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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Nakota Spa Oxygeneo

Nestled away in Barrhaven lays one of the best kept spa secrets in Ottawa: the OxyGeneo™ Super 3 in 1 Facial at Nakota Spa.

I was invited to experience this bright and serene little spa located at 5 Nakota Way. One of my priorities for spring/summer 2017 is to get my skin in tiptop shape. It suffered a blow after a terrible flu in the late fall for which I’m still recovering. I took one look at my pallid face and quickly accepted the invitation to experience an OxyGeneo™‘s Super 3 in 1 Facial.

I met with Anu, the warm and friendly owner of Nakota Spa. A beautiful lady with enviable skin, she explained that despite being an internal auditor for a Crown corporation, her true passion was skin care (I hear ya, lady). Anu discovered the OxyGeneo™ Super 3 in 1 Facial after trying various other skincare treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels in preparation for her daughter’s wedding. She was amazed at the results: no downtime, soft, firmer skin, diminished fine lines, reduced hyperpigmentation and more. She was sold and opened her own home spa offering OxyGeneo technology. As she told me of the finer details of OxyGeneo™, I couldn’t help but stare at her skin which was glowing. I needed some of that glow too, especially during these winter doldrums.


I was thrilled to learn that this treatment was safe for all skin types and ethnicities. OxyGeneo is particularly great for those who scar easily or suffer from acne and can’t otherwise have abrasion treatments.

After a rundown of the technology and treatment courtesy of Anu, I got comfortable on her heated spa bed, and she prepped my face for the facial.

This facial consists of three treatments:

Treatment 1: The Oxygeneo 3 in1 Super Facial


During the exfoliation process, the upper layer of dead skin cells is removed using a wand with a “capsugen” capsule on the end. After applying the NeoBright gel to my face (see below under “NeoBright”), Anu massaged the wand into my skin to exfoliate as the capsugen capsule reacted with the gel to form carbon dioxide bubbles (see below under “Oxygenation”). This step smooths and renews skin prepping it for active ingredients from the gel. Despite being relatively gentle and lasting only eight minutes, I only lasted four as I’m a wimp (it stung a little). In Nakota Spa’s defense, my skin was a little sensitive already.


While exfoliation was underway, infusion was also in process. All sorts of good ingredients from the gel such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to assist the skin with cell turnover and rejuvenation were being absorbed, resulting in new, radiant skin.


This next step of the facial was my favourite. Carbon dioxide bubbles are formed on the skin’s surface and gently burst, sending oxygen-rich blood flow to the area. This creates greater absorption of the active ingredients. This particular step felt really cool and refreshing!

Treatment 2: Enhanced Ultrasound Infusion

The exfoliation was followed by 12 minutes of warm and soothing enhanced ultrasound infusion. This increases the skin’s ability to absorb the ingredients from the gel. These absorbed ingredients continue to work long after the facial is over. Afterwards, I found that my daily moisturizer absorbed better after this process.

Treatment 3: NeoMassage

Once the exfoliation and ultrasound infusion was over, I was treated to 10 minutes of Neomassage using Infinite Aloe Moisturizing Cream! Now that was the icing on the cake!


Anu used the NeoBright Formula on my skin. NeoBright, a bright yellow gel, contains azelaic acid to even pigmentation and decrease pigment-producing cells. Additionally, it contains kojic acid to lighten hyper pigmentation and brighten skin naturally. Lastly, the gel is loaded with retinol (Vitamin A) to reverse signs of anti-aging. NeoBright is particularly amazing for acne-prone skin. Most clients suffering from acne notice a huge reduction in breakouts after only a few treatments.

Infinite Aloe Gold Moisturizer – a fantastic product carried by Nakota Spa

All-natural deodorant by Under Carriage

Nakota Spa also carries products by Cyberderm

The Results

OxyGeneo™ Technology promises to:

  • Plump skin and hydrate;
  • Restore skin volume;
  • Increase collagen production;
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation;
  • Improve skin cell production; and
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Verdict

The finished product – healthy, glowing skin! Apologies for those wayward eyebrows!

Well, let’s just say that I floated on out of Nakota Spa once the treatment was complete. Not only was I totally relaxed thanks to the super comfy bed with heated sheets, my skin looked AHM-azing!!! My face was noticeably brighter and it was definitely softer. I examined my skin closely in the mirror and everything looked plumped up! It was incredible! I had hyperpigmentation around my mouth from a terrible laser hair removal experience a couple of years ago and the scarring was noticeably lighter after one treatment. I was seriously amazed.

The best part of the treatment is that the effects get better a week afterwards! By the seventh day, little fine lines on my forehead were virtually non-existent, a giant zit scar on my cheek had faded substantially and my skin had never felt softer. That was the exfoliation to end all exfoliations!

Those opting to try the OxyGeneo facial should be aware that sun exposure is NOT recommended directly after this treatment. Stay out of the sun for a few days and apply a good quality sunscreen, available at Nakota Spa, such as Cyberderm daily.

I’m greatly looking forward to my next OxyGeneo™ treatment and checking out other services offered by Anu at Nakota Spa.

Nakota Spa- Location, Hours, Contact Info

Nakota Spa is located at 5 Nakota Way in Barrhaven and is open Thursdays – Fridays, 9am – 9pm and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm. The spa is also open during the rest of the week by appointment only (appointments taken between 9 and 8:00 pm). Book your treatment via the www.nakotaspa.com website under Services or via text (613-761-8704) or e-mail (info@nakotaspa.com). Anu also offers free consultations upon request to determine which treatment is best suited to your needs. See Nakota Spa’s full list of services here.

Nakota Spa is insured and approved by Health Ontario for meeting all health regulation requirements.

Trust me. You really, REALLY want to try the OxyGeneo™ treatment! Here – I’ll make it easy for you. Book a treatment, mention “Style Domination” and you’ll receive a discount of either $75 or $150 based on the service you choose! Enjoy your spa day! You’ll be in lovely hands with Anu!

Spa Packages

Packages: Regular Price Style Domination Promotional Price Savings
Ultra Rejuvenating Facial (3 in 1 Super Facial + NeoMassage + Enhanced Infusion) $225 $150 33.33%
Ultra Rejuvenating (3 in 1 Super Facial + Enhanced Infusion + NeoMassage) and Tripollar Anti-Aging package $425 $275 35.29%
Oxygeneo 3 in 1 Super Facial $125
Rejuvenating 3 in 1 Super Facial (3 in 1 Super Facial + NeoMassage) $175
Tripollar Skin Tightening (non-invasive treatment) $200
Tripollar Skin Tightening (non-invasive treatment) + Neomassage $240


*A huge thank you to Anu of Nakota Spa for the OxyGeneo™ treatment in exchange for my honest review.

Oxygeneo 3-1 super facial skin tightening

As you may have seen on Insta story, I had the pleasure of attending Nakota Spa yesterday for an OxyGeneo 3 in 1 Super Facials & Skin Tightening. For those of you who are not familiar with this type of facial, you get the benefits of microderm, chemical peel and oxygenation in 1 treatment which is why it’s called the 3 in 1 super facial.

OXYGENEO 3 in 1 Facial is inspired by the renowned healing powers of natural hot springs. Hot springs are known for their high concentration of carbon dioxide that helps stimulate oxygenation of the skin.

By simulating this phenomenon, OxyGeneo triggers a body response that sends oxygen to the treated area. At the same time OxyGeneo exfoliates the skin and creates an optimal environment for infusion of essential nutrients both during and after treatment. The OxyGeneo effect saves time by performing all 3 actions simultaneously.

This breakthrough OxyGeneo Technology provides superior anti-aging results by treating the skin at a deeper level. Exfoliate, Infuse, and Oxygenate the way to youthful skin.

There are Two Specialized Formulas which treat specific skin conditions:


SKIN LIGHTENING AND BRIGHTENING TREATMENT – This treatment minimizes the appearance of uneven skin tone and softens the appearance of skin pigmentations. It also decreases the effects of sun damage, and reduces acne in both young adults and those dealing with adult acne.


SKIN REJUVENATION TREATMENT- This treatment tightens and firms, Hydrates and nourishes, revitalizes dull skin, and smoothens appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Ultrasound Enhanced Infusion By adding a 12 minute ultrasound session to the OxyGeneo protocol, you significantly improve the absorption of active ingredients into the skin due to increased cellular metabolism and blood circulation. Using the ultrasound hand piece allows you to improve moisture retention, tighten enlarged pores and relieve “puffiness” around the eyes. The process is safe for all skin types, painless and gentle and can be used on sensitive skin conditions.

Enhanced Ultrasound Infusion achieves:
1. Increased the permeability of the skin
2. Breaking down the long nutrient molecules into shorter ones
3. Actively pushing the nutrient ingredients deep into the
4. skin for even better results

NeoMassage The Neo Massage is in combination with 3 in 1 Super Facial or Tripollar Skin Tightening. It is a 10 minute face massage using the NeoMassage head and The Infinite Aloe Skin Care with the OxyGeneo technology to minimize redness, reduces puffiness, improves blood circulation and increases the infusion of active ingredient to the epidermis layer.

OxyGeneo 3 in 1 facial provides exfoliation benefits of microdermabrasion plus deep facial rejuvenation with the infusion of essential revitalizing nutrients and healing skin oxygenation from within. OxyGeneo treatments are suitable for all skin types – any ethnicity and pigmentation, sensitive skin, and even for those who keloid (scar) and couldn’t otherwise have abrasion treatments.

This is an absolute must have for all skin types. I loved the way my skin felt and looked after everything was done. Nothing beats a good glow! One of the benefits that I personally appreciate is that there is no peeling involved, rather deep exfoliation to remove dead skin after the application of the gels. Another benefit that I experienced was that there is no invasive vacuuming or forced infusion into the pores like Microdermobrasion, instead, this treatment works with the skins natural process.

Key Treatment Benefits of OxyGeneo
» 3 in 1 ideal facial treatment
» Suitable for all skin tones
» Deep exfoliation and skin tone brightening, delivering a radiant, glowing and firmed complexion
» Oxygen Therapy for cellular improvement
» Innovative patented oxygenation technology and approach
» Fast and effective treatment for special events
» Natural skin oxygenation on a regular basis results in long lasting results
» Personalized and single-use components for maximum hygiene
» Ideal as both a both a stand-alone skin revitalization treatment and integrated into other aesthetic regimens

Now that you guys know a little more about The Oxygeneo 3 in 1 super facial, lets talk skin tightening!

The TriPollar skin tightening provides an effective, painless, non-invasive skin tightening for the face and neck. Benefit and results include face lifting, smoothing the jaw line, sagging skin, treating wrinkles and fine lines, and smoothing the skin on the neck. TriPollar treatments give the skin a fresh, tight, rejuvenated appearance.

Application of the TriPollar Preparation Gel prepares the skin for the transfer of TriPollar energy and is used for maximum effectiveness and best results. The energy heats the skin’s fibroblast which causes the collagen fibers to contract inducing immediate skin tightening. TriPollar RF energy also stimulates natural collagen regeneration resulting in substantial improvement in the appearance of wrinkles.

What is most amazing about this treatment is that you get to see instant results! It is the perfect procedure for brides or anyone with a special occasion. I absolutely love the way my skin looks and feels and would highly recommend this to anyone who feels their skin might need a pick me up. It is effective, non invasive and IT WORKS!

USE PROMO CODE: StyledByTara at the time of appointment to receive $75 off the Ultra-rejuvenating Facial Package; Oxygeneo + Enhanced Ultrasound infusion+ Neo Massage Regular at $225 for $150


$150 off the Ultra-rejuvenating facial and anti-aging package Regular at $425 for $275.

Please note: The facials are completed with the application of Cyber Derm sunscreen which can also be purchased at Nakota Spa.

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As per popular requests and interest from you guys, I have made a separate blog post about the Beauty Supplements you saw on Insta story while I was at Nakota Spa.

The pink coloured cocktail that you guys were asking about is a blend of a few key ingredients that will optimize your health, energy levels as well as skin appearance to say the least.

The ingredients which can all be purchased at Nakota Spa included:
1. Isotonix OPC 3 Beauty blend that helps boos collagen in the skin
2. Isotonix Vitamin C
3. Aloe juice which helps fight infections and cleanses the body

I was beyond thrilled that something that is so beneficial actually tasted that good. I will definitely be making this cocktail as part of my everyday ritual.

Here are a few other products I highly recommend to achieve healthy and beautiful skin. All products can be purchased from Nakota Spa!

H20 Hydration is a fantastic daily moisturizer and anti-aging product that should be applied before your Sin WhipTM or during the evening as part of your night time regimen. H20 Hydration provides calming relief from the day’s stress and has great anti -aging benefits! This olive based moisturizer mimics the skin’s own barrier allowing its active ingredients to penetrate deeply.

Emblica Light and Bright (also known as Indian Gooseberry) is a rich poluyphenol that helps to correct the appearance of skin discolouration. When combined with the anti oxidant tumeric, these 2 Indian staples provide brightening for any skin type.

Every morning Sun Whip SPF 25 This is a sunscreen with a cashmere matte finish that can be applied to the face, neck, chest and hands daily. Provides protection against UVB and UVA rays. I don’t think I need to discuss the importance of sunscreen (hopefully we are all aware of its significance.

Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30 For those looking for a pure, physical sunscreen, the simply zinc Sun Whip will change how you view zinc oxide sunscreens. This is perfect for those looking for a richer, more hydrating sunscreen with only certified organic zinc oxide as its active ingredient. This is also fantastic for additional anti-aging benefits as well as for those with sensitive skin or pigmentation issues.

Exfoliant Reveal As we age or are exposed to the damaging sun or pollutants, intracellular glue causes surface cells to stick together. These dead cells sit on the top layer of living cells. This product is made of 8% glycolic acid that is effective at helping to unglue these cells and expose the new living cells below. It can be used as a weeklu treatment or if used alone daily, dull, rough, or dry skin becomes smoother, softer and begins to glow. Also great for mild acne.

PM Anti-Age is a serum-like lotion that slips into skin almost immediately. It is designed to address the diverse ways that our skin ages, giving a perfectly tailored approach for anyone concerned with treating and preventing the signs of aging. The active component of Turmeric at a concentration of 2% gives noticeably brighter skin- typically within 1-2 weeks of use. The active ingredient Renovage TM improves skin cellular functioning and works to increase the life span of crucial fibers like elastin and collagen. This is you go to for brighter, smoother and more hydrated skin.

Nu- Shroom Hydrafill Serum This lightweight serum helps slip into skin for deep and immediate hydration. This blend has been hand picked from natural actives from around the world designed to target dry skin.

Thank you all for your interest in my beauty adventure yesterday and I hope that I answered all of your questions regarding the Oxygeneo 3 in 1 Super facial and skin tightening treatment and the products.

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USE PROMO CODE: StyledByTara at the time of appointment to receive $75 off the Ultra-rejuvenating Facial Package; Oxygeneo + Enhanced Ultrasound infusion+ Neo Massage Regular at $225 for $150


$150 off the Ultra-rejuvenating facial and anti-aging package Regular at $425 for $275.

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