Transitioning Your Skincare to Suit the Changing Weather

Well, we can officially wave goodbye to Summer as we embrace the chilly weather among us. If you’re anything like me, you’re noticing your skin changing too. Maybe it is a little more irritated than usual, maybe it is more red, maybe it is even starting to crack a little.
Our skin pH changes as the weather changes. 
With the change in our skin’s pH means a change in the way our current products react to our skin. What may have worked in the gruelling heat of Summer is no longer applicable as the wind gusts across our faces. It also means that we may not be producing natural oils on our face any more which can leave our dry, irritated skin susceptible to environmental toxins, pollutants and bacteria.
Developing a new skincare routine. 
The major component to our skincare routine that we need to add in the colder months is a heavier night cream. This will help our skin replenish moisture while we sleep and will ultimately help protect our skin to prevent irritation.
Morning Routine: 
  1. Get clean: Switch from a harsher foaming cleanser to something a bit more nourishing like a milky or oil-based cleanser. Bonus: oil-based cleansers will provide a protectant layer over your skin.
  2. Tone it up: Gentle toners get rid of dirt and grime and prepare your face for moisturizer.
  3. Serum: Absolute game changer when it comes to moisture. Serums penetrate deeper layers of your skin, whereas moisturizers work on the first couple of layers. In combination, they nourish your skin and keep it feeling soft.
  4. Moisturize: Again, very important in terms of retaining moisture in your skin and combatting the harsher weather. Lets talk SPF for a moment. Just because the suns rays are no longer scalding our faces doesn’t mean we do away with our SPF. SPF should be worn 365 days a year to ensure protection again any sort of UV rays (the #1 cause of premature aging I might add!)

Our Skin PH changes as the Weather Changes

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Night Routine:
  1. Get clean (again): Cleansing your face is very important at night as it is imperative we remove the dirt, grime, and make-up that has been on our face all day.
  2. Slough it off: Exfoliation is a key step as it helps clean deep in our pores. It also helps brush off dead skin cells which helps with skin turnover, resulting in a refreshed, glowy look.
  3. Toner: Applying toner at night helps rebalance the pH of your skin from all it has encountered during the day. Added bonus: it shrinks your pores so that less dirt can enter them.
  4. Moisturize: Choose a thicker, heavier cream to use at night. Our skin does the bulk of its repairing and regenerating while at rest and night creams focus on the moisture and recovery of our skin. They contain more potent ingredients that release into your skin over time as there is no risk of sunscreen or sun exposure interfering with the process.
So although not entirely different, adding some new key products into your fall/winter skincare routine is a must to prevent irritation, redness, and dry skin.

 

 

Why Pumpkin in Skincare is Beneficial

Why Pumpkin in Skincare is Beneficial + How it can help YOU

Fall is a season of change. The leaves change from green to beautiful shades of red, yellow, and orange. We say goodbye to the hot, sunny days of Summer as we pull out our cozy sweaters and embrace the windy, chilly weather that Fall brings. And most importantly, our skin changes with the season. It can become more dry, it can crack easier, and it can lose the summer glow you worked so hard to achieve if you don’t transition your skincare. Lucky for us, the Fall season brings us an abundance of pumpkins, a key ingredient to maintain glowing skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW:

Pumpkin contains amazing properties that benefit the skin in many ways. So how does pumpkin help treat my skin, you ask?

• It is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.

• It contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

• Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.

• Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for oily skin.

• The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.

Due to the many benefits pumpkin has, it is easy to find in advanced, professional skin care today such as Éminence Organics Skin Care, which we use in our Fall Promo facial and back glow!

 

 

 

Do You Know What’s in Your NailPolish?

Do You Know What’s In Your Nail Polish?
We all love the look of freshly painted & manicured/pedicured nails but have your really every stopped to think about what is in your nail polish?  Just like our skin, chemicals and toxins can leach into our nails.  Could it be time to rethink your manicure/pedicure routine as you are applying more than a fun splash of colour to your nails.
Take notice of the list of ingredients on your nail polish bottles. Whether you realize it or not, many of them contain toxic chemicals.
How Toxic?
A recent study at Duke University found that at least one of the chemicals in each polish formula could be entering your body.  Chemicals such as Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical (hormone disruptors). Guess what TPHP is used for; to make plastics and as a fire retardant in foam furniture and to many’s surprise nail polish…
Do you want that in your body?
We are happy to inform you that we carry toxin/chemical free nail polish colours in our retail boutique.
Trust Fund Beauty prides itself on providing products that are 100% Vegan & cruelty-free, Paraban-Free, GMO free.  Their goal is to create products that are ethical and to be the utmost least toxic as scientifically possible, while still maintaining the quality and function of the product.orly
Not only do they having amazing nail polishes, we also carry their  non-acetone, non-toxic, non flammable, eco friendly, plant-based nail polish remover in a refreshing orange scent.  While safely removing your nail polish you’ll be nourishing your nails!
Another product line we are happy to have in our retail boutique is ORLY.    
ORLY  is vegan, 12-free  (free of Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, MEHQ/HQ, MIT, Parabens, Animal Derived Ingredients or Gluten).
Along side our many colour options from them, new this season we have ORLY Breathable Colours Available.  This formula prevents chipping and peeling is infused with Argan Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5 & Vitamin C leaving you with longer, stronger, healthier nails. 12-Free and Halal Certified.
We can’t forget about the little ones, they love a pop of colour on their fingers and toes just as much as we do, and that’s why we have Snails Nail Polishes.
Formulated in France and Manufactured in Greece, Snails brand is 100% European which means it is produced to the world’s strictest cosmetic laws.   It is 100% Chemical Free & eco-friendly. vegan & animal cruelty free, water based.  This is safe for pregnant women, babies and young children as it entirely soluble and washes off easily.  Enjoy painting your littles ones fingers and toes knowing you are putting the least toxic chemicals on them and watch their smiles appear as they love the pop of colour.
Not all products are made the same and can make claims like the products we are proud to carry in our retail boutique here at Pretty In Pink Spa and use on our clients for our spa services.  Take the time to read ingredient lists, and enjoy manicures and pedicures the chemical free way!
Happy nail painting!

 

 

Wake Up to Bright Skin

Wake Up To A Brighter You!

Ever wish you could just wake up and your skin would look balanced, even and those dark spots not so noticeable? We’ve got a solution!

Catch some zzz’s and Brighten Up your skin while you sleep with the powerful skin brightening botanical blend new from Éminence Organics ~ Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream.

Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream naturally repairs and regenerates while you sleep. Not only does it revitalize and brighten your skin it also increases your skin hydration by 49%, reduction in Melanin by 51% and reduction in colour of dark spots by 29%. If you’re ready for a lighter, brighter, natural way to brighten your skin, this is it!
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If you think your skin fits into the category of Hyperpigmentation (which many of us have) there are multiple factors that cause this, sun exposure being the number one trigger. Sunlight produces melanin and excessive sun exposure can disrupt this process, leading to the unbalanced colour complexion.

Not surprisingly, the other factors that build hyperpigmentation includes stress, medications, the environment along with the natural aging process.

This cream gently fades age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation while boosting the skins collagen production all while we sleep leaving you waking up to smoother, luminous skin.

African potato and tara trees combined with the Punarnava Root ~ a known natural lightening agent, this combination not only reduces but prevents hyper pigmentation by stopping the process that leads to melanin synthesis while you sleep.

Wake up to a glowing complexion in 6 easy steps with the VitaSkin Bright Skin Solution:

1. Cleanse ~ Bright Skin Cleanser
2. Tone ~ Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
3. Exfoliate ~ Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel
4. Masque ~ Bright Skin Masque
5. Treat your dark spots with the Bright Skin Targeted Dark Spot Treatment (intensify the benefits by adding Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum)
6. Moisturize Day: Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF30
Night: Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream

” Now it is possible to erase the look of age spots with this potent, ultra-hydrating cream, formulated to brighten, balance and nourish skin while you sleep.” Eminence

For a limited time, with the purchase of the Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream bright-skin-overnight-correcting-cream AND one other product from the Vitaskin Bright Skin Solution receive a FREE Gift With Purchase of the Brighten Up Dark Spot Correcting Duo. (while supplies last)

 

 

Serums~The Real Game Changers

The Game Changer

We all know the importance of cleansing and moisturizing our skin daily but if you’re really looking to rid your skin of the signs of aging, even your tone, brighten, firm or reduce fine lines and dark spots you’ve got to up the ante. Serums add ALL of the powerful extras that our complexions need.

Why use a Serum?

They deliver potent benefits directly to the skin, correcting concerns, nourishing the skin and boosting hydration.

“Using serums is like taking supplements, but for your face. Serums penetrate on a much deeper level to deliver active ingredients into your skin. They contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients that your skin absorbs quickly and deeply”.
– Archana~Lead Holistic Aesthetician at Pretty in Pink Spa.

Serums are The Real Game Changers

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Serums are the real game changers! The benefit of serums are the highly concentrated active ingredients that penetrate deeper into the skin. The density of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and hydrators give your skin a fresher, younger and healthier appearance. Many serums include ingredients like Vitamin C and grape seed extract that help protect against possible sun damage. They fight the damaging free radicals that are responsible for much of what we perceive as skin aging, including fine lines. The inclusion of amino acids and essential fatty acids strengthen the skin’s barrier and help build strong cell membranes. The purpose of these is to replenish naturally occurring skin lipids, improving moisture retention and protecting skin from the environment.

Are you ready to rewind the clock 15 years and be able to leave the house with little to no make up? Forget the chemical peels, what you need is a serum! It’s common sense really, when you think about it! The less impurities you feel you need to cover up with make-up , the less you will have to use and eventually, you can pick and choose when you want to wear it.

Now that you are about to jump in your car and visit us, you might be asking yourself, ‘How do I use a serum?’

For maximum benefit you should use a serum morning and night. But if once a day is what you prefer, apply it in the evening. While we sleep is when the skin repairs itself.

Step 1 ~ Cleanse your face
Step 2 ~ Exfoliate
Step 3 ~ Tone
Step 4 ~ Serum
Step 5~ Moisturize (if you want you can add a few drops of serum to your moisturizer)

Once you experience the clarifying, hydrating and age-defying benefits of adding a serum to your daily routine you will know why we call it the superstar of skincare!

 

 

The Sun Scoop

We all love the golden glow, but did you know that sun exposure is a leading cause of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.   Ever pick up a bottle of sunscreen and try to figure out all the codes and what they all mean?

There’s waterproof, water resistant, SPF, UVA, UVB, but what does is all really mean?  Do you even really need to apply sunscreen?…the answer is YES!
In light of the recent Banana Boat sunscreen recall, we’re sharing the scoop this week breaking down all you need to know about proper sun care.
The SUN Scoop

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.

Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number; you’ve probably all seen them on your sunscreen bottle (SPF30). This SPF number is calculated measuring the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin.

For example, “SPF 15″ means that 1/15th of the burning radiation reaches the skin through the recommended thickness of sunscreen- protected skin vs unprotected skin.  You really want to be using an SPF of no less than 30 to protect  yourself not only against the risk of skin cancer but also premature aging skin.

Follow? Great, now let’s get into the nitty gritty science behind UVA and UVB rays:

Sunlight is made up of two types of harmful rays: UVA and UVB.  The UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skins thickest layer, while it’s the UVB  that burns the superficial layer of our skin.  It is the UVB rays that is the key in developing skin cancer.  No matter the rays, be it UVA or UVB, unprotected skin exposure can lead to premature skin aging, wrinkling and cause permanent damage over time.  Unfortunately most people don’t begin to see signs of sun damage and become aware of the risks of not applying sunscreen until we begin to age.

COOLA sunscreen has a Farm to Face Philosophy

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The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends wearing sunscreen 365 days and year and most importanly during peek hours of 11am – 3pm.

So what is it you really want to look for in your sunscreen?

No matter what brand of sunscreen you purchase you want it to be a Broad-Spectrum sunscreen.  The FDA has strict guidelines to determine what sunscreens actually are able to be labeled at Broad-Spectrum.  Broad – Spectrum sunscreens provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.  Giving you the maximum protection from the suns harmful rays.

Mineral sunscreens vs. Traditional sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens use active mineral ingredients such as Zinc Oxide, that reflect the sun’s rays to protect exposure to your skin.  There are two types of sunscreens Classic and Mineral Sunscreens, they can be differentiated by their active sun protection.  Classic sunscreens use chemicals to absorb & dissipate UVA/UVB rays.

Lastly, and newest to the way we understand sunscreen, is the concept of nanoparticles.  Slowly we will be seeing guidelines put forth on how to differentiate when purchasing sunscreens. In the meantime we can explain it as such:

A nanoparticle is a piece of material so tiny that the only way to measure it is in nanometers. To put this to scale, 1 nanometer equals one-billionth of a meter. ” A nano particle will enter the blood stream but a non-nano will not. That is why non-nano is safer. Chemical sunscreens will enter the bloodstream and that is why DNA altering ingredients such as oxybenzone have become a growing concern.

COOLA, now available at Pretty In Pink Spa, is non-nano.  Their Farm to Face philosophy offers mineral suncare products for the entire family.  COOLA uses ingredients that are hypoallergenic, paraben free, antioxidant enriched, water resistant & water proof yet still luxurious without compromising on performance.  Their products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants.

We hear it all the time from new moms ‘what sunscreen is safe for my baby’  We are happy to share that  COOLA has an SPF50 for your little ones over 6 months old.  Start your baby on their way to a natural environment while safeguarding them from the sun’s harmful rays and pollutants.  This baby SPF 50 sunscreen is designed especially for a baby’s delicate skin using minerals.

No matter how long you or your family will be spending time outside be sure to apply  your sunscreen before you head outdoors.

 

 

What Has Your Soap Done For You Lately…

You probably wish it did a bit more than it’s basic function, right? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could wake up in the morning and literally breathe in and feel the energy frequency that you are on… while you shower?

Not sure what that means?
Let us ask you this: do you have mornings when you wake up jump in the shower and you just feel completely rejuvenated? Some might say its feeling of Bright’n Feisty .

Wouldn’t it be nice to carry that feeling on your body all day?

How about at the end of a long day when you wish you could find a quiet  Grove to sit in and find your balance again?

What if we told you that there is a soap that will help you feel all of this, would you ditch the current soap in your shower? We think, yes!

GroundSoap~ A Canadian company committed to helping people make healthy choices in caring for their skin

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We are so excited to share with you a NEW product that we have just started to carry here at Pretty In Pink Spa in our retail boutique.  We have sourced and found a Canadian Company that makes ground organic soap, scented using only essential oils.  Not only are the names of the bars of soap fun and inviting,  the health benefits of the essential oils leave you feeling refreshed, and recharged (and they smell amazing!)

What makes Ground Soap so Awesome? 

They use nothing but pure and natural vegetable ingredients, and certified organic ingredients.  The essentials oils that they use are natural, which means that their soaps are good for those who are sensitive to scent and or have sensitive skin.

One of the things that we really liked about this soap is that the essential oils that Ground Soap have used have key healing and health benefits.

If you’re feeling fatigue, frigidity exhaustion and stressed,  it’s time to unwind & relax.  The AUM soap is known as the meditation soap.  Scented with Patchouli from the Far East.  Patchoili has the healing properties for those with acne, cellulite, chapped skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, mature skin,and oily skin.  The perfect soap to just take a few moments to Breathe deeply and just let your mind wander.

Lemme_grandeIf you are on the dry side, we’ve got the LemmeBee Your Honey .  This is the perfect soap for moisturizing dry skin with soothing oatmeal as a natural skin toner, while it gently exfoliates the skin.   While the generous portions of Honey and Shea butter lather and moisturize the skin.  Did you know that Honey was used as an ancient remedy for treatment of infected wounds.  This is the perfect soap for both men and women and smells so good you’ll want to take a bite out of this one!

While many of us have chronic skin issues, it can be our skincare products that we are using on ourselves that can be an irritant to the skin.   Ground Soap takes pride in knowing that the ingredients they use are safe from exposure to things like carcinogens, and parabens.  There products provide healthy and natural alternatives, once you give them a try you are going to love their soaps as much as we do!

While we’ve shared  our excitement for Ground Soap bars now available online at Pretty In Pink Spa and  in our retail boutique, we hope once you’ve tried one you will be just as excited about them as we are.

Happy Lathering!

 

 

Want Radiant, Glowing Skin? What’s your Skincare Regime?

There are a number of skincare products available in the marketplace today but how many give you glowing skin.  Everyday it seems like a new line of products is being introduced that promises miraculous results and guarantees wonders.  But how many of these products are actually chemical free without compromising on performance ?

The polluted environment and lack of time for proper and results oriented skincare can result in lacklustre skin.  The reason most products are not helping your skin is because they are predominantly chemical based-infused with synthetic ingredients, artificial colours and fragrances to name just a few. 

Our skin is sensitive and requires products that work from within and not just provide an outer covering.  Skincare is skin deep.  After all,  acquiring naturally beautiful looking skin is what we all desire.

At Pretty In Pink Spa we encourage and promote wholesome, plant based skin care – skin that is nourished from the inside and radiant on the outside!  We believe in only using and selling  products that are chemical free and non toxic, plant based providing ultimate nutrition for your skin.  One example of products that we carry that goes skin deep is Éminence – Handmade Organic Skincare from Hungary.Copy of MICRO GREENS COLLECTION TOUT

Éminence offers a  natural and organic approach to skin care products that allow the skin to regain and maintain it’s natural health and glow.  Éminence products are paraben free and never use animal by-products or perform any testing on animals.  You will never see all of the following ingredients in this European Skincareline~ Parabens, Phatalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Propylene Glycol.  Natural products are extremely effective loaded with many beneficial ingredients  providing long lasting positive results. 

Our skin is exposed to harmful chemicals and pollutants all through the day, natural products have the power to deep cleanse and moisturize the skin – leaving it fresh and renewed without the exposure to toxic detrimental ingredients!  Éminence products are handmade and contain the required nutrients and supplements that facilitate glowing and radiant skin.  Their line of skincare products is compatible on all skin types and are gentle enough to be used every day.

Ladies, in order to age gracefully, our skin requires some TLC, attention and care.  Busy lifestyles and lack of time leads many of us ignoring the needs of our skin.  This ultimately results in lifeless and dull aging skin.  The elasticity, glow and radiance of our skin is lost and no amount of makeup can bring it back, Sorry Ladies.  This is where the need to use natural and chemical free products arises to regenerate the skin, resulting in supple and healthy skin.

Visit us in person and speak to any one of our knowledgable staff about the large selection of Éminence products that we carry.  Not sure what products would be good for your skin?  No problem we have you covered.  Book a 10 minute free skin assessment from our  experienced aesthetician and leave with samples for you to try.  We know once you try them you won’t be disappointed.  Your skin will thank you!

Know the products you already love, shop now from the comfort of where you are!

 

 

Fitglow Super C Serum

As summer approaches our excitement builds as we look for fashion inspirations and make-up inspirations everywhere we go. We start to fantasize about lighter clothes, lighter makeup and beach hair. Ah, the lovely minimalism of summer months that we have been patiently (maybe a bit too patiently) waiting for, is soon here.<>

With all the preparations we have for the season, what is the one part of our summer regiment that we sometimes neglect…. our skin.

We spend more time outside, more time in pools, lakes, patios etc. And over time, these fun activities can leave a lasting impression (and not the good kind) on your skin come Autumn.

Our environment, pollution, solar radiation generate free radicals in the skin, which can be destructive. Proteins (collagen, elastane), cellular membrane lipids and DNA can be damaged as a result of Oxidation (which is one of the leading causes of skin aging).

So how do we protect our skin from Oxidation?

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VITAMIN C + E

FitGlow Beauty’s Super C Serum is a day serum that you can apply under your makeup or SPF that will shield skin from free radicals, boosts collagen production and reduces brown spots and damage. It’s got the added benefits of refining skin texture and reducing wrinkle formation as well as minimizing existing wrinkles. This vegan serum is a concentrate with hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body to secure moisture. As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture. This will plump skin cells while protecting and restoring the skin along with 20% vitamin C and E.

The serum has a light silky feeling once it is applied, and is great for all skin types. So let us ask you: do you want to age gracefully? Everyone should be nodding ‘yes’ at their computer screens. Great! It’s truly a no brainer to purchase this serum. We want to help everyone up their Vitamin C intake (sipping some orange juice in the morning isn’t cutting it ladies) we are offering the Super C Serum at 30% of for our #FLASHSALEFRIDAY!

 

 

Add a Little More Bliss in your Life!

When you search the word ‘BLISS‘ it is defined as ‘perfect happiness; great joy.’ That is exactly how your skin will feel after using Fitglow’s Bliss Oil.
With most people, as soon as they hear the word oil they immediately think of greasy feel on their skin.  Well this is just not the case with this Bliss Oil.  It absorbs easily and quickly into your skin leaving you with a radiant glow and an added benefit of a natural sun-kissed dewy look.  bliss-oil
The moment you open the bottle, you will feel a sense of calm and relaxation with the gentle scent of lavender.  As you work  the Bliss Oil onto your skin, you’ll enjoy the subtle scent and maybe find yourself taking a few deep breaths and relaxing….I know we sure did!If you’re looking to replenish your skin with essential moisture, while repairing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles,   this organic, locally harvested Canadian little bottle of pure Bliss is a must have.

BLISS OIL visibly restores elasticity and leaves your skin looking smooth, more supple and radiant.  ‘It’s like a hug for your skin wrapped in a bottle says Fitglow Founder Anna Domi.

It improves:

  • Improves skin clarity by reducing freckles, uneven skin and sun damage
  • Provides potent environmental protection from free radical damage
  • Improves skin health and reduces inflammation
  • Improves skin tone and smoothness
Proudly Canadian and sourced locally we are excited to offer our clientele Fitglow Products and we are loving Bliss Oil and the sun kiss glow it is giving us.  Your skin will thank you!

 

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