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Beauty Product Expiration Dates

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Is my product still working?

For those of you wondering about beauty product expiration dates, we’ve put together some info and tips to follow.

Period After Opening

Beauty product expiration dates are the dates that the cosmetic product must be thrown away regardless of usage.

Now, most of you have probably noticed a little jar symbol usually found on the back of your product container. This is referred to as the “PAO (Period After Opening)”. This symbol represents the number of months (M) before your beauty products expire after opening. For example if the PAO reads 12M, your product is good for twelve months of usage after opening, pretty straight forward. If product is left unopened and does not have a beauty product expiry date, our rule of thumb is triple your PAO, not exceeding three years, for assurance that product to still function at its full capacity and not likely to cause harm.

What about organic products?

Organic or all natural products are a great option. In most cases they do not have any added preservatives, therefore, this may shorten the life of the products. With any of these products you must follow manufacturer recommendation, but in the event there are no printed dates, six months is the recommended product expiry date.

Using products past the expiration dates…

Although we have printed guidelines and recommendations to follow for product expiry dates, always make sure to use your judgment and test the scent, colour, and consistency of your product. If it doesn’t smell, look, or feel right chances are its overgrown with bacteria and/or has gone rancid.

Using expired products can harm your skin by causing irritation, dermatitis, or infections. Some products will naturally settle if left unused for some time and may just require a little stir or shake. If you have used this product in the past you’re aware of how it should perform and its characteristics, and when in doubt toss it out! Some companies will kindly return or exchange the product if found to be off, so don’t be afraid to ask!


  • Store your beauty products in a cool, dry place, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Try storing eye creams and moisturizers in the butter compartment of your fridge. This will keep products cool, stable, and refreshing when applied!
  • Always make sure you’re closing the caps on your hair/body products kept in the shower. Exposure to water will dilute, spoil or alter products. Making them less effective.
  • When possible, choose products that come in pumps or tubes, they hold longer as they are not in contact with open air or skin.
  • If you’re using a potted product use a small spatula or cotton swab to remove products from the jar. The natural oils and bacteria found on our skin can alter or spoil products.

Hope this helps all you products enthusiasts and junkies!

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Special Event Makeup and Hair Packages


Be the Belle of the Ball with Dérmica’s Special Event Makeup and Hair Package

Belle of the ball
[bel –uhv -th uh -bawl]
Noun: the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman among many in a social gathering

Picture this. Edmonton, Canada. The year- 2014. You are awakened by a ray of sunlight shining gently on your face. You look out your window. It’s a winter wonderland!

Today is not a regular day. Tonight is your Christmas Ball! Shimmering as the light glistens on it, you see your gown hanging in your closet, it’s ready to go! Your shoes and accessories are on point!

You drive to your appointment at Dérmica, where you are pampered and prepped to be the Belle of the Ball:
  • Your makeup- flawless
  • Your hair- perfection
  • Your look- COMPLETE
Roll out the red carpet, the Belle of the Ball has arrived! Whether you have your beau on you arm, or have yet to select a Prince Charming, heads will turn!

This holiday season Dérmica wants to help you be the Belle of the Ball! Your ‘Belle of the Ball’ package includes a professional makeup application and hair up-do for $110! This professional package will have you looking flawless and ready for any event during the holidays. Makeup Application also available separately. Book your appointment with Dérmica today! (780) 885 7108

Dérmica wishes everyone this holiday season PEACE, LOVE, & GREAT SKIN!

Eyebrow Correction and Other Services

Eyebrow Correction

Eyebrow Correction can be performed over a series of sculpt or shape appointments, or a single microblading appointment. Through a combination of shapes and sculpts we gradually grow the brows while adding tint to hold the shape and cover up any imperfections until your brows are at their ideal shape.

Eyebrow Enhancement

Dérmica offer 3 esthetics services to enhance your natural brows.

Brow Shaping

The Brow Shape includes a precise shape using your facial measurements, gentle wax application, tweeze, and trim that will leave your brows looking clean and fresh! 

Brow Sculpt

Our brow sculpt is an excellent way to show a fresh face at all times- makeup or no makeup, your brows are ready-to-go.

Going on vacation? Planning to lounge by the pool or on the beach? Look and feel naturally beautiful with a Dérmica Brow Sculpt. Don’t have time to apply your makeup before work? That’s OK!! Your brows are already done! Getting ready for bed? Go ahead and wash your makeup off, our brow sculpt will keep you feeling like a true sleeping beauty ;-)

Brow Lamination

Brow Lamination tames unruly strands by securing the hair in an upward stroke pattern, then setting them into place with a gentle brow perming solution. 

Not sure which brow service is right for you? Try our Brow Quiz.

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Cucumber Tips and Tricks – A MUST READ!

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Cucumber Tips and Tricks: Shared by Dérmica Spa on Whyte

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Just one cucumber contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide energy that can last for hours. Slice some and put in your water bottle.

For a pick me up in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber ;)

Cucumber Curiosities

  • If you rub a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
  • Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!
  • Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
  • Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
  • Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

Cucumbers and Chemistry

  • Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
  • Out of WD40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
  • Stressed out and don’t have time for massage? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
  • Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
  • Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
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Thank you Elena Diaz for sharing these facts!

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