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Skincare Jargon

Skincare Jargon

  Stoic Beauty is centered between clinical efficacy and time-tested ingredients.  It is the balance between traditional botanicals and innovative actives. But what does that mean? The world of cosmetics can be daunting. There are a lot of products claiming to do a lot of things. There are ...
Gua Sha to Clear Heat in the Body

Gua Sha to Clear Heat in the Body

by Chi Ling Chan | Part 2 of a 5-part series exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine | As Western society begins to understand how health and wellbeing is a multilayered process of integrating our physical, emotionally, mental, social, and spiritual aspects in a holistic way, many traditional prac...
A Jade face roller and a Gua Sha stone lean against a stone

What is Gua Sha?

by Chi Ling Chan | Part 1 of a 5-part series exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine | Understanding the Basics Gua Sha (pronounced “gwah-sah” or “gwah-sha”) is an ancient technique used in China. It originated through the concept of using certain tools to massage specific parts of the body to...
Where does Shea Butter come from?

Where does Shea Butter come from?

The shea tree, or karité in French, is found in dry savannas, forests and parklands of the Sudan zone of Africa. Evidence suggests widespread use of this natural resource dating back over 5000 years, in food and in beauty.[1] Its popularity has grown throughout the world in the cosmetic industrie...
Concepts of Beauty | Stoic Beauty

Concepts of Beauty | Stoic Beauty

We’ve all seen beauty trends come and go. We’ve seen the outfits, the perms, the thin and thick eyebrows. Where do these trends go and who is deciding what standard we are supposed to hold ourselves to? There’s a lot to say about beauty. Is it conceptual or actual? Is it a physical attribute? An...
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Stoic Beauty's Reading, Watching, and Listening List

Well, February sure can be a slog - wouldn’t you agree? Here in Toronto, the snow has been coming down and the big inside of this pandemic winter feels more real than ever. Maybe we’ll miss it when it’s gone? Or maybe we’re almost there – and should just keep our heads down till spring?
Is Oil Good for Your Skin?

Is Oil Good for Your Skin?

We get into the slippery goodness of oils. Why do they matter and why you should considering adding an oil phase to your skincare routine.
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Solstice 2020 ~ Conjunction Reflection

This year has been about losing lots, reflecting more. Yesterday Jupiter and Saturn were conjunct in the canvass of space in a composition of proximity unseen since 1623. In a non-sequitur, purely coincidental revelation, 1623 was also the year the term insomnia appeared in the dictionary. In thi...
How Conscious Skin Care is a lesson in Stoicism

How Conscious Skin Care is a lesson in Stoicism

This year has tested all our abilities to remain strong amidst the chaos. My offering is to acknowledge and expect the storm while building the rituals that centre and protect you I’ve always loved being a low fuss kind of gal. Identifying with beauty and femininity when the mood struck me- inst...

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