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Benefits of Coconut Oil On the Skin

Benefits of Coconut Oil On the Skin

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Benefits of Coconut Oil On the Skin

I'm always preaching against using coconut oil on your face because of it's super comedogenic properties, and the issue of heavy oil use disturbing the skin's natural moisture barrier (you can read my previous blog post here: "Can Face Oil Replace Moisturizer" if you want to learn more about that).

But that doesn't mean that I hate all things coconut oil, or find that all of it's uses are bad for the skin.  Coconut oil has many benefits to the skin, but they may just not be in the way you'd think or often read about.  

Let me explain further...

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The Proper Order of Your Skincare Routine

The Proper Order of Your Skincare Routine

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The Proper Order of Your Skincare Routine

AAAHHH yes... the oh so common question "what order do I use these?", "is it ok to put this on first?."
It may seem so simple, but when I need a client to use multiple serums per day to achieve the results we're aiming for, the proper order of all your skincare products can seem like a lot, and be overwhelming for a lot of clients and people in general.

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The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

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Lets start with...what is it exactly?

    Hyaluronic acid is a key substance that is naturally produced by our body, which has a unique ability to bind and retain water molecules.  It is most abundantly found in our skin, but also importantly exists in other parts of our body like in our body fluids, joints and eyes.

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Can Face Oil Replace Moisturizer?

Can Face Oil Replace Moisturizer?

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Can Face Oil Replace Moisturizer?

Face oils and oil based "balm" moisturizers are SO popular these days due to the glowy dew they instantly give to the skin and lovely nourishing FEELING they have when applied.  

oil blob

With that said....NO, it is not good for the skin to use a face oil or balm instead of moisturizer.  Here's why...

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Why you should wear sunscreen in the winter

Why you should wear sunscreen in the winter

by Nicole Mandallaz black girl sunscreen, sun protection, sunblock, sunscreen, winter skin, winter skincare tips Leave a comment

Why you should wear sunscreen in the winter

Client Case #1

woman in the rain

So many clients I've seen over the years say "I wear sunscreen religiously in summer when it's sunny out, but not if it's cold and overcast". 

Once I had a young woman in her early 20s from Vancouver, Canada who's boyfriend brought her for her first facial.  She was wondering about a new dark and mishapen mole she had show up on her nose that would also scab over and bleed often. She said it had also grown rapidly in the last few months from a tiny speck to a more visible spot(why her boyfriend bought her the facial actually thinking I could get rid of it. 

I legally couldn't tell her outright it was skin cancer since I'm not a physician, 

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Winter Skincare Tips

Winter Skincare Tips

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Winter Skincare Tips

cold girl

  Cold weather affects our skin's natural moisture barrier causing more dryness and sensitivity than normal.  Between our skin defending itself from the outside cold elements (chill factor and wind),  the constant heat indoors, and serious dry air, we frequently deal with issues like sensitized dry, and even chapped skin.  This is from the air leaching out the water content from our skin, also called "trans-epidermal water loss". 

 In the colder months, we also tend to spend less time outside getting less sunlight.  Getting less sunlight can be both good and bad for our skin.  While we will be less susceptible to UV damage, the constant heaters being used indoors and smoke or fumes from fireplaces can cause more barrier issues like trans-epidermal water loss and oxidative stress on our skin cells. 

Beyond its damage to the skin, some sun is good for our overall immune system and our skin is one of the main ways our bodies synthesize vitamin D.

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