September 8th, 2016

Stained Nail Beds? We Take Care of That.

Ever stain your cuticles with a dark nail polish? You scrub and scrub, but the colour just won’t come off. We’ve got a handy way to get rid of that staining.

  1. Pull out an all-natural cleaning agent – a lemon!
  2. Squeeze lemon juice onto a cosmetic pad.
  3. Rub your skin where the nail polish has stained it.
  4. Presto! Clean nail and cuticle.

Whew. It’s that easy. No matter how far you paint outside the lines, London Drugs has you covered in store and online.

Check out more LD ‘lifehack’ solutions below:

How to Quickly Smooth a Wrinkled Shirt

7 Tips For Taking Better Smartphone Pictures

Surprising Way to Remove a Stuck-On Ring

How to Remove A Stripped Screw with a Rubber Band

March 11th, 2016

LD Experts: How to Manage Adult Acne

We always thought acne would go away long before wrinkles started setting in, but maybe we were wrong. Adult acne is more common than you’d think – and according to our beauty advisors, it’s manageable with the right products. Here’s how to get those zits under control.

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Q: We thought acne was for teenagers! What products and processes do you recommend for occasional pimples? What about more serious acne?

Amanda, Cosmetics Manager—Kamloops, B.C.

IMG_0096There are two ingredients that are key to managing acne. The first is salicylic acid. It’s like liquid plumber – it gets into your pores and destroys bacteria and extra oil. The second is glycolic acid, and it’s kind of like a little lint roller that removes buildup but won’t clog your pores.

NeoStrata has all that covered with their Acne Clear Clarifying Solution, Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser, and Blemish Spot Gel, which are all dermatology-approved. Bioderma also has some options in their Sébium line. When discussing, I usually bring it back to those two ingredients.

With skin care, it’s about routine. If you maintain a daily regime, morning and night, of cleanser, toner, and spot treatment, your skin will improve. You can also use an occasional mask at night, like the Normaderm Tri-Activ mask by Vichy.

If you do get a blemish, don’t pick at it. Use a face cloth with warm water to try to open up it up, but don’t use too much pressure and definitely don’t force it.

People with acne are often prone to dark marks so it’s important to exfoliate and use sunscreen all year around to prevent scarring. UV rays penetrate clouds and glass, and it’s the worst in the winter because snow is spherical, so always use sunscreen. My preference is for La Roche-Posay and Vichy. One of the biggest rants about sunscreen is that it’s sticky, but the Vichy Shaka ones are liquid, so put 5 or 6 drops overtop of your moisturizer (at least SPF 30) and you’ll notice your makeup goes on nice and smooth – plus, you’ll be protected from the UVA and UVB rays.

With London Drugs since 1990, Amanda feels fortunate to have turned a passion for aesthetics into a rewarding career. She takes pride in helping people feel beautiful and regard themselves positively.

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Hollis, Cosmetics Manager—Lonsdale, North Vancouver

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If you’re dealing with serious acne (as a teen or an adult), I recommend the NeoStrata Acne Clear line. The Cleanser washes your skin and the Clarifying Solution exfoliates and unclogs pores, leaving your skin clear and acne-free. It’s also non-irritating, so it will work for sensitive skin.

If you’re managing occasional pimples, I swear by the Biotherm Pure.Fect 2-in-1 Pore Mask, either used as a weekly mask or as spot treatment. Other spot treatment options are Vichy Hyaluspot and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus – the bandaid effect helps prevent bacteria buildup in the pore.

Hollis has an abiding passion for makeup and beauty. Her dad always teased her, saying that if she spent half the time on homework that she did on makeup, she’d be an A+ student. On graduation, Hollis enrolled in Blanche Macdonald’s makeup artistry course, and joined London Drugs in 2011.

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Jennifer, Cosmetics Manager—St. Albert, Alberta


For the odd pimple, I recommend Vichy Hi Louvre – it’ll calm it down and help clear up the blemish quickly. However, if your acne is serious, I like Vichy’s Normaderm line and Bioderma Sébium. Both give a calm and gentle wash that aids in the healing process of the pimples, which will help prevent dark spots and scarring.

Jennifer loves helping people feel good about themselves, and delights in the ever-changing nature of the beauty industry. Jennifer recently completed a makeup artist certification course with Evelyn Charles, and has been with London Drugs for over ten years.

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Want more from our #LDExperts on adult acne and other beauty concerns? Ask your own questions in the comments, below!

February 18th, 2016

LD Experts: How to Manage & Prevent Wrinkles

At London Drugs, we’re proud to offer our customers expert advice. In this #LDExperts series, we gather insider tips on beauty, makeup, skin sensitivity, and doing battle with Father Time. Today’s topic? Wrinkles.

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Q: Can anything be done to prevent wrinkles? What products or beauty routines do you recommend?

Amanda, Cosmetics Manager—Kamloops, B.C.

IMG_0096“I always try to explain that your skin is like a bed. To smooth out the sheet on top, you want to make sure you exfoliate. This can be done in two ways: manually, with an exfoliating scrub; or chemically, with a weekly glycolic treatment. To keep your skin healthy, you must get rid of the dead surface skin. Neostrata is the pioneer of glycolics, and products like those in their Firmalift series work well.

“Moisturizing your skin, a must-have, is like fluffing the duvet because it benefits the surface of your skin. Fortifying moisturizers strengthen  skin, which is like adding more springs to your mattress. It’s also good to watch for products with humectants, which prevent the loss of moisture as well as adding it to your skin.

Neutrogena has affordable and effective retinol products like the Rapid Tone Repair and Rapid Wrinkle Repair series. At the higher end, La Roche-Posay offers a variety of redermic products that are professional grade.”

With London Drugs since 1990, Amanda feels fortunate to have turned a passion for aesthetics into a rewarding career. She takes pride in helping people feel beautiful and regard themselves positively.

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Hollis, Cosmetics Manager—Lonsdale, North Vancouver

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“It’s very important to keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun and harsh environments. This means retinols and glycolics to prevent wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging—and always using sunscreen and eye cream. Preventing wrinkles is all about building a consistent routine for skin care. My favourite anti-aging products include Neostrata Wrinkle Repair, Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum, and Elizabeth Arden Anti-Aging Serums (especially the ones with Cerimide).

“I also stress the important of the application process – I teach people to prep and massage their skin and to use proper application techniques to ensure they get the most out of their skin care products.”

Hollis has an abiding passion for makeup and beauty. Her dad always teased her, saying that if she spent half the time on homework that she did on makeup, she’d be an A+ student. On graduation, Hollis enrolled in Blanche Macdonald’s makeup artistry course, and joined London Drugs in 2011.

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Jennifer, Cosmetics Manager—St. Albert, Alberta


“You can’t stop yourself from aging, but you can influence how you age. When you’re younger, your cells copy themselves; as you age, that regeneration slows. It’s like how a copy of a photocopy of a photo is never as clear as the original image.

“It’s important to wash and moisturize your face every day. La Roche-Posay has great spot treatments and sunscreens. And don’t forget about sun protection in the winter! The UVA rays on the Prairies are worse in winter than in summer, due to snow reflection, so it’s important to never skip that step.”

Jennifer loves helping people feel good about themselves, and delights in the ever-changing nature of the beauty industry. Jennifer recently completed a makeup artist certification course with Evelyn Charles, and has been with London Drugs for over ten years.

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Want more from our #LDExperts on wrinkles and aging? Ask your own questions in the comments, below!

November 29th, 2015

LD Picks: Canadian Winter Beauty Tips & Tricks

With winter weather comes snow-topped mountains, glistening frozen ponds, and rosy cheeks. But unfortunately, not everything about winter is wonderful – namely, what the punishing weather does to our skin, lips, eyes, and hair. Here are 5 careful selections of winter’s best beauty tricks. 

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How to Make Your Lipstick Last Way Longer

Photo via Bigstock

We all love lipstick. But sometimes, it seems like too much of a pain to reapply constantly throughout the day. That’s why beauty expert Gerry put together this tutorial. She explains exactly how to keep your pout perfect all day long, with just a few extra steps. These few extra steps will be well worthwhile when you hit your 3:00 coffee break and realize you haven’t reapplied all day.

  1. Exfoliate: This will get rid of any extra skin cells that might catch on your lipstick. It’ll also make your lips feel silky smooth.
  2. Prime: Using a primer will help smooth our your natural lip colour and will also help the lipstick stick.
  3. Line: A common concern for lipliner is having to buy a different liner for every lipstick. If you have a large lipstick collection, this can seem daunting. Instead, try buying a nude liner. Rather than line on top of your lip line, you’ll line just outside the lip line. This is also super handy for after the lipstick application – you can clean up the line if you accidentally add colour outside the lines.
  4. Apply: The hard part is choosing your colour – pink? red? cherry? magenta? – so once you’ve decided, apply the lipstick over your entire lips, and press your lips together to evenly distribute the colour.
  5. Tidy: If necessary, now’s the time to tidy up those edges with your nude lip liner.
  6. Powder: To set the lipstick, you’ll need a finishing powder, a large makeup brush, and a tissue. (If it’s a double layered tissue, feel free to separate the two layers for a thinner piece. Press the tissue against your lips and lightly brush the powder over your lips.
  7. Reapply: If you can see the powder on your lips, feel free to add another light layer of lipstick to your pout.

 [More at YouTube]

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How to Take Care of Static Hair Flyaways

Photo via Chatelaine

Photo via Chatelaine

Wool sweaters, high collars, and dry winter air combine each year to create static electricity that looks more like a science experiment than a blow-out. Here’s how to manage fly-aways and keep your hair healthy through winter.

  1. Use moisturizing hair products: It’s important to keep your hair as hydrated during the winter. Use shampoos and conditioners with built-in moisturizing agents. You can also use a weekly hair masque, or use prep products with Moroccan oil to keep your locks smooth and shiny.
  2. Avoid static-inducing materials: Using plastic combs and brushes may encourage static in your hair, so try to avoid them as much as possible during the winter months. If your hair is susceptible to static, you should also avoid synthetic fabrics – especially polyester.
  3. Use Static Guard or hairspray: If your hair is still standing on end, try spraying Static Guard or hairspray onto your hairbrush and run it through your hair. (Remember, Static Guard has a nasty smell, so maybe save it for the last resort!)
  4. Never underestimate the value of dryer sheets: When you’re on-the-go, it’s tough to anticipate static. If your hair or clothing becomes more clingy than that pesky ex-boyfriend, a dryer sheet will remove the static. Keep a few in your purse for those static emergencies.

[More at Chatelaine]

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3 Obvious Ways to Avoid Dry Eyes this Winter

Photo via Flickr user Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro

For someone who works at a computer all day, dry eye is nothing new. However, the harsh winter weather tends to turn a dry eye into a complete dehydrated one. To compensate, here are three tips.

  1. Use eye drops: You can use non-medicated eye drops as liberally as you want, especially in the wintertime. Just make sure to always wash your hands before touching your eyes and face.
  2. Moisturize your face: Applying a gentle eye cream will also help with dryness. Check the label and make sure to avoid anything with alpha hydroxy acids, because they could cause irritation.
  3. Wear sunglasses: For extra cool-factor, always wear sunglasses when out and about. They will protect your eyes from the wind, sun, and glare off the snow (gulp!), so make sure to get some with UVA & UVB protection.

[More at Real Simple]

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Treat Dry & Cracked Heels with Coconut Oil

Image via Flickr user bluesbby

Image via Flickr user bluesbby

You scrub, moisturize, scrape, and pick, but your dry and cracked heels just don’t improve. Once winter hits, it can be difficult to maintain footcare (who wants to spend money on a spa pedicure in the winter?). However, this remedy is easy, cheap, and actually works. First, before bed, give your feet a scrub as you normally would and remove as much dry skin as you can. Then, coat your feet with coconut oil, slip on a pair of clean white socks, and tuck into bed. (Coconut oil works great because it’s solid at room temperature and is richer than other natural oils.) By morning, your feet will be silky smooth – and as an added bonus, they’ll smell delicious!

[More at Lifehacker]

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3 Simple Ways to Always Have Soft Lips 

Image via Flickr user Rocky Sun

Why are your lips so dry? The winter season brings a plethora of beauty-related issues, but the dry lips is the worst. Here’s what you’re doing wrong, and how to improve your habits to encourage healthy, soft, kissable lips.

  1. Protect them: Your lips are exposed to the elements all winter long – they need protection from the wind and the cold. Use a lip balm or lip ointment (or in drastic cases, Vaseline) to seal in moisture, and don’t forget to reapply. You should also cover your mouth as much as possible in the cold by wrapping up in a cozy scarf. Just like your hands and ears, your lips deserve protection too!
  2. Hydrate them: Though it may seem counter-intuitive, licking your lips when they’re dry actually makes their condition worse. Avoid that bad habit, and make sure to drink lots of water too. A humidifier is also a great way to keep your lips and skin hydrated in the winter months. If you don’t have one, try boiling a pot of water on the stove, or setting a tin can of water on top of your register to up the humidity in your home. (You can also dry rubbing a cucumber on your lips – it’ll make them soft and plump.)
  3. Leave them alone: We all do it – the season turns and suddenly you can’t stop biting and picking at your dry lips. Leaving them alone is the first step to healing.

[More at WebMD]

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October 14th, 2015

LD Picks: 5 Grooming Hacks That Will Keep You Looking Great

The web is full of genius grooming hacks. So read these, and get pretty.

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Use a drinking straw to keep necklaces from tangling during travel

packing necklaces in straws When travelling, it can be difficult to pack jewellery. How do you keep it organized? Try threading the chain of your necklace through a drinking straw (or two!) to keep them from tangling. Then, tuck them safely in a pouch or suitcase pocket.

[More at Good Housekeeping]


August 31st, 2015

4 Must-Dos When the Kids Go Back to School


Sandcastle building! Cabin time! Water parks! Backyard barbequing!

Also: Sunburns! Bed sheets full of sand!  Popsicle stains on the floor!  And hours of “are we there yet?”

As much as many parents love summer time fun with the kids, as the season winds down and back to school fast approaches, many moms and dads find themselves looking forward to a little less chaos and a little more Me-time.

If you have started guiltily fantasizing about shipping your little angels back to school, here are four self-care suggestion musts for the fall:

Recall the joy of eating a meal while it's still hot.

Recall the joy of eating a meal while it’s still hot.

Eat: Alone.

Newfound hours of daytime quiet in the home may seem daunting at first, but fill them with those basics of life that are a little less pleasurable (and sometimes nearly impossible!) when the kids are around.  Like eating a meal—even while it’s still hot!

Or go further: use the extra time to enjoy a meal that your kids would never go for.  

Turn on some mealtime music and bring a magazine…and while you’re at it, why not add a little fancy? For example, throw a bottle of Chablis in the fridge to accompany lunch…or, maybe keep that part a secret!

When you feel fabulous, you are going to look it.

When you feel fabulous, you’re going to look it.

Look: Fabulous.

Taking a long lingering shower, blow drying your hair and putting on mascara may seem like a stretch when your seven-year-old is banging down the bathroom door.  

But having the kids out of the house for a few hours means you can take some time for yourself: relax, put on some makeup, get a mani-pedi or perhaps best of all: take a nap—yes, right in the middle of the afternoon.  You deserve it!  (Pro-tip: set an alarm….just in case!)

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Those episodes of The Good Wife aren’t gping to watch themselves.

Walk by a pile of toys…and do nothing.

Sure, there may be a few things you have to get done around the house to restore order. But running around obsessively scrubbing and organizing will likely have you burn out faster than you can say “Charlie Sheen”.  

Instead, cut yourself some slack: start by walking by a pile of toys, pointing and shrugging like you have no idea who left it there or who should pick it up. The kids will be home soon enough; they can put away their mess.

Use the time instead to throw yourself on the couch, turn on the TV, and turn off your compulsion to clean: the grime will wait.

Yoga is all about connecting body and mind; what's your favourite way to make the connection?

Yoga is all about connecting body and mind; what’s your favourite way to make the connection?

Get a full body (and brain) work out.

Getting back into an exercise routine may be the last thing you feel like doing once fall starts, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

In fact, you could simply take a few minutes to limber up with some stretching every day. Or, a 30-day stretching challenge for the whole family may be just the thing to inspire some more vigorous exercising.

While you’re getting the body going, don’t forget about kickstarting your brain as well; you’re not just a pretty face after all!

Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you take some time for you: it has been a long hot summer, and you need your rest—remember, next summer is only eight months away!


January 23rd, 2012

Go all the way with your skincare regime

Are you shying away from a proper skin care regime for all the wrong reasons? You’re not alone.

Many people limit themselves to a two-step regime—cleansing and moisturizing—and avoid using additional products because they’re afraid of making their skin look worse. The truth is that adding a few extra steps can transform your tired, dull skin giving it a radiant healthy glow.

“I have oily skin. Using moisturizers will only bring on an acne attack.”
Oily skin gets dehydrated just like any other skin type. This can be caused from harsh soaps, changes in humidity, or from using drying acne medications. In fact, one reason skin can become oily is because it’s actually lacking in moisture and trying to compensate. Use a water-based moisturizer or try a hydrating beauty water for more sensitive skin, such as Shiseido Eudermine Revital.

“My skin should feel squeaky clean after I wash. That’s how I know I’ve done a good job.”
Squeaky-clean skin is a no-no! That tight feeling after washing means your skin has been stripped of moisture, and that will cause dead skin cells to build up on the surface. Try switching to a more moisturizing cleanser and be sure to apply daytime and nighttime moisturizer.

“I don’t use a night cream because they’re all too oily.”
Not any more. In the old days, night cream was often made up of heavy moisturizing ingredients, especially oils, which tended to be greasy. Many of today’s night creams are designed to be much lighter so that they don’t clog pores.

Using night cream is an important step in your skin care regime that shouldn’t be missed. During the night, our skin rebuilds and regenerates—if it has been provided with the moisture it needs.

“As long as I use a moisturizer, I don’t need a serum.”
Facial serums should be used in addition to moisturizers. While they can give you added moisture, the real benefit of a facial serum is that it delivers nutrients to the deeper layers of your skin that regular moisturizers don’t reach. Serums help your skin by slowing down the aging process (try Lancôme Visionnaire Serum or Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10), brightening the skin (Lise Watier Flash Eclat Vial or Clarins Beauty-Flash Balm), lightening dark spots (Strivectin Get Even Serum), and even by helping to prevent acne breakouts.

Apply a serum to your clean, dry face, wait three to five minutes until it’s absorbed, and then put on your moisturizer.

“I don’t need a separate eye makeup remover. My cleanser works just fine.”
Some cleansers will remove makeup, especially creamy cleansers. However, many experts recommend using a separate makeup remover designed specifically for the fragile skin around the eye area.

“Exfoliation is a no-no. It breaks down the skin’s natural barriers and makes it more sensitive.”

Not true. Exfoliation is a key step required for hydrating the skin and reducing uneven colouring, breakouts, and signs of aging. It’s a simple process that removes dead skin cells from the surface of the body.

Just be sure to do it properly. Exfoliation should leave your skin feeling softer and looking healthier, not red and irritated. Use a product designed for your skin type and be careful not to exfoliate too much—just once or twice a week, depending on how sensitive your skin is. Your London Drugs beauty advisor can help you select a product that is right for your skin type.

“Aren’t facial masks just overkill? I already wash my face twice a day.”
Nothing cleanses the skin like a facial mask. Masks remove excess oil, dead skin, debris, and environmental pollutants. By unclogging pores, facial masks can help to deliver nutrients and moisture deep into the skin.

Applying a facial mask once a week helps revitalize the skin, keeping it smooth and youthful. Apply the mask to cleansed skin and leave it on for about ten to twenty minutes, wash with lukewarm water, and then apply moisturizer.

I just don’t have time for any extra beauty steps.”
Then look for products that serve more than one purpose, such as Marcelle’s BB Cream. This multi-purpose skin care cream is a moisturizer, tinted corrector, and make-up base all in one. Speak to your London Drugs beauty advisor about other products that can save you time. Be the first among your friends to try this great new product by contacting your beauty advisor at your favourite London Drugs store to reserve yours today!

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