The Secret to Flawless Skin is Nature!
Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada doesn’t quite experience what I consider ‘real’ summer or ‘real’ winter due to micro-climates. Having lived in the Okanagan and the Greater Toronto Area where they do experience extreme temperatures, I have grown to be the most thankful for the spring and fall. The temperature becomes tolerable again, your body relaxes and feels happy to not be in an oven or freezer every time you step outside.
Now living back on #Vanisle, sun, clouds and rainforest producing rain fall, are a welcome trade for days of nice enough to have the windows wide open in February. It’s honestly easy to forget it’s winter here!
Well, spring is upon us and no matter the weather, here are a few ideas to celebrate the Spring Solstice.
Start a Ritual to Welcome Nature Back.
One of my favourite things to do here in Sooke, is count the deer I see everyday. Spending time outdoors, is often like walking through a painting. Seeing a huge slug on a moss covered, decaying, life giving log makes me think about snail slime being used in skin care. Snail slime has been shown to have antioxidant properties, as well as the ability to stimulate collagen production and enhance wound healing. It is also rich in hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant ingredient that pulls in hydration to the outer skin layer. Maybe it would compliment seaweed?
Whether you can lay in the grass or make a snow angel, say hello to the earth with your whole body. Getting outdoors in negative 20 was an experience that always helped fight the winter blues. The secret to flawless skin is nature. Go for a hike through your favourite park, even if you’re doing it in your snow gear!
Are you a Vancouver Island local craving some animal interaction with your spring activities? Have you tried the popular goat yoga yet? Vancouver Island Goat Yoga offers classes on Saturdays in Sooke. It looks like they alternate weekends with Adult classes, and Family Friendly classes. I have never tried it but I think it would be a lovely mix of stretching and laughter. Definitely putting this one on my to do list!
Beacon Hill Petting Zoo in Victoria is great for the whole family too. Although geared for children, it has been a favourite place of mine even as an adult. I certainly will be planning a trip to take my niece and nephew this year 🙂 If I touch the animals and touch my face, I never worry about acne anymore because not only do I trust my skin to Seaflora, but I find living by the ocean, makes my skin happy. Flawless skin has been a blessing of finding the notion of going to the ocean for health and wellness to be absolutely true. The ancient secret to flawless skin is and always has been, nature.
Plant New Life.
While I do not have space for a vegetable garden or a particularly green thumb, I know all of you gardeners will be getting ready soon! Frozen ground may mean no gardening yet, however house plants are generally easy to find. They do wonders for the energy in any home and there is a feeling of pride that comes with every bloom.
Visit the Astounding Outdoors.
Plan a trip to a special nearby landmark for a serious Spring Equinox celebration. Cathedral Grove is simply a Vancouver Island must do for anyone who loves the forest. Walking through this old growth forest is truly humbling when you stand next to its giant trees- the oldest sprouted over 800 years ago! Here is a great blog on it from a couple who have traveled the world. Perhaps all of you non-islanders will find a great place to visit on their site, that is close to you!