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Skincare and Social Distancing

by Kristin Leitch |

Social Distancing and Skincare

At HeLa we love to help you take care of your skin, both in clinic and at-home. While we slow things down to accommodate the self-isolation recommendations, you might be wondering how you can take better care of yourself and your skin at-home while practicing social distancing. We’ve compiled some of our best tips, advice, and products in one cohesive post for you.
Rest assured, we’ve got you!

Let’s start with some Skincare Dos.

These are some steps you can take at home to encourage healthy skin. DO:

  • Stick with a consistent skincare regime.
  • Cleanse; to remove makeup, oil, debris, and impurities.
  • Tone; to rebalance pH of the skin after cleansing so the skin remains at a healthy lipid/hydration balance (Pro tip: this can help prevent breakouts, dry patches, and clogged pores!)
  • Serum; to treat individual concerns. Ie. Vitamin C to brighten and strengthen, Hyaluronic acid to plump, B5 to hydrate, etc.
  • Moisturizer; to keep the skin comfortably hydrated
  • Sunscreen; to minimize the risk of cumulative sun damage and sun-related signs of aging.
  • Treat your skin with a bit of extra care with a once or twice weekly mask/exfoliant  
    • Scrub/Polish
    • Exfoliating Serum (AHA’s, BHA’s, Enzymes, etc.)
    • Clay Mask
    • Gel mask
    • Cream mask
  • Keep your hands off of your face! We’ve been saying this all along, but it really makes a difference; especially given recent circumstances.

Now for Our Hela Skincare Don’ts

There are some things you can avoid doing that will help you maintain healthy skin from home during this time. DON’T:

  • Perform extractions on your own. Your blackheads can wait a couple weeks! Don’t risk creating more skin damage
  • Over-exfoliate. Once or twice a week is enough. Exfoliating more often can cause the skin to dry out, sustain micro-tears, or become sensitive
  • Forget your sunscreen. Sunscreen is a VITAL step in your skincare regimen. Sun damage is the cause of up to 90% of visible signs of aging and with everyone out on walks, getting fresh air and such, we must convey the importance of wearing your sunscreen. (Pro tip: SPF 30-60 is the ‘sweet spot’ for SPF, anything less than 30 won’t provide enough protection time to be effective and anything more than 60 has shown to not provide a substantially longer amount of sun protection time).

Now, we know that a god majority of you are practicing social distancing. This certainly comes with its own unique set of advantages in terms of staying healthy. We’ve already given you our dos and don’ts for heathy skin, but here are some of our favourite ways to stay healthy overall, both mentally and physically!

  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat the rainbow!
  • Make sure that you’re properly nourishing yourself with a variety of vitamin- rich foods 
  • Get fresh air
  • Go for walks, jogs, hikes, birdwatch, do some outdoor photography, etc

What about my laser appointments?

Oh, and if you were wondering what to do between your laser appointments, you’re not alone! First of all, and we can’t stress this enough, don’t wax, pluck, or sugar your hair in the areas that we have been lasering. Shaving is the only recommended way to temporarily remove the hair in between laser appointments to keep the bulb intact for future effective lasering.

New product packs
If you have stuck around and read this much, congrats! We have some exciting offerings for you! We have put together some pre-curated boxes that you can treat yourself to. Each box will contain a selection of full-size products plus we’ll be sneaking in some samples in as a thank you to everyone who purchases one of our boxes. We have the following options available in our online shop:

The glow-getter box will contain a selection of our Luna Bronze Self tanning products as well as an Alumier sunscreen! 
-Luna Bronze Tanning Mousse
-Luna Bronze Glow Moisturizer
-Luna Bronze Velvet Tanning Mitt
-Alumier Sunscreen (tinted or untinted )

 $130 plus tax
(A savings of $60)

Skin Health and Pamper (Combination/Oily/Acne)
Combining the medical-grade power of SkinCeuticals skincare and the pampering luxury of Sorella Apothecary products we have created a box to help keep your skin healthy. Each box contain a cleanser, exfoliant, mask, and moisturizer!
-SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser
-Sorella Apothecary Mint Poppyseed Polish
-Sorella Apothecary Rosehip Warming Mask
-SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture Moisturizer

$215 plus tax
(A savings of $75)

Skin Health and Pamper (Normal/Dry/Sensitive)
Combining the medical-grade power of SkinCeuticals skincare and the pampering luxury of Sorella Apothecary products we have created a box to help keep your skin healthy. Each box contain a cleanser, exfoliant, mask, and moisturizer!
-SkinCeuticals Gentle Cream Cleanser
-Sorella Apothecary Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant
-Sorella Apothecary Papaya and Pumpkin Mask
-SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture or Emollience Moisturizer

$215 plus tax
(A savings of $111)

A final note about lashes
Don’t fret about your lashes losing their lustre! We are stocked up with Latisse to help lashes become or stay full, thick, and long! Latisse is a prescription eyelash growth serum from Allergan, the makers and distributors of Botox and Juvederm. Latisse will help transition from eyelash extensions to natural long lashes until you can go back to you lash appointments.

Special Latisse Offer:
With the purchase of Latisse 3mL you will receive 20% off any eye cream of your choice.
With the purchase of Latisse 5mL you will receive 25% off any eye cream of your choice.

Thank you so much for all of your support during this strange time. While we are closed, we are still available for phone and digital consults.

Everyone here at HeLa wishes you a safe and healthy season. We look forward to opening back up in the near future.


The HeLa Team