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Beauty Swellness: Update your skincare routine for spring


It’s officially spring, and even though it’s fairly chilly in Toronto, it’s a good time to look at your skincare routine and start transitioning it for the new season. Which is why I snapped up the invite for a facial at Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La Hotel. “Now is a great time for a facial, to repair any damage from the winter season and to prep for spring,” says Alex Weisseneder, senior esthetician.

What she recommends getting your skin set for spring:

Exfoliate, but not too often. “People often over-exfoliate. Twice a week is good. If you over-exfoliate, you’ll strip the skin of its natural oils and your skin will become excessively oily, which could cause more breakouts.”

Book a facial to get your skin glowing. One customized to your skin, as I had done at Miraj Hammam Spa. I have combination skin, so while my forehead was dry (I’m guessing from lots of sun exposure as I was just in Vegas and California) but the T-zone can get oily, so my esthetician chose the products to target my skin’s needs.

Lighten up on your moisturizing cream. The heavier, richer cream you’ve been using for winter can be replaced now with one that is a lighter formulation, that is thinner in texture and oil-free. Some people are more sensitive to the weather changing, so pay attention to what’s working and not working for you during this transitional period.

Besides the skincare benefits of enjoying a facial at the spa, Miraj is one of my faves in the city for its top-notch spa services but also its cozy lounge area. I’ve tried several treatments here, including the Thai massage. A couple of hours here is a nice way to get away from the chaos of the city and recharge mentally for the busy spring season ahead.





1 Comment March 28, 2017

Giveaway: Win a Consonant Body Healthy Skin Detox for Face Kit!

I’ve never done a detox diet, and doubt I could last  more than one day on one.

But the Consonant Body Health Skin Detox for Face Kit (available from BeautyMark.ca) is one detox regime I could happily stick to (there’s a reason it made my list of holiday beauty swellness!). Their organic products are staples in my routine.

And because I bet your skin could use some TLC right about now in the thick of winter, and because I’m just nice like that, you can win this Face Kit from Health & Swellness!

The Face Kit (valued at $99) contains the Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream, Organic Foaming Face Wash, Ultra Firming Organic Eye Cream, and Ultra Moisturizing Organic Lip Conditioner (which I keep in my handbag at all times).

There are three ways you can enter (do all three to increase your chances of winning!):

(1) Email your name, address and phone number to healthandswellness@gmail.com (please put “Consonant Body” in the subject line).

(2) Leave a comment on this post about any detoxes you’ve tried, and/or why you’d love to win this Healthy Skin Detox for Face Kit.

(3) Tweet a link to this giveaway (you must include the @healthswellness handle, though, so that I am sure to see it!).

This giveaway closes 12PM January 24, 2011. Must be Canadian resident. The winner of this Consonant Body Healthy Skin Detox for Face Kit (valued at $99) will be randomly chosen and notified by email.

Good luck!

22 Comments January 14, 2011

Beauty & The East: Steeped and Infused

This week, Health & Swellness is spotlighting some of the get-gorgeous hot spots in Leslieville. This east-end Toronto ‘hood is best known for its brunch, bakeries and coffee shops, but a girl cannot get by solely on caffeine and cupcakes, and, thankfully, a few beauty shops have started to crop up, too.

Who: Steeped and Infused

What: Jennifer Best opened up her tea shop in Fall 2009. Besides stocking 80 varieties of loose leaf tea, Steeped and Infused also hosts Intro to Tea and health workshops along with tea leaf readings — fun!

Why: Get your green tea fix here to beautify from within. Green tea, in case you haven’t heard, is truly a beauty potion. It’s been linked to everything from weight loss, and healthy skin to having a younger biological age. Health & Swellness’s fave: Steeped and Infused’s Japanese Cherry variety.

When: Mondays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays to Fridays 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11:30 to 5 p.m.

Where: 1258 Queen St. East; 647-348-1669

1 Comment March 23, 2010

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