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The Art of the Triple Cleanse ~ The New Way to Deep Clean Your Skin

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BOO!! Hello Calgary, now that we have your attention… have you ever heard of triple cleansing? With Halloween right around the corner, we need to think about the best possible costume and amazing makeup to win top prize at all the parties we will attend. An equally important detail to think about is our skincare routine for makeup removal! We don’t want to pay for one night of glory (Yay, first place!) with a month of clogging and/or breakouts (eeeeekkk, scary).

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Double cleansing is good but triple is better! High coverage makeup has more oils, silicones and waxes in it for better coverage. Better coverage means more clogged pores, especially if you are acne prone. A good removal regimen at the end of the day is always important but ESPECIALLY important when wearing high coverage or specialty (Halloween) makeup! Makeup removal is not the only reason we need a good evening cleanse; throughout the day, airborne bacteria, dirt, dust and pollution is attracted to your skin, and if they aren’t washed away properly, they could potentially contribute to aging, enlarged pores and breakouts (triple eeeeekkk).

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Here at SkinScience we like to do a triple cleanse. Your first cleanse is to remove makeup, the second to cleanse the skin and the third to exfoliate, unclog and refine your pores for better product absorption.

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If you’re still not sure what we’re talking about, triple cleansing involves using a cleanser that is oil-based, or a micellar water (for acne prone) first to break down makeup, primer, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin. The first cleanse removes makeup primarily. Following it with a deeper water-based cleanser, a second round of cleansing will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities such as sweat and bacteria. Then lastly for our third cleanse using an exfoliating scrub (make sure this is not a nutshell based!), to remove pollution, debris, and to promote skin renewal for brighter more refined skin and better product absorption.

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To make it easy we have broken it down into three skin type routines with some of our top selling products;

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Dry Skin

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  1. Dermaquest Facial Cleanser Stem Cell 3D – This creamy, rich foaming cleanser is the perfect start to your triple cleanse! Fortified with plant stem cells, amino acids and Neodermyl to gently remove makeup and impurities while, bathing your skin in an emollient lather for a renewed complexion. SHOP
  2. Dermaquest C Infusion Cleanser – Overflowing with antioxidants, this foaming cleanser purifies and preserves while slowing the effects of harmful free radicals. Feel refreshed and energized and primed for homecare products, without stripping essential moisture from your skin. SHOP
  3. Aliquote Skin Fresh Complexion Polisher – With diatomaceous minerals, vitamin c and essential oils, this gentle scrub peels away dead skin cells for a smoother, glowing texture. SHOP

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Oily/Combination Skin

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  1. Reversa Cleansing Micellar Water – Gently cleanses and effectively removes face and eye makeup and impurities while soothing ingredients such as lotus vegetal water and allantoin prevent irritation. SHOP
  2. Aliquote  Skin Fresh Complexion Cleanser – Micro-exfoliating cleanser with 2% salicylic acid at low PH enhances dead skin removal while unclogging pores and preventing acne . Antibacterial cold pressed coconut oil and aloe vera balances moisture levels for a clean hydrated finish. SHOP
  3. SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub – This smoothing polish with hydrated silica cleanses pores and softens skin while promoting skin cell renewal. SHOP

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Sensitive Skin

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  1. Aliquote Skin Cashmere Cream Cleanser – Hydrating milk cleanser with lavender essential oil, aloe, and vitamin E. Gently removes makeup and impurities. Soothes redness and dryness. Suitable for face, neck and eyes. SHOP
  2. Aliquote Skin Detox Micellar Gelee – Gentle sulfate-free cleanser with chamomile essential oil and peptides soothes and hydrates normal to sensitive skin. Algae extract clears away makeup, debris, and pollution. SHOP
  3. Dermaquest Algae Polishing Scrub – This cooling scrub uses jojoba beads to remove excess skin cells through gentle exfoliation, leaving the skin smooth and prepped for better product absorption. Deeply hydrating, this scrub primes the skin while relaxing algae extract soothes inflammation. SHOP

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The first cleansing step is important to make sure you wash until there isn’t a single trace of makeup left. If you wear a lot of makeup, this could take 2-3 times, but if you’ve spent time putting makeup on, it makes sense to spend time taking it off, right? After all, a smooth canvas is best for makeup application and we need to keep our skin healthy.

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Once you’ve removed the surface grime, it’s time for a deep water-based cleanse – and that doesn’t mean a quick splash. Whether you are triple cleansing or not, make sure to massage your cleanser in for a minute to thoroughly remove toxins, pollution and product buildup. This is especially important if it is an enzyme- or acid-based cleanser, so it has time to perform properly (eating away dead skin cells) – even two minutes would be better.

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Taking at least a minute to do a water-based cleanse will ensure you gain all the benefits from your cleanser and its ingredients. On average, most people only spend about twenty seconds on cleansing, which isn’t enough time to massage the cleanser in properly.

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The third step of the triple cleanse should be performed 2-3 times per week. Exfoliation is essential for healthy skin, but needs to be performed gently as to not create unwanted (and pro-aging) inflammation.

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The temperature of the water matters, too. Too hot and you could risk irritating the skin,  especially if you suffer from acne or skin conditions such as rosacea, so it’s best to rinse with water that is lukewarm.

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Triple cleansing each evening will also brighten any dullness, adding the exfoliating cleanse into any routine will slough away the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface and will allow serums and moisturizers to better absorb.

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Is it possible to over-wash your skin?

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While your skin needs to be cleansed twice a day – morning and evening – a triple cleanse isn’t always necessary – especially when you wake up in the morning.

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A single water-based cleanse in the AM will cleanse away the skin’s naturally produced oils and everything the skin has detoxed overnight. It will also better prepare your skin to absorb daily routine products. Over-washing can lead to dryness, sensitivity and irritation. The ideal cleanser should be non-stripping of the skins natural oils, and it’s important not to rub the skin too harshly.

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If you are using retinol or other forms of smart exfoliation to be left on the skin at night, it would be better to skip the scrub in the triple cleanse and replace it with the smart exfoliation on those evenings.

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With a triple cleanse you are sure to remove all makeup, pollution and debris, as well as keep the skin renewal process at its best for a clear, smooth and glowing complexion. Leave the scary face for Halloween! 

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If you are unsure of what cleansers and routine would be ideal for you, book in for our 60-Minute Skin Consultation! We will go through all your current products to see what is working, what isn’t and if there is anything missing. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Top 4 Antioxidants you need in your skin care routine

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Antioxidants, what are they and why do I need them? 

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This is a question that we get a lot here at SkinScience. People come to us to have a better understanding of skin health and a better skincare routine; antioxidants are often something that is missing. This is a very important key to healthy skin and aging gracefully. 

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Of course you have always heard ‘eat your berries, they’re full of antioxidants!’ This is true, as we need them internally, however, topically is equally important for our skin. We would need to eat an incredibly large amount of berries to have the same effect as a topically applied product, to protect our skin. 

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So here it is – antioxidants protect against free radical damage. Free radical damage is when our cells are attacked and can be put under oxidative stress, which plays a role in premature aging of the skin, hyperpigmentation, triggering inflammatory conditions like eczema and acne, as well as skin cancers. As we age there are less antioxidants available, combine that with the constant attack of free radicals and the balance is lost. If a healthy cell is attacked, it will spend half or more of its energy trying to fight off the attacker, instead of functioning properly. This is something we face every day. Our environment is full of pollution and is attacking our skin from the moment we wake up. In short, antioxidants are free radical warriors! 

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For example; have you ever noticed once you slice open an apple it starts to turn brown? This is because of oxidative stress. Now, if you apply lemon juice to the open flesh of the apple, this will stop it from browning. This is because lemon is full of antioxidants. Side note, you would never want to apply lemon juice to the skin; it can actually have a harmful reaction with sun exposure and cause an unsightly and uncomfortable rash! 

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Now that you have a visual for the power of antioxidant protection, let’s apply it to the skin. Here at SkinScience we have a many favorite options for skin-safe antioxidants. 

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VITAMIN C

has been a longtime industry favorite for skin professionals. Along with its antioxidant properties it also brightens and stimulates collagen. L-ASCORBIC ACID has been a leading form of vitamin C for many years. Our favorite products containing L-ascorbic acid are SkinCeuticals CE FERULIC (for normal to dry skin) and SkinCeuticals PHLORETIN CF (for normal to combination, non acne prone skin). They have two options depending on your skin type. That said, not everyone can tolerate L-ascorbic acid well. Not to worry, another fantastic and industry leading form of vitamin C is TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE found in our very own Aliquote Skin ADVANCED YOUTH COMPLEX (for all skin types, even sensitive ones). 

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Some other well-known antioxidants include; 

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GREEN TEA

The active antioxidant in green tea is Polyphenols, not only does it fight free radical damage but is also an anti-inflammatory (helps reduce redness and inflammation) and works against a decrease in collagen breakdown. Our favorite product containing green tea is Aliquote Skin SENSICALM LOTION

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VITAMIN B3 or NIACINAMIDE

has been proven that topical application has many potential skin benefits, including improved skin hydration, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, decreased brown spots, improved skin redness/blotchiness, and better skin elasticity. Our favorite product containing niacinamide is DermaQuest NIACINAMIDE YOUTH SERUM

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RESVERATROL

is naturally found in berries and red wine (no, we can’t only drink our antioxidants). Resveratrol possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Scientific studies suggest that topically applied resveratrol protects against UVB-induced photodamage, pigmentation, and collagen degradation. One of our favorite products containing resveratrol is DermaQuest STEM CELL 3D EYE LIFT and SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE

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Needless to say, no matter what your skin type we have a form of antioxidant protection to suit your needs. 

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PRO TIPS 

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1) You’ll get a better protection by wearing your antioxidant during the day. Think rush hour traffic and all the pollution that you’re sitting in. (we certainly hope you don’t have that same level of pollution where you sleep!) 

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2) Most vitamin C or antioxidant serums work best applied to cleansed skin. Cleanse, tone and then apply your antioxidant — you can layer other serums, creams and SPFs on top. Always layer thinnest to thickest. 

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3) Make sure to finish by applying a mineral sunscreen for added protection (we prefer mineral SPF vs chemical SPF but that is for another post!) 

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Want to know more? Book in for a consult today!

403-287-1477

Fall Back to Great Skin with Pumpkin!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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>>> FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PUMPKIN MASK HERE <<<

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Pro At-Home tips

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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

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What about procedures?

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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: 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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

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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.

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ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

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.

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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!

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WHEN CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

When it comes to using essential oils during pregnancy:

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Skip the First Trimester Altogether – no EOs

Second + Third Trimester, Breastfeeding – pick your EOs carefully

Source: Mayo Clinic

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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.

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THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR PREGNANCY

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:

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  • 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

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HOW TO USE TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS WHEN PREGNANT

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.

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

Source: WebMD

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Inhalation

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.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE ESSENTIAL OILS + OPTIMAL USES

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

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Topical

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

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ESSENTIAL OILS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY

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.

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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

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SKINSCIENCE’S GUIDELINES FOR USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS DURING PREGNANCY

  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.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE SKIN CARE + ESSENTIAL OILS

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):

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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!

Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Veronique Coulombe, CEO of Medical Blossom.

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Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry. 

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The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are. 

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Veronique Coulombe is the CEO of Medical Blossom Society. Veronique’s approach is based on seven years of consulting experience working directly with healthcare professionals to help them develop profitable practices. Veronique has had the opportunity to support physicians in developing their practices and marketing various products and services. 

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Follow Veronique Coulombe 

Instagram: @V.Coulombe and @MedicalBlossom 

Facebook 

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Veronique Coulombe answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

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1.What is your current state of mind?

Grateful. 

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2. Which talent would you most like to have? 

To read people’s minds or predict the future. 😉 

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3. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would you choose to come back as? 

Me! And I would probably do few things differently. 😉 

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4. Where would you most like to live?

In Barbados. 

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5. What is your most treasured possession? 

Symbolic jewelry. 

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6. What do you most value in your friends?

Integrity.

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7. What is your favorite skincare product?

Sunday Riley – Good Genes.

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8. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Audiobooks, hiking, or watching the sunset with a cup of tea and Lola (my little puppy).

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9. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Creative minds – authentic personalities and people driven to succeed. I’ve quoted Peter Schutz many times: “Hire character. Train skill.”

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10. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Trust your vision and don’t try to “fit in”. 

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In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?Patients’ lack of education towards their condition/s and the treatments and technologies available to them on the market.

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12. What is your favorite part about being the president at Medical Blossom? 

I am able to fuse my passions with my career and I get to work both strategically and creatively.

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13. Describe yourself in one word.

Feisty. 

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14. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now? 

Retired, seriously. 

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15. When have you felt the most proud?

At 17 back then I was coordinating a festival managing half a million dollar budget. I was walking alone on the site the night before the festivities and was watching all the carousels and the stages going up. It made me really proud and still does actually.

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16. What is your most distinctive characteristic? 

My mind. 

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17. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?  

I wish I had learned to forgive myself and others faster so that I could move forward. 

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18. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

The day you stop looking for happiness outside of yourself (most people look for it in their career and relationships). 

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19. What leadership lessons have you learned?

Everyone has something to teach you.  Everyone! 

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20. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I realllly do enjoy my alone time.  

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21. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  

I would focus more on the progress that has been made instead of trying to reach “perfection”. I’m working on it every day.

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22. What excites you about your career?

Everything there is to learn. How much this career has changed me personally and professionally – and still does. There are so many opportunities around it. 

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23. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

As cheesy as it sounds, the woman I have become. 

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