Posted on October 6th, 2019

Long gone is the erroneous perception that meditation is a mindful waste of time, frequently undertaken by Hippies and religious fanatics.
If that perception is not gone, then it really ought to have disappeared, because Science has determined bona fide benefits of meditation and meditational breathing techniques.  Meditation can be practically done by anyone and in very secular circumstances.
 



Posted on October 1st, 2019

It’s hard not to love tea. You can enjoy it hot to warm you up after a frigid winter day or cold to cool you down after a humid summer day. You can get teas both with or without caffeine, and it is a great way to stay hydrated. In addition, these days there is never a lack of flavour variety when it comes to tea. From fruity teas, to earthy teas, to tea flavours that resemble desserts, there are always plenty of options. Too top it all off, many tout tea as superfood due to its long list of health benefits.
 


Posted on September 22nd, 2019

Warm, nutritious and comforting food for the soul. That’s what we want our meals to be at this time of year. In our last blog post we wrote about Brickworks and all the amazing local and seasonal produce there is around Toronto and Ontario at this time of year, so we thought we’d feature a delicious vegan fall recipe on our blog this week.

One of our favourite recipes as the weather starts to cool down is Oh She Glows’ Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa soup. The sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene and other antioxidants great for the skin. They are also considered an anti-inflammatory food. The quinoa and black beans are both excellent plant-based sources of protein. This recipe is great on its own, or can be garnished with avocado, cilantro, and salsa to give it a Mexican inspired flaire! Best enjoyed wrapped in a blanket on those brisk fall days!
 


Posted on September 11th, 2019

Happy Spring everyone! Now that the whirlwind of Winter in Toronto has finished, March Break is over, kids have adjusted to being back to school, and everyone is settling back into routine, it’s time to think of the importance of taking care of your body, mind, and skin with the change in season.

While monthly facials may seem ambitious due to time and expense to the majority of us, we strongly believe in the importance of facials with the change of seasons. Many of us do a “refresh” and prepare ourselves for the next few months at the beginning of a new season by reorganizing, cleaning, and resetting our goals. In the same way we need to refresh in other aspects of life, our skin needs the same attention. After the Winter, skin is dry, flaky and wrinkles  have wreaked havoc on our skin over the winter. Dead skin needs to be sloughed away, pores need a deep cleaning, dry skin needs to be hydrated, and skin needs a chance to breathe and get its glow back.

Facials are an excellent way to give your skin the TLC it deserves. Whether your main concern is clearing clogged pores, anti-aging, detoxification, calming irritation, or deep moisturization, a facial can help solve the problem. Treating your skin to a facial even a few times a year gives the skin on your face a chance to start with a “clean slate” for the next few months.
Before the fall and winter months when the cold weather often leaves skin dry, flaky, and irritated, a facial allows for freshly cleaned pores to absorb moisturizers and calming facial products more efficiently, and better combat the environmental stress of the winter months. On top of that, at this time of year, it’s an hour to relax and recoup after the stress of September has finished. Really, we believe it is a win-win situation all around!


Posted on September 11th, 2019

To maintain the best care of your skin, you should ideally get a facial each month. That's because the skin is a living organ, and it takes about 28-30 days for the cells to move up from the dermis to the surface, or epidermis, where they flatten out, die and slough off.  A professional facial stimulates that exfoliation process, keeping the skin more toned and youthful-looking.  Additionally our facials focus on deep facial massage which promotes blood flow to the area, stimulates collagen production, and tones the muscles under the skin minimizing the signs of aging.  And of course there are many additional benefits to receiving professional facials including professional analysis of your skin, removal of dirt and toxins, clearing of the pores, lymph drainage, flooding the skin with hydration, vitamins, and minerals, and of course relaxation. 
 
If monthly facials are a stretch for your budget, you can still reap many of the benefits by ensuring you get at least 4 facials per year. It is the perfect time to revamp your skincare routine to keep up with the change in weather.