Long days and harsh winter weather can take its toll on your skin and your mood. I suggest a visit to your favourite spa to ease away the winter blues!
I stopped by Kabuki Spa & Skin Centre recently for a Kabuki essentials facial. The massage techniques they use are unlike any other. They massage down the back, neck, shoulders, face and scalp, and use lifting and firming facial massage techniques as well. By the end, my skin was glowing and I was so relaxed it felt as though all my tension had melted away. I love the Hungarian line of products, Éminence Organic Skin Care, that they use at the spa. The products are made with fresh fruit pulps, plants and spices making them nutrient rich and delicious smelling too. During my visit I chatted with Alexis Fletcher, the owner of Kabuki about natural skincare and what she keeps on her beauty counter.
"Taking the time to relax, self reflect and unwind is paramount to overall health and joy."
What is your philosophy on natural skincare, and how does Kabuki Spa & Skin Centre reflect this?
I believe you are not only what you eat but what you put on your skin, as it absorbs into our bodies and into our blood. Kabuki believes natural skin care is the best answer to maintaining truly healthy, youthful skin. Mother nature provides us with everything we need, so we can treat most skin conditions and concerns using all-natural plant based products. Kabuki offers skin care services and products that are free of chemicals and plastics. We do a lot of research to make sure the product is what it claims, that the ingredients are beneficial and that it works! We also educate people on how to read their cosmetic labels. That way, even if they are not shopping at Kabuki, they can still be confident they are getting what is good for them.
What are the benefits of going to a spa?
Relaxation and stress management are two obvious reasons. But at Kabuki we also believe in education. You are only at the spa for a short period every month, so we want to make sure you are taking care of yourself on a daily basis, in the best possible way. Self care is very important for women and girls.
Looking your best is a big part of the spa experience. We are specially trained in aesthetics so can consult you on what looks good. We find that when you are more relaxed and confident, you look better and feel more able to take on the challenges of the day or week. Taking time to care for yourself, get some loving human contact and relax, is very important in our busy lives.
What would you say are the most crucial components, lifestyle or other, to healthy skin?
You must look at the whole person when treating any skin condition. We believe this is the best way to see a result and ultimately, be happy. Healthy skin is the result of a combination of factors -- from what you eat and drink, to your stress levels, health and lifestyle. And of course, what you put on your skin. At Kabuki we focus on topical skin care, healthy lifestyle and stress management. This is why we offer holistic treatments like Lymph Drainage Massage and Reflexology.
Which of your skincare products do you consider a must-have in in your natural beauty arsenal?
For your face, Eminence Organics Strawberry Dermafoliant. It's made with chickpeas and rice bran and will refine and brighten your skin, shrink pores and make you glow! The Eminence Organics Tinted Moisturizer is a BB cream that has it all -- pro-aging antioxidants, sheer coverage and SPF. You must exfoliate your body at least three time a week, especially in the winter. Shea Terra Organics Volcanic Stone and Sugar Scrub will keep your skin smooth and soft. And mother nature really hit a home run with Shea Terra Organics Body Oils. The luxurious shea butter oil provides your skin with essential fatty acids, nutrients and hydration. For the late night party girl, the 3 in 1 Kaia Bamboo facial cleansing wipes will take off even water-proof mascara. As an added bonus they are ph balanced, good for the skin and bio-degradable.
Which spa treatments do you consider a must in every girl's natural skincare routine?
All of them! You think I'm joking but I'm not. The skin is the largest organ and is so often neglected. But if I had to choose, I would say brow wax, pedicure and facial - every month!
Kabuki Spa & Skin Centre
150 Locke St South