How To Stay Warm This Winter

Cozy up and stay warm this Winter!

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Let’s face it, the weatherman can tell us a hundred times that we are going to have a harsh winter but do we want to listen? Nope. Now here we are, 6 weeks into winter,  20-something days into the -20 degree weather, freezing our socks off, still hoping the the weather person was lying.
In the meantime, here are 5 ways to stay warm this winter:

1. Dress Appropriately

 Layers are important in this weather both inside and outside. If you feel chilly inside your house, put another sweater or blanket on. It is easier and more eco-friendly to warm your body temperature than it is to raise the temperature of the entire house. In terms of outside, make sure you wear the full garb: hat, mittens/gloves, scarf, and anything else that is going to keep you toasty.

2. Bake some cookies
Using your oven warms up your house ever so slightly. So the more you use it, the warmer your house will be. As if we needed an excuse for more baked goods, right?

3. Eat enough (and the right kinds) of food

Being well nourished is very important in the colder weather. Think of it as keeping a fire alive, you have to keep adding logs to it to keep it going. The more fuel that our body has to burn, the warmer it will be.

4. Make some soup

Batch cooking some vegetable soup at the beginning of the week will mean you always have a warming, nourishing bowl of goodness and warmth available to you whenever you would like some. TIP: soup freezes well too so you can make a whole bunch and store it in the fridge or freezer.

5. Move your body

Movement of any kind stimulates blood flow. Increased blood flow means warmth! Try doing some jumping jacks, running in one spot, or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, some burpees!
This cold weather doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere so I think it’s time that we embrace it and make the very best out of it….under a few layers of blankets and some hot cocoa!

 

 

The Importance of Relaxation

Relaxation...its good for your overall health

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It seems these days we are always on the go. We’ve got to go to work, the grocery store, get the kids, take them to practice, go to their games, get to the gym, cook dinner, prepare lunches, the list goes on and on. It almost seems selfish to think that we deserve to relax.
Well I am telling you, you deserve to relax and here is why: Stress can lead to a whole bunch of different health problems. 
 Our bodies were not designed to be as stressed as they are these days. Think about it, the only time our caveman ancestors were stressed out is when they were threatened by a predator. Their bodies would enter “fight or flight” mode, meaning their normal organ systems were shut off as adrenaline spiked to get them out of the stressful situation. Once they found safety, the stress response would turn off and all would go back to normal. This is not the case these days. Since we are always so stressed out, our bodies never fully come out of this “fight or flight” mode which compromises our digestive system, our detoxification functions, as well as our immunity. When our body is busy trying to get itself out of the “stressful” situation, it doesn’t have time to fight off the flu or even the common cold!
Stress can cause:
  • depression/anxiety
  • acne
  • wrinkles/fine lines
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • many others
Have I convinced you yet?
Good.
Here are 5 ways to start incorporating more relaxation into your life:
  1. Have a hot bath at the end of the day with some epsom salts, a candle and maybe even a glass of wine!
  2. Go for a massage. Release the tension that has built up in your muscles.
  3. Sip a cup of herbal tea.
  4. Meditate. Use an app such as Insight Timer if you need some guidance.
  5. Aromatherapy. Put a few drops of some lavender essential oil into a diffuser and feel the stress melt away!
Taking some time for relaxation is not only the least selfish thing you could do for yourself, it is also going to help you be your best self.

 

 

Day 12 of Spa-Mas ~ Sonia’s Favourite Picks

When people comment on your skin, you know something is working.

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When it came to choosing my favourite products this year I struggled because I have SO many favourites, its hard to narrow it down to just a few.
Throughout the year I have added a few new products to my skincare routine as I am starting to notice my skin changing. Éminence Organics Marine Flower Peptide Serum has been a total game changer. It all started when we had our training on this wonderful new product. To be honest, I was blown away. I love the texture of the serum as it easily absorbs into my skin. I have also noticed drastic differences in my skin, to the point where even our Holistic Aesthetician Archana noticed a difference during facials. I have also had people ask me what I have been doing differently. When people say that you know something is working!
Another product that I love is Éminence Organics Marine
Flower Peptide Eye Cream. Similar to the serum, I have seen amazing results since starting to use the eye cream. The eye cream features a Smart Collagen Complex that helps your cells produce their own collagen with the use of peptides. This allows for hydrated, firmer skin. I have noticed smoother lines, diminished fines lines and overall smoother skin so my concealer goes on flawlessly!

Little Box of Rocks is new to the store and I absolutely love them. The creator, a fellow female entrepreneur (who I absolutely love to support) started this small business out of a love for crystals and their healing properties.  As a certified crystal healer, you can understand how I think this is the perfect gift idea and the perfect fit for our retail boutique.  Clients have been loving them.  It is a gift that says it all especially for that person that you’re not sure what to get them. Whether it be a girlfriend going through health issues or you just want to say thank you to someone, this gift is truly “the bouquet that lives forever”. I love that white sage is included in the Housewarming box to clear the energies in a new home, and that each of the boxes include clear quartz which is a universal stone to amplify the healing benefits associated with the crystals.

 

 

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Day 11 of Spa-Mas ~ Ana’s Favourite Picks

I use this in my morning routine to set all my make up, as well as throughout the day to hydrate my skin.

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I do have a few “go-to” core products that I use on the regular now. One of the main products I use daily is the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. I tend to have dry skin and the Jojoba Oil and Lingonberry Seed Oil help nourish my skin and replenish moisture. As an added bonus, the peptides and antioxidants in the cream help with anti-aging! I love the texture and use this cream day or night.

The other product that I found my skin loved was the Stonecrop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant. I always mix a shake or two with my cleanser, it is a great way to gently exfoliate my skin. It also keeps my skin feeling smooth and my complexion clear. It’s perfect for sensitive skin as its non abrasive and gentle enough to use daily.

 

 

Another product that I have found deeply hydrating for my dry skin is
FitGlow Beauty Sea Toning Mist. I use this mist in my morning routine to set all my make up, as well as throughout the day to hydrate my skin. I especially love the vegan hyaluronic acid which helps improve the suppleness of my skin while the aloe vera juice heals and hydrates with just a squirt or two (or three!) a day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 10 of Spa-Mas ~ Lisa’s Favourite Picks

It's miracle in a bottle and it's become something I cannot live without

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Éminence Bamboo Firming Fluid is a miracle in a bottle and it’s become something I cannot live without. With just one pump I can feel an instant tightening on my face which leaves my skin feeling radiant. I use this serum every morning underneath my moisturizer. I am in my 40’s and I must say this natural potion leaves me feeling years younger and proud to say that I haven’t had any cosmetic surgeries or invasive procedures done to my face!!

I am all about scents. Especially when I am applying product to my face. I cannot get enough of
Éminence’s Tropical Vanilla Day Cream. It makes me feel like I am away on vacation. This cream is lightweight and goes on smoothly, leaving my skinfeeling silky soft while still being able to breathe. It also has an SPF factor which keeps my skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun. I apply this moisturizer to my face every morning immediately after applying the
Bamboo Firming Fluid. The combination of these two products is second to none. I will never again leave home without my Éminence duo.

 

 

A new product at Pretty in Pink that I have really come to love is the
Really Great Goods Yoga Mat Spray. As a yoga instructor, I often teach many classes a day which means lots of sweat! That’s why it is important that I clean my mat in between clients. RGG Yoga mat spray uses floral hydrosols and witch hazel to sanitize my mat, and then essential oils to leave it smelling amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 9 of Spa-Mas ~ Lauren’s Favourite Picks

Natural deodorant has always been very important for me to use.

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I have had oily skin for as long as I can remember. I have experimented with many different cleansers, lotions, potions, serums, the list goes on. I would still hit midday and be blotting the oil off my face no matter what I used. Éminence’s  Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate uses the natural remedies of eucalyptus and comfrey to cleanse and gently exfoliate my oily skin. I find it has drastically reduced how oily my skin gets throughout the day and it smells AMAZING!
I love when my home smells cozy, especially this time of year  around the holidays. For this reason, my second pick is Coal and Canary Soy Candles. With a 45-50 hour burn time, these soy wax candles are a must. I also love that they are toxin-free and eco-friendly. It’s hard to choose just one favourite but there is a scent for everyone to love!

 

 

 

Natural deodorant has always been very important for me to use. Throughout my studies in holistic nutrition, it became evident just how toxic conventional deodorants are. They contain aluminum which plug the sweat ducts under your arms. This is harmful as sweating is how the body detoxifies itself so if the toxins have no where to go, they stay inside the body disrupting hormones and wreaking havoc. PIP Naturals Aluminum-Free Deodorant is the first natural deodorant I have found that works for me. It is rich in probiotics and pink Himalayan sea salt which help neutralize odour while the fresh scents of honeydew ginger, or eucalyptus green tea keep me smelling fresh!

 

 

 

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Day 8 of Spa-Mas ~Archana’s Favourite Picks

This luxurious oil not only smells heavenly but is ultra hydrating for your body

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Éminence Organics Apricot Body Oil is a luxurious oil that not only smells heavenly but is ultra-hydrating for your body. It contains fragrant apricot, moisturizing
grapeseed, and hydrating jojoba oils. I use this for my manicure and pedicure treatments as it is a great way to nourish the skin and all my clients rave about. Another way I use this oil is by putting it in my bath, great for winter time. It doesn’t feel greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin.

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Another product that I absolutely love is the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer from Éminence Organics. What I love most about this moisturizer is that it contains a Natural Retinol Alternative Complex which helps to tighten and lift the skin. It also contains Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells which promote elasticity and delays the look of aging. This rejuvenating moisturizer is quite rich and I use it mostly during the winter when my skin feels the most dry.

 

 

 

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Éminence Starter Kits are an ideal introduction to Éminence’s skincare. I personally use the bright skin line and love that it contains all the products I need in a convenient pack. It is travel friendly and includes approximately one month’s supply of targeted organic products.

 

One of my favourite wind-down activities at night is to apply
 a sheet mask either as I get into the bath, or before I read a book. Orgaid Sheet Masks contains amazing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamin B3. It leaves my skin instantly hydrated leaving it visibly smoother and softer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 7 of Spa-Mas ~ Sonia’s Favourite Picks

I spent countless hours researching and finally came across a revolutionary technology!

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ElaSpa is a new technology for facials that we will be introducing in the New Year and I couldn’t be more excited!
For months I knew that I wanted to add something new to the spa menu for our clients, however I just couldn’t find the right product that fit our holistic ideals. I spent countless hours researching and finally came across a revolutionary technology. Based on European technology, this micro-current machine is able to reach 7mm deep into the skin so the results are almost instant after just one facial.  Did I mention we are the first and only spa in Oakville that will be adding these facials to our spa menu.
The before and after pictures of acne, rosacea, aging, and pigmentation treatments are simply astonishing.
See for yourself…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ElaSpa’s Hyaluronic Acid really is a wonder product. It is known as the “fountain of youth” for its ability to hold up to 1000x its weight in water to give you the “plump” and youthful appearance. It is made with only highly concentrated organic actives and synergistic ingredients. So although we carry many amazing products, we didn’t have just one that is as hydrating as the Elaspa Hyaluronic Acid.  This has become a staple in my daily skin care regime.  It leaves my skin plump and smooth.

 

 

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Day 6 of Spa-Mas ~ Shauna’s Favourite Picks

I love these products because of their PURE values

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As a Co-owner of a Chiropractic and Natural Health Clinic here in Oakville, I think very seriously about how I treat my body, what I put into my body, and as an extension of that, I also take very seriously what I put on it, too!  I love these products because their ‘pure’ values are so aligned with my health goals. It is simply the natural choice for radically healthy beauty.
When I shop I like to invest in quality over quantity – so I really like that Sonia has selected products that are beautifully sourced, but also results driven. You don’t need a lot, when you find what’s right for you.
I can’t live without my Fitglow Vita Active strawberry_rhubarb_dermafoliant
Foundation! Each drop of this pure vegan foundation feels and looks so good throughout the day. I look forward to putting it on my face each morning. It is the definition of radiant, bioactive, botanical beauty.

 

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I absolutely love Éminence Organics Stone Crop Cleansing Oil. Ladies, the time is over for stripping our skin with synthetic suds. At the end of the day, this luscious organic oil whisks away make up and dirt, leaving the natural skin intact and perfectly balanced (never dry or oily). Toxins are removed and nutrients are delivered for a perfectly fresh canvas.

 

 

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On a cold winter’s night I love to unwind in a bubble bath with a tasty organic red wine and this Éminence Bamboo Age Corrective Mask. The next day I wake up with a luxuriously refreshed face. With a natural retinol alternative and Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells, this masque visibly improves skin elasticity while providing antioxidant complex that prevents cell damage.

 

 

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Day 5 of Spa-Mas ~ Serena’s Favourite Picks

I saw amazing results when I started having facials regularly

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The Fitglow Beauty Age Clear Cleanser is my must have product! I really love the smell of this cleanser and it lathers very nicely. I find that a little goes a long way and that it leaves my face feeling fresh and clean. I have been using the Age Clear line for about 6 months now and it has improved my skin leaving it smooth and even.

Another must have product is Fitglow Beauty Age Clear 
Lotion. The lightweight texture of this lotion is amazing, it is almost like a 2-in-1 product as it is a lotion and serum together. This is something I really appreciate because when there are too many steps in a skincare routine, I am more likely to skip one or two and then not get the full benefit of each product. The age clear lotion has become a staple in my skincare regime.

 

 

The Lip Colour Serums from Fitglow Beauty are a newmust-have of mine. There are a wide range of colours that suit whichever outfit I am wearing. I also love that they are just the perfect amount of colour, not too much and not too little. They re also packed full of plant collagen, phytonutrients and hydration so I know that my lips will both LOOK and FEEL good!

 

 

 

I absolutely love going for my Teen Facials regularly. At first I was nervous, and to be honest, didn’t really see why I
 needed to go once a month. But then I started to do it regularly and saw the amazing results. I especially look forward to the massage part of the facial as I find it relaxing. The organic Éminence professional line products have definitely improved my skin. I highly recommend all teens go for regular facials to clean up your skin and to relax with a nice massage….especially during exam times!

 

 

 

 

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