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the better skin guide : stress less

Perhaps one of your new year’s resolutions is to be more active and live healthier, but if it isn’t, here is a good reason to jump on that train sooner rather than later.

Day 4 : January 4

Alright. So you know that exercise does a multitude of wonders for you physically – beach body ready all year round, yes? Well, the other great thing about exercise is it helps you to decrease the amount of stress you carry with you day in, day out. And what does stress do to you? It makes you tense. And anxious. And worrisome. All three things together unfortunately start showing up on your face.

It could be wrinkles. It could be hormonal acne. It could be frown lines … *gasp*.

Aiming to get a little exercise and destress on the daily helps your complexion internally – better circulation, flushing out toxins, frowning less, etc.  Paired with your new game plan for better skin care habits on the surface (did you pick out some new cleansers and moisturizers yet?), you’re working from the inside and the outside for a one-two punch.

Getting started on moving a little bit more and stressing a whole lot less doesn’t mean signing up at a gym pronto with all the new resolutioners. No no. Instead try one of this tips :

  • Start and end each day with a series of sun salutations. This standard yoga series allows you to get the blood pumping while focusing on breathing, movement and stretching out the body. In the morning, it gets you going and limber; in the evening it slows you down by focusing on breathing.
  • 10-minute walks, three times a day are all you need to feel a little less hectic. Once in the morning, once at lunch and once in the evening – you barely notice you’re getting some movement in.The goal to making these walks count is to be present in them. Your rushed walks from Go Train to the office doesn’t count – that’s more stressful than actually working. Your 10-minute walks should be opportunities to take in the scenery around you, to breathe, and focus on you … not where you’re going and what you have to do next.
  • Got 7 minutes? There are plenty of 7-minute excercise apps that can guide you through a quick workout sans gym. Filled with familiar and easy to follow excercises, you’ll get your blood pumping before you know it. Added bonus : you can do this several times a day to meet the  standard 30 minute move goal.

Alright! Hop to it … literally

TIP : If you’re already a gym rat, consider adding more mindful practices to your gym routine, like a yoga class or even a meditation class. If you’re riding the couch … it’s all good … let’s take it one day at a time. Start small, but aim big … begin with just a goal to move and destress 10 minutes a day. Work your way up from there!

HOMEWORK : Set a workout goal. I’m not talking about losing this many inches or that many pounds. No no. More like … if you do sun salutations for 7 days,  you can reward yourself with {insert instant gratification reward here}. If you walk 3 times a day for 5 days … on the 6th day, you can walk right up to the ice cream store.  See what I mean?

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hello new year …

happy new year everyone!

i hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and capped off 2013 on a good note, but now its time to focus on onward and upward movement. i, like many of you i’m sure, have my list of goals for 2014 ready. from home to finances to business to health i’m motivated (as we are all once the clock strikes midnight) but even more so am i motivated to stay on top of my goals. my new years resolution is to be dedicated to my resolutions.

i’ve read previously, that the best way to stick to your goals is to announce them – this makes you accountable for them. while my list could put you to sleep it’s so long, i wanted to share with you one of my health goals for 2014.

for 2014, i want to treat my body better. i know, that sounds like nothing new – i mean everyone wants to lose 10-15-20 pounds – but that’s not what I said my goal was.

my goal is to treat my body better. 

by treating my body better, i can improve upon so many things such as better digestion, glowing and radiant skin, shinier hair. i’ve undertaken to incorporate three habits every morning to help achieve this goal:

1. wake up each morning and drink a steaming cup of hot water with juice from 1/2 a lemon. doing so will aid digestion, cleanse the system, clears your skin and improves focus;

2. drink on 12 oz. tumbler of a detox tea daily. the jury is still out on whether detox teas work, but people do boast an improved immune system thanks to all the antioxidants found in a detox tea; and

3. get moving more. i’m adding some variety to my regular workout routine which only consists of yoga three times a week and walking the dog daily – nothing too strenuous. i’ve dusted off my kettebell and a couple of hand weights. i’m not going to push it – that’s how people fall out of love with their goals. instead, i plan to go slow and steady, aiming to do a basic strength routine 5 days of every week for a month before progresses to something a little more advanced.

so, i’ve shared with you and now its time for you to share your goals with me? feel free to leave a comment about your goals or, if you have any tips or tricks for me!

and while i have your attention, here’s a list of new year promotions we have available for your favourite treatments at the studio:

* three fresh+beautiful (formerly our preserve+nurture treatment) for just $325 plus HST (over a $100 savings). this is the perfect option for those who prefer to come once a season;

* our renew package (six fresh+beautiful treatments) for $650 plus HST. if you’re looking to treat and maintain your skin’s appearance, this package takes you through the year by scheduling your treatments every 8 weeks apart ; or

* twelve fresh+beautiful treatments for $1100 plus HST. if you plan to pamper your skin in 2014 this promotion is the way to go by enjoying a treatment every four weeks a part. save yourself $200!

these promotions are available until January 25, 2014. call 416.727.1754 or email us at to purchase your treatments today!


- stephanie -


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