Our Expert Guide to Simplifying Your Summer Skincare August 09 2017



In the hot summer months a long skincare ritual can feel overwhelming. Our experts are here with their favourite tips for how to simplify your summer routine, and help you keep your skin clean, clear, and glowing! You want to let your skin shine through this summer, and with the proper skincare you can ditch the heavy makeup & let your skin breathe!


Carry a bottle of our Invigorating + Balancing Toner with you for a touch of hydration and refreshing cooling sensation. I love to spritz my skin throughout the day when I'm feeling hot and irritated. If you are prone to inflammation and redness, your skin will love the quick pick-me–up that a spray of toner provides. Works well on bare skin, over your sunscreen or on top of makeup.


Water, water, and more water! When we sweat all day, our body lets out a lot of H20, along with important minerals like sodium and potassium. If we do not rehydrate with water and electrolytes, our body will try its hardest to conserve hydration. This means taking water from our skin, muscles, and colon - you know what that means - muscle fatigue and aching, brain fog, deeper (more permanent) wrinkles, and constipation.

In order to avoid all of this, it’s simple: Add a pinch of salt to your water bottle, along with a spritz of lemon juice. In a rush? Grab a coconut water on the go!


Adding cooling foods to the diet to help calm the summer heat and inflammation that can show up on our skin. Summer is the perfect time to use foods to cool the body. This means avoiding our favourite warming spices (we have all of fall and winter for that!) and switching it up for some raw/cooling vegetables and fruit. Some of the best cooling foods include cucumber, watermelon, fennel, lemon, celery, and kelp. Add them to your morning smoothie for some extra cooling power!


Keeping a 10ml tin of Protecting + Restoring Face Balm on you at all times for sun protection and recovery and all round wonder balm for eyes and lips too. It has a high concentration of omegas and antioxidants, which will help your skin stay protected and recover from sun exposure. No dry or dull feeling skin when you use this product!

Mixing in the exfoliator to the cleanser is a great time saver and adds an additional level of moisture recovery to the skin for softening and soothing.


Stay protected! Always wear sunscreen when you are out and about, even walking to work. On the beach I like to stay covered up, I like wearing a long dress with long sleeves and a hat. The sun and I aren’t really great friends, I burn easily and get heat rashes on the exposed skin.

I don’t go to the cottage without our Healing Balm. It’s is my skin saviour for all things red and itchy- sunburns, sun rashes, bug bites, pimples, hive. Apply a generous layer to any of these conditions and be amazed when you wake up.

The inflammation, itch, and redness will be calmed by our Healing Balm while you sleep and be less visible and irritated. Apply it at the first sign of a pimple and let the zinc, calendula and turmeric do it’s magic.

Minnow Bather Summer Giveaway

We have teamed up with our favourite Toronto Swimsuit brand, Minnow Bathers for a summer giveaway of their Darby Milbrath limited-edition birthday suit! 

Minnow is an ethical swimwear label that is based in Toronto. Minnow was started with a mission of creating ethical modern day fashion, and each swimsuit is handmade to order, by a team of women in their Toronto studio. There brand is dedicated to celebrating the female form through the creation of  high performance swimwear which looks as good as it feels.

Each piece is one-of-a-kind and features a different motif from Darby's painting Lotus Pond. Lotus Pond was inspired by the lush, overgrown gardens surrounding Darby's childhood home, by the warmth and colours of late summer and youthful love.

One dollar from each sale is donated to the Ocean Conservancy. This foundation creates science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.


How to Enter the Giveaway

1. Follow Province Apothecary & Minnow Bathers on Instagram 

2. Like our photo

3. Tag 2 Friends in the comments 

One winner will be announced Friday at Noon!




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