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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

How Does Acupuncture Help With Ageing Skin?

Written by your neighbourhood acupuncturist Leah I. Meltz RAc, HBSc


Let’s talk about wrinkles and the cosmetic acupuncture connection

To the dictionary!

wrin·kel ‘riNGk(ə)l/ noun • A temporary small ridge or furrow on a surface, including skin, due to contraction, folding, crushing, or the like


Why do we get wrinkles? First things first…to understand wrinkles we need to understand the basics of skin

Our skin is organized into three divisions: 
• Epidermis  made of dead skin cells which protect the lower layers 
• Dermis – contains collagen and elastin which give our skin form and flexibility 
 Hypodermis – the deepest area containing fat and blood vessels Underneath these layers are the muscles of the face.
Ok… So why do we get wrinkles?

Sun damage aka Photoaging

The sun produces UVA/UVB radiation. When the UVA/UVB’s come in contact with the skin, they damage our collagen and elastin within the dermis and impair the skin’s ability to repair itself (Canadian Dermatology Association, 2018).

When our skin can’t keep up with sun damage repairs, wrinkles form. Regular sunscreen use is our greatest ally to minimize the impact of photoaging.

Consider the many SPF options to protect your skin: 
• Classic lotions
• Face creams
• Even powders… for when you can’t bear to add another layer of lotion

Our skin is organized into three divisions: 
• Epidermis  made of dead skin cells which protect the lower layers 
• Dermis – contains collagen and elastin which give our skin form and flexibility 
 Hypodermis – the deepest area containing fat and blood vessels Underneath these layers are the muscles of the face.
Ok… So why do we get wrinkles?

Sun damage aka Photoaging

The sun produces UVA/UVB radiation. When the UVA/UVB’s come in contact with the skin, they damage our collagen and elastin within the dermis and impair the skin’s ability to repair itself (Canadian Dermatology Association, 2018).

When our skin can’t keep up with sun damage repairs, wrinkles form. Regular sunscreen use is our greatest ally to minimize the impact of photoaging.

Consider the many SPF options to protect your skin: 
• Classic lotions
• Face creams
• Even powders… for when you can’t bear to add another layer of lotion

The fat layer located in the hypodermis of our skin also goes through an extensive remodelling as we age (Figure 1). In areas where fat decreases, folds become more visible and in areas where fat increases, sagging becomes more apparent (Donofrio, 2000). These changes to the skin become more apparent over time- but fat remodelling isn’t the whole picture. Our skin’s appearance is also influenced by mimetic muscles.

Mimetic muscles? 

These are the muscles of facial expression, located below the hypodermis of the skin. They let us smile and frown… and over time contribute to the expression of wrinkles. When we are young, our muscles are the most fluid and flexible. As we age, they become stiff and less mobile, resulting in the skin bunching and folding on the surface of the tight muscles (Le Louarn, 2007); helping form the wrinkles we know and love.

What does all of this have to do with cosmetic acupuncture? 
 

Haven’t heard about cosmetic acupuncture? (Click here to read our past blog post, "What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?")

Acupuncture improves the circulation of Qi and Blood (Click here to check out: “What is Acupuncture?”) throughout the body. When stiff muscles meet acupuncture needles, they have a tendency to relax and lengthen; resulting in a smoothing out of the skin and decreased wrinkle visibility. The more relaxed the muscles, the less the skin bunches and folds on the surface. Research into how cosmetic acupuncture works is still developing. Current research is exploring mimetic muscle tone and increased oil production and retention in the skin over time with treatment (Donoyama et al, 2012).

Don’t panic! Cosmetic acupuncture’s effect on oil production won’t cause your skin to break out. Think of the increased oil production working as moisturizer from the inside out, rather than clogging our pores. Oil helps to plump and firm our thinning skin and offset the changes in fat distribution of the face as we age.

Doesn’t cosmetic acupuncture help my skin make more collagen? Collagen has become the buzz word surrounding skin health these days, and although I’d love to say the explanation is that simple…. the research isn’t there.



Sum it up for me!

Wrinkles develop over time as part of our natural aging process from the effects of sunlight, thinning of the skin, decreased collagen production, shifting fat distribution and increased mimetic muscle tone. The mimetic muscles of the face are targeted during cosmetic acupuncture treatment, resulting in their relaxation and subsequent smoothing of wrinkles. Oil production also increases in the skin during cosmetic acupuncture treatment working to offset the changes in facial fat distribution as we age.

And Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture?

• The 10 treatment protocol brings Qi and Blood to the face to generate lasting results.

Over time and regular use the mimetic muscles will tighten once again and wrinkles will become more prominent.

• Once-a-month follow-ups, after the initial 10 treatments, are enough to keep the muscles nice and relaxed and sustain skin oil production for the next 1 – 3 years.
Where’d the info come from?

Canadian Dermatology Association. (2018). Photoaging. https://dermatology.ca/publicpatients/skin/photoaging/ Chopra K., Calva D., Sosin M., Tadisina KK., Banada A., De La Cruz C., Chaudhry MR., Legesse T., Drachenberg CB., Manson PN., and Christy MR. (2015). A Comprehensive Examination of Topographic Thickness of Skin in the Human Face. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 35(8): 1007 – 1013. Donofrio LM. (2000). Fat Distribution: A Morphologic Study of the Aging Face. Dermatological Surgery, 26(12): 1107 – 1112. Donoyama N, Kojima A, Suoh S, Ohkoshi N. (2012). Acupuncture in Medicine, 30(2): 152 – 153. Escoffier C., de Rigal J., Rochefort A., Vasselet R., LCvCque J-L., and Agache PG. (1989). AgeRelated Mechanical Properties of Human Skin: An In Vivo Study. The Society of Investigative Dermatology: 93(3); 353 – 357. Le Louarn C., Buthiau D., and Buis J. (2007) Structural Aging: The Facial Recurve Concept. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 31: 213 – 218





Saturday, 28 July 2018

Save 40% Off Your Custom Skincare Treatment!


This August you can get 40% off your Custom Skincare Treatment if booked with a Reiki treatment on August 18th or 25th or if booked with a massage with our RMT on August 3rd or 10th! 

The special is automatically added at cash out. Both services must be performed on the same client and booked on the same day, there are no rain cheques - so book now to get your favourite time slot! All Registered Massage Therapy services may be covered by your additional healthcare benefits. This special can be applied for any length of time Massage, Reiki or Custom Skincare Treatment. This special is not applicable with any other specials.


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture? - By Leah I. Meltz

Cosmetic acupuncture is a treatment to decrease the visible signs of aging using the principles of Chinese Medicine (Check out: Acupuncture...what is it?). Needles are inserted to the acupoints of the face to improve the circulation of Qi and Blood. There are several types of cosmetic acupuncture, here at Saul’s we focus on the Mei Zen style.

Mei Zen? What’s this all about?

Mei Zen translates as “beautiful person” and is an acupuncture technique developed by Martha Lucas PhD, L.Ac to maintain and improve upon skin health. Unlike other forms of cosmetic acupuncture which predominately needle directly into wrinkles, Mei Zen uses a cluster needle approach on the acupoints of the face.

Qi and Blood are guided to the face through the meridian pathways to nourish the skin and
muscles during treatment. The whole face is activated rather than one isolated segment alone.


Who's a Good Candidate for Mei Zen Acupuncture?

If you want to improve and maintain your skin health naturally and are interested in acupuncture, Mei Zen may be right for you! Although acupuncture and Mei Zen are very safe, there are a couple of reasons that you may want to think twice before starting treatment:

• Uncontrolled migraines
• High blood pressure
• Currently pregnant

What about using Botox (and other fillers)? 

Depending on how recent the treatment was you may: • Still be able to complete the full protocol (>6 months)
• OR have a personalized protocol created to avoid injection sites (<6 months).

Curious to learn more?

There are lots of options! Never had acupuncture, but want to try? Stop by Saul’s on Saturdays and “Give it a Whirl”! This mini treatment (25min) will cover the basics of Acupuncture and give you a sense of what it actually feels like.

Ready to dip your feet into Mei Zen & Cosmetic Acupuncture?

We offer:

- Targeted lift treatments for eye, chin or neck on Wednesdays and Saturdays These treatments include a mini body acupuncture treatment and targeted protocol. This quick pick me up will leave your skin feeling refreshed. (only $35!)

- Appointment bookings are on Wednesdays and Saturdays This Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment (90min initial, 60min follow-up) includes a full TCM health assessment and complete Mei Zen and body acupuncture treatment.

- Mini cosmetic treatment on Wednesdays and Saturdays This treatment (90min initial, 60min follow-up) involves full TCM health assessment and body acupuncture treatment, BUT reduces the total number of needles used for Mei Zen.


Where’d the info come from? Lucas M. (2013). Cosmetic Acupuncture: A Textbook for Practitioners of the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System, 3rd ed.


Saturday, 7 July 2018

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture...what is it?

Written by: Leah I. Meltz R.Ac, H.BSc Saul's Registered Acupuncturist Extraordinaire 


Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine which involves inserting needles into specific
locations (acupoints) on the body for the prevention and treatment of injury and disease.
More than acupuncture alone, Chinese Medicine includes the practices of: cupping, gua sha, tui
na, diet therapy and herbal medicine. All can be used independently or alongside acupuncture.


Chinese Medicine Basics

The human body is amazing. Our organs, muscles and tissues work in harmony dependent on
each other to keep us going day-to-day.
Often, we think about the brain and nervous system connecting our body... but this is a
relatively modern concept. Long before our modern understanding of the body Chinese
Medicine developed meridian theory to describe how the body is connected.

Ummm, What’s a Meridian?
Meridians “are the links between acupoints providing
channels for Qi and Blood to move throughout the
body”, they connect the organs, muscles and tissues of
the body into an integrated whole.

And This is Important Because?
Disease in Chinese Medicine develops due to a blockage
or change in the natural movement of Qi and Blood
throughout the meridian system. Acupuncture is used to
correct the irregular flow of Qi and Blood.

Qi and Blood You Say?
Qi can be described in two main ways:
1- As the “fundamental substance constituting the universe”.
2- And as “the essential substances of the human body which maintains its vital activities
and the functional activities of the organs and tissues”.
Blood in Chinese Medicine travels through the blood vessels and meridians to “nourish and
moisten the various tissues and organs of the body”.

The functions of Qi and Blood are closely related and are important to understand disease
development and treatment according to Chinese Medicine.


Sum It Up For Me...

Meridians, acupoints, Qi and Blood form the foundations of Chinese Medical theory.
Acupuncture is used to keep our body’s Qi and Blood flowing unimpeded through the meridians
for prevention and treatment of disease.
Treatment involves analyzing the patterns of Qi and Blood movement within the whole body
and developing a treatment plan to meet the patient’s individual needs.

Curious to learn more or give acupuncture a try?

Appointment bookings are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Never had acupuncture? Stop by Saul’s on Saturdays and “Give it a Whirl”! This mini treatment (25min) will cover the basics of Acupuncture and give you a sense of what it actually feels like.

Or dive right in!

First appointments (90min) include a full health assessment and complete acupuncture treatment including treatment plan.

Follow-up appointments are customized to meet your needs available as 60min, 45min or 30min sessions.

Where’d the info come from? Deadman P., Al-Khafaji M., and Baker K. (2011). A Manual of Acupuncture. Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications. Xinnong C. (2010). Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Foreign Languages Press. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Brow Doc is Here!










We are very excited to announce we are now officially accepting appointments with Breigh Bellavance for brow microblading, tinting and threading! 


Due to Breigh's popularity - appointments can only be made 3 months in advance. Brow Microblading bookings will be follow up with an mandatory to respond to email to ensure you're a good candidate for microblading. We will also require a credit card on file for incase of no shows or last minute cancellations for the microblading appointments. 




Prices for Microblading:

Initial with 8 week follow up included  - $600 Book Now

Initial without follow up - $450 Book Now

8 Week Follow up - $175 Book Now

Microblading Annual Follow Up - $350 Book Now

Microblading Initial with 30 Minute Reiki Treatment while numbing solution activates -  $640 Book Now

Microblading with Targeted Cosmetic Acupuncture (eyelift, chinlift or necklift) while numbing solution activates - $635 (you will be given a receipt from our registered Acupuncturist for $35 with this booking). Book Now

Prices for Threading&Tinting with Breigh:

Brow Threading or Tweezing - $35 Book Now

Chin Threading - $15 Book Now

Full Face Threading with Brows - $80 Book Now

Full Face Threading without Brows - $50 Book Now

Sides of Face Threading - $25 Book Now

Upper Lip Threading - $12 Book Now

Brow Tint - $30 Book Now

Brow Thread(or Tweeze)&Tint - $65 Book Now

Eyelash Tint - $35 Book Now

Brow&Lash Tint - $60 Book Now


Friday, 25 May 2018

Staff Vacation!



Due to a well earned fun vacation our store front is going to have a change in availability! The spa will be open it's regular hours, but walk in shoppers will see limited access May 26th after 2pm and all day June 1st and 2nd! Sorry for the inconvenience, please let us know if there's anyway we can be of assistance

Thursday, 10 May 2018

How To Deal With A Sunburn



We all have friends who mark their real start of summer with their first sunburn. While we all know sunburns are something that you want to avoid at all costs, sometimes life gets in the way! If you're nursing some red unhappy skin we have some recommendations to help soothe and heal.

1) Eminence's Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator


This cooling body gel uses extracts from Rosemary & Rosehip to help soothe redness due to dryness and protects from environmental triggers. It has vitamin C rich Rosehip to fight the signs of ageing while Lemongrass is slightly astringent and will minimize the appearance of pores.

2) Honey


We love honey for burns, while it can be sticky and annoying, it can very effective for alleviating that heat stuck in the skin feeling, is healing and won't make you break out since it's also naturally antibacterial. Just apply to the skin and rinse off when you can't stand being sticky anymore. It will leave a slight residue, typically cream mixes into it and undoes the sticky feeling!

3) Our "Oh God I'm Red" After Sun Treatment


This treatment covers face, top of shoulders, upper back and chest. We help alleviate the heat from the burn, calm down reddness, pump your skin full of free-radical fighting antioxidants and it's a very massage-y treatment. We can only do this on burns that aren't blistering and you need to be comfortable lying down

4) Epic Blend's Citrus Mint Body Wash and Lotion 


Epic Blend's products are SLS, mineral oil and petrolatum free. The citrus mint smells amazing, but also is lightly cooling. The lotion contains healing oils, including Vitamin E oil, aloe, chamomile extract, green tea extract and calendula. The citrus essential oils will balance the minty smell so you won't remind people of breath mints while secretly lotion-ing at work. Remember to follow up with sunscreen as some essential oils can make you more photosensitive

5) Green Beaver All Zinc SPF 40 Sunscreen


Lots of people forget that you still need to wear sun protection when you have a burn! It's even more critical to prevent further damage. We like upping our zinc game when rehabbing from a burn because zinc is healing and helps prevent some heat from the sun from getting into your skin due to it's UV scattering abilities. The base of the sunscreen includes sunflower oil, Karanja seed oil, jojoba esters, super hydrating squalene and raspberry seed oil! Meaning that each application will also help delivery nourishment to your parched skin.

6) Zinc Based Diaper Rash Cream


I know, seems silly, but as noted above, zinc helps heal skin, you can find diaper rash cream pretty much everywhere (we carry it too) and it is made for babies!