Skin Tightening 101

Have some wrinkled skin or thin skin that needs some tightening? Radio Frequency skin tightening is your friend!

Radio frequency skin tightening is a non-invasive, anti-aging treatment that can help tighten the skin in different areas of the body. This treatment uses radio frequency (RF) energy towards the skin in the target spot by creating electrical currents that will reshape your skin’s collagen and tighten the surface of your skin. Collagen is the protein in our body that gives structure to our skin, hair, nails, bones and more. By using RF on our skin, it helps collagen regain its structure and tighten up. The heat from the RF energy penetrates the layers of the skin to achieve this.

As we age, it’s inevitable that our skin begins to sag in certain places more than others and it can definitely make us feel self-conscious. Those areas are usually our thighs, stomachs, knees arms and neck and guess what? RF can definitely help with that! People who have minimal wrinkling or thin skin can greatly benefit from RF.

These RF procedures don’t take a long time to do, so you don’t have to worry about finding too much time to set aside for treatment and you can go about your day afterwards!

Treatments are customized to each client, so we highly recommend coming in for a free consultation to see how many treatments we suggest for the area(s) you want to target. We can even go into more detail what we can do for you and answer any further questions you may have.

You can call 519-751-0359 or book online!

Win a Free Spring Facial!

Who wouldn’t want a free facial?

Cleansing, Vivier light peel mask, cupping and lymphatic massage ($125 Value) – it doesn’t get more relaxing than that!

All you have to do to enter is join us on a 20 Day Anxiety Challenge!
All you have to do is post a photo showing us what you did for that day with #BalancedLifeWellness !

**Contest ends March 20th, 2018. Must use #BalancedLifeWellness on Instagram or Facebook to find your posts. **

  1. Spend 20 minutes outside.

  2. Color a page in a coloring book.

  3. Write down five things you are grateful for.

  4. Get hydrated.

  5. Play loud music and dance.

  6. No social media day.

  7. Take a long bubble bath.

  8. Ten minutes of meditation.

  9. Do your favourite cardio exercise for 20 minutes.

  10. Go to bed early.

  11. Start a good vitamin regimen.

  12. Snuggle an animal.

  13. Mediate.

  14. Look up Hygge and learn more about it.

  15. Try a relaxing essential oil blend.

  16. Make a stress ball.

  17. Pick a time of day that will be just for you.

  18. Do something you are good at.

  19. Make a list of your anxieties.

  20. Comment on each anxiety with something you can do to calm it.

 

Anxiety list was inspired by Love + Marriage and a Baby Carriage 

7 Tips for Healthy Aging!

Aging can feel like a scary thing sometimes – but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve compiled a list of tips on how to make it smoother for you. Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be hard!

1. Stay active!

Being active at every stage of our life is incredibly important. It not only helps keep our bodies working efficiently, it also helps keep our brains happy. As we age, it becomes even more important because it helps keep us independent while also keeping our minds sharp.

Staying active also helps ease chronic inflammations, despite what we think. That chronic pain you’re having may actually be relieved by some exercise! (Please consult with your general practitioner to ensure what you’re wanting to do is safe).

Remember, being active doesn’t have to be dull. Take a walk with friends, go on a bike ride, even do some yoga! Key is to do movements you’ll enjoy.

2. Eating Healthy!

This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s so difficult to follow through on. In today’s world, we also have over processed foods at our fingertips which makes us giving into our lazy voices in our head when we don’t really feel like cooking a healthy meal. Eating these processed meals can lead to increased sodium levels (sodium is not the devil, our bodies need it but just like everything, it’s to be consumed in moderation), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and so on.

The best way to fight these lazy urges is to meal prep weekly and focus on whole foods! Whole foods are nutrient-dense vegetables and whole grains. Basically you want to keep your shopping list 90% on the produce section and 10% the rest of the store for baking/cooking needs.

Meal prep doesn’t mean you have to cook all of your meals on a Sunday. Making a list of Monday-Sunday with categories “breakfast, lunch and dinner” under each day is a good start. From there, you plan out what you want to eat each day, that way instead of scrambling to figure it out each day, you have a plan in motion and know what exactly to buy at the grocery store. So not only will you be improving your health and saving time, you’ll also be saving money by not spending money on things you don’t really need in the kitchen!

Note: You can do meal prep any day that best suits your schedule. Find what works for you!

We know getting everything we need in our bodies nutritionally can be difficult. Before taking any supplements, please contact your doctor to ensure they’re safe for you to take, especially on medication. Supplements can react to medications and vice versa. If you’re in the Paris, ON area, our friends at The Hollow Willow Health Store are more than happy to help you find the best supplements to add into your daily nutrition routine.

3. Spend time with friends!

As we get older, the inevitable happens. We start losing loved ones, people get sick, lives change drastically. Being lonely has a detrimental affect on our brains which then leads to our physical bodies. One way to combat that is to spend time cultivating the relationships we do have. Taking time to spend time with your loved ones will really have a positive affect on your mental and physical well-being.

4. Sleep!

Sleep is important no matter what stage of life you’re at. Humans can go longer without eating than they can without sleeping. That’s just merely one fact about how sleep is so important!  As we get older, sleep becomes even more important in terms of hours. 8-9 hours is what is expected when we get older because without it, it can lead to worsened depression, memory loss and irritability.

Make yourself a “No Excuses” rule when it comes to bed. 10pm seem to be your go-to time? Perfect. Make sure you don’t have tablets, phones or a TV on 1 hour prior to bed. The blue-light in our screens sends a signal to the brain to stay awake. It’ll make falling asleep much harder. Also make sure that your room is dark and a little cooler than normal – this will help your brain know that it’s time to sleep.

5. Reduce stressors where possible

Stress is so horrible on the body for so many reasons. It lessens our memory, causes fatigue, irritability, and can lead to depression. Stressors change as we age, so adjust accordingly with whatever is happening in your life currently.

It’s incredibly important to take care of yourself when you’re stressed. Do things that make you happy. Soaking in the tub for 20 minuets with some bath salts, going for walks, getting into a sleep routine and eating well – these are just a few of the many things you can do to help your body have less stress.

6. Become involved in the community

Getting involved with the community allows us to stay connected to others as we age. Whether you’re a few years to retirement, about to retire or are retired, it helps knowing there is another group of people you can see daily or weekly to keep yourself occupied and healthy. Remember, doing this should be something that brings you happiness – not misery.

7. Take control of your health

This cannot be stressed enough. We live in our bodies and know when something is off. Don’t ever hesitate to get something checked out and then work on it if there is a solution. Taking control of your health isn’t just going to the doctor – it’s working on your physical health through exercise and nutrition and it’s working on your mental health. Mind/body connection is so important throughout our lives and especially so when we begin to age. Everything comes back in full circle.

Looking to add in aesthetic goals to your aging routine? Book a free consultation with us at 519-751-0359 or online to let us help you reach your goals!

Spring Rejuvenation!

March 2018, we’re offering  you a Spring Rejuvenation facial!

Cleanse, Vivier light peel mask, cupping and lymphatic facial massage – $75

Or upgrade from the Vivier light peel to the Jessner peel for $40

Vivier Light Peel mask- A chemical peel designed for treatment of combination skin, dry/sensitive skin, sun damaged skin or redness. No downtime!

Skin Tx Jessner Plus – A chemical peel that’s uniquely professional with a resurfacing procedure that provides exfoliation of damaged skin. This advanced chemical peel is non-invasive and quick!

Call us now at 519-751-0359 or book online!

Gold Bio-Collagen Face Masks

Lately, Gold Bio-Collagen masks have been all the rage. You may or may not have heard about it, and if you have, you may have been wondering why this mask is any different than the ones at any other beauty stores.

These masks are loaded with bio-ingredients that help radiate the skin to help you reveal beautiful, youthful looking skin. The ingredients in the mask allow the skin to to heal and become filled with moisture.

Collagen is a protein in our skin that we lose as we age, but the loss of collagen can be slowed down through proper diet, exercise and skin care. Collagen in this masks allows the skin to stimulate regrowth of the skin’s elasticity, leaving you with firmer more rehydrated skin!

Check out our very own Des below using the mask during one of down times. Call us at 519-751-0359 or come into the spa to get some of your own! We do have package deals for staring at packs of 8 to 10 masks. Ask us for details!

12 Week Treat Complete Plans – Custom!

No matter what time of year it is, it is never too late to start focusing on a better you, from the inside, out. We understand that sometimes on the outside, we need a little help to get the results we’ve been working so hard on, to show. No need to get invasive surgery – just eat well, enjoy physical activity and come see us for 12 weeks!

Below we have an example of what your treatment would look like, with results and treatments varying depending on each individual. Have questions? Don’t be shy and book a consultation with us! Either call us at 519-751-0359 or easily book by clicking here

12 week treat complete custom plans!

Week 1: Start with Liposonix ultrasonix ultrasound treatment to destroy fat. Remain active & hydrate.

Week 26: While your body is processing the fat from your Liposonix treatment, get one Radio Frequency treatment each week to tighten skin, increase lymphatic stimulation and reduce cellulite.

Week 7: Get another Liposonix treatment. Continue healthy lifestyle changes.

Week 8-12: While your body is processing the fat from your Liposonix treatment, get one Radio Frequency treatment each week to tighten skin, increase lymphatic stimulation and magnify results.

Week 13 and on: Buy new jeans, enjoy your results and love your body even more!

Not quite sure what Liposonix is? Not to worry – read all about it on this blog post

Chemical Peels

At Balanced Life, we’re proud to announce we’re carrying Vivier skin care, which includes the amazing chemical peel for youthful, radiant skin. We’re all about making sure you look and feel your best while using the absolute best technology and products and we want to make sure you continue that self-care at home.

Vivier is a pharmaceutical skin care company that is in over 20 countries helping people with their skin woes. Just like us, Vivier only allows their clients to have the highest quality of product for their skin. We want you to make sure you look and feel your absolute best!

If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, it can sound like a scary and painful procedure, but it’s not! There’s practically no down-time and there’s minimal discomfort, if any at all. But what exactly are the benefits of getting a chemical peel? We’ve created a chart with all the benefits!

Having troubles reading this? Click it to enlarge the photo and zoom in!

If you’re interested in getting a chemical peel, it’s best to have a consultation just to ensure you don’t have anything working against you like medications, that could cause any issues with a peel. Some people require a few peel sessions to get full results, others only need one. Your consultation will allow the aesthetician to give you an estimate on what needs to happen. If you have a big event, this peel is great to put your best face forward.

So What exactly is in viver’s chemical peel?

Viver has therapeutic ingredients within its treatment to give you the best skin you can possibly have. Viver’s chemical peel contains Lactic Acid (improves the moisture level in dry skin), Salicylic Acid (helps reduce overproduction of oil in the skin, improves texture and eases hyper-pigmentation) and Resorcinol (eases redness, inflammation and acne).

Overall, the Viver peel helps minimize redness, tighten your pores, stimulate collagen (to tighten and firm the skin) and gives you glowing skin! We’re more than happy to talk one-on-one with you about your questions, concerns and needs. Book online or call us at

519-751-0359

Holiday 2017 Beauty Deals!

Check out our beauty deals in time for the holiday season!

If you haven’t already heard yet, we’re now offering online booking for consultations and appointments! Book early to avoid disappointment.

Book now! Or call 519-751-0359

At Balanced Life, we also carry Lip Masks ($4 each or 10 for $35) and Gold Bio-Collagen Facial Masks ($12.95 each or 10 for $120)- both perfect for a night out. Check out one of our very own ladies trying out the Gold Mask – perfect for perking up your face for an important event! Come into the shop or call us to purchase packs of 5 or more to get them shipped to your door (Canada only). 

Gold Bio-Collagen Facial Mask

Power of Collagen

What Can Collagen Do For Your Skin?

You might not know too much about collagen, but you really should – it’s an important part of almost every part of your body! It gives your body its structure, supports the minerals that make up and heal your muscles, joints, tendons, and skeleton, and makes up 1/3 of your protein. If your collagen production breaks down, so will your body!

You can thus imagine how important collagen is for your skin. Collagen and essential amino acids are crucial for healthy, strong skin, and supplements can boost your production.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is created by special cells called “fibroblasts”, which uses amino acids and vitamin C to make little subunits called procollagen. This procollagen is then woven together to form a complete collagen molecule, and these molecules come together to create fibrils, which form the fibrous anchors of skin. Collagen is so integral it makes up 75% of the dry-weight of skin, and it has a tensile strength superior to steel. There’s a lot of construction work going on under the surface!

Collagen helps to heal and repair wounds, knit damaged tissue, and keeps your joints and muscles in good shape. This includes your skin, the body’s largest organ and the first victim of a large amount of natural damage. We’re not just talking about superficial damage like bumps and scrapes, though it can help speed up repair and even diminish the look of scars. Simply being out in the sun or sitting in traffic can hurt your collagen production.

Those strong collagen fibres act as a base for new skin cells to replace old and dying ones. As we age, our collagen production significantly declines – 1% per year after around the age of 20, with exfoliation decreasing 28% over the duration of our twenties – weakening the skin’s elasticity and causing sagging, wrinkles, and thinning. On top of that, sun damage from UV rays deforms collagen formation and warp your skin’s “architecture”, causing clumps of elastin (the membrane on which collagen gets its support) to form and causing wrinkles and weaker skin. The two combined can cause many problems both visible and invisible, making it necessary to get enough collagen in your diet to support healthy skin.

The Three Types of Collagen & Vitamin C

It’s important to know the collagen that might be in your supplements, as your body needs different collagens for different things. There are at least 28 types of collagen in your body, made by different processes to do different things. The first three types are the most common, and will probably be the ones you see on any supplement labels. They are:

– Type I: This one mostly makes up skin, tendons, organs, and bones. It’s the most abundant type in your body.

– Type II: This type you’ll find in supplements for joint pain, as it’s found in cartilage.

– Type III: Often paired with Type I, this fibrillar collagen is found in the skin, lungs, uterus, intestine, vascular system, and other connective tissues.

When looking at supplements for your skin, they’ll usually be Types I and III. However, these won’t be enough: you need ascorbic acid – better known as vitamin C – to reduce damage, too! This essential nutrient is found in both the dermis (the tissue that contains nerve endings, blood capillaries, and other structures of which collagen is one of the main parts) and the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). It’s important because vitamin C is turns three essential amino acids – glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline – into collagen. Without vitamin C performing this important function in your body, collagen creation is disrupted and your basic structure can fall apart.

The best way to get vitamin C? Your diet! Dark, leafy greens, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, cabbage, and (of course) citrus fruits are all great sources of ascorbic acid. Orange juice might seem like the easiest idea, but it’s better to get it from whole food sources, as there’s far less sugar.

Where to Get Collagen

So you’re getting enough vitamin C in your diet easily enough; but what about sources of collagen? You need to find foods rich in the three aforementioned amino acids that are combined to make collagen. These are essential in that they your body can’t make them, and they have to come from your diet.

Bone Broth: Bone broth has the amino acids necessary to help collagen development, is very versatile, and can be added to other protein sources like soups or gravies to make it complete.

– Meat and Eggs: Organic protein sources are traditional, sure, but they can be the best ways amino acids that make up collagen. Make sure to eat the skin if you’re cooking chicken!

Collagen supplements can be effective. There are two types: bovine collagen and marine collagen.

Bovine Collagen: This is collagen isolated and broken down into smaller, more soluble proteins (hydrolyzed) from cow bones, skin, and connective tissue. While it does have the same amino acids as gelatin, its chemical makeup is different and thus it provides a different benefit. It’s been proven to help fibrils and fibroblast density, stimulating the production of collagen and improving the condition of skin.

Marine Collagen: It has been shown to do pretty much what bovine collagen does: enhance fibroblasts and fibrils and stimulate collagen formation to make skin healthier. It doesn’t have all the same effects of bovine collagen in regards to joint health, but it’s still a great skincare supplement.
So keep those fibroblasts blasting with collagen and the right proteins! They can be important to strengthen your skin, help it glow, and reduce the effects of aging and environmental damage.

Author: Steve Spriensma is a blogger and researcher with Goodness Me! Natural Food Market. Check out their blog for more information on healthy living!

Aging – Friend or Foe?

Aging – it’s either looked at as a blessing or a curse. We start to lose skin firmness, get grey hairs, we don’t think as quickly as we used to, we’re tired and the list goes on with things we could go days complaining about. No matter how we choose to look at this process of life, it’s going to happen whether we like it or not.

It can sometimes get discouraging when we see someone aging better than us. How do they manage that? What is their secret? We’ll buy into anything anyone who looks good says. Sometimes it’s plastic surgery. Sometimes it’s a part of genetics. Sometimes it is diet and exercise.

So now you’re probably thinking, “Plastic surgery?! I can’t afford that… and it is SO painful!” or “Genetics? I won’t even go there!” or “I do not have 2 hours a day to spend in the gym to look better! There’s 0 hope for me”. But there is. A lot of this comes down to diet. Yep! Diet. Diet is one of the hardest things to stick to, but we’re not talking about fad diets here. Fad diets are trouble and the reason we see all of our lost weight come back, plus more. We’re talking about sustainable, life-friendly diets.

In terms of genetics, a lot of families have, for example, diabetes run in the family. You’re definitely at a higher risk of developing that disease but its mainly determined by your lifestyle choices. The quality of foods you eat, your level of movement, sleep patterns, stress and any supplements you take. I’ve read that only 2% of our genes are fixed and the other 98% can be turned on reversed – how uplifting is that?! Everything in you ingest and environmental toxins have a major impact on your genes.

A lot of our issues come from our gut, believe it or not. Our gut is the second-brain to our health and is directly linked to our brain. It sends signals to the brain and if it isn’t at its highest level of performance, your health will suffer. We need an equal balance of good to bad bacteria in our guts and in today’s world with all the processed chemical and sugary foods we have readily available to us, it is definitely easier to feed our bad bacteria and kill off the good. Another thing that kills off our good bacteria in the gut are antibiotics!

You’re probably freaking out right about now because we are all guilty of eating these processed foods and having to take antibiotics when we’re sick – but fret not! I have a few simple solutions you can follow to help improve your gut and overall daily health! These are called microbiomes.

1. Daily probiotics are key!! Please be sure to consult your doctor or naturopath to see which strain amount is best for your body. I absolutely love learning from Melissa Ramos over at Sexy Food Therapy because she always has so much great knowledge to give about probiotics. Not sure where to really start or which brands are best? Alongside asking your doctor, always do your own due diligence. Melissa Ramos has a great blog post you can check out here that is all about probiotics!

2. Avoid junk and processed foods. They’re full of chemicals not made for our bodies, processed sugars, trans fats, and processed oils which wreak havoc on our guts.

3. Eat locally grown, grass fed meats. If you’re a meat eater, eating local is always best. It is environmentally friendly and usually safer to ingest. Remember, what your food has eaten, you’re eating now, too. So if your food was fed grains that are mixed with things I don’t even want to mention, you’re ingesting that, too.

4. Fermented foods help heal your gut. Kefir (fermented milk), sauerkraut, kimichi or other fermented vegetables are good because they are themselves a source probiotics while also healing your gut’s microbiomes.

5. Prebiotics are just as important as probiotics. Prebiotics are a specialized plant fibre that feeds healthy bacteria. Some foods that are filled with prebiotics are: onions, garlic, tomatoes, leeks, asparagus, radishes and Jerusalem artichokes.

6. Exercise!! You don’t need a fancy gym with equipment to exercise. Yoga, dancing, walks, runs – whatever feels best for your body and feeds your soul.

Author: Catarina, holistic nutrition student and founder of Snug Beauty