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Essential Clean Beauty Must-Haves for Travelling

March Break comes at a time of year when we are all done with Winter. We are over the cold, snowy mornings, scraping off our cars before work, trying to keep our grip on the road as the snow builds and builds. We are on the cusp of Spring with the birds chirping as we awake each morning, the smell in the air becoming fresher and more hopeful.

Jet-setting off to somewhere hot and sunny for the March Break makes the transition from a harsh Winter to a renewing Spring all that much easier. However, the transition for your skin from cold to hot weather can cause unwanted breakouts, irritation, and redness.

Must-Have Green Beauty Products for Vacation!

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Here are our Must-Have clean beauty products for travel:

1. Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo cloths-to-go
– The 100% unbleached bamboo cloths are infused with vitamin C, E, and B12, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, organic honey and a blend of citrus essential oils sourced from the Middle East. They are alcohol, paraben and sulfate free, and are also 100% biodegradable. They are the perfect solution for cleaning your face from salt water, sweat, and all-over grime in a hurry!

2. Coola Sunscreen Body Spray (SPF 30)
– This spray-on sunscreen goes on clear and absorbs within seconds. With delicious scents such as Citrus Mimosa and Pina Colada, this quick and easy sunscreen application smells great while protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

3. Coola BB Cream with SPF
– This mineral BB+ cream lightly evens out your skin tone while providing your face with SPF 30. This vegan formula is 70%+ certified organic and is perfect to give you an even complexion during the day. Note: If you are using it mostly for sun protection, remember to reapply it every two hours for maximum protection.

4. Éminence Tropical Vanilla Face Moisturizer
– This moisturizer smells like a vacation in a bottle! It has SPF 32 and is perfect if you want sun protection without any colour, such as in the BB cream. Not only does this moisturizer protect against the sun, it also hydrates and nourishes your skin at the same time!

5. Fitglow Beauty Calm Cleansing Milk
The Calm Cleansing Milk is the perfect travel cleanser it is is light, nourishing, and easy to use. This vegan, gluten-free calming blend has many purposes. It can remove make-up, cleanse your face, and reduce redness and irritation. Simply bring this cleanser and some cotton pads and you will be able to keep your skin clean and nourished throughout your days in the sun!

6. Fitglow Beauty Cloud Comfort Cream
– This light but effective moisturizer contains cloudberry which deeply hydrates skin while reducing redness and irritation, arnica to heal and smooth skin, and meadowfoam seed oil which protects the skin against environmental damage. This cream is perfect to use at night to help repair redness and irritation, while providing deep hydration to the skin.

7. Coola Tinted Mineral Liplux 
– Some of us are very diligent with applying our SPF to our bodies but often forget about our lips! Coola’s Mineral liplux provides a light tint of colour while protecting the lips with SPF 30. The skin on our lips is some of the thinnest skin we have, which means it is the quickest to burn and needs extra protection.

These products help keep your skin clean, protected, and happy so your focus can be lying on the beach, sipping on Pina coladas and enjoying quality time with your family.

The Importance of Regular Facials for Teens

Having a facial regularly is important to help keep skin glowing and healthy. We can go through all the steps at home (i.e., cleanse, exfoliate, masque, etc.) to help keep our skin clear but sometimes we just need the helpful hands of an esthetician to properly prepare and soften the skin before manual extractions can take place safely and effectively. There are so many benefits of regular facials but for teens in particular, facials can help to clear out blackheads and clogged pores which are caused by excess oil production from hormones, as well as less than ideal food choices.

Education is key when it comes to proper skin care.

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The level of intensity of facials is dependent on the severity of one’s skin conditions such as sensitivity, redness, acne, etc, therefore each facial is different for every individual. Not only are regular facials important to combat the natural hormonal changes in a teen’s body, but an esthetician can also educate the teens during their facial on ways to care for their skin properly. That way they can keep the results that they see throughout the time in between each facial.

Over time, the results from regular facials will get better and better leaving skin clearer, brighter, and more radiant, which in turn can increase levels of self-esteem and confidence.

Bonus: For the month of March, we are offering bonus eyebrow shaping with the Teen Facial. It has been said that next to teeth, eyebrows are the most important feature on one’s face. Having eyebrows that are shaped help to frame the face, emphasizing one’s natural beauty, especially their eyes. A well-groomed brow provides a polished look without needing a lot of make-up, which saves both time and money! Choose between waxing or threading to achieve a perfectly polished, radiant look.


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 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.


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.





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 Two of SpaMas~Kim’s Favourite Picks

I am all about having Smooth, Glowing Skin!

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cloud balmI absolutely love the new Fitglow Beauty Cloud Balm. It has plant-based hyaluronic acid, cloudberry and meadowfoam in it which intensely hydrates my skin. It is a smooth, whipped formula that feels almost like a hug for my skin, yet it absorbs quickly so it doesn’t feel too thick. 



firmskinacaimasque_5in_hrÉminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is a must in my skincare routine as it gently exfoliates my skin while providing added benefits that leave my skin glowing. It cleans my pores while nourishing my skin. That is what I love about Éminence Products, they do what they say they do and more!


In addition to my home skincare routine, I also make it a point to go for facials on a regular basis. I understand the importance of doing so in order to give my skin a deep cleanse and healthy glow. I recently discovered Éminence Facials on the spa menu at Pretty in Pink Spa. From all the spas I have been to over the years, this has by far been the most enjoyable experience to date. I highly recommend them!


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Hair Care Tips for the Chilly Seasons

We’ve talked a lot about transitioning our skincare over as the weather changes, but we often forget another key aspect of ourselves in the windy, humid, cold weather…. our hair!
The cooler temperatures dry out hair, often to the point of breakage which leaves us with split ends. This can result in dull, lifeless looking hair. And to be honest, it gets a little bit hard to manage when it’s unhealthy.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your hair looking healthy this autumn and winter:
1. Wear a hat
 I know we’ve all heard this one before, and our first thought is always “but I don’t want hat hair!”. Using a hat protects your hair from the wind, cold, wet weather which does the most damage.
Pro Tip: wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting your hat on to avoid “hat hair”.
2.Deeply condition your hair at least once a week
Deeply conditioning your hair once a week will nourish your hair and scalp. Bonus: you can use ingredients you already have to make your own hair conditioning masque!
Avocado Dreamin
1/2 avocado
peppermint essential oil (or whichever one you prefer)
  • Mash avocado until smooth, no lumps whatsoever
  • Add 2-5 drops of desired essential oil
  • Mix until combined and spread evenly over clean hair
  • Let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse
Coconut Craze
Literally the simplest way to get moisture into your hair and scalp is to coat your hair with coconut oil and leave on for 30 minutes to a few hours. You can leave it on overnight for the deepest condition, but be sure to put a towel over your pillow so it doesn’t get dirty!
3. Do not wash your hair everyday
Washing your hair everyday strips it of all its naturally produced oils that actually help protect your hair. Try to leave at least 1-2 days in between washing your hair. Note: this does not mean don’t shower for 1-2 days, thats up to you!
4. Regular trims keep hair healthy
Regular hair trims keep hair thick, luscious and healthy while eliminating split ends. This is crucial in the colder weather.
5. Invest in a humidifier
Humidifiers pull the moisture out of the air so it keeps your hair from getting dull and  frizzy.
Try those tips this season and see the difference it will make in your hair!

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.

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!
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)

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!

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