The brief respite from snow and sleet that is Canadian spring and summer may be here, as evidence by tulips blooming and birds chirping. But we all know that the deep freeze won’t be gone for long, and one Calgary-based facialist’s M.O. since 2014 has been helping her clients deal with the city’s harsh climate. “Conditions change quickly, temperatures rise and fall, and we regularly find ourselves exposed to environmental stressors like wind and cold one day, hot and full sun the next,” says Annie Graham. “My clients came to me explaining that they can’t find products that truly soothe and heal their skin, so I created my own.” When formulating her line, XO FACEcare, which she sells online and out of her spa, XO Treatment Room, Graham put her biology background to work, drawing on science-backed ingredients to address the problems her clients brought to her.
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By Ashley Joseph