beard Co., Skin Essence, Norvell, and Whish). Our services include waxing, facials, spray tans and beard conditioning treatments by highly skilled technicians. You're not going to to find waterfall noises, cheesy clarinet solos or an uptight attitude here.