The Routine That Transformed My Skin.


Confession.  Until sometime last year, I was using whatever body soap that was sitting in my shower to wash my face.  I'd fall asleep with my make up on, pick my face, wouldn't drink enough water, and I'd sit and stare at myself in the mirror wondering why the hell I had cystic acne, dull and dry skin. 

Horrible, I know.

I'm 28 and, until now, have never taken the time to take care of my skin. This is the year that I noticed a lot of changes in my body - one of them being that I just don't have that teenage skin anymore.  So I threw out a call to good ol' Instagram to seek out some advice.

"What the heck do you guys use to keep your skin looking young, healthy and fresh?" I threw up the question on my stories asking what people's go-to skin routine was to fix some of the things I was struggling with:

- Dry skin (around the nose)
- Cystic acne
- Oily on cheeks and forehead
- Huge pores
- Discolouration above my upper lip
- Dull skin tone

My inbox flooded with generous tips and I narrowed it down to a bunch of products that I bought that weekend.  I was a week into my routine and feeling pretty good about myself to be honest.  There was one thing though that I couldn't understand...

Why would my skin look great immediately after using the product, but by lunch time look horrible? I just didn't get it. Fast forward a couple of days and I got a message from the team over at The Vanity Lab in Vancouver who asked me to come in for a free skin consult. I was hesitant.  I mean, I did just spend $300 on new products so I didn't want to have to invest in more... little did I know at the time, this consult was about to transform my skin. 

I'm going to start off by saying that I absolutely loved the team who made my visit incredibly comfortable and informative. The entire consult was mostly educational on how skin works and why some products work better than others depending on what your goals are. I had finally met a personal trainer for my skin.

It's been just about a month since my consult and using the products consistently twice a day.  I'm confident in the results and sticking to this routine so I'm ready to share the 4 products I've been using that have completely transformed my skin - and I'm only just getting started!

You'll find a breakdown of the products below...but if you're in Vancouver. Do yourself a solid and book in for a free consult at the Vanity Lab. You won't be disappointed.

- Ally





"Gently exfoliates and cleanses skin, reduces excess oil and neutralizes free radicals. Encapsulated vitamin E provides antioxidant protection and hydration for healthy skin." - $49.00 CAD - LEARN MORE


"Ultra-fine magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells and increase epidermal turnover for a cleaner, smoother, more even-toned complexion. Vitamins A, C, E, and C-Esters provide antioxidant benefits to help maintain skin barrier function." - $82.00 CAD LEARN MORE


"Reduces sebum production, removes dead skin cells and deep-cleans congested pores using 2% salicylic acid. Botanical extracts calm inflammation and soothe irritation. Recommended for prevention and treatment of oily skin and breakouts." - $66.00 CAD LEARN MORE


Highly stable retinol, antioxidants, and specialized DNA repairing enzymes work around-the-clock to help minimize UV oxidative damage and uneven pigmentation, while restoring skin function and elasticity. - $166.00 LEARN MORE



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