Winter Skin RX

I have been noticing this year, more than any other, that my skin and lips are so dry! The cold has come to Victoria, and I am reminded of that every day now! Brrrrr….

So, I wanted to share some of my very favourite ways to repair and rehydrate dry, chapped skin and lips. Skin tends to freak out when its undergoing sudden changes in environment, so its important to chug that water, get lots of rest (basically, all the simple stuff) AND…change your products up!

I can often get away with just gloss on my lips during other seasons, but when winter hits, I love using Yum’s lip balm ($10) which is super emollient and rehydrating. It gives a hint of gloss, too – bonus!

As for facial skincare, adding in a hydrating masque can be a saviour. Our Nori Mango, Pearl, and Chia masques from Yum ($48) are all packed with antioxidants, humectants and emollients to really draw and bind moisture to the skin. To keep your masquing results up, consider switching from a gel cleanser to a cream cleanser, so that more of your natural skin oils stay put. The Beta Carotene cleanser (both $38) is mild and cooling for sensitive skin, and the Sweet Orange Cleanser helps sweep away devitalized cells and is recommended for environmentally stressed skin.

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And for body, the Hempz lotions are an affordable, delicious smelling way to rehydrate and protect the whole body. The brand’s lotions features Pure Hemp Seed Oil, which is one of the richest sources of essential fatty acids. Naturally conditioning for skin all over the body!

Finally, a paraffin dip is an amazing way for hands and feet to get some TLC. Moisturized hands are dipped in this warm, soft wax, locking in moisture by forcing it into the skin. This is a very relaxing treatment, and also great for arthritis sufferers. Take home a bottle of Footlogix #3 foot foam ($24), and you have a defence against dry, cracking heels all year round.

See you soon for your holiday skin fix!

Krista

Dam Good Soap

One of the things we like to stress as estheticians is healthy, balanced skin that retains its natural skin oils. We talk about it a lot regarding facial skincare, but it’s important for the body, too. So you can imagine how excited we were when we discovered Dam Good Soap, from Richmond, B.C.

Dam Good Soap is luxurious to use. These giant bars last a fairly long time in the shower, and don’t disintegrate into a pile of mush the way other soaps do. Some of them are lightly scented with essential oils or natural plant extracts, and others are decidedly unscented for those too sensitive. But the really great thing about them is their minimalistic ingredients list and the way they leave your skin feeling.These soaps will clean you (some of them will exfoliate you) and your skin will feel hydrated, not tight and dry the way many other traditional soaps will.

They are an olive oil based line of soaps, but they usually contain coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, aloe vera (great for dry or sensitive skin types)and some contain clay (very purifying, and great for oilier skin types.)

Conventional soap often contains harsh surfactants (like sodium laurel sulfate) which are basically just really stripping to the skin and dry out the skin unnecessarily. Dam Good Soaps are a much nicer alternative, and there are even varieties that contain a bit of grit for a Dam Good exfoliation and cleansing in one.

Come down to the shop and check ‘em out!

All about Brazilian Waxing – Everything you’ve ever wanted to know but never asked (hopefully everything….)

So, we love to talk about the latest fun colours of polish we have in the salon, or share knowledge about anti-aging skincare, but the truth is that the majority of our clients LOOOVE coming in for good ol’ waxing. Yeah, hair removal! Did you want to read about that? Not really? Okay, please try. So why waxing?

The cool thing about waxing is that unlike mainstream old wives tales, waxing actually causes one to grow less hair over time. Doesn’t matter if it’s on your face, legs, underarms, or bikini line, waxing never causes or stimulates hair growth. As one of my favourite waxing educators says, “If we could cause hair to grow by simply waxing skin, we’d have bald men lining up around the block.” Well said Lori Nestore! Lori is the Wax Queen, specializing in speed waxing and Brazilian waxing techniques. I have seen her lecture twice at the Vancouver ESI Spa Show, and I’ve learned more from her in those two occasions than I could’ve imagined.

Lori also knows the importance of homecare with waxing, which is why we offer two courses of treatments for ingrown hairs, the only real side effect of waxing (I’ll note here, though – many clients report worse ingrowns from shaving than from waxing): Lori’s Tuel Body Polish Kit, and her Clear-It gel, and then the PFB roll-on ingrown solution. Both systems spot treat ingrown hairs, and prevent them from forming in the first place. Your technician will fully explain which system will work for you in your appointment.

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But wait…does it hurt? How is my skin affected? Do I have to be naked?

Well, waxing, particularly Brazilian waxing can hurt, yes. However, the standard recommended return visit is four weeks. In those four weeks, you’ll notice your hairs are softer, finer, and less dense than before. You’ll just have less hair. The root of the hair also becomes less strongly attached at the follicle, so when the hairs are removed – you guessed it – it doesn’t hurt nearly as much. The moral of the story is, if you wax once, don’t go back to that first time! Stick with it.

Because we use hard wax, which only adheres to the hair, not the skin, the aftereffects are minimal. The skin is much less irritated than with using strip wax all over. And finally, yes, you will be naked from the waist down, but it’s only to ensure that the job gets done effectively, quickly, and as painlessly as possible. Our technicians are professional and specialize in Brazilians, so that you can feel comfortable for your first visit and beyond!

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If you’re wondering how to tell when’s the right time to book a Brazilian wax with us, it’s three weeks from the last shave. So, if you don’t currently do anything, shave down to the skin and wait three weeks, and book your appointment for exactly then. Or, book for three weeks from the last day you remember shaving, depilation, et cetera. Or, four weeks from your last waxing appointment. This will ensure the best possible results for hair removal.

So join us to see why we’re Victoria’s best Brazilian waxing destination. You’ll be a waxing veteran in no time!