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Leave It Alone

For many of us, our teenage years weren’t exactly the best time for our skin. Wild hormones and a lack of skincare knowledge lead to all sorts of issues, one of the most common being acne. For some, those days are far behind and acne has gone with it. But, for others, those spots have left their mark in the form of scarring that can last years beyond high school. Thankfully, Biologique Recherche has products tailored for this particular issue, so you can finally say farewell to acne scars for good.
Serum Placenta is a repairing serum that not only heals post-acne scarring, but also soothes breakouts. It also restores suppleness and tone to your skin, giving Serum Placenta an anti-aging effect. And, if that’s not enough, it can also be used to lighten dark circles under the eyes and pigment spots. If your skin needs intensive healing, then add Serum Placenta to your regimen!
A great companion to this serum is Lotion P50 PIGM400. This version of P50 is specifically made to deal with pigmentation dark spots, such as those caused by acne scars. It is also less acidic than regular Lotion P50, making it suitable for sensitive skin as well. Lotion P50 PIGM 400 is invaluable when you need to even out your complexion.
Creme aux Acides de Fruits is yet another great combatant against acne scars. This cream works by brightening your complexion, reducing the appearance of acne scars and other forms of hyper-pigmentation. It also works to revitalize stressed and dull complexions with its natural moisturizing properties, leaving your skin soft and smooth.With Serum Placenta’s intensive healing, Lotion P50 PIGM400’s intense, but gentle, targeting of dark spots, and Creme aux Acides de Fruits’ brightening and revitalizing properties, acne scars can be a thing of the past and stay there for good. Whether the scarring may be from your school days many, many years ago or recently, all of these products can help restore your skin and keep it acne free.
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Eat Your Water

While some people may not realize it, hydration is an essential part of skincare. And while moisturizing the outside of your skin is a step in the right direction, keeping your entire body hydrated also plays a key factor in skin health. However, there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about how much water you should drink. Is it eight 8oz glasses? 2 liters? Or 37 glasses a day, as one football player suggested?

The truth is, it’s most likely none of these statistics will apply to any of us. 37 glasses would drown most of us, and even the eight 8oz glasses is a bit much. While our bodies do need water to survive, they can only process so much at once. In normal conditions, your kidneys can only process around ¼-½ a liter of water an hour. Drink over this amount, and your body will only absorb what it needs and simply flush out the rest, leaving you with no extra benefits.

So, what’s the best way to get your water? Eat it. Fruits and vegetables provide the hydration you need, but it isn’t processed all at once. Instead, as your food is digested, it’s slowly released into your system and you’re less likely to just flush water out. Along with getting healthy vitamins and fiber, you will also have a glowing complexion, thanks to your skin being able to retain the right amount of water.

 

Instead of carrying around a gallon jug and painstakingly forcing yourself to drink, reconsider how much water your body needs. Drink it, or eat it, in healthy ways, and your skin will thank you for it.

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Is It a Luxury or Necessity?

How often do you get a professional facial treatment and do you see it as pampering? When it comes to our bodies, we consider our health a necessity. Eating healthy food, going to the doctor when we are sick, and making sure everything is in working order is rightfully considered a requirement for good health.

However, when it comes to our skin, doing anything for it is merely considered a luxury. Despite being our body’s largest organ, caring for it is seen as pampering rather than a necessity, unlike what we do for the rest of ourselves.
Beyond the cosmetic applications of skincare, there are medical reasons for your regular visits to the spa.

First off, keeping your skin properly cleaned and balanced can prevent painful and unsightly problems in the future. The pollution we expose ourselves to daily builds up over time and eventually leads to the formation of pimples, cysts, and thinned skin. Taking the time to cleanse your skin every day will prevent these problems down the line.

 

 

Another glaring problem prevented by proper skincare is sun damage. Sun spots are unsightly, sure, but the bigger issue with it is skin cancer. On sunny days, protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is a must, and a gentle sunscreen comes highly recommended.

While your spa day doesn’t have to be as serious as a doctor’s appointment, it shouldn’t be seen as frivolous pampering. Instead, see it as a form of care that your body needs. Healthy skin is a part of a healthy you!

 

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If You’ve Got It, Haunt It

With Halloween just around the corner, you may be thinking about ways to keep your skin from looking ghastly when the night comes to a close. Save the tricks this year, and start treating your skin with these tips and recommendations from Toska Spa.

At the end of the night, we all know you’re going to reach for that bowl of leftover candy. Don’t worry- this is a judgement free zone. However, keep in mind that consuming excess sugar can break down the collagen in your skin in a process known as glycation. As collagen makes up about 70% of protein in our skin, a damage to this network of proteins can spell problems for your skin, such as a decrease in elasticity, a less toned appearance, and fragility. Thankfully, Serum A-Glyca protects against glycation by protecting the proteins within the skin’s structure. Add this handy little potion to your regimen before sneaking some chocolate!
Makeup is a companion to many of us, and there certainly is no shortage of it this season. If this year’s costume calls for face paint, powders, or anything of the sort, then be sure to add Eau Micellaire Biosensible and Demaquillante pour les Yeux to your regimen. Eau Micellaire Biosensible is a gentle, moisturising formula that helps remove dirt, makeup, and pollution from your skin. What’s better is that it also soothes irritated skin and has a gentle toning effect. Demaquillante pour les Yeux is a delicate makeup remover specifically for the eyes. It effectively dissolves makeup, leaving it easy to wipe away within seconds (yes, even the waterproof kind!). These two cleansers working together will leave your skin feeling refreshed, even after a grisly night.
With the holiday season rolling in, don’t forget that the dry, cold air it brings can have adverse effects on your skin. Freezing temperatures and low humidity can cause your skin to become dehydrated, damage the lipidic barrier, and can leave you with a dull complexion. Creme VG Derm counteracts the damages caused by the fall and winter chill by hydrating your skin, restoring the lipidic barrier, and revitalizing dull, dry skin.
As the hot, humid days of summer get further and further away, remember that this time of year can also be tough on your skin. Save your complexion from looking ghoulish this season with BR, and stay tuned for more Toska Tips next time!
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Fall into Flawless Skin

Leaves are changing, the temperature is chilling and your skin is in need of a major reboot. As the season changes so should your skincare regimen. With summertime officially over, this time of the year is a wonderful time to treat these sun spots. Correcting pigmentation and brightening the skin should be your number one focus this fall. 

Switch up your P50 to the Lotion P50 PIGM 400 this fall. While still having the exfoliating factor, removing impurities and balancing the skin’s pH; this version regulates melanin synthesis. It illuminates the skin while treating hyper-pigmentation. This best-selling product is even safe for my most sensitive clients. 

Brighten your complexion with Masque VIP O2. This masque contains oxygenating properties that hydrates the skin and allows the skin to breathe. The white clay lightens pigmentation spots and reduces dark circles. Apply a thin layer all over the face, neck and décolleté three times a week to get the best results. 

All of Biologique Recherche’s serums are highly concentrated and essential for all regimens. Serum PIGM 400 is a must to go along with the other PIGM 400 products. This powerful serum acts on four stages of pigmentation, giving your discoloration a kick goodbye. 

Serum Oligo-Protéines Marines will bring your skin back to life. This energizing serum revives, stimulates and brightens the skin. It awakens the skin and is perfect for anyone dealing with dullness. I love this serum because it is so versatile. You can even apply this serum under the eyes to treat dark circles! 

Creme PIGM 400 is composed of five active ingredients to brighten and create an immediate whitening action when applied. Not only does this product treat existing spots but it also prevents new spots from forming. This is a treatment creme so make sure to mix it in with your favorite creme and watch those pesky spots disappear. 

The combination of these products will give you your best complexion yet. So watch your skin fall into perfection this season and we’ll see you next time for more Toska Tips. Happy Fall everyone! 

 
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Don’t Sweat It

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Break Up with Breaking Out

Acne can destroy your confidence. I’ve had clients come to me and not even want to leave their house or look in the mirror because of their acne. Today, we are creating a skincare plan to give you flawless skin and your confidence back. 

There are several different factors that cause acne. Hormones, sweat, stress and cosmetics are among some of the most common. Pay attention to what’s going on in your life to establish what could be causing it and use the products below to get the best skin of your life. 

Let’s talk the right cleanser. It is not an one size fits all. The first thing you need to determine is if you lean more towards the oily or dry side. If you are unsure, you can always stop in to get a skin diagnosis using our Skin Instant® Lab to determine your skin type. If you are on the oily side, Lait U is the best cleanser for you. It removes impurities without leaving an oily film on the skin. Now if you tend to be more dry or dull, Lait VIP O2 is the best option for you. This cleanser brightens, calms, re-balances and hydrates the skin. 

When dealing with breakouts, your P50 needs to be a 1970’s version to help clear and control the acne. P50 exfoliates, tones and fortifies the skin; essential for all skin. Now when it comes to acne, use the P50V 1970. This version purifies and controls sebum production, giving you the clearest skin possible. 

Adding in a booster is great for fighting blemishes. Lotion MC 110 gives your imperfections a kick goodbye while plumping your skin to look lifted and youthful. Take a cotton round with MC 110, wrap it around your finger and use an upward flicking motion to apply this product. This specific motion lifts the skin to give you the best results with this product. 

Masque VIP O2 is packed with endless benefits. This masque contains white clay to help purify the skin and lighten any discoloration from scarring. Blemishes cause redness; this product calms and soothes the redness, unifying your complexion. The oxygen properties give your skin a brightened glow. Use this masque 3-4 times a week for 20 minutes for best results. 

For serums, there are three that you will need to clear and heal the skin. The first one is the Complexe Iribiol. Rich in ingredients such as zinc and bioflavonoids, this serum prevents, slows and heals imperfections. This product also regulates oil production and tightens pores. This serum can be applies all over the skin or it can be used as a spot treatment.

Dermopore is the second must have serum. This serum prevents blemishes from forming while tightening pores. Dermopore is great for those pesky blackheads on your nose. Use consistently and watch your pores shrink!

The third serum you’ll need is Placenta. With acne comes scarring and this serum heals these stubborn marks. Placenta restores and reconstructs the skin to heals the skin so no one knows acne was ever an issue. 

Many of my clients dealing with acne skip moisturizing which is a big mistake! Skipping this important step can cause your skin to break out even more. When your skin is dehydrated, it screams, “I need moisture.” When this occurs, the skin’s natural defense is to moisture itself by producing oil causing more blemishes. Creme Dermopurifante is perfect for anyone who is acne prone. This creme contains antibacterial properties that help clear and regulate the skin. This creme is great for calming and soothing any redness that comes along with the acne as well.

Finishing serums are essential for all skin types. You don’t want to apply all these amazing products only for external factors to break them down. Finishing serums lock in all your products and give your skin the beautiful glow that everyone wants. Specifically for acne, Fluide VIP O2 is what I always recommend. It clears and soothes imperfections and increases the oxygen on the skin’s surface to brighten your complexion. 

So let us clear you up to cheer you up. Be sure to stay updated with spa news on our Instagram and we’ll see you next week for Toska Tips.

 

 

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What The Neck?

Many of my clients have been concerned with fine lines and sagging skin on their neck and décolleté. Taking proper care of your skin doesn’t just mean your face. Your skincare products are intended to be used on the face, neck and décolleté. However, I often see my clients neglecting some of these areas.

Several factors can cause this issue. Some of you may have heard of “tech neck.”  Tech neck is caused by looking down at a phone or computer screen, which results in fine lines and wrinkles on the neck. Another problem area is the center of chest. When you sleep on your side, the skin is pressed into a position that creates wrinkles. Sun exposure is always a factor in wrinkles. The sun breaks down the collagen in your skin causing it to age at a faster speed. No matter what is causing your issue, we know just how to fix it. 

Treating your neck and décolleté is just as important as treating your face; hence, we treat those areas during a treatment as well. Always extend your products down onto the neck and décolleté. Use your cleansing milk and P50 just as you would on your face. Following this, here are some products to help tone these areas. 

Creme Masque Biofixine is one of my favorites to tone the skin. Packed with antioxidants, it reduces wrinkles and prevents visible signs of aging. Use this masque at least 3-4 times a week for best results. 

VG Tensil tightens the supportive tissues and stimulates regeneration. The peptides and amino acids in this product tones and prevents future loss of tone in the skin. Use this serum first by itself, followed by your other serums for best results. 

Serum 3R is like Botox in a bottle. It stands for renewing, regenerating and repairing. This product exfoliates and repairs the DNA to strengthen the firmness of the skin. On top of all the anti-aging properties, Serum 3R hydrates, fights free radicals and contains anti- inflammatory agents. 

Serum Matriciel is a must for anyone lacking tone on the body. This product improves the elasticity and firmness in the skin. I love this product for fine lines in the center of the chest. Matriciel works in three layers of the skin, filling out any type of fine lines or imperfections on the body. 

Creme Metamorphique restructures the skin’s cells, giving sagging skin definition and a lifted look. Rich in active ingredients, this product redefines the contour of the skin. After applying your serums, apply this creme in an upward motion to promote lifting of the skin. 

With the combination of these products, your neck and décolleté will be ageless just like your face. So let your driver’s license give away your age and not your skin. Tune in next week for more Toska Tips.

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Get That Glow From Head To Toe

The summer is a crazy time for your skin. From going to the beach to sweating every time you walk out the door, your skin goes through a lot. You may think you’re doing a great job with your skin by keeping up with your professional treatments and staying consistent with your home regimen but what about your body? You want perfect skin all over, not just your face. Body treatments are a must every month just like your facial treatments and what better time to start after your skin has gone through so much this summer. 

Like any treatment we do, we will customize it to fit your needs. Whether you’re having trouble with cellulite, restless legs, or just need a really good exfoliation; we’ll focus on the areas you’re most concerned about.

We start off our body treatments with Lotion P50 Corps. P50 is not just for your face; your whole body needs a proper exfoliation. Not only does the P50 Corps remove dead skin cells but it also purifies, balances, and protects the epidermis. The gloves that we use in this treatment are designed to specifically treat and stimulate the skin; perfect for removing any dead cells and stimulating cellulite. 

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After the P50 Corps, we go in with the Gommage P50 Corps to give the skin an extra exfoliation. Dead skin cell buildup can be difficult to break down, especially around the knees and elbows. This product removes that buildup and optimizes cell renewal to reveal a more radiant appearance. The Gommage also properly prepares the skin for the products applied after to give you the most out of your products.

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If you’re dealing with loss of elasticity and firmness is certain areas, Serum Matriciel for the body helps to refine the skin’s texture by firming, plumping, and moisturizing.  This serum penetrates deep with its active ingredients to firm and improve circulation in areas of concern.

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Lastly, we finish the treatment with Emulsion Originelle Regenerante Corps which restores and hydrates the skin. This product is like a cocoon for your skin, protecting against harsh weather like wind and locking in replenishing factors that your skin needs. 

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We offer a variety of body products at the spa so you can customize your body routine at home, just like your skincare routine. To maintain the results you get with the treatment, you have to incorporate these products into your daily routine.

Emulsion Mains PIGM 400 is one my favorite products. Your hands are a big giveaway of your age. This cream deeply moisturizes your hands while toning and treating any dark spots. 

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Creme R-Stria is essential for anyone dealing with red stretch marks. For white stretch marks, we have Creme B-Stria. These creams not only correct existing stretch marks but will prevent new ones from forming by stimulating growth of new collegen and elastine. For all my expecting and post baby clients, you will love this product!

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Huile Benefique is one of our most versatile products. It can serve as a body, hair and/or face oil. This dry oil leaves your skin silky smooth and glowing without the greasy feeling. Many people lighten their hair during the summer and this oil is perfect for replenishing your hair back to a glossy look. 

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So schedule your body treatment now and let us get all your skin glowing like your face. We’ll see you next week for more exciting Toska Tips. 

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