by Danica Jeffery
With a seasonal shift about to take place, weather and cooler temps can wreak havoc on our skin. Rather than reaching for mass-produced products, I tried out a trio of skin-savers made closer to home in Canada. These locally-made lines, straight from Canada’s west coast, seriously spoiled my skin, check them out below!
Escents Aromatherapy products are a definite go-to when you’re skin is craving a natural array of quenching lotions, moisturizers, and body treatments. This Vancouver BC-based company has grown to include nine retail locations across Canada and established themselves as a reliable and trusted source for skin care products in as far away as Asia. Their unique use of essential oils and natural ingredients to create a range of body, wellness, bath, and home fragrance products is impressive.
Try Escents Head-Aid Roll-On to soothe the aches and pains of your day away. With a blend of amazing-smelling pure essential oils that include lavender, blue Chamomile and cooling peppermint, you’ll feel the stress literally melt away.
If you love melting away a stressful day in a relaxing bath, you’ll love Escents trio of Mini Bath Bombs to calm the mind and relax the body before bed. These specially formulated Aromatherapy Fizzing Wellness bath bombs are made with a concentrated blend of 100% pure chamomile, lavender, and ylang ylang essential oils to help you ease your way to a good nights sleep.
Also on our coastal skin care radar is the lineup of products from Skoah Spa. This name might sound familiar – given that Skoah Spa has entered into the US marketplace opening up a handful of locations in both Massachusetts and Washington recently. However, they are very much homegrown on the west coast of Canada and boast an array of spa services as well as beauty care options.
Perfect for segueing skin into the fall season, prep and pamper with Skoah’s own aha mask. This tingling peppermint-infused overnight mask will loosen and gently lift tired, dead skin cells to reveal a perfectly rejuvenated glow. The mask contains alpha hydroxy acid, a natural exfoliator sourced from apples and grapes as well as plant extracts and sea kelp algae to hydrate and leave skin smooth and soft.
If your skin is sensitive to a shift in temperatures, or goes red rather easily, then Skoah’s kontrol serum is right for you. This serum contains a power pack of active ingredients to keep redness at bay and contains a calming peptide to reduce signs of irritation (great for those of us with sensitive skin). Packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, peptides, and acetyl di-peptide to firm skin, only a small amount is needed, making this the perfect product to combat that post-summer red, sun-kissed skin!
Vancouver-based Riversol MD has more than made its mark with its lineup of preventative skin care products over the years. Riversol MD is formulated by renowned Canadian dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers and appeals to anyone on the hunt for naturally-derived skin care that produces results for acne, rosacea, and anti-aging concerns supported by scientific data. The extensive line of products are made to cater to problematic, sensitive, and intolerant skin and contain a unique formula centered around the essential oil of the Western Red Cedar tree that has a host of beneficial properties called Beta-Thujaplicin. Products are formulated with stable additional forms of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and packed with antioxidants for optimal balance.
Riversol’s 3-step Anti-Aging Trio (for all skin types!) is perfect for a post-summer pick-me-up as it helps defy any age spots, sun-damage, and inflammation you may be dealing with after one too-many hours at the beach. Their anti-aging system is free of parabens, fragrances, mineral oils, dyes, sulfates, and formaldehyde – pure skin goodness in a bottle. This progressive anti-aging line helps to correct and restore elasticity, improving both tone and health of skin to even out dark spots and revealing a natural glow.
If you’re more susceptible to flare-ups when the season shift starts, try out Riversol’s 3-step Acne Trio that boasts natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and plant-derived healing properties. The acne sets (available for dry or oily skin) reduces irritation while naturally exfoliating the surface of skin (without stripping it of moisture) to calm and relieve.
Danica Jeffery is a freelance writer and editor of several Canadian online magazines which often has her researching and testing out top beauty and lifestyle picks. Based in Vancouver, BC with roots in Toronto, Danica adores any excuse to spoil her skin – a good thing given her penchant for adventures, travel, and activities that often require a spa-based recovery session afterward.