In general, poor foot hygiene is a cause of nail fungus. It is important to cut the toenails and clean underneath regularly. Keeping them long creates unnecessary pressure.
Properly drying your feet is a must. Wiping your feet on the bath mat after your shower or bath is not enough. A proper drying is necessary, especially for overweight people.
Aside from poor hygiene, there are 3 major categories of nail fungus sources:
Tight-fitting shoes create pressure that traumatizes the nail therefore making it vulnerable to infections.
What constitutes an improper pedicure? Examples include reusing of disposable tools, poor cleaning protocols, and cross contamination. The risk of cross contamination is high when a Service Provider jumps between two simultaneous pedicures in order to maximize the number of clients served.
People with healthy, unbroken skin won’t regularly have an issue with improper pedicures. However, someone with unhealthy feet may fall prey to a fungus infection.
Athletes are most likely to develop fungus infections due to the humidity in their shoes. In addition, they often use locker rooms which are known to provide conditions that make fungi thrive (humidity).
In addition to humidity, runners in particular create extra pressure as their feet pound the pavement. This pressure traumatizes the nail therefore making it vulnerable to infections.
Can nail fungus cure itself?
Nail fungus cannot cure itself. A nail fungus can be compared to a parasite. Unless you remove one of the ideal conditions, fungus will continue to thrive. Ideal conditions include humidity, darkness, warm temperature, and nutrients (for example, dirt or dead skin cells).
What happens when left untreated?
There are many reasons to treat a fungal infection aside from the foot not being esthetically pleasing. Firstly, it will cause embarrassing odour. If left untreated long enough it starts to mutate. The fungus starts growing roots under the nails which bury themselves in the nail bed causing it to “pump” itself up. This pumping manifests as thick nails. Once roots starts growing, the fungus can spread to other nails or other people.
Can I wear nail polish if I have a fungal infection?
We recommend that you not apply colour nail polish on an infected toenail. A clear coat is ok, but colours will create an umbrella effect giving the fungi the darkness it needs to thrive. Its like a bug living under a log.
Another reason to refrain from nail polish is to avoid contamination of your nail polish. Once a bottle of polish has been contaminated it can spread to other fingers and people who use your polish.
Do not share socks or shoes.
Sock material- not all socks are made of cotton. Some are made of acrylic/nylon material which are more likely to cause feet to sweat.
Do not wear the same shoes 2 days in a row, especially closed-toed shoes made from material that builds moisture.
Do not wear poor quality shoes. Some shoes are made of plastic and the paint on the shoes is also plastic which causes sweaty feet and bacteria.
Clean and dry feet properly.
Do not cut nails so short that it breaks the seal.
Wear sandals in locker rooms.
Nail Fungus Treatment
There are different levels of nail fungus treatment.
This is something you can do at home. The natural toenail takes one year to replace itself. This is the amount of time it will take to care for your feet with drops.
In an Anti-Fungal Tx, we cut the nail down to a safe point in order to cut and scoop as much fungus out. We then insert soaked therapeutic pads where the fungus was removed. As a result, there is less area for moisture to collect.
Your service provider will provide you with post care to continue to care for your infected nail at home.
Combination skin is best described as oily down the ‘t-zone’ and normal-dry over surrounding regions of the face. The condition of combination skin can vary with fluctuations in routine, diet, climate, stress levels, and age. These shifts can cause combination skin to become rough, dehydrated or oily, and blemished.
Combination skin becomes oilier during the summer months due to the increased humidity and heat. The winter months can bring about a dull complexion, coarse texture, and fine lines. This is mainly due to cold temperatures, and artificial heat exposure from heaters.
So, now that the snow is here to stay – let’s talk winter care for combination skin!
How do you treat combination skin in the winter?
Our favourite treatment for instant results and the perfect level of exfoliation is – dermaplaning!
Dermaplaning removes the superficial layers that build up from sun damage through the summer months. Although tanned skin adds a flattering glow to the complexion, it can leave the skin looking dull and damaged. Clearing away the damaged cells that build up through the summer brightens and evens the overall complexion.
There’s nothing like applying your skincare products to a freshly dermaplaned face. Once the skin is clear of buildup and dull skin, it quickly and effectively absorbs products and active ingredients.
Should my skincare routine change during the winter months?
As with any skin type, it is beneficial to adapt your skin routine to the changing climate throughout the year, this includes product selection. Try our Home Care Selection Guide for Winter Skin Care recommendations.
We highly recommend professional skincare products containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid attracts and maintains hydration to hold 1000 times its weight in water.Even if you drink 8 glasses of water per day, by the time your other organs have taken their share of water, there is very little that actually transmits to the visible layers of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid molecules act like a breathable capsule absorbing and retaining water molecules, thereby, preventing water from leaving your skin through evaporation.
Another benefit of Dérmaplane is the instant and painless removal of fine vellus hair. The precise technique and fine blades allow for precision removal and a smooth finish.
Take it up a notch.
An excellent pairing for Dermaplane is an AHA BOOST. The combination of hydroxy acids applied to the skin amplifies hydration levels by pushing fresh cells to the surface. These fresh cells are at their prime for proper absorption and hydration retention and therefore make your skin look and feel JUICY!
Mark your calendars! Saturday October 30 ONLY- Get a free Brow Shape with your Brow and Lash Tint.
This special is not valid with any other offer/promotion. Please note that your service provider will be taking before and after pictures which may be used for future marketing purposes as a condition of this deal.
Pick up some EyEnvy during your spa visit!
EyEnvy is a vegan lash and brow conditioner that amplifies your natural hair growth. It contains a combination of nutrient rich vitamins and peptides that elevate hydration and nourish the hair shaft.
“My natural lashes have grow so long!”
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EyEnvy Conditioner is great for use on sparse areas of the lash & brow line to help promote new hair growth.
Processing, cleansing, cosmetics, and sun exposure can cause moisture loss which can cause premature colour fading and brittle lashes. The added nutrients in EyEnvy are perfect for post-care as they lock in moisture and extend the life and efficacy of your service!
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Photofacials safely treat major skin conditions, however, there can be potential side effects. When present, certain factors can cause an increased risk of side effects. Examples of contraindications are health conditions, recent treatments, or use of certain products. As a result, we have created an IPL photofacial pretreatment guide for your review before booking online. In addition, your laser technician will conduct a thorough consultation on the day of your treatment.
PLEASE REVIEW THE IPL PHOTOFACIAL PRETREATMENT GUIDELINES BEFORE BOOKING ONLINE.
Check with your physician regarding possible photosensitivity of prescription medications, for instance, phenytoin.
You must not currently be (or have been over the last 12 months) on oral prescription acne medications, for example, Accutane.
Discontinue usage of products containing AHA/BHA/Retin A/Vitamin A on the area being treated 2 weeks prior to procedure.
Wait a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks from last tanning session (artificial or natural). To clarify, darker skin types should wait 6 weeks.
Disorders stimulated by light, for example, epilepsy
Cancer (remission under 2 years)
Use of photosensitive medication and herbs
Active infection of Herpes Simplex in treatment area
Use of anticoagulants
Potential side effects:
Time frame: 45 minutes
Recommended sessions: 4-6 spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
Downtime required: 24 hrs. After that, light makeup can be applied.
PROFESSIONAL SKINCARE AT HOME
In addition to maximizing your treatment, professional products help maintain results. Therefore, we offer 15% OFF all Glo Skin Beauty products in-store with any skincare treatment.
Trends change throughout the years, from the 70’s low-maintenance shag to the 90’s thong-th-thong-thong-thong landing strip. Whether you’re booking waxing or laser hair removal, knowing what to request when making your appointment is important to prevent confusion.
French, s’il vous plait..
French bikini hair removal offers more options for shaping and further removal. Most of the hair is removed from the front leaving a small patch of hair, this includes removal from underside, and excludes the backside. The flattering little v-patch will bring the hairline down 2-3 inches from the bikini line, and give you most coverage at the top and taper neatly into the back. Opt for the symmetrical strip down the centre for a little more coverage. This look will bring the hairline straight down toward the underside, giving you a clean underside.
Contrary to popular belief, the traditional method of Brazilian bikini hair removal does NOT leave you free of all hair below the waist. The traditional method leaves only a small strip down the centre. This look was modeled after the thong bikini bottom worn in Brazil which leaves little to the imagination, but still leaves a “little”. So for you thong sporting ladies, a Brazilian bikini wax will give you the same flexibility with shape and coverage that the French bikini wax offers, but also clears any unwanted strays from the backside leaving you confident from any angle.
Once upon a time in… Hollywood
Who needs hair down there anyway? If this is your motto then opt for Hollywood bikini hair removal and liberate yourself from pubescent hair growth. The name is influenced by the adult industry associated with the provocative nature of the famous city of fast cars, bright lights, fame, and fortune. This method will clear all existing hair from front to bunny tail leaving you G-string ready all around. Many spas will refer to this technique as a Brazilian, so make sure to clarify with your technician.
Come in on Mondays and save 10% on our brow lamination and brow lamination with tint services. Ask your service provider how to save an additional 10% on your service. This brow lamination promo is ongoing and not valid with any other offer or promotion.
Leave your brows to our PROS
If you are a new guest, your Service Provider will ensure the safety of the service by asking you a few questions. Though it is a common esthetics service, there are some contraindications we must review before treating your brows.
Exposure to some perm solutions can cause reactions to sensitive skin such as itching, redness, etc. Therefore, we ask that you avoid exfoliants, retinol, AHA, and BHA on the brows 5 days prior to your appointment.
Tint or no tint?
Adding custom tint to your lamination will enhance your brows in a natural way. We use vegan tints that are made without the use of raw animal materials. If you choose to add tint to your service, be prepared to fall in love with your brows! We use
15% OFF in-store Glo Skin Beauty brow products with ANY brow service!