Health Hub Interview

Last week I was on this amazing podcast, hosted by @cathybiase. It was totally out of my comfort zone to do an interview like this but in the end I really enjoyed it!
Check it out if you’re interested in learning how to achieve your best skin ever! ⭐️🌸 The Health Hub Interview


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Our Mission

I’m sitting in a very different place this year compared to last. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of working out of my home with this little girl, however, I wouldn’t change a thing. Moving my business downtown has opened the door for more people to experience our authentic offering of holistic healing, skin love and body balancing guidance. My mission from day one was to take what I have learned in my 20 years in the skincare industry and help make self-care a little more effortless and a lot more healthy and fulfilling for every single person who walks through our doors.

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Glycolic Peel Benefits

Glycolic is an AHA from sugar cane that is used to help to brighten and rejuvenate the skin, increase cell turnover rate and promote collagen. Glycolic acid works to strengthen the deeper layers of your skin, which helps to soften fine lines and lends your face a fresh, plump appearance.  Our application of glycolic is customized with each client and requires zero downtime or irritation, just beautiful glowing results!

 

Evens Skin Tone: Glycolic acid treatments can promote beautiful, even skin tone by lessening the appearance of discoloration due to hyperpigmentation, acne scars, age spots, and other causes.

Promotes Collagen: Glycolic acid also gives your skin a smoother and more youthful texture by promoting collagen generation, visibly reducing the signs of ageing by speeding up cell turnover rates.

Creates Radiant Skin: Glycolic acid’s all-around exfoliating power refreshes tired, dull skin, creating fresh and luminous complexions.

Tightens Pores: Glycolic acid can also visibly reduce pore size, enhancing your skin’s overall tone and texture.

Prevents Breakouts:  Glycolic’s penetrative power can also help reduce acne and blackheads.

Why We Love the Silk Peel MicroDermabrasion

Praised for its ability to rejuvenate and renew the skin, microdermabrasion has been one of the most long-standing and popular choices in skin resurfacing and brightening. The goal of traditional microdermabrasion is to mechanically slough away the outermost layer of skin using crystals that rapidly penetrate the skin to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. With new skin abrasion technologies coming to the forefront, we were intrigued by the newest form of Wet/DryMicrodermabrasion: Bio Brasion.

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What Makes It Superior to MicroDermabrasion? 

Traditional Microdermabrasion, developed in 1985, is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals to remove the uses a special instrument that employs tiny exfoliated crystals to help remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones.  While the goal of Bio Brasion treatment is the same, there are a few factors that set Bio Brasion
apart.

Rather than using fine crystals to penetrate the skin, Bio Brasion is considered a controlled exfoliation in that it uses a diamond-head tip that is controlled by the skin therapist. Unlike microdermabrasion, it is performed on wet skin to loosen up dead skin cells. As well, because Bio Brasion uses a lower suction, the treatment is typically better for all skin types – whereas those with sensitive skin and weak capillaries would be advised to avoid traditional microdermabrasion treatments. The gentle suction also helps to remove impurities and increase blood flow to the epidermis, encouraging cell turnover and production of collagen and elastin. What the end result boils down to is a more effective, deeper and risk-free exfoliation that reveals hydrated and radiant
skin.

Holistic Skincare Guide for Cooler Weather

As the seasons shift to cooler temperatures, drier air and indoor heating, our skin needs a little extra love to carry us through the winter season with glowing, hydrated skin. Our holistic estheticians and experts have compiled a helpful list of tips and tricks to stock your fragrant apothecary and help heal and seal the skin through the harshest of climates.

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1. Oil Cleansing 

Using pure pressed plant oils is an ancient Ayurvedic method to cleanse and gently exfoliate the skin, revealing healthy, quenched skin. To keep the skin shielded from the winter elements, it is essential to maintain and defend the acid mantle, known as the protective barrier between you and the outside world. Incorporating a daily ritual of oil cleansing will deeply cleanse the skin and provide the ultimate sanctuary to keep your skin cells singing with dewy delight through cooler temperatures. Oil cleansing also gently nudges us to slow down our nightly routines and reflect on our days with aromatic glee. Our go-to winter skin saviour for both cleansing and moisturizing is any one of Living Libations’ Best Skin Evers!

2. Switch Up Your Skincare Rituals

Long gone are the days of humid summer’s past! Along with oil cleansing, it is crucial that we adjust our winter skincare rituals accordingly. Retiring your lighter summer moisturizers and opting for a heavier botanical serum or cream will combat dry, flaky skin and deeply quench your skin from within. Because skin care is not one size fits all, we encourage our clients to drop by SEED and speak with one of our holistic experts to find a winter routine that fits your skin type and hydration needs.

3. Book A Seasonal Facial

A seasonal holistic facial will deeply hydrate, balance, soothe and unclog pores, removing any stagnation and ultimately providing a clean slate for the skin to thrive during the winter months. We highly recommend our Joyful Rejuvenation Facial to get you and your skin through the winter months with grace! Enjoy a steam, aromatic hot towels, customized botanical oils and a relaxing head, shoulder, scalp and facial massage with one of our holistic estheticians by calling (705) 445-1454 or booking your treatment online.

4. Stay Hydrated From Within

Water, water and more water! Sipping on water and herbal teas throughout the day will keep your cells hydrated from within. We highly suggest drinking warm water infused with lemon and ginger throughout the day as opposed to cold water, and to incorporate healthy fats and warming foods into your diet to lubricate the cells and skin from the inside out!

Beauty Philosophy with RMS Beauty + Top 3 Essentials

Beauty Philosophy with RMS Beauty + Top 3 Essentials

A pure + organic holistic cosmetic line created in 2008 by celebrity make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift, RMS Beauty’s philosophy stems from living and sustainable principles and was created with luminous, vital and radiant skin in mind. Crafted from purely organic ingredients, RMS Beauty products nourish the skin form within, highlight your unique beauty and allow your radiance to shine through. Not only is RMS Beauty natural and organic, it’s proudly non-toxic and designed to truly feed the skin.

The creator, Rose-Marie Swift, is a world-renowned make-up artist with over 20 year’s experience, working alongside the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Marie Claire and more. After many years in the industry using toxic cosmetics, Rose-Marie discovered that her own health struggles were linked in part to the toxicity of conventional beauty products. Moving forward, she decided to educate herself around the impact of daily exposure to toxic, chemical-laden beauty products and, through her quest, this led her to develop an organic makeup line that is a foundation for long-term beauty.

Sourced with the highest quality ingredients to heal + revitalize tired, dehydrated skin, every product feels pure and luxurious on the skin, while the packing is biodegradable, recyclable and reusable. What sets RMS Beauty apart from other natural cosmetic brands in that each product is formulated with organic, raw and food grade ingredients in their unadulterated state, giving each product living properties and nutrients that restore the skin. Consider it skincare with mineral pigments, giving cosmetics a revolutionary meaning!

Rose-Marie Swift’s top 3 essentials:

  • “Un” Cover-Up
    • Used for: Formulated to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin… not just cover it up! Completely lightweight and hydrating to the skin, the “un” cover-up will reveal more youthful and ra
      diant skin. Use as a foundation or a light concealer as it visibly melts into the skin while covering imperfections and redness. Provides even coverage for flawless looking skin that will never look heavy or dry. Moisturizes and heals, resulting in a beautiful second skin.
    • Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)
  • Living Luminizer
    • Used for: This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow. A must have beauty product and RMS Beauty’s biggest seller. Best of all, the living luminizer enhances the skin’s natural youthfulness without being sticky, greasy or glittery. An ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish. This highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product.
    • Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Cire d’abeille), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
  • Lip2Cheek
    • Used for: Lip2cheek is a unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant mineral color for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips and cheeks. The lip2cheek colors are the result of over 20 years experience applying makeup to some of the world’s most beautiful faces. Created with nourishing organic ingredients, each unique shade can vary from a youthful sheer to a more densely colored stain.
    • Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Cire d’abeille), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, **Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol(non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract , *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica

* certified organic ingredients

** wild-harvested ingredients

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Why We Love MicroCurrent

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Micro-current is known to be the most effective non-surgical method to take years off the
face with as little as one treatment. Our treatments take the efficacy of MicroCurrent to a new level by pairing it with the healing botanicals of Living Libations skin care products. This combination provides dramatic results to rejuvenate, tone and re-educate the facial muscles and skin cells, bringing a youthful lift and radiance.

Ageless Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Aniston swear by the remarkable non-invasive results of microcurrent treatments. Extensive research on the effectiveness of microcurrent has shown:

  • 500% increase in cellular energy (ATP) to muscle cells leading to increased muscular tone
  • 12% increase in 20 days in natural collagen production to increase hydration and fullness
  • 48% increase in 20 days in natural elastin production
  • 39% increase in 20 days in blood circulation

How does Microcurrent work?

Micro-current is a low level of electricity that mirrors the body’s own natural electrical currents, triggering chemical reactions at a cellular level to enhance the production of natural collagen and elastin, provide circulatory benefits, and re-educate the muscles of the face. The result is immediate firming, smoothing, and re-hydration of the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Micro-current lifts, sculpts and tightens, provides immediate results and requires no downtime.

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We first need to understand what causes our facial skin to wrinkle and sag. As we age, our muscles become accustomed to certain expressions and tend to hold onto these positions long-term. A great example is the furrow between the eyebrows that many people experience over time. At the same time, other muscles in our face are rarely used and begin to atrophy, which leads to sagging. This is often most prevalent in the jawline, cheeks and neck where sagging and loss of definition develops with age. As time goes on, our skin cells become less active leading to a breakdown of collagen and elastin. By the age of 45, the upper cheek muscles may elongate by as much as half an inch, dragging the skin over the cheeks downward to form plump little pouches at the corners of the mouth. The muscles under the chin become loose and the jaw line loses its firm contour.

There are 32 different muscles of the face that are manipulated during the micro-current facial treatment. The treatment lifts, smoothes, tightens and tones. Probes are used to physically move the muscle into the desired position to perform muscle re-education, the process of lengthening or shortening muscles. Having muscle re-education movements performed in a series re-trains the muscles to maintain this new contour. Micro-current treatment allows the muscles the necessary energy to keep their tension in this new contour.

Since you are re-educating the muscle tissue, it is crucial that you receive a series of treatments for results to reach their maximum potential. Once a series is completed, the results can be maintained by by coming in every 4-8 weeks for maintenance treatments. Additionally, a series can be repeated every few years. If the full series of treatments is completed and maintenance sessions are continued on a monthly basis, results should last 3-4 years.

What are the benefits of microcurrent treatments?

  • Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved muscle tone in face and neck
  • Improved circulation
  • Cleared up or reduced acne
  • Lift of jowls and eyebrows
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Sun damage treatment
  • Skin pigment improvement
  • Product penetration
  • Smoother, firmer skin
  • Hydrated and revitalized skin
  • Improved elasticity

Recommended Treatments

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The number of sessions depends on the client age and skin condition. The effects of microcurrent are immediate and cumulative. Clients go through a series of treatments followed by regular maintenance to keep a more youthful appearance. Each time a treatment is performed the new contour maintains its position better and longer. Typically clients will notice about 5 year reduction in facial aging.

The following are general and approximate guidelines for frequency of treatment:

  • 20 to 30 years old: Preventative, to slow down the aging process
  • 30 to 35 years old: Initial series of 6, once per week
    Maintenance every 6-8 weeks
  • 35 to 40 years old: Initial series of 8-10, once to twice per week
    Maintenance every 6-8 weeks
  • 40 to 50 years old: Initial series of 10-12, once to twice per week
    Maintenance every 4-6 weeks
  • 50 to 60 years old: Initial series of 12-15, once to twice per week
    Maintenance every 4-6 weeks
  • 60 plus years old: Initial series of 15-18, ideally twice per week
    Maintenance every 4 weeks
  • Perfect for special occasions or a quick pick-me-up for an instant lift lasting up to two days.
  • Excellent for post surgical facelift to maintain the lift and treat blood stasis, scarring, and numbness.

Individuals with the following should not receive microcurrent:

  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy
  • Thrombosis
  • Phlebitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer

If you have had a botox or filler treatment, we recommend to wait two weeks to receive a microcurrent facial.  However, there is no downtime after a microcurrent facial.  Patients who regularly get microcurrent facials actually lessen the need for and frequency of botox.

Our Fave Beauty Tool – Jade Rolling!

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Ancient Chinese beauty tool for glowing skin!

The practice of jade rolling has been a long-standing staple in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Chinese beauty + skincare routines for optimizing glowing, healthy skin through self-massage. With endless healing benefits, this “must-have” beauty tool is a staple in our holistic facial treatments to encourage lymphatic drainage, stimulate blood circulation and boost collagen production. The cooling and soothing nature of the jade stone is also effective in calming hot, stressed skin and reducing puffiness around the eyes.

We are now offering Jade Roller Beauty rollers in-store for home care, so that you can bring these healing, soothing benefits to your daily self-care routine. We have sourced high quality jade beauty tools, which are dual-sided with a smaller stone which is suitable for smaller areas, like around the eyes and mouth. Jade rolling is ideal for all skin types, but especially benefits wiser skin due to its versatile anti-aging benefits.

Benefits of Jade:

Jade is a healing stone which assists physical and emotional well-being and supports happiness and harmony by stimulating the “Qi”, which is known in Chinese as your innate life force. As such, jade diminishes negativity and boosts confidence, bringing light and positive energy to your being. This cooling stone assists in the removal of toxins, excess fluids and lymph stagnation. Most notably, the healing benefits of jade help to:

  1. Aid in detoxification by strengthening the body’s filtration and cleansing systems
  2. Boost the immune system
  3. Improve the heart, lungs, and thymus
  4. Stimulate Qi – what the Chinese call your “life force”

How to Use Your Jade Roller:

Most rollers feature two sides of varied sizes. The smaller roller is best utilized with the most delicate skin, mainly around the lip, eye and temple area. The larger size roller is used on the jawline, cheeks, forehead, and neck for deeper pressure and self-massage.

Jade rolling is gloriously simple. First, cleanse the skin with your favorite Living Libations BestSkinEver, followed by a facial serum. In order to stimulate lymph, use gentle, even pressure, rolling the tool in an upward motion, working from your neck toward the forehead. Complete one side before starting the other, and always end each size by rolling your tool downwards along the sides of the neck to drain lymph fluid. That’s it! Roll your way to clear, firm, radiant, singing skin!

HOT TIP: Keep your roller refrigerated to keep it cool to help with puffiness.

What Makes Living Libation Essential Oils So Magical?

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The era of holistic wellness & empowerment and the reclamation of health is happily upon us. This societal shift in mentality is being met with an influx of new essential oil brands rapidly joining a market of trusted pioneers and essential oil purists. While we celebrate the innovation and bravado of such new brands, we continue to bask in the virtuous sanctuary of unfurling florals that is Living Libations.

If you have enjoyed the queenly aroma of rose, the calming embrace of lavender or the sultry pungency of sandalwood, you have experienced the aromatic life force of essential oils. Centuries old, essential oils are known as the liquid concentrate of unadulterated compounds, trace elements and aromatic molecules, containing the plant’s most beneficial constituents to repair and revive on a cellular level. A botanical life force, each essential oil boasts a distinctive aroma and taste unique to the plant of origin. This liquid gold enthusiastically absorbs through the membrane of our skin to nourish and illuminate the mind, body and spirit with limitless healing.

If you’re new to Living Libations, let this be your introduction to the purest of organic, wildcrafted artesian essential oils available around the globe. Living Libations is a boundless collection of serums, essential oils and elixirs that uplift self-care to absolute euphoria with each blissful, aromatic drop. Often wildcrafted in small batches, Living Libations’ Hi-Fi essential oils serve as a highly vibrational botanical channel to deepen your connection with nature and nurture your unique radiance.

“Magical” only begins to explain the depth of plant poetry founder Nadine Artemis and husband Ron have woven together in the alchemy of their union. By the tender age of 18, Nadine had connected with artesian distillers of authentically organic essential oils and began importing an exquisite palette to formulate decadent perfumes and skin treats with. Plant purity and integrity are the working backbone of Living Libations creations and all essential oils are either organic or wildcrafted to incite euphoria and exceed expectations. Living Libations organic essential oils are lovingly distilled from plants that are cultivated without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. More impressively, Living Libations strives to offer wildcrafted essential oils whenever possible. A rare process within the essential oil world, wildcrafted oils are concocted from original plant matter that is harvested at peak potency in the plant’s natural habitat in lieu of a farm. The resulting oil contains every potent constituent to serve as a potion to the senses.

With a deep commitment to purity and alchemical touch, aromacologists Nadine and Ron give a powerful voice to the vibrancy of plants, allowing plant and person to re-cultivate a divinely blissful union once again. All Libations are dedicated to serving and improving the highest health to all who care to embark, and for this reason we only choose to offer the best of the best at our spa in Collingwood.

Holistic Breast Care with Living Libations

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Breasts contain an abundance of lymph vessels that support the circulatory system in maintaining proper fluid balance. The health of our lymphatic systems is intimately connected to our breast health. Lymphatic flow can be obstructed by tight bras, poor posture, lack of exercise, shallow breathing, and tight neck, shoulder, chest and back muscles.

Self-massage with Living Libations’ Breast Massage Oil is a regenerative practice to stimulate blood circulation and encourage lymph drainage. Cypress, yarrow and laurel essential oils generate the movement of the fluid that removes toxins and supplies fresh nutrition to the cells.

Massage encourages the body to release excess stored estrogen, move debris-fluid away from the spaces between cells, and return the fluid to the bloodstream to be eliminated. Over time, massaging the breasts may also enhance the elasticity of the ligaments in the chest providing improved breast support.

Breast Massage can be performed at any point in the menstrual cycle depending on your comfort. Our breast tissue extends from the breastbone in the center of the chest to the underarms and from below the collarbone down to the sixth or seventh rib. Put 1-2 drops of Breast Massage Oil on each hand and place your hands under the breasts. Massage inward and upward in a circular motion, slowly covering the entire chest.

Living Libations’ Breast Massage Oil Ingredients: Broccoli Seed Oil, Cumin Seed Oil, Calendula Oil, Saint John’s Wort Blossom Oil infused in Organic Olive Oil, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Rose Otto, Laurel, Cypress, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang, and Chamomile essential oils.

~Nadine Artemis, Living Libations