Acne Questions Answered by Dr. Erin Wiebe ND

Question: Is sugar causing my acne breakouts?

Answer: Sugar spikes will cause spikes in acne breakouts. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, a diet that has a high glycemic index/load is associated with an increased risk of acne. 

What this means is that foods that are high in sugar and that cause the blood sugar to spike quickly will cause internal inflammation and can result in acne breakouts. 

What can you do about this?

1. Foods with Low GI: Eat foods that have a lower rating on the glycemic index (GI). For example, white bread has a very high GI while an apple (thanks to the fibre it contains) has a much lower GI. You want to aim for foods that have a GI of 55 or less.

This PDF from Hanover Regional Medical Centre provides a GI food list. Other lists can be found online.

2. Pair your Carbs: Pair your carbohydrates (which tend to be higher on the glycemic index) with healthy fats, proteins, and fibres to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood, therefore reducing that sugar spike that causes inflammation. For example, add some almond or hazelnut butter to your apple to further reduce the blood sugar spike. 

If you suffer with acne, this is a great first step to reducing internal inflammation and starting your journey to having clear, bright, and radiant skin. 

For individualized nutritional support, consider booking a skin consult with one of our naturopathic doctors @purgloskin.

Clear, radiant skin IS possible.

Question: Will I get post-pill acne if I come off the pill?

Answer: Maybe you started the pill to deal with acne or when you try to come off the pill, you find that you begin to breakout. This is a common reason why many women choose to stay on the pill even when they would prefer to come off for other reasons. 

Post-pill acne occurs for a few reasons. 

First, your body is withdrawing from the high levels of synthetic estrogen that are in the pill. That super high dose of estrogen was supressing sebum (oil) when you were on the pill so when you take it away suddenly, it can cause a surge of sebum production leading to more breakouts. 

Secondly, androgens (the testosterone family of hormones) increase when you come off the pill. This can increase mood and libido BUT can also increase acne especially around the jawline, neck, shoulders, and back. 

I assure you, however, that life with clear, radiant skin after the pill is entirely possible. 

In order to reduce post-pill acne, I recommend:

1. BEFORE you come off the pill, begin to work on dietary and lifestyle changes that can help your body adjust to the big hormonal shifts that occur when coming off the pill. 

2. Support your body’s natural detoxification process to help bring your hormones back into balance after coming off the pill. 

3. If you had acne before going on the pill, work to figure out why you had acne and treat the root cause that the pill likely covered up. 

Customized facial @purgloskin

All of these strategies are best employed with the guidance of a naturopathic doctor. Considering booking with one of our naturopathic doctors @purgloskin to help you on your journey to clear, bright, and radiant skin even after the pill.  Never been to a naturopathic doctor? Check out one of our earlier posts about our naturopathic approach to treating acne.

4. AFTER coming off the pill, to reduce inflammation, prevent breakouts, and support healing, consider booking a series of customized facials with one of our skin care specialists. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. 

In radiant health,

~Dr. Erin 

Naturopathic Doctor

Author: Dr. Erin Wiebe ND is a Naturopathic Doctor at Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre and the Nature Doctors, located in Winnipeg, MB Canada.

Pro-Aging: Two Secrets to Staying Younger

Beauty Inside-Out, Outside-In

What if I told you that I have a couple of secrets to share on how to slow down aging?

Have you reached that next stage in your life where you see the wrinkles, grey hairs and extra pounds sneaking up on you? Maybe menopause has already shown up or is just waiting around the corner. Changes are inevitable.

I’ve caught myself letting out a sigh as I see a pretty 25-year old walking by. But I remind myself that I was 25 too once, just like they will one day be my age. I remind myself that what they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring our wisdom and experiences – for all we’ve been through earning each grey hair and wrinkle. Paying bills, suffering ills and whatever else life has thrown at us…

We are survivors.

We are warriors.

We are women.

While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with love, understanding for others and pride for all we’ve been through and accomplished.

As we start to see the years slowly making their mark on our bodies, although we’ve rightfully earned them, they still may make us feel a bit uncomfortable; change is not always easy. But believe it or not, the first secret to delay aging is to actually embrace it.

Secret #1: Pro-Aging ~ Change How You Think About Aging

Aging is a privilege and the way we perceive aging can actually influence how we age. It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy; the idea of how we embrace aging, whether our attitude is positive or negative, can affect our health and well-being in either direction. Emotional turmoil and negative thinking can have a significant impact on our aging processes.

Researchers from Yale University looked at 660 participants between the ages of 50 and 80 who participated in a community based study on how self-perception of aging impacted survival over the course of 22.6 years, finding that a positive attitude about their own aging… such as feeling useful and happy… lived, on average, 7.5 years longer.1

Good-Bye Anti-Aging, Hello Pro-Aging

Let us say goodbye to the Anti-Aging movement and the negative impact it portrayed on getting older. It somehow implied that we should dread aging.  Pro-aging, on the other hand, celebrates aging. Pro-aging encourages us to embrace healthier behaviours, feeling more in control of how we age which can heighten our immune systems and increase our productivity. Being pro-active in life can have a tremendous impact on our personal outlook, satisfaction and actual happiness.

So, a positive approach can help slow down the aging process, but that is just one tool to help us walk forward with beauty and confidence. Another secret is to make sure we keep our Dermis happy.

Secret #2 – Skin Deep – Understanding Your Skin Care Regimen

Increased research and product development lead us into our next phase of understanding skin health. As someone in the beauty industry for 40 years, what I have come to understand firsthand, is that we must nourish and care for our skin more than the Epidermis layer (the outer most layer of the skin.) We treat this layer with topical skin creams that penetrate to moisturize and hydrate, but they do not go deep enough to nourish and repair the Dermis (the second layer of skin) where blood flow exists, feeding the skin. The Dermis is the layer where skin enhancing changes can actually happen. Topical moisturizers make the skin feel smooth and plump, however, have little to do with the long-term reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. How do we nourish the Dermis? Well, the Dermis has a good friend called Collagen.

You Need Collagen for Healthy Skin

Collagen plays a major role in the appearance of our skin tone and how well our skin ages. Unfortunately, Collagen begins to diminish naturally around age 25. That’s why we want to ensure we have practices and products within our skin care regimen that assist the stimulation, reintroduction and absorption of Collagen so it will be there to help keep our Dermis healthy. So, how do we get Collagen if we are losing it as we age?

Some ways to increase Collagen Production:

Microneedling Treatments*

Eating Bone Broth

Taking a Collagen Supplement such as Whole Body Collagen*

*Available at Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre

Microneedling – Stimulating Natural Collagen Production

Collagen Induction Therapy (Microneedling) helped start my pro-aging journey by making my skin become more toned and radiant as it stimulated natural collagen production in my body.  I also included Osmosis MD skin care into my skin care routine.  These medical-grade ingredients are just so active that I saw results very quickly.  A bonus secret is that I also incorporated Bone Broth into my diet, which provided me with additional Collagen.  People I had not seen in a while noticed the difference immediately and asked me what I was doing with my skin. Encouraging!!

Pro-Aging – Feel Good and Beautiful

I fight writing this because it seems vain when I type the words; my true core believes that it is internal beauty that matters yet, here I am talking about how happy that I have an external glow to me again. But I share this with you because at the end of the day, I feel good. I feel good about the way my skin looks. I know that feeling good feeds my spirit.  I know how it impacts my mental health and personal outlook on life. I have finally given up on being perfect…and I have a lifetime to work on the things that will continue to improve my health but I feel more in control and ready to meet each day.  The aches and pains may still be there, but I have a greater desire to get up and keep moving.  Pro-Aging means to feel beautiful and healthy and happy. What better way to move forward!

Joanne Rempel, co-owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre, located in Winnipeg, MB.
Joanne Rempel – co-owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Winnipeg, MB

Source: 1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12150226/

Author: Joanne Rempel is the Co-Owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Winnipeg, MB Canada. She is also the owner of Color Beauty and Wellness.

Acne Questions Answered by Dr. Erin Wiebe ND

Dr. Erin Wiebe, ND answers why sugar spikes and coming off the pill can cause acne breakouts and provides prevention tips and ways to get your skin glowing again after an acne breakout.

A redheaded girl holding a brush in one hand with a clump of hair piled on top and her other had over her mouth in shock of her hair loss.

Hair Loss? Acne? Is it Hormonal?

Hormone imbalance can cause acne and hair loss. Learn the top 5 things that you can do now to reduce estrogen dominance and bring your hormones back into balance.

A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Acne

Suffering from acne? This is a Naturopathic Doctor’s inside-out approach to treating acne. Dr. Mary Anne Hembroff ND dives deep to show how NDs determine the root cause of acne and then address it to remove the susceptibility for acne. Learn more about the most common root causes of acne.

Hair Loss? Acne? Is it Hormonal?


Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances for women. It is often due to estrogen excess, but can also be due to progesterone deficiency.

Do You have Estrogen Dominance?

Common symptoms of estrogen dominance include:

  • Hair Loss
  • Breast tenderness and swelling
  • PMS; can be brain fog, mood swings, anxiety, etc.
  • Fatigue
  • Fibroids
  • Bloating
  • Insomnia
  • Acne

How can you find out if you have estrogen dominance? In our practice, we use the dutch hormone test (https://dutchtest.com/video/introduction/) or CHI hormone test (https://rmalab.com/test/comprehensive-hormone-insights/?myProvince=on) to get an accurate assessment of your hormones.


Top 5 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Estrogen Dominance:

1. Eat your Cruciferous Veggies – 1 cup every day will help balance out the hormones! Start preparing your favourite broccoli, kale, bok choy, cabbage and cauliflower recipes. These veggies are rich in glucobrassicin, which converts to I3C, then to DIM, which supports estrogen metabolism in your liver. DIM has been shown to favour 2OHE1 over 16OHE1, a weaker estrogen in the body, therefore less estrogen activity overall.

An array of vegetables that include cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, kale and cabbage that help reduce estrogen dominance.
Eat cruciferous vegetables.


2. Include Ground Flax – Add 1 heaping tablespoon of ground flax seed to your day. One of nature’s best phytoestrogens! Not only is flax able to help directly with hormone balance, but it also moves things along in the intestine, improving bowel health, which is also essential for hormone health. I usually suggest sprinkling on your breakfast yogurt or porridge, or have in the evening with a cup of water, away from meals.

A bowl of brown flax seeds which is nature's best phytoestrogens and will help with hormone balance.
Eat flax seeds daily.

3. Look for Xenoestrogens – these are chemicals that mimic estrogen in your environment. They are literally everywhere! On our food, in our water, on furniture…many personal skin care and hair care products contain synthetic estrogens too. We also ingest estrogens when we heat food up in plastic containers in the microwave. Most commonly, xenoestrogens are leached from high fat containing foods that are stored in plastic and are on our non-organic fruits and veggies.

Three glass containers with rice, lentils and vegetables, which is a healthier option when heating food than plastic containers.
Using glass containers instead of plastic ones to heat up food will help remove xenoestrogens from your environment.

Do what you can to identify sources of xenoestrogens in your environment, and make some changes. These are some changes that you can make now to help remove xenoestrogens from your environment:

  • Switch to more natural, chemical-free hair and skin care products.
  • Don’t heat food in plastic.
  • Buy all oil or fat containing products in glass (Eg. yogurt, olive oil, etc.).
  • Air out new carpets, furniture and mattresses in a garage or basement before using.
  • Always wash new clothes to reduce exposure to chemicals used to keep clothes looking pressed in the store.
  • Buy organic veggies where it matters! Avoid the Dirty Dozen: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and peppers.

4. Reduce Stress – Pregnenolone is a precursor to both hormones; Cortisol and Progesterone. If your body is in “stress mode” all day long, you are producing CORTISOL and not leaving any pregnenolone for progesterone production. In my practice, progesterone deficiency is the most common cause of estrogen dominance. I work with individuals to practice mindfulness and find ways to respond to stress, shifting the hormone balance towards progesterone. We often use adrenal support to help bring the body back into balance, and mitigate lifestyle stresses.

A woman standing on one leg on a pink yoga mat, on a roof of a building with a skyline in the background as she meditates.
Exercising and practicing mindfulness helps balance hormones.

5. Exercise – Just 20 minutes a day to start! Exercise is key in hormone balance as it plays a role in insulin sensitivity, boosts weight loss, increases testosterone and helps the detox processes in the liver.

Maintaining a healthy body weight is key to avoiding estrogen dominance as fat tissue stores estrogen, and it can synthesize estrogen from other hormones.

What Other Reasons Cause Hair Loss and Acne?

If you have estrogen dominance, the above changes are a great start to getting back in balance.

But, estrogen dominance is not the only reason why you may be losing hair or struggling with acne. Our previous post, “A Naturopathic Post to Treating Acne” provides a more thorough explanation of the most common reasons you may be suffering from acne. And we have plans for an upcoming post where we do a deep dive into hair loss, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you are struggling with acne or hair loss, our Naturopathic Doctors and Skin Care Specialists at Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre provide a unique inside-out approach when treating skin and hair loss concerns; you receive a natural, result-driven treatment plan that is customized to your specific needs. Contact us to learn more!

Author: Dr. Mary Anne Hembroff ND is the Co-Owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Winnipeg, MB Canada. She is also the co-owner of Nature Doctors where she is a Naturopathic Doctor.

A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Acne

Most people think of acne as a “teenage hormonal thing”; that it is a necessary, but evil part of growing up. But, that is not the truth. There are many different causes and a multitude of ways to treat acne. Whether you are 14 or 45, acne can be a huge problem, affecting us on all levels, physically and emotionally. There are so many types of acne, from inflammatory (rosacea) to cystic, to black heads, and in most cases, we need an inside – out approach. A thorough assessment of how your body functions inside and a topical treatment to rebalance the skin on the outside. 

Initial Assessment: Your skin can Tell a Story

An initial assessment of the skin gives us clues as to what sort of imbalances we might find in the body. For example, when there is a lot of underlying redness in the skin, we often see an issue with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. We also look to see if the acne is concentrated in a specific area that tells us where the issue might be. If it is concentrated along the jawline, it is often adult hormonally based acne, whereas acne across the nose and upper cheeks is likely related to issues in the upper digestive tract. The classic T-zone for teenagers is also indicative of hormonal caused acne.

Deep Dive: Identifying the Root Cause of Your Acne

After the initial assessment, Naturopathic Doctors will take an inside-out approach and start to look more deeply into the body to identify the root causes of your acne. When we address these, we remove the susceptibility for acne.

There are 4 common symptoms that will help us determine what is wreaking havoc on your skin:

1. Gastrointestinal Dysfunction: Let’s Talk Poop and Smelly Gas

Our questioning always begins with digestive functioning; how often do you have a bowel movement? Do you burp? Are you ever bloated?? These questions help to narrow down the area of the digestive system that may not be functioning optimally. As Naturopathic Doctors, we often order very specific tests to determine GI functioning. At our clinic we use, GI MAP (https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com/tests/gi-map), because it uses DNA analysis of the stool to determine the digestive functions of each level of the bowel. It also tests for bacterial, viral, worm and protozoa parasites as well as determining the healthy bacterial populations. DNA analysis takes out the human error component and increases the sensitivity.  

Proper elimination is vital to prevent acne. Our skin is the largest organ of detoxification. If we don’t eliminate our toxins through the bowels and kidneys, we excrete through our skin! So, how often is often enough? We usually suggest a minimum of one bowel movement a day, but ideally 2, and even 3 are fine, as long as the stools are not loose. Yes, naturopathic doctors ask ALL the questions about poop to ensure you are digesting, absorbing and eliminating efficiently! Constipation can commonly be related to a lack of fibre or water, or sometimes due to parasites or hypothyroid. So many possibilities for such a common problem, which is why we spend so much time working through health history to determine the root cause specific to the person. 

One of the most common things we see with adult acne is low hydrochloric acid in the stomach, a necessary secretion from the stomach lining to ensure proper protein breakdown in the stomach. Common symptoms include smelly gas after protein rich meals, bloating and bad breathe. Long term low levels will have a significant effect on hair, skin and nails, leaving them brittle and dull. Left untreated, this can result in acne. Thankfully this can be easily rectified. 

2. Your Acne may be the Result of a Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal acne, often appearing in the T-zone (chin, nose, forehead) is often related to a disruption in the intricate balance of hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). These fluctuations in hormones might be triggered by menopause, menstruation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or excess androgens. Women who start getting acne in their late 40’s or 50’s might be suffering from menopausal acne, caused by a drop in estrogen or an increase in testosterone. Acne vulgaris, is a hormonal type of acne that is often a result in a rise of the hormone, testosterone. We can often determine the cause by symptoms, but rely on testing such as the CHI or Dutch Test, for accurate assessment. These tests not only test for the 4 most common hormones but all the intermediates so we can help determine if your acne is from improper detoxification of estrogens or genetic dispositions that we can coax to healthier pathways using diet and nutritional supplementation.  

(https://dutchtest.com/video/introduction/) or CHI hormone test (https://rmalab.com/test/comprehensive-hormone-insights/?myProvince=on)  

3. Nutrient Deficiencies can Cause Acne

Specific nutrient deficiencies are common with acne, and when supplemented, can result in positive results. Some of the more common ones we see are Zinc, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. We should all actually be getting more than enough Vitamin A in our diets through our fruits and veggies, and should not need to supplement. However, sometimes lack of proper breakdown (hydrochloric acid deficiency) and absorption can result in this deficiency. Zinc is also found ubiquitously in our food; pumpkin seeds, meat, nuts but also happens to be a nutrient that the body uses quickly when under stress. A common visual cue of zinc deficiency are white spots or lines on your finger nails. Vitamin E is found in a lot of seed oils and nuts but can be low in some that are trying to limit fat in their diets. 

4. So How does Anxiety Affect my Skin?

Let me tell you about Cortisol! Cortisol is the hormone that is produced in response to stress, and if you are “wired up” all day long, your body is producing a whole lot of it! When your body is producing too much cortisol, it uses up all the pregnenolone to make it, and it doesn’t have enough left over to produce progesterone. Unfortunately pregnenonlone is a finite resource in your body, and a vital building block for essential hormones. When progesterone is low, estrogen appears high in the body, and hormonal acne can present, as well as symptoms such as breast tenderness, PMS, hair loss and mood swings.   

Acne Treatment Results from an Inside-Out Approach

Treating acne may seem complicated and impossible, but it is actually one of the most rewarding conditions that I treat as a naturopathic doctor. The causes are many, but are also easily identifiable, and the reward is in seeing the change, as someone starts to glow from the inside-out. As I continue to work with my amazing team at Pur Glo, I am now seeing more and more results, as we work with medical grade skin care to repair damaged skin, decrease inflammation and restore a healthy glow. 

Author: Dr. Mary Anne Hembroff ND is the Co-Owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Winnipeg, MB Canada. She is also the co-owner of Nature Doctors where she is a Naturopathic Doctor.

CLEAN BEAUTY: How I Discovered It and Why I Have Never Looked Back

Making choices in the beauty industry has become a bit overwhelming, hasn’t it?  I have spent my lifetime in the industry serving with passion, and I have seen how complex this world has become for the consumer. 

My real story begins about 20 years ago … after having a burning sensation in my lungs from hairspray, I made the decision – enough is enough!

Clean Beauty is Not a Fad or Trend

If I wanted to continue to do what I love, I needed to change how I did it and what I used. I went on a rampage of investigating and researching and finding like-minded companies that shared the vision of “Clean Beauty.” I soon learned that this was not a fad or a trend, it was real and I could feel it in my body. Clean beauty was worth it. I was living proof that what we put ON our bodies, can end up IN our bodies.

That was it … I threw out every hairspray and every skin and hair product that didn’t have the clean ingredients I was looking for. It was tough and controversial, but somehow, I began to find trust in certain companies that shared my passion for protecting our bodies and the planet. That passion has carried over to our guests that I serve at Colors Beauty and Wellness salon because more people are realizing that you can still pamper yourself with beauty treatments and services but in a cleaner and healthier way.

Safe Beauty Treatments is a Wise Choice

As wise and mature women (that’s how I reference women over 40 today – maybe because I am well past that), we are looking at safe and effective beauty treatments that have an impact on our skin and go far beyond just a moisturizer. 

I am often asked in the world of skin treatments, what is safe but effective, and what am I doing? I am committed to great skin care. I care about ingredients that I put on my skin. As a kid, I grew up outside so my skin has definitely been impacted by the sun, so my years have created a story on my face that is mine.  I need to care for my skin. 

What is currently my skin care regime?

I use Osmosis MD Cleanse, and then a combination on serums (Stem Factor, Catalyst and Correct) to help repair my skin damage.

Beauty is subjective and whether others see my beauty or not (took me years to be able to say that!!), it is the woman I wake up to every morning and … I have kinda grown fond of her! I value quality ingredients that support my body and my skin at a deeper level.

With my new venture into the skin care industry at Pür GLō, my work with our Naturopathic Doctor and Aesthetics’ team has opened doors to explore clean and natural beauty with an even greater confidence because of a new wealth of knowledge and experience. 

I believe in beauty that is authentic and genuine and I am excited to be working with and serving likeminded individuals.

It is not an image, but a feeling that can be found in each one of us. Join us in celebrating beauty, and become a guardian of the woman you see in your mirror. 

Feel Good ~ Look Great

Joanne Rempel

Author: Joanne Rempel is the Co-Owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Winnipeg, MB. She is also the owner of Color Beauty and Wellness.

The Woman in the Mirror: My Unexpected Journey into the Beauty Industry

Initially when Joanne (owner of Colors Beauty and Wellness) approached me about working together in the skin care industry, I was thinking, “but I don’t know anything about beauty! ” As a Naturopathic doctor, I was used to working with skin conditions and anti-aging, but from an internal perspective.  However, the idea of working with a like-minded individual who believes in a natural approach to beauty was tempting … Let me think about that.

Well, it took one bad, yet enlightening trip to a medical aesthetic clinic to change my mind and jump in with both feet!

How Two Wrinkles Started This Journey

My research into the Skin Care industry started with a visit to a local medical aesthetic centre, where I booked an appointment to discuss my 11’s, aka the 2 wrinkles between my eyebrows that have become deeper, reflecting the level of worry in my life, and making me look permanently angry. 

I was greeted by the doctor’s assistant; a lovely woman, who used an extremely animated voice to help me gauge her emotional state, as her face was frozen in time with Botox treatments. She immediately attempted to bond with me over my desire to soften my “angry lines” and sympathized with my concerns around the upkeep with Botox and fillers. The doctor then came in and delivered the bad news … Fillers were not likely going to be enough to hide these bad boys (11’s); likely a combo of Botox, fillers and some take home gels. This totally made sense to me, as these lines didn’t form overnight, and I wasn’t about to stop making my “worried face”, so the lines would only continue to form. So, botox to paralyze the muscle, and fillers to plump up the skin so the lines appeared less deep. It made sense. So far my expectations were met.

Illustration of a beautiful woman looking into a mirror and seeing a less beautiful version of herself.

After this initial assessment however, my whole face became a target for deep analysis, even though I had only expressed concern about my 11’s. I had never really considered the age spots that had appeared, or the large pores on my nose.  Suddenly she was in utter dismay that I was not concerned about those horrendously deep smile lines and poor skin texture … and while we’re at it, might as well attack those unsightly crow’s feet … BREATHE.  Suddenly I felt hideous, old, flawed, broken!  How could I go on subjecting my friends and family to this horrific face?!!  How did I become so flawed? Within a matter of minutes I had become intimately acquainted with every little “flaw” on my aging face. Suddenly the proposed initial spend of $3000 felt so justified … but why did my chest feel tight and my throat so dry?  I started to panic, so I took the next logical step.

I ran.

I said I had to go NOW, and I ran. I exited the building as quickly as I could, the cold air hitting my face, penetrating into every ugly line in my face as I bolted to my car.  Breathe.  As I drove home I could feel my shoulders rolling in, and my mood sinking lower, as I attempted to hide. How had my self-image gone from “Hey, not bad for 40-something” to “Deeply flawed, wrinkled up, defective. Old.”?

Who was this woman in the mirror?

When I got home, I immediately went to the mirror, and I avoided looking at my face; it was too much to take in. Instead, I looked deeply into those green eyes that had been looking back at me for over 40 years. Phew, SHE was still there. I stared and I breathed for 5 minutes. I cried for another 5 minutes.

I was getting older, how did that happen and why didn’t I see the signs?! And why didn’t I feel old until today?!  I’ll tell you why. For two reasons: One, I was too busy “living” to notice AND two, up until this point, my experience with the beauty industry was blessed. I was held gently by numerous experts in the beauty industry, who made me feel beautiful at every age. They saw ME, each and every time I got my hair cut or my toes done. And now as I stared into those green eyes, I saw ME too, the same beautiful mother of 2, naturopathic doctor, friend … who walked out the door this morning.  She is still there. I am still here, and I am beautiful, wrinkles and all.

When I actually “experienced and felt” what women were being subjected to by this industry, I thought, we have to provide something better! Women shouldn’t be shown what’s wrong with them, they should be reminded of their beauty each and every time!

The catalyst that started Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre.
An inspirational quote that reads, "You were born to be REAL not to be PERFECT."

The Slippery Slope of Perfection

It’s not about perfecting what society wants to see. It’s about guiding people to see who they are, in all their beauty. I’m sure many of you can relate to walking into the hair salon, feeling bedraggled and tired, and walking out an hour later, feeling like you can kick some ass! A truly remarkable feat for a hair style!

And let me be clear: I am NOT against Botox.  I think it’s a wonderful tool in this industry, if used wisely.  But have you ever noticed how a woman often starts with one injection. Just the crows feet. They make me feel old. And then suddenly the WHOLE face is paralyzed, the lines are filled, the lips are plumped … now where did that woman go? It’s a slippery slope when we are aiming for some state of perfection defined by society.

Pür GLō: Where You Define Your Beauty

I know we, as a society, can do so much better in providing women with a safe place that lets them define beauty for themselves. This experience has guided my involvement in the skin care industry, as I provide women and men with options in the Natural Skin Rejuvenation world. We have created a team of Naturopathic Doctors and Skin Care specialists who know and appreciate real and genuine beauty, as they see it reflected back at them through the eyes of their clients.

My journey into the beauty industry was eye-opening, but it is these defining moments where great things are created. It catapulted me into making it a goal to help prevent others from getting the confidence knocked out of them as they look to navigate change. We need to uplift and help each other and I am proud and excited for our team to help everyone that walks out of our Centre to feel more confident and alive than when they first entered.”

Author: Dr. Mary Anne Hembroff ND is the Co-Owner of Pür GLō Natural Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Winnipeg, MB. She is also the co-owner of Nature Doctors where she is a Naturopathic Doctor.

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