I was once performing a facial for a wonderful client of ours, D, (what – we do facials?! YES) and were chatting away about my favourite skincare line, which we carry at Brun, Yum Gourmet Skincare. D was simply amazed that her favourite department store moisturizer was over double the cost of what she was about to spend on an amazing, spa-quality moisturizer chock full of active ingredients and low on additives, artificial fragrance and water. From Yum. With us. Buh-bye, $100 moisturizer.

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Does this make any sense? Let’s talk about spa skincare, not drug or department store skincare. And then I’ll give you a little routine to follow at home.

To start off though, there are generally a lot of questions clients tend to have if they’re new to skincare. It’s kind of hard to tell where I should even start. Basically, getting a real live grownup skincare regime sounds daunting, but it’s not. And it’s definitely something that will start to matter more and more as time goes on. So if you are currently washing your face with a bar of soap, stop now. I really mean it. Stop now, come on down to the shop, and I will give you some samples of high-quality skincare, ASAP.

So what I mean by a “skincare regime” is basically cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, with a little SPF and exfoliation thrown in the mix. If you’re a woman, from time to time, or every day, you’re going to wear makeup, so you’ll have to cleanse your skin anyway. And if you are going to wear makeup, wouldn’t you like the smoothest, best feeling canvas you can possibly get so you can spend less time and money on makeup and more time looking fabulous out in the world?! I do! And I’m a makeup artist. So if then you’re willing to get used to this intimidating regime-thing, and you’ve agreed you want your skin to feel ah-maze, then, my friend, I introduce you to professional skincare – spa skincare.

Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing – what does it all mean? Well we’ve briefly covered cleansing. The reason I don’t want you to do it with soap is because soap has the pH level of Spic-and-Span, and we don’t want you cleansing your face with the same thing you’d cleanse your floor with. A great cleanser will remove dirt, makeup and excess oil without stripping the protective acids and oils on the skin’s surface. The main difference you’ll notice right away with cleanser, as with the other products in a professional line, is the amount you’ll use. Clients are always amazed at the concentration when the tiniest portion of cleanser is emulsified in water, and it’s more than enough to cleanse their face and neck.

Toning is when a solution of antioxidants, vitamins, and humectants is applied to the skin after toning. This simple step (just spritz all over face or apply with a cotton pad) is a really great step to include as toner further removes excess cleanser and makeup, pH balances the skin, but most importantly it stays on the skin, so it’s really depositing all kinds of nourishing active ingredients on to your skin; unlike cleanser, which is rinsed away.

Obviously, moisturizing is pretty straightforward – you’re going to nourish and protect your skin. In some cases, facial cream can contain ingredients that trap moisture to the skin, or even attract it to the skin. Others are more matte, providing just enough hydration so the skin doesn’t feel dry, but aren’t particularly rich. Treatment creams, containing AHA or Vitamin C, for example, are used more commonly at night, whereas moisturizers with SPF should only be used in the daytime. And ladies, if you don’t want to wake up one morning and realize that your chest and face are looking wrinkly and sad, I strongly suggest you wear sunscreen every day, at least in the spring/summer, to prevent premature aging. Our Creme du Soleil spf 30 is hydrating and sensitive skin friendly. Get your vitamin D some other way!

Okay, now for exfoliation. If you could only start out with a few products, I would recommend the three I just talked about. But now, we’re going to talk about the holy grail of skincare: exfoliation! (Aaaahh…angels singing) My absolute FAVOURITE way to exfoliate has to be an AHA product, like our Sugar Cane Exfoliating Serum. What does that mean? Well, instead of using a regular old scrub, (which can be extremely helpful, too, I use scrubs as more of a “supporting player” in my skincare regime) an exfoliating acid or enzyme gently loosens and removes dead skin cells from the skin at an accelerated rate. The great thing about AHA, or alpha hydroxy acid, is that it also has benefits like lightening pigmentation and helping with fine lines and wrinkles. The only thing to make sure of is that you always wear SPF when using alpha hydroxy, as it does make you more photosensitive, or sun-sensitive. Any type of exfoliation, though, helps remove dead skin so that moisturizers or masques can penetrate better, pores aren’t clogged, which helps with breakouts, and your skin feels amazingly soft and smooth. That is why this is a key step in any skincare routine.

So that’s really it! Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliate at night, SPF or Moisturize (spf in the day, hydrate at night.) We can get all fancy later with eye cream, serum, and masques once you’ve mastered your new regime! As for products suited to your individual skin needs and preferences, stop in and we’ll help you pick ones right for you.