Do You Care?  #selflove #selfcare

You may have noticed our new tag line.

because confidence is sexy

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Confidence is truly so sexy, don't you think? We all know those people who are super confident and command attention for various causes/reasons like Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Madonna and of course the Kardashian's. Having turned 45 this year and noticing a few more lines and grey hairs popping up, I find myself looking for more. How do we embrace our age and what comes (or goes) with it? Oh don't you worry, I am still all about fighting a good fight with mother nature. I still believe in feeling good in our skin and drinking from that fountain of youth. However, I started feeling like there must be more. So I thought I would take a deeper dive into what Real Confidence means.

Real Confidence (after reading and following many experts on the subject), I believe, is the ability to love ourselves - with flaws and all. Body image, self-love… we're such hypocrites aren't we? We tell our young girls that they should love themselves and be comfortable in their own skin, yet we follow Kylie Jenner on Instagram and buy the latest People magazine with all the (so called) "beautiful" celebrities on the cover. Believe me, I struggle with this myself. I work in an industry known for its superficial approach to "beauty". So who am I to blog about this? I guess because I struggle with it so much, I wanted to share my thoughts. I have amazing clients and professional contacts and we talk about this often. What I come back to over and over again is "what makes you feel good"? Not "what do you think you should look like/do/eat, etc?"

No matter what body you're in, or what reflection is staring back at you in the mirror, we all find flaws. Even Kylie Jenner has things about herself she doesn't like. Yes, even the perfect looking Kylie Jenner! (You can read about her post pregnancy insecurities here). I think that should be a lesson to us all. What we actually look like has little bearing on our self confidence. So many of us think when we see someone with a great body, a nice car and designer clothes on - they must be so happy and confident. They are living the perfect life! Wrong. Many people feel the need to surround themselves with expensive clothes and toys when they are looking for happiness. Don't get me wrong, I love all those things too! (Who doesn’t?) However, they don't make us happy. True happiness comes from within. That is the true pot of gold.

Social media is another contributor chipping away at our confidence levels. We see perfectly filtered faces and happy faces painted throughout our newsfeed. I would love for each person to post their lowest moment of the week as well as the happy times. If we could actually see everyone's low moments, we'd realize that we are all just real people who have good and bad times like everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think people should post “poor-me” pictures to drum up sympathy, rather just share some of the usual crap we deal with so we can laugh it off or deal with it in a more positive way. Our 14 year old dog, Laverne, has had diarrhea for 2 days - believe me that has not been fun! I'll hold off on any posts about that though. The point is we all have shit to deal with - literal or not. :), celebrity or not, millionaire or not.

So how do we learn to love ourselves? How do we see our flaws and embrace them? I don't really have an answer and I am most definitely no expert on the subject, however, I will share what helps me feel confident. I do my best to stay in shape, to be healthy and show my 2 preteen girls that it's important to be active. I try (I could use to try harder) to make healthy food choices. I feel so empowered when I make better choices, in all aspects of my life. Working out is probably the most empowering thing I do for myself. Whether it's a bike ride, going to my boot-camp classes at hourglass, or even going for a walk with my dogs, I feel stronger and that feeds my confidence. Also, I have always found that wearing clothes that I feel good in, makes me feel confident. They don't need to be name brand or be expensive either. They just need to suit me and feel comfortable. You'll usually find me in jeans whenever possible. I do love my jeans!

How about Aging? This one is a tough one. I struggle with this a bit. I am part of a very vain industry, but I do not consider myself a vain person. I believe we should all take care of ourselves which includes our faces. Our faces need a lot of love as they are always exposed to the elements. Both skin care treatments and great home care products are so important to both protect and nourish our skin. I also believe that if we can do treatments that help us to feel more confident, then why not?

My goal with each client is to help them feel more confident. If getting rid of a sun spot, broken capillary or unwanted hair helps, then let's do it!

In closing, I think Real Confidence is:

  • Taking good care of yourself - some sort of exercise, proper skin care regime and eating healthy;

  • Choosing to be positive - positive energy is so contagious;

  • Being kind and respectful of others (and to Yourself!);

  • A style. Yes, find a style you like to wear. How you like to project yourself. Kind of like choosing a book cover. (I have a few versions of myself);

  • A calm, pleasant vibe - your smiling inside. You know who you really are. (most of the time) ;)

Remember, no one feels these things all of the time. We all have our weak moments - we just have to get right back up. How? Well, I am no expert on this - this is a new journey for me too! However, I will share some wisdom from some amazing experts that have inspired me.

This article by Nitika Mor on Self-Love, is short and to the point. I love this article. This is what self-love is really about. Enjoy!

This article by Ellen Bard is AWESOME! Be sure to implement a few of the tips for self-care for mind, body and soul. They are creative and fun and I am excited to try them all! I've checked a few off so far, but turning them into habits is the real challenge. I know you will enjoy this!

Also, be sure to follow my good friend, cousin and the person who started me on this journey, inadvertently, funnily enough - Michella Menolascina. Michella will be hosting an evening with us later this fall speaking about self-love. Stay tuned!

And finally, I’d like to hear from you on what Real Confidence means to you.  Please comment below or in person when you visit us.  Let’s share our own thoughts/best practices.

My First Micro-Needling Experience

Micro-Needling has become super popular but as most of you know, I don't like to jump on the band wagon until I see proof. I researched it and learned more about the benefits and I had to admit it was impressive.  The next natural step was to have a treatment done, so off I went. I had a treatment done by a medical esthetician friend of mine in T.O.  It really wasn't bad at all.  I was quite red after, and you cannot wear makeup nor anything with a tint for a minimum of 12 hours afterwards.  The next day, I was only a little pink and my AlumierMD Moisture Matte SPF with tint covered it. 

Although I have had a few Intracel treatments (which is micro-needling plus radio frequency), I was still a little apprehensive as to what to expect.  I have to say this treatment was a walk in the park.  I absolutely LOVED it!  Sure, when you hear about needles being involved (no matter how "micro") it still brings on a cringe type reaction.  I really miss the days when a facial was relaxing!  Hello 40's!  No more relaxing facial treatments, nope, now we opt for a facial treatment that is going to show us some kind of result.  We target pigment, lines/wrinkles, sagging, pock marks - something we want to get rid of.  That is likely the reason micro-needling has quickly become an extremely popular service in the med spa world, as it helps with all of the above.  How?  Easy.  By creating micro wounds in the epidermis/dermis (that’s the outer layer and deeper layer of the skin) the skin goes into repair mode. It believes the area has had trauma and needs to be repaired.  This is when we begin to see results. Our collagen and elastin production is stimulated during this process therefore producing more of it.  Seeing as we don't produce much as we get older, this kind of gives it a kick in the butt.  Sort of like re-booting your computer.  

Intracel is the Queen of stimulating collagen production and reversing the signs of aging - but it is expensive, it is a longer treatment and there is a little more downtime (compared to none with this treatment).  Ok I mentioned downtime - so…yes, you are a little pink afterwards and you can be into make-up in 24 hours.  Other than that, really there isn't any.  If you tend to stay red longer than most after any treatment, then the same would be true here.  

As with anything, a consultation is your best bet.  However, micro-needling is one of those treatments you would/could do at any time, even with a slight tan, and it is worked into most treatment plans.  So, you can't go wrong.  

As for me - this is my new true love!  I love that you are done in less than an hour, you look completely fine the next day, and you can wash, rinse, repeat in 3-4 weeks for amazing results.  Insert Cher with "If I Could Turn Back Time"…. And if you don't know who Cher is - you don't need micro-needling yet.  Go back to enjoying your relaxing facials. ;)

Check out a super short video of my treatment here.

Sunscreen….Yes Here We Go Again!

I know you are so sick of me bringing it up - but yes, I am going to bug you about your daily (that's right I said daily) SPF. I am also going to remind you to only use broad spectrum (UVA/UVB), mineral based sunscreen with a minimum of 30spf. That's right, and you probably remember me saying you should reapply every 2 hours of being out in the sun, and to stay in the shade where possible - and wear a hat.  See you know all this stuff!  So why aren't you doing it?   "I'm so pale.", or "I need a little colour"… are NOT good reasons!  

May is Melanoma awareness month.  Melanoma is that ugly skin cancer monster that none of us want to even think about.  Many don't realize that it can be fatal - mainly because it usually presents itself as a small mole or blemish and seems harmless, until it's not. Please remember to check your spots periodically yourself and once a year with a dermatologist - especially if you are at high risk.  

Who is at high risk?*

  • People with fair skin
  • Those with a history of sunburns (even just 1 bad burn)
  • People with excessive UV exposure (sun, tanning beds, etc)
  • Living close to the equator or high elevation
  • Those with many moles (over 50)

What to look for.*
To help you identify characteristics of unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers, think of the letters ABCDE:

  • A is for asymmetrical shape. Look for moles with irregular shapes, such as two very different-looking halves.
  • B is for irregular border. Look for moles with irregular, notched or scalloped borders — characteristics of melanomas.
  • C is for changes in color. Look for growths that have many colors or an uneven distribution of color.
  • D is for diameter. Look for new growth in a mole larger than 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters).
  • E is for evolving. Look for changes over time, such as a mole that grows in size or that changes color or shape. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as new itchiness or bleeding.

Cancerous (malignant) moles vary greatly in appearance. Some may show all of the changes listed above, while others may have only one or two unusual characteristics.
What do we do to prevent melanoma? Good question.  We don't truly know for certain what causes it.  We know that UV radiation exposure definitely increases our chances - but in some cases the melanoma has grown in areas that don't usually see the sun - Yes, literally "where the sun don't shine"!  

So now what?  The Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself….

  • Avoid being out in the sun for prolonged periods between 10-4pm (stop rolling your eyes, I didn't make this up)
  • Wear your UVA/UVB broad spectrum sunscreen daily (number 1 protection against skin aging)
  • Wear a broad rimmed hat when out in the sun (extra protection for that beautiful face)
  • AVOID Tanning beds/lamps (seriously people it's not cool anymore)
  • Buy a great pair of sunglasses that offer UV protection too
  • Oh 1 more!  Remember to reapply your sunscreen 30+ every 2 you're in the sun 

Need help choosing a sunscreen?….Check out our video.

Special thank you to Julia Suppa from Suppa Media for her help and expertise with our video.  @simplysuppa

* Mayo Clinic  

The Green VS Glow Peel Challenge

You may recall last fall we ran a Green vs. Glow Peel Challenge.  We asked a few of those who took part, which peel they preferred. Well, apparently that was a difficult choice! They really couldn't entirely decide. Most liked both for different reasons, but we made them choose one.  Here are the results and a few testimonials….
 
Glow Peel  - 54%
Green Peel - 46%
 
Why Peel?  
A peel is a great way to get rid of that dull, dry layer of skin that as we age, takes it's sweet time to exfoliate on its own.  In our younger years, our skin naturally regenerates itself.  As we age, we need to help it along.  Peels help us do just that.  There are many different types of peels which focus on different things.  Our favourites and most popular are the Green Peel and the Glow Peel.  There are different levels of each.  If you have never tried a peel, we would recommend you start with a light peel and see how you and your skin do.  
 
How to Choose a Peel
The easiest way?  Book a free consultation and see what peel would meet your needs.  It really does depend on how sensitive your skin is, what events you may have coming up, what treatments you've done in the past and a biggie - what your definition of "downtime" is. Some clients are willing to peel for days to get an amazing result - while others want to peel as lightly as possible (or not at all)!  
 
What to Expect
Peeling.  With a medium to intense peel, you will PEEL.  However, if you keep the skin hydrated afterwards - no one will really notice.  On day 3/4 you will peel the most.  We always recommend you bring your aftercare cream with you everywhere you go, and keep slathering it on throughout the day as needed.  After day 5, enjoy that beautiful glowing skin!  And for heaven's sake take good care of it!  Daily 40+SPF people!  YES! Even in the Winter, even when it's a gray day, even in the rain!  The harmful, aging UVB rays are still looking for you - even when it's overcast and gloomy.  
We have amazing facial sunscreens that you will love - just ask us about them. 

 

 

Testimonials

Green Peel - Energy (medium)

I did do both the Green and the Glow peel. They are both great treatments and as usual, I feel that everything done is customized to my needs and skin type/age/condition. If I have to choose, I choose the Green Peel.
— Janice, Richmond Hill

Green Peel - Classic (deep peel)

Both treatments made a huge difference to my face. I loved green peel . The way my face peeled and the way my scars went away was nice to see. I noticed a huge difference in my skin. I also loved glow peel but I think I prefer green peel since my skin needs more intense treatment. I have booked one more session for green peel and I can’t wait to see more results. Thank you very much for helping me find a treatment that is suitable for my acne scars and face.
— Nahleen, Brampton

Glow Peel

I really like both treatments, they seemed to have similar results. When I had the green peel I felt my skin looked great and lasted for a few months. With the GLOW Peel - my skin felt softer/smoother, and still glowing a month later. My preference is the Glow Peel. I like my skin tone and feel like I look more youthful with this one.
— Susy, Nobleton

Glow Peel

I found both treatments were effective in cleaning up some of skin’s imperfections, my skin definitely felt better, smoother, cleaner, etc. I found that the Green Peel facial hurt a bit (the scrub part) but nothing too bad. I really loved the Alumier MD Glow Peel. I peeled for days after this peel and my skin was definitely glowing. I almost felt like I had a bit of a tan afterword’s, a little colour!
— Nadia, Woodbridge

Glow Peel

I really like both! I love the Glow Peel because I walked out of there with an Amazing Glow. My skin felt tight and although it stung during the process the after was not painful at all. I peeled approx 3-4 days later. With the Green Peel I feel I’ve had a really good exfoliation. This one didn’t give me a shiny glow but more of a clean fresh face. While this one didn’t sting during, It was a bit more uncomfortable after though. Feeling a bit hot and flush and stingy upon touching. I peeled 3-4 days later as well.
I really don’t know which I prefer. Green Peel is natural so I love that part. The Glow had no down time and I loved my tight Glow right after! If I had to choose it would be the Glow.
— Angie, Richmond Hill

Green Peel - Energy (medium)

I find that with the glow peel I got more compliments on my skin. I still enjoy the green peel as I feel it pulls toxins from deep in the skin. I also enjoy the Dr. Schrammek after care products better. I peeled about equal with each one but I did feel more glowing with the glow peel. Since the glow peel is a chemical peel and the green peel is all natural I prefer the natural products of the green peel. I’m sure I will incorporate both peels into my skin care program depending on what my skin needs at each given time.
— Adrianna, Woodbridge

Freeze It or Melt It?

Coolsculpting has been around for quite a while now and has done a good job at permanently freezing away fat.  However, there is a new kid in town – SculpSure.  SculpSure is taking over the body contouring world.  Why?  There are numerous reasons.  My top 3 are:

  1. Little to no side effects 
  2. Shorter treatment time 
  3. A much more comfortable treatment

 

Check out this video from Auston-Weston Centre comparing the two technologies. 

  

Here is a summary of why we chose SculpSure for Freedom Medi-Spa:

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Want more information?  Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

NEW! The Vampire Facial

Watch footage from my treatment! 

Why would anyone want to inject their own blood into their face?
One of the most appealing factors is that you cannot be allergic to your own blood.  It is a very safe treatment.  Here is a list of benefits to getting 400-500 needles filled with your own plasma injected into your face...

  • Helps with cell regeneration
  • Eases the appearance of lines/wrinkles
  • Promotes collagen and elastin growth
  • Helps with dark eye circles
  • Minimizes scars 
  • Improves overall tone & texture
  • Reduces large pores

The list of benefits is long and it does sound a little too good to be true, however, there have been many studies done on this and these treatments really do work!  I can also tell you first hand that it really doesn't hurt.  I don't like needles.  I never have.  I still can't watch my blood being drawn (or someone else's).  I also have a low pain threshold - yes, I am a bit of a suck.  What I am trying to say is that it really wasn't so bad.  We do numb the skin first, so honestly it really doesn't feel bad at all.  Before you know it, it's all over and done with and you can't believe you had over 400 needles in your face!  Now if you have had the Intracel treatment done before, then it's really a cake walk seeing as you have 98,000 needles with that treatment!  All in the name of looking fantastic.  Is it worth it?  I think so!  I am not ready to succumb to aging.  I plan to fight it all the way.  Maybe when I'm 80 I won't care, but until then the battle is on! 

*PRP is also available for scalp treatments which stimulate hair growth.  Book a consultation to learn more.  

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Does this fat burning thing REALLY work?

We have had the SculpSure machine for almost 1 year now.  In that year we have learned a lot and have witnessed some pretty awesome body changes in the clients that have experienced it.  SculpSure has a beautiful way of literally sculpting a body.  It remodels imperfections ie. lumps and creping (that drive us crazy), and reduces the amount of fat in the targeted area.  It is designed for a person with problem areas that just won't go with diet and exercise alone.  This includes areas such as love handles, belly fat, bra fat, saddlebags, upper thighs, upper arm fat, etc. (soon under the chin will be available too!), that have that annoying layer of fat that just doesn't respond to anything else.  Clients that fit that profile do very well.  Those that have more fat to lose will still notice a difference - however they will likely need 3 or more treatments to achieve their goals and in some cases may be best suited for surgery.  

Is SculpSure right for YOU?  The best way to find out is to start with a free consultation.  We can discuss your expectations, medical history, and a treatment plan if you decide you would like to go ahead with treatment.  

Check out our own client before and after pics - we have updated the website and provided some new examples below.  You can see that the results vary.  In the clinical trials, they found that people lost between 15 - 33% of fat in the treated area.  That's why we use the average of 24% permanent fat destruction.

Still have questions?  Nervous about the treatment?  Are you wondering what it feels like?  Check out this realistic article by Elise Minton Executive Beauty Editor of NewBeauty magazine.

Call us 647-799-0400 with any questions and book a free consultation to learn more about the treatment and find out if you are a good candidate. 
 

NEW! Glow Peels

What do you get when you cross a brilliant doctor who has invented several dozens of patents and has introduced peptides to the cosmetic world, with a credited doc who has written numerous publications, been awarded many patents and is known for developing encapsulation and controlled release in cosmetics?  

You get an incredible start to a new product line - AlumierMD.  Dr. Lintner  and Dr. Goldstein are two of the key members of the AlumierMD Scientific Committee.  AlumierMD differentiates itself from the pack because it is a very clean line - Paraben Free - Sulfate Free - Dye and Colorant Free - Fragrance Free.  It is also very focused on the bioavailability of each molecule in the ingredients they use - in English? - it means that cleanser, serum or cream your using is working at its optimum level (not just sitting on the skin).  
 
What is an AlumierMD Glow Peel?
It is a light to medium chemical peel which works to deeply exfoliate the surface layers of the skin, forcing your body to quickly replenish it with new cells. When peels are performed regularly, the skin gets used to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself like younger skin.  
 
The Glow Peel combines 3 different acids (lactic, salicylic and resorcinol) which exfoliate the dead skin and stimulate the skin renewal process. It effectively minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (ie. discoloration, sun damage, age spots and uneven skin tone).   
 

 

Changing People's Lives...

I love when I am asked what I do for a living.  Over the years our equipment and technologies have evolved, as has my answer to this question.  I now feel like we change people's lives for a living - yes that sounds a little dramatic, but I do have 2 preteen daughters and maybe their drama is rubbing off on me (of course it's not the other way around)!  Honestly though, we permanently remove unwanted hair - hair that makes people say no thank you to a pool party, no to a trip to the beach, and hair that dictates if they are able to wear their favourite outfit (Laser).  That's big.  

We also help people get rid of unwanted broken capillaries on their face so they don't have to apply layers upon layers of make up to cover it up.  We remove unwanted skin lesions like skin tags, moles, warts and other annoying growths.  That changes how people see themselves.

We remove sun spots and help even out skin tones (IPL).  We help to increase collagen production with micro-needling combined with radio frequency (Intracel).  We help get people using the right home care products - so their skin looks fantastic every day, not just after a treatment.  Our amazingly talented Cosmetic nurse Naz helps turn back the clock almost immediately with Botox and Filler injections. 

And now we help change people's body image.  By offering a permanent solution to fat reduction - SculpSure.  We have only had the SculpSure machine for 7 months, however, we are now seeing people for their final photos and the results have been great!  Have a look at our client Anna, who's problem was her bra fat area.  If you slide the arrows all the way to the left you will see her before picture.  Then slide to the right slowly and you will see her after picture.  That was taken 8 weeks after her first treatment.  She has since had her second treatment, we will keep you posted on her final results (12 weeks after her 2nd treatment).  

We have seen so many of our clients become more confident.  That is why I love what I do, and why I think I can say that we change people's lives.  
 

My Summer Treatment Plan

Yes you know I am going to tell you to wear sunscreen.  Look if you have been spending money on Photo Facials, Microdermabrasion, Green Peels, INTRAcel or Laser - then OF COURSE YOU SHOULD MOST DEFINITELY FOR SURE WITHOUT A DOUBT wear sunscreen.  We actually do take it personally.  We feel as though we have helped you look so good - only to have you blow it!?  Not cool.  Ok rant is over…my apologies.  I promise not to mention sunscreen again.

As for the rest of your Summer Treatment Plan…

Here are a few tips to ensure you look FAB at every BBQ party!

  1. Cleanse. Tone. Eye cream. Serum. Moisturize. Sunscreen. (sorry I couldn't leave it out - awkward).  REPEAT for am and pm (sunscreen only in the am.  Again sorry I mentioned it twice now, but I felt I had to be clear).   Do Not let yourself get lazy.  Do not go to bed with an unwashed face just because it's 2am and you're exhausted.  Wash that face!  I'm ranting again…why so angry?  Sorry.
  2. Get outside.  Garden, walk, run, bike, hop - whatever it is, take it outside and take your children with you!  Lock the phones, ipods, tablets, laptops, in the house and play outside in the fresh, warm air.  Family time, Vitamin D time, and exercise too! (I really want to say it again here but I am holding my tongue…).
  3. Book your treatments in.  Don't put it off.  Get them booked in so your skin looks fab and you get that relaxed, calmer feeling that "Me Time" gives you.  Maybe I need some me time….
  4. Make Plans.  Look up interesting things to do in the city, in the country, on a farm, at the beach - anywhere!  Make Summer 2017 memorable.  Plan it. Book it. Do it.  Otherwise it will just blow past like the first half of this year!  Make it count.
  5. Make a Summer To-Do List. (Kind of an extension of #4 but just go with it). I know todo lists sound super boring - but this one is different.  This is a fun todo list.  

Here's an example…

  • Finally visit that beach you've been wanting to see
  • Go to Wonderland with the whole family
  • Have some friends over for a BBQ
  • Go camping
  • Learn how to fish
  • Go to the drive-in (there aren't many left)!
  • Hike a new trail
  • Have a water fight
  • Join a beach volleyball team
  • Go for more bike rides
  • Walk Central Park NYC 

Plan for an Awesome Summer 2017 and it will happen! 


Enjoy! 

Sunscreen Guide 2017

The best and safest way to avoid sunburns and aging (UVB/UVA) rays is to stay out of the sun!   However enjoying Summer activities, outdoor exercise and fresh air can be difficult to do indoors ;).  So now we go to step 2 - Choosing a Sunscreen.  It sounds easy enough, however there are hundreds of different sunscreens out there.  It can be easier to choose a husband!  I thought I'd make it a little easier for you by putting together My Top Ten Summer Sun Care Survival Tips…

  1. Do not use a chemical based sunscreen.  Choose Mineral based.  Products using minerals are not easily absorbed into the bloodstream and therefore to not add to our toxicity levels.  Yay! (For face we recommend our beloved EltaMD 41 physical UVA/UVB sunscreen).
  2. Apply every 2 hours while in the sun.  Sunscreens breakdown and become less effective the longer they are on.  Also be sure to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.
  3. Be careful with sprays as the molecules become air born and can be inhaled.  The effects of particles in the lungs is not yet known - but it's probably not good.  
  4. Wear a hat.  Not a baseball cap - a real hat with a real wide brim.  Protect your face - you only have the one!
  5. Avoid prime time sun.  Try to hit the shade between 12-4 if possible. Ya, ya, grumble, grumble - don't shoot the messenger! 
  6. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen - those have both UVA/UVB protection.  (The sunscreens in Europe have much better UVA protection - so if travelling abroad, pick one up there!)  Keep in mind both UVA and UVB rays can cause melanoma and childhood sunburns increase our chances.  Read more here - http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/skin-cancer-on-the-rise/.
  7. Use a higher quality sunscreen on your face.  Don't use the same cream you use all over your body.  The skin on our face is much more delicate and reactive.  Hasn't it been through enough?  Treat it kindly and use the proper sunscreen for it - it will thank you (by not breaking out, drying out, forming a rash, being itchy, etc).  
  8. Don't be so darn lazy!  This is sunscreen folks - not a serum, moisturizer and anti-aging treatment all-in-one.  A. Those all-in-one's do not work as well (Jack of all trades….you know the saying)  B. They can cause more harm than good.  Some ingredients are great but when combined together and combined with the sun - they can be cause for concern.
  9. This one will surprise you - avoid sunburns but not sun exposure all together.  Apparently Vitamin D plays a large role in keeping us skin healthy as well.  I say - sunscreen on the face daily and get your Vitamin D from 15 minutes of sunshine on the body.  There's no reason to age quicker and get sun spots on our beautiful faces!
  10. Completely confused and frustrated?  Perhaps you'd rather just purchase one of these - http://www.ecostinger.com/men-uv-swimwear-stinger-suit-with-hood-dive-skin-upf50-gold-chlorine-resistant/.

The bottom line is there is still a lot we don't know about a lot.  Lol!  We don't really know what causes melanoma and why the numbers are going up.  Are they increasing because the children born in the 70's and 80's had many sunburns as children?  Or because we have been slathering ourselves in chemical based sunscreens for decades?  Hopefully with continued studies we will have the answers to these questions.  In the meantime, buy the UV unitard and sneak in 15 minutes a day of sunshine without sunscreens (except for your face - sunscreen that face!), and then cross your fingers - cause that always helps!  

Enjoy your Summer!

FYI although I am extremely brilliant (no chuckling please), I definitely must thank our friends at Environmental Working Group (LINK)… for all of their diligent research and reporting. We look forward to better news in next year's guide!  Feel free to peruse the full guide they have put together.

INTRAcel - What to Expect...

We have been receiving a lot of interest in our INTRAcel Skin Tightening & Resurfacing.  So I thought this might be a good time to post our Intracel protocols and links to the actual procedure.

Remember – All of our consultations are FREE.  So please feel free to book an appointment to discuss what might be best for you.

 

What to expect….

The treatment begins with your before photos then the application of numbing cream (approx. 30mins), then it is cleansed off, and the treatment begins.  There are 49 needles in a 1cm square cartridge, that are penetrated quickly into the skin delivering Radio Frequency to the dermis. (For the record – the needles are tiny – the thickness of a hair). The needles are thermal needles which keep the RF from reaching the epidermis – sparing it from burns/damage (**This is a patented technology).  Most other treatments cause damage to the epidermis first and try to deliver enough energy to the dermis.  The actual treatment time is approx. 45-60 minutes followed by a cooling face mask with cold pack to reduce any inflammation and redness (approx. 20mins).  Then a post care cream and daily sunscreen is applied.  Total booking time 2.5 hours. 

 

What is to be expected in the days following…..

That same day and for the next day as well, cold packs will help with any swelling or discomfort.  There are also specific masks that are in the recommended Post Care Kit (apply 1 am and 1 pm). 

The skin will look a little pink and may have some tiny needle marks (tiny pin head scabs) – usually resolving within 5-14 days.  If you are using the Blemish Balm (or a safe coverage) most people would not notice anything is different about you.  If you are nervous about what your reaction might be, I would recommend that you plan to be at home for 1-2 days after the treatment. 

 

I have had four treatments done on myself over the past 3 years.  I really found the downtime minimal and the results quite impressive.  No one noticed any marks, redness or swelling even though I had a little of each and was at work on Day 2 on both occasions.  Every person I have treated with this has noticed a difference in their lines, scars, and the taughtness of the skin – some more than others.   However, it does take a least a month to start to notice changes.  These results continue to improve for up to 6 months. 

 

Here are a few links that might give you a better idea of the procedure… 

Intracel with Dr. Mulholland on Breakfast t.v. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLxmPjOg6PA 

A personal experience documented - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPMT15lXa5w  

Dr. Poon’s neck area Before and After shots - http://www.elevatemagazine.com/before-after/391-shirley-s-platelet-rich-plasma-treatment  

Here is a link to our own before and after pics http://www.freedommedispa.com/intracel/

And last but not least is the Youtube video of Daniela Hofmann of Freedom performing the treatment - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBF3Pl0vLLg  

 

This is an awesome treatment – allowing us to age gracefully - with subtle differences in lines/wrinkles we aren’t denying our age, just looking great while aging! 

SculpSure vs Coolsculpting

Why did we choose Sculpsure technology for our clients at Freedom Medi-Spa?  Simple, we feel it is the best technology available for non-invasive body contouring.

For years, Coolsculpting has been the best choice for permanent fat destruction.  Now there is a new better option - SculpSure.  

Here is a brief video from Dr. Travis Shaw on SculpSure vs Coolscupting .  

 

Here is a summary of what drove our decision:

Want more information?  Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

NEW - Body Contouring

We are super excited to bring you the latest, most impressive body contouring technology. After much research over the past few years...we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest technology - SCULPSURE by Cynosure!

Transform your body in just 25 minutes

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Even with diet and exercise, most people have stubborn pockets of fat that seem impossible to lose.  SculpSure is able to target and destroy these fat cells without affecting the skin's surface and without surgery or downtime.  It uses light-based technology to permanently destroy up to 24% of treated fat in problem areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Over time, these damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and removed from the body, with results seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks. 

 

 

SculpSure FAQ's

 

Is SculpSure right for me? 

SculpSure is ideal for people with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.  

 

What areas does SculpSure treat? 

It is most commonly used on the abdomen and flank areas ("muffin top" & "love handles").

 

What should I expect during the treatment?

Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated.

 

How long will results last?

Treated fat cells are permanently destroyed during the treatment and will not regenerate. 

 

How long before I can resume normal activities?

There is no downtime with SculpSure, so you can have the treatment during your lunch hour and return to work immediately.

 

What is the difference between fat loss and weight loss?

The number of fat cells stored in our bodies typically remain constant throughout adult life. After the SculpSure treatment, the destroyed fat cells will not return.

However, as we lose weight, the size of fat cells become smaller, but typically do not decrease in number. Even with diet and exercise, many people have difficulty losing weight in these trouble areas.

 

Achieving a slimmer, more sculpted appearance is possible with the help of SculpSure. Call us at 647-799-0400 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your customized SculpSure treatment.

 

INTRAcel - Gold Standard in Tightening

Is it time to do something about the reflection in that damn mirror?
Did you wake up one day and wonder, "Who the heck is that person and where did those wrinkles come from?"  Good news - we can help!

Radio Frequency treatments have become the gold standard for stimulating collagen in the deeper layers of the skin - which in turn help to treat lines/wrinkles, large pores, acne scars and loose skin.  However most technologies heat the skin from the outer layers (epidermis) in hopes to reach the dermal layers.  

Causing:

  1. More downtime and a greater chance of a negative side effect (ie. Burns, blistering, texture changes) and;
  2. Not enough heat in the target area (dermis), giving poor results.

INTRAcel to the rescue!  INTRAcel by Jeisys, combines THERMAL Micro-Needling with Radio Frequency.  With its patented thermal needling system the epidermis (top layer of your skin) is spared as the RF is only delivered to the exposed .3mm of the needle tip.  Therefore ALL the RF is delivered EXACTLY where we want it.  

"Jeisys is a leader in the field of microneedle technology. As a technological approach to RF delivery, microneedling is a great way to enhance skin volume through neocollagenesis, and treat scars and wrinkles aggressively with minimal downtime and high satisfaction.”  Dr. Michael Gold MD director of Gold Skin Care Center.  

Contact us to book a complimentary consultation 647-799-0400 or book online or email us reception@freedommedispa.com.

Sunscreen Guide 2016

A big thank you to Environmental Working Group for their on-going research on sunscreens and advocating for our safety.  After reading their report, I have put together a short top 10 list of what to do to protect yourself and your kids this Summer….

  1. Stay out of the sun during peak hours (12-3).
  2. Wear large rimed hat - Tilley has some great ones with 50+ UPF (check out the Men's section for Father's Day ideas).
  3. Use a 30 - 50 SPF mineral based broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen daily.
  4. Reapply every 2 hours you are outdoors.
  5. Seek shade where possible.
  6. Avoid chemical based sunscreens with ingredients such as oxybenzone (a hormone disrupter).
  7. Avoid sunscreens with Vitamin A.
  8. Allow your arms and legs to get up to 15 minutes daily unprotected sun exposure to increase your vitamin D intake (unless you are undergoing laser treatments - then supplement temporarily).
  9. Do NOT EVER use tanning beds.  Don't think about it.  It will increase your chances of skin cancer by as much as 75%!
  10. Do not use spray sunscreens as small particles are able to enter the lungs.
  11. Enjoy the Summer!  Be careful and smart about your skin and its exposure to the sun's UV rays.  Follow these tips and enjoy a sunburn free, anti-aging Summer! 

The real take on sunscreens -  We don't know to what extent they are helping vs harming us. We do know they are protecting us from burning, some skin cancers and from aging quicker than we would without them.  Since most of us slather it on from head to toe - especially on our children - we need to take other precautions and avoid some sun altogether. 

The fact that melanoma rates have tripled since the mid 70's is rather alarming.  Not to mention melanoma is rarely found in an area that receives daily sun exposure.  Other skin cancers are preventable with sunscreens, however, again, we don't know everything there is to know about them.  This article on melanoma was extremely interesting, check it out if you have a minute.  Link. 

To check out the full 2016 sunscreen guide click here.  

The Benefits of a Proper Skin Care Regimen

It is so important to follow a proper daily skin care regimen.  We still find most people skip toner or eye cream and many still haven’t added SPF to their daily skincare routine!  These steps are all important, for different reasons.  Toners help to restore the PH level back to 5/6 (where it should be) after we cleanse, thus adding moisture (not oil) instantly.  This allows us to use less moisturizer and better balance our skins oils.  

Eye cream is formulated specifically for the eye area.  Moisturizers are not able to be absorbed in that area - working only as a barrier.  Eye cream however, is formulated with much smaller molecules than facial moisturizers, and are therefore absorbed and hydrate the tissue around the eyes.  

SPF - well, don't get me started!  Most of you have heard us preach about using SPF daily - even if you are only hopping in and out of your car.  Just wear it every day!  Sunscreens help protect us from skin agers like UVB and UVA.  Unprotected sun exposure is the number 1 cause of aging.  Isn't that why you are coming to us anyway? :)  

The bottom line is - if you are following a great daily regimen, you will look radiant and you will shave years off your age (unless you are 20).  Our treatments are fantastic at erasing years - but if you aren't taking care of your skin at home, you won't reap all the benefits of the treatments you are receiving.   Finally enjoy that awesome, glowing, healthy looking skin!  You deserve it!
 

Whether you are prepping to go to the Oscars or just the next family gathering, here are some celebrities habits that might help.

How do those celebs' do it?  They just seem to look so darn good on that red carpet!  Well, their big secret is planning well in advance.  Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Cate Blanchett's incredible gown!  Truth be told, most celebs' faces have been prepping for months as well!  We all want to look "naturally beautiful", but most celebs do get a little help from their med spa friends.  

You're Planning Ahead

Months prior to an event they aim to have any somewhat invasive treatments ie. minor plastic surgery, series of skin tightening/resurfacing sessions, deeper peels, etc. performed.   Therefore, if you want to show cousin Magda who got the better gene pool, plan ahead.  You may choose to book a few INTRAcel (microneedling with RF) treatments approx 2-3 months apart, or have the Green Peel Classic (an intense deep herbal peel), or alternate them for even better results.   Doing a series of treatments such as these will increase collagen, plump up those lines and basically reverse the aging process.   Swelling, bruising, peeling and/or pin prick scabbing may occur, and for some it might linger - however all are easily covered by make-up.   Also, skin tightening treatments take time to show a visible result, taking 2-4 months.  If you don’t have that kind of time, these treatments may not be the best option.  

You've R.S.V.P'd and bought your dress (or Dior has shipped it to you to showcase)….

With that special event being only 3 weeks away, Botox and Fillers are a great option, shaving off 5+ years in just minutes….well sort of.  It actually takes 3-5 days for the Botox to settle into the muscle.  However you could bruise at the needle site and there is a small chance of needing a correction (in case you experience an excessive arch or not enough was used).  You'll want to allow extra time just in case.  Botox is a no brainer for most celebs wanting to minimize a few lines in the upper areas of the face.  I say no brainer because it's quick, easy (yes even for the needle squeemish), and it delivers awesome results.  Dr. Amber Bocknek is the physician on our team.  She has 17 years of experience in injectables.  Here is a link to her bio.

Filler is just that - designed to fill in any lines/wrinkles that are undesirable - INSTANTLY!  Most commonly filler is used in the nasolabial fold area (smile lines), brow furrow and for lip plumping.  Filler may cause some minor bruising, so typically a celeb would do this at least one week in advance of any red carpet event.  If doing the lips, they would likely touch them up at least 2 weeks prior as they tend to stay swollen for a longer period of time and they may bruise or just feel tender.  This is a great quick option to turn back the clock.  Take that cousin Magda!  Is she still using Nivea?  Seriously!

Last Minute Touches

So it is the week of the Academy Awards…what would be the magic treatment?  The treatment that would have people wonder - "How does she look SO good?".   Ideally they would have a Microdermabrasion treatment or a light skin peel - or even both.  A mini Microdermabrasion treatment followed by a light peel such as a Green Peel Fresh Up would produce awesome looking skin - Red carpet ready looking skin…..Magda envy looking skin!  Hee hee.

Now for the "Glow"

Lotions and potions and most definitely SERUMS are slathered on face, neck and décolleté always - but especially prior to an event.  Vitamin C and Retinol serums are still proving to be the most popular and are achieving the best results.  However, as every celeb knows the 4 pillars of skin care are a must - Cleanser, Toner, Eye Cream and Moisturizer.  They do not leave home without it.  Book a free consultation with us to discuss the best skin care regimen for you.  Once you are using the right products, your skin will glow with happiness - and so will you!

There is one more product that is the Holy Grail of skin care in the 21 century….drum roll please….can you guess?....Come on, you shouldn't even have to think about it - have we taught you nothing?….Yes!  Sunscreen!  They do not leave the house/mansion/penthouse suite without it.  After all the $$$$ and the hours spent on turning back time - they do not want to ruin it all with the most aging of enemies - The Sun.  Nor should you.  Our medical brand Elta MD sunscreens are all 40+ SPF broadband (UVA & UVB), mineral based creams.  These are by far the smoothest to apply and give amazing protection without the grease.  Come in and pick up a sample - you will never use another brand again!  

Your Inner Celebrity

While you may not be a celebrity, you might still want to feel good about yourself on a daily basis and of course for any special event.  Especially when you know you will be seeing cousin Magda at the next family get together and she likes to remind you of how tired you look.  Perhaps a new skin care treatment plan is in order?  Your best bet is to come in for a complimentary consultation and we can discuss what your concerns are and how we can help.  If you are new to receiving any skin care treatments, starting with a skin care analysis and/or a facial or Microdermabrasion treatment might be best.  Please do not hesitate to speak with us.  We are here to help.  

…And maybe Magda will wonder how you've aged much more gracefully than she has.  :) 

If it sounds too good to be true…

Ever found yourself driving along and seeing a sign that reads, "Laser Hair Removal for Underarms $125 for 6 treatments" and you think  - "Perfect!  This way if it doesn't work, I will have only wasted $125."  Have you ever been tempted by this?...

Well here's what happens next….
6 treatments later, (which are usually 2-4 weeks apart - which when treating the body is unheard of with a real laser), you are told you are one of the unlucky ones who need more treatments.  You continue to throw money at the problem with very little result.  

Permanent Laser Hair Removal is performed with a Laser, however, most clinics use an IPL (intense pulsed light) machine.  Most of those IPL machines are inexpensive technologies with very low energy.  Therefore they are only able to destroy the very dark course hair at best.  Medium and light brown hair will never be picked up with this type of  machine.  Why do they use these IPL machines?  Because they are a fraction of the price of a medical grade laser, and because they already have an IPL in the clinic for a variety of other treatments.  

A high powered IPL is fantastic for Photo Facials - which is where an IPL shines.  It is great at treating sun damage, pigmentation, rosacea and diffused redness.  However, it is not the right tool for hair removal. 
This is one of the reasons we offer free consultations, with a test patch, enabling you to learn the differences and see them for yourself as well.  We use the Cynosure Apogee Elite system - which is a very high powered, medical grade Laser, requiring an experienced technician.   You will see an incredible difference - even with just one treatment!  There is a reason we chose to spend $$$$ on our equipment.  

We have recently received an increase in new clients that have been to other clinics prior, and been disappointed.  Some have shared their stories with us…

I was going to another clinic for a year and a half and did not really notice a great result. When I heard about Freedom Medi-Spa from a family friend, I decided to have a consultation to compare. The treatment plan is entirely different from what I had gotten used to. I was being seen approximately every 3 weeks. In my consultation I learned the treatments would now be 8 weeks apart - because there would not be any hair growth earlier than 6 weeks! Now I am seeing that to be true. The hair has shed and the area is clear, which has not happened in the past. The treatment is more painful, but obviously that is worth it. I was also explained that for my hair type, many other machines would not have the power to destroy them. Love the difference already! I have already started recommending Freedom to all my friends!
— Nicole, Toronto
I had a big problem with ingrown hair and went to numerous clinics prior to coming to Freedom Medi-Spa.  I was recommended to do Laser hair removal treatments and found fault with every clinic I tried.  Either the technicians did not seem to know how to work the machine properly (there was little to no result), or the attention to detail was horrible.  After searching for clinics with the Cynosure Apogee Elite laser, having treatments done at a few of them, then finally having a consultation at Freedom - realized I found my home and began my treatments immediately. My first impression was the clinic felt relaxing and clean – cleanliness was very important to me.  The results, care, attention to detail and the way I was made to feel comfortable from the first moment I walked in – all play a role in why I am still a client 4 years later.  I love this place and the staff!
— Yana, Richmond Hill
I spent roughly 3 years getting laser done in various areas, the results were sporadic and in some places I ended my treatments with more hair than I started with. I have been doing laser with Vanessa over the last year, and I could not be happier. I am finally seeing results and I don’t find myself worrying about hair removal the way I used to.
The team at Freedom has always been friendly, kind and helpful. I am so happy that I switched to Freedom for my laser hair removal. I only wish I switched earlier.
— Diana, Woodbridge
Unwanted hair has troubled me for as long as I can remember. I finally got to a point in my life where I could afford to have it removed permanently and this elated me.
In my quest to find the right service provider, I went to a reputable local clinic and asked if their hair removal system was permanent, and if the machine they used was truly a laser and not an IPL machine. I was assured of the permanence and that the machine was in fact a laser.
They advertised a so called “special” at 1/2 price for 6 treatments if purchased beforehand. I purchased the 6 treatments which took place with 5 and 6 week intervals and without instructions. Regrettably at the end of the 6 treatments, they had my money and I was left with the hair that I so very much wanted gone. I approached the owner and explained my disappointment hoping for somewhat of a compromised resolution. Alas I was told that 6 treatments were only the minimum and that I was probably one of those unfortunate people who would require 12 to 13 treatments. A consultation never took place, no test patch, no explanation as to what to expect - only an exchange of money and false assurances.
After a recommendation from a trusted friend I booked an appointment and saw Daniela at Freedom Medi-Spa. I didn’t want to drive over 2 hours for treatments – but thought I would at least consult with her to see if there really was a difference. It was at this instant that I realized how poorly I was treated and how unprofessional the previous spa was.
During my consultation with Daniela, she explained the process, discussed the frequency of treatments and the expected results. She took the time to examine my skin and do a patch test. During my first treatment, I was baffled when my treatment took 3 hours in comparison to a mere 45 minutes with the previous spa. The big differences I noticed were the equipment used – Freedom’s laser concentrates on a small area at a time targeting each hair follicle - whereas the other machine had a large wand that they moved up and down very quickly on the entire area. The other big difference lies largely on the technician, as a wise person once told me: “What good is it to have a Ferrari if you don’t know how to drive it?”
Daniela also explained the importance of the intervals between treatments, what to do if you were exposed to sun, when to shave and how to prepare for these treatments. After the first treatment the results were remarkable and my confidence in permanent hair removal had been restored.
The team at Freedom exude professionalism, knowledge and courteousness and I feel tremendously fortunate to have been referred here. I have recommended their services to my friends and will continue to do so as I know this is the one and only place to come for permanent hair removal or any of the other services that they offer. I trust them and that makes the 2 hour drive worth it!
— Tina, Cambridge


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