When it comes to taking care of our skin, we often discuss the importance of removing make-up, exfoliating and applying active treatments to make it look more youthful and healthy. Marketing has led us to believe that when it comes to our skin, we must continually defend against time. It’s not surprising then, that the concept of how to be kind to skin may be overlooked. Many skincare steps are undoubtedly beneficial, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s possible to overdo it. Using too many products, aiming for ‘squeaky clean’ and over-exfoliating can irritate and inflame your skin leading to clogged pores, blemishes and redness.

Here are 5 tips on how to be kind to skin:

  1. Opt For Gentle Cleansers. Stay away from fragrances and avoid harsh cleansing agents such as sodium laureth sulfate, which strip away skin’s natural oils and disturbs the skin’s acid mantle, leaving it feeling tight and dry. Our Cloud Nine Foaming Cleansing Crème is a terrific option for all skin types.
  2. Go Bare-Faced. Like many women I know, I rarely leave the house without at least a lick of lipstick. But, I appreciate the freedom of giving my skin a break, especially from foundations, powders and other heavy make-up. Cosmetics have come a long way in the last few years, so chances are that your makeup isn’t causing your skin great distress. However, it’s not a bad idea to skip the makeup once in awhile, especially if you are prone to clogged pores.
  3. Don’t Over-Exfoliate. There is no need to scrub hard when exfoliating. Chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids – AHAs – and beta hydroxy acids – BHAs – work by ‘dissolving’ dead, dry cells at the top of the skin’s surface so there is little need to scrub. If you opt for manual exfoliation, be kind to skin and stick with ingredients like jojoba beads and ditch the hard, jagged kernel shells, which can cause micro tears in your skin leading to irritation, breakouts and increased skin sensitivity. Use soft, light movements, and exfoliate no more than once every two to three days.
  4. Touch Gently. Don’t handle your skin roughly or rub abrasively. This means not picking at blemishes, not rubbing too hard and not being aggressive when removing eye make-up.
  5. Consider Silk. It may sound indulgent but there are those who claim that sleeping on silk pillowcases can benefit your skin (and hair). I have yet to come across any studies that support this claim, but the thinking is that the gentle nature of silk means less rubbing against an abrasive surface, which can lead to smoother and softer skin. You’re also less likely to wake up with sleep wrinkles, which means you could be fighting off real wrinkles for a bit longer. I’m not giving this one a firm thumbs up just yet, but in the interest of being kind to skin, it is worth considering, isn’t it?
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Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

Your deodorant is actually miraculous! I’ve tried every kind of deodorant before with varying degrees of mediocre success. Yours manages to actually work through Barre fitness classes and in my office otherwise called the boiler room!! I will definitely be buying more.

I love, love, love Apothekari deodorant! I am allergic to anti-perspirants. I have spent years trying to find a product that works, especially in the hot climate here in Arizona. This deodorant not only works, but keeps me fresh and odor free for over 24 hours! The grapefruit ginger fragrance is lovely and subtle. Thank you, thank you!

I am absolutely IN LOVE with Apothekari! A is for Anti-Aging Retinol Serum has changed my skin. I suffered from adult acne and I have not had a single pimple since I started using this Ah-mazing serum. Not to mention how firm and bright my skin is. And Made in Canada! It’s the whole package!

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