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Helping skin deal with hot summer sun

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This summer has been and continues to be hot with high UV index.  We have noticed this year more than any other year, that our clients have very dehydrated and stressed looking skin.

The sun effects have been very damaging this year even on those who re-apply sunscreen.  Considering that your skin is one of the largest organs in the body in surface area and weight we should be asking the question,

What can we do to encourage and maintain skin health when it is bombarded with high UV index?

The obvious answer is broad spectrum sunscreen.  I don’t think this is a news flash to anyone, yet, so many of us forget to use this skin saving product.  There are many different types of broad spectrum sunscreen and as long as you re-apply during your sun exposure time it doesn’t really matter what brand you use, you are helping reduce the effects of harmful sun rays. The trick is to find one that you like the feel of and WILL use.

What else can you do to help decrease damage and improve some of the negative effects of exposure?

A good daily skin care routine is essential for maintaining a healthy looking, fresh skin, but getting a Professional Facial Treatment can have a big impact on how healthy your skin looks and acts.  Here are some reasons why:

Your skin acts as a barrier against mechanical impacts and pressure, variations in temperature, micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals. When your skin is overwhelmed with UV rays it deteriorates, gets thin and is more vulnerable to all the bad stuff.  Professional treatment will help restore hydration and nutrients to your precious stressed skin.

Deep cleansing rids skin of toxins, dirt and oil.  Oil production and consequently clogged pores increase when skin is dehydrated and stressed.

Application of potent pharmaceutical grade antioxidant serums and creams during the facial (and in home care), slows down the premature aging associated with sun exposure.

Having a trained spa therapist do your treatment not only helps your skin but helps you relax and who doesn’t need that!?!

Don’t wait til summer is over, take care of your skin.  It has an important job to do and it can use all the help we can give it.

Want to rescue your skin?  We are your Skin Care Experts and we would love to help.

Look for our next Blog talking about benefits of Hyaluronic Acid


Benefits of Spray Tan

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Spray tanning is the most efficient ways to get the bronzed glow you want, without the harmful effects of UV sun exposure and tanning beds. As we are all aware, skin that is overexposed to the sun or UV, is far more prone to sunburn, skin conditions, premature ageing and most dreaded, skin cancer. While the sun is vital in providing us vitamins and minerals that we need to be healthy, overexposure can be dangerous.

With a Spray Tan, not only can you attain a natural-looking tan, but you will achieve that tan the safe and healthy way.

The benefits of spray tanning also extend into the world of “feeling good”. Who isn’t happier sporting a healthy looking radiance, rather than pale pasty skin!

Spray tanning offers other benefits:

Even streak free tan.

The ability to stay tanned year round.

Evening out skin tone and hiding blemishes including stretch marks and leg veins.

Ability to choose depth of tan.

You look like you have just returned from vacation!!

How to prepare for a spray tan

  1. Make sure you shave or wax before your appointment, preferably a day before.
  2. Be sure to exfoliate the day before your appointment.
  3. Remove ALL moisturizers, makeup and deodorant before you spray tan. This will avoid any streaking or blotchiness.
  4. Right before application of spray tan, put some Vaseline or moisturizer on your knees, ankles, elbows and palms. This will protect the areas from absorbing too much of the spray tan. Skin is thicker on these areas and may get darker. You can also wipe these areas down after you are sprayed. Put some lip balm on your lips. Wear a shower cap to protect hair colour.
  5. Follow the instructions for when to shower after your spray tan so you get the full bronzing benefit.




Summer Skin Care

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Thanks to summer time fun, your skin may look and feel tired, stressed, inflamed and congested due to oxidative stress from UV radiation, dehydration from air conditioning, pore clogging from sunscreens and sweating and from perhaps a few too many margharitas on sunny patios.

So the question is… What can we do to lessen the stresses on our skin and help it look and feel healthy, balanced and vibrant?

  1. Stop aggressively cleansing. Aggressive cleansing disrupts the natural balance of your acid mantle-a protective layer supplied by a combination of water and oil that your skin produces. Unless you are working in a very dirty environment you do not need to super power wash your skin. If after cleansing your skin feels tight and in desperate need of moisture immediately after washing, it is time to reassess how and what you are using to wash your face. For those suffering from acne, stop scrubbing and intentionally drying out your skin. You are at risk of your skin producing more oil to get back to that balanced acid mantle.


  1. Give your skin extra protection and support. Give your skin the support it needs to combat oxidative damage with a potent antioxidant like L-ascorbic acid. This will slow down the accelerated ageing from sun exposure. Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen that is appropriate for you skin type. For those who suffer from redness/rosacea, a chemical free sunscreen is better option. Look for a product that provides a good dose of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.


  1. Feed your skin. You know the expression, “ You are what you eat.”? Skin is an organ and needs nutrients to keep it working in a healthy way. Following a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is recommended. Summer social times usually involve yummy snacks and drinks. Do what you can and enjoy these treats in moderation. Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Hot weather, alcohol and caffeine are all dehydrating and your skin will show it.


  1. Get a professional facial treatment. The world of skin care is overwhelming. Drug and department stores are full of colourful boxes of products promising the world. Money is wasted on products that are not the right ones for your skin. When you get a facial it is an opportunity for a good skin assessment, a much needed exfoliation and cleansing of your skin and a time to get a personalized skin care regimen recommendation.


  1. Let go of the idea of “healthy tanning”. We should be thinking of tanning as mild skin damage. Sun exposure does help our bodies produce Vitamin D, but sun exposure to skin can cause damage, even without a burn. Use a sunscreen of spf 30 or higher and be prepared to reapply every 90 min or so. For tanned skin consider a spray tan.


  1. Don’t forget your hair is affected by the sun. Sun exposure can pull moisture from your strands leaving them dry and prone to breakage, not to mention what it can do to your colour. Consider wearing a hat and using a product that both moisturises and protects. Ask your hair stylists for their recommendation.

Cellulite Myths

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Cellulite is one of those topics that is brought up often, but few people truly understand what it is—its causes, its treatments, and its biggest targets are all a bit of mystery. There are plenty of myths surrounding this topic, so we’re setting the record straight, dispelling the biggest myths about cellulite and how to diminish its appearance.

Myth #1: Cellulite Is Just Excess Fat

While excess fat may make cellulite more apparent, cellulite is generally a result of abnormalities in the dermis and weakened connective tissue between fat and muscles. Usually, there is a layer of tissue between muscle and the skin that keeps fat cells in place and skin looking smooth. When this connective tissue is weakened, fat cells start to show through, leading to the familiar cottage cheese effect. Typically, the most common causes of cellulite are changes in hormones, age, weight change or a lack of muscle toning, stress, and poor circulation.

Myth #2: Only Women Get Cellulite

While 90% of women will develop cellulite at some point in their lives, approximately 10% of men will develop it, too. The reason for why women are more likely to develop cellulite (though not exclusively) is two-fold. First, fat cells tend to sit on women’s hips and thighs, where cellulite is most common, while fat cells gather more around men’s abdomens. Second, the connective tissue that prevents cellulite is naturally weaker in women. As women age, their bodies will produce less estrogen, a hormone that helps support circulation among other duties. A decline in circulation leads to a decline in collagen production and the connective tissue’s strength.

Myth #3: Losing Weight Will Eliminate Cellulite

As mentioned, cellulite isn’t the result of excess fat—it’s caused by weakened connective tissue. While losing excess weight may be helpful to overall health, it’s not the most effective route to battling cellulite. If you’re opting for exercise to reduce the appearance of cellulite, opt for strength training exercises to build muscle and tone the body.

Myth #4: If Cellulite Is in Your Genes, There’s No Way Around It

It’s true that there is a genetic component to cellulite development, but preventative measures can be taken to reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your stress levels, taking care of your skin to promote collagen production, eating healthy, and exercising regularly to build muscle are just a few ways to minimize your risk.

Myth #5: Creams Alone Can Cut Cellulite

While many creams may help in making cellulite less noticeable, there is a more effective solution that works to resolve the problem under the skin’s surface—non-surgical body shaping treatments that use radio frequency and magnetic therapies. These therapies, when combined, create a thermal reaction that helps to shrink the volume of fat cells around the thighs and buttocks. With no downtime, you can smoothen the look of skin and minimize the appearance of cellulite. Follow up your body shaping treatments with a toning cream to target the contributing factors that cause cellulite, helping to prevent it.

Acne Myths Part 2

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Acne Myths Part 2

Myth: Stronger products are better products

If you have ever researched acne products, you know that Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid are the 2 recommended choices and this is for good reason.  The Salicylic acid unclogs pores and the Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne bacteria.  Overusing these products or looking for the highest concentration is not always the best choice.  Instead look for a medical grade product. This means that the product has high grade active ingredients and less is more.  

Myth: Blackheads are dirt in your pores

According to Dr. Germain, “Blackheads have nothing to do with dirt.”  Skin cellular turnover is a natural process that pushes oil and debris out of your pores and helping them keep clean.  When this process doesn’t happen fast enough, our pores collect a buildup of oil and debris.  Dirt isn’t actually involved.  Using products that increase cellular turnover can help.  Retinol products are an example of a product that can increase cellular turnover.  It is recommended you talk to a skin care professional about your options because Retinol can have some side effects such as redness and peeling

Myth: Breakouts mean you don’t wash your face enough

It is a fantasy that simply washing your face will get rid of pimples.  The reality is that over washing can actually work against you by stripping away natural oils.  If your skin detects that your skin is dehydrated it can actually compensate by making more oil which can result in clogged pores and oily skin.  The solution is to start by using your medical face wash and toner once a day only.  Your skin care professional can help you develop the best protocol for you based on a skin assessment.

Myth: Moisturizers cause acne

This myth is tied to the previous myth. Dehydrated skin can produce more oil leading to more clogged pores and breakouts.  Look for a moisturizer that gives your skin “ a drink of water” instead of a cream that hold in the moisture.  We love iS Clinical Hydracool,  Vivier Hydrating B5 gel and Rejudicare’s Aquaprime

Myth: Hair products do not cause acne

Unfortunately what you put in your hair DOES have an effect on your face.  This happens when oils from hair products continuously make contact with your face.  The solution is to avoid products with petroleum jelly and to look for products that are water based and not oil based.

Myth: Stress DOES NOT cause acne

“Stress creates a hormonal imbalance in the body, which can lead to acne,” points out Dr. Germain.  According to a study done at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, stressed out teenagers are 23% more likely to have severe acne.  Researchers think this is due to stress induced inflammation.  There is also other factors such as stress eating which can be a contributor.  Finding some time for stress relieving activites such as exercise, yoga and meditation can only benefit our skin.

Acne Myths Part 1

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Acne Myths PART 1

There is lots of acne advice out there yet we still get breakouts.  In order to maximize results, you need to distinguish between tested truths and old wives’ tales.

Myth: diet does not affect acne

Today we are finding there is a connection between food and acne.  A team of researchers lead by Jennifer Burris, a doctorate candidate at New York University, looked at the diets of more than 200 people and found that those who ate more sugary foods, dairy products, and unhealthy fats, as well as less fish, were more likely to have moderate to severe acne

Myth: If you have acne you should not eat chocolate

There is a connection between diet and acne but it isn’t reasonable to just blame chocolate.  Mona Gohara MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale says that any food with a high glycemic index (ex processed breads, cakes, sweets), can increase blood cortisol levels and worsen acne.  These refined carbs cause your insulin level to spike, which leads to increased sebum production and clogged pores.  The problem with chocolate is not the cocoa but the sugar that is added.  Look for chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% or higher

Myth: Acne is a teenager problem

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 50% of women between 20 and 29 years old, 35% of women between 30 and 39 years old, 26% of women between 40 and 49 years old report having acne.  We can blame the same surge of hormones that we experience as teens says  Dr. Gohara.   Estrogen increases at your first period and perimenopause.  The hormone causes an increase in oil production, which ultimately causes bacterial inflammation and pimples.

Myth: Makeup makes acne worse

Some products CAN clog pores and cause pimples, but the right makeup can improve acne.  Dermatologists often suggest powder based pure mineral makeup with ingredients like silica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide ( we like Jane Iredale and Colourescience). Powder foundations absorb oils that would otherwise clog pores.  If you prefer a liquid foundation look for one that is non-comedogenic.

Myth: Sunscreen Clogs Pores

A little sunscreen education…There are 2 types of sunscreen: chemical sunscreen, which absorbs UV light ( common ingredient include oxybenzone and avobenzone) and physical sunscreens, which reflect UV rays (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).  Some chemical sunscreens can irritate skin, cause inflammation and breakouts.  Sometimes the culprit is the base ingredients that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.  Physical sunscreens like zinc oxide can actually calm irritated skin while absorbing excess oil.  Look at your labels!!

Myth: The sun makes acne better

Here is the bottom line with sun as explained by Dr. Germain, Exposure to sunlight may reduce inflammation in your body and since acne is an inflammatory process, you may initially see a decrease in breakouts.  BUT, over time sun breaks down the skin’s collagen ( collagen is what keeps our skin firm), and then pores have less support and they can appear larger leaving clogged pores looking more obvious.  We also cannot forget about the correlation between skin cancer and sun exposure…need we say more?






Acne Awareness

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June is acne awareness month so we thought it would be a great time to share some information.  

Acne comes in many different forms affecting people of all ages.  Most people have had experience with some kind of breakout in their life.  It is common for us to hear what a negative impact acne can have on someone’s self confidence.  

The most reasonable way to approach acne, according to dermatologist Dr. Murad, is to recognize that the skin is the largest and most connected organ in the body.  This means that you have to include the whole body when helping the skin. He recommends a complete inclusion Health approach including a diet built on water-rich foods, regular exercise, attention to sleep cycle, routine targeted skin care and self care that enables each individual to best manage their stress.  

There are several different types of acne.  Some of the most common types include:                                                    

Comedones: Hair follicles that become clogged with oil and dead skin cells that develop into bumps and whiteheads.                                                                                                                                                          

Whiteheads: Clogged pores that remain below the skin and are not inflamed.  They can appear as a small bump or a raised bump with a white head.                                                                                                         

Blackheads: These are comedones that are open to the surface of the skin.  They appear black or dark brown in colour which is caused by oil’s reaction to air.                                                                                                

Papules: Appear as small, red or pink bumps on the skin.  These are whiteheads or blackheads that have become inflamed.  Picking at these may lead to scarring.                                                                                                             

Pustules: a version of an inflamed pimple, a pustule looks like a whitehead but is also has a ring around the bump.  This type of acne is the classic pimple.

More Severe types of acne that involve deep inflamed and pustular cysts, nodules on face and body and severe flushing require assessment, diagnosis and treatment by a physician.

While there is no one cause that leads to acne and clogged pores, some of the factors that may aggravate the condition include: Hormones, certain medication, genetics, comedogenic products, stress and physical pressure from helmets, chinstraps etc.,

The more common forms of acne can be improved ( along with a holistic whole body approach) with skin care treatments and medical grade products.  We are proud to be able to offer technology, treatments and products that can make a difference in your skin.  

Oxygen- the oxygen kills the acne-causing bacteria as well as reduces acne-based inflammation

Exfoliation-removing superficial dead skin cells removes the medium where acne causing bacteria can live as well as removing trapped dirt and oils.

BBL Acne Treatment- Blue light treatment attack p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the sebaceous gland helping acne breakouts resolve faster and skin stays clearer.

Medical Grade Home care products with Salicylic Acid ( unclogs pores) and  Benzoyl Peroxide ( prevents pores from becoming blocked and targeting bacteria that cause acne)

Makeup that does not clog pores.

THIS MONTH TRY OUR ACNE BUSTING FACIAL.  This treatment includes an exfoliating enzyme mask and application of oxygen incorporating a vitamin rich serum.  This facial targets superficial skin buildup and acne causing bacteria.                                                                                                                                                                     

Not sure what is the best treatment for you?  Book a consultation with our facial specialists for a customized protocol.  We offer several options for professional exfoliating treatment that leave your skin smooth and clear.

Why bother getting a facial?

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Ever wondered what the benefits are to getting a professional facial?  Sure it’s relaxing but what is it doing for your skin?

Professional medical grade facials, like our Honey Enzyme Facial, provide exfoliation and hydration, both necessary for healthy skin.

Why is exfoliation so important?   Our skin takes a beating everyday, facing sun, pollution, sweating, dryness and makeup chemicals.  Fortunately for us, our skin is working all the time to make new skin cell layers that continually rise to the surface.  These new cells replace older dead skin cells that are hanging out on the surface dulling our skin’s appearance.  Gentle exfoliation, using medical grade enzymes gently loosen and remove dead skin cells.  Result is improved skin texture, purification of clogged pores and stimulation of cellular turnover ( which slows down as we age). Enzyme Facials are safe for all skin types and do not cause profound redness and irritation.

When you add honey, a natural antibacterial action is added helping to clear congested or acne prone skin.

February is a great month to show you and your skin a little LOVE.                                                                                           Honey Enzyme Facial AND a manicure $99


Throw away those TWEEZERS.

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Forever Bare BBL…your solution for getting rid of unwanted hair!

Over the years I have heard the same complaint about women and their unwilling attachment to their tweezers.  Every morning hidden away in their bathroom ( or car ) tweezing out facial hair.  Oh the aggravation and hours wasted! 

As time goes by, women tend to have abnormal hair growth due to changing hormones, medications and for some, metabolic problems.  BBL treatment will help reduce the amount of hair growth and soften the course hairs on face and body.  It works on pigmented hair( does not work on blonde, white or grey hair ).  Broad Band Light ( BBL), delivers photothermal  energy to  hair follicles which will cause hairs in the active growth phase to stop growing.  This treatment is effective on coarse and finer hair.

Practically any part of your body can be treated, even sensitive areas like lip, underarms and bikini.  Treatments are quick with little to no downtime.

The treatments are spaced every 4-12 weeks depending on area being treated.  Pricing is affordable starting at $49

Winter time is exactly when you should get started so by summer the razors, tweezers, and wax pot, is out of sight.  No hairy backs at the beach.  No stubble to remove.  No ingrown to hide and NO MORE FACIAL TWEEZING.

Call or book online for your free consultation and test patch.  You deserve it.


50% off first BBL Hair Removal Treatment.  Already a client?  Try a new area and save 50% off first treatment. Expires Feb 28, 2017

Here are some of our client comments about their experience:

WOW. I don’t know why I waited so long to do this.  I am a swimmer and not having to worry about shaving is amazing.   Paula

I haven’t had to think about tweezing my chin.  It is such a relief.  Sandy

No more prickly legs.  Angela

I used to get ingrown hairs to my bikini line and end up with scars.  That has dramatically improved.  Karen

Since menopause I seem to be getting more and more hair on my face.  This treatment has allowed me to keep it under control.  I don’t feel so self conscious anymore.  Carol


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