by Christianne Richard | Jul 4, 2018 | Uncategorised
Refresh, Revitalize & Reboot with Q’s IV Therapy Treatments
Who Doesn’t Need a Boost Now and Then
Physicians and pharmacists, who first developed the use of IV infusion therapies, realized the benefits of these injection treatments for overall well-being. IV Therapy has become very popular in North America. Because of its ability to revitalize skin, restore nutrients lost, and boost overall health and beauty – there are now millions of injections performed each year.
Target Skin and Wellness Needs
Injecting a cocktail of vitamins and minerals into a vein, is the fastest way to deliver nutrients to the body. As a result, many health and skincare needs can be met. Next to restoring nutrients and hydration, providing optimal skincare benefits is one of IV Therapy’s most sought-after uses. Most of all, you can obtain a refreshed and renewed appearance, by lightening and brightening a tired complexion and clearing away acne and blemishes.
Now, what’s better than that!
Quick IV Therapy Facts
IV Therapies deliver a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and nutrients directly into your vein.
Serve as a supplement for skin health and texture, quickly hydrate, restore fluids, and for overall well-being.
Balance It Out
One of the top treatments to help rid the body of unwanted toxins, and to help achieve a healthy balance.
Come One, Come All!
Treatments are quick – anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes, due to chosen type.
Most of all, you can get an IV Therapy treatment during your lunch break, or before your weekend brunch!
Benefits of IV Therapy
Improve Skin health, Boost Energy, and Restore Hydration … Reasons for YOU to get IV Therapy!
-Rejuvenate skin, hair & nails
-Boost immune system
-Restore vitamins, minerals & hydration
-Antioxidant therapy: prevent & reverse effects of free radicals
-Boost energy levels
-Restore a healthy glow, with lighter & brighter skin
-Improve mental focus: great before important tests & presentations
-Reduce fine lines & wrinkles
-Increase collagen production, and restore texture & elasticity
-Improve skin quality; helps with acne & blemishes
-Packed with Glutathione (master antioxidant) & vitamin C
-Re-balance body salts
-Fight allergy sensitivities
-Improve appetite, sleep & mood
-Flush out lactic acid
Q’s IV Infusion Therapies are HERE!
Pair existing treatments, customize personalized plans, and reap amazing skin benefits! With our incredible Q IV Therapies, you will look and feel your absolute best!
by Christianne Richard | May 16, 2018 | 1.1 Resources & Tips
Top 5 Q-Pro Skincare Picks!
Here at Q Esthetics, we believe in finding the best treatments and skincare plans that are completely personalized for you. Not only do we put this much care and thought into our procedures, but in our choice of products as well.
As we wouldn’t put just any unknown food in our bodies, we shouldn’t be putting just anything on our skin either. Knowing your skincare products, their ingredients, and what they offer is essential to developing the perfect personalized regimen.
So, we asked one of our savvy skincare specialists, Nazila, her top 5 choices in skincare products. Keep reading below for the inside scoop on our top products from our favourite skincare lines!
1- Elta MD’s Clear SPF 46
This is a great product for acne prone and sensitive skin, with its extremely light-weight and silky texture. It’s also infused with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which is an amazing multi-tasker! Full of anti-aging benefits, spot-fighting and skin-brightening – it’s a must-have in our daily regimen.
2-Alumier’s Ultimate Boost Serum
This anti-aging serum is perfect for all skin types. With powerful antioxidant ingredients such as glutathione (one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants), it neutralizes and eliminates skin-damaging free radicals – for overall healthier skin and anti-aging benefits.
Couple this incredible serum with any moisturizer from Alumier, (as well as a sunscreen, of course) and you’re good to go!
3- Alumier’s Alumience A.G.E.
A light weight serum that fights pollution and visible signs of aging, by providing your skin with a shield to protect against harmful pollutants and UV damage. Perfect for frequent flyers! With ingredients such as vitamin E, to block free radicals and reduce wrinkles for younger-looking skin.
4- Revision’s Nectifirm
This best-selling neck cream is the holy grail of firming & lifting! With a power-house list of ingredients – such as, vitamin C, E, and algae extracts – Nectifirm delivers noticeable results by enhancing our skin’s own antioxidant system to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
5- Obagi’s Vitamin C Serum
With pure, stabilized vitamin C, this serum fights free radicals and hyperpigmentation. Suitable for all skin types – gentle on dry skin, cool on irritated skin, and soft on sensitive skin – this pro serum helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in a skin-caring way.
And, there you have it! Five of our top products from our favourite skincare brands! Not only do we offer one-on-one consultations for skincare treatments here at Q, but for skincare products as well! So, stop by for a visit to find our which products are best for you – and you’ll be on your way to even brighter healthier skin!
by Christianne Richard | May 1, 2018 | 4.1 Cosmetic Injections and Fillers
5 Q-Pro-Tips for Lip Filler
Having worked in the industry for over 7 years …
Our Master Nurse Injector – Marina – has seen and heard it all. So, we decided to ask what question or comment she receives the most among first-time filler clients!
Q Pro Team: Is there a question you get asked quite frequently with first time clients?
Marina: “YES! Well, it’s more of a statement than a question: “I don’t want to look crazy!” This is a common concern for many, because of the ‘injection-happy’ images that are prominent in today’s media. But don’t worry, here at Q we believe that less is more – you are in full control of your desired results. Actually, 5 of my favourite tips for beautifully natural results, that I like to share with client’s are:
1. Have Lip Filler Goals
Don’t just come in & say “The bigger the better!” Have an idea in mind of your desired look & size, and show your injector example photos of your goals. Photos are perfect for communicating your desired look and size, but always make sure to compare your lips to your self, your face, and your goals – not anyone else’s.
2. Take Before and After Photos
Don’t be blind in-the-now! It may sometimes be easy to look at our lips and say, “They’re not big enough!” If this statement comes to mind…wait. Have a cup of tea and take a moment to compare your before photos to where you are now, and then decide if you still want more. You may be surprised!
3. Avoid Blood Thinners
To decrease bruising & swelling, and for optimal results, we always recommend avoiding blood thinners (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oils, and vitamin E) a week prior to filler injections. If necessary, Tylenol may be taken as a pain reliever.
4. Start Slowly
There’s no rush. As 1 syringe is only 1 ml of volume (those who have extremely large lips from injections have used multiple syringes), there’s plenty of room to grow when you inject only a small amount to start. Fill those lips, wait a week until swelling goes down, and then decide if you want more.
5. Trust Your Injector
Don’t rush into anything! A good injector will always offer their time for a full consultation before any treatment. They will personalize your experience and treatments, by explaining exactly how to achieve your desired results. A professional injector will not force volume on you – but rather volumize your overall satisfaction with beautifully natural results.
by Christianne Richard | Jan 5, 2018 | 1.1 Resources & Tips
Welcome the New Year, with Squash & Cheer!
2018 is here!
The holiday-rush has passed, the new year has hit, and the fight against unhealthy temptations is a thing of 2017! … or is it?
Even though the holidays have come and gone – and even though you did your best at staying away from those ever-so-delicious (yet sugar-filled) sweet treats, these cravings don’t stop just because a number in the year changes.
Being conscious of what we put in our bodies should be a lifestyle choice, rather than a quick-fix for when we’re feeling a little over-our-own-waist-size. And one of our favourites to staying healthy, and starting the year off right, is certainly … spaghetti!
…Spaghetti squash, that is!
Yes! The beautiful and all-encompassing squash …
…one of the most delicious and nutrient-rich vegetables to hit our markets this season. From essential vitamins & protein, to its natural health and medicinal benefits – this vegetable has it all! So jump on board for a quick overview of some of this superfood’s attributes, that certainly can’t be ignored!
The impressive health and nutritional benefits of squash …
…are above all due to the multitude of organic compounds, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it contains. Squash is filled with vitamin A for vision and bone growth, C for antioxidants and the development and repair of body tissue, E for healthy organs and immune system, and finally B6 for brain health and metabolism. Even more, it’s also loaded with fiber, omega fatty acids, and minerals; such as iron and copper, which are essential components of red blood cells in helping to prevent iron deficiency.
Packed with antioxidants!
Squash helps neutralize free radicals throughout the body, with powerful antioxidants. Free radicals are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism, that can accelerate aging by damaging healthy skin cells, and as a result can lead to negative health problems; such as, cancer and heart disease. While small amounts of free radicals in the body are normal, and are helpful for our metabolism, they can multiply quite quickly and therefore must be kept under control.
So, if you’re still working on that list of new year’s resolutions …
… give this super-veggie a number one spot next to “Happy & Healthy Eating in 2018” !
Even more, to help you start this journey-à-la-squash, here’s one of our own Dr. Melissa Hershberg’s favourite recipes – for a healthy start to 2018!
The Ultimate Roasted Spaghetti Squash …
… a perfect dinner side dish. Low calorie, filling and above all – full of nutrition!
Pierce your spaghetti squash with holes, to let air escape
Place in microwave for 5 minutes to soften
Take out, cut lengthwise & scoop out all the seeds
Squash seeds are also edible – and can therefore be seasoned and roasted like pumpkin seeds! Try it out, for a delicious & healthy snack.
Line a cookie sheet with tin foil & place squash cut-side down
Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil
Season with salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil is one of the healthiest oil options – due to it being packed full of antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E & K.
Bake in the oven, at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
You can be sure your squash is ready to devour, when you can easily insert a fork into the skin!
Finally, flip it over, scrape out strands with a fork …
Et voila! Your very own homemade spaghetti squash!
Even more, this recipe tastes great with crumbled light feta cheese and rosemary thrown over, as a personalized finishing touch!
by Christianne Richard | Dec 19, 2017 | 1.1 Resources & Tips
Well, it happened …
the cold weather has finally arrived. And as much as we love the festive lights, clean crisp air, and holiday cheer – our skin does not share in this same joy. The cold air and low humidity of these winter months, make it a perfectly imperfect atmosphere for dry, tight, and flaky skin.
A change in season, equals a change in skincare
So, why does this time of year have such an effect on our skin? Because everything from dry outdoor air and hot indoor heating, prevent it from retaining its full moisture capability.
Even though this 2017-2018 Toronto winter has been predicted to be one of the coldest we’ve had in a while, our experts here at Q Esthetics have seen it all. And, because of this, they know a thing or two about maintaining moisturized, healthy and glowing skin!
The key? … Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Along with keeping our bodies well-protected..
by bundling up in thick sweaters and warm, yet stylish, coats – it’s important to bundle up our skin as well. So, jump on board to see what we have to share, and let’s learn how to plan our skincare as we would plan our wardrobe this winter…
…preventative and protective!
Tip #1: Beautiful skin starts from the inside-out
If you’re not providing your body with ample nutrients, it’s going to be that much more difficult to maintain that oh-so-desired happy and healthy glow. Therefore, drinking-in that essential hydration, is our number one skincare tip for a healthy body & healthy mind.
Our body requires hydration from the inside-out; therefore, not drinking enough can result in dull and dry skin. As much as we love that quick boost of caffeine in the morning, this is exactly what we should be trying to avoid. Instead of stripping our skin of essential moisture from these caffeinated drinks, two super-hydrating drinks to feed our skin with this winter instead, are – water and herbal teas.
The calming and warming effect of herbal teas..
along with being packed full of antioxidants, internal healing properties, and natural stress relievers – is exactly what our skin needs! Warm water with lemon is also a great habit to get into. Indulging in one of these cozy cups first thing in the morning, is incredible to flush out toxins and as an added winter immunity-boost!
Q Pro Tip – Try infusing your water with some other water-rich fruits and veggies; such as cantaloupe, apples, oranges, celery, and cucumbers – for a healthy added burst of flavour!
Tip #2: Harsh cleansers equal a harsh reality
Once you’ve supplied your body with hydration from the inside out, why would you want to throw it all away with a rougher-than-pinecone cleanser? Using a harsh cleanser, with ingredients such as sulfates and parabens, will strip your skin of essential oils and protective barriers – leaving it feeling dry and damaged. Instead, take a step in the right direction, and opt for a soap-free one instead!
Soap-free cleansers are gentle on our skin, and should be a staple 12-month product in your skincare regimen. Do we really only want ultimate skin protection during the winter months? Definitely not! A cleanser with moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin, is essential to maintaining that essential hydration year-round.
Q Pro cleanser recommendation:
SensiCalm Gentle Cleanser – by Alumier MD
Tip #3: Your skin is hungry too!
Feeding your skin with the right serums and moisturizers is a winter skincare essential. Choose products both rich in hydration, and those that protect our skin from the harsh outdoor elements. Winning ingredients to look for in your winter skincare are humectants; such as, glycerin & hyaluronic acid (or sodium hyaluronate). Both are key elements in moisture retention, because of their ability to fight against dehydration, and by their capacity to attract and hold onto water.
A Q Pro Tip to remember,
is to always be sure to apply any type of moisturizer to your skin immediately after cleansing – when pores are still open and ready to retain optimal hydration!
Q Pro serum, moisturizer, and eye cream recommendations:
Ultimate Boost serum – by Alumier MD
Alumience A.G.E serum – by Alumier MD
Recovery Balm moisturizer – by Alumier MD
HydraDew moisturizer – by Alumier MD
Alumineye eye cream – by Alumier MD
Q Pro Tip #4 – Hold on tight!
Our final Q Pro Tip in preventative skincare, is to hold onto that hydration, protect yourself from those harsh winter winds, and – if it isn’t already – make sunscreen your new best friend!
It’s true – the winter sun’s UV’s are just as damaging as the summer ones. Skipping the SPF will not only reverse your efforts of supplying your skin with that essential moisture, but result in dry and damaged skin as well.
Sunscreen helps to prevent premature aging..
as it protects from harsh elements – elements that trigger sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Even that short commute to work – you know the one where you tell yourself it’s not worth the extra effort to apply that last-minute sunscreen – can make the difference between your skin looking great now, and your skin still looking great 10 years from now!
Q Pro sunscreen recommendation:
Sheer Hydration – by Alumier MD
And that’s it – you’re ready to go!
So, indulge in that delicious cup of hot herbal tea, feed your skin with the protection it needs, top it all off with your favourite sunscreen, throw on that added chic accessory piece – and protect your skin in style this winter, by kissing dry flakey skin goodbye!
*All AlumierMD Products are free of Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatum and Dyes. AlumierMD does not do any animal testing on their products.