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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: EYELASH EXTENSIONS

About a month ago, I was starting to get really frustrated with my morning routine–waking up at 6:25am every morning, rushing to make the 7:15 train was really getting tiresome. I was constantly in a panic, but not willing to sacrifice any more sleep either. I started to think about what was really causing me to be running late in my routine, and it was turning out to be my eye makeup–my mascara in particular.

 
It’s not like I was doing any crazy makeup–but I was working hard to create a fuller lashline, which means eyeliner and lots of mascara. Unfortunately for me, I’m not so adept with a mascara wand while bleary-eyed and contact-lens-less, so that meant that while I was trying and failing to bulk up my lashes, I was getting mascara on my eyelids. Then, on my walk to work, with the cold winter wind, my mascara would smudge from my watery eyes. Time for a change, no?
 
I started snooping around the internet, and remembered last summer that someone had recommended I get lash extensions for my wedding/honeymoon—they wouldn’t run like mascara if I cried at my ceremony, and I had the promise of waking up looking like a Disney princess every day and not sweating off my mascara in Italy’s hot sun. I didn’t end up doing it because I was too nervous of trying something new right before my wedding, but now I’m not sure why I waited so long. It has really cut down my getting-ready process in the mornings–all I need is some tinted moisturizer, powder and blush and I’m ready to go. 
 
 
Through my research, I found a small boutique in Oakville, ForeverJac. Of course I wanted to know everything about eyelash extensions, so I talked to Chantal Juman, the manager and senior stylist of ForeverJac Eyelash Boutique and Brow Bar

After my consultation with Chantal, it was determined that we would start smaller with their ‘Sophisticated’ set (45 lashes per eye), with their LashCoat applied to the bottom lashes. Then, if I desired more lashes after that, I could always come in for a fill to add more fullness. I came back about a week later to add some more lashes (basically moved up to their ‘Bombshell’ set), and was so happy with the results! My eyes popped and I had shaved ten minutes off my morning routine. 

The application itself is quite relaxing–you like down on a bed with your eyes closed while the lash stylist flutters around applying the lashes. My lash stylist, Dianne, made sure to really achieve what I wanted: fullness over length, and she adjusted the lashes to suit my eye shape. 

Chantal has graciously answered all of my questions about eyelash extensions–from knowing if they suit your lifestyle to caring for them. Be sure to visit their boutique for passionate lash stylists and great lashes and brows!

 

How do girls know if lash extensions are right for them?
If you find your morning makeup routine takes up too much time, if you hate having mascara running  or smudging half way through the day, if you absolutely adore long luscious lashes …then eyelash extensions are the perfect quick fix for you. They add fullness and length along with a customized style to suit your personality and eye shape. They enhance the entire face just by opening up the eyes. This feature really adds more flirt to your everyday look and from experience, boosts your confidence up a level! As far as contraindications go, you really just need to make sure your own lashes are strong and healthy enough to support eyelash extensions. This, along with which extensions {curl, thickness, and lengths} are all determined within your consultation prior to your treatment.
Who are they good for?
Eyelash extensions have come a long way, from what was known as “strips” to “flares” to now “individual”. At ForeverJac we only apply the individual extensions, giving us freedom to create any look you desire. This flexibility allows them to be suitable for any person at any age!
What kind of lifestyle do they suit?
Eyelash extensions are actually great for any and every lifestyle! I mean, there are do’s and don’ts that could potentially shorten the life span of them, {ie. swimming, oil-based products, and applying and removing mascara}. That being said, we have a Lash Membership which provides clients with unlimited lashes for {1, 2, or 3 months} in which they are then able to continue their regular lifestyle without having to worry about compromising their extensions! Lashes can become an expensive upkeep, taking advantage of our memberships and our Lash Bank Stamp System definitely helps to keep everything in perspective. It has been said, “The best things in life are free, the second best things are expensive”.
 
What should girls do before heading into their appointment?
Find out what type of look you are going for {remember, we always have a consultation prior to the treatment with our clients}. Some of the questions you should think about touch on if you are looking for subtle and natural look, or perhaps something more bold and dramatic. Think of yourself wearing these lash extensions on a day-to-day basis, this way you can paint a picture for your stylist to work with.
Making sure you are fresh-faced prior to the appointment is also key! So.. Come without eye makeup on, and make sure if you wore any strip lashes the night before to really get that glue off! Another very important step is to please remove any contact lenses prior to your treatment. If you forget your lens case, don’t worry; we’ve got some cute Anna Sui cases along with solution.


Should girls prepare and strengthen their lashes first with serums like Latisse, or Rapidlash?
We definitely recommend a serum! It is so important to keep your lashes healthy, especially if you plan to wear extensions for a lengthy time period. There are many brands that work well, however we prefer LiLash, the results speak for themselves! We use the serums during our {breaks} every few months; some of us even use the LiLash while we have extensions on. It does contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of the lashes & cause them to fall a little sooner than expected, so be very precise when applying onto the lash line.
What should we do to take care of them?
We provide all our clients with a little homecare kit for maintaining the lashes and remembering your aftercare do’s and don’ts. You want to avoid getting them wet for 48 hours; that means no sappy movies and no dancing in the rain! After the 48 hours, you want to avoid saunas, steam rooms, facials, and pretty much anything of that nature. Also making sure to avoid all oil-based products such as removers & creams around the eyelids. Mascara is usually not necessary, but for an extra pop look on your night out, we have a {black} lash sealant, which moisturizes the lash bonds extending the life span of the extensions!

How often is maintenance required? How much does it cost?You will most likely need a lash re-fill about 3-4 weeks after your initial set. Depending on how well you are taking care of them, some people can last more than a month without a re-fill while others come on a weekly basis for “Just a little”. We have three different re-fill sets; the “In & out” which is 40 lashes total at the cost of $44.00, the “Fill me up” which is 60 lashes total at the cost of $66.00, and “Just a little” which is priced per lash at the cost of $1.50.

What is the difference between a good application and a bad, cheap one? Why should girls invest money into this?People should be complimenting your lashes; second-guessing if they are yours or not! If they can automatically say, “wow, those strip eyelashes are intense” or “I wonder where she got those bad boys put on” there is a good chance that person had a very bad application. The right application requires a certain amount of experience and skill. Each individual eyelash extension should be carefully placed onto an isolated natural lash, one by one. The extension should be placed 1mm away from the lash line so the adhesive is not touching the skin to prevent irritation. This also gives them a very realistic look as there is just enough adhesive for the lash to adhere but not enough to see where the lash is  bonded. Applying more than one extension onto a natural lash is never okay as the weight is more than the natural lash can handle and will weaken the follicle, causing the natural ash to fall and break.

Ladies, you should definitely do your research and know that cheapness can cost you dearly. Eyelash extensions are pricy on their own, however, its not just the product you are paying for, but the correct application and confidence in knowing your natural lashes will not be harmed in the process.

Do we need to learn how to sleep on our back? Do eyelashes get wonky? If so, how can we fix them?If you are able to sleep on your back, more power to you! That is definitely helpful in keeping your eyelash extensions intact and even on both sides. You may find that you lose more lashes on one eye opposed to the other because your face is mushed into your pillow! We have {Morning Glamour} satin pillowcases at our boutique that help to keep your eyelashes intact, brow hairs from rubbing off, superficial fine lines under control, and hair silky smooth. The silk pillowcase is a great alternative as it is gentle on your lashes & helps them to lightly glide while you sleep. We also carry eye masks with built in pockets for your lashes to fit into! Eyelashes can definitely get wonky, natural or extensions. Brushing the extensions with the complimentary brush we provide to you will help to straighten the wonkiness out!

What colours do the lashes come in? Do they suit all complexions/hair colours? Are they ok for girls with allergies like ragweed, etc?
At FJ we only carry black eyelash extensions; they definitely suit all complexions and hair colours. If someone prefers not to have the extensions too bold & black, we apply a finer lash, which looks a little lighter and most natural.If we have a client who does have allergies, we do a patch test of one lash per eye and ask them to return the day after to see if an allergic reaction developed.

Does it damage or weaken lashes?
If the eyelash extensions are too heavy for the eyelashes, or not separated properly, there is a great possibility that it will damage the natural lash. Other than that, the extension will not harm or damage your natural lashes.

Are there different lash lengths available?
Absolutely! We carry a range of lengths from 7mm-15mm and use about 4-5 lengths per one application.

What is the difference between real mink lashes and synthetic mink lashes?
Real mink is a lot finer & similar to your own natural lash. They are perfect for a natural look. Silk mink, is more for someone who is looking for a more dramatic look, they are thicker and darker than the real mink.  Silk mink lashes are safe for someone who has allergies to cats, dogs, etc.

What products do girls need to take care of their extensions? (i.e. any specific makeup products we should use? makeup removers? etc.)

We carry all the eyelash extension-safe products that you will need to keep your extensions looking fierce. Some of the key things to purchase would be: an oil-free makeup remover, water-based liquid eyeliner, and extension sealant. We provide you with a brush & an aftercare card with the do’s and don’ts.

Visit Chantal and her amazing team at:
6 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville, Ontario
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GEL NAILS // AT THE SALON

LAST WEEK we talked at-home gel nails, but for those of us who want the longest lasting results and can’t be bothered to tinker with them ourselves (ahem, me), we turn to the salons for our gel manicures.

Basically, they begin off by gluing a hard extension to your nail, which starts to look very Ripley’s Longest Nails World Record (it’s gross, really). Once they’ve got the whole set adhered, they trim then file down to the shape and length you’d like. This is where the “fake nail” appearance comes from, and at first it feels really weird and the constant fear of ripping one off somewhat takes over your life (but only for a little while, trust me). Then, they essentially paint on layers of gel, curing briefly under a lamp in between layers. The final two layers are your chosen colour, which dries to a shiny finish.

Depending on how fast your nails grow, you’ll need to get a “refill” every two to three weeks ( I usually make it to three). This is usually significantly cheaper because they’re only redoing the gel layers, not the extensions. They simply file off the colour, clean behind the nail, and reapply the gels. So as you can imagine, as your nails grow out, the extensions get filed down and over time, the nail is no longer an extension but just your nail itself. For someone like me who can barely grow her nails, this is amazing, and I’m completely content with my results. Some say this destroys your nails, but if you’re diligent with the upkeep, you shouldn’t see any visible issues, just a consistent, neat manicure.

Anna Raponi

Anna gets her nails done at Beauty Tips and Spa in Oakville. 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT // ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Acne is something that plagues a lot of us–Anna suffers from teenage acne and even I, at the ripe old age of 25, have suffered from the joys of hormonal acne. It’s a tricky thing to deal with, it’s often resistant to treatment and can flare up at a moment’s notice thanks to lack of sleep, hormones, drinking–even just every day life.

You already know dermatologist Dr. Sheetal Sapra from our post on skincare for aging skin, and he’s back to answer all of our questions about acne-prone skin. He is a dermatologist that specializes in cosmetic dermatology and is constantly seeking out new methods and technologies for treating his patients’ skin.

How do you feel about the Clarisonic?

I am definitely a big fan of the Clarisonic. Whether plagued with acne, dry skin, oily skin or even normal skin, almost everyone benefits from this addition to their cleansing regime. Many people can be impatient when it comes to getting results from their skincare; but Clarisonic is a great addition because you’re instantly going to see that glow that everyone is looking for.

What is the best way to treat teenage acne?

Acne is a hormonal genetic disease which in result plugs in the skin and an increase in the size of the oil glands. I always recommend a good cleansing regime with an active acne cleanser that isn’t going to dry out the skin. I also recommend using the cleanser with a Clarisonic. We have had excellent results in terms of better penetration of products, enhanced exfoliation and the unclogging of pores. Topical anti-acne products should be used that contain ingredients such as Vitamin A, benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid. Prescription therapies may also be suggested.

How can acne around the hairline be prevented?

A proper cleaning routine is important, which may include the use of a Clarisonic. It’s important to reduce the amount of irritation and friction on this area caused by helmets and hats. Also, try to keep your hair products off the skin along your hairline; because unless they’re non-comedogenic they could clog pores and lead to breakouts.

What is the best way to treat hormonal acne?

The first step for most females is starting on birth control pills. For both males and females, systemic antibiotics, topical therapies including effective skincare and Accutane may also be suggested.

What is the best way to treat/prevent body acne?

Body acne can be difficult to treat as it doesn’t respond to many types of treatment. Some topicals like benzoyl peroxide can be used, as well as systemic therapy, Accutane and/or antibiotics. Just like the face, a proper cleansing regime is needed for the body as well. I will often recommend the Clarisonic PRO with the body attachment to deep clean these hard to reach areas. In terms of skincare, one of the most effective products I have found is the Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque for these hard to treat areas.

In terms of prevention, try to cleanse with a gentle cleanser after sports or exercise and let the area breathe as much as possible instead of covering it with clothing.

What is the best way to treat cystic pimples?

Accutane is one of the most effective therapies for these types of breakouts.

What is the best way to remove/reduce blackheads and whiteheads?

A combination of Clarisonic and Vitamin A is one of the best treatments for clogged pores. In terms of treatment, Smoothbeam is an excellent laser to reduce these types of blemishes.

What ingredients should we be looking for in acne-fighting products?

Some of the most effective ingredients are benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and Vitamin A.

What is the best way to reduce redness?

Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial skincare products are some of the most effective products for treating redness. Whether caused by acne or rosacea, products such as the Vivier Redness Relief Kit contain Hexamidine which kill the mites on the surface of the skin that can contribute to irritation and redness. The Cynergy and VBeam lasers are extremely effective at treating redness caused by acne, scarring after the acne has cleared and rosacea.

How can oil be controlled on extremely oily skin?

Oiliness can be difficult to treat since stripping or over-drying of the skin can contribute to increased oil production. Topical skincare products such as Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask can be used to absorb excess oil; however, this will need to be repeated 1-3 times weekly to maintain results. A powdered salicylic acid such as Colorescience Let Me Be Clear is also a great way to keep oil at bay. In terms of treatments, Smoothbeam laser can be used to reduce the amount of sebum production.

What products do you recommend for combination skin?

Start with a gentle foaming cleanser that will absorb excess oil but not strip any areas of dryness. Secondly, most active products, especially topical antioxidants like Vitamin C can be used on both dry and oily skin so be sure to use this on the full face. Lastly, find a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen that will moisturize the areas of dryness but not contribute to excess oil on the skin. If the areas of oiliness are particularly bothersome, a mask such as the Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask can be used only on the areas of concern.

What is the best way to clean your face well without stripping it of oil?

Many people like the feel of a foaming cleanser that will remove excess oil and makeup. Luckily, there are so many excellent cleansers that will foam up nicely to rid your skin of pore-clogging bacteria, without ingredients such as alcohol which may cause excessive stripping of the skin for normal/dry skinned patients. The Clarisonic is also a positive addition to any cleansing regime as it will remove dirt and bacteria without stripping the skin of natural oil. Unlike some other similar technologies, it’s gentle enough for even sensitive skin.

How often should you exfoliate?

If you’re using a manual sonic-cleansing system like Clarisonic it can be used every day for most people. I find this to be one of the best ways to give a healthy, clean, fresh, glow to the skin. Depending on your skin-type and the percentage of active ingredients, chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid or Vitamin A can be used anywhere from 2-5 days a week. If it is a safe physical exfoliant (something with round, gentle beads) it can be used approximately 1-3 times a week.

How often should you switch your products? Is it true that they should be switched every few months because your face gets used to them and they stop working?

I often recommend switching up your products seasonally to accommodate the natural changes in your skin due to the changes in the environment, especially between the summer and the winter months. Switching your products every 6 months or so ensures that your skin “remains on its toes” so to speak. I don’t feel that the products will ever stop working, but you may not see the same outstanding results you saw at the beginning.

 

Thanks again to the wonderful Dr. Sapra for taking the time to answer our many questions!

 

Image source: Vogue Italia

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT // AGING SKIN

“Taking care of your skin, body, and health as teens, will set you for your adult years”
–Cindy Miguens, Make Up Artist for Pretty Little Liars

One thing that most women want to avoid is an aging face. We’ve heard from many readers who feel clueless on what products to use, when to start using anti-aging products and most of all–how to get rid of lines.

To answer your questions, we spoke with Dr. Sheetal Sapra, Dermatologist at the Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Oakville. He is a leader in the field of dermatology and a pioneer of new technologies.

Just so you know: We are in no way promoting plastic surgery to you, this is just Dr. Sapra’s honest opinion about fixing lines/puffy eyes whatever (there are things that lotions and potions just can’t fix). He’s giving it to you straight. If he is mentioning those as solutions, then it’s not because you should do it, it’s just because he’s being realistic. There isn’t a magic cream out there that will fix everything. Aging happens naturally, and of course, you should be encouraged to do that exactly as it is. Let you do you! But for those of us who want a little help, we’ve got the answers for you.

Dr. Sapra graciously answered our many questions pertaining to aging for you, so here we go.

What order do I put my skincare products on (i.e. serum, eye cream, moisturizer, acne products, etc.)?

It definitely depends on what products you’re using. However, the general rule-of-thumb would be to apply any active acne products first; followed by any serums you’re using. The only exception would be if you’re using a topical Vitamin C serum, in which case you’d want to use this first. Next apply your eye cream. Finish up by using a quality moisturizer with sunscreen in it. If you choose to use them separately use your moisturizer first.

How many products is too many products?

I like to tell my patients to keep it pretty simple. I recommend starting with an effective cleanser. Then use at least one strong active product (such as an antioxidant serum, repair serum, Vitamin A/Retinol, or AHA product etc.). The good thing about many of the physician-only brands is how these products combine multiple active ingredients to address multiple concerns. And last but definitely not least, a good moisturizer with sunscreen.

How can I reduce/get rid of the lines around my mouth and forehead?

Unfortunately these lines are typically caused by movement and cannot be easily addressed by topical skincare. However, Botox can be used effectively on the forehead to soften these lines. Treatments such as resurfacing, fillers and/or Botox can help to soften the lines around the mouth as well.

What SPF should everyone be using?

Everyone should be using at least a minimum of 15 SPF, but I will usually recommend at least a 30.

What can women do to prevent wrinkles?

The most important thing is definitely using an effective sunscreen. Even if you’ve done damage to your skin in the past, it’s never too late to start. You can prevent further damage and improve the skin’s tone and texture. I also recommend treatments such as Botox which will soften the movement and ultimately reduce and prevent future wrinkles from developing.

How can puffy eyes/ bags under the eyes be remedied?
This can be quite difficult, especially if it’s caused by pockets of fat in the under eyes. Many of these concerns can only be remedied by a surgery known as Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift which should be performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. However, if caused by tiredness or fluid retention, one of my favourite gadgets is the Clarisonic Opal. It almost instantly depuffs around the eyes and helps to get your active eye products deep down where they need to go to be effective.

At what age should you start using anti-aging products?

I would consider sunscreen to be one of the most potent and important anti-aging products and should be started by children of a young age. When it comes to topical antioxidants such as Vitamin C, late teens is an excellent time to start a regime that consists of cleanser, topical Vitamin C and a moisturizer with sunscreen. Other products become more common in your 20’s to aid in prevention and correction.

What is the right age to start using a retinoid?
It is more dependent on the reason for use that will determine the appropriate age for starting on a retinoid. For example, someone who suffers from acne can really start any time in their teens; whereas someone concerned with sun damage/anti-aging should be starting somewhere in their twenties.

What anti-aging ingredients are most effective?

Definitely, sunscreen! Also, think about using Vitamin A (Retinol), AHA’s like Glycolic Acid, and antioxidants such as Vitamin C. There are many ingredients that get a lot of hype, but the most important factor is that you actually get results. Many patients say that a cream feels good on their skin or doesn’t cause them to break out. That’s great, but are you ALSO getting the results you’re looking for?

What ingredients should we avoid (harmful/too abrasive)?

Every patient’s skin is different. However, anything that causes your skin to react negatively such as a rash or irritation should be avoided. It is important to use effective skincare products that are recommended by a specialist that you trust. Physician-grade products often have rigorous standards; and the goal is to have a very minimal reaction rate.


Are Botox/fillers effective/safe? Would you recommend it?

Botox is very safe and can be used effectively to prevent and correct wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid fillers are also very safe and are most effective when treating volume loss in the skin.

What is your opinion on facials? Should women get them? How often?

Facialsare an important part of a woman’s beauty regime. Just like hair care and manicures, it is as much about the social experience as it is about looking beautiful. Facials should be used as a means of deeply cleansing the skin and may give you glow for that special night out. In the long-term they are not going to prevent aging or change the structure of the skin.
There are so many new non-invasive technologies that have such minimal downtime that can truly impact concerns related to aging. Therefore, as long as your expectations are set going into a facial, then you should be satisfied with the outcome. If anti-aging is your primary concern, there are other options that should likely be considered.

Do high end products make a difference?

The short answer is no. Some patients come in and complain that they have spent thousands on products at the luxury department store. Sometimes we assume just because it’s expensive, it must be worth it because it must work. Unfortunately this is not always the case. The most important thing is ensuring you are getting high-quality, ACTIVE, and penetrable products, and this all starts with the ingredients. Serums are often very effective, but it’s important to look for ingredients that have proven effectiveness instead of just fancy names. Active ingredients tend to be more expensive, but should not break the bank when you’re using them appropriately. Many effective Retinol creams and antioxidant serums can last 5-6 months when used once a day.

What are the most common skincare mistakes mature women make?

Thinking that creams and serums will make their wrinkles disappear. Unfortunately, this is not the case and requires intervention of Botox and/or Fillers to achieve the look that they desire. However, a Vitamin A cream should definitely be used to improve the look of wrinkles either alone or ideally in combination with treatment. The other common mistake is spending too much money on skincare that is not going to yield effective results.

Are there any non-invasive procedures to lift the eyelid?

Procedures like Thermage use radiofrequency to lift and tighten the skin. Even more recently we have seen outstanding results from Ulthera on the brow, which can be used to lift this area and ultimately open the look of the eyes.

The main takeaways:
-Use an SPF from birth, and always use a minimum SPF 30.
-Choose active ingredients for results (Vitamin C, Vitamin A/Retinol, AHAs, Glycolic Acid)
-Just because products are expensive, doesn’t mean they always work
-Creams and serums cannot fix everything.

-Facials are a great way to deep clean the skin.
Thanks again to the wonderful Dr. Sapra for answering our many questions! Look forward to another round with the doctor regarding all things acne.
Image sources: Vogue Paris

JET PEEL // THE FACIAL OF THE FUTURE


No extractions. No pain. Just tightened pores, plumped up skin and a clearer complexion.

Jet Peel takes the facial to a whole new level of relaxation. There is no downtime–you don’t leave the spa with red marks from extractions, and your face isn’t totally raw from microdermabrasion. You can go get the facial, then get on with your day. Just be sure to apply some sunscreen before going outside.

The facial starts with cleansing and toning, follwed by an AHA exfoliating solution, and a grainy exfoliating product.

After the more traditional methods are done, the Jet Peel machine comes into play. Let me make this clear: it doesn’t hurt whatsoever. The instrument basically pressure-washes your face. It just feels as if someone is running the tip of an ice cube back and forth across your face. It blows a cold stream of air at your face with cold water, but your face is not wet.

The first round with the machine is with a saline solution that hydrates the skin. Then, they gently give your face a lymphatic drainage massage and lastly, the microdermabrasion peel (don’t be scared of the word peel, your skin doesn’t peel off).

After all the work with the machine is done, a nice thick mask is applied to your face (this one was used on me), chosen based on your skin type, and you are left to rest for a few minutes.

The pressure of the air pushes out anything that might be clogging your pores, meaning no painful extractions are necessary.

Afterwards, I immediately notice that the pores on my cheeks have shrunken down, the blackheads on my nose are much smaller, and some whiteheads that were stuck on the sides of my nose have been pushed to the surface. It felt like someone had turned the crank on my a face a few times to tighten everything up.

The day before I had gotten a few small pimples around my face, and the facial speeded up the process by bringing the whiteheads to the surface to allow them to heal on their own, instead of being opened up with squeezing. They have quickly disappeared.

As for recovery, it is the same as with any facial–your face will take a week or two to recover, I have gotten a few more breakouts than usual from everything being pushed to the surface.

With the seasons changing from hot to cold, this is the perfect time to get a Jet Peel facial. Skin gets clogged up from a Summer of repeat sunscreen applications (and sweat), and this is a great way to deep clean, get rid of dead skin cells and rehydrate for the upcoming season. September always signifies the start of a “new year” to me, so why wouldn’t you want to start it out with a clean slate?

If you are in the Oakville area, I highly recommend the Oakville Beauty Insitute. Every single one of their staff is lovely, and the space itself is chic and very clean (they also carry a lot of natural/organic products). No matter what service you get, they really take their time with the client to do a thorough job, get to know them and help with any skincare questions. As it happens, they have a special on Jet Peel facials until the end of September, so if you book now for later, you can save yourself $40 or more.