How Poor Sleep Is Ruining Your Skin

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When you think of skincare, you often think of products, maybe if you’re a holistic thinker, vitamins and nutrition…but not usually a commitment to more sleep. Well, a good night’s rest is important for healthy skin. In my experience, when treating acne, rosacea and (especially) premature aging, looking at sleep is essential. Sleep and The Skin Proper sleep is needed to healing and repair the heart and blood vessels. In fact, chronic sleep deficiency increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, …

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Emotional Detox: Raw Cacao Dance Ceremony

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I’m an open-minded person but not a particularly open-hearted one. I am not talking about meanness, I think I’m nice enough, I’m talking about emotional freedom. When I’m faced with an unfamiliar, unplanned situation or one that makes me feel vulnerable – I don’t much like it. My therapist once ask me to scream and hit a punching bag and all I could get out my a weak slap and my best effort at a growl. This is what I have come to Thailand this …

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Serenity Now in Koh Phangan: Confessions of a Control Freak

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I’ve been called a “control freak”. I prefer “person with a low tolerance for uncertainty” but you get the point. However, on our trip to Koh Phangan, Thailand, I decided to undertake an exercise to challenge this part of me. I’m not going to plan anything. No hotel bookings, no activity scheduling not even the area we would scope out. This, of course, is terrifying but after much contemplation, I’ve realized my years of managing Pure + Simple Spas (orchestrating calm for others) has led …

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How Stress Wreaks Havoc On Our Skin

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Its the holiday season and as wonderful as it is, it can be stressful. Between cooking up delicious feasts and marathon gift shopping its enough to get the heart going! In my experience of treating skin for over a decade, I know that stress deeply affects our skin. This is a two way relationship: while our skin controls our bodies’ stress response through its receptors, the stress response also effects our skin. This can trigger sensitivity, acne, skin aging and disease. Stress and skin? The …

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Bota Bota, Spa On A Boat Review

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This summer I have been going for more than my share of leisurely soaks. After just coming back from bathing in Bath, UK itself I found myself heading to Bota Bota – a bathing water circuit in Montreal’s Old Port on a boat. Yep, a spa on a boat – is there anything more relaxing than that? Well…yea, there is but its not because of a lack of fresh sea air and beautiful atmosphere at Bota Bota. But before I get into the actual review …

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Bathing In Bath, Britain’s Only Thermal Spa

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When a city is known for its soaking cred, I know I have to go there. I’m a bit of a bathing enthusiast having waded my way through Japanese onsens, Moroccan hamams, and of course our very own Canadian hot springs but I think that the one wearing the actual Bath name may be the most mesmerizing. Thermae Bath Spa, the piece de la resistance of modern bath (IMO) is steeped in history as well as modern luxury. I was in a tizzy of relaxation …

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Retreat Review: The Sanctuary Koh Phangan, Thailand

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I’m writing this on a quiet beach in Koh Phanang, Thailand.  While this island is famous for its thumping Full Moon parties, this beach is known more for its detox centres than body paint and drinking out of buckets (Google “Full Moon Party” for details).  Still, it’s not the complete antithesis.  Its 8am in the morning and as I write this I notice a man covered in tattoos stretch out in morning asanas while a group of sweaty party-goers wait for a boat taxi.  They …

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