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Skincare Tips From Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Super Models

Skincare Tips From Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Super Models

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lldi Pekar, facialist to supermodels

Skincare Tips From celebrity facialist Ildi PekarPekar

Ildi Pekar, who cares for skin of supermodels Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, offers important tips for keeping your skin fresh and lovely during the harsh months of winter.

Diet is most important

During the summer we eat a lot of light foods including vegetables and fruits which contain water so we are more hydrated. During the cooler months we feel a little more lethargic and it shows in your skin because we eat foods that are hot and heavy for comfort, rather than the light and refreshing foods of summer.

Lack of moisture. 

Since central heat dries out skin, this is a great time to change your skin care routine and maybe double up on the moisture.

 Not getting your daily dose of Vitamin D?

This is so important to keep your skin happy and radiant.

How to shift your  skincare routine? What should you do, and what warm-weather habits can you skip?

       Change to a milder cleanser

–       Avoid using harsh toners which can dry out your skin too much and cause irritation.

–       Switch to a heavier moisturizer during the cooler months

–       For fall it’s perfect to exfoliate more to unclogged trapped pores

–       This is the BEST time to get a Deep Cleansing Facial or peel. It keeps your skin soft and clean and helps treat the skin damage which occurred during the summer.

The number one product everyone needs in their arsenal this fall is: A good moisturizer!

How to combat breakouts in the fall season and Dry Skin:

A Deep Cleansing facial would keep your skin in check. Get your pores cleaned  regularly to reduce white heads black heads and acne.

Exfoliating skin and increasing intake of fish oil will also help.

 

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Salt Cave Open in East Hampton

Salt Cave Open in East Hampton

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New Salt Cave Opens in East Hampton, unique spa treatment

Dr. Margaret Smiechowski has announced the opening of Montauk Salt Cave. People in Montauk and the greater East Hampton area area now have the opportunity to visit this state of the art, high-end salt cave to help alleviate numerous ailments.

     “I am so thrilled to have designed this beautiful cave with the Coppolas and to bring Halotherapy to the Hamptons,” says Smiechowski. “Salt Caves are growing in popularity and Halotherapy is proven to be a dependable alternative for natural healing. I am honored to have assisted in designing it.”

     Montauk Salt Cave is owned by Peter and Shannon Coppola, a husband and wife team that decided to open this cave after learning about the benefits of Himalayan salt for their 4-year old son, Oliver.

     “Our son has battled with breathing issues since he was born. He had his adenoids removed, and has always been medicated for asthma and allergies,” Shannon Coppola says. “On December 15, 2014, we took him for a session of salt therapy in New Jersey. Since then, he has not coughed once and he is finally sleeping through the night.”

     After the Coppolas saw the dramatic and permanent benefits Halotherapy had on their sick son’s quality of life, they contacted Dr. Smiechowski, North America’s foremost expert on salt caves, to learn how to create their own salt cave. Dr. Smiechowski has extensive education and experience in both traditional and complementary medicine. She has worked tirelessly for over two decades to spread the concept of salt caves and Halotherapy in the U.S. Additionally, she has a successful track record of creating numerous, simulated salt caves, from Colorado to Vermont.

     “Working with Margaret on this project has been one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. We are eternally grateful for her expertise and cannot wait to help people here at Montauk Salt Cave,” Shannon says.

      The Montauk Cave has pink, Himalayan salt from Pakistan. The cave is temperature controlled to maintain the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of the salt. Additionally, this cave contains a salt fireplace, a sculpted ceiling, calming music, and special lighting, which promote maximum relaxation for patrons. One session of Halotherapy costs forty dollars and is for forty-five minutes. It is opened year round and perfectly situated at 552 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954.

     For more information about Montauk Salt Cave, call (631) 668-7258. To learn more about how you can experience the benefits of Halotherapy and create your own salt cave, visit the website  or email Dr. Smiechowski at: dr.margaret@saltcavebuilder.com.

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Bargains | 0 comments

Spa Eastman:One Woman’s Dream is a Dream Come True for Those Searching for Wellness.

Spa Eastman:One Woman’s Dream is a Dream Come True for Those Searching for Wellness.

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Some 30 years ago, when Jocelyna Dubuc, a Canadian geography teacher, became interested in wellness and naturopathic medicine, she ventured off to India to study yoga, meditation and natural healing. Returning to her native province of Quebec, totally committed to a healthy lifestyle, she opened Spa Eastman – a sanctuary in the picturesque Eastern Townships, an hour by car from downtown Montreal.

Fast forward to the present where Spa Eastman is a multi-award-winning destination spa, the oldest in Canada – one of those places where, by the end of your first day, you are already planning your return visit.

Recently two stretched-to-the-limit, stressed-out friends and I planned a weekend retreat, expecting to do nothing more than just chill. We had heard rumours this was a wonderful retreat. Little did we know just how wonderful it would be.

Heading east from Montreal, we drove by pastoral farmland and through gently rolling terrain to a quiet country road and the beautifully landscaped spa property set amidst 326 secluded acres.

Jocelyna Dubuc

Jocelyna Dubuc

Madame Dubuc welcomed us personally. A petite, radiant dynamo, she speaks perfect English with a captivating French accent. After showing us around, she urged us to settle in slowly. “The best way to unwind before dinner is 10 minutes in the steam room, then 20 minutes in a lounge chair to gaze out at the garden. You may even fall asleep and I may join you.” Here was a woman who follows her own advice, telling us that her goal was to create a spa that she, as a client, would want to visit. “One that is simple, where I feel comfortable,” she added.

The retreat she created includes a main lodge, surrounded by a collection of small, cozy cottages and 15 kilometers of walking trails. The main building accommodates several inviting lounges, the spacious dining room, a heated indoor pool and steam room, treatment and exercise rooms and 16 guest rooms. The ambiance is casually elegant, with an unpretentious, friendly vibe. We quickly discovered a Zen feeling of well-being, dotted with cheerful “bon jour” greetings from the bilingual staff.

My room was tastefully, yet simply appointed with a king bed, writing table and a comfy chair, enticing me to curl up beside the corner fireplace. The spacious bathroom featured a jet bath and a cosy, cream robe with an invitation to “wear me anytime.”  The large private balcony overlooking a serene garden pond had an unobstructed view of Mount Orford in the distance. There was no phone, no TV.  I didn’t miss either one.

It would be easy to mistake the dining room for an upmarket restaurant but for the number of people – both men and women – wearing those cosy cream robes and matching slippers. And the food? Exquisite – with vegan, vegetarian, raw and carnivore options to satisfy both dieters and gourmands. The wine list contains an interesting selection, including local and organic wines.  Dairy products are not available; gluten-free options are. On the premise that food can both create toxicity and eliminate it, sugar and salt are used discriminately. Food has a big impact on your well-being, believes Dubuc.

Chef Kevin Belisle, who was recently honored (and deservedly so) as Chef Santé 2013 by the the Société des Chefs Cuisiniers et Pâtissiers du Québec puts delicious into nutritious eating. He seduces guests with foods that respect the principles of healthy nutrition, featuring organic, local produce and products with little or no processing. “It’s magic how he converts die-hard indulgent eaters into health-conscious gourmands,” says Jocelyna Dubuc. soupe de rhubarbe fraises

In 2006, Le Spa Eastman à votre table won a gold medal in Cuisine Canada’s Culinary Book Award gold medal. A second cookbook, .

With 130 employees (70 of them, therapists), wellness services include a full array of body treatments including massage, couple’s massage, facials and foot and hand care. The salon offers both hairstyling and health treatments including in-depth analysis for hair and scalp. And the list goes on.

“Our most popular treatments are the Watsu and our mineral wrap, which includes a liquid paste with heat and massage,” Dubuc says. Watsu, gentle-motion, floating massage that promotes deep relaxation while immersed in warm water was Fiona’s favourite. Mine was the hour-long Japanese Kobido massage using acupressure and bamboos, focusing on the face and upper body that left me feeling totally relaxed and with a radiant complexion. Anne reconnected with her inner strength in long walks in the woods. “They work their magic,” says Dubuc.

From the guided anti-stress walk before the morning yoga class to gentle stretching in warm water to an Essentrics class with visiting instructor Miranda Esmonde-White of American Public Television fame, we took it all in.  
Yoga at Spa Eastman

In addition to registered therapists and licensed aestheticians, the wellness team includes university-credentialed kinesiologists, a nutritionist and a naturopath who are available to create comprehensive, personalized lifestyle and fitness programs and able to focus on clients with chronic illness.

The fact that almost 60% of their guests are repeaters speaks volumes for the fact that Spa Eastman makes the quest for well-being wholly pleasurable. “I like to think we offer a European atmosphere with a French flavor that appeals to North Americans, says Dubuc.

Dubuc has always been a visionary. Modest about her accomplishments, she has garnered impressive awards in the fields of tourism, spa excellence and business acumen. Her spa was among the first ten in Canada, in 2013, to receive 5-Star Spas accreditation. Her influence has significantly impacted the industry as a whole as the founder of the Quebec Spa Association “Relais Santé,” an organization to advance, educate, and standardize the business. Acknowledging the impact she has made, Dubuc was recently inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.

Jocelyna Dubuc’s dream provided my buddies and me with much more than an opportunity to ‘chill out.’ We headed back to the real world, relaxed, refreshed and revitalized.

If you go:

Spa Eastman

895 Chemin des Diligences

Eastman, Quebec

800.665.5272;  450.297.3009

www.spa-eastman.com

 

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Destination Spas, Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

5-Star Spas Debut in Canada

5-Star Spas Debut in Canada

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When it’s time for some “me time,” a spa visit can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Or a best friend.   It could be a blissful hour under the hands of a superb massage therapist, a refreshing weekend getaway with your best bud or a week-long retreat to jump-start a healthy lifestyle. What’s called for is a place where you can relax and experience a sense of well-being and where the treatments are, not only marvelous, but memorable.

The logo for 5-Star Spas

The logo for 5-Star Spas

Hydrotherapy bath at Healthwinds Spa, Toronto

Hydrotherapy bath at Healthwinds Spa, Toronto

“Sadly, not all spas offer services or products that deliver results,” says Liz Conway, registrar for 5-Star Spas of Canada. “And by the time you’ve checked in, donned what hopefully is a soft, fluffy robe, waiting for nirvana, you’re committed.”

It was precisely the lack of national standards and numerous won’t-go-there-again spa experiences that spurred Conway in 2013 to incorporate 5-Star Spas, a mandatory third-party inspection and quality-assurance criteria that would set new standards for excellence in the industry. With a marketing background and extensive experience in the spa sector, Conway was well positioned to develop the concept.

5-Star Spas accreditation is reserved for an exclusive group of top-notch properties that represent the ultimate combination of health and pleasure. These facilities are all about delivery of exceptional services, starting with highly trained and skilled professionals and including a comprehensive spa menu, first-rate facilities and amenities, unsurpassed sanitation and technologically-advanced skin care products. All this within serene surroundings. “Everything else flows from that,” says Liz Conway.

To qualify for certification, a spa must have been in business for at least two years and must be referred by an existing 5-Star Spa member or a key industry supplier

Accredited spas must meet or exceed exceptional sanitation policies regulated by the Provincial Ministry of Health and/or Health Canada; that service/treatment providers respect clients’ privacy, confidentiality, and health conditions; and that clients understand payment policies prior to starting treatment.

When you visit a 5-Star Spa, you are guaranteed that all services and treatments are provided exclusively by registered, certified, licensed or aesthetic-diploma personnel. Clients complete a comprehensive health assessment form relative to their treatment needs which is reviewed by the therapist or aesthetician, then discussed with the client. All of this insures that you are in professional hands, capable of dealing with any specific problems or health issues.

Prior to accreditation, mandatory spa inspections are conducted by an independent three-person inspection team. Two inspectors experience two treatments each and score over 300 components from the quality of the furnishings, right down to the fluffiness of the towels. They’re tough judges who don’t bat an eye at reporting on any missing or substandard detail. While they are undergoing treatments, the lead inspector conducts a technical audit that verifies staff credentials, training and sanitation protocols, business policies and practices and overall guest services.

Ten individual spa innovators, nine in Ontario and one in the province of Quebec, endorsed the criteria against which they and all future accredited spas would be measured.  Within three months, the number had risen to 12. Going forward, Liz Conway plans to expand across Canada before looking to move into the U.S.

“It’s really gutsy for spa operators to invite such scrutiny,” says Conway, “especially when the majority of inspectors are reputable travel journalists who have experienced the best spas around the world. For spa-goers, these inspections provide the ultimate in quality assurance.”

 

5-Star Spas comes to Canada.

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 For a list of accredited members, visit www.5-StarSpas.ca

 

What members have to say:

Despite the fact that Fayez Spa in London Ontario has been the go-to  for more than 30 years, owner Fayez Tamba was one of the first to endorse the 5-Star concept and philosophy.  “I want to be unique in my market,” he says. “This is the way I can be ahead of the crowd.”

Elizabeth Milan, owner of the Toronto spa at the Fairmont Royal York hotel that bears her name was concerned about the proliferation of spas with no standards and deep discounts. “Integrity and credibility are essential to me,” she says. “Adopting these standards provides consumer confidence that brings new customers and keeps existing ones.

 

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