Julie Clark is the owner and founder of Province Apothecary. Her journey into natural skincare started from her own struggles with allergies and eczema. Unable to find products that were pure and effective enough to heal her sensitive skin, she began blending her own. Now an accredited Holistic Health Practitioner, Skin Therapist and Aromatherapist, Julie continues to develop new products, drawing inspiration from her facial clients, Canadian ingredients and the seasons.
We had the opportunity to chat with Julie about her own skincare journey, her top tips for glowing skin and her favorite DIY facemask you can do at home.
WEHL: Tell us a little about yourself and why you became interested in natural wellness.
Julie Clark: I started my journey with natural skincare to help heal my eczema. After many years of using cortisone creams I had enough and wanted to heal my skin rather than continue using a band aid solution. It was then that I began my journey into natural skin care and wellness.
WEHL: What’s your philosophy on wellness?
JC: Rest is best. One of the best things you can do is ensure you are getting enough sleep and make sure you are drinking a lot of water. It sounds too easy to be true but those 2 ingredients are the best for a healthy body and mind.
WEHL: What are your wellness tips for glowing skin?
JC: Rest, water, and facial massage. Massaging the skin with oil is the key to healthy glowing skin. You can seriously plump, hydrate, and smooth fine lines with daily facial massage.
WEHL: With face oils now becoming more popular, what should people know about choosing and using one?
JC: I love a 100% pure plant based oil because it is more concentrated, making them much more effective. We have two amazing facial oils. The first is our Rejuvenating and Hydrating Face Serum with Neroli and Frankincense. This serum is stimulating and hydrating on a cellular level, helping to balance the skin and target signs of aging. For oily or acneic skin we have the Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum. This serum help balance oil production with Jojoba and improve skin tone and texture. Look for an oil that is targeting your specific needs to ensure you get the most from your oil.
WEHL: How did you develop your natural facelift ritual, how do you do it and what are the benefits of it?
JC: I developed the ritual with our team of aestheticians. All of our clients were asking us how to take care of their skin at home and we wanted to design a simple and effective massage for them to do at home in between facials.
We designed the two minute Facelift Ritual, which encourages blood flow and cell regeneration to help strengthen, detoxify, and brighten. Our massage technique helps to ease tension and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You can check out the video demonstration here.
WEHL: What are some of your favorite beauty foods to eat for glowing skin?
JC: I always go back to our Radiant Skin Reset, which focuses on the connection between gut health and skin. I always try to eat as many whole foods as I can with lots of fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods.
WEHL: What factors affect the health of our skin?
JC: Our entire life! How we feel about ourselves and how we take care of ourselves affects the health of our skin. It is so important to take time to care for our physical and emotional health, which will translate into beautiful radiant skin.
WEHL: How does living a healthier lifestyle affect your skin?
JC: Your skin will have a glow that won’t be visible if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Your skin is a window into what is happening internally. Eating nourishing foods, drinking lots of water and getting sufficient sleep will help support your body inside and out.
WEHL: Do you have any natural DIY face masks that you love to make?
JC: This is my favourite blog post because you can customize your clay mask to your exact skin type. We use ingredients that you can find in your kitchen to make a nourishing mask that will target your specific skin concerns.
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