• Body & Wellness

    Current Skincare Routine

    After having done Dr. Sandy Skotnicki’s Product Elimination Diet last June I worked with my medical esthetician at The Best You to create my new routine. Along with facial treatments (micro dermabrasion, micro needling, radio frequency and IPL) spread out through the year, I think my routine has served me well. The skin issues I had are well controlled or have disappeared. Some folks might look at the time and money I spend on my skin and judge it as frivolous, expensive or excessive. I know for me the time and money I spend enhances my sense of well-being. There are other things I don’t spend time or money on…

  • Body & Wellness,  Simplicity

    Minimalist Skincare

    Definitions For some people a minimalist skincare routine is all about having a minimal amount of products. It might be to save time, space, money or to avoid over cleaning and treating their skin. For others minimalist skincare is not about how many products they own, but using products with very few ingredients. They might focus on minimally processed natural ingredients. They might buy certain brands that contain few ingredients. They might make their own lotions and potions. For some it’s about minimal packaging so they have minimal waste when they are finished. My Minimalist Skincare Routine Minimalism for me is about simplifying the things I do day-to-day and creating space…

  • Body & Wellness

    Feel Good, Look Good

    For the past 5 years I’ve been focused on my quest for a simpler, healthier life. It’s been a fascinating and rewarding search. I’m constantly discovering strategies that help bring me into a more consistent state of equanimity. It may seem superficial to some, but focusing on my skin has been a part of my wellness because how I feel in my body and how I feel about my body helps me generate my Core Desired Feelings (CDFs). And ignoring my skin or mistreating it can take me off track. Let Me Explain As a woman in her late 40s my skin is changing. My hormonal balance is changing from my reproductive years…

  • Body & Wellness

    A Skin Care Journey – Part 1

    I’m not sure where or when this recently published book – Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki – came on to my radar, but I know it did because when I saw it displayed during a recent bookshop trip I recognized it immediately as something that I had heard about and was a must-read for me. I’ve always been a bit skin obsessed and doing what I can so that my skin is blemish free, smooth and bouncy. The more I learn the more I realize that most of my efforts…