Winter is here in full force. Many Canadians are booking trips to warmer climates this month. Are you ready to get some sunshine? We have created a vacation prep checklist to have you looking your best. From head to toe, you will be ready to go!

Vacation Prep for Your Skin

Weeks before your trip you should be thinking about how to get the softest skin. If you haven’t already, step up your skin care routine with exfoliation. First, during a shower, use a bath mitt or loofah with your regular cleanser. Alternatively, you could opt for a sugar or salt scrub. Both of these products are an excellent way to get rid of dry skin. For maximum results exfoliate 2-3 times per week.

Next, you want to apply moisturizer immediately post-shower. This ensures moisture is locked in. We suggest choosing something natural such as shea butter to provide lasting hydration.

Finally, don’t forget to find a suitable sunscreen. A quality sunscreen on your vacation prep shopping list is a must! Do your research, many lotions contain harmful ingredients that will block pores. At the same time, high-quality sunscreens can double as a body lotion as well. Therefore, you can hydrate skin while staying safe from the sun, and save some room in your bag.

Build Your Tan

Nothing screams summertime like soft, golden skin. Unfortunately, during these cold winter months, the sunshine is scarce. Not to mention, excess sun exposure is considered a big no-no. To get a healthy glow, add an organic spray tan to your vacation prep checklist. This is the easiest way to become bronzed up, minus the harmful effects of tanning beds or direct sun. Furthermore, you will have a natural looking finish in just 15 minutes.

At Sugar Savvy, we offer Organic Airbrush Tanning services. A St.Tropez Spray Tan Treatment gives you a fast and flawless tan. Moreover, we now use AromaGuard fragrance technology to eliminate self-tan aroma by at least 70%. The mist is paraben free and does not contain harsh chemicals. In other words, what more could you ask for?

Get Polished

Although, not a service we offer, your nails deserve some attention before your big trip. Whether you are headed to a nail bar or planning to DIY, nail care is an essential add-on to your vacation prep checklist.


It is a great time to get your feet ready to go. Proper exfoliation and polishing will make your toes look fantastic in your summery sandals. If you opt to do your pedicure yourself, follow the same steps as a salon. First, begin with a soak. This will soften calluses and rough patches you may have. Next, use a foot file to smooth them over. Finally, cut and file nails as needed. Be sure to push back cuticles and moisturize at the end.


You can follow the same routine for your fingernails. Additionally, you will want to try and add some shape. Check out The Ultimate Guide to 12 Different Nail Shapes if you are unsure of what you like. If you are headed to the salon, talk to your esthetician. They will be able to help you choose the perfect shape for the look you are after.

Getting The Perfect Polish

There are a few things you can do to help get your polish just right. To begin, clean the nail with polish remover. By doing so, you are removing any dirt or oil that is left over. Use both a base and a top coat, plus 2-3 coats of color for a rich finished look. Having a hard time choosing a color? 2019 is all about bigger, bolder shades! 9 Best Summer Nail Polish Colours include coral, teal, reds, yellows and even gold. However, if you are looking for something basic and classy – go for the french manicure/pedicure.

Hair Removal

So, you have booked your flight and found a hotel. You have started packing and bought a few new outfits. You are all ready to go! That is until you remember that unwanted hair you forgot about. Unfortunately, many people are self-conscious about their body hair, making hair removal a crucial step in prepping for a vacation.

For a quick fix, shaving is always an easy go-to method. But nicks and scrapes don’t go very well with any swimsuit. Of course, we suggest sugaring for your hair removal needs. Why? Mainly because it is natural, affordable, and will have you feeling soft and smooth for 2 weeks. You won’t have to worry about pesky stray hairs turning up here and there. Consequently, sugaring is also less painful than other methods such as waxing. We use all natural ingredients and work with your skin, instead of against it. Do you have sensitive skin? Sugaring is for you!

Are you interested in added sugaring to your vacation prep checklist? Check out our full List of Services, Or book an appointment online!

Vacation Prep Diet

First and foremost, stay hydrated! Drinking water will be essential before your trip, during, and after. When temperatures rise, so do the risks of becoming dehydrated. In addition to drinking water, try to avoid beverages that have high amounts of sugar, salt or caffeine. Otherwise, your body will be working overtime to try and stay hydrated.

If you are like many, you probably are looking to indulge in foods that aren’t the healthiest choices. Hey, we don’t judge, that’s what vacation is all about. But, that means it’s time to stock up on fruits and veggies before your trip. Vacation prep on the inside is just as important as your looks on the outside. You can improve your immune system with the following foods:

Kick Back, Relax and Enjoy

Now that you have taken all the steps on your vacation prep checklist, you are ready to jet off to somewhere warm. To conclude, we have a few more tips to keep you happy, healthy, and looking fantastic on your trip.

DON’T forget to pack your hat. Not only are hats essential to our outfits, but they also keep the harmful UV rays off our newly glowing faces. A good hat will also protect your scalp from an awful burn.

DO choose proper footwear. Is your go-to choice a pair of your favourite flip flops? While flip flops will protect your feet against things like warts and athletes foot, they may not be the best choice. Experts say that the lack of support can leave you with tendon strains and sore heels, making walking a painful feat.

That’s it, that’s all. Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine for us!

Without question, skincare is part of most people’s daily routine. Men and women alike choose products based on a variety of features. Generally speaking, the motive for purchasing is based on marketing features such as “anti-aging” or “repairing”. But, have you ever thought about what goes into making these products? Most store bought products contain harmful chemicals. Moreover, these products only provide a quick fix. In this blog, we will go over some of the benefits of using natural skin care. We will also provide you with our favourite secret ingredients.

To begin, lets face the facts:

What goes on, also goes in. You wouldn’t knowingly eat harmful chemicals. So, why put them on your skin? Your body absorbs whatever you put onto your skin. By choosing natural skin care ingredients you will soon see the benefits. That’s why we work with Sugar & Co and Barefoot Naturals.

Every day the average Canadian woman puts up to 200 chemicals on your skin. This is via perfume, skincare, cosmetics, and hair care products. By choosing chemical-laden products, you are contributing to the toxins in your own body. Be sure to check the ingredient labels!

Natural skin care is environmentally friendly. It is no surprise that if the chemicals are dangerous for us, they are bad for the environment. We wash these products down the drain every single day. Subsequently, the production also has its adverse effects. During the manufacturing, toxins end up in the air and water.

Aloe Vera

People have been using the aloe vera plant since ancient times. It is known for nourishing the body from within. Aiding in digestion, nutrient intake and boosting immune function are some of the many benefits. However, it can be used to enhance the natural beauty of your skin as well.

Aloe vera softens skin with ease. It also allows for moisture without clogging pores. For men, aloe vera is an excellent aftershave treatment! It helps to hydrate your skin and give relief to pesky nicks and razor burn.

Aloe Vera reduces acne. The gentle cleansing and antimicrobial properties can help treat those pimples! Aloe actually protects against bacteria that cause blemishes in the first place. Research shows it even stimulates the growth of new skin cells in the process.

It may have anti-aging properties. This natural skin care ingredient is high in vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. People can also choose to take aloe vera in supplement form. Some studies show that this will increase the production of collagen while improving elasticity.

Check out 7 Aloe Vera Face Masks for Perfect Skin.


We are blessed with delicious honey from the hard work of our lovely bees. But did you know it’s not the only thing bees produce? Bees create another product full of fantastic natural skin care benefits – Beeswax.

Beeswax is most commonly known for its conditioning abilities. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, beeswax is for you. It is hypo-allergenic and tolerated by those with highly reactive skin. But, it has a few other benefits you may not know about.

It protects your skin. When you apply this product to your skin, it creates a protective barrier. Beeswax holds in moisture and prevents dryness. With our cold winters, this could be your answer. Beeswax is an excellent remedy for chapped lipped as well. Unlike conventional lip balms, it will not suffocate your skin.

It attracts water. There are some ingredients out there that draw water to your skin. Water molecules are attracted to beeswax. Therefore, it helps to keep your skin and lips hydrated over time. Not just a quick fix!

It smells amazing! One of the best perks of natural skin care ingredients: no harsh fragrances. Beeswax has a natural smell of sweet honey, making it a favourite for skin care products.

This Homemade Lip Chap uses beeswax and can be altered to your personal preferences.

Chilled Tea Bags

Take a minute to relax and rewind. Using tea bags has been a reliable home remedy for centuries. Tea bags can prove to help the appearance of the eyes. They help to treat a variety of ailments such as dark circles, puffiness, and redness. Plus, it is very affordable for those looking to save a few dollars.

So, what type of tea should you use? It is always suggested to use organic teas when possible to avoid any chemicals. If you are looking to revive your eyes than black or green work best, the caffeine and antioxidants will prove to help conditions such as puffiness. For a calming effect, we suggest using herbal teas.

Choose one of the following herbal teas:

Coconut Water

We all know about the benefits of coconut oil. But another part of the coconut proves to be a contender in natural skin care routines: the water.

To begin, it is crucial to hydrate from within – but also from the outside. Is your skin feeling dull and dry? Many people aren’t aware you can apply coconut water directly to your skin. It is the best way to get right to the source! With this method, electrolytes are delivered straight to your skin. Alternatively, drinking the water also provides your body with the electrolytes it needs on a hot summer day.

Do you have super sensitive skin? The antibacterial properties of coconut water can help fight blemishes. Coconut water will naturally cleanse your skin, without stripping essential oils. This highly effective cleanser is easy to use and won’t leave greasy residues on your skin. You will be feeling hydrated and refreshed!


Papaya is both a delicious and healthy choice. It is full of both antioxidants and nutrients. However, most people aren’t aware it can be applied directly to the skin. People are using this inexpensive beauty aid all across the world. Here are our favourite uses:

Exfoliation. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that eliminates dead skin cells. This makes it the perfect natural exfoliant. Papain also helps with aiding in the regeneration of new tissue. This means your skin will be feeling soft and fresh in no time. Even better, you only have to exfoliate once a month!

Anti-Aging. No, this isn’t just another gimmick. Papaya contains AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which help minimize wrinkles and fight the many signs of aging. We suggest adding a daily papaya peel to your natural skin care routine.

Natural Skin Care Tips & Tricks

Change your pillowcase to reduce skin creases. If you opted for a coarse fabric, switch to something soft and silky. By doing so, you will decrease friction and compression of the skin. Also, if you’re a side sleeper – switch sides when possible.

Boycott long hours in the sun. We all want that glowing summer tan. But, should we risk our skin health to get it? Spray tans are safe tans!First of all, you minimize sun exposure, and you avoid getting a wicked burn in the process. Spray tans are a way to get that sun-kissed glow you long for…without the hazards. Are you interested in learning more? Visit us today, at Sugar Savvy.

Visit salons that practice natural skin care. It’s always nice to get out and pamper yourself. However, you should be aware of what products a salon chooses to use. For example, waxing products are generally full of harmful chemicals. As a result, many people are faced with allergic reactions to these treatments. Thankfully, there are alternatives out there. Sugaring is an excellent alternative to your average waxing session. Furthermore, many hair and nail salons are pursuing natural options as well.

 At Sugar Savvy we focus on providing high-quality service, using uncomplicated products. Beauty shouldn’t be complicated! Book an Appointment today.

Hair removal isn’t just for women anymore. Men everywhere are taking their “manscaping” seriously. The chances are that most men have dabbled in body hair removal at some point in their lives. If that sounds like you, don’t be ashamed! Surveys show that men now manscape on a regular basis, saying it makes them feel cleaner, sleeker and brings out their muscles. However, many men still feel confused when choosing a method of removal that best fits their desires.

Throughout this blog, we will go over various methods of hair removal for men. Additionally, we will show you the pros and cons for each to help you make an executive decision on what is best for you.

Hair Removal Method 1: Sugaring

Are you looking to take a more natural approach to your hair removal methods? Sugaring is a beauty ritual that is beneficial for both genders. Sugaring is more gentle on the skin than other alternatives such as waxing. Don’t get me wrong; we aren’t saying that there will be no pain involved. However, both the ingredients and process used have proven to create a better experience for the client.

So, what exactly is sugaring? And why is it the right hair removal method for men? As mentioned, sugaring is an all natural hair method that is 100% eco-friendly. Sugaring only requires a technician and a special paste made from sugar, lemon juice, and water. The technician will smooth the paste in the opposite direction of the hair growth. After letting it sit for a few seconds, the paste becomes harder. Lastly, the technician will pull the mixture off in the direction of the natural hair growth. Therefore, removing hair with less discomfort and breakage. It can be used on all skin types and gives superior end results.

Furthermore, sugaring tends to last longer than other methods used in hair removal for men. Skin is left feeling soft and hair-free for up to 4 weeks, depending on your hair regrowth. What else could you ask for? The only real con – we don’t suggest you try this at home. It’s important to have the right consistency and use the proper methods. If you are looking for an at-home method, this may not be for you.

Tips & Tricks:

Hair Removal Method 2: Waxing

When we think of waxing, we think of the saying “no pain, no gain.” However, waxing can be a method of hair removal for men that eliminates the need for shaving. Additionally, it is a great way to get into those hard to reach places. Shaving is a time-consuming task that many men are beginning to ditch for alternative methods such as waxing or sugaring. Waxing also provides the option to do so from home, rather quickly. This means you can rid yourself of pesky hairs from your own bathroom.

Although the pain of waxing is fleeting, it goes by quickly, and some even begin to get used to the feeling. One of the biggest deterrents for waxing is the dreaded allergic reaction. You are leaving your skin with red bumps, itchiness and even potential blisters from a waxing session gone wrong. If you have sensitive skin, please refrain from waxing. As with most hair removal for men, we suggest leaving it to the professionals.

Tips & Tricks:

Hair Removal Method 3: Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams, also known as hair removal creams, have been used for many years. You may know brands such as Nair or Veet. They are easy to use, home products that you purchase at local retailers — the most significant benefit of these products: quick & easy to use. Directly apply to your skin, leave for a few minutes and rinse away unwanted hair. The hair is weakened at the root by the chemicals and fall away quickly. Again, this is not for men with sensitive skin.

The main issue with hair removal creams: the results are not long lasting. Most likely, your hair will be growing back within a week of the treatment. Moreover, this method tends to be spotty, and aftercare is crucial.

Tips & Tricks:

Hair Removal Method 4: Shaving

You are all probably pretty familiar with this method. It proves to be the simplest, cheapest hair removal method of all. All you need is yourself, a razor and a decent shaving cream. Having a steady hand also helps! Many men choose this method as it doesn’t require much skill. Once you learn to shave one part of your body, you can easily apply the technique to others.

Other than a few nicks and cuts, the downfalls of shaving are: quick & itchy regrowth and more ingrown hairs developing. With shaving, you only slice the strands at the surface of the skin. Therefore, you will probably be seeing stubble within a few days. Am I right, men?

Tips & Tricks:

If you are interested in taking a step towards a more natural manscaping routine – come visit us today at Sugar Savvy. We are here to help!

Do you have a case of the winter skin blues? You are not alone! The temperatures outside drop, our heaters are turned up, and our once glowing summer skin is robbed relentlessly of its moisture. Winter months wreak havoc with dryness, itching, and irritation. Thankfully, there are several ways you can adjust your winter skin care routine to combat the winter months and keep you loving your skin all year around. 

Follow these daily skin care tips:

Hydrate Skin From Within

During the colder months, we tend to choose hot drinks such as coffee over water without thinking of the consequences it may have on our skin. Incorporating daily water intake and foods with high water content into your winter skin care routine helps to hydrate your skin from the inside out. This will help keep your skin glowing through the cold, dry months. Your skin also needs a healthy, consistent production of elastin and collagen which is supported by the intake of vitamin C and zinc. To create building blocks from within, try the following fruits & veggies:

In addition to foods high in water content, be sure to eat foods that are rich in Omega-3s. (also known as good fats) Foods such as avocado, salmon, walnuts and chia seeds will help to increase barrier functions of your skin.  Keep moisture in, and other irritants out!

Turn it Down

When the winter weather hits, the first thing we want to do is turn up the heat and jump into a scorching hot shower.. right? Although that may be tempting, think twice before doing either. Dermatologists suggest keeping your homes to a serene, comfortable setting of 68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit and limiting shower time to 5-10 minutes in lukewarm water. Are you turning red in the shower? It is too hot! Washing in more cooling water is just as effective, and your skin will thank you later.  

Moisturize Carefully

Do you have a favourite moisturizer that has faired you well all summer long? Coming into the colder months, you may want to consider adding a more robust option with natural and nourishing ingredients to your winter skin care routine. Be careful of the over-the-counter moisturizers that are petroleum based and can further dry out your already dry skin. For uncomplicated beauty products to add to your daily routine, we recommend one of our favourite product lines Barefoot Naturals – products derived from mother earth, with no fillers or chemicals added. Interested in learning more? Call us or book an appointment online at Sugar Savvy, today!

Apply Sunscreen

Don’t be fooled by the grey skies and cold weather. On bright winter days, the snow reflects the suns harmful UV rays and can cause damage to your skin. This means that not only will you feel the effects beaming down from the sky, but also the increased risk comes from the ground filled with white powdery snow. Although you may feel much colder on your winter day walk, the amount of UV rays stays the same as during the summer months. Before you go outside, be sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 to all areas that will be highly exposed. This is a must add to your winter skin care regimen!

Humidify Your Home

As we mentioned, cold weather immediately leads us to turn up the heat within our homes and workspaces. However, heating systems dramatically decrease the amount of moisture left in our air. As a crucial part of your winter skin care routine, we suggest using a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, such as the living room and/or bedroom. Not only will this help the condition of the air circulating through your home but keeps skin hydrated, naturally. 

Don’t Over Exfoliate

Our initial reaction to dry skin – get rid of it! However, we tend to incorporate exfoliation into our skincare routines more than we should. We hope that by removing all dead skin cells, our skin will be left soft and supple. None the less, over-exfoliation leads to stripping our skin of the natural and essential oils it needs to regenerate properly. Now we aren’t saying to ditch this technique entirely, but stick to only once a week. Find a gentle exfoliant that works with your skin, and immediately follow with moisturizer.

Keep Toxins Away!

Do you have more than just the normal-dry skin? EczemaPsoriasis? If this relates to you, you must avoid common allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare-up. Winter skin proves to be more fragile, so avoid itchy fabrics such as wool and use mild detergents explicitly designed for sensitive skin. Many common household cleaners and laundry detergents will only prove to aggravate skin, so read the ingredients before you buy! Avoid any that contain artificial fragrances or high amounts of chemicals.

Sun Kissed Skin

Winter has come. You have said your goodbyes to that beautiful summer tan, but should you have to? Laying out in the suns rays can be incredibly comforting and relaxing, but there are other ways to get that sun-kissed glow all year round. Spray tans are safe tans! We fortify our formulas with nourishing oils and nutrients which provide hydration for your skin, even during the dry winter months.  Skin already damaged? Spray tans contain multi-vitamins that repair aggravated skin while simultaneously covering up less than ideal imperfections. No sun required!

It is inevitable that cold winters will prove to take a toll on your skin, from head to toe. Even your favourite winter activities such as sitting by the fireplace with a hot cup of java can dry out your skin. But switching up your daily routine can work wonders! Do not take winter skin care lightly; it is serious business! It is important to recognize that we must protect our skin from elements outside, but also inside our own home while avoiding harmful toxins and materials. Be sure to adjust your winter skin care routine this year, your skin will thank you!

If you are thinking about underarm hair removal, we have some helpful tips in this blog for you to read before booking your appointment.

Sugaring Methods

There are two kinds of sugar that are used for hair removal. There are paste and gel formulas. The paste has an extremely thick consistency. The application is done with glove-covered hands, in the opposite direction of the hair growth. One strip of cloth is then applied over the paste and extracted the same direction as the hair growth. With the hair being extracted the same way as it grows, there is less pulling on your skin. This makes the entire process less painful. The paste is applied at room temperature. The fact that it can remove hair in the same direction as it grows means that it can extract hair as short as 1/16’’ long.

Sugaring gel has the consistency of wax. It is heated up in a warmer and is applied like a wax. (see the photographs below) It is never hot, so it will not cause a burn. Rather it is used warm for the application process. It is applied in the same direction as the hair growth but then extracted in the opposite way. Sugaring can be done every 8 – 10 days as your hair does not have to be very long to extract it.

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Warm Sugaring at Sugar Savvy
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Canadian Made Products

We are proud to say that at Sugar Savvy we use products from Sugar & Co. which is Canadian made. Here is an excerpt from their website to introduce them and their story:

“Sugar & Co. was established in 2014 by an experienced esthetician, Sara Pauli. Sara’s passion for pioneering a world-class, hair removal product came from noticing inconsistencies with the body sugaring pastes currently found on the market. Destined to find a better solution, she worked vigorously with her sister, Samantha Pauli, to try and find the answer. After researching the sugar paste industry, they quickly understood all the information available did not have any credibility, and the recipes offered produced poor quality results. They sought to create professional products practitioners could work with, clients would adore and would be more environmentally sustainable.

Sara and Samantha reached out to top-tier, accredited Western University in an effort to help them research and craft the perfect paste. Working closely with Dr. Michael Kerr, a world-renowned organic synthetic chemist, and Joanne Curiel Tejeda, a project intern, they spent months experimenting with a variety of vast ingredients, temperatures and other variables that affect the Sugar. After years and extensive clinical trials, 90 and 96 were finalized – also known as Sugar & Co® Firm and Soft Sugar Paste. Sara and Samantha then began to focus their efforts on developing a training program to educate practitioners in the art of body sugaring®.

With over 10 years in the esthetics industry, the two sisters’ ultimate goal is to improve the industry by further educating practitioners, and providing professional and retail products that will make sugaring a household name.”

Body Parts

There are certain parts of the body that are more sensitive than others. The areas that are a bit more sensitive are the upper lip, chest, and bikini areas. Sugaring in these more sensitive areas is recommended over waxing for this very reason!

Preparing for Underarm Hair Removal

You need to have at least 10 to 14 days of hair growth. Practitioners suggest that the hair must be at least 1/4’’ long for underarm hair removal. Your skin must be clean and dry, and for underarm hair removal please remove any deodorants prior to this service.

What to Expect

When you arrive for your underarm hair removal appointment you will first be checked in. Once your room is cleaned and free, you will be able to go into the room and make yourself comfortable. Often times some soothing music is being played as well for you to enjoy!

You will then be joined in the room by one of the staff members (or also referred to as practitioners or technicians) who will be doing your sugaring. You will expose your underarm area in order for the paste to be applied without coming into contact with your clothing. If this is your first time having underarm hair removal done – just ask the technician to explain what she is doing, step by step. All of the staff at Sugar Savvy would be more than happy to answer your questions during an underarm hair removal procedure, so don’t be shy and ask away!

Sugaring Room at Sugar Savvy

Pre-Post Care for Underarm Hair Removal

We carry some amazing products to care for your skin before and after sugaring. Exfoliation between sugaring treatments is necessary for smooth, healthy skin. Visit our website or pop into our location in the Belmont Village to see what new products we carry. Any of our staff will be happy to answer any of the questions you have regarding underarm hair removal. We can also answer any questions you have regarding the pre and post procedure care.

Underarm Hair Removal Procedure at Sugar Savvy

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I need to get sugaring done to maintain smooth skin?

For underarm hair removal, we recommend every 2 weeks consistently

What if I break out?

If you have any irritation of your skin, don’t hesitate to contact us. This is very rare, but if you believe that you are breaking out you can apply an ice compress.

Will there be a downtime after my treatment?

Usually, there is no downtime after underarm hair removal with sugaring.

Do I need to clean the area after I have had the sugaring completed?

Both the paste and gel are water soluble, so you can easily clean off any residue left on your skin with just water. This is one of the pros for sugaring. The fact that wax is not water soluble means it needs an oil-based remover to get rid of all traces.


Whether you have had underarm hair removal done before by waxing or sugaring, we are more than happy to work with you moving forward. Contact us at Sugar Savvy to book your appointment at your convenience. You can call us, or you can book online at

Healthy Skin and the Food You Eat

Having healthy skin is possible when you choose to have a healthy diet. In last months blog we discussed the first 6 foods that you should include in your diet for the best looking and best feeling skin. To quickly recap, these 6 foods are avocados, broccoli, dark chocolate, fatty fish, green tea, and red or yellow bell peppers. Read on to learn the other foods that you will want to add to your diet for healthy skin.

Red Wine

We’re not saying to finish a few bottles, but instead enjoy a glass or two from time to time! Red wine is known for containing resveratrol, a compound that comes from the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol has with a great range of health benefits. One of the most amazing of them is that is has components for reducing the effects of aging.

Our skin has very specific binding sites for resveratrol. There have been many studies of the affects of resveratrol on our skin. Several have proven that when it is in contact with our skin, this compound slows the skin’s aging. When consumed, it is also able to reduce the production of harmful free radicals. These harmful free radicals damage skin cells and cause the signs of aging.

It is not a good decision to start drinking red wine just because of its potential health benefits. But if you enjoy a glass of wine here and there, you might want to consider red wine as your drink of choice!


Soy contains isoflavones (or plant compounds) that can either mimic or block the estrogen that is in our bodies. It has several potential health benefits, including possible benefits for the skin. One study took place on a group of women in their thirties and forties. It became evident during this study that eating soy isoflavones every day for eight to twelve weeks improved fine wrinkles and the skins elasticity. Soy may also help improve skin dryness and increase collagen in postmenopausal women. Which in the end helps keep your skin smooth and strong. Here are some amazing soy recipes that you can try at home.

Sunflower Seeds

Most people are aware that nuts and seeds are a good source of nutrients. Grab a handful of nuts for your lunch or a quick snack. Then you know you are making a good choice of what to included in your heathy diet for healthy skin. Sunflower seeds are an excellent choice. Choosing to include nuts and seeds in your diet that contain vitamin E is the best option. It is a very simple way to make sure that you are getting enough of this important vitamin and antioxidant in your diet.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of linoleic acid, an essential omega 6 fat that helps to maintain your skins moisture levels as well as to stay flexible. Take care when choosing sunflower seeds which contain seasonings, as they include high levels of salt.

Sweet Potatoes

Beta-carotene is a nutrient in plants.  It can be converted into vitamin A in the body, and it is found in orange and dark-green vegetables such as carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes. Having a diet that includes beta-carotene will help keep your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock.

When it is consumed, beta-carotene is absorbed into your skin and  then provides protection to your skin cells from sun exposure. This can help prevent a damaging sunburn, skin cell death and the resulting effects of unwanted dry or wrinkled skin. Beta-carotene can also add a warm, orange colour to your skin, contributing to an overall healthier look. Why not switch out your regular potatoes with sweet potatoes – a simple way to have healthy skin!


There are so many types of tomatoes in the supermarkets today – pick some up and try a few new recipes! Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain all of the major carotenoids, including lycopene. Beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene have been shown to protect our skin against damage from the sun and may also help prevent wrinkling.

Because tomatoes contain all of the major carotenoids, they are an excellent food choice for maintaining healthy skin. Just remember that carotenoids need fat to be absorbed, so be sure to pair tomatoes with eating something like cheese or olive oil. Who doesn’t enjoy a few slices of tomatoes with some cheese, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and a few fresh sprigs of basil!


Walnuts have many qualities that make them an excellent food choice for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fats, zinc, vitamins E and C, seleniumand protein. These are all nutrients that our skin requires to stay healthy! Walnuts are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that our bodies can not make by itself. Walnuts are more rich than most other nuts in both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

Be careful though, as a diet that is too high in omega 6 fats promotes inflammation. This can include inflammatory conditions of the skin like psoriasis. Omega 3 fats are known to help reduce inflammation in the body, including in our skin. Omega 6 fatty acids are very plentiful in the Western diet, but sources of omega 3 fatty acids are more rare. Walnuts contain a positive ratio of these two fatty acids. Walnuts also contain other nutrients that our skin needs to function properly and stay healthy. Simply add a handful of walnuts in your next salad and enjoy the benefits of having healthy skin!

If you have read both of our latest blogs, you are now aware of twelve more foods that can assist with maintaining healthy skin. Make sure you add these food choices to your next grocery list and have fun trying some new recipes that include these foods. It won’t take long until you see a difference in the elasticity and overall glow of your skin. We all have the choice of what foods we choose to eat – so why not choose what will keep us feeling great with amazing looking healthy skin!

Having a healthy diet for healthy skin is a choice! Your nutrition choices are very important to the look and feel of your skin overall. An unhealthy diet can also damage your metabolism, cause weight gain and affects your heart and liver. What you eat also affects the health of another organ — your skin!

Healthy Diet for Healthy Skin

The more information we gather on how our diets affect our bodies, the clearer it is to know that what we are eating is significantly affecting the health and the aging of our skin.

This article is part one, and will focus on some of the best foods to include in your diet.


Avocados are high in healthy fats. Yes, there are fats that we can call healthy! You don’t have to remove all fats to have a healthy diet for healthy skin. Healthy fats benefit many functions in your body, including the health of your skin. Getting enough of these fats in your diet is an important factor in keeping your skin moisturized and flexible.

Studies have found that a high intake of total fat (specifically the types of healthy fats found in avocados) was associated with having more supple, springy skin. Preliminary evidence also shows that avocados contain compounds that may help to protect our skin against sun damage. UV damage to the skin can cause signs of aging, such as wrinkling. Avocados are also a very good source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress.

Other studies have shown that vitamin E seems to be even more effective when it is combined with vitamin C. Vitamin C is also essential for maintaining healthy skin. Our skin needs vitamin C in order to create collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy. A deficiency in vitamin C is very rare these days. Common symptoms would include dry, rough, scaly skin that can bruise very easily.

Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant that protects your skin from oxidative damage. This can be caused by the sun and the environment, which can lead to signs of aging skin.


Broccoli makes the list because it is full of many vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta-carotene. It protects the skin from oxidative damage, which can cause skin to become dry and wrinkled.

Broccoli florets also contain a special compound called sulforaphane, which seems to have some impressive health benefits. It may even have anti-cancer effects, including some forms of skin cancer. Sulforaphane is also a powerful protective agent against sun damage. It works in two ways: by neutralizing harmful free radicals and turning on other protective systems in the body. There is also evidence that it helps maintain collagen levels in the skin.

Dark Chocolate

Does anyone need a reason to eat chocolate? The effects of cocoa on your skin are pretty impressive! One study found that after 6 – 12 weeks of consuming a cocoa powder high in antioxidants, participants experienced a thicker, more hydrated skin. Their skin was also less rough and scaly, less sensitive to sunburn, and had better blood flow which brings more nutrients to the skin.
Several other studies have produced similar results, including improvements in the appearance of wrinkles.

Evidence shows that cocoa may be a powerful tool for keeping your skin young and protected from damage. Make sure to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa in order to maximize the health benefits and keep added sugar to a minimum. Who said a healthy diet for healthy skin meant no chocolate!

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel and herring) are an excellent choice to eat to maintain healthy skin. They are all rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are an important part of the diet when wanting to have a healthy diet for healthy skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are a necessary component to keep your skin thick, supple and moisturized. Having a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids can also cause dry skin. The omega 3 fats found in fish are known to reduce inflammation, which can be the cause of redness and acne.

There has been some research done and studies have found that fish oil supplements may help fight inflammatory and auto-immune conditions affecting the skin, such as psoriasis and lupus. Fatty fish are also a good source of vitamin E, which is one of the most important antioxidants for the skin. Getting enough vitamin E is essential for protecting the skin against damage from free radicals as well as inflammation. Fatty fish are also a source of high-quality protein, which is necessary to grow the structural proteins that maintain the strength and integrity of our skin.

Fatty fish is also a source of zinc, a mineral that is important for regulating inflammation of the skin as well as the production of new skin cells and overall skin health. Having a deficiency in zinc can lead to skin inflammation, skin lesions and the delay in the healing of any wounds.

Green Tea

Drinking green tea also has the ability to protect your skin from damage and aging. The powerful compounds found in green tea are called catechins. They work to protect and improve the health of your skin in several ways. Like several other antioxidant-containing foods, regularly consuming green tea can help protect your skin against sun damage.

One 12 week study in 60 women found that drinking green tea daily could reduce redness from sun exposure by up to 25%. It also improved the moisture, roughness, thickness and elasticity of their skin. While green tea is a great choice for healthy skin, you may want to avoid drinking your tea with milk. There’s evidence that milk could reduce the beneficial effects of its antioxidants.

Red or Yellow Bell Peppers

Like sweet potatoes, bell peppers are an excellent source of beta-carotene. They are also one of the best sources of vitamin C, the antioxidant that’s necessary for creating the protein collagen, which keeps skin firm and strong. A large observational study in women found that eating plenty of vitamin C was associated with a lower chance of skin appearing wrinkled and becoming dry with age.

Being aware of what you are putting in your mouth has a huge effect on your skin is step one. Maintaining a healthy diet to ensure your healthy skin is step two.  You have the power to maintain a healthy diet for healthy skin! Watch for next months blog where we reveal the other food items that are great to have as part of your healthy diet for healthy skin.

Do you want all eyes on your brows? Eyebrows – they can be a little daunting at times for several reasons.  They can change how we look so drastically, but we usually ignore eyebrows or think that they are too tough to handle. I think we have all been there. So here is a guide for you to take a look at so that your eyebrows do not become the forgotten part of your face.

You Want All Eyes on Your Brows?

Before you run to the nearest pharmacy to buy that new brow product, or pick up new tweezers, let’s talk about a few basics.

Try a Professional

Look up a licensed aesthetician in your area. The shaping of your brows is critical and it is hard to figure out your shaping if you have not had proper training. It is well worth the money to get that shape that is just right for your face. You can easily maintain that shape for a few months if you don’t want to get your brows done regularly. But on the other hand, it doesn’t cost much to have a quick clean up done by the professionals!

Map Your Brows

Before you start plucking, filling in, or doing whatever you do to your brows – you need to map them out. Mapping tells you where your brows should start and where they should end. Take your tweezers or a thin make up brush and hold it vertically up against the outermost part of your nose. Where it lands is where the head of your eyebrow should begin. Place the tweezers diagonally from your nose to the outermost part of your eye. Where it lands is where the tail of the eyebrow should end. Finally, hold it horizontally at the top of your brows to make sure they are the same height. If they aren’t, you can fill in the lower one to match the higher one. Mapping is really helpful because you feel more confident knowing where your brows are supposed to be.

Every Hair Counts

Trim and pluck with care.  If you take even one hair away, it can completely change the shape of your brows. It’s crazy that one hair can make that much of a difference, but it can! Because of this, don’t pluck with your nose right up against a mirror. You stay truer to your shape if you aren’t zooming right in. If you have to use a magnification mirror to see, check in with a regular mirror from time to time. If you are unsure if you should trim or pluck something – the rule is to leave it be! Over-plucking or over-trimming can be a big mistake. You want to have all eyes on your brows for the right reasons!

Brushing the Brows

When you brush, use the proper tool. It’s called a spoolie, and it looks like a clean mascara wand. In the head of the eyebrow, brush the hairs straight up (that is how they tend to grow). Trim across the top as to not mess up the shape. Be super careful trimming the middle to the tail of the eyebrow, because this can create sparse areas very quickly.

Enhancing and Filling In

Let’s talk how to enhance or fill in your brows, and the different ways you can make it happen. Regardless of what you use, use shades one to two times lighter than your hair color if you have darker hair. Blondes or grays, go one shade darker. This will guarantee the most natural look, and get all eyes on your brows.


This is where it all began, and it works for beginners (and experts) because the product goes directly onto your skin. You know exactly where the product will end up. This is a good method for filling in patchy areas since you are trying to draw individual hairs with the pencil.


These are great for fairly dense brows with a few patchy areas, or people that have a good brow shape but choose to add a little more pizazz! Powder gives you a uniform look and you can choose to go darker by layering the powder.

Brow Gels

Gels can either be tinted or clear, and help provide shape, keeping things in place, or add a little bit of tint. Tinted gels should not leave color on your skin, but it will add color to the brow hairs and keep them in place. Control the shape of your brows by applying it in upward motions, then bringing them back down where they need to be – this creates and keeps their shape. Clear gels can also be applied over powders and pencil work without messing it up.


Waxes can be used in pencil form to keep brows in place (like a gel), but they can provide some wonderful filling-in action. A word of caution with waxes: you can overdo it with waxes and it can take matting to a new level. Don’t apply the wax too think, and use a light hand so you avoid build up. When waxes come in a palette form, they usually are accompanied by a powder. That is called a “finisher”, and it is to keep that look in place and happy all day long.

A bit of information for having all eyes on your brows, eh? Now that we’ve gone through that, are you feeling a little bit overwhelmed?

The best option is to start small. If you’re feeling anxious about how everything might work, you aren’t alone. You are adding definition to two large objects on your face. This is a big deal! Start with a light application, stick with it for a day or two, and if you hate it –  just don’t worry about it. Take the risk and ask your friend (the one who will tell you if your zipper is down or you have spinach in your teeth), “Hey, how do my brows look now that you can see them?” It helps to have someone whom you trust give you their honest opinion. Remember, your eyebrows really are a game changer. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and have all eyes on your brows!

Everyone loves to have the sun-kissed glow of the summer! Are you getting this look in the healthiest and safest way though? Should you use spray tans, or lay out in the sun? Laying out in the sun and tanning is definitely the most common method that we all use to achieve that wanted sun-kissed glow of the summer. The warmth of the sun on your skin can be very relaxing and comforting.

However, it can also be damaging to your skin more than you are aware of. The ultraviolet rays of the sun break down our skin and can therefore cause irreversible damage. This will actually make us look older with age spots, as well as the potential to cause cancer. The sun does provide us with the tools our skin needs to produce the essential nutrient vitamin D. Over exposure, however, can be dangerous and can lead to life-long health issues. Before you lay out in the sun, think of what you want your skin to look like next summer as well. One alternative to look into are spray tans.

Spray Tans


There is a solution that is much safer and healthier for your skin. Spray tans allow you to avoid exposing your skin to the sun and being burned in the process. Therefore no age spots will form when you apply a spray tan. Your skin will have the sun-kissed glow without the exposure to any of the hazards of the sun.

Customized Look

There is no way to customize the look you get while lying under the sun. With spray tans you can customize the exact look you want though. You can achieve the tan just as you like it with very little time or effort. You are able to achieve a darker look by simply re-applying as the summer goes by. This gives you the same look as repeatedly being in the sun, and getting a darker tan as the days and weeks of the summer go by.

No Need to Book a Flight

Spray tans give you a realistic looking tan. Not one of us ever wants that fake-looking tan that you and others know is not from the sun. We all want to look like we just came back from that month-long vacation where all we did was relax and rejuvenate our minds and bodies. You can achieve this look with spray tanning without having to book a flight or pack a suitcase! Your friends or co-workers won’t even be able to tell the difference, as spray tanning mimics a suntan perfectly. There is no worry of looking orange or too dark, since the spray tan formula is lightweight and comes with long-lasting results.

Healthy Skin

Spray tanning offers skin-friendly nutrients to keep your skin smooth and supple. The formulas are fortified with nourishing oils and nutrients which provide hydration for your skin. They can even contain multi-vitamins to repair your damaged skin. No one wants dull or itchy skin – so why not hydrate and promote healthy skin while getting that tanned look! While sun tanning does not hide blemishes, and it actually aggravates them – spray tans will help make imperfections less noticeable.

No Oops!

Have you applied lotion or had someone apply it for you and you were left with streaks of a sun burn or tan? Or worse yet, that hand-print of white skin where you forgot to rub the oil or lotion into your skin? Stop worrying about the streaks or burns as spray tans are expertly applied to achieve a streak-free even tan without any of the hassle of lotions, oils, application and extra expense. The spray tan application is a fine mist and therefore will not cause streaks or patches of darker colours to form on your skin. It’s simple, easy and is the healthiest way to obtain that glow of the summer.

Tanned all Year Long

Worried about losing your tan through the winter? You can schedule touch-ups even on a snowy, blustery day when you haven’t seen the sun in the sky for days! The entire spray tanning process takes approximately 15 to30 minutes to complete. Your skin will be healthy looking and glowing with just one simple trip. No sun required.

Preparing for a Spray Tan

Are you planning on getting a spray tan but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips to help you achieve the best results.

Shave and Exfoliate Your Skin

In order for an even and smooth application, always make sure to shave and exfoliate your skin the day before or the day of your spray tan.

Remove Body Applications

Make sure to remove anything that you have applied to your skin – make-up, perfumes, lotions, creams, and deodorant. These can all create a barrier between your skin and the spray tan application. If your skin is clear from other applications it will allow for an even reaction. This will also result in a lovely and even tanned look.

Dress Appropriately

Remember dark and looser fitting clothing to wear after your spray tan application.

Avoid the Water or Physical Activity

You should avoid taking a shower or a bath in the first 12 hours after your spray tan application. You also should refrain from doing activities that would cause you to sweat within the first 12 hours after your tan.

Moisturize Your Skin

Completely moisturize your skin as this is one of the most important elements in having a great spray tan as well as keeping your skin youthful and free from wrinkles. Using a proper moisturizer increases the longevity of your tan. It helps retain the elasticity and youthful look of your skin. There are many types of moisturizers that you can use. Make sure to take the time to find out what your skin requires. It is a good idea to try a few different ones in order to get the moisturizer that is the best match for your particular skin type.

Other Treatments

If you are planning on getting a manicure, a pedicure, some sugaring or even a facial, it is best to have these treatments prior to receiving or booking your spray tan. This will avoid any chance of blotchy patches forming or the unwanted removal of the spray tan.

Whether you have had a spray tan several times before, or you are planning on booking your very first spray tan – know that you are choosing the safest way of achieving a sun-kissed glow for your skin as well as providing good care for your skin for the long term.

A spray tan is one of the easiest ways to give your skin a lovely bronzed up glow minus the harmful effects of a tanning bed. When it comes to getting a tan, achieving a natural-looking finish is essential. We’ll cover spray tanning basics as well as the benefits that come with tanning.

What’s the Spray Tan Process Like?

Our entire spray tanning process takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. As you can imagine, the process is fairly straightforward. During a typical spray tan, a layer of mist is sprayed onto your body to produce a temporary bronze or brown effect. This effect can last anywhere between five to ten days depending on how well the tan is maintained.

Additionally, you’ll be in a controlled environment and won’t have to worry about being uncomfortable while getting a tan. It’s really quick and easy! If you have any concerns with getting started, we’re happy to help ease those concerns if you’re considering getting a spray tan.

Are There Options for Different Skin Tones?

We know that getting that summer glow can be a tricky thing. Also, not every tanning mist is created equal, so selecting one that works for your needs and skin tone is a good step to getting a natural-looking tan. To help make things easy, we offer three bronzing mists at our salon.

These options range from a classic mist which is very popular with people seeking a more natural looking tan. Next up is the dark bronzing mist. The dark bronzing mist is for a deeper tan than the classic mist. Finally, we offer an express bronzing mist which is fast acting and allows you to choose the desired depth of your tan by choosing when to shower. No need to overthink tone matching, we can show you samples so you know exactly what your choice would look like before you proceed.

What’s are the Benefits?

We’re always looking for the easiest way to achieve a glowing bronzed look without all the harmful effects that come from tanning beds, tanning lamps and overexposure to the sun. Spray tanning, however, is the quickest and most efficient way to achieve this and has benefits that come with it.

No Ultraviolet (UV) Exposure

Unlike tanning beds and lamps, there’s no exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and as such no risk of premature ageing of the skin, brown spots, and cancer with spray tanning. That’s already one big reason you should consider spray tans over those other alternatives.

Boosts Mood and Confidence

Spray tanning provides other benefits in the looks and health department too. When you get a spray tan, you’ll feel more confident in your appearance. There’s the popular saying, “when you look good, you feel good”, that’s certainly the case with getting a spray tan. You can expect to have a great looking bronzed glow while transferring those good vibes to every other summer activity. You will also enjoy increased levels of vitamin D for your skin. The sun is a great natural source of vitamin D but overexposure comes with its own risks. Overexposing your skin to the sun leaves it more prone to sunburns, thinning, and premature ageing.

It’s Streak-Free and Not Very Messy

All of our spray tan mists are streak-free with each providing a natural looking tan. No need to worry about looking orange or having uneven tans. Our experienced professionals ensure that clients get a quick drying, lightweight and even tan spray tan.

It’s Quick

Rest easy knowing that the whole process takes 15 minutes (as mentioned earlier). Don’t worry about sitting outside in the sun for extended periods or laying in tanning beds to get the same effect. It’s perfect for people with a busy schedule or for people who are going on a last minute vacation.

The Final Verdict: To Glow or Not to Glow

The answer seems obvious from the overall direction of this post. The summer weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous and it’s the right time to get that bronzed skin glow on. For newbies, there’s so much information out there, that it can start to get confusing. The most important thing you can do is take the information that is relevant to your needs and figure out what the gaps are before coming to get a tan at a salon.

In addition, remember to prep your skin before getting spray tanned in order to increase the odds of your tan session going very smoothly. Also, remember to follow instructions from professionals and stay attentive throughout the process.

In conclusion, spray tanning is a great way to give your skin a bronzed glow from head to toe. It’s also a fantastic option if you’ve never been a fan of tanning beds. This is the ideal option if you want something natural-looking that isn’t over the top. The skin is the body’s largest organ. Taking good care of it is an important part of a well-rounded beauty routine. Every treatment is truly unique to each client. Feel free to ask our technicians what to expect after you get the treatment. Carefully follow the recommendations as clearly as possible to extend the lifespan of the spray tan.  

Our Tan Specials

We want our clients to enjoy high-quality service and long-lasting tans. It’s also important to us that clients feel good about themselves inside and out. Be sure to check out our helpful spray tanning tips to help you get ready for the treatment, get settled during the treatment, and help you maintain a long-lasting tan.

During the summer months, we usually have a special on spray tans! For example, sometimes you can get three spray tans for only $100 versus a regular price of $45 per tan. It’s a great deal which is only available for a short period of time. Take advantage of our offers and book an appointment today. Be sure to check out the rest of our blog to learn how we can help you get smooth skin this summer via complete body sugaring!