Winter Skin Treatments Hydrate Your Face

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A proper skincare routine is important all year round and more so during the winter season because the cold, harsh temperatures will affect your skin and a lot of people tend to be more prone to skin issues during this period. Hibernating indoors does not help either because of dryness, which will also take a toll on your skin. For these reasons, winter skin treatments are very important in order to maintain healthy skin that is nourished and hydrated throughout the colder months. 

The first step is to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Most people do not do this during the winter because they associate sunblock to summer but UV rays are present all year round and damage to your skin can occur at any time, including during the winter. You must remember that sunlight can reflect off snow, so your skin may be at risk of greater damage during the winter season. Treatments that protect skin against UV damage will help significantly with sun damage, which is a leading cause of premature ageing. 

Dryness is another common problem many of us have to deal with during the winter and unless it’s addressed through the appropriate treatment, you may experience red patches as well as flaking and discomfort. Your skin requires moisture to help with this issue and a professional facial massage is ideal because a surge of moisture will be applied during this treatment.

It’s also common to feel as though your skincare products at home are not as effective once winter arrives, which will result in a variety of problems during this particular season. The texture of your skin may start to feel different and uneven as a result of the coarse, dull and rough winter conditions. Luckily, a facial can help with these issues to provide you with skin that is soft, smooth and hydrated. The right facial will ensure that your skin’s moisture barrier is not compromised and professional treatment will improve the health of your skin.

It’s always important to remove bacteria and other toxins from your skin so that they do not harm it, although over-cleansing is a problem because it will strip your face of its natural oils in addition to leaving your skin dry. Dry skin can be challenging to deal with, especially in the winter, which is why facials are always the answer as a professional will know how to clean your dry skin properly.

Facials have a number of benefits and will make a positive difference in the health of your skin. If you’d like a professional to treat your skin, the experts at European Beauty can help. Located in Toronto, they offer a number of services including DMK skincare, so book an appointment with them today!

Difference Between Chemical and Mechanical Exfoliation

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Exfoliation is the skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells, allowing fresh, bright skin to surface. The top layer of skin is constantly going through the process of shedding and regenerating, which can sometimes lead to unevenness or may occur at a slower pace than we would prefer.

There are many skincare products on the market, which can speed up the exfoliation process, but what are the benefits? The answer is that when we speed up the exfoliation process, we encourage the process of cell turnover, which can help your skin look younger and brighter. 

Exfoliation: Chemical and Mechanical 

There are two types of exfoliation available to you: chemical and mechanical. Both aim to reveal new skin cells beneath the skin’s surface layer. The difference lies in how they accomplish that goal. Chemical exfoliators are usually more acidic, which allows them to separate dead skin cells from living ones. Mechanical exfoliation, on the other hand, requires a rough surface (washcloth, cleaning brush) or exfoliation products (scrubs) to remove the top layer of skin. 

Chemical Exfoliation

There are two main chemical exfoliators: Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). For oily, acne-prone skin, BHAs such as salicylic acid is recommended to break down the fatty components (oils and sebum), on the skin’s surface. For combination/dry skin, AHAs such as glycolic acid are a better option, since not only do they penetrate the skin to encourage cell turnover, but they also aim to promote hydration. If you have sensitive skin and are interested in chemical exfoliation, you will want to begin with lactic acid, which is a gentle AHA. 

Mechanical Exfoliation 

When you use a rough object such as a washcloth or a facial scrub you are performing mechanical exfoliation. While mechanical exfoliation can be beneficial, you have to be careful about what tools you use. Many facial scrubs, specifically those that have microbeads, can cause tiny cuts on the skin if used too aggressively, which can result in inflammation and increase your chances of developing an infection. Using gentle exfoliants and gently scrubbing your face will ensure your skin stays injury-free.

DIY Exfoliation 

It may be tempting to experiment with DIY exfoliation treatments, but they can cause serious damage to your skin if you are not careful and do your research. The skin’s normal pH is around 5.5%, which allows it to protect itself from harmful bacteria. Many products used in DIY exfoliators, such as baking soda and lemon, are too acidic for the skin and can actually cause burning. If in doubt about a DIY exfoliator, it is best to refrain from risk your skin’s health and safety. 

 

For all of your exfoliation needs, come into European Beauty. We have a team of exceptionally trained estheticians who are skilled in a variety of facial and body services for your specific needs. 

Difference between Over-The-Counter Skincare and Medical Grade Skincare

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When it comes to skincare, it’s natural to want the best, which is why many people wonder about the differences between medical-grade skincare products and over-the-counter ones. This is a common question and with all the ads we come across, it can be difficult to determine which is best. Everyone claims their skincare products work wonders but which is true?

Skincare products need to produce results and the quality and quantity of the ingredients will play a big part in this. This also happens to be one of the key differences between medical-grade products and those you can get over-the-counter or at beauty stores. The formula you get is different because medical-grade skincare products can use a higher percentage of each ingredient, which over-the-counter products cannot. If a product has a long list of ingredients, it doesn’t mean it is better, so don’t confuse that to mean quantity because really it’s the dosage that matters. 

Take vitamin C for example; products found at department stores may contain a high percentage of this ingredient but it’s likely that it’s not in the stable form that medical-grade products offer, meaning the ingredient is not present in its full strength and won’t have as much of an effect when placed on your skin. A higher concentration of an ingredient will produce better results and this higher dosage will only be found in medical-grade products as over-the-counter products have limitations regarding quantity, which inevitably affects the quality.

Quality ingredients and products take time and research. When it comes to medical-grade products, scientists and skincare professionals are involved, meaning the different ingredients have been harvested from different parts of the world while other ingredients are developed to come up with the perfect product that works and produces real results once it is applied. Medical grade products target specific skin concerns and find the proper ingredients to treat and eliminate those concerns, which can take years of research to develop, which over-the-counter products cannot do. When it comes to skincare products, you often get what you pay for, so if something is a few dollars, it’s not likely that a lot of thought has gone into it.

Over-the-counter products do not have the same research and testing standards that medical-grade products do, so when you purchase the latter, it means you’re getting a product that has been researched thoroughly and contains data proving that it works.

The experts at European Beauty in Toronto can help you with all of your skincare needs, whether it’s DMK or facials and use only the best products with proven ingredients to ensure results. For quality products, a fantastic experience and healthier-looking skin, give European Beauty a call today!

 

The Importance of Medical Grade Vitamin C Serum

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If the application of vitamin C is not a part of your daily routine, you should consider adding it to your daily regimen because of the benefits it provides for your skin and the significant difference it can make over time. Adding a vitamin C serum should not be viewed as a chore but rather a necessity whose application will provide remarkable results. 

Vitamin C is essential for many skin and cellular functions. This includes collagen synthesis, maintaining skin strength and its integrity, as well as wound healing. Another very important element that vitamin C helps with is UV protection. It also offers protection against stress signs, pollution, sun and smoking, all of which damage the DNA of the cell and causes premature ageing. In addition to offering the necessary protection against these elements, vitamin C also helps boost collagen production and can even reverse cell damage, resulting in firmer and younger-looking skin. It may even reduce the appearance of brown spots and prevent pigmentation.

Now that you know how important vitamin C serum is for your skin, it’s important to know how to select the serum that’s right for you. They are not all created equal, so you need to take a close look at the form of vitamin C, concentration and formulation. It may sound confusing but vitamin C comes in different forms that have different absorption rates. A common form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid, which most serums contain but there are many others so research which is most effective and talks to a professional.

Concentration refers to the strength of the acid, so check the percentage to see how strong the serum is. Products can have an acid concentration of 10, 15 or even 20%. A high concentration alone is not as valuable as having other antioxidants and boosters like vitamin E combined into the serum which will be more effective. Lastly, consider formulation. The combination of vitamin C with vitamin E as well as ferulic acid provides more benefits because it becomes much more of a potent antioxidant. Vitamin E is an antioxidant in itself that helps maintain the skin barrier while enhancing the function of vitamin C, so check to see if all of these ingredients are present in the serum. 

Healthy skin is very important but not always easy to achieve, which is why the professionals at European Beauty can help. Located in Toronto, they offer a variety of facials and DMK skincare to help you get a beautiful and healthy glow. Book an appointment today and you’ll start seeing results immediately!

How to Properly Exfoliate Your Skin

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Healthy looking skin is important, and it’s nice to have skin that is glowing and smooth. There are a few different things you can do to achieve this and exfoliating is one of the easiest and best ways to do this. Proper exfoliation will help improve the tone and texture of your skin and the best part is that you can exfoliate in the comfort of your own home.

While it may seem easy enough, exfoliating does have steps you need to follow. There are different methods based on your skin type and if you’re not sure how to exfoliate your skin properly, you can overdo it. To avoid doing this, keep the following information in mind:

The first step is to wash your face or body with a regular cleanser. Then, apply a small amount (quarter size) of the scrub to your skin and gently rub in circular motions for the recommended time. Read the instructions of the product beforehand so that you know what you’re doing and don’t need to read or confirm the information when you’re already in the middle of the process.

Always follow the recommendations and don’t ignore what the packaging says. There is no need to apply a larger amount of the scrub or leave it on your skin for a longer period of time because it won’t make the product or process any more effective. In fact, you may not see the best results if you choose to make your own judgements and ignore the professional instructions, so remember that the information is there for a reason. Once you’re done gently massaging the scrub onto your skin, rinse it off with warm water until all of the product is gone. Lastly, pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Exfoliating is meant to remove the dead cells from the outer layer of your skin, so it must be done properly in order for it to be effective and for you to see results. Exfoliating should be done about one to three times a week. Doing it too often can damage your skin because it can strip your skin’s protective layer, which is very important. You should also exfoliate using the right amount of pressure because doing it too hard or too aggressively can actually tear the surface of your skin. You will not be able to see these aspects, but overdoing it will certainly cause them and defeat the purpose.

If you want professional skincare, visit European Beauty who will make sure your skin looks the best that it can. They specialize in DMK skin care and facials, so if you’re in the Toronto area and want better-looking skin, it’s time to give European Beauty a call!

Can You Be Allergic To Makeup?

DMK Skin care July 15, 2019

Your body isn’t going to like every chemical and ingredient it comes into contact with, including those found in cosmetics. If you apply an eyeshadow color and end up with itchy eyes, then you might be allergic to that specific product. If you use a lot of different makeup products, it might be difficult to pinpoint the culprit. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for if you suspect you might be allergic to makeup.

Do You Have an Unusual Rash?

The reaction that occurs from being in contact with an allergen is called allergic contact dermatitis, and it can look pretty similar to eczema. If you notice an itchy, dry, red or flaky rash in an area that you’ve applied makeup too, then you’re likely allergic to an ingredient within the product. Extreme allergic reactions to makeup can cause swelling or blistering, similar to what you’d experience with poison ivy.

A Longtime Product Can Turn on You

Like with any allergen out there, you can develop an allergy to a product you’ve been using for months or even years. The more you use a specific makeup product, the more your immune system has time to get used to it before deciding that it doesn’t like it. In general, the immune system can become hypersensitive to chemicals as time goes on. This means that one day, your holy-grail lipstick or eyeshadow that you’ve been using for several years can suddenly turn on you and cause a rash or blistering.

The Reaction Might Not be Immediate

When you start using a new product, you might not see a reaction form for a few hours, or possibly even a few days. However, once that first allergic reaction happens, the next one might happen within an hour or two rather than a few days due to previous exposure. Your immune system is faster in recognizing the chemical it doesn’t like and works faster to express that to the rest of your body.

Some of the most common reactions to cosmetics are due to present metals like nickel and cobalt, which are typically found in hair dyes, eyeshadows, and deodorants. The preservatives used to extend the product’s shelf life, most commonly parabens and methylisothiazolinone, are also popular in causing allergic reactions. However, while these ingredients and more can negatively impact those with sensitive skin, it’s usually not a life-threatening reaction.

What Happens When You Stop Using the Product?

The best way to determine if a makeup product is causing an allergic reaction is to stop using it.
Many believe that the reactions are due to the product expiring rather than the ingredients itself. To test this as well, purchase a new one and test whether or not you still have the same reaction.

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The Difference Between Chemical and Physical Sunscreen

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If you want your skin to look as bright and youthful as ever, you need to make sure it’s protected from the sun’s ultraviolet rays at all times. Sun protection is essential, which is why you should look for sunscreens that have a minimum SPF of 30. It’s also important to look out for sunscreens that are paraben-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (so it won’t clog pores) and protects against UVA and UVB rays. Now the question remains, should you choose a chemical sunscreen or a physical one? This guide is here to narrow down your choice and find the perfect sunblock solution for you!

What is Chemical Sunscreen?

Chemical refers to the spray form of sunscreen. It’s absorbed directly into the skin, allowing any UV rays that follow from sun exposure to convert into heat before being released from the body. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate.

The Pros and Cons of Chemical Sunscreen

This is the best solution if you’re going swimming in the sun or will constantly be in the water, chemical sunscreen is formulated to be both water and sweatproof. Because it’s absorbed into the skin quickly, you don’t need much to get the best protection. This option has a thin consistency that makes it easy to apply to the skin and comfortable for all-day wear. It’s also easy to add other skincare ingredients like peptides and enzymes to further benefit your skin.

Even though chemical sunscreen is quickly absorbed into the skin, you’ll need to wait about ten minutes for the spray to effectively dry and work its magic before going outside. It also has the potential to increase discoloration and spotting when your skin’s internal temperature gets too hot. If you have dry or sensitive skin, there’s a higher chance of skin irritation, especially when you get higher in SPF formulations. You’ll need to reapply this option more frequently, as the protection dwindles down faster, and if sweat mixes with the sunscreen and enters your eyes, expect it to sting a bit.

What is Physical Sunscreen?

Also known as the physical sun blocker, this form of sunscreen is the traditional creamy consistency that sits on top of the skin and works to reflect the sun’s UV rays. The main ingredients in any reliable physical sunscreen include the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
The Pros and Cons of Physical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreen is good for sensitive skin types, as it’s less irritable and provides more moisture. This option also protects against UVA and UVB rays as soon as it’s applied, and lasts longer in direct ultraviolet light, until sweat and water are introduced. Physical sunscreen is better for heat-activated skin, like rosacea or redness, as it deflects heat away from the skin, preventing redness. It has a long shelf life and is less likely to clog pores or cause blemishes for acne prone skin.

Because it’s a thick formula, physical sunscreen can feel heavy on the skin, making it more difficult to blend in completely while also being easy to rub off entirely. If you have a darker skin tone, then this option might leave a white cast on your skin. That cast will be more noticeable as you sweat since cream sunscreens create an unpleasant film. It’s less protective if a generous amount isn’t applied, but it can feel uncomfortable under makeup.

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The Benefits of Having an Enzyme Facial and Why you Should Try One

Facials Toronto April 11, 2019

We all want to look young while having blemish-free and clear skin; an enzyme facial is the best way to achieve that. Enzyme facials have garnered a lot of popularity in recent years. Although the concept of using enzymes on the skin seems frightening, enzyme facials are incredibly effective for getting clear and younger-looking skin. Over a period of time, enzyme facials have become less of a traumatic experience and more of a pleasurable one. Due to the results that an enzyme facial brings to the table, they are becoming quite popular among people. Many celebrities have endorsed the claims that enzyme facials can result in youthful and healthy-looking skin.

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Enzyme facials & chemical peels
In general, enzymes are substances that help to regulate your health and maintain a proper balance of minerals in your body. They also form a natural system of antioxidants in the skin. When formulated properly, enzymes can help to eliminate the residues of dead protein in the skin and can reverse the signs of premature ageing. They can also help to restore collagen formation. An enzyme facial offers dual benefits of enzyme chemicals as well as strategic hand movements and stimulation of pressure points on your face. All these results in increased blood circulation in the face area. Enzyme facials promote healthier, clearer and youthful skin.

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Enzyme facials are often confused with different kinds of chemical peels that are currently available in the market, although chemical peels, in theory, are still believed to be harsh on the skin. Chemical peels are made from many chemical-based ingredients. Although they are tested for skin safety, chemical peels can still result in redness and reactions for sensitive skin.

Thankfully, many modern-day chemical peels are made from fruit-based enzymes and termed as enzyme facials. These are not only a safer option but also contain natural healthy acids from fruits such as pineapple, papaya, pumpkin and even cinnamon. These fruit-based acids are gentle on the skin and extremely suitable for sensitive skin. They help to treat and clear blemishes and exfoliate skin deeply revealing new layers of younger-looking skin and hiding effects of ageing. These soft, fruit-based acids are not harmful to the skin, but they do help to treat blemishes and exfoliate deeply to reveal new layers of younger-looking skin.

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Although enzyme facials have tremendous visible effects, it is extremely important to get it done from a trained and experienced professional. European Beauty, Toronto’s best spa and salon, offers the best quality enzyme facials by their team of trained and experienced aestheticians. Their enzyme facial treatment includes a thorough cleansing, detoxification, scrubbing away of dead skin cells, followed by a relaxing facial massage, at the end of which you are revealed to clear bright skin. To experience the long lasting and impressive effects of an enzyme facial, call European Beauty today for an appointment!

Skin Care tips for Oily Skin

DMK Skin Care March 21, 2019

If your skin looks greasy or shiny all the time, then it might be time to take on an oily skin regime. It can be difficult to control the amount of oil your skin, but there are ways to work with it and achieve a matte look. Overactive glands can cause other skin imperfections such as whiteheads, blackheads, acne, and enlarged pores. Here are some ways to tame your skin’s oil production:

Wash Your Face Twice a Day

The most tried and tested methods to reel in excessive oil on your skin is by cleansing it at least twice a day. Foaming or gel-based cleansers are best for oily skin and also look for types that are oil-free. You should avoid abrasive products as it can strip your skin of moisture and trigger it to produce more oil.

Exfoliate

While you do not want to use a cleanser that is too drying, you should use an exfoliator once or twice a week. Excessive oil production can cause dead skin cells to clog pores, resulting in bumps and dull skin. Scrub away dead skin cells and renew the surface of your skin by adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine. Be sure to scrub gently though.

Apply Face Masks Weekly

After you exfoliate your skin, apply a face mask. Formulas with clay or sandalwood are excellent for gently absorbing excess oil.

Use Alcohol-Free Toner

Toning every day after you cleanse your face will help get rid of dirt and excess oil from your skin. Alcohol can be too drying on the surface though and make your skin produce even more oil to counter it. Consider using a toner with rosewater that is both gentle and effective.

Use Moisturizer Daily

Despite what you might think, oily skin requires moisturizer just as much as dry skin. Starving your skin of moisture only makes it produce more oil to compensate. Use a moisturizer every day after cleansing to keep your skin balanced.

Always Use Sunscreen

Many people with oily skin choose to skip out on sunscreen because of how greasy it can feel. Although, forgoing sunscreen can make pigmentation worse. Use a gel-based sunscreen if you have oily skin so that you are adequately protected from the sun, but your face still looks matte.

Consume Less Oil

You are what you eat, which is why eating less food with oil can help keep your skin in check. Cut back on processed and fried foods and reduce how much surgery drinks you consume. Instead, load up on citrus fruits like oranges and kiwis instead.

Be Picky With Your Makeup

Avoid pore-clogging foundation that feels heavy and, instead, look for lighter textures that are mattifying or oil-controlling. If you just want a little bit of coverage, opt for powder instead of foundation. Regardless of which products you choose, always remember to remove your makeup before bed so that your skin can breathe.

 

If you need help managing your oily skin, book an appointment with European Beauty. Our experienced skincare experts will perform a consultation and provide you with the most effective options.

How To: Prevent Cellulite

DMK Skin Care March 20, 2019

The fat that pushes against the connective tissue in your skin, causing a bumpy appearance is called cellulite. It mostly affects women and typically appears on the arms, buttocks, and thighs. Several factors determine whether someone gets cellulite such as the amount of their body fat, age, diet, and genetics. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do on a regularly to prevent cellulite.

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Healthy Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet not only improves your overall health but it can also reduce your chances of getting cellulite. Avoid consuming food that is high in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sugar such as deep-fried food, pastries, soda, and candy. Try to include leafy green vegetables or fruit with every meal you eat. You should also drink at least two litres of water every day to help your body cleanse itself of toxins. These can accumulate under your skin, causing fluid and fat retention.

Brush Your Skin

You probably brush your hair, but you probably did not know that you should be brushing your skin as well. Use a loofah or a skin brush when you bath or shower to rub off dead skin cells and improve circulation to your skin. It can prevent the formation of cellulite by stimulating your lymph nodes and improving your blood blow. This encourages the growth of new skin cells. Avoid scrubbing your skin too hard as it can cause the skin to turn red and become irritated. Instead, gently brush the surface in a circular motion.

Indulge Sparingly

Intoxicating substances like alcohol or drugs can wreak havoc on your body in several ways. They have harmful toxins that can slow down and damage your kidneys and liver, which slows down your body’s ability to eliminate waste. This disruption in your body’s day-to-day functioning can cause the formation of cellulite. Avoid indulging in toxic substances as much as possible to prevent cellulite.

Exercise Daily

Being active for at least half an hour each day could help you burn fat that can cause cellulite. Even light exercise like brisk walking can go a long way in prevention. Daily activity combined with a healthy diet can help eliminate fat deposits that lead to cellulite formation.

Massage

Getting a full-body massage weekly could help reduce your chances of getting cellulite. It helps prevent fat deposits from dimpling your skin and can lessen the appearance of existing cellulite. Massages are also relaxing and can improve your overall physical and mental health.

 

These measures can help you stop cellulite from forming, but you will need more substantial methods to eliminate it altogether. For ways to get rid of cellulite you already have, contact European Beauty. We have several options available that are quick, effective, and safe.