Taking time for yourself!


time-yourself-novo-spa-toronto-canada-yorkville-relaxOur skin is our largest organ, and it’s the only organ with which we have a special relationship. We do not see our liver every day or touch our kidneys first thing in the morning. Nor do we look at our lungs in the mirror each night to see how they have coped with the day. Our skin is always there, always visible, always touchable. Our skin works hard to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. It’s also our body’s first interaction with the world, and has a sensitive connection to our brain. Whenever we feel anxious or overwhelmed it is reflected in our skin.

We often tell people how well they look, but how did you make that judgment? from their skin!
As a skin specialist, Charlotte Barbosa, I can visibly see stress. Lifestyle choices, hormonal fluctuations, exacerbation of chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis on the skin; especially with my guests that I see on a regular basis, their skin tells me a story: break-outs, dull skin, dehydration can all be tell-tell signs and an indication of stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

As an esthetician I truly feel honoured that my guests trust me to look after them, to help them heal and de-stress. I love performing results driven facials, but I also realize the importance of my touch in treatments.

This was made ever more apparent to me last week. I am like clockwork with my monthly facials (usually hydradermie – I love this facial, for brightening my complexion, giving me a great deep clean without stripping my skin whilst infusing my skin with potent anti-oxidants and actives to address my biggest concern – ageing) but last week I decided, or should I say needed a massage.

I booked with Marcia, a therapists with over 15 years experience, but most importantly for me, someone with fantastic energy, a calming disposition, a touch that is truly magical – she relaxed my tired and stressed muscles and really took me to a place of calm and serenity. I remember speaking with Marcia afterwards and saying how we must never underestimate how our touch effects our guests, yes of course, we all want aesthetic results, but we can never forget the importance of soothing our mind – ultimately this will be reflected and will shine on the outside!

Our lives are hectic, our lives are demanding, our lives are stressful but we must not forget to look after ourselves, we must not forget to take time to relax and unwind.

Be kind to yourself – do not concentrate on the flaws in your skin. We all have them! Do your best to look after yourself and your skin and leave the critiquing behind. Contentment will be reflected in your skin.

8 Ways to Reduce the Effects of Stress on Your Skin
According to WebMd here are some ways to limit your stress,

  1. Don’t neglect your skin. Take care of your skin, even if you’re tired or stressed.
  2. Get regular exercise. It’s good for your skin and the rest of your body.
  3. Prioritize self-care. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 10 minutes. Take a bath or read an article.
  4. Take a walk around the block.
  5. Visit a spa or holistic health centre – let someone else take care of you!
  6. Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation or visual imagery.
  7. Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours each night is ideal.
  8. Say no. It’s ok to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.

 

Best wishes!

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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

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