I like to call her the goddess of Indie Beauty, Julie Clark’s collection of natural and effective skin care products is by far one of the best in the country. The first time I tried Province Apothecary (over 3 years ago now) I was hooked. I am a sucker for scent and each one of her products elicits a mood and a feeling based solely on a scent. They are truly divine, innovative, healthy and effective.
I caught up with Julie recently to chat about how a holistic aesthetician can help your skin and what you need to know to have good skin all year round. Plus, Julie is also sharing her top DIY recipes for glowing skin. As you know I LOVE a good DIY and holy these are simply amazing! I hope you give them a try, I’m obsessed with the exfoliating fruit mask.
What is a holistic aesthetician ?
Here is the general definition- A holistic approach to a career as an aesthetician means attending to your clients’ inner health and well-being as well as the care of their skin. At PA we like to think about the skin as part of the whole person. If you have inflammation, we like to find the root cause.
How does it differ from an aesthetician as we know it?
We look at the whole person and their lifestyle and help them figure what is going on with their skin. If someone comes in with texture and visible blackheads we will find out a little bit more about their sleep patterns and skincare routine and help coach them on making necessary changes to improve their skin and have lasting results. We customize each facial to each client. So everyone will receive a mask that benefits their skin and a custom serum that is just what their skin needs.
What’s the biggest mistake women make with their skincare regimes?
Using soap on their face to remove makeup and dirt.
What are the most common skin issues that you see in your practice?
I see a lot of different people, and age varies. Generally, we see lots of inflammation (eczema, rosacea, acne, cystic pimples) and aging (fine line, sunspots/liver spots/ loose of tone)
What’s the most important step in a skincare regime?
Hydration! Internally (water/herbal teas) and externally. I love pure plant oil serums. They are concentrated and can be added to moisturizer or face balms to make them more hydrating. Right now in the winter, it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated.
There are already many organic skin care lines out there, why did you launch your own?
When I launched Province Apothecary in 2012 there were barely any pure, plant-based organic skincare companies. I also couldn’t find anyone focusing on using Canadian ingredients and I didn’t understand why! I started seeing clients and blending custom products for them and slowly PA grow and people + stores started asking for our products. It’s been a super fun and interesting journey ever since.
What skin types are your product best suited for?
All skin types! Almost all of the products are customizable, so you can them as the season change and as your skin changes. We also blend custom Face Serums- we will blend a serum for you for this season and as the season and your skin changes, we will blend you a new one! It’s so amazing and fun! Another great custom example is our Clay mask. You can blend it with honey (normal/mature) yogurt (oily/normal) fruit: papaya/strawberries (acne, textured skin) avocado /aloe (dry)
Spring is here, any recommendations for the changing seasons and our skin?
I suggest exfoliating every 3 days to help lift off the winter dryness + dullness. Continue layering a plant oil face serum in a moisturizer. Start religiously wearing SPF in the am.
What are the benefits of natural skincare vs. traditional?
Natural, plant-based skincare nourishes and heals your skin will most traditional skin care is made with some pretty toxic ingredients that can through your skin out of balance (dry/red/reactive) Our products are made from the highest quality certified organic, bio-dynamic and wild-crafted ingredients and are always free from: petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and ingredients, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, dyes, alcohol, solvents, pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), palm oil or derivatives, cosmetic grade ingredients and toxins of any kind.
How are you leading the way with green beauty?
Our products are made from the highest quality certified organic, bio-dynamic and wild crafted ingredients and are always free from: petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and ingredients, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, dyes, alcohol, solvents, pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), palm oil or derivatives, cosmetic grade ingredients and toxins of any kind.
Where does the name stem from?
Province Apothecary sources the highest quality organic, wild-crafted ingredients from each Canadian Province, and hand blends these ingredients in small batches to create skincare that will nourish + balance your skin. Some of my favourite ingredients are organic seaweed from Nova Scotia, maple syrup from Quebec, organic sunflower oil from Ontario, organic beeswax from Alberta, organic lentil flour from Manitoba, and organic raspberry oil + glacial clay from British Columbia.
How are you giving back?
I care about our planet and the farmers that plant and harvest PA’s ingredients so she sources from small farms and companies across Canada, that hold the same ethical standards as PA, all of our ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced and fair-trade and she donates a percentage of yearly sales to the ‘Canadian Organic Growers’, ‘Canadian Honey Council’ and ‘1% for the Planet’.
Can you share your FAV DIY skin care recipes?
This is one of my favourite recipes- it smells so good!
I love making this for myself and clients! Super easy and effective!
Here is another option for customizing your clay mask:
Everybody’s skin is unique, and to celebrate that we wanted to help you personalize our Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask.
Our coveted facial mask with glacial clay & maple syrup is great for all skin types. We’ve added a new ingredient (Bentonite Clay) which you can learn about here.
Wild-crafted algae nourish the skin, regenerates cell growth, stimulates collagen production and is a powerful detoxifier that draws out toxins and impurities while adding beneficial nutrients. Kaolin Clay pulls out toxins, tightens the skin and reduces the signs of aging. Rhassoul clay is high in Silica, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium and Potassium. Honey gives your skin a healthy glow and smooth tone.
Great for all skin types. For sensitive and dry skin blend with oil, cream or yogurt.
On our packaging, we direct clients to mix the dry powder with honey and/or water, as that’s suitable for most clients. To make things a little more interesting, we’ve created a list of skin types and suggested add-ins liven up your weekly at home treatment. The measurements will vary based on desired consistency; we recommend you add small amounts of each ingredient and add more when necessary.
Dry | Mature Skin
Mash the flesh of an avocado
Fresh aloe gel from a house plant
Oily | Acne Prone Skin
Freshly squeezed lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juice
Mashed pineapple or papaya
Plain organic yogurt
Apple Cider Vinegar
Dull | Pigmented Skin
Mashed fresh strawberry
Finely ground green tea leaves
Freshly squeezed lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juice
Finely ground coffee beans
Or, you can simply add water and this mask will work wonders. We just can’t resist putting food on our faces!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these recipes or if you have one of your own to share!
I highly recommend if you live in Toronto, you stop in and say hi to Julie and her team!