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Category Archives: treatments
You’ve tried it all in 2018 (and the many years past, I’m sure) : exfoliating more, adding a serum, and investing in revolutionary skincare tools (Jade Rollers and Microneedling anyone??!?!). And they have all worked for you – some better than others – yet, you still haven’t achieved that amazingly unfiltered “filtered looking” skin you so helplessly lust after.
Skin ain’t easy, baby. But 2019 can be different. It really, truly can if you just embrace this one resolution today :
STOP OBSESSING OVER YOUR SKIN.
Don’t worry – I’m TOTALLY guilty of obsessing over my skin too. I’ve spent years coming up with extensive routines, switching out and throwing away money on entire makeup wardrobes, and trying the most absurd DIY concoctions. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED on the amount of picking at blemishes I have done.
And yes, my skin has benefited from a few tweaks here and there … but it also suffered when I became to hyper focused on a pimple, or overly concerned with a temporary cluster of congestion. In the end, I was so obsessed with getting the perfect complexion that I was stressing myself out; and what does stress lead to??
SKIN THAT REBELS.
Rebellious skin : zits from increased hormonal activity, redness and blotchiness from anxiety, fine lines from over analyzing the growth rate of the smallest blemish ever.
So this year, resolve to better your skin by paying less attention to it:
Pick a morning routine and stick with it.
Pick and evening routine and stick with it.
Pick a skin treat (sheet masks, facials, cosmetic enhancement) and schedule occasional indulgences in it.
Allow your skin to “miss you” a little, and feel the love whenever you circle back to it!
Have a great 2019 everyone!
You’re probably tempted to start your yearly spring cleaning routine – sprucing up the home, freshening up your wardrobe, and doing a real good wipe down of everything you own … but how about this for a change : start your spring cleaning with you!
YES … YOU!
There is no better way to welcome in spring than by freshening up your skin – you know, your complexion that took a beating over the past four-five-maybe six months. Do away with all the dullness and dryness winter gifted to you, and pop by your favourite little beauty studio for some much needed r&r : repair and rejuvenation (for your skin)!
YEP! I said skin …
Taking care of your skin today, means having it look and feel better by summer. It can mean brightening and clarifying the skin instantly, needing less makeup as the temperatures rise, and having a great canvas for a summer bronzy glow!
To help you get started, we have the perfect “spring cleaning” routine for you : three 55-minute fresh+beautiful EXPRESS skincare treatments scheduled 2-3 weeks apart for brighter and healthier skin by summer! Our fresh+beautiful treatment consists of crystal microdermabrasion coupled with some low level light therapy (aka cold laser – that highly effective light stimulation trend everyone and their mother should be getting done!) to help resurface, rejuvenate and revamp your complexion almost instantly!
And to make it easier for you, we’ve bundled the treatments into one budget-friendly price of $295 plus HST! That’s less than $100 per treatment, but still 55-minutes of pure skin bliss.
All you need to do from here is book your first appointment …
April is officially here, so get yourself booked in : Call us at 416.727.1754 today!
Whenever you hit up a Sephora or a beauty department sales associate looking for a new foundation or the latest moisturizer the first thing they will ask is what’s your skin type? This is without fail … and with good intention because really, they just want to make sure you’re getting the right product for your skin type and needs. However, if you aren’t a regular at a dermatologist’s office or a facial bar … you might not know yourself!
Image : Jacks Beauty Department, Berlin
Sales associates and makeup artists are trained to help you determine this but not without asking you a few questions that only you would know. So the real question here is … do you know the answers?
If you’re trying to determine your skin type before making a big skincare purchase, try to look and find the answers to these five important questions :
When you wake up in the morning, does your skin feel :
- dry and tight
- oily and heavy
- the same as when you fell asleep
Ten minutes after cleansing and moisturizing, your skin feels like :
- you need more moisturizer
- you put on too much moisturizer
- you can no longer feel the moisturizer but also feel fresh and clean
When you apply your makeup :
- you are unable to get a nice smooth application and powders feel like they are dragging on your skin
- you are unable to get liquid or cream makeup to stay in place and it slides around too much
- you get a nice even application and don’t have too much trouble with makeup
By midday, your makeup looks :
- patchy, and needs some adjustments
- shiny, and like it has disappeared or has started to migrate to other areas of the face
- the same, but you might need to add some lipgloss
By the end of the day, your skin feels like it is :
- inflamed, irritated and/or itchy
- greasy, shiny and in need of a good cleanse
- tired and ready to be cleansed, but otherwise fine
If you answered mostly 1′s, chances are you’re dry or dehydrated. Mainly 2′s, you’re a candidate for an oiler t-zone. Strictly 3′s, and you’re what most would consider normal.
Knowing the answers to these questions will lead you to making better choices in your skincare and makeup products, and in the end a much happier you with respect to your purchases! But keep this in mind – rarely is anyone just one thing. In fact, it’s more common to be a combination skin type! So, when taking this quick questionnaire keep in mind what your second answer would be if your first answer didn’t exist. Let the makeup artist or sales associate know your answers and see what they recommend!
You’re skin is on it’s way to smooth sailing, so today your job is to create the perfect frame to show off all your hard work!
Day 14 : January 14
Trim your bangs. Tweeze and groom your brows. Curl your lashes. Wax any unwanted facial hair.
Take some time today to clean up and groom theses areas that highlight and frame the face – or at least book an appointment with a professional whom can take care of it for you.
Grooming your brows and curling your lashes will highlight the eyes, which are probably brighter and looking lifted thanks to all the extra care you’ve taken in the past two weeks. Trimming the brows and cleaning up their shape will frame your glowing skin; and removing any unwanted facial hair will further emphasize your complexions smoother appearance.
It’s all about the details, and these little tweaks just help the process a long. Plus, you’ll just look super cute!
Have a great day pampering yourself!
TIP : Don’t be afraid to experiment with brow and lash timing too … these simple tricks can help you look awake and made up instantly with no makeup. Less makeup equals more better skin days!
HOMEWORK : Learn how to trim your bangs and groom your brows yourself. This will help to save more money in your pocket which can then be saved up and spent on more skincare products!
For most of this guide, we’ve focused on repairing and renewing the skin because the key is to get your skin back into shape. But what happens once you meet that goal?
Day 13 : January 13
Protect your skin.
Today, I want you to grab your tablet (or laptop, or smartphone) and start researching on your options for SPF. This is especially important if you’ve been relying on a moisturizer or foundation base that claims to have SPF included. You need a standalone SPF if you really want to protect your skin. While the SPF included in your products can help to protect, it’s not their #1 goal. An SPF-specific product is your best bet for fighting off increased and future sun damage and aging.
Before you think “okay – I’ll just pick up some Coppertone” … no no … plenty of cosmetic brands have SPF that will fit a bit better with your daily skin and beauty routine. They are lightweight in texture and feel, making it much easier to wear day in and day out. Choose one with an SPF of at least 30 or higher. You’ll want to apply your SPF at the end of your skincare routine, but before makeup.
Never forego sun protection. Even in the winter months, your skin needs its SPF. Be very diligent about it to prevent a plethora of skin issues down the road.
Have fun in the sun!
TIP : Ask for samples and try them all out under your makeup. While all may protect equally, some might create a better base for your makeup than others.
HOMEWORK : If your budget allows, you can pick up an extra SPF product in stick form. You can stick this in your purse and reapply as needed throughout the day especially when you’re outside more than expected.
I’m hoping by now your skin is taking top priority in your daily rituals, morning and night; that you’re beginning to reap the benefits, and you want to keep it up. If so, I’m ready to share with you the tip I recommend to all my clientele, regardless of their skin type.
Day 12 : January 12
Embrace face oils.
I have a lot of clients that I recommend this to look at me in shock and concerned that using face oil will just promote ongoing oily skin … but many experts will tell you the exact opposite is true … and so will plenty of my clients.
Whether you apply face oil directly to the skin as is, or add a few drops to your existing moisturizer, face oils can help to regulate oil production and hydrate at the same time. They can also be used to remove makeup and cleanse the skin before you wash, which is much more gentle than stripping away your makeup with a remover or soap based cleanser.
There are some great brands available with a range of face oils to combat skin issues such as acne or rosacea, while others can aid in the fight against aging. You can also check out the health food aisle or a nearby health and nutrition store for natural and organic versions. And the best face oil DIY … well for me, it’s organic coconut oil straight out of the jar.
If you’re still unsure about applying oil directly to the skin, start off small with adding just a drop to your moisturizer or night cream. You’ll still notice results, and eventually become more comfortable with using face oil on its own and directly to the skin.
And that’s when the magic happens …
TIP : Get comfortable with it. Start with a simple face oil before moving on to face oils that help to combat certain skin issues.
HOMEWORK : TRack your progress with face oils. Whip out the camera, and track the changes in your skin after a week of using face oils.