Hello Sunshine! Your Skin and the Sun

It feels like June in April around here, so I don’t blame everyone for wanting to get outside and bask in those beautiful rays. Just please protect your skin.


There has been countless articles, studies, and firsthand experiences that confirm that if we want to maintain the health of our skin we must protect it from UV rays. Especially if you are someone that is concerned with how your skin will age! UVA exposure will accelerate that aging process, especially over time with continued exposure.

No, I’m not saying you have to lock yourself away in a dark room for the rest of your days. I’m just saying that you need to make different choices when it comes to how you expose yourself to daylight.

And it’s so easy nowadays! There are tons of options for sun protection, from special clothing to umbrella’s to SUNSCREENS (that’s in caps because that’s what we’re talking about today).

Not all sunscreens are the same. I’m sure you know this already if you have tried some. They can be greasy, smelly, and gross. And they need to be reapplied…

Sounds like work right?

Well rest assured because SkinCeuticals has taken the work (and the grease) out of your daily sun protection.


Physical protection, that’s how.


Instead of a chemical ingredient entering into your skin and absorbing UV rays, physical protection literally sits on the skin and reflects the rays off. It “physically” prevents those rays from entering the skin and getting at your skin cells. Because of this there isn’t that need to reapply as often as with a chemical-based sunscreen. Who actually does that anyway? Are you really going to take your makeup off throughout the day to reapply your moisturizer or foundation? No, you aren’t.

(Click here to read more about the SkinCeuticals environmental protection philosophy)

I have been a big fan of the SkinCeuticals sun protection products for a while. I search out physical protection for myself because I generally end up in head-to-toe hives if I use tradition sunscreens that are absorbed into the skin. It’s not a pretty sight, and it feels terrible, so with the only other options of burning to a crisp or locking myself away in a dark basement, I had to search out some “alternatives”.

Turns out there are many out there. But not all the same of course.

Why do I like the SkinCeuticals brand?

Because it works, for one (that’s the big one). Also, because they offer options based on skin type. None of the sun protection products are greasy, and some are even mattify-ing. So if you have oily skin, there’s a great option. If you have normal or even dry skin, there’s an option. Even sensitive and acneic skin is covered.

They have an amazing eye product too! It doesn’t move and really protects that thin skin around the eyes. Did you know that something like 10% of skin cancers actually happen around the eyes??? No thanks.


We carry the full line of SkinCeuticals sun protection products in our student spa. Not sure which one is for you? Come on in and find out, our students would be happy to share their knowledge with you!

At the end of the day, whatever brand you choose, please just make a commitment to protect your skin and your health.

Safe sunning!


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education


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We Got Skills: Hosting the Regional Hair Styling Competition

Delmar College has had a long relationship with the Skills Alberta Hair Styling community. After four years of hosting the Regional competitions we were super excited to see what this year had to offer. And we were not disappointed!

There were two categories of competitors at the Calgary area regional level this year: Junior and Intermediate.

And what does that mean (other than beautiful hair)?

To quote directly from the Skills Alberta site:

Secondary – Junior
Competitors will be tested on creative impression and ability. This will be a creative braid performed on a long hair mannequin.

Secondary – Intermediate
This level of this competition will allow the young stylists to demonstrate their technical skills and creative ability in the following test: Creative Bridal Style (Long Hair) Evening.

Here is the work the Junior’s produced:

Here is the work the Intermediate’s produced:

And just to be clear, when we say Junior and Intermediate, we mean high school students! Talk about talent and drive.

Last week I talked about the history of my involvement in the Skills world. But since that experience has to do with the Aesthetics competition, and not hair, I thought I would like a bit of input from someone who is involved in the hair competition. So I asked one of the regional judges, Coy, to share a bit of his Skills experience with us. Here’s what he had to say:

Coy from CoyHair and Skills Alberta Regional Hairstyling Judge

I became a master judge for reasons to become a better competitor, originally. Recently, I started following the judges path to start helping others become better competitors. It has been a huge boost to my understanding and knowledge on balance, form, and cleanliness.

I have been involved with Skills as a regional judge, and provincials – one day I hope to get to nationals and even the worlds! Another involvement was training a student to take a Gold Medal finish at provincials for post secondary 2015.

The creativity and blending of the different techniques were the most eye catching this year at the Calgary area regionals for braiding and bridal! I am also excited to see that more and more schools are sending students with this being a larger year than I’ve seen before!

Check out some of Coy’s amazing work on Instagram @CoyHair or on Facebook at CoyHair

We are also very excited to announce that we will have Delmar Hair Design student, Delaynie, competing in Hair Styling at the provincial level. She will join our aesthetics competitor, Jordan, in Edmonton in May and we know they will both represent Delmar well!

The countdown is on so stay tuned for more posts about Skills to come.


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education


On the Road to Skills

If you really want to change the world you have to inspire young people. That’s how you change the world. – Joe Rogan

I have had the great pleasure of being involved with the Skills organization since 2012. My first experience was as a committee member on the Provincial Technical Committee for Aesthetics for Skills Canada Alberta. I learned a lot that competition year, and also became overwhelmingly inspired by the young competitors I saw. At the awards ceremony I even shed a few tears, so that was it for me, I was hooked.

Team Alberta 2014, after receiving their gold medals

In 2013 I became the Chair for the Aesthetics committee and continue to do so to this day. Last year I had the opportunity to also get involved with Skills Canada and became the National Technical Committee representative for Alberta. Again, it was an amazing experience and just confirmed how much I love being a part of the organization. I learned a lot about what it takes to compete at the national level and brought that home with me so we could mold our provincial competition to meet that standard.

That’s me with our Alberta competitor at Skills Canada 2015 in Saskatoon, SK

I have worked with several competitors over the years, helping them to train and prep for the provincial and national competitions. Every competitor brings a unique set of talents and challenges, but always seems to have a huge amount of drive in common.


And while I am there to inspire them to reach for more, they truly inspire me also. Skills competitions are held worldwide, but something not everyone knows is that they are made up of some very young men and women. Competitors, in most trades, must be under 21 years of age. To be honest, most are still teenagers.

I definitely did not have that drive as a teenager, or even into my twenties. So I commend them and am in awe of that.

But, I’m not just here to talk about me and my role in Skills. I am actually here to talk about a specific competitor. Her name is Jordan. She’s training to represent Delmar at Skills Alberta in May. Oh, and she’s amazing in so many ways. So let’s talk about her already…



What drew you to take the Esthetician program at Delmar?

Makeup and skincare have always been a passion of mine. I just love it. And I wanted to learn the specifics of it.


What has been your biggest challenge?

Differentiating the types of treatments for the skin.


Are you excited for Skills?

(Giggles) Yes. Totally. It is totally out of my comfort zone, so it is good.


Is there a part of the competition you are most looking forward to?

Most excited for the makeup component


What has been your favourite part of the process so far?

Enjoying training. Learning a lot of additional treatments and getting to work with equipment that is new to me.


I have so much faith in Jordan and I have to give her kudos for stepping up and accepting a challenge that is so far out of her comfort zone. My wish for her is to have an amazing experience, learn a lot, and get on that airplane for Abu Dhabi World Skills in 2017.

Stay tuned for more posts involving Skills Alberta as we get closer to the provincial competition.


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education