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Fall Back to Great Skin with Pumpkin!


Fall back to great skin! Seasonal changes bring different needs to your skin care routine. Whether it is hydration in the winter, deep cleaning for spring, oil control in the summer or brightening in the fall, our changing weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Get your skin Thanksgiving ready this fall with our feature ingredient ~ Pumpkin!


That’s right, not only do we LOVE the return of the pumpkin-spice latte and pumpkin pie come autumn but that wonderful aromatic ingredient is also beneficial for your skin!


Pumpkin pulp is a dynamic ingredient that can help control acne and hyperpigmentation. This is something that all but highly sensitized skin types could benefit from. Post summer we tend to feel a bit clogged from all the extra time spent outdoors in the elements. While we tend to be a little more active (and sweaty) in the summer months, taking advantage of that extra time outside exposes us to dust, pollution and free radical damage. Even with a fantastic non-clogging sunscreen we all tend to have that dull, clogged complexion come summers end. This is where Pumpkin can come to our rescue (alongside some other powerful antioxidants and treatments of course) to fight against free radical damage.


For the month of October we are featuring our spot light product Mini Pumpkin Mask by Dermaquest. With its top ingredients being pumpkin, mandelic and lactic acids, it is sure to resurface, decongest clogged pores and brighten for a smooth and glowing complexion. Not only would this be a fantastic add-on to a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial in a professional setting, but you can purchase this for the benefits of weekly use at home!


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Pro At-Home tips


Use in the shower for 5-7 minutes. The steam provides a boosting effect to activate the enzymes! 

Be sure to thoroughly remove with tepid water as this mask DOES NOT self-neutralize. 

Do not use with other highly exfoliating products, such as retinol, and other high percentage AHA/ BHA’s (think glycolic and salicylic acids) 

You want to wait at least 5 days in-between at-home resurfacing treatments. 

Follow with a hydrating mask for the added benefits of optimal absorption.

Our favourite? The DermaQuest Hydrating Gel Mask


What about procedures?


Products are not the only way that we can fight back against the dulling and clogging effects of summer. In house procedures alongside products would be most beneficial for our skin goals. The most popular treatments come fall are: 


IPL (intense pulsed light) or PhotoFacial – this is a treatment that is great to treat pigmented and vascular lesions. The benefits are improved appearance of:  age spots (red/brown pigmentations), avscular lesions such as facial capillaries (spider veins), rosacea (redness), freckles, sun damage.


Dermaplaning – This is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin by using a surgical blade to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and pore size. It is also known as a great party ready procedure as it removes vellus hairs for a smoother makeup application and aides in the better absorption of products for a dewy glow. 


Chemical Peels – This is when a specific acid such as AHA/ BHA’s or an enzyme is applied to the skin to help reduce various skin concerns such as pigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles and red or dull complexions. With over 18 different types of chemical peels, SkinScience definitely has the answer to every skin type, even the most sensitive. Professional chemical peels can range from light peels with little to no downtime, to deeper peels with downtime of a week in most cases. 


Depending on your concerns and lifestyle, we can customize a series of exfoliating peels that will complement your prescription products and/or skin care regime to enhance and accelerate results. 


These treatments alone or combined (for a more accelerated approach) are best for resurfacing, brightening and evening out skin tone. Dermaplaning and Chemical Peels are also a great step to do to before a more advanced treatment such as IPL. Doing this beforehand will help rid the skin of any residual tan that may be left from summer and will better prepare the skin for IPL. 


Here at SkinScience we have you covered no matter the season. We can customize each treatment to every individual for optimal results. Book in for your consultation today!


Essential Oils and Pregnancy: Which ones are safe, How to use them and Which ones to Avoid


Disclaimer: SkinScience Clinic has always taken a conservative stand when it comes to pregnancy, breastfeeding and skin care. Essential oils contain powerful actives, and we recommend that you consult with your doctor first, before using any type of essential oils. Clinical studies addressing the safety of essential oils in pregnancy are scarce, due to the ethical problems with testing substances on pregnant women and their fetuses. For this reason, scientific literature primarily relies on history of safe use, recognizing that some pregnant women will be more sensitive to essential oils than others, based on their genetic differences. If you are pregnant or lactating, please consult with your doctor before using any product containing essential oils.



Many women seek out natural remedies during pregnancy because they want to avoid taking medications or using anything that is toxic on their skin or in their diet. Essential oils (EO) can help with certain pregnancy symptoms, aches, even with severe discomfort in some cases, but some of them shouldn’t be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.  Before you use your favorite essential oil, get informed on which EOs are safe for your little one.


Essential oils have become a very popular choice with women looking for alternative ways to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy (nausea, morning sickness, muscle aches, back ache, stuffy nose, sleep problems, etc.). The latest report by Value Market Research claims the Global Essential Oil Market was valued $7,200M USD in 2017 and is likely to reach at $12,745.02 MN USD by 2024. 

The EO trend is here to stay, so better get informed – knowledge is power when it comes to EOs!



When it comes to using essential oils during pregnancy:


Skip the First Trimester Altogether – no EOs

Second + Third Trimester, Breastfeeding – pick your EOs carefully

Source: Mayo Clinic


Just like EOs’ actives can pass through the layers of skin, some essential oil components may pass into the bloodstream all the way to the placenta (or breastmilk while breastfeeding) where they could affect the growing baby and its development. There is still a lot to learn on how essential oils might impact pregnancy. There is very little scientific data about the specific (cellular and molecular) mechanisms of EOs, so better safe than sorry.



As long as your pregnancy is going well, the following essential oils are regarded as generally safe by the scientific community when used as recommended, during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters:


  • Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile – Chamomilla recutita, Chamaemelum nobile
  • Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
  • Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
  • Ginger Root – Zingiber officinale
  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Rose – Rosa damascena
  • Spearmint
  • Sandalwood – Santalum album
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata genuina



The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists has created guidelines on using essential oils safely when pregnant. They recommend limiting EO use to two most common way of administration: inhalation and topical.


It is best to AVOID INGESTING essential oils until you are done breastfeeding.

Source: WebMD



Pregnancy brings on many side effects, and a common one is a heightened sense of smell. You may love some scents and absolutely hate others, so choose an oil that is not only safe, but isn’t overbearing for you. Inhalation using a diffuser can be especially effective for pregnant women suffering from nausea and sleep issues. If you have a diffuser, make sure you’re following safe diffusion guidelines, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.



Essential Oils for nausea and morning sickness:

  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint 
  • Lavender

Essential Oils for calmness and to reduce anxiety

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon

Essential Oils to reduce Swelling and Water Retention

  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Geranium

Essential Oils for Heartburn

  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger

Essential Oils for Energizing

  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Orange



Your skin may be even more sensitive when you’re pregnant, so diluting EOs is especially important to avoid irritation. Never apply pure essential oils directly on the skin while pregnant. Use 3-4 drops of essential oil for every ounce (30ml) of your favorite base (oil, lotion or moisturizer). 

Essential Oils to prevent Stretch marks: 

  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Chamomile

Essential Oils to promote Sleep: 

  • Lavender 
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang



Essential oils are highly concentrated, and have various levels of toxicity when not used properly. Don’t assume it’s safe because it’s natural, and be aware that not all essential oil companies test their oils for quality. 

The medical literature reports that some essential oils appear to interfere with hormone behavior in the cells, and scientists suspect that some EOs may work as endocrine disruptors. Some EOs can also interact with medications, or cause an allergic or toxic reaction. Others can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, provoke skin rashes, allergies, racing heart, vomiting, seizure and even contractions. Essential oils can be powerful, so it’s better to be extra-uber-ultra safe than sorry.


The following ESSENTIAL OILS are believed to be UNSAFE for use during pregnancy:

  • Arnica
  • Basil
  • Birch (sweet)
  • Bitter almond
  • Boldo leaf
  • Broom
  • Buchu
  • Calamus
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem)
  • Coriander
  • Costus
  • Deertongue
  • Elecampane
  • Fennel
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop
  • Jaborandi leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Melilotus
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Origanum
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine (dwarf)
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Savory (summer)
  • Tansy
  • Thyme red (large doses)
  • Tonka
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood



  1. Do not use EOs during your the 1st trimester of your pregnancy.
  2. Some EOs can be used during the 2nd and 3rd trimester. 
  3. Never ingest EOs (even diluted) during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding)
  4. The best ways to use EOs during pregnancy and lactation is topically and by using a diffuser.
  5. When using a diffuser, only use it for 10-15 minutes at a time, for a maximum of 3 times per day.
  6. When used topically – less is more when it comes to EOs. Always dilute a few drops (3-4) in a carrier oil (30ml of grapeseed, coconut, olive or almond oil).
  7. Avoid using absolutes.
  8. NEVER add essential oils to the birthing pool.
  9. Only use EOs that are approved by your doctor.



Here are a few skin care products (as well as Canadian-made essential oils) that are safe to use during pregnancy (and recommended by Marie):


Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, where a healthy diet, lifestyle and skin care can contribute to a healthy pregnancy. It’s also a time where we can experience skin changes (unfortunately, not everyone gets that coveted pregnancy glow), including sensitive skin, itchy skin,  stretch marks, increased oiliness and more acne breakouts than usual. That’s normal for most pregnant women, and SkinScience can help you find healthy, non-prescription options to help you out.

Do you have questions about your skin care products? We would be happy to help you find the best skin care routine that is safe for you and your baby!

Our popular 1-hour “Skin Care Consultation” is only a phone call away: 403-287-1477. 

We look forward to meeting you (and your future baby) soon!

Send a Friend, Get a Present!


We love referrals! When you, one of our amazing clients love us enough to send us one of your friends, family members, co-workers or neighbors, we are humbled.  It means so much to us that you are so happy with your experiences, that you share the love!


In addition to making us feel loved, referrals from clients are the life blood of our clinic. They keep us going! Any small business will share with you that word of mouth is vital to their well-being.


Because referrals are so incredibly important to us, we are always looking for more and more ways to thank you for sharing the SkinScience love! So, we are excited to share with you our most recent update to our referral program!


For each new person you send to SkinScience, we send you:


$25 gift certificate to be used towards your next procedure at SkinScience


                        AND (Drumrollllllllllll for the newest part….)


A full size product! Of your choosing!



How it works: (aka; the details, aka; the nitty gritty)


Every time we sit down with a new client to do a Cosmetic Consultation, we ask how they heard about SkinScience, or who they heard about us from, and we track it.


At the end of each month, we take our list of who has referred a friend, and we send every one of you on the list a thank you letter.  Included with your thank you letter is gift card for $25 towards your next SkinScience treatment (of your choice) AND (this is the new part) a voucher for a free product!


To redeem your Free Product Voucher:

Simply bring it into the clinic and you can choose from our carefully curated list of products designated for this! To be clear, you can choose only a product from our curated list of full size “Thank You Products”, but it’s a pretty awesome list!


It includes amazing products like: (click on product name to learn more)

Dermaquest C-Infusion Cleanser

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50

VivierSkin TMR Anti-Wrinkle Peptide Serum

Dermaquest Essentials Travel Kit (NEW)

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Masque

VivierSkin Serum 5 Gentle Eye Contour Serum


And so many more! A great opportunity to try something new, or replenish an old favorite. Our list will continue to grow, and fluctuate with some new additions and replacements in 2018 so, keep an eye out! You can use your voucher the day you use your gift card towards your procedure, or by itself on a day you just want to try something new.


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We want you to know, that we appreciate you for being part of our SkinScience family. We hope that this gift helps you feel that. We also hope that it makes being part of the SkinScience family a little more fun!


If you have any question about the details of how our referral program works, we would love to hear from you!



Homemade Skincare: Worth it or Waste?


As part of our 1 hour Cosmetic Consultation, we offer an analysis of client’s current skin care products.  Clients bring in their skin care products, ideally with an ingredient list and we asses if it contains ingredients that have been proven (by the scientific community) to help them achieve their goals. This is not a pitch for products we are selling, it is an honest review. We regularly recommend products that we do not retail, or send client home with instructions to continue with something they already have.  One thing that we almost never recommend? Continued use of “homemade” or home mixed skincare concoctions. Here is why;



Bacterial Growth is real problem.  Skin care products that are whipped up in your kitchen or bathroom, are exposed to so many more bacteria than products made in a thoroughly sterilized, monitored, and approved facility.  Many of the bacteria in your kitchen or bathroom have the potential to be quite dangerous. Re-using an empty bottle to store your home-made skin care in, increases the bacterial load and risk. In addition, access to ingredients that safely and effective prevent bacterial growth is not available, so these bacteria grow very quickly within the homemade products.



Essential Oils Cant Fix Every Problem

So many homemade products are based on recipes that utilize essential oils.  At SkinScience we do love our essential oils, just not necessarily in skin care.  Our staff utilize them to help remain centered, get an energy boost, or sometimes to help stay focus when blog writing!  Having said that, most oil molecules are entirely too large to penetrate into your skin.  This means very little benefit is achieved from topical application. Because these molecules sit on your skin, the benefits they offer are not nearly the same as the benefits of ingredients that are able to change the way your skin functions from the inside.  Even worse, there are many, many essential oils that when applied topically cause irritation and inflammation which have been proven to ACCELERATE aging.


Acne and oil never mix. Period. Oils as a hard rule are not bad.  There are skin types that need the skin barrier replenishment that oils offer. However, if you have acne, stay away. Any oil in any form on acne prone skin can create more clogged pores, which can lead to more breakouts.


Quality Control

Homemade products lack quality controls. When skin care products are made in a dedicated facility, they monitor every detail.  There are so many considerations that go into creating a product that is stable and safe.  Primary ingredients are maintained at specific temperatures before adding in active ingredients, ensuring they are not altered becoming useless, the ph. of the product needs to be maintained throughout, air quality is monitored, room humidity levels maintained and so on and so on….  Lastly, so many homemade products use ingredients that are NOT safe. Lemon juice for instance, is not safe for topical use. (Read this previous
blog post about Lemon Juice and why it is not safe to apply on your skin)


With all the Pinterest pages dedicated to DIY, we know it’s so tempting to carry the DIY enthusiasm into your skin care, but, please, leave the creation of skin care to the specialists! You will thank yourself in the long run!

More Important Than Sunscreen

The dog days of summer are upon us.  The heat is high and the sun is strong!  You are armed with your SPF to prevent aging and sunburns, but what is even more important that sunscreen?

Planning your outside activities at the right time. In this blog, we are out to show that an ounce of sunscreen is just as important as an ounce of planning.


The Ultraviolet Index (or UV index) is a tool the World Health Organization endorses and sets guidelines for that helps sun-seekers understand how quickly they can be harmed (aka sunburned) while in the sun.  It is a scale from 1 – 12. The lower the number the lower the risk and less likelihood of getting burned.  The higher the number the higher the likelihood of burning and greater risk to skin and eyes.  It’s pretty straight forward.


A UV index rating is applied to a specific place on the globe. A specific area or city’s index rating is determined using several pieces of information; including elevation, forecasted ozone levels, forecasted cloud level and the ground level strength of ultraviolet radiation. Depending on the calculation model, there are sometimes other factors included as well.


Finding a UV index now a day is pretty easy.  Most major newspapers publish it on the weather page. Google offers a quick UV rating for your location. We love Apps for your smart phone! UVLens is a free app available in the Apple App Store, and it allows you to enter information about your skin tone and coloring to give an idea of how quickly you would burn in your current location.  (We are not paid endorsers of this app, we are just sharing a tool that we have found helpful!) It also allows you to check the UV index forecast for the near future, so that you can AVOID the sun when the UV index is at its peak. Because sometimes a little bit of avoidance is worth so much!


Don’t have your phone with you? Trust the shadows. A quick way to determine how quickly you will burn is to see how long or short your shadow is. The shorter your shadow is when standing outside, the higher your risk is. The longer or taller (than you) it is the less your risk is.


Whenever possible, avoid being outside during peak UV times. This usually is in the middle of the day. When you have to go out during peak hours, make sure you’ve got sunscreen AND a hat AND sunglasses. If the numbers are really high, clothing is helpful and knowing your shady areas in advance.


For sunscreen recommendations, sun safety tips, help getting rid of sun damage and more, call us! We will help you have the skin you’ve always wanted!