Achieve Great Skin With Dermalogica’s “Little Grey Pass”

Dermalogica Little Grey Pass

As much as I love fashion, I truly believe that there is no better accessory than great skin. Like many other women out there, from time to time I experience some skin related issues due to stress, menstration, environmental factors, diet, excessive sweating, etc, all of which is happening to me currently may I add. Over the last little while I been doing extensive research on Skin Mapping, which is a form of skin analysis that helps to identify and understand the causes of acne breakouts and spots. In a previous skin care post (which you can view here),  I discussed how our skin mirrors what’s going on inside the body.  It’s extremely interesting to be able to diagnose some of our internal health related issues based on the location of acne on our face and body. If like me, you’re on the quest for skin perfection, Dermalogica’s “Little Grey Pass” may be just the right program for you. This unique opportunity allows pass holders to try some of Toronto’s spas and enjoy personalized skin care treatments with Dermalogica products at each location.

Dermalogica Little Grey Pass

Last week I hit up  Jiva Spa Toronto  for my very first appointment as a Dermalogica Brand Ambassador. Jiva is a a unique spa and salon that not only focuses on beauty and hair but specializes in nutritional services as well, allowing them to make their clients gorgeous from the inside-out. After chatting with their amazing Dermalogica specialist Neetu, my diagnoses on my current skin issues were confirmed after she did a once over on my face. Due to excessive sweating from exercise, dehydration, and a possible hormone imbalance, Neetu got to work creating a treatment specifically made for me using the brand’s Pre-Cleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Sebum Cleaning MasqueMulti Active Toner, and Oil Control Lotion. With my skin being under duress, I was advised that the sebum cleansing masque and microfoliant were going to be key in getting my skin to where I want it to be.

Jiva Spa Salon

Interested in obtaining a “Little Grey Pass” for yourself? It’s easy, head over to Greypass.Dermalogica.ca/Register. Once you receive your pass, you will gain a stamp for each 1 hour Dermalogica skin treatment you purchase (one stamp per location). When you have collected four stamps, you will receive the brand’s cult fave product, the Special Cleansing Gel, valued at $52.50. Want to continue your experience…? If you collect six stamps, you receive the Pre-Cleanse and award-winning Daily Microfoliant, valued at $69.30. In order to receive your gifts, simply mail your card to Dermalogica’s head office and your gift(s) will be sent out to you. Stay tuned for more on my skin care journey with Dermalogica – for additional information on the company, products and program, head to Dermalogica.ca. *Please note, only residents of Toronto and Vancouver are eligible to register!


Exfoliate. Infuse. Oxygenate with the 3-in-1 OxyGeneo Facial


Late night parties, one too many cocktails, lack of H20 consumption and of course carb ridden canapés during the Toronto International Film Festival caused my poor skin to have a breakdown. My post festival wish was to magically find a way to restore my skin back to the supple, hydrated and smooth appearance I had at the beginning of September. This would be no small feat and believed that it would take several weeks of healthy eating, no drinking and possibly a juice cleanse (which to be honest, what I should be doing anyways) to get back to my skin status quo. I have considered myself extremely lucky to have heard about a new facial treatment from a fellow blogger buddy that replaces microdermabrasian, chemical peels and oxygen facials. And wait for it…is also non-invasive and only a 14-minute process. Recently released in Canada by a cutting edge aesthetic tech company named Pollogen now known as my beauty fairy godmother, the OxyGeneo facial infuses intense regenerating nutrients into the face and oxygenates the skin from within.

I must admit, I was a bit worried that this treatment would be too similar to microdermabrasion, which I have never tried but hear that it can be painful and cause skin irritation post procedure, but I was advised not to worry that it would be pain-free and actually a bit relaxing. Intrigued, I settled onto the bed and a small applicator wand, resembling one that is used during an ultrasound, was used to apply  NeoRevive a nutrient rich gel with peptides and retinol onto my skin’s surface which was combined with NeoBright, a gel that safely lightens and brightens containing azelaic and kojic acid. Within seconds, I felt my face heating up in addition to a tingling sensation, which I’m told is the normal reaction when the Capsugen and gel interact on the skin’s surface – and I also noticed that the gel on my face started to turn into a bubbly lather. This turns out to just be the Capugen doing it’s job cleaning and exfoliating. While the gel is being massaged into one’s skin, oxygen rich blood travels to the face, increasing the metabolism of skin cells and promoting absorption of nutrients, which includes hyaluronic acid; natures plumping and smoothing agent that is found in many injectable fillers. After 7 minutes my faced was then cleansed of the frothy layer and the exact same gel was applied to my face again, this time with hands instead of the applicator wand during a 7 minute facial massage. Strangely enough, no tingling or warming sensation – apparently it only occurs when the Capsugen is used in conjunction with the gel.

Post procedure I was beyond pleased with the results, which were immediate may I add. My complexion appeared more even and my skin literally felt soft as a baby’s bottom. The best part, unlike regular peels and facials, there was minimal skin irritation and I was able to put on make-up right after, which wasn’t really even necessary with the way my skin looked .

The Cost: Expect to pay anywhere between $150-200 for the treatment.

Where: The treatment is very new to the Canadian market but can be found at select medical spas and clinics in Canada. Head to www.geneo.ca for locations and additional information!

SweetGrass Spa by Verity: Toronto’s Hidden Beauty Oasis

sweetgrass spa

I’m known for making a lot of definitive statements such as, “I know everything there is to know about what’s going on in Toronto!” but clearly I’m mistaken because I wasn’t aware of a hidden spa oasis in the Queen St. East district, otherwise known as SweetGrass Spa by Verity. A few Fridays ago I headed over to this spot to enjoy some much needed pampering – with little to no expectation and I was blown away. The luxe spa, open only to ladies, is located in a gorge restored 19th century chocolate factory loft building and is actually linked to Verity, which is a private women’s club that offers social ambiance, amenities, fine dining, insightful programs, a networking foundation, created by Founder and Managing Director Mary Aitken. A combination between Spoke Club Toronto and the Soho House but on steroids. Although the spa is linked to this uber exclusive  member’s only club, it’s also open to the public for busy women like myself, who can come in for a massage, send emails from the satellite work station area (which is equipped with a computer and free wi-fi) enjoy a mani/pedi while noshing on a fab meal prepared by Executive Chef Lorenzo Loseto of 5 star restaurant GEORGE – YES this is also attached to the Verity complex and exclusive to SweetGrass Spa.

I swear, there is nothing worse than going into a spa on a busy day and feeling like there is too many other patrons milling about, especially when all you want to do is relax. I can promise you, this won’t happen here. With approximately 15,000 sqft in just the spa alone and treatment rooms strategically spread out throughout the space, you will never feel like your zen state is being compromised. As you pass through the graciously sized lounge, where spa goers can relax, read a book or have a coffee, you enter what I like to refer to as “Bliss” – treatment rooms, an invigorating ozonated swimming pool, whirlpool, steam showers, infrared sauna and the most beautiful mani/pedi room you will ever see which overlooks the pool. The latter couldn’t be more perfect for a bridal or birthday party or just a gab & beauty sesh with your gal pals. Thinking of something on a more larger scale? SweetGrass can do that too! Their facility can accommodate up to 80 guests for anything from holiday parties, promo events, product launches, client appreciation and charity events and all done within your budget.

Sweetgrass pool

Sweetgrass Changerooms

SweetGrass Spa

I kid you not, I went with the intention to only be there for a couple hours and loved it so much it turned into a full day affair. I was so intrigued with the spa’s very own custom formulated cosmetic line, called SweetGrass by Verity I got a skin matching session and make-up application as well. All the products are made right here in Canada, are allergy tested, hypoallergenic, non-comodegenic and fragrance free. I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of colours they offer for every skin tone. Clearly walked away with some goodies and have been religiously using the line’s Hi-Def foundation, bronzer and highlighter – which is multifaceted and can be used on eyelids, cheeks and even lips. I can’t even deal with the Hi-Def foundation…it literally is LIFE! It takes foundation to a whole new level with it’s collagen and water based formulation.

But what about the treatments and services you’re probably asking yourself right now. Beyond the mainstay spa treatments, they also offer Reiki, luxe body treatments, make-up applications and even eyelash extensions from some of the best eyelash technicians in the city no less! And you can expect only the best products used during these services as they carry SkinCeuticals, Dermalogica and Dr. Hauschka. Totally love the convenience of being able to schedule treatments directly on their website – they seriously think of everything for the modern busy woman.

*Sweet Tip: The signature/must have treatment at the spa is the Lomi Lomi massage treatment. It uses the entire forearm to create a rhythmical flow for the whole body…also known as the “Loving Hands” massage it’s great for soothing away physical and emotional stress. 60 mins – $145, 90 mins – $200

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SweetGrass Spa by Verity
111e Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
416.368.5300 EXT. 1

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

Natural Anti-Aging Secrets You Should Know From Naturopathic Doctors Tamarah and Mardi

Natural Anti-Aging Secrets

As Naturopathic Doctors and face care fanatics, we are always asked about our favourite natural anti-aging secrets. In our youth obsessed culture, we are constantly bombarded with the newest anti-aging product or procedure, which can often be overwhelming and expensive. Although aging is inevitable, there are cost-effective, easy and natural ways to help you look and feel your best. Here are our top 5 tips for that youthful glow:

1) Catch of the Day: Research shows that fish oil is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories and can play a critical role in skin health. A prolonged state of inflammation, which can be caused by such things as stress, poor diet, chronic disease, alcohol and smoking, can damage the elastin fibers that determine the skin’s strength and firmness. This damage ages you by creating loose, sagging skin and wrinkles. Whether consumed fresh or in supplement form, we believe fish oil is a non-negotiable when it comes to anti-aging.

2) The Foundation of Youth: We’ve all heard it before – drink your 8 glasses of water per day.  Here is one reason why. Skin lines and wrinkles appear deeper when a person is dehydrated. Water hydrates and plumps the skin cells making them look more youthful. It also distributes oxygen to the cells, improves circulation and removes impurities. We like to think of water as a natural, internal moisturizer so start sipping today!

3) Lift and Tighten: Exercise has much deeper benefits that just an improved physique. The blood flowing effects of exercise benefit the skin by promoting collagen growth. On a more cellular level, working out seems to counteract the effects of stress and cellular aging. Science shows that those who work out actually have more youthful cells. We suggest you hit the gym at least three times per week for benefits from the inside out.

4) Go Green: Ever wonder what causes wrinkles? Free radicals are harmful molecules that cause damage to the cells of your skin. You can’t feel when cells are damaged or dying but those wrinkles are a sure sign that it is happening. The antioxidants in colourful vegetables and fruits, such as leafy greens, deep red tomatoes, blue berries and carrots, help stop free radicals from damaging healthy cells. So at each meal, we want you to fill about half your plate with fruits and veggies and aim for five to nine servings a day.

5) Looking for a Natural Quick Fix?: Mesotherapy is an amazing service we offer for those clients who want a more immediate result. Different combinations of vitamins and minerals are injected into the skin to hydrate, tone, and revitalize. After treatments our clients report their skin as looking rested, radiant, glowing and firmer. This non-invasive technique can be used for face and neck revitalization, wrinkles, acne, scars, flaccid skin, and stretch marks. Consider this treatment as a direct way to feed your face and promote that youthful glow.

About Tamarah and Mardi…

Tamarah and Mardi

Mardi Baum, ND and Tamarah Chaddah, ND are Naturopathic Doctor’s and co-owners of Puremedica Naturopathic Practice in Toronto. For more information on the clinic, services and hours of operation, head to www.puremedica.com. We always recommend seeking advice from a healthcare practitioner before embarking on any new supplement regime.


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