We all know the skincare “buzzwords” that are incorporated into skincare ads, labels, and reviews. Think adjectives like “moisturising,” “enhancing,” or “glowing.” After all, we both know that slathering on a “brightening” night cream won’t make your face light up the room like a toddler’s night light, but do we know what it really means to brighten our skin? If you don’t—you’re certainly not alone. And that’s what I’m here to help you out with today! This blog post is dedicated to tackling the topic of brightening: what it is, what it isn’t, how to achieve it, and why you may want to achieve it (or why you may not). Buckle up your seatbelts ladies, and let’s ride right into a

Have you been rolling along with the latest skin care trends? If so, chances are you’ve heard about jade rollers. Maybe you’ve seen your favourite beauty blogger gliding a pretty pastel green stone across her temples, or maybe you’ve spotted an adorable jade roller in your favourite boutique and wanted to learn more. Whatever it is, there’s no denying that the small, light green tool that’s reminiscent of a beautified paint roller has been everywhere lately. And celebrities such as notably makeup-free Alicia Keys, have proudly proclaimed their affinity for jade rollers as well (plus Demi Lovato and Madonna!). So, what’s the deal? Are jade rollers just another pretty item that’ll look good on your vanity? Or will jade rollers actually help your

When it comes to skincare, there are certain words that we regularly use to indicate positive results. From “bright,” to “bouncy,” to “plump” — we know all of these words mean our skin looks beautiful and youthful — but what exactly does each word mean? Better yet, how do we get our skin to be bright, bouncy, and plump? You probably know that the plumper our skin is, the more youthful it appears (and if you didn’t know that, now you do!) You may also have noticed that when our skin isn’t as plump, we may look older or more tired. But, do you know why plumpness contributes to a younger appearance? Do you know if there’s a way to

Castor oil, turmeric, the fermentation craze… beauty trends tend to take some unexpected turns. And you never know which ones will stick around and which ones will speed by, never to be heard from again. One trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere? Many claim it makes your teeth whiter, has powerful effects in smoothies and face masks alike, and sometimes saves lives. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Charcoal! Articles calling charcoal the “latest beauty trend” started popping up a few years ago. The New York Times featured charcoal in its “Beauty Spot” section as far back as 2013, and it seems this trend was built to last! Check out Amazon’s Best Sellers in Skincare list at any given time, and you’re bound to find

We all want great-looking skin, but buying fancy products or undergoing high-tech cosmetic procedures isn’t going to do much if you don’t know what your skin needs. After all, one size does not fit all when it comes to skincare. To find out what your skin is craving, you need to find out your skin type. Think of your skin type as your road map to how to take care of your beautiful skin. Keep in mind that within these five skin types, there is a ton of variety. Plus, sensitive skin can be in combination with any of the skin types. Your skin might be dry, but not dry enough to actually be flaky or rough. You may also go through certain periods

We all want to live a healthy lifestyle, so when we hear about vitamins and supplements that could have multiple benefits, it piques our interest. Although probiotics have been around for a while, they’ve been in the spotlight lately. In 2015 alone, the probiotics market size was over $34 billion. You may have heard about probiotics’ gut-balancing properties, but did you know that they can be used externally?  We’re finding out more and more about the benefits of probiotics when they’re applied topically to the skin. Beauty companies have taken notice and have incorporated them into their skincare formulas. Keep on reading to find out what makes probiotics stand out from the crowd! What are Probiotics? Probiotics are good-for-you bacteria that live in your

You know that frustrating experience of trying to squeeze a blackhead right on the tip of your nose, but no matter what you do, you can’t get the gunk out? It’s the worst! We all know we shouldn’t be hard on our skin, but it’s hard to resist. Some days you look in the mirror and this big black mark just seems to be staring back at you. The problem, and the reason for the maddening lack of results, most likely, is that it’s not a blackhead at all. Knowing how to spot a true blackhead, what really causes it, and the big difference between blackheads and what dermatologists call sebaceous filaments can save you a lot of struggle. The goal

Skincare trends may come and go, but face masks have remained a favorite for quite some time. After all, what’s not to love about pampering your way to better skin? Not to mention, creating that professional spa experience in the comfort of our own home isn’t so bad either. Whether we’re dealing with stressed-out skin or pesky breakouts, face masks have become a go-to resource for tackling the worst of our skincare struggles. With a wide variety of face masks out there, we’re able to carefully choose the types that tailor to our specific needs. While browsing the skincare aisle or reading up on recommendations, you may have noticed a particular surge in popularity of peel-off masks! So what’s the deal – or

Times of transition can be frightening but exhilarating. Like when you start a family, or a relationship ends, or you begin a business, or your work takes you to a new place – a bittersweet goodbye to the old and then an exciting new start. Menopause is one of those transitions – the end of one phase, but the beginning of something bold and new, too. More and more, the older women in my life who are a few steps ahead on the path inspire me. And every day, strong women in the public eye prove that each new stage of life brings new possibilities. The average age for the onset of menopause is 51. Remember my philosophy on aging – we just keep

Skincare treatments are constantly evolving, and we’re always looking to explore the latest and the greatest trends. As an added bonus, some of these treatments extend beyond the skincare factor and tap into our emotional health. They can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, contributing to our overall well-being. Top-notch skin and a better mood? We’ll take it! Needless to say, this treatment is clearly making its rounds! Salt therapy is one of these lovely dual-effect treatments, and it’s certainly having its shining moment in the skincare world. If you haven’t tried it yet, you will likely have some pressing questions. After all, before jumping headfirst into a new skin treatment, it’s always wise to do your homework! So don’t worry, lovelies – I’m here