Sunday, 4 March 2018

Get Ready For Spring

The snow is (alarmingly) already gone, it's raining instead of snowing and we're seeing sun light after 5pm! The seasons are a changin' and so will your skin and self care regimens. To help you get ready we have some helpful suggestions of things to be mindful for the next couple months.


If you are a warm weather waxer then every year you might forget that your first wax or two can be kind  of "meh". Waxing is supposed to force (or fake) the "death" of the hair - by doing it on a regular schedule the majority of your growth in the area you wax can sync up. When you wax only 4-ish months of the year, the dormant periods can have your hair change it's cycles. That means your first time back to waxing can have less smooth immediate results and faster grow back. We recommend starting your waxing in March or April so come the summer you're seeing longer results between appointments. 

Beard Care

If you're a summer bearder (yay!) then you'll want to keep in mind that beard oil with citrus essential oils can increase sun highlights in your beard (it's your call on whether that's a win or not). You also don't have to completely abandon your balm in warm months, some people find the beeswax a nice weight for calming down humidity frizz, but typically you don't need to layer products. So if you are layering beard balm over your beard oil - you might want to switch to just balm in the morning and just oil at night. 


In Spa 

April is the very latest we can recommend doing a peel series. The Yam and Pumpkin Peel Series is a great idea to start in March to help skip the awkward season change skin freak out, tone down hyper pigmentation and undo congestion. It'll help get you ready to skip your makeup and be nice a barefaced for the hot weather. This is also a good time to think about any body acne treatments you want, as it's easier to keep a sweater on / your skin covered from the sun while you're still fresh from the peel treatment. As per usual, if you're a bare minimum facial person we always recommend coming in for a facial during the season change, especially if you're prepping to switch to your warm weather skincare products!
Results from one 60 min. Back Custom Skincare Treatment

At Home

You should be changing some of your skincare products for the season. Some typical changes are:
  • more sunscreen
  • lighter moisturizers
  • not so creamy cleansers (more gels and light foaming action)
  • more exfoliation
  • a detox mask
We highly recommend considering an oil cleanser as your first cleansing step during the summer. The Stonecrop Cleansing oil will help undo damage from increased exposure to the sun and smog, break down sunscreen easier and oil cleansing can help with excess oil production without stripping your skin. You want to think about skincare products to help support your skin with the extra exposure to city pollution and sun from being outside. March and April are good times to bump the Vitamin C (yay Kale and Citrus Mask!) and brightening steps, after that with the weekends at the park and long walks home you want to be very conscious of sun protection if you continue with highly stabilized Vitamin C or brightening ingredients as they will make you photosensitive. One popular in the summer option is Eminence's SPF 30 Sunscreen Powders, they help top up your sun protection without making you shiny or messing with your makeup. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Get March Break Ready!

March Break is sneaking up on us! Get ready for hopefully a very exciting vacation with us and get 20% off Waxing and Spray Tans. 

Mention the special with your appointment booked on a weekday (Tues-Fri) March 4-17th starting between 1-4pm and get 20% off all your waxing and spray tan needs! 

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Facial Flash Sale

This Wednesday (Feb 28th) and Thursday (March 1st) only we're having a flash minute sale on our 30, 45, 60 and 90 Minute Custom Skincare Treatments. Just mention this special when cashing out and we'll apply 30% off! 
Book now as space is limited

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Reiki Is Here

"It's like being given the best nap without ever falling asleep!" - Eliss

Surani Perera is a level 2 Reiki Practitioner who is now offering services at Saul's on Tuesdays and Saturdays! 

We're so excited to help bring Reiki, an energy treatment, to Dundas West! Reiki services are low contact (in comparison to massage or other spa treatments) and are offered fully clothed typically lying on a massage table with sheets and potentially a blanket. The shorter treatments are offered sitting. Eliss describes Reiki as being given an amazing nap without ever falling asleep. She found it great for re-energizing and balancing after a long day!
We know if you're on the fence about Reiki then you really just have to experience it to believe it so we currently have 30 minute treatments that are just $40 or if you book a Medical Acupuncture Treatment or 30, 45, 60 or 90 Minute Custom Skincare Treatment from February 1st 2018 - February 24th 2018 you can book to have a free 15 Minute Reiki Treatment on February 24th or March 3rd!

 Here's your opportunity to see if Reiki is for you or not :)

Friday, 26 January 2018

How Does Stress Affect the Skin

Oh stress - so much fun! We all know stress can affect your body in multiple ways including: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, anxiety, irritability, becoming prone to over indulgence (Mmmm extra fries, followed by extra cookies and a little ice cream closer), digestive issues and fatigue. We see a lot of clients when they're quite a bit into a stressful period in their life, and the stress is starting to show on their skin.

Why does stress show on the skin? There are a few reasons:

  • Stress can cause your hormones to go a bit crazy resulting in potential acne, hives, psoriasis, eczema and thinning of skin. Acne & eczema is the biggest one we see

  • Digestive issues can lead to fluid balance issues, long term this can results in dehydration in the skin which boosts the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

  • When your body is under consistent stress essential nutrients get allocated to your vital organs which can result in slowed down skin renewal

  • The telomere length of your DNA can shorten. A whatsa-mere? We know we have some clients who know and could explain this much better than us, but nonetheless here we go! The telomere is critical for cell division, it ensures that the cells divide without losing quality so to speak. Telomere's are the cap on the end of your DNA strand- having the cap is critical to making sure chromosome ends don't fuse together or become damaged to the point of creating a damaged or screw cell which can wreak havoc in your tissue. 

Why are we writing this article that clearly boosts your stress levels just reading it? Because you don't have to wait until you're seeing the affects of stress on your skin to see us. We can help you once you start feeling stress.

Our Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist Elizabeth can help re-balance through acupuncture and herbal detoxes, which will benefits your hormone levels, digestion and potentially give your body a break from fight or flight mode. She can also teach your home self care rituals like GuaSha. Regularly taking the time to practice self care, especially easy repetitive movements with visible results can help reduce stress and promote feelings of content-ness

See our level 2 Reiki Technician Surani. Terms like "energy healing" or Reiki isn't for everyone, sometimes it can feel like a big pill to swallow. Eliss will tell anyone who asks it felt amazing and really boosted her energy levels and felt like the best more restful nap without ever actually falling asleep. Not sure you believe in Reiki? We offer 30 minute treatments for just $40, you can see if you really feel the difference for yourself.

Get a Massage. You don't realize how much tension you're holding into your muscles until it's gone. Massage can help release serotonin and dopamine (feel good chemicals) and help lower blood pressure. You'll also go home learning beneficial stretches or way you can make your bed healthier for your body, giving you more healing self care rituals to practice that don't occupy a lot of time. 

Self Care Rituals - we mention them a few times in this post. We're afraid we don't have a Lithuanian word we can try to make some trendy instagram post about a new "stop doing chores and chill out". That being said, skincare can make a nice excuse to spend a couple extra minutes in the washroom just sitting around and relaxing. Masks don't have to be on more than 6 minutes for your skin get results! 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Cosmetic Acupuncture Giveaway Time!

Mini Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment
Have you heard of Cosmetic Acupuncture, also known as an Acupuncture Facelift? It's one of those services lots of people have heard of, but don't totally get or believe it'd work.

We happen to love Cosmetic Acupuncture! You can see minor results from the first treatment, typically just an overall glow or boost, as well as relaxation around fine lines. From there with regular appointments you'll see lines fill in, better circulation and brightness around the eyes, even firming along the jaw line and neck! We recommend planning for at least 6 treatments within 2 months to see spectacular results - where 10 treatments can really lock it in and last 6 months to a year, even longer if you do occasional upkeep.

Mini Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment

So How Does It Work? 

Many of the newest anti-ageing treatments that boost collagen production are playing off the fact that your body sends collagen to skin that has been through a trauma or damaged. In cosmetic acupuncture needles are placed to areas that are in need of extra collagen, whether it's "structural" (areas that are helping "hold up" skin, so think your neck / by your ears) or laugh lines, forehead wrinkles etc. Some needles are also placed to help re-balance your internal organs and well being. A happy, less stressed, body doesn't age as quickly! Basically Cosmetic Acupuncture helps your body heal it's way into smoothness.

The process can be slightly uncomfortable (trust me, a micro needle dermal roller or waxing is far worse) and there is a risk of bruising and redness. Our Post Acupuncture Custom Skincare Treatment Add On includes high frequency (when applicable) to prevent and/or speed up the healing of potential bruises.

Who Shouldn't Do It?

If you're pregnant or on blood thinners we recommend against cosmetic acupuncture. If you have any questions or concerns you can chat with our Registered Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Elizabeth directly by clicking here to email her.

Book your initial appointment anytime from now to the end of February and use the promo code " IntroAcu " and receive 3 free Post Acupuncture Custom Skincare Treatments ($66 value, non exchangeable or transferable)! The free post treatments will expire March 31 2018.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Thursday Waxing Discount

We know keeping up waxing during the winter can seem silly, but the more consistently you do it the better the results! 

To make it easier until February 8th 2018 we are offering 20% off all waxing on Thursdays! Just mention the special and we'll add the savings!*

*not applicable with any other discounts