Love the Skin You're In

I have the worst skin, and by worst I mean dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis, depending on which dermatologist I see. Basically my skin is super sensitive and easily irritated. This means that I really care about what goes on my skin. Really everyone should. Our skin absorbs a huge amount of whatever we put on it. Most days I hate my skin, but I'm working super hard on loving it. These are a few all natural (and local) products that help me love the skin I'm in. 

a. Sweet Leaf Bath Co Peppermint Beeswax Lip balm. I have tried more lip balms than I care to admit, but this one is hands down my favourite! It is so moisturizing and nourishing (and I love the smell!). I use it multiple times a day. The ingredients are Fairtrade certified and the company gets extra bonus points because the tube is 100% post consumer waste and compostable (the first of its kind in Canada). It also holds 30% more lip balm than a plastic tube. At only $5.50 it's a steal. |$5.50|

b. Matter Company Substance Belly Jelly. I haven't had the need to personally use this one....yet, however about ten years ago I started buying it for all my friends. Every single one has thanked me and  gone on to buy another tin for themselves, and bought more as gifts for their friends. It's my go-to gift for preggo friends. It's a rich emollient balm designed to intensely moisturize the skin. Packed full of oils high in Vitamin E, it increases the skin’s elasticity, allowing it to stretch with growing bellies. Rich Shea Butter, Oats, Lavender and a special blend of essential oils further nurture the skin to add that extra ounce of prevention. |$19|

c. Leaves of Trees Unscented Argan Hand and Body Lotion. I include two Leaves of Trees products, and really had to show restraint in not including every single product. While I typically love scented products, I want to be respectful of those with scent sensitivities in public, plus as I already stated my skin is super sensitive these days. For these reasons I have been using the unscented Argan lotion religiously. Although technically it's unscented (because there are no added essential oils), it actually does have a scent. It kinda smells like chocolate and I'm not complaining. The founder Dr. Roohi (yup, she's an MD) makes all her products in small batches using the very best ingredients, including Argan oil ethically sourced from a women's cooperative in Morocco.  |$10|

d. Plain old food grade Coconut Oil. I use this all the time. Every night I slather myself with coconut oil. The best all over body moisturizer money can buy.

e. Province Apothecary Heal Eczema Kit. As I explained I have eczema. It's itchy, uncomfortable, annoying and that coconut oil I mention above just doesn't cut it. For those awful patches that just won't heal on their own I turn to this product. I love the eczema really does calm the skin. I also just picked up the ultra hydrating skin kit and cannot wait to start using it (as soon as I finish this post.) The founder of this line, Julie, struggled with allergies and eczema her whole life so she really understands these issues. She uses only the highest quality, certified organic, biodynamic and wildcrafted ingredients. |$34|

f. Leaves of Trees Lavender Tangerine Deodorant. If this blog post interests you, then you probably already know about the potential harmful effects of regular deodorant. If you're anything like me you tried to substitute the pharmacy brand for a natural alternative. More likely than not you were disappointed with the outcome. That is until now. Hands down, no debate, absolutely the best natural deodorant out there! I tested it in ridiculously hot weather on our sourcing trip to Guatemala and El Salvador last year. The clay absorbs the sweat, the neem kills the bacteria, the argan oil moisturizes and the essential oils make you smell lovely (oh and they also act as antiseptics). Comes in two scents and I flip flop between which I love more...but these days it's Lavender Tangerine. |$15|

g. Artifact Skin Co Brazilian Supermask. I have to admit I haven't tried this product yet but it's next on my wish list to purchase. I first discovered this brand at the Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Sale in the fall. The design of the packaging (their logo and booth) attracted me and then the product hooked me. All the masques look fantastic and are made by hand in small batches using the highest quality ingredients. Although it's not a tried, tested and true product I had to include it on this list because it's local, I love the design aesthetic, and I can imagine that I'll be hooked on this masque as soon as I get around to picking it up.  |$52|


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