5 ways to improve your skin without breaking the bank

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I wish someone would have warned me in my teens and early twenties to take better care of my skin. Couldn’t someone have mentioned that baby oil and lack of sunblock isn’t the best idea? I also purchased unlimited monthly tanning at tanning salons. Oh, do I wish I could turn back time.

In my late thirties, my skin has become a priority, finally. My goal right now is to try to limit any further damage and focus on natural ways to help my skin glow. Thankfully, my research is paying off and over the last few months I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin.

Here are my top five ways to improve your skin without breaking the bank:

1. withinUS TruMarine Collagen

Photo credit: withinus.ca

Photo credit: withinus.ca

Collagen is one of the most important structural components in our bodies, representing 1/15 of our total body weight. Did you know that after the age of 25 we lose 1% of our bodies collagen a year? This leads our skin to sag and wrinkle, hair to become thinner and joints to stiffen and become less flexible. Within one week of adding 10 grams of collagen to my water everyday, I noticed a dramatic improvement to my skin, how my joints felt and my nails finally started growing! Clinical studies and research have shown that regular consumption of collagen peptides improve skin moisture level, smoothness and suppleness, preventing signs of aging such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, and UVB-induced skin damage. Not all collagen is created equal though and I only use withinUS TruMarine Collagen which is extracted exclusively from fish scales sourced from the deep, clean waters of the South Pacific Ocean. Learn more of the benefits.

2. Detox drink in the morning of water with 1/2 a lemon

One of the little known benefits of lemon juice is its anti-aging properties. The acid from the lemon juice contain concentrated levels of antioxidants, which help flush out toxins and free radicals from the body. The process of detoxing allows proper cell regeneration, which then manifests by way of glowing and younger looking skin. Note this should be lukewarm water and use 1/2 of a lemon. Read more benefits.

3. Dermaplaning Facial 

Photo credit: ProjectSkinMD.com

Photo credit: ProjectSkinMD.com

I recently had the best facial experience of my life at Project Skin MD in Vancouver. I heard about Project Skin MD from Jillian Harris and booked a dermaplaning facial. The type of facial uses an unique exfoliation technique that utilizes precise, practiced strokes of a medical instrument to gently lift dull skin cells and fine, vellus hair, commonly known as “peach fuzz.” Causing no superficial irritation, dermaplaning is an effective exfoliation alternative to microdermabrasion or chemical peels for sensitive skin types (that’s me!) My skin was literally glowing for the next week after I had it and still continues to look great.

4. New Skin Care Regime

Photo credit: Saje.ca

Photo credit: Saje.ca

I recently downloaded the ‘Think Dirty‘ app which has revolutionized my life. It’s an incredible app which will inform you just how clean or dirty the skin care products you are using by rating them on a scale of 1 to 10. Needless to say I figured out my current skin care regime was TOXIC and made a switch to Saje Natural Wellness products. Their skin care line is incredible and all their products are plant-derived, non-toxic and not tested on animals. On top of that they are based in Vancouver. Do you know what’s in your skin care? I encourage you to find out.

5. Taking the toxic out of your makeup

On top of helping me with my new skin care regime, the Think Dirty app also made my realize just what I was putting on my skin everyday with all the different makeup lines I use. I have to admit, I love makeup and regularly use about 4-5 different brands, which I have just found out are really bad (eek!) I must have thrown out half of my makeup realizing what was in it and am making a conscious effort moving forward to replace all the toxic expensive stuff with non-toxic makeup. My favourite new line is Fitglow Beauty.

Fitglow is natural and organic, unscented and 100% cruelty free. They only source ingredients from cruelty free suppliers as well. Did you know that there are many lines that say they are Cruelty Free and are even certified but still use animal hair in their brushes and the hairs to make brushes are sourced in a very cruel way. Most of their products also have a high level on antioxidants like Vitamin C, Beta Carotene and other game changing nutrients. I found Fitglow products at Eco Diva Beauty, which features only non-toxic beauty products. The world is making it pretty easy for us to take better care of our skin!

 

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