Skincare Survival – At Home Tips To Get You Through the Quarantine

Skincare Survival – At Home Tips To Get You Through the Quarantine

As we all navigate through these uncertain times, we want to let you know that we are still (virtually) here for you. Now, more than ever is a time for all of us to take extra care of ourselves. We have put together some tips on how you can keep your skin healthy and glowing while you’re stuck at home:

1. Choose the right cleanser for your skin type

For an oily or acne prone skin – or to help minimize the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation, look for a foaming gel cleaner with a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) like Salicylic. This works best to penetrate the pores, exfoliate and brighten the skin and clear away surface oils. See: Zo Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser.

A dry or mature skin type will benefit more from moisture-boosting ingredients like hydrating oils or aloe vera. We like: Alumier MD Hydraboost

2. Stay hydrated

Water helps to remove toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and having a negative impact on your immune system. A lack of water also causes your skin to lose it’s radiance and elasticity – leading to dryness, fine lines, and sag. It can also reduce acne and other skin conditions by flushing harmful toxins from the body.

Choose skin care products – cleansers, moisturizers and anti-aging serums with hydrating formulas and ingredients and drink about 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water a day.

Sipping water in the form of hot tea is also a great option – you can also add lemon, turmeric, ginger or apple cider vinegar for an extra immune boost.

3. Don’t just eat your vitamins

We know that a balanced diet with foods rich, vibrant colors often contain the most antioxidants, but there’s more than one way to give your skin those important vitamins and minerals.
Topical antioxidants also protect the skin by limiting free radicals, reducing sun damage, calming inflammation and increasing hydration and moisture retention.

TIP: The best time to apply them is right after cleansing, layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

We like: EverActive C&E™ + Peptide. It stays active longer because you only mix the vitamin C into the serum when you’re ready to use it.

Here’s how it works:
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4. Exfoliate a couple times a week

Now that we have it, spend a little extra time on your skin care routine. We lose millions of skin cells day to day, but without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can hang on making your complexion lacklustre. Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week to unclog pores and reveal a fresh complexion. If you’re prone to redness or irritation, you should only exfoliate once or twice a week.

After exfoliating, it’s essential to hydrate your skin properly. You should apply a moisturizer or, even better, use a mask. Along with hydrating your skin, this will protect it from external aggressors by tightening the pores. A weekly mask is a great routine to shoot for!

Our faves: Zo Dual Action Facial Scrub and Zo Skin Health Sulfur Masque

5. Meditate

Take some time for yourself to relax and refresh your mind. Commit to a few minutes each day to eliminate distractions and thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Focus your mind, breathe deeply and slowly, and practise being aware of the present moment. Meditation can help increase happiness, sleep, reduce aging, boost your immune system and add incredible value to your overall well-being.

You can still order your favourite products online – contact us for your exclusive order code!

What’s in a retinol?

What’s in a retinol?

You’ve probably already heard about retinol. It’s one of the most recommended skin care products on the market and for good reason. It works! Countless studies demonstrate the super ingredients ability to slow the signs of aging, reverse sun damage, even out skin tone and prevent breakouts.

Here are 5 fast facts about retinol and why it’s the ultimate add in to your daily regimen:

FACT ONE – Retinol is highly recommended by dermatologists for its ability to clear acne.

Retinol helps to reduce acne breakouts by speeding up cell turnover to help unblock pores. By keeping skin clear and reducing active blemishes, it can also help to reduce the formation of acne scars. “Retinol and vitamin A derivatives are dermatologys’ best-kept secrets,” says Dr. Samir Gupta, board-certified Cosmetic Dermatologist. “The effects on the skin can be profound not only for acne but also for aging and photodamage, including fine lines, creases, and uneven skin colour.”

FACT TWO – All retinol are not created equal.

Firstly, there is a big difference between the retinol products found over the counter and their prescription counterparts. While prescriptions have a much higher concentration of the active ingredient, retinol products have the added benefit of being combined with other ingredients which usually makes it easier to tolerate.

When choosing a retinol, you also want to find out if it is medical grade or from a mainstream skin care brand. Medical grade products will generally use higher quality or more stabilized ingredients. Medical Grade Retinol also has a better delivery system, meaning they can penetrate deeper into the skin so that you actually benefit from the powerful active ingredients.

FACT THREE – Retinol and Vitamin A are one in the same.

True. Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A. This powerhouse ingredient is used in many skin care and beauty products because it can address such a wide-range of concerns including skin renewal and collagen production. Dermatologists have been using it for decades and it continues to grow in popularity because of it’s amazing multitasking properties.

FACT FOUR – Retinol should be used at night as part of your evening skin care regime.

Vitamin A derivatives, such as retinol will break down when exposed to UV light. This can affect their efficacy and make the products less active. It’s why they’re also usually in opaque packaging and dispensed in pumps or tubes with tight-fitting caps.

FACT FIVE – If you’re using retinol it’s important to also incorporate SPF into your skin care regimen.

While sun protection should be a part of your daily regimen regardless to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. It’s also recommended when using retinol, in order to protect your investment. Retinol accelerates the formation of new healthy skin cells to replace the old, damaged ones. Obviously we want to protect those healthy skin cells from the elements that cause that damage in the first place.

Combined with a high SPF and vitamin C in the morning, you are setting yourself up for great skin for life. “When we combine retinol with vitamin C,” explains Dr. Gupta, “we are essentially delivering ‘laser in a bottle.’ Here at Q Esthetics, we only use the purest, safest, and most effective forms of these ingredients to achieve radiant skin.”

Beauty Benefits of Microneedling

Beauty Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling or (collagen induction therapy) is a minimally-invasive procedure with two major beauty benefits: 1) it stimulates epidermal growth factors to boost collagen and elastin production which means it helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring and firms the skin. 2) It boosts product absorption a whopping 90 % so you can get the most out of all the active ingredients in your skin care regimen.

Professional microneedling treatments have become quite popular with clinicians and patients because they are a safe and effective way to stimulate the production of collagen and other healing factors by causing trauma to the skin. It can also be used to deposit corrective serums such as Vitamin C, deeper into the skin. You can read more about mesotherapy here.

While professional treatments penetrate deeper to stimulate repair, there are also many benefits of using an at home CIT roller:

  • Very affordable
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Use in the comfort of your own home
  • See results within 10 sessions

Consulting a dermatologist or medical skin care professional who is experienced in these types of procedures can help you determine whether this treatment is right for you.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

We’ve got gifts for just about everyone on your list. Whether you’re looking for a loved one (or for yourself) we’ve got just the thing to keep you looking and feeling your best this holiday season.

BOTOX

20 units only $99

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 70, chances are you can benefit from Botox! Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for the quickest results with the least amount of downtime and works to smooth crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines and wrinkles. The treatment is known as a lunchtime procedure taking only 10 to 15 minutes for the actual procedure. Your skin will look noticeably smoother in as little as a week, with optimal results after a month.

DEEP EXFOLIATING PHOTO FACIAL

Now just $360, reg. $460

Our Deep Exfoliating Photo Facial pairs all the glory of microdermabrasion with the big-time benefits of the intense pulsed light (or IPL) photo facial. It covers most categories of cosmetic dermatology making it one of our most requested treatments. Patients can expect to see and feel smoother skin after just one treatment. The treatment unblocks pores, removes impurities and polishes the skin to improve the absorption of products while also addressing sun damage, wrinkles, redness, and broken capillaries for a more even tone and camera-ready complexion.

ALUMIER MD BRIGHT EYES HOLIDAY SET

Get the set $160, reg $188

Eye cream should be a crucial part of your skin care regimen. This must-have product duo from Alumier MD checks all the boxes! Use AluminEye® during the day to brighten and moisturize. The hydrating formula sits well under makeup making it the perfect canvas for your morning routine. The hard-working Retinol Eye Gel can be used at night to firm, rejuvenate and refine the delicate eye area. To use gently pat under the eyes, along the brow bone and over crow’s feet. Paired together this set is the perfect stocking stuffer!

ULTHERAPY FACIAL TREATMENT

BEST VALUE – now only $2800, reg. $3500

Ultherapy is the skin tightening treatment that celebrities swear by. It’s the treatment of choice for Hollywood names like Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, & Christie Brinkley and for good reason. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to tighten and lift, with very little to no downtime. Plus results are gradual, making those improvements look so natural. If you’ve noticed a loss of elasticity or just want to prevent it you are likely a candidate for this treatment.

GIFT CARD

Gift Cards are always a solid choice letting those you love get exactly what they need! This year we’ve sweetened the deal to include a free luxury skin care product with the purchase of a $100 Gift Card. They get a gift card, and a little something extra for under the Christmas tree, or better yet you get to keep a little gift for yourself. The choice is yours.

Skin Survival with Star Foodie host

Skin Survival with Star Foodie host, Christina-Laia

From airplanes, to trains, buses, and underground metros – I do it all – literally, all the time. Not to mention walk to and from, an inordinate amount of destinations in an array of climates – from hot sun to snowflakes, and rainstorms in between. Sure filming, on either side of the Atlantic has its own gargantuan benefits, but like you guessed, there’s a but coming. The body, face, hair and skin; yup they get a pretty good beating. So I dedicated a great part of my spare time chatting with the experts, and figuring out how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in and outside of my anatomy. After I got the body, eating, and hair routine down pact, I dove into my arch nemesis. My problematic, nagging, always thirsty, rarely cooperative… nope not my boyfriend, my skin.

I’m sure we’ve all heard it by now, the epidermis is the body’s largest organ. Yes, I’m throwing “epidermis” in this blog for good measure because of course, its origin is Greek. In case you’re wondering, the word epidermis comes from the Greek roots epi meaning “upon” and derma, which means “skin.”

Taking over a total area of about 20 square feet on our bodies, it’s no wonder, that when my skin breaks out, feels dry, itchy or even on fire (yes it happens to me often) I feel like utter yuk! Adversely when its behaving perfectly, I couldn’t feel more instagram ready.

So let’s dive right into my current do’s and don’ts! (Most of which I learned, the hard, harder, and hardest way!)

I discovered early on in filming, that wearing any type of makeup on aircrafts was not good – for anything! We’re talking drying up, burning and even flaking from wearing layers of makeup on long flights 30,000 feet high. My trick for travel – all travel by the way, became tinted moisturiser. Stick to moisturiser (& sunglasses if you’re paranoid of photos) and your skin will feel smooth and moist after excursions.

I also adapted the tinted moisturiser method for the long hot days in Athens. A combination of heat, sun, sweat and acne prone skin had me break out time and time again while filming last summer. I stuck to a good quality, oil free, tinted sunscreen for days, and shifted to Matte Finishing loose powder for evenings on the Athens Riviera.

Ok back to the arctic. Since my skin reacts so differently during the different seasons throughout the year, I change up my routine according to the sun dial. Currently, it’s more like the snow dial, which I gotta say, seems to make my skin much happier.

After several beauty counter visits, in literally dozens of cities in 2 different continents, I finally discovered the truth. No one knew what worked for me. So like any self-reliant girl, I adopted a skin regiment that battles blemishes, drying and keeps me moist.


Watch my recent Star Foodies episode where I checked in at Q Esthetics to talk skin care with their Skin Care Specialist Toya!

AM – Good quality cleanser, Natural Toner
DayTime– Light Acne fighting Gel, Oil Free Liquid Makeup (moist with sunscreen) & Matte Finishing loose powder
PM – Good quality cleanser, Natural Toner
BedTime – Light Acne fighting Gel and Light Moisturiser, Eye Cream
Try: Alumier MD Spot Clearing Lotion $36 & Alumier MD AluminEye $94


3-4x a week I use an all natural face mask for 15 minutes, and use the same contents for spot treatment on persistent blemishes. My favourites are Clay masks.

When I remember, I add truffle based eye cream to my AM & PM regiment. I did however, regain milia in the area – so be careful with the richness of the cream!

Remember everyone’s skin is different, so trying out different products throughout the year, and adapting to climates is key!

If you’d like more in-depth info plus my favourite brands, give me a shout out!

Off to the set!

Christina-Laia xoxo

Top 5 tips to get in shape quickly but safely in 2019

Top 5 tips to get in shape quickly but safely in 2019

A new year is the best time to start over, set goals and get ready to challenge yourself. If getting in shape is one of your goals, we want to help. Here are our top 5 tips to get in shape quickly but safely.

Set attainable goals

It’s quite simple. If you set unrealistic goals, you may end up getting disappointed if you do not achieve them. Instead of setting a goal like losing 30 pounds in 3 months, break down your goals into smaller yet achievable goals. A great example would be to set your weekly goal to go to the gym at least 3 times and work out for 30 minutes. It is specific, realistic and achievable. One thing that can help you achieve your goal of getting in shape is to reward yourself. Did you go to the gym 3 times this week? Great! Now, you can grab a drink with your friends.

Nutrition is everything

When you are looking to get in shape safely, it is about how many calories you put in your body and how many calories you would burn. The key is to stick with the diet you can keep up. Make sure to balance your nutrition (protein, fat, and carbs) and portion it right.

Exercise right

Everyone knows that you need to exercise to get in shape safely. At the beginning of your journey, it is hard to know which exercise is right for you. With the technology these days there are many resources at your fingertip. Nike has a great app called Nike+ Training and this is a great tool for a beginner. You can also join a local gym and there are free training classes you can take advantage.

Boost your metabolism

High metabolism = burning more calories. When you are burning of everything you are eating, there is less chance to store fat. Vitamin injection ( also known as B12 injections) can help boost your metabolism which in turn helps you with getting in shape safely.

Non-surgical fat loss option

This is a viable option for you if you are someone who is healthy, active and nutritionally balanced yet you have a hard to lose the fat pockets. There are non-surgical options such as SculpSure, Vanquish, Mesotherapy Injection with deoxycholic acid, and combination treatments like Q Body Sculpt is next-level fat loss treatment with skin tightening effect. It takes as little as 25 minutes to complete these treatments, so it will fit perfectly into your busy schedule. All fat loss treatments target fat cells and destroy them. And your body will not produce additional fat cells anymore which means your results can be permanent as long as there is no drastic weight gain. These technologies are FDA and Health Canada approved, so you can get in shape safely with them.

Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Top 5 Unisex Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s this time of the year again. Everyone is in the holiday spirit and Christmas trees are up everywhere. However, we know that it can be stressful especially trying to find a perfect gift. No worry, we are here to help! Here are our Top 5 Unisex Holiday Gift Ideas.

Medical Grade Skin Care

Did you know that commercial (over the counter) skin care products may not be as effective as medical grade skin care? Medical grade skin care is formulated to effectively target skin concerns. However, It can be purchased only at medical clinics or medical spas. One of our top medical grade skin care lines is AlumierMD. They have a wide range of facial cleansers, moisturizers, and serums to target a range of concerns for all skin types. Not sure where to start? You can always contact us . We can help you pick out the best products for your loved ones.

We love AlumierMD Every Active Vitamin ACE serum to prevent free radical damage to our skin. Here is how to use it properly.

Give the Gift of Gorgeous Skin

Skin treatments are definitely one of the top 5 gifts for people who care about their skin. Pamper your loved ones with our famous Q Max Facial (Featured on Marylin Denis) or multipurpose Deep Exfoliation Photo Facial (amazing for promoting collagen growth, reducing redness, smoothing wrinkles, treating sun, age spots & hyper-pigmentation, improving acne & acne scarring). Here is a great before and after from 1 treatment!

Before and After of Deep Exfoliating Photo Facial

Before and After of Deep Exfoliating Photo Facial

Memberships

Whether it is a Netflix subscription or Apple Music even our Q VIP membership ( great for skin care lovers, we offer 10% off all skin treatments and 6 free Q Max Facial for our annual members), memberships are a nice holiday gift for people who will utilize the service throughout the year. They will definitely think about you every time!

DIY Gift Ideas

If you are like me and not planning to spend too much on a gift, you can go about the Do It Yourself route. Some great ideas would be DIY Holiday Bath Bombs, DIY Holiday Granola, or if you are a crochet wiz, DIY Holiday Sweater would make a nice gift! While making DIY gifts, it is all about adding that personal touch and wrapping it up. Here is a great gift wrapping video!

Gift Cards

Last but not least, gift cards are versatile, easy and affordable. Definitely useful as a last minute holiday gift!

Refresh, Revitalize & Reboot with Q’s IV Therapy Treatments

 

IV Therapy

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

Ingredient Special
IV Therapies deliver a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and nutrients directly into your vein.

Quick To…
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
-Detoxify

 

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!

5 Top Q-Pro Skincare Picks!

5 Top Q-Pro Skincare Picks!

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!

5 Q-Pro-Tips for Lip Filler

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.