Be Kind. Rewind. Damage Control for Summer Skin with Pure+simple, SkinCeuticals and Weleda

I am two foundation shades darker than my winter colour. A year ago I would have been ecstatic over having a golden tan, but now I cringe a little at the damage I’ve done to my skin over the hot summer months. 🙁

Here’s the thing: I bike a lot in the city. It’s great for my cardio, but very bad for my skin. Having a natural tan, I can get away with a lot of sun exposure without getting a burn. But that is so not the case this summer. I didn’t get major peeling burns, but dry red irritated skin? Absolutely. It sucked.

So who’s trying her best to reverse the sun damage and over the years, prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely? This girl. And here’s how I’m doing it: hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more!

Pure+simple Aquabrasion machine

My favourite place in TO has added a new facial treatment to their spa services: Pure+simple Aquabrasion ($129 for 30 mins, $179 for 60 mins — on special for the month of August). I went in with hot sweaty skin that day and came out relaxed and refreshed. The Aquabrasion process is pretty cool; they use fine jets of saline water controlled by a wand. It exfoliates, encourages lymph drainage, smooth lines, and makes you coffee in the morning. Just kidding. But it really is all-powerful. I tweeted my results after 7 days (sorry, Photo Booth pic). But it’s good eh?

7 days after Aquabrasion

The Science of Layering Skincare Products

Okay, not really science. But the idea is start with the lightest (least viscosity or “thickness”) product like a serum and finish with the most viscous product, like an oil.

Products I’m Using Now

Since I am currently going through a ridiculously amazing skin streak — think plump, glowy and I don’t have to wear foundation (I know I know, I’d hate me too!) — I want to go through some of the stellar skincare products I’ve been using lately.

My first layer of hydration is a lightweight watery serum. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($78) is a lightweight oil-free gel that boosts moisture, and is perfect especially for oily skin types as a standalone moisturizer. It has vitamin B5, which helps with tissue repair, which is totally the point. Pure + simple Collagen Elastin HCH ($79.95) contains super hydrators algae and aloe vera and feels amazing as my skin drinks it up immediately.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion ($27,; is rich in vitamin E, which soothes and calms the skin. Other moisturizers sting my irritated skin in the summer, but none of that happens with this almond facial lotion.

I am obsessed with facial oils. I think everyone should stop being so afraid of oils because they are so effective at balancing your skin. I truly believe this. My current loves are Holistic Vanity Damage Care Restorative Raw Argan Oil ($60, coming out in November 2012) and Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil ($28,; The handmade argan oil (from an all-female West Moroccan cooperative) has the perfect viscosity that I love for daytime. The Weleda oil is near and dear to my heart. It clears up nasty ouch-y pimples so quickly that I believe it also contains stuff of dreams. Actually, what it does have is organic blackthorn flower extract, which protects your skin by helping it strengthen. Cool huh?

As an additional treatment for oops-I-got-too-much-sun-again moments, I reach for SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel ($65). This antiseptic and anti-inflammatory gel is the answer to sunburnt skin. I love how wonderfully cooling it is and that it also helps lighten dark spots. It makes a perfect aftershave for your man, too!

Now tell me…

How are you taking care of your skin this summer? I hope sunscreen is part of your daily regimen. And, how do you feel about an end-of-summer skincare feature in the middle of August? 😉

Pure + simple and Holistic Vanity are available onlineand in their spa locations. SkinCeuticals is available through selected distribution channels via dispensing doctors, medical spas and high-end spas across Canada (store locator). Weleda is available at; ; Whole Foods Market; natural independent health food stores; Planet Organic Market; Nature’s Fare; Noah’s Natural Foods and Rexall Pharma Plus stores.

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  • Great post! I’m also loving the weleda Almond oil – it’s become a new staple for me! I switch between the P+S Algae Serum and the collagen elastin one. So jealous of your glowy skin! Perhaps one day for me….! 🙂

    • Yay Elaine! So happy you’re finally hooked on oils. 🙂

  • Doris

    Great post! I love Pure and Simple products. I am tempted to try their new facial treatment. Now I am curious about the Weleda almond lotion.

    • Hi Doris. 🙂 What P+S products do you like? I just love their philosophies and products.

      • Doris

        I use the following from them – sensitive skin face wash, Organic Lavender Hydrosol, Collagen Elastin Plus, Sensitive Skin Face Oil.

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  • LMC1971

    I have “mature” skin, in my early 40s…but it’s fairly normal my biggest complaint right now is some hyperpigmentation. I really enjoy the Skinceautical line…currently I’m using C E Ferulic & the Physical Fusion UV Defense spf 50 Sunscren daily. I also use the Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief eye cream night & day, it’s a lovely lightweight creme…plus I notice it’s clearly up some hyperpigmentation just beyond the eye socket…hmmm. Today I just picked up the Vichy ProEven dark spot corrector to give it a whirl…I’ve heard good things. I also us the Clarisonic every other night. And as a special treatmet a few days a week. I use the Dr. Dennis Goss Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel pads (love!).


    • I’ve read many good things about the Vichy ProEven, Lisa! I hope it works for you.

  • So…I immediately ordered the Weleda Almond lotion LOL! With my skin freaking out the past couple weeks, and then looking at your gorgeous, glowing mug – how could I not?!? I’ve been meaning to check out anyway so it was a perfect excuse. I hope it works as well for me as it has for you! You really look amazing, Arianne 😀

    • Hi Toya. I hope you enjoy the lotion. I find that the lotion, when combined with the oil, is more effective for calming down angry skin.

  • Ok… I want. I want them ALL. Most especially the Pure + simple Collagen Elastin HCH and the Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil.

    Oh, and I really wish there was a Pure+simple location in Vancouver, because the Aquabrasion treatment sounds amazing.

    • Get them alllllll Dani. The P+S Collagen Elastin HCH is incredible. Like water, but better. Water on steroids!

  • LOVE this post! I’m definitely trying out some of these products in the future… via @TheGlitterGeek

  • your skin looks amazing. i don’t have much of a skin regimen but want to start one. i’ll should def start by researching your faves listed here. thanks! x

    • Hi Anne! I find that for skincare, simple is best. A clean brand like Weleda is quite effective. 🙂

  • Great post! I use my Shiseido SPF 50 when I work out since I am usually bare faced. My MU contains so SPF so I tend not to layer it up. However I have to start being more careful with the sun. I went out with a v neck shirt and walked around SF. Wasn’t too sunny but damn if my chest didn’t get burned. It was gross and peely for a while and now I have the weirdest triangle mark. So gotta cover up !

    • Make sure you are fully covered, Marisol! What makeup do you use that has SPF?

      • Marisol

        Lately all I’ve been using is NARS TM which has a 30 SPF w/ MAC MSF Natural in medium.

  • I’m with you on keeping skin well hydrated. I find when I do so, it keeps most problems at bay! Also facial oils. I use them now and again and some work well while others don’t but I enjoy using face oils too! Wish we had as much choice here though – Skincare philosophies are quite different here 😛

    • Hey Paris! What face oils have you tried and liked? Yeah, I am sure Asia is very anti-oils. I bet it’s hard to find there!

  • I absolutely adore Weleda products: I love how earthy they smell and they’re insanely effective on top of it all! I’ve been slathering and spraying SPF on like it’s nobody’s business … I’m so pale that any sort of sun is bad sun!

    And how amazing does your skin look in that photograph? I may need to look into that in my area 🙂
    ♥ Jessica

  • Kristi C. (@lov2read68)

    Hmmmm, I’m going to have to give Weleda more than just a quick glance. I really like Skinceuticals B5 Gel! Wish their pricepoint wasn’t so high – I’d also like to add their C E Ferulic to the mix! Your skin is absolutely gorgeous!

  • I am jealous of how lovely you look w/o makeup.

  • You’re looking great, thanks for sharing your regimen! I’m really bad at wearing sunscreen *hides*. I actually started getting really good skin over the past few months, and the one time I broke out horribly was when I used a sunscreen. I know I should try different ones to see which my skin likes, but … I don’t wanna! Haha. After years of acne I just want to stay pimple free. But I must begin taking better care of my skin!!

  • I LOVE Pure+Simple and their approach. I wish they had spas in Europe, but at least I can use the products 🙂

    Not much sun damage going on here, we’re lucky when we get 2 weeks of real Summer. I barely have to use sunscreen and stay vampire pale unless I fake tan.

  • Your skin looks amazing, Arianne!

    I have yet to try face oils, but I’m really tempted to give the Weleda face oil a try! 🙂

    I really like the P+S Algea Serum. I’ve tried the HCH serum and it’s amazing, but I can’t stomach the price tag… so the Algea will have to do for now!

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  • I’m loving skinceuticals right now too! Pure & Simple do awesome facials.

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