Spring is finally here! Time to celebrate! But wait, what about that dry, itchy, flakey skin? After layering on heavy creams, serums and oils to replenish your skin over the dreary winter nights, it’s time to prep your face for sunnier days ahead!

So how do we transition our skin care routine for Spring? Here are 8 great ways to do just that so you can get healthy, gorgeous skin just in time for summer!

1. Swap your Moisturizer for a lighter one.
Try a water-based formula that will do the trick and keep your face feeling lighter and brighter.

2. Use an SPF.
Now that the cold wintery days are behind us, we are spending more time outdoors. So it’s important to use an SPF – separate from your moisturizer – that’s at least SPF 25 50tto protect your face from sun damage.

3. Exfoliate.
When our skin is extra dry, it’s beneficial to exfoliate all that dead skin and unclogblock your pores for a fresher look.

4. Throw out expired make-up and moisturizers.
Take a look through your make-up bag and get rid of anything that is 6-months old (or older). Old products can host a buildup of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and dull skin.

5. Replace your heavy winter moisturizer with a light tinted foundation.
It makes for a perfect substitute that will give you a springtime glow!

6. Increase your water intake.
Water really does wonders for your skin. The more water you drink, the easier it will be to keep your skin from getting dry and flakey.

7. Eat seasonally.
Now that local fresh fruits and veggies are back in the grocery stores and tasting even better, change up your diet to include lettuce, broccoli, grapefruit, carrots, apples, and watermelon. Studies have found that citrus fruits are especially helpful for skin health.

8. Stay active.
Get into a routine of hitting the gym, going for a walk or trying a new yoga class. Exercise increases blood flow, which helps maintain healthy skin cells. Happy skin cells = happy skin!

After months of alternating between hot, dry indoor air and the harsh cold outside, your skin is definitely ready for a shift in seasonal skin care. With these eight tips, you can ensure your skin will feel rejuvenated and healthy – ready for sunnier days ahead!

At Nakota Day Spa, we offer exceptional products and treatments results to help get your skin into “spring” shape by looking and feeling better. Contact us today to find out more!

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Is your Teenager Skin-Ready for March Break?
Heading into March break can be a busy time for parents and families. If you’re lucky enough, you will be heading down south for some ‘fun in the sun’ with a relaxing week off from school. But what about your teenager’s acne?

For teenagers, dealing with acne is particularly difficult. With an increasing trend in selfies in today’s digital world, it’s easy to see how a teen’s self-confidence can plummet as they deal with skin problems and embarrassing acne.

And they are not alone. More than 85% of teenagers have this common skin problem, which is marked by clogged pores (whiteheads, blackheads), painful pimples, and, sometimes, hard, deep lumps on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, and upper arms.

Acne can affect all skin types at any age and may be caused by a multitude of factors including hormones, stress, environment, and genetics. Fortunately, many types of acne are successfully treated by using a specifically formulated cleansing routine and treatments. There is rarely a “quick fix” for acne that doesn¹t compromise the overall, long term health of the skin or body, but these 10 tips can help your teen achieve clear, healthy skin.

1. Reduce Stress Levels
Stress causes many ailments especially fluctuating hormone levels in teens. So the best way to tackle this is try to reduce your teen’s stress levels. Encourage them to set aside time each day to relax and do something fun, whether that’s reading, listening to music, going for a walk, or playing a video game.

2. Wash Your Face (But Not Too Much!)
Acne is commonly caused by blocked pores an increase in oil production. In order to reduce the number of blocked pores, it is important to wash your face regularly with a mild cleanser. Just remember that washing your face too often as you strip away the good oils too – so keep it to twice-a-day regime.

3. Skin Care Products
Always read the label and look for products that say oil-free, non-comedogenic, or non-acnegenic. You will also want to look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

4. Hydrate
Keep your teen hydrated all day long as water can help hydrate the skin and flush out toxins in the body.

5. Clean your Cosmetic Brushes
Make sure your teen washes or uses new brushes after a bad breakout. The oils and reside can clog pores and lead to even bigger acne problems. Also, try to discourage your teen to cover up the pimples and scars with foundations and concealers. Unfortunately, many of these products contain ingredients which can actually lead to more breakouts. Consider using Mineral-based foundations.

6. Diet
Make sure your teen is getting a healthy range of fruits and vegetables to help process and flush toxins out of the body. A diet rich on fats and oil are not the best when it comes to getting rid of acne.

7. Change and Wash Bedding Regularly and Towels Too!
Get your teen to wash his or her bedding at least once a week (especially pillows) as the fabrics absorb the oils and bacteria on the skin. As well, ensure your teen dries their face off with fresh, clean towels as not to transfer oils and dirt back onto their face.

8. Avoid Sticky Gel-based Hair Products
Your teen should avoid using sticky, gel-based hair products wherever possible, particularly pomades and oils. When using hairsprays, make sure your teen shields their face or washes off any of the spray right away.

9. Resist The Urge to Pick and Touch
Resist the urge to touch or pick at acne at school and at home. Let your teen’s skin heal naturally. If blackheads or pimples need to be removed, have a professional properly prepare, extract and disinfect the skin reducing inflammation and the potential for scarring.

10. Don’t Let Your Teen Suffer Unnecessarily
Acne can be damaging to anyone’s self-esteem and is particularly difficult for teenagers. A long-term approach will allow your teen’s skin to heal and stay breakout-free without harsh chemicals and irritants.

At Nakota Day Spa, we offer exceptional results to help treat your teen’s acne and give them the confidence they need to excel in school, with their friends and in life. Contact us today for a free skin assessment!

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Often our favorite foods can cause the onset of acne. Studies based on what happens to our food after consumption have shown that eating acidic foods create the perfect environment for breeding ground of bacteria under our skin. Most meats, breads, cheeses, processed foods or foods high in sugars are considered acidic. Most vegetables are considered alkaline such as kale, lemon, all bean sprouts etc. Regardless of the season, meats, breads and baking are our favorite ‘go to’ foods. If one is prone to acne, it is very important to watch and balance your diet with foods that are considered to be alkaline to maintain our body’s Ph level so as to discourage infections under our skin.

While we take control of what we eat, we can also control our acne with the help of Ottawa facials which has ingredients that will be an effective acne treatment. There is always the option to go to the dermatologist, but that is generally a last resort after you have tried everything.

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The OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial NeoBright formula has an active ingredient known as azelaic acid, to control acne breakouts and reduce infections. During the facial azelaic acid, one of the many active ingredients used in the facial, is absorbed by the skin and helps to fight the acne bacteria.

The OxyGeneo facial technology exfoliates infuses and oxygenates all in one treatment and is ideal as an acne treatment in Ottawa. The facial helps by exfoliating the dead skin layers whereby allowing your skin to breath. The infusion via absorption of the NeoBright formula and the resulting oxygenation from within makes the skin an unfriendly place for the acne bacteria. In addition, the Oxygeneo facial does not involve extraction, suction or the vacuuming of skin and as a result it does not leave open pores. Open pores are generally a contributing factor for breakouts after a facial. Getting an Enhanced Ultrasound treatment and a NeoMassage after the OxyGeneo Facial will target the existing acne and/or ones that are not at the surface as yet and close enlarged pores to help with the healing process. The OxyGeneo facial not only helps to correct the acne issues, it also helps to reduce acne scars while helping to renew, revive and rejuvenate your skin at the same time to give it a healthy radiant glow. Multiple treatments maybe required to bring the acne under control.

Why is acne formed?

There are many factors that contribute to acne, such as genetics, hormone imbalance, eating acidic foods, dry skin, picking on acne, facial products that dry out the skin, transfer of hair oils to your face, hair products, touching your face, overcleaning the infected area, overuse of harsh spot treatments and acne products, to name a few. Acne is formed when clogged pores are not able to excrete excess oils causing it to be the perfect place for bacteria to grow, causing an infection. Acne does not discriminate based on age, it is can start during puberty and continue into menopause and beyond!

For some, acne can also leave deep acne scars on the face if treated improperly or if they are ‘picked.’ To avoid acne and/or acne scar, consult a certified OxyGeneo specialist who can provides acne facial treatment that will not dry out your skin, use products that cause acne or leaves open pores through extraction, suction, vacuum or by forcing products into your pores.

Is OxyGeneo the right treatment for acne?

As per experts, OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial NeoBright treatment is an excellent non-invasive treatment to help manage acne. The NeoBright treatment is high in antioxidants, Vitamin C and hydrating products that are vegan, gluten free and animal cruelty free. The science behind the facial ensures that with each treatment the skin is delivered the optimal premium products to address concerns with acne along with other issues such as melesma, photoaging, hyperpigmentation, etc.. The various steps of the full facial; OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial, Enhanced Ultrasound and NeoMassage help to increase oxygen and blood flow to the face whereby improving the body’s ability to fight acne while giving visible results after the first treatment.

The OxyGeneo treatment is performed by a certified skin specialist who is apt in using this latest skin rejuvenation technology and its products that are Health Canada licensed .

Some benefits of an OxyGeneo treatment are:
• Immediate visible results
• Control and treat acne
• Revitalize dull dry skin
• Decrease the appearance of sun damage
• Reduce the damage due to photoaging
• Natural skin oxygenation
• Brightened skin tone
• Lighten skin tone
• Nourishes and hydrates skin
• Reduce wrinkles & fine lines
• Skin firming

Who can undergo the OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial?

The OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial is safe for all skin types. It is a non- invasive treatment and clients experience positive changes after their first treatment. The best part of the facial is that there is no recovery or downtime required and the facial can be done just before a special event to achieve a fresh, bright and youthful appearance.

In conclusion, OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial treatment comes with multiple benefits related to the skin rejuvenation process and correct many skin conditions. Remember, to consult an certified OxyGeneo expert before choosing the service.