Author: Healthy Beauty Created: 2/26/2014

How To Prevent and Deal with Stained Nails

By Healthy Beauty on Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 PM

Getting your nails done or painting them one of your favourite colours feels like a luxury.  It’s one of those things you do as a reward, or something you do to make yourself feel good at the end of a long and hard week.  But if your nails start to turn a yellow colour and stain from the polish, the luxury can be taken away and instead of treating yourself, painting your nails can become a chore and you may feel like you have to paint your nails to hide them. Taking care of your nails will keep them strong and looking great, which will keep you from feeling like you need to cover up.

The best way to approach this issue is to begin with prevention, and that can easily be done with a base coat.  The formulation of nail polish encourages the lacquer to adhere to base coats, and not directly onto bare nails.  The application of a base coat layer will improve the life of your manicure before chipping and will also act as a barrier between your nail polish and your nails, preventing direct contact in which staining can occur. 

If you’ve noticed that your nails have begun to turn a yellowish colour, there are a few things that you can do to restore your nails health and appearance. 

  1. Use a nail buffer
  2. Apply a paste of baking soda mixed with 3% hydrogen peroxide onto nails
  3. Use fresh lemon juice and apply like nail polish remover

Nail care is often overlooked, but the smallest things can make you feel good about yourself.  If you’re looking for a few new colours for this fall or winter, try almost black colours, like oxblood, midnight blues, and deep hunter greens.  On the other end of the spectrum, for a bright look, try out metallics and duochrome polishes. Keeping your nails healthy will help you engage in one of life’s little luxuries.

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Look Better Under Stress!

By Healthy Beauty on Saturday, March 30, 2013 2:51 PM

Too much work, too much traffic, too many meetings, too much homework, STRESS!!

We seem to be under more stress than ever. We know constant stress can cause health and emotional issues, but did you know it can wreak havoc on our skin?

Yes, stress can affect the way you look:

  • Dehydration
  • Broken capillaries
  • Dull asphyxiated skin
  • Acne

These are just a few of the skin ailments that can be caused by stress.  To help keep your skin healthy, try these tips for alleviating stress:

  • Exercise
  • Get 7 to 8 hours sleep
  • Laugh (it’s true, laughter is the best medicine)
  • Meditate

Also be sure to have a regular skincare routine:

  • Cleanse morning & night
  • Apply night cream & day cream with a SPF of at least 15
  • Exfoliate once to twice a week
  • Have treatments with a skincare professional 4 to 6 times a year

So the next time life gets a little overwhelming turn off that computer or cell phone, take a walk, share laughs with a friend and don’t forget to give yourself a treat at your favorite spa. Your skin will love you for it!

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Stretching: The Truth!

By Healthy Beauty on Saturday, February 23, 2013 3:47 PM

There are little things that we could do daily, to keep ourselves healthy and beautiful. One of these things is daily stretching. As we age, our muscles tighten and the motion in our joints is minimized. This can later result in performing everyday life tasks with more difficulty.

Stretching will…

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Increase the range of movement in your joints
  • Enhance the coordination of your muscles
  • Increase the circulation of blood to certain parts of your body
  • Increase energy levels

Stretching can easily become part of your regular routine! No matter your age or flexibility, stretching will help lengthen your muscles and make life a little easier. You can stretch certain parts of your body while watching TV, before going to bed, or maybe even while you shower. Any stretching can help the simplest tasks become effortless, like reaching for the top shelf of a cupboard.

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Why quit smoking?

By Healthy Beauty on Saturday, February 2, 2013 10:53 AM

Being healthy is about feeling it. Whatever goes into our bodies eventually comes out. Our bodies are constantly absorbing nutrients and toxins from all the things we take in, intentionally or not. One thing we usually cannot control is the quality of air that we breathe every day. Air pollution is a prime example of exposure to everyday toxins. Smoking is a source of those toxins that not only affect the smoker, but goe into the air affecting the environment and everything living in it. If you or someone you know is having trouble quitting smoking, maybe understanding these benefits will help give good motivation.

As hard as it may sound, everything starts with a first step.

  Within 8 hours

Carbon monoxide levels in your body decrease as oxygen levels in your blood increase to normal

  Within 72 hours

Your bronchial tubes relax and it becomes easier to breathe as your lung capacity increases

  Within 2 weeks to 3 months

Your blood circulation is increasing, as your lung function is increasing up to 30 percent

  Within 1 year

Your risk of smoking-related heart attack is cut by 50 percent

  Within 15 years

Your risk of dying from a heart attack is now equal to a person who never smoked


For more details on this timeline, see the Canadian Lung Association website

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Feeling under the weather?

By Healthy Beauty on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:45 AM

After the holidays, we sometimes feel a bit more tired and sluggish. This could lead us to staying indoors more often, and experience excess fatigue. What is going on with your body? What about Seasonal Affective Disorder? It is a type of depression that is related to the amount of sunlight one is exposed to. It is more common in women than men, usually in their 20s. Because we look in the mirror and see ourselves every day, we tend to focus on our physical appearance. It takes a little bit more to focus on the inside, the appearance of us emotionally and mentally.

Here are a few symptoms of SAD:

  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Increased sleep
  • Increased irritability 
  • Less energy and ability to concentrate
  • Loss of interest in work or other activities
  • Social withdrawal

They do say “easier said than done,” but here are a few baby steps you can take to help relieve these symptoms:

  • Have a positive attitude 
  • Spending time with friends and family 
  • Physically absorb sunlight, (open blinds, step out for a few minutes, etc.)
  • Manage your stress level
  • Exercise moderately (set achievable goals for yourself, don’t over do it!)

Your emotional and mental health is just as important as your physical health, so be sure to consult your physician or medical practitioner if you have these symptoms. Although it may not occur to us on a daily basis, healthy beauty includes what we project from the inside out. The next time you or someone you know is feeling a little “under-the-weather,” maybe take them outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes!

The Beauty of a Facial

By Healthy Beauty on Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:33 AM

We’re so happy to be featuring facials at our salon! Here are the steps we follow and the benefits of each step:

First, we CLEAN the skin. Because of the increased pollution in the environment, dirt, grime and sometimes chemicals, are left on the skin. In this step, pores are unclogged and free of excess sebum, dirt and other pollutants. Skin can now breathe, preventing blackheads and breakouts. The open pores also allow the products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

Second, we ANALYZE the skin. This means that the esthetician is going to identify problem areas and categorize the skin, in order to determine what needs to be done and what products to use.

Next, EXFOLIATE the skin. Exfoliating is removing the dead skin, aiding the process of cellular renewal. Peels and microdermabrasion are used, usually stimulating collagen and elastin production.

Then, we FEED the skin. This step is for moisturizing and hydrating! The microcurrent tool used is noninvasive (will not harm healthy cells, blood vessels or tissues), and becomes a medium to further penetration. Deeper penetration = less fine lines & wrinkles = smoother & firmer!

Finally, CALM the skin. Calming the skin is achieved by using an LED light. It helps reduce inflammation, and is able to reduce various conditions, (ie. premature aging, hyperpigmentation and rosacea).

Keep these steps in mind and the resulting benefits of facials, to understand a little bit more about what’s going on. Take a look at our service menu, and read about the facials specials that we are currently offering!

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Cold Weather Exercising: Stay Safe

By Healthy Beauty on Sunday, December 9, 2012 9:29 AM

As it’s getting colder, it’s harder to get out there and be active. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when exercising in the cold weather!

1)  Is it safe?

First off, if you have any breathing or heart problems, you should double check with your doctor to see if it’s safe to be exercising in the cold weather. Overworking yourself in such conditions could lead you to danger.

2)  Wear “shed-able” layers!

When exercising, your body usually tends to feel warmer than it actually is. You generate lots of sweat, but as soon as your sweat dries, you feel a little chilly. How can you fix this? Shed-able layers! Remove them and put them back on as necessary.

First layer: (closest to your body) should be a synthetic material that will draw sweat away from your body

Second layer: fleece or wool, this will keep your body insulated

Third layer: waterproof and breathable,  (ie. a light raincoat)

Optional: a scarf that can slightly warm the air before it enters your lungs

3)  TLC for your hands, feet and ears
While exercising, the majority of blood in your body flows towards the core. This leaves your hands, feet and ears with less blood and a higher level of vulnerability to frostbite. They need to have extra “tender loving care”! Wear wool or fleece gloves, thicker wool socks in your shoes, and a hat or head piece for your ears.

4)  Gear up
Be sure to choose the appropriate gear for your exercises. If it’s dark outside wear reflective clothing or stickers to ensure that you are visible to everyone. When it’s icy or snowy, your shoes should have enough traction with the pavement to prevent falls and slips. You could even carry a small heat pack for quick warming of your hands and feet when necessary!

5)  Keep track of wind chill and weather conditions
Even though you dress in layers and do all of the above, it’s difficult to stay warm and dry in pouring rain. When you get soaked from the rain and the wind is penetrating through your clothes, your core temperature may not be able to retain itself. In this dangerous case, you may have to revert to indoor exercising.

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Soak away the pain!

By Healthy Beauty on Friday, November 23, 2012 9:26 AM

It’s that time of year where our bones and muscles aren’t quite used to that cold, crisp air yet. We’re out and about constantly, while the weather takes its toll on us. The days seem shorter as the sun sets earlier, causing us to feel drowsy and a little bit more tired. This quick and easy bath soak will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and maybe even with softer skin!

Take one cup of Epsom salts and five drops of lavender essential oil. Fill your bath tub with warm to hot water and, as the water is running, slowly mix in the salts and oil. Not only will the fragrance relax you, the essential oil will soften and moisturize your skin. As you are soaking in the salts, you can also take a little extra and rub them gently on your skin. Epsom salts are a great exfoliant! As warm water and oils are softening your skin, the salts will scrub away the dead skin cells.

This effortless soak works well on sore or aching muscles. Even if your whole body might not be sore, what about those feet that are always being used? Sore feet, toe fungus, or even athlete’s foot can be treated with a cup of Epsom salts and warm water; soaking for fifteen minutes.

So if you’re feeling aches all over maybe from flu, or had a long day on your feet, soak in a tub of Epsom salts and lavender oil to calm those muscles!

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Need to get rid of some toxins? Try a cleanse!

By Healthy Beauty on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:22 AM

Since most of us are always on the go and live such busy lifestyles, we often turn to the fastest and easiest meals or snacks. This may include fast food restaurants (because we all know how convenient drive thru's are), chips and candy that can be purchased at a local convenient store or gas station, or even a quick shot of an energy drink.

Once in a while our bodies need a break from all the junk food and toxins that we put into our bodies, this is what a cleanse does. To cleanse is to clarify, purify and restore. During a cleanse, all the impurities are rinsed and washed away, leaving a clean and rejuvenated system. Cleansing does not necessarily mean starving or depriving
yourself. You are in control of what goes into your body, and therefore you decide how long you would like to cleanse for. Cleansing can be 24 hours long, to a few consecutive weeks.

One of the major targets of cleansing are the liquids we ingest. Anything with caffeine is very dehydrating to our bodies. While avoiding pop and limiting yourself to one or two cups of coffee a day, and constantly consuming water, you are hydrating and flushing your body at the same time. As tobacco and alcohol are toxic to our organs, sugar and flour are almost as lethal. Foods that contain sugar and flour always leave you wanting more, and could cause you to binge eat. Avoiding such foods that may trigger this, will not only help in your cleanse, but also your will power! Substitute them with fruits and vegetables, or nuts. Try avoiding processed foods, as they contain ingredients that are unnecessary for your body to retain. Instead, consume foods that are high in fibre!

Remember that YOU are in control of your body! When you consistently follow these tips, and incorporate them into your daily routines, you should feel the difference! Your health should improve greatly, your body should be running better, and you won't have to worry about cramming a "cleanse" into one day.

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How important is it to cleanse your face of makeup before bed?

By Healthy Beauty on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 9:19 AM

VERY! Performing the simple act of washing your face, after a long day of wearing makeup, could prevent many problems in the near and far future!

First and foremost, your foundation. Foundation is generally applied all over the face, keeping your skin from breathing. This must be removed at night in order to allow oxygen take-up. If foundation is left on, the sebum that is released while you’re sleeping is blocked and unable to be excreted. This could lead to enlargement of the Ostia (pore), breakouts (mild to severe), and even boils.

No one likes infections. When makeup is not removed before sleep, foundation and mascara is transferred to your pillow case. This is where bacteria can form, and could cause numerous problems, such as acne and eye irritation (eg: dry eyes, eye infections). Eventually, allergies could occur.

Sleeping with makeup on has been known to cause the hair of eyelashes and eyebrows to become thinner. If done often, this condition could become permanent!

Wearing makeup helps enhance certain parts of our face, but leaving it on overnight promotes aging! Not cleansing your face of makeup at night causes premature aging because our skin rejuvenates at night, while we sleep. The toxins in makeup inhibit this very important process. This can cause skin to become dry and asphyxiated. Dryness can cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear, especially around the eyes where the skin is thinner and more fragile. Asphyxiation makes the skin appear dull and lackluster.

So the next time you’re contemplating a maybe too quick cleanse before bed, try to keep these ideas in mind!

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