A Conversation with Tazito Garcia

In life, and often from a young age, we are often taken with the idea that we must map out our life. We are expected to know what career path we want to follow and wholeheartedly put everything we have into achieving our goals. When was the last time you reflected on your personal dreams and hopes for your future? Can you remember? We lose sight of what we first intend to do with our lives, pushing it aside for a more realistic career paths.

Actor, director, and pro-athlete, Tazito Garcia knows exactly what he wants in his life, and he does everything possible to achieve his dreams. Since he was very young, Tazito has been involved in many different high level sports, while maintaining an urge to perform at any given moment. He was born for the spotlight.

We had the opportunity to get to know Tazito and discover where he comes from, what he’s up to now, and where he plans to be.

Kimberley Drapack: Can you tell us a bit about your early years?

Taz Garcia: Where do I start? I travelled around the world, thanks to my parents. I have a big mix in my family, so it was inevitable that I would go and visit my cousins and then visit my other cousins. They were on two completely different continents, not even countries.

It was fantastic. I got to see the different cultures, different food, different religions, and different architecture. It was such a great experience.

K: It’s fun being on the road, but did you ever feel like you wanted to settle down at certain points?

TG: I did. I did my pro-sports, that was one of the reasons that I had to travel around a lot when I was young, and it was a little tough when I was in junior school. You make friends in your early years, and then you have to say goodbye, and then you go and meet brand new people.

It came to a point where in 2002, I landed in Toronto and I decided to start University here, and I’m going to settle here for at least the next ten years. I’ve seen enough of the world, for now.

I had a little breather to sit and settle and when I get bored of the snow, I guess I’m going to fly out again.

K: I’m sure the first winter here in Canada was a shock for you?

TG: It was really interesting when I got to Toronto. It had the taste of Europe, and it had a mix of the U.S., and some of the other cultures all meshed into one, so it was really cool.

Weather-wise, I don’t know if I’m really fond of having six or seven months of winter… I like my sun. Other than that, it’s been really kind to me.

K: What was the first sport that you played? When did you realize you were such a gifted athlete?

TG: Since I was a kid. I can almost envision myself coming out with a jumping kick out of my Mom. Or rolling out, or some kind of stunt.

Fortunately, I’ve had very athletic parents and they always believed that having two boys, if they could channel that energy into something productive, they found a certain outlet for us, which was sports, we would do well for ourselves. We wouldn’t use that energy for something bad.

I got enrolled into tennis and soccer. I always had something for martial arts, which they declined for a big portion of my life and kept saying, “no, you’re hyperactive the way you are, so if you learn to kick and punch, we don’t want you doing that in school and then getting suspended.”

I was committed, and in a way, stuck doing tennis and soccer but it turned out to be really amazing for me. I ended up playing with a lot of the tennis pros. Nick Bollettieri, who was the trainer of Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras. He took me under his wing and I went to his academy which was very militant, but very awesome.

When I was thirteen, I ended up playing for Manchester United, and it was really fun. I grew up with my “older brothers”: Kasper Schmeichel, Dwight Yorke, and David Beckham. Not just myself, but all the juniors, really hated the first team. It’s the older brother syndrome, where they say, “no, no, no, we’ll do it ourselves, and when we’re tired, and we feel like it, you can sub for us.” It’s 88 minutes, and in the last two minutes they would let us on. I was like, “shut up!” (laughs).

Funny story: I saw David Beckham get famous in front of my eyes, which was really cool. Before that, he was just known as “Becks.” He was sitting on the bench, and it was just like acting, sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time, and you get that one opportunity, that one shot. It worked out for him, he ended up becoming a starter after scoring a very long-range goal. It was really inspirational in a way, sometimes if it feels like the right thing to do, and you just do it. I’ve taken that and translated it into my acting or directing. In this industry, it’s really hard at times and you get people asking why I don’t just go and get a normal job, something routine, something safe. But that little voice inside you tells you to keep going.

K: With all of your successes, I’m sure it just pushes you to keep going and to get rid of that little voice and say, Look at what I’ve done and look at what I’m about to do. 

TG: You’re absolutely right. I get this all the time. They’ll see a certain award that I’ve won and ask why I don’t just chill, or relax. I’m up here right now and if I don’t keep going, you’re going to have someone that’s going to pass you because they’re just as hungry and where you were a few days or a few weeks ago. If you go into cruise control, someone is going to pass you.

K: What transitioned you from sports to acting? Was it a big change?

TG: I was born a performer. I strongly believe that some people were born to perform or entertain, whether they’re mimicking actors or cartoons, or something they’ve seen in a commercial. That was me. I told a lot of my family that it was eventually something I wanted to do. I was probably seven at the time.

It wasn’t hard at all because as an athlete at a very elite level, you have to perform. It’s the same mechanics. You have to have your fans and you have to be a good performer in order to maintain your fans or gain new ones. You have to push, or you become old news, and someone who is better, faster, and stronger than you will out perform you.

K: So, you have to keep a lot of energy up.

TG: On point, you have to be. You’re on your toes all the time.

K: The Briefcase (2011) was your big-screen debut in Hollywood, as the director and star of the film. It earned you several nominations and awards, notably the “Breakout Male Action Star” (2013) at the AOF International Film Festival in Los Angeles. Can you tell us a little about this experience?

TG: The Briefcase is a homage. You go back and you want to relive some moments from a certain time. That’s exactly what I did with The Briefcase. There are people that sit back with their hands tied back and wait for the phone to ring, and there’s people that get up and make things happen. I didn’t go to film school for it, it was my second production as a director and said: “let’s make this happen.”

I wrote the story, directed it, cast the actors, and starred in it. It’s sometimes hard to star in it, because to direct yourself, you have to break out of character, but it turned out really well and was well received by the audience. All the funds that we made for our screenings I donated to Sick Kids Hospital.

K: Do you prefer one role more than the other in terms of either directing or performing?

TG: I’ve worn many hats, but at the end of the day, I think everyone would call one hat their favourite, and I call acting my favourite.

I can’t deny that being behind the camera has made me become a better actor. You have an idea and a vision and know why you’re standing this way, and you know why it may take a little longer for someone to set up the lights, because you have been on the other side. You know how to get that perfect picture that sometimes takes a little bit of a set-up.

As an actor, you can sometimes get a little impatient, and ask, “what’s taking so long? You just move the camera from the left to the right. Just hit that rolling button.” But when you’re behind the camera, you see. Just two degrees can make that massive difference between lighting and how it’s hitting your face, whether you have your marks, the depth of field. You learn a lot and you get to appreciate everyone’s role from behind the camera to in front of the camera. Everything makes that complete picture in the end.

K: Did you feel as though you had a team behind you that could help you spot those little things, or was it a little hard to get into at the beginning?

TG: One of the toughest things is when you are directing yourself, but once you have a solid team behind you and have a good Director of Photography, or a good First Assistant Director, that’s there when the actual director is not available for whatever reason, it’s one of the easiest things. It’s smooth sailing and you trust their opinion and their vision and you share it. You don’t want someone to come up with their own version of what you want.

K: You starred in Lost in the Pacific (2016), one of the largest Hollywood/Chinese co-productions where you were the sole Canadian actor selected to join the international cast alongside Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die), and Vincent Ward (Walking Dead). Tell us about this experience.

TG: It was amazing. They called me up and said they had a mercenary role for me. I wasn’t sure because I’ve done way too many army/mercenary/police roles, and I asked if they had anything else. They called me back and they had a prince role, and I thought, “sure, I’ll play Prince Charming.”

It was a really fun cast and crew to work with. We shot it in Malaysia at Pinewood Studios. I’ve never been to Malaysia, so it was another experience of culture and food and everything that makes Malaysia beautiful.

K: Working in film, you’re often on set in various locations around the world. Is it ever too much? Do you ever feel like just being at home?

TG: I’m not going to lie, if you’re in this industry, it is expected that you’re going to live out of a suitcase some of the time. I always say that I live at 22 Suitcase Avenue. My friends understand why, they will call me up and ask if I can come out, and I’ll reply with, “sorry, I’m in Vegas.” It’s really cool and a blessing. It’s something positive.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have said they’ve never been out of town except to go to Niagra, or Montréal. I’m not going to bash it.

K: You are known for performing your own action scenes and stunts. What are the challenges of this, or do you see it as just another part of your character?

TG:  It’s always part of my character. I love it and I always look forward to the action.

I never see it as a bad challenge, but as a positive challenge and an opportunity for me to grow. If in every movie I do something that I’ve done before, it’s boring for myself and for the audience. You always have to create something. They’ve seen you jump out of a car, and then they say, “ok, let’s get this car moving.” Or, let’s jump out of a helicopter. You always want to push yourself that much more and not only is it a challenge for yourself, but it’s that much more pleasing for your audience and your fans.

If you keep doing the same thing, it becomes like a bad joke that you keep repeating, or, it was really good back then, but now it’s not funny anymore. It’s the same thing with the action, you always want to reinvent some of the older stuff; put it in a blender and come up with a new mix.

You have to listen to the fans. They are your compass.

K: What is the best way that you get input from your fans?

TG: Social media right now is huge. It’s one of the easiest ways for us to connect way across the oceans and borders. I can just hop on social media and check their feedback to see what they like and what they want less of. You’ve got to deliver it because that’s what they look forward to.

K: What can we expect from you in the near future?

TG: I’m at the Action on Film Festival right now in Vegas and I’m returning as the youngest recipient of Dr. Goldman’s Icon Award from last year. This year it’s huge for me and a for a lot of the stunts in the action community because they are commemorating all of the action stunt heroes and performers. It means a lot to me to be here. You may have recently read what happened on set of Deadpool and Mad Max. You hear about all the accidents and these performers and talented people who put their skill, sweat, bones, and sometimes even life on the line and then they just get a pat on the back. This is one of the few times that someone actually stood up and wanted to give them a proper thank you.

K: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

TG: In five years from now I see myself as the next top, or highest paid action star. I’ll make Canada proud, because I don’t remember the last time the highest paid action star was a Canadian. I would use that to inspire the younger generations and help the younger generations.

K: Do you have any family members that come with you on big trips?

TG: I travel with friends and family and a crew. If I can have fun, why can’t I share the fun? There’s no point in success if you keep it all to yourself. There’s no true happiness unless you can share it with people. It’s that family feel that I love.

K: That must be really exciting.

TG: It is. This is why I always tell people, and I tell them all the time, to remember that you are going to hear that people find this industry unorthodox. It’s not your typical doctor, engineer, sales position. It’s tough. You have to listen to the little voice inside and give it a thousand percent. Not one-hundred percent. You have to go all in, have that thick skin, and show them that it can be done.

K: Do you feel as though you often have to fight to prove to people why your dreams are valid and prove to them why this is what you are supposed to be doing?

TG: It’s kind of like a hiccup. If I run into someone and they say they’re a doctor, or in sales, and I reply that I’m an actor, they don’t know how to follow up with it. To them, it’s unorthodox and usually hits them in the head.

I always felt that you should listen to your voice. If you can give up the typical path, the nine to five, if you stop for one little second and go back to when you were a little younger and remember your dreams, what would have happened if you pursued that? Maybe you would have been phenomenal or one of the top ten people in the world within that field.

K: Of course. You don’t want to be ten years down the line and feel as though you haven’t pursued what you wanted most.

TG: I strongly believe you never want to look back and wished you had spoken to someone, or played more of a certain sport, or spent more time with family. Do it right now, just do it now.

K: Do you have any films in the works at the moment?

TG: I have something that is still in the preproduction stages and is something we want to be camera ready early 2018. It’s based on a short film called First Bust. It’s an action-comedy with a touch of fantasy. We’re looking to have A-listers and B-listers, but my main goal is to have it as the biggest Canadian-Chinese co-production.   

We are finalizing everything with the script, locking in producers and locations. I don’t think there has been any Canadian-Chinese co-productions, but I know that Hollywood and China have done a couple in the past year.

We’re looking at shooting in Shanghai right now. They just opened a brand new mall that is the size of ten football fields. It has an indoor beach and the entire thing is marble.

To stay updated with Taz Garcia, you can follow his many social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and continue following our arts & culture coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Hanging with Hollerado: A Conversation on New Music, Touring, and Politics

As we grow up, we often dream of pursuing a career with our best friends from childhood. While more often than not, over time, our early years of entrepreneurship between lemonade stands, babysitting, and walking our neighbours dog fades away. After growing up on the same street in small town in Ontario, the four-person collective, Hollerado, has made their dreams into a reality.

Hollerado is certainly no stranger to the Canadian tour circuit. They have toured with big names such as Sum 41, Weezer, and Passion Pit. They have also been nominated for several Juno awards, and most recently have played at Canadian Music Week. Their third studio album, Born Yesterday is now available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

We had the chance to chat with Hollerado about the message behind their music and their love for GT Snow Racers.

Kimberley Drapack: How did you meet and form the band?

Hollerado: We met a long time ago, on an island in the Rideau River in a place called Manotick. We first played in our garage, right next to our dad’s old motorcycle and a pile of toboggans and GT Snow Racers.

K: What’s your favourite aspect of performing in Toronto?

H: Getting to the show on the streetcar! Nothing better than riding the Rocket to rock it!

K: Your first album, Record in a Bag was released in 2009 as a free digital download. What is the biggest transformation from this early record to your newest record, Born Yesterday?

H: A lot has happened in the world since 2009, and it’s hard not to be a reflection of that change and transformation, which is a good thing.  So, our views have broadened, in terms of what we sing about, but at the same time we still want to remain how we are.

K: In your early years, you spent some time in Montreal where you built your name. What is it about the music scene in Montreal that helped you grow as a band?

H: Montreal is cheap, so we could spend a lot of time writing and playing, and not a lot of time working to pay rent.  And compared to the hilly topography of Manotick, Montreal was a bustling, flat, metropolis; a barren wasteland when it came to GT Snow racing hills. Again, we were forced to write and play music to pass the time.

K: You have been nominated for 3 Juno awards, (one in 2011, one in 2012, and one in 2014) what was this experience like?  

H: It’s a great way to catch up with your friends in other bands that you never see because you’re always touring.  Plus, getting to watch Nickelback perform every year is great.

K: Currently, you are on tour with Sum 41. What is your favourite part about touring? Is it ever hard to be away from home for too long?

H: Our love of playing live is a big reason why we do this.  There’s nothing more exciting for us than connecting with a crowd, and feeling like they’re invested in the show just as much as we are.  It can be strange being away from home for a month or more at a time though, no question.  But little moments on the road, and support from our friends and family back home, make it doable.  And sometimes brands will reach out and try and make your life a little more comfortable if they see you’re touring across Canada in the winter or something. They might give you some free gear to go have fun on the hills in exchange for the odd plug in an interview.

K: Your video for “Americanarama” has gained over 1.4 Million YouTube views. What was your first reaction to its success?

H: It was a lot of fun making that video.  We expected our friends to think it was cool, but never thought it would be seen by as many people as it did.

K: Your new single, “Grief Money” has a pretty powerful video and message. What inspired this?  

H: Grief Money was written before Trump was even a candidate, but it was still a reaction to the dark side of politics.  We don’t hate politicians in general, but it does feel like corruption, fear-mongering, greed and opportunism are out of control.

K: Would you describe it as a protest song? 

H: I think it’s more of an anger song than a protest song!

K: If you could collab with any other artists, who would it be and why?

H: Thundercat because they are groovy beyond belief. And we love groovy.

K: What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

H: We just want to keep playing music, write songs we’re proud of, and play in space some day.

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Sympli: Real Women, Real Bodies

Shopping for clothes can get frustrating and leave women feeling inadequate about their bodies. Often, we find ourselves adjusting our body shape to fit the clothes and not the other way around.

Jan Stimpson and Abbey Stimpson, a dynamic mother daughter duo decided to challenge the norm by coming out with a universal line for women of all shapes and sizes. Jan had been designing clothes for 40 years prior, and Abbey soon followed. From helping lay fabric on the cutting board to working with her mom in between soccer practices as a teenager to make some extra cash, she grew up in the business. Together, they built their BC-based brand Sympli, which stands behind positive body image and caters to all women. Sympli was the first Canadian brand to design a universal line for women of all body types and ages as well as introduce a plus size line.

Behind its success is the long and time consuming process in creating a line that was accommodating to all kinds of bodies while still maintaining some shape to it. When asked about creating the line, Jan Stimpson stated “I had always designed clothes for every woman but as the years went by, the style just got a lot more form fitting, a lot tighter. It was very difficult for women, and I’m not talking full figured women, I’m just talking average women, to fit into anything.”

The name Sympli, refers to the everyday, simpler style of clothing the brand produces. It really is about designing a comfortable line that accommodated as many women as possible with cuts that were flattering for their body, as opposed to putting themselves in boxy t-shirts. This is how Sympli started,with some t-shirts and a few pants. They offer a slim fit, a relaxed fit, and a tunic fit that accommodated everyone. It was a nicely fit t-shirt that came in a variety of necklines and sleeve lengths.

That’s where they thrived. “Women loved it. They could finally shop and look great and feel great. Like the basic t-shirt that’s not just a box for somebody who had had a few kids and didn’t want to wear a skinny t-shirt.”

Along with the basics, Sympli now does tops and lighter weight jackets. Their first line of outerwear coats came out last year.  Their market reaches those who embrace the practicality of the line. Abbey states “Once women get around their 30s, they become a lot more open to the fact that fashion should be durable. They make more long term choices and they have more ethical values as to how and where their clothes were made and how long they last.”

Local production is an integral part of the process. The fabrication and local manufacturing allow for superior quality. “We’re not fast fashion so we don’t design our clothes to rotate off the shelf every couple of weeks. We will look at trends that are approachable in a body friendly way and try to include it in a way that won’t be out of style next year. Local production is really important to us and its gotten us to where we are today.”

Jan recalls the the hardest part of taking this approach to fashion is the process to actually accommodate all different body types and the rigorous process to do it authentically. More time is spent picking garments than actually designing them. The garments are fitted on a number of size 4s, 8s, 10s, 16s, etc. Even within size ranges, each body is different. It’s much easier to take the template form of the super thin model sitting in front of a white background. It’s easier to execute, cheaper and more readily available. “People know what’s working out there and they just essentially copy it. Our process is challenging and very time consuming,” says Jan. Around 95% of Sympli’s pieces are not computer generated.

Sympli also works with the Looking Glass Foundation and youth suffering with eating disorders. An automatic match with the message behind Sympli, the Looking Glass Foundation was founded by three mothers whose daughters had suffered from eating disorders. It was started in Deep Cove in Vancouver, where the Sympli got started as well. Passionate about people moving toward a healthier version of body image, the organization’s holistic approach to treating disorders is something both Jan and Abbey believe in. Their Hand in Hand program encourages a real support system between trained survivors and those who are suffering now. This allows for a more organic approach and support system for their journey to recovery.

Sympli challenges other companies to have the guts to display unique bodies, and a variety of healthy bodies. Jan states, “For women to embrace their own bodies and to enjoy it and be healthy and love yourself, the change starts from the way we feel within ourselves. As much as we like to blame the media, we have to take a look at what we stand for and what we’re attracted to, and what we try to be.”

 

Review: Brothers at Bay Station

Brothers, located at 1240 Bay Street (right beside the entrance to Bay Station), has only been open for three weeks. Their website is not yet fully functional, and reviews have not been posted on any other trusted foodie websites. Despite this however, business seems to be picking up quite rapidly, which should come as no surprise when you enter. The space only seats approximately thirty people, but combined with a soft colour scheme and slight décor touches that feel reminiscent of a café in the French countryside, the result is a rather intimate environment, for people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto life.  It will likely become a hot spot for those who either want to grab a glass of wine after work, or are looking for a quiet setting with their special someone. Not to mention that the menu, which is comprised of artfully crafted dishes made from Canadian products but served with a slight Mediterranean-inspired twist, offers tastes that are quite adventurous and memorable. The menu changes on a regular basis, so there is no doubt many people will feel enticed to return.

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Our visit to Brothers started off with a pretty amazing bang, the lasting affect of which my friend and I did not fully recover from for the remainder of our stay. Our first dish was the Charred Mackerel, with pickled baby eggplant and mint sauce. Lets not bury the lead here: this dish is a very enjoyable assault on the taste buds. It may be small in portion size, but with its many textures and balanced layers, it is just begging to be savoured. The first thing you will notice is the strong vinegary taste of the eggplant. But don’t mistake “strong” for “overpowering,” because it is then quickly followed by the sensation of the meaty mackerel coating the back of your tongue, offsetting any pickled aftertaste that may seem undesirable. These two tastes go together rather nicely. When you order it (not “if,” “when”!), consider pairing this dish with the Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut, an Italian sparkling white wine, and a citrusy-but-light palette cleanser. This was a great example of different recognizable tastes working together to create something feeling wholly new.

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Next was the Steelhead trout, which is placed on a bed of chicory barese, along with a good helping of egg and lemon cream. Where the mackerel dish was different tastes working in unison with one another, the trout is an example of fainter tastes supporting the primary crowd-pleaser. The chicory barese offers a bitter aftertaste and the cream is quite thin. But when coupled with the trout, with it’s top layer being delightfully crispy and underneath staying soft and tender, there is enough variation with every bite that certainly makes it worth giving it a try.

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 Our final dish was the Heritage pork sausage, which is infused with Hungarian hot peppers and served with cream and frisée. This dish is a great example of creatively heightening certain tastes, while simultaneously diminishing potentially overpowering spices, as a way to make it more accessible.  The sausages are made in-house and are gluten free, making them quite rich in flavour.   Also, those with a lower tolerance to spicy food should not be alarmed. The taste of the hot peppers is quite strong but when combined with the cream, the spicy aftertaste is largely diminished.   If you’re a fan of a fatty English brunch, you can’t really go wrong with this one.

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If you’re ever around Bay and Bloor, be sure to stop in at Brothers. The offerings will put no doubt in your mind that the chefs are not only passionate, but are also willing to experiment and have fun, when creating consistently delicious meals.

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(416) 804-6066

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Step-by-Step Fall Skin Care with Province Apothecary

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Dehydrated skin and dull complexions await with the coming of cooler months. We partnered with Province Apothecary, Canada’s leading green beauty line to bring you some fall skin care tips. Labeled proudly as “Wildcrafted Canadian Beauty,” it’s safe to say their whole-body approach to beauty and skin healing is apparent in the formulation process and beyond. Organic ingredients are hand-picked from Canadian provinces, and blended locally in Toronto in their very own apothecary. Their secret to creating the purest botanical bottles of goodness? It’s made with love through founder Julie Clark’s personal struggles with sensitive skin, and complimented by her ever-evolving research as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Aromatherapist.

The Basic Daily Essential Kit is packed with key products to get you through a simple skin care regimen this Fall: a cleanser that doubles as a makeup remover, an exfoliator, and a serum. Holistic aesthetician and skin care guru Sarah Darby suggests that we pay close attention to nourishing and rebalancing the skin to combat extensive exposure out in the cold.

 

MOISTURIZING CLEANSER + MAKE UP REMOVER
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Great for all skin types, this cleanser / make up remover is perfect for balancing your skin’s oil production. Oil cleansing is known for its ability to decongest, balance pH levels, and keep over-production of sebum at bay. It’s important to cleanse first thing in the morning as well as before bed- our skin regenerates and detoxifies overnight, so we naturally perspire. Cleanse in the morning to start fresh with a blank canvas before you moisturize and apply SPF to shield- all year round. This cleanser made at Province Apothecary is filled with avocado and raspberry seed oils, which are vitamin and essential fatty acid boosters. Transition skincare into fall can be made so simple if you feed your skin with the nutrients it craves.

 

REGENERATING + STIMULATING EXFOLIATOR
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It’s normal to experience dryness and flakiness in the fall season with natural loss in moisture. Use a gentle exfoliator to keep your complexion glowing- Province Apothecary’s dry formula can be cocktailed with the moisturizing cleanser and used as a super effective exfoliator 2-3 times a week. It’s derived from oatmeal and lentil flour, which work to hydrate the skin while lavender and green tea help calm and revitalize for a perfect glow. The best part about this dry formula? You can choose to cocktail it with water, yogurt, serum, or honey- depending on your skin type and concerns.

 

REJUVENATING + HYDRATING SERUM
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One of the main concerns throughout fall / winter is dull skin, tired from the effects of central heat, and the harsher external environment. Oils can save our skin from the cooler months as they are able to penetrate on a deeper cellular level and help to nourish new skin cells from bottom-up. Consistent morning and night use will tackle dehydration, with support from antioxidants and anti-inflammatory oils. Massage the serum for a good 10-15 seconds for full absorption and let it sink in for another 5-10 minutes before applying moisturizer.

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Visit provinceapothecary.ca to shop their line and learn about their treatments. You can get a custom serum made with an appointment!

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