Wednesday, 25 January 2017

PRP Vampire Lift Facial Treatment

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Plasma facial. PRP treatment. Platelet rich plasma skin rejuvenation. Or simply the vampire facial procedure. This beauty treatment is known by many names.

But by these or any other names, this facial treatment is the latest in modern beauty enhancing technology designed to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.

Made famous by Kim Kardashian, the vampire facial uses your own blood to stimulate the collagen and elastin in your skin, leaving it smoother, clearer, and more even.

First, we’ll draw a small amount of blood – less than a tablespoon. Then we’ll isolate the platelets from that blood and activate their inherent healing properties. These properties are usually only triggered when you experience an injury, and they're designed to help your skin heal.

We’ll then inject the platelets into the skin on your face using a very small needle. This allows you to take advantage of the healing properties of your own blood to rejuvenate your skin.

If you’re experiencing uneven skin tones, sagging or bags under your eyes and cheeks, or grey colouration, a vampire facial can help. The treatment works by using platelet-rich plasma, taken from your own blood, and adding it to the skin on your face. The result is flawless, spectacular looking skin that looks and feels fabulous.

Restoring the collagen and elastin in the skin on your face, you’ll walk away looking years younger and with a new glow to your skin you’ve never seen before.

If you’re curious about the vampire facial and would like to know more about whether this unique facial treatment is right for you, contact Jiva Spa Toronto for a free skincare consultation. We’ll help you understand your options based on your unique needs and give you a treatment plan that will bring your skin the best results.

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Princess Facial Dermal Fillers

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Have you ever dreamed about taking your beauty back in time and smoothing away the signs of aging? With Princess®, we offer you the possibility of making it happen – in a natural and safe way. Princess injectable gels are specially developed for simple and non-surgical beauty treatments.

Princess brand injectables are hyaluronic acid-based fillers that replace volume and structure in your face, rejuvenating what was lost through aging or environmental factors. By stimulating collagen production, you’ll walk away with a more youthful look.

Princess products are designed in Austria to be as pure as possible, adhering to the highest safety standards. The result is a gentle, hypoallergenic product of non-animal origin.

You’ll notice an immediate difference after your first treatment with Princess dermal facial fillers.

Here at Jiva Spa Toronto, all Princess treatments are administered by a registered nurse and are available for consultations for all non-surgical enhancements and injectables.

Are Princess Facial Fillers Right For You?

If you’re considering anti-aging solutions, you may be wondering whether Princess dermal facial fillers are the best solution to help you meet your beauty needs. After all, there are many different choices when it comes to medi spa services, some of which may seem similar at first glance.

How do you know where to start?

If so, contact Jiva Spa Toronto today for a consultation. You’ll get a chance to sit down with one of our experienced anti-aging solution specialists and get clarity on how you can best meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

How An Eye Spa Treatment Can Help Get Rid Of Bags Under Your Eyes

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In the morning, we don’t always look our best. Flopping around all night in bed can leave you with wild hair and a smushed face.

Of course, lots of us get the dreaded bags under the eyes as well. This is one of the most common beauty-related issues many people face. But where do these dark circles come from? And what can you do about it? Read on to find out!

(Spoiler alert: an eye spa treatment can help!)

What Causes Bags Under The Eyes?

While some call them dark circles, they aren’t always dark. Sometimes, the area under the eyes is just swollen or puffy. This is a result of fluid or fat building up in that area.

Why is it accumulating there? This is a natural part of the aging process, but it can also be triggered by several environmental causes. This includes a high sodium diet, lack of sleep, and dehydration. If you’re experiencing bags under your eyes, try addressing one of these three factors in your life.

But while these can help, sometimes you need to bring out the big guns. Here are some of the most effective ways to get rid of bags under your eyes.

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Use A Cream

The benefit of under-eye cream is that it’s the least invasive and most accessible way of dealing with this issue. Most women have an evening beauty routine that involves facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers anyway, so it’s not a big deal to add an under-eye cream to the mix.

When choosing a cream, find one that has either caffeine or hyaluronic acid – these creams tend to be more effective.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance your skin naturally manufactures anyway, and is the active ingredient in Juvederm treatments. But more on that later.

What hyaluronic acid does is to act as a cushion and lubricant between the tissues in your body, hydrating and plumping sagging skin. Meanwhile, caffeine helps to tighten skin and drain excess fluids from your body.

Use Tea Bags

You may have heard this one from your mother when you were younger, but it’s just as relevant today as it’s ever been. Placing wet tea bags on your eyes has many benefits.

First of all, they contain caffeine, which as we mentioned above helps tighten your skin and drain excess fluids from the area. But they also have tannins, an organic substance found in many different plant tissues. Tannins are what give dry wines their flavour, but they also help to decrease the swelling in the area and reduce discolouration as well.

If you’re on a tight budget, or have run out of product before you got a chance to replace it, or you got several boxes of tea for Christmas and don’t really drink that much tea, this is an ideal solution. Place the wet teabags in the fridge for about 20 minutes or so to cool them off, then lay one on each eye for about 10-15 minutes. And naturally, caffeinated tea works best here.


Juvederm treatments can be used to help get rid of bags under your eyes as well. While Juvederm treatment is more invasive than a cream or a teabag, it also offers a longer-lasting solution, keeping your eye area youthful looking for up to a full year.

Juvederm can help smooth the contours of the area around your eyes to give it a more youthful appearance. This also has the added benefit of smoothing out crow’s feet and fine lines.

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Jiva Eye Treatment

Our Jiva Eye Treatment is like a mini facial specifically geared toward the area around your eyes. We use a treatment designed to reduce swelling, drain excess fluids from your lymph nodes, and of course cleanse and exfoliate your skin as well.

The result is fresher, more youthful looking eyes which can take years off your appearance.

Questions? Contact Us!

If you’re experiencing bags under your eyes and aren’t sure what to do about it, contact Jiva Spa Toronto. We can help you understand your options and put together a beauty treatment plan that’s right for your skin type and unique needs.

Contact Jiva Spa Toronto today, and take your first step toward a more youthful, healthier face.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

How To Repair Your Thyroid Naturally Through Meditation

You can’t avoid stress in life, from the common, every day sort of stress you experience when, for example, you’re late for work, to the deeper emotional issues from which anxiety and depression can stem.
But no matter what type of stress you’re dealing with, from your cardiovascular system to your brain, you’ll notice some changes in your physiology. One of the most important parts of your body affected by stress is your thyroid.

How Stress Affects The Thyroid

I’ve written about the things that can prevent your thyroid from working at its peak before, including stress.
When you’re feeling stressed out, no matter what the reason, the reaction starts in your stomach. Because your stomach doesn’t produce acid at the rate it normally does when you’re under stress, it won’t absorb nutrients at the rate it should, like selenium and zinc.
And because both selenium and zinc are crucial for thyroid health, you can see why this is bad news.
Your digestive tract also becomes less of a hospitable place for the healthy bacteria, which can start breaking down your intestinal barrier.  This broken down barrier is a major risk for autoimmune diseases, including those that affect the thyroid, like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease.
But more than just holding back the nutrients it needs, stress also interferes with your body’s ability to create the hormones you need for your thyroid to work properly. It also depresses your HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, which interferes with production of TSH, the thyroid stimulating hormone.
And since around 20% of your body’s thyroid hormones come from your digestive tract, the issues there affect your thyroid as well!
In short, stress wreaks havoc on your thyroid!

Does Meditation Help The Thyroid?

Now that you know what stress can do to your thyroid, what can you do about it?
Believe it or not, studies have shown that taking time to meditate can actually help lower the effects stress can have on your body. It also has benefits for other conditions too, like:
Because both ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome are linked to the digestive system, it seems like meditating can have a positive effect on it. And because your digestive tract is so important for protecting you from autoimmune diseases, meditation may help protect you from these as well.
Stress creates cortisol, which can get in your thyroid’s way. But meditation has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which helps you get your thyroid back to where it should be.
So… how do you do it? How do you meditate? It’s not just as simple as sitting quietly, is it?

What Is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness meditation is simply about being in the moment. If you can clear your mind of the past and future, and focus only on the present moment, you’re practicing mindfulness meditation.
Ever since I started practicing mindfulness meditation, I’ve noticed my body has increased its capacity for healing. I’ve noticed my body temperature increase, my sleep improved, and my general demeanor calmer and more relaxed, just by meditating for around 20 minutes a day.
20 minutes a day may sound like a lot of time, but you can work yourself up to that. Start with smaller meditation sessions – even if you meditate for only five minutes a day you can notice a difference!
Five minutes. That’s about the same length as one of your favourite songs, or the amount of time you spend at the coffee shop in the morning. It’s a pretty small time investment for the returns you can experience!
Can you set aside five minutes a day for the sake of your health?

Until next time, this is Dr. Pat Nardini, ND, putting “Your Wellness First!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

So What Is A Medi Spa, Anyway?

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I’ve been asked several times before what the difference is between a regular spa and a medi spa. They seem similar, and often provide similar services.

It can be even more confusing because some spas, like Jiva Spa, are both toronto medi spas and regular day spas. So where does the line between medi spa and day spa fall? And what are the benefits of a medi spa over a regular day spa?

Read on to find out.

What Is A Medi Spa?

A medi spa, med spa, or medical spa, is a spa that operates under the supervision of a medical doctor or other trained healthcare practitioner.

The different services vary, but they are in general considered more in-depth than regular spa services like facials and nail treatments. This means you can get better solutions for discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles, broken capillaries, redness, and other skin conditions than you can from a regular spa.

Most medi spas have a calming, laid back feel to them much like regular day spas. At first, medi spas felt more like a doctor’s office than a spa, but this is no longer the case. At Jiva Spa Toronto, we’ve taken great care to ensure the atmosphere is as relaxing and peaceful as possible.

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Medi Spa Services

You can get a range of different services from a medi spa, each esigned to help you treat a specific condition. Here are just a few of the medi spa services we offer here at Jiva Spa Toronto.

Chemical Glycol Peel

A chemical glycol peel is a facial treatment designed to restore and rejuvenate your skin.

During the process of a chemical glycol peel, a layer of glycolic acid is applied to your skin. This helps shed away the surface layers, largely made up of dead skin cells. A chemical glycol peel can help reduce blotchiness, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, freckles, age spots, and sun damage.

At the same time, it stimulates the creation of new skin cells, giving you healthier looking skin.


Juvederm facial fillers are often seen as an alternative to Botox in that it treats fine lines, deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, and acne scarring. But unlike Botox, Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin. As a result, the odds of an adverse reaction are far lower.

Juvederm helps hydrate your skin and adds volume, while at the same time fills in the imperfections in your skin, leaving you with a more youthful appearance.

IPL Photo Facial

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and it’s one of the most advanced pieces of beauty technology on the market today.

An IPL photo facial, like the name suggests, treats your skin using light pulses to reduce uneven pigmentation, rosacea, acne, age spots, spider veins, sun damage, birthmarks, and other skin imperfections. IPL photo facials generally work best on someone with a naturally light pigment to their skin.

This treatment also has the added bonus of boosting the amount of collagen and elastin in your skin, which gives you a healthier glow and more youthful appearance.


A microdermabrasion treatment serves a similar function to a chemical glycol peel, but uses a different approach.

Like a chemical glycol peel, a microdermabrasion removes the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin to reveal a healthier, more youthful glow underneath. But instead of applying glycolic acid to the skin, a microdermabrasion works using crystals and a vacuum.

The microdermabrasion tool is both a vacuum and a gun – it shoots tiny crystals at the skin on your face, which chip away at the layers of dead skin. From there, the vacuum removes the dead skin as well as the spent crystals, clearing things up.

Despite this, though, a microdermabrasion treatment is considered a safe, routine treatment and the side effects are generally both uncommon and mild.

Find Out More

For more information on these services, as well as other medi spa services from Jiva Spa Toronto, give us a call for a FREE skincare consultation. You’ll get a chance to speak with one of our skincare experts to find out which treatment plan is best for you.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Deep Cleansing Facials From Jiva Spa Toronto: Different Types

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Have you taken a look at all the different deep cleansing facial treatments we have to offer here at Jiva Spa Toronto?

If so, you may be a little confused. With so many different choices, after all, where do you even start? How do you know which facial treatment is the best for your skin type?

It’s with that in mind that we’ve put together this article to help you understand the benefits of each facial treatment we have to offer. Of course, you are always welcome to join us for a skincare consultation. We’ll take some time to better understand your skincare needs and goals, and from there give you a treatment plan designed to meet them.

The Jiva Signature Facial

The Jiva Signature Facial is the most unique of all our facial treatments, and that’s because we tailor it to meet your specific skincare needs. We’ll take the time to better understand what type of skin you have, and from there build a facial which purifies, hydrates, cleanses, and exfoliates.

After all, we put our name on the line with this facial, so it had better be the best!

Sensitized Skin Treatment

Some people have more sensitive skin than others. If you experience red or itchy, dry patches, blemishes, tightness, or a tingling or stinging sensation, you may have sensitive skin. In this case, not just any facial treatment will do.

In fact, those with sensitive skin should avoid certain skin treatments. This is why we built the Sensitized Skin Treatment. It helps control the symptoms of sensitive skin mentioned above, reduces visible blood vessels on the surface, and provides a nice, soothing experience for your skin.

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Deep Hydrating Treatment

While many deal with sensitive skin, dry skin is also a common problem. This is especially the case here in Canada during the winter, when the biting cold whips your skin and sucks out moisture like a vampire.

Others have naturally dry skin all year round, or due to lifestyle habits. But whatever the cause of your dry skin, Jiva Spa Toronto’s Deep Hydrating Treatment can help.

This treatment is designed to restore the moisture reserves in your face in a healthy, natural way. It minimizes cracks, flaking, and other signs of dry skin. At the end of this treatment, you’ll walk away with skin feeling fresh and healthy.

Acne Facial Treatment

We’ve written a lot about adult acne recently. It’s not an easy thing to deal with, especially if you’re a career-oriented person trying to be taken seriously in a dog-eat-dog world. Acne can sap your confidence and self esteem, bringing back negative memories of your awkward high school years.

Our Acne Facial Treatment will help soften the blow of acne. Along with a deep cleansing, your skin will be exfoliated, removing the dead skin flakes which often cause acne. From there, we’ll perform individual extractions on your most problematic areas.

Firming Facial

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

The most fortunate of us get to deal with the problem of sagging, fading skin. But even as we should celebrate each moment we have in life, there is nothing wrong with helping your skin look its healthiest.

Our Firming Facial is an anti-aging facial treatment designed to restore the collagen in your skin. This helps to tighten and firm, reducing the signs of aging. You’ll walk away with a healthier, more youthful appearance than you’ve had in years.

Classic European Facial

When you think of a facial treatment, this is the standard one that comes to mind. It’s ideal for people who don’t have any specific concerns about their skin. They don’t have sensitive skin, dry skin, aging skin, acne, or any of the other issues mentioned above.

Even still, a facial can help anybody improve the look of their skin. So if you have otherwise healthy skin, a Classic European Facial is for you.

Come In And See

If you’re still a little confused, don’t worry! The skincare game is what we do here at Jiva Spa Toronto. We can design for you a skincare treatment plan designed to meet your skin’s unique needs.

Stop in and say hi, or give us a call, and take your first step toward the skin you want.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Adult Acne: Where Does It Come From?

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Dealing with acne is one of the most frustrating beauty-related experiences most adults will face in their daily lives.

It’s something we all hoped we could leave behind in our teenage years along with the Molly Ringwald haircut we copied from our Breakfast Club poster we tore out of Teen Beat magazine.

Most of us hoped that by the time we became adults, we’d have moved past the acne-riddled awkwardness of adolescence and proceed fresh-faced into life in our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and beyond.

Sadly, for many of us, that’s not the case.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. Yikes.

First, let’s find out what causes adult acne. Then we can take a look at some common mistakes which can lead to an increase in acne among adults. Here at Jiva, we offer adult acne spa treatments, but there are other things you can do as well. You’ll walk away with some genuine tips on how to enjoy clearer skin.

What Causes Acne?

One of the most frustrating things about acne is the fact that we don’t fully understand what causes it and how to properly treat it. But here’s what we DO know.

It all starts with your hair follicles. Your hair follicles are connected to an oil gland. These glands secrete oil to help moisturize your hair and, by extension, your skin. When your body produces an excess amount of this oil, it can mix with dead skin cells and create a substance called sebum. They form a plug over your pores, creating the perfect environment for bacteria. And once the bacteria set up shop, the pore becomes inflamed. That’s where your zit comes from.

But while we recognize the mechanism that creates acne, we don’t know much about how to solve the problem for good. What works for one person may not work for others. But here are some of the things people have found to work for them.

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Stress Causes Acne

Depressing, isn’t it? You get stressed out, which creates acne. You look in the mirror and see the acne, which stresses you out even more, causing more acne. It’s a wicked cycle.

Studies have shown a link between stress and acne. If you’re one of the fortunate few who was born with flawless skin and has never had to deal with acne before, however, stress won’t cause you to suddenly break out. And while this is a simplistic answer, reducing the amount of stress you have in your life can go a long way.

Touching Your Face Causes Acne?

Are you sitting at your desk right now with your head leaning against your hand? If so, you’re creating the perfect environment for acne.

Consider this for a moment -your keyboard is one of the dirtiest things in the world. You spend all day typing on it, and I’m sure you don’t clean it too often. You use it whether your hands are clean or dirty. It’s like a doorknob – a cesspool of bacteria.

Your cell phone isn’t much better. After spending all day in your purse, your pocket, or in your dirty hands, you then hold it against your face for 20 minutes having a phone chat.

Excuse me a moment. After writing that, I think I should clean a few things.

…okay I’m back.

So the point is, don’t touch your face if you can avoid it. Your hands are an often overlooked source of new bacteria which can take a free ride onto your face.

Family History

Chances are, if your parents had acne, you’ll have it too.

There’s not much you can do about this one, unfortunately. It’s just the luck of the draw.

Adult Acne Treatments In Toronto

If you’re dealing with adult acne, there is hope. Come to Jiva Spa Toronto for a skin care consultation. We’ll help you find out what is causing your acne, and what the best plan is to treat it.

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