Éminence Leads The Field With Innovation Award

Éminence Leads The Field With Innovation Award


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Eminence Balancing Mask Duo, is the proud winner of prestigious award: Best in Innovation 2016 by LNE & SPA’S BEST 2016 and we share this accomplishment with a post taken from the Éminence blog.

We’re incredibly excited to announce our recognition by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa (LNE & Spa) magazine with the title of Most Innovative Product 2016 for our Balancing Masque Duo. Each year, the top industry magazine chooses their elite list of winners for LNE & Spa’s Best Products and this year, we’re proud to be lauded for our innovation and leadership in the skin care field. Like the ISPA Visionary Of The Year Award we recently won, this new recognition reflects our commitment to leading as innovators in the industry. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who voted for us – thank you for selecting Éminence Organics to represent the forefront of the skin care industry as well as the best choice for all spa professionals.

One of the most prestigious publications for the beauty industry, LNE & Spa magazine was first established in Paris in 1952. Over the last 60 years, the magazine has grown its network to publish in 30 countries including USA and Brazil, and is also distributed in 70 other countries. Their annual recognition highlights the beauty awards season with their exclusive selection of the best of the best!

LNE & Spa’s award for innovation brings the focus to our exceptional Balancing Masque Duo, proving that we are continually innovating for our spa customers and end consumers. Because we aim to deliver the latest and greatest for spa professionals, we continue to pioneer products like the Balancing Masque Duo to affirm our commitment to leading the beauty business.

Showcasing two different masks in one, the Balancing Masque Duo uses a unique split jar and targets combination skin types. One half contains our Charcoal T-Zone Purifier which deep cleans the complexion by drawing out oil, dirt and impurities. Charcoal and kaolin clay detoxify the skin, leading to revitalization and purification. The other half features our Pomelo Cheek Treatment which moisturizes the skin with a powerful dose of hydration. Antioxidants and vitamins from pomelo juice and bamboo leaf extract in the Cheek Treatment also help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

With this breakthrough product attracting the spotlight since its launch, we are absolutely delighted to win confirmation of its success with this award. We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to LNE & Spa for choosing Éminence Organic Skin Care. Thank you for the recognition in our leading edge product development.

You can get this product, and know more about it by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1CVTPAc

Source: http://www.eminenceorganics.com

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Birthday celebrations all month at Novo!

Birthday celebrations all month at Novo!


We are so excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary and we are delighted to have reached this amazing milestone and everything we have accomplished over the years. We want to thank each and every one of you who have supported us through this amazing journey, to all our aestheticians and registered massage therapists who are so passionate, to the front desk staff who keep everything running smoothly and to our hardworking spa attendants who keep the spa looking impeccable. There are so many people that have been involved in our success so thank you, thank you THANK YOU!!

Just to give you a quick overview of how it all begun and how a dream became a reality!

Owner of Novo Spa, Nora Londono, always dreamt to open her own business when she emigrated from Colombia to Canada with her husband, Gabriel Fernandez. She was finally able to transform her love for well-being and beauty into reality: now known as Novo Spa. Starting with a small team of Estheticians and Registered Massage Therapists, Novo has grown to now having a team of 14 talented estheticians, 16 dedicated Registered Massage Therapists, 5 exceptional multi-tasking front desk coordinators and 4 spa attendants who match their star signs of being perfectionists.

Over the years we have introduced new products and treatments to meet the lifestyle choices of our guests that are both effective, provide value and that work with our guests busy and hectic schedules and most importantly be tailored specific for every guest. At the same time we made sure not to change up our guest’s all time favorite treatments like our one-of-a-kind steam bed body therapy treatment!  We love to hear from you and appreciate all your feedback so we can grow and evolve and most importantly know what you want so you can to lead a healthier and more relaxed life!

With dedication and hard work from ALL team members; supported by owners who are equally passionate about the health and wellness of our guests. We pride ourselves on continual training and education which enables us to keep up to date with all the newest technologies and treatments, pushing boundaries to bring you the best experience in the city!

 

Below are a few messages from some of our staff members on Novo turning ten years young!

“The key to Novo’s success lies in the way we treat our guests. Our goal is for everyone that comes into the spa to feel relaxed, spoiled & rejuvenated. Every Novo team member knows this and is committed to giving the best service possible.

 

What I enjoy the most about Novo is the amazing group of people that make up our team. Everyone is different, unique but special in their own way.  We are all respectful of each others differences and beliefs. There are no “superstars”; everyone is equally important”

Gabriel Fernandez – Spa Owner

 

Once again a big heart felt thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and choosing us for your place to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. It truly is an honour.

We look forward to opening our doors to you for the next ten years!

Best wishes!

 

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We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary, but the gifts are for you!


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WIN an incredible Eminence basket with products worth over $300!

Novo Spa is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we’re giving you DOUBLE the chance to win. We have 2 gift baskets full of the very best in Eminence products, valued at over $300 for 2 lucky people*

Giveaway 1

Every time you have a service with us in November, we’ll give you the chance to WIN. It’s our way of saying a very big thanks to all of you for supporting us (can you believe it’s been 10 years? because we can’t!) It’s that easy! Simply stop by for a service at Novo, and you could be the lucky guest walking away with this fantastic gift!

Good Luck!

Giveaway 2

We’re giving all our Facebook followers the chance to WIN. Just follow our page www.facebook.com/novospainyorkville And you’ll automatically be entered to win! Here’s to another 10 wonderful years keeping you feeling and looking your best!

*Both giveaway raffles will be done on December 1st – 2015

Study Says Sugar’s Harm Is Not About Weight, It’s Just ‘Because It’s Sugar.

Study Says Sugar’s Harm Is Not About Weight, It’s Just ‘Because It’s Sugar.


SugarThis has certainly been the decade of jumping the sugar ship – and largely with good reason. The studies to illustrate what excess sugar can do to the body keep rolling in. And a new one in the journal Obesity goes a little further by trying to tease apart the difference between cutting out sugar and losing weight. It argues that sugar isn’t bad because it makes you gain weight. It’s bad because it brings about other, more sinister changes to the body – metabolic changes that are distinct from weight. Though this may be true, in part, weight certainly plays a role. So for the purposes of most of us, there may not be much reason to split hairs, since the takeaway hasn’t changed: Sugar is bad for us for multiple reasons, and cutting down on it is usually a good thing.

“This study definitively shows that sugar is metabolically harmful not because of its calories or its effects on weight; rather sugar is metabolically harmful because it’s sugar,” said study author Robert Lustig. “This internally controlled intervention study is a solid indication that sugar contributes to metabolic syndrome, and is the strongest evidence to date that the negative effects of sugar are not because of calories or obesity.”

The researchers studied the effects of sugar-restriction on 43 obese children, aged nine to 18, who had at least one other metabolic problem, like high blood pressure or high triglycerides (blood fats) or markers of fatty liver. For nine days, they ate a sugar-restricted diet, but their calories were kept as constant as possible, by substituting in starches and carbs for the sugars. The goal was to reduce sugar content in the diet from an average of 28% to 10%. But the team did not want the kids to lose weight – they wanted to keep weight constant while simply subtracting sugar from the diet, so see what would happen when this variable to changed but nothing else was.

At the end of the nine days, the kids’ metabolic parameters did shift significantly: Their average diastolic blood pressure decreased by 5 mmHg; their triglycerides were lowered by 33 points; their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol went down 10 points; insulin levels were reduced by a third, and fasting glucose and liver function tests improved.

“All of the surrogate measures of metabolic health got better, just by substituting starch for sugar in their processed food – all without changing calories or weight or exercise,” said Lustig. “This study demonstrates that ‘a calorie is not a calorie.’ Where those calories come from determines where in the body they go. Sugar calories are the worst, because they turn to fat in the liver, driving insulin resistance, and driving risk for diabetes, heart, and liver disease. This has enormous implications for the food industry, chronic disease, and health care costs.”

The study certainly confirms that reducing sugar can make a difference metabolically – and in a short period of time.

“Reducing the prevailing excess of sugar intake is associated with health benefits,” says David L. Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, who was not affiliated with the new study. “That is shown here, and I certainly believe that to be true.”

But there’s a caveat. The researchers couldn’t keep the kids’ weight a stable as they’d hoped. There was an average trend to lose just under a kilogram over the course of the nine days.

“The researchers intended to keep weight stable, and could not,” says Katz. “Why? Presumably because sugar makes food more palatable to those habituated to the high levels that prevail in our culture, and replacing sugar with starch makes food less palatable. Many of the health effects seen here may as much a product of weight loss as they are a product of reduced sugar intake.”

But it may not matter why the kids got healthier, metabolically. That they got healthier, and by many measures, from cutting out sugar is the takeaway. “Whether reducing dietary sugar leads to health benefits mostly directly, mostly indirectly by means of weight loss, or both,” says Katz, “it leads to health benefits just the same.”

The researchers who conducted the study point out that even the kids who didn’t lose weight showed the same trend in metabolic measures. Though this may certainly have been the case, there are probably multiple ways in which cutting out sugar benefits health.

“When obese people lose weight, metabolic improvements occur with the weight loss, no matter what is causing it (even illness),” adds Katz. “But again, that means at worst that reducing sugar in the diet may help get kids to eat less and lose weight, and benefit accordingly. It may mean they benefit directly from the reduction in sugar, independent of calories and weight change. Personally, I think it’s a combination of both effects.”

So keep cutting down on sugar, especially added ones – and help your kids do the same. Whichever way it works, and there may be many, it does seem to work.

Source: http://www.forbes.com

Very A-peel-ing


adab_arcticberryadslickIt only seems like a moment ago that we were writing about protecting your skin in the summer months and now the colder months are here. Fall is a fantastic time to repair and rejuvenate the skin after summer, and it is the perfect season for peels.
“Peel” is probably the most intimidating word in the beauty dictionary. But honestly, it isn’t as scary as it sounds.  Chemical peels have been used since ancient times. It is said that Cleopatra applied sour milk containing lactic acid to her skin making her among the first to appreciate the benefits of chemical peels. There are many different options when it comes to peels, many different actives that treat certain conditions better than others.
Peel solutions most typically contain either alpha hydroxy acids (an AHA such as glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid, also known as BHA), tricholoracetic acid (TCA), or phenol as the exfoliating agent. At Novo we use a wide range of AHA’s, BHA’s and Enzyme peels to treat varying conditions and concerns.
When applied to the skin these acids interact with proteins causing exfoliation and peeling of the skin.  Different acids cause peeling at different depths. Chemical peels can be used to improve acne, pigmentation, wrinkles, skin tone and texture.  They are an excellent way to freshen up the skin and to maintain skin’s health.
Bottom line: The purpose of a chemical peel is to erase imperfections and improve skin tone and texture by removing layers of damaged skin.
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Keep in mind that each of these treatment benefits will depend on your skin, the strength of the peel, and the number of peels you get. You will usually need more than one peel to achieve your desired skin results.
Peels are great for everyone but there are some contra-indications so we always do a thorough consultation to make sure it is the right treatment for you and will give you the results you are looking for.
On a side note there are some great at home care peel products and treatments to do in between your spa treatments. At Novo all the estheticians are in love with the results from the Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System from Eminence this is a 10% at home care peel treatment which contains 6 different types of acids (mandelic, lactic, azelaic, glycolic, citric and pyruvic acid)  It is great for this time of year and will last through to Christmas to keep your skin glowing and looking it’s best!
You too can and should think about chemical peels!
Best wishes

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Fall season, one of the most important seasons in skin care

Fall season, one of the most important seasons in skin care


As we must restore our skin health after the summer sun and dehydration exposure.

What to do?

Maximum hydration and nutrition
  • Moisturize and nourish your skin with creams and products that are characterized by their extra hydration and emollient properties.
  • Use creams containing hyaluronic acid because it is an element that helps protect and maintain hydration.
  • It is a good time for serums, because its action is more powerful and concentrated.
  • Do not forget the driest areas of the body: legs, knees, heels, elbows, feet. They need more than ever to recover lost moisture.
  • Exfoliation is one of the fundamental actions after the summer, as we must eliminate excess dead cells that summer caused.
  • Creams and vitamin C serums are great allies to end and prevent both sunspots as those caused by age.
  • And do not forget to drink plenty of water and a healthy diet to help restore our skin!

 

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Eminence FREE Gift With Purchase at Novo Spa


Purchase the new Eminence Bright Skin Line and Stone Crop Serum and receive a FREE box of Calm Skin Vegan Vitamin Capsules, a value of $56. This line has been highly received by the media and everyone who has tried it.

Come and see one of our Advanced Spa Therapists for a complimentary skin consultation and see if it’s right for you.