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How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

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How often do you wash your hair? Everyday? Every other? Once a week?

We all want to make sure our hair is nice and clean (especially if you have an event coming up or about to grab a drink with a special friend) but in case you didn't know, over-washing also can lead to dry, brittle hair or an irritated scalp.

Don't forget: your scalp is skin and it needs to be treated appropriately. 

Rather than over-washing so your hair feels squeaky clean (which it shouldn’t, your hair should always have some natural oil in it - if you want a nice sheen that is :) you may want to think about creating a hair regime that keeps your hair looking and feeling its best.

The frequency with which you wash your hair really depends on the season and the texture of your hair but identifying your ‘hair type’ goes a long way to picking the right products for your locks.

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Beauty Food From a Blender... Graydon’s Brightening Mask + Smoothie

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If your skin needs some serious brightening up and you don’t know what to do, worry not! Here’s a super simple recipe that you can also drink (yes, it also doubles as a smoothie). This fruit and yogurt based fresh enzyme face mask will do the trick.

What makes this recipe so great is that all the ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store so you don’t have to worry about ordering anything overly exotic or expensive.

It’s what I personally have for breakfast (pre-workout) at least 3 days a week – not just because it tastes good but because it fills my tummy up with enzymes that help my digestion. It also contains ‘good’ bacteria from the yogurt which helps balance your skin’s microbiome and healthy fat that keeps me satisfied until I feel the need to put some solid food in my belly after my post-shower workout.

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How To Transition Your Skin From Winter To Warmer

 

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 Brought to you by Graydon's Skin Therapist, Seanna Cohen

If you've ever noticed a sudden change in your skin –sensitivities, breakouts, and uneven tone—it could be the seasonal change. It's that period when the weather changes from hot to cold, or cold to hot and often leaves skin in a state of flux, reeling to catch up. As we enter warmer weather, help your skin out by making a few adjustments to your skincare routine early on to counteract these changes. Here are some tips on how to transition your skincare routine from winter to warmer.

Exfoliate regularly

Over the winter months skin loses moisture and becomes dry and rough. If the skin is dehydrated, which often happens during winter, dead skin cells can become trapped in tight pores. These 'plugs' of debris can eventually lead to breakouts, especially as temperatures rise and the skin produces more sweat and oil. To combat clogged pores, exfoliate 2 –3 times per week to slough off dead skin cells and help keep your skin clear. It's also a great way to stimulate cellular regeneration and get your skin glowing for spring!

An exfoliator like the Superfood Mask + Scrub uses 15 types of superfoods with a range of skin benefits to reveal glowing skin. Each capsule contains ingredients like papaya, shiitake mushroom and licorice root (for a list of the full ingredients see here) that gently remove make up and grime. Sloughing off dead skin cells also allows your skincare products like your moisturizer or serum to penetrate more deeply afterwards, delivering hydration to your skin more effectively.

Layer your products

Much like clothing, layering your products gives you flexibility to ‘lighten up’ or ‘load up’ on what your skin needs during periods of fluctuating weather. In the dead of winter, dry skin needs all the bells and whistles: a hydrating toner, water-soluble serum, moisturizer, oil or face balm. In the spring when there’s more warm moisture in the air, you can pick and choose the combination of products to suit your needs.

Try pairing a hydrating toner like our Face Food Mineral Mist with an oil serum like Superfood Serum or a light moisturizer (Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is one of my favourites). 

You can also lighten up heavier moisturizers like the Berry Rich Cream with a few sprays of the Face Food and blend that into the skin.

Make sunscreen part of your daily routine

Much of ultraviolet radiation occurs incidentally, such as when you’re in your car, walking to work, or sitting by a window. UVA rays (aka ‘Ultraviolet Aging Rays’) can still penetrate windows and shade. For this reason, sunscreen should be worn year-round. Since the warmer weather draws us out to enjoy the sunshine, we should be especially diligent and wear an SPF every day during the spring and summer. Once you find the perfect sunscreen that sits well with your makeup and feels great on your skin, you'll be sure to wear it every day!

Amp up the antioxidants

Before you go patio hopping and sun bathing, add an extra line of defense against the sun using antioxidants. This is a term that gets thrown around, but antioxidants are actually one of the best ways to arm your skin against ultraviolet damage. One of the most common antioxidants to use is vitamin C and can be applied topically via a concentrated serum. Some plant and fruit oils are also rich in antioxidants and work to counteract damage causing wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Slather on The Superfood Serum, made with antioxidant-rich blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils before heading out into the sun, or afterwards, to help heal inflammation and counteract sun damage.

There you have it. Keep these transitional skincare tips in mind as the weather warms up. Make a few changes to your skincare routine and you'll be sure to help your skin adjust to any changes the warmer seasons throw at it.

Seanna Cohen is a certified skin care therapist and the founder of Elodie Beauty, an online resource to learn beauty tips and answer all of your skincare questions. Seanna empowers others to establish a more natural beauty routine through personal skincare coaching sessions, blog, and workshops. Follow Seanna's journey and get inspired to live a clean, green, beautiful life @elodiebeauty and elodiebeauty.com

Superfood Ingredient : Astaxanthin

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This ingredient may be hard to pronounce but it’s one of the most potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatorys available today. Astaxanthin is a reddish pink pigment naturally produced in algae and is responsible for turning some types of crustaceans like salmon, lobster, and shrimp, pink!

Just to give you a better idea of how powerful this ingredient is…

Astaxanthin’s concentration of antioxidants is 6,000 time stronger than vitamin C! So rather than grabbing for that glass of orange juice, you may want to think about how to incorporate astaxanthin into your daily regime. It’s also 550 times more potent than vitamin E.

What are the benefits of astaxanthin?

This super ingredient can improve your heart health, cellular health and the body’s immune system with its antioxidant properties. To see these effects, you can either take astaxanthin supplements or apply it topically during your skincare regime.

What does astaxanthin do for your skin?  

Its concentration of antioxidants can help improve your skin moisture levels, along with improving the tone, texture and elasticity of the skin. Astaxanthin also offers sunscreen protection by penetrating skin cells and reducing UVA damage. The result? Plump and wrinkle-free skin with no dark spots caused by sun damage.

Astaxanthin is one of 15 superfoods used in our Superfood Mask + Scrub. Its ability to reverse the signs of aging and penetrating the dermal layer of the skin to fix damage to skin cells makes it one of the most sought after skincare ingredients on the market today.

Have any questions? Set up a one on one skin consultation with Graydon to learn more about astaxanthin and what other natural ingredients can do for your skin!

Eating Disorders + Skincare: Graydon's Journey

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Riddled with eating disorders as a young woman and having spent some years in France growing up, my love and obsession for food came quite naturally to me but healthy eating habits did not.  

Pursuing a contract in packaged goods marketing in the cookie industry helped pay my bills and working part-time as a pastry chef fed my unhealthy binge/starve food habit.

I found myself in absolute burn out having fainted one day, and an ensuing trip to the hospital resulted in me being put in the mental health ward for a couple of weeks to get my health back.

Forced to consume of what I would call a diet of ‘fake food’ to put some pounds on me (think milkshakes from a tin, overcooked pork chops with reconstituted gravy and cherry pie filling served over jello with Cool Whip) I didn’t really receive much nourishment for my body or my mind BUT when I finally left I was determined never to be in lockdown again.

I  was determined to get better and create a new me so I took my power suits to the consignment store. Cut my hair super short. Left my marketing gig. Signed up to do an intensive yoga program and started making sh*t (skin concoctions) in between having anxiety attacks and downward dogs.

I got heavily into the vegan, whole food world and my fascination with food became very health oriented. Foods like the humble avocado began replacing my cravings for sugar, alcohol and dairy. Slowly but surely, I started cultivating healthy eating habits rather than allowing a poor diet to ruin my lifestyle. I started cooking for people on the side to help them heal too. It didn’t happen overnight, but combined with more therapy than anyone would ever want, I started to feel and look better too.

My yoga and mindful meditation practice helped me connect to my body and I found that I had an undiscovered gift for nurturing others. Recipe development came naturally which lent itself to making yoga related products like healing oils, ayurvedic creams for redness and calming mists for anxiety. Soon enough I had women knocking at my door to teach them about the sacred act of restorative yoga and self-care.

This community of women loved buying my handcrafted products because they had already experienced their profound results in my classes. I loved that they affectionately likened my creams to being comparable to a 'salad for your skin'

As a budding entrepreneur, I didn’t know the endgame, but I was on my way to where we are today.

What helped me? Hard knocks. Listening to my body rather than failing to listen. Finding peace over a less than perfect childhood. And starting over again and again. Just starting. Honestly, I can't tell you how many times I've had to pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again.

Little did I know that my unhealthy connection to food would actually lead me to create a superfood skincare line -- very much inspired by the mindfulness movement and for me having to make good choices for myself, not to just survive but to thrive. 

My products aren’t just good for your skin, they elevate your health and well being and I like to think that our cult-worthy products are not only helping people’s complexions but that they are nurturing a far-reaching community and our planet at large.  

To learn about Graydon's favourite self-care tips, DIY recipes and to build up your arsenal of self-care products, you can book a one-on-one Tea with Graydon session.

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