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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Everyday Tips for Beautiful Skin

February 2, 2024

In the vast landscape of skincare, discovering the most effective routine for our distinct skin types can be tough. To set you on the right path, here are some valuable tips to get you started on your skincare journey.

Wear sunscreen daily

You might be familiar with this advice, but it’s worth emphasizing to wear sunscreen! It stands as the single most crucial step for maintaining healthy skin. By applying sunscreen, you create a shield against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, preventing sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging effects such as wrinkles and age spots. Optimal protection comes from using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure to apply it to all exposed skin, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you swim or sweat. Your skin will thank you for this simple yet vital care!

Simplify your skincare routine

In the realm of skincare, simplicity often reigns supreme. The adage “less is more” holds true, particularly when it comes to avoiding potential irritation. Overloading your skin with numerous products, especially anti-aging formulations, can lead to sensitivity. Instead, streamline your routine to the essentials - a mild cleanser, reliable sunscreen, and a nourishing moisturizer. Forge a consistent morning and night skincare ritual that aligns with your skin’s needs and commit to it. Focusing on these fundamental steps creates a foundation for healthy and balanced skin without the unnecessary complications of a crowded product lineup.

Choose skin care products formulated for your skin type.

Understanding your skin type is essential for selecting products that genuinely enhance your skin. Knowing your skin type provides valuable insight, helping you tailor your skincare routine to meet specific needs.

Sensitive skin

Characteristics: May experience stinging or burning after product use.

Care: Opt for gentle, fragrance-free products to minimize irritation.

Normal skin

Characteristics: Clear and not sensitive

Care: Lucky you! A balanced routine with standard products can work well.

Dry skin

Characteristics: Flaky, itchy, or rough

Care: Choose hydrating products, including moisturizers and gentle cleansers.

Combination skin

Characteristics: Dry in some areas and oily in others.

Care: Use a combination of products to address both dry and oily zones.

Oily

Characteristics: Shiny and greasy

Care: Look for oil-free, mattifying products to control excess oil.

Tailoring your skincare routine to match your skin type ensures that you address its specific needs, promoting a healthier and more balanced complexion.

Keep your hands off your face!

Every time you touch your face, you’re transferring dirt, germs, dust, and oil from your hands. Strive to refrain from touching your skin throughout the day. Resist the urge to pick, pop or squeeze pimples, as doing so may result in scarring.

Treat your lips

Skin cancer can develop on the lips too, so before heading outdoors, use lip balm or lipstick containing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. If your lips are dry or chapped, apply petroleum jelly for extra moisture.

Check your skin regularly

Skin cancer stands among the most prevalent forms of cancer. Regularly examine your skin for new spots, those that differ from other marks on your body, or moles exhibiting changes such as itching, bleeding or alterations in colour. These can frequently serve as early warning signs of skin cancer.

By Dilothi Selvarajah