Healthy Cuticles Start with Jessica

Healthy Cuticles Start with Jessica

Jessica Cosmetics CEO Talks Treatments

Founder and CEO of Jessica Cosmetics International, Jessica Vartoughian believes cuticles and fingernails must be cared for and maintained like the skin with a regimen unique to the individual.

Founder and CEO of Jessica Cosmetics International, Jessica Vartoughian believes nails must be cared for and maintained like the skin with a regimen unique to the individual. Sold worldwide, the Jessica product line boasts a wide assortment of treatment products, more than 230 Custom Colors, Phenom, Effects, the GELeration Soak-Off Gel System, Zen Spa Pedicure, and Fusion 2.5.2 Pedicure. NAILS asked Vartoughian for advice about nail treatments.

 

What is your advice to nail techs on how to assess their clients’ nails to know what kind of treatment products would be most beneficial?

Vartoughian: Analyzing your clients’ nails is the cornerstone of my system and a key benefit in keeping lifelong clients. Dry and brittle nails require much needed moisture in a base coat treatment, as well as daily cuticle care. It is essential to massage cuticle creams daily and oils at night. (We always recommend our Nourish Cuticle Crème and Phenomen Oil for healthy nail growth.) Nails that are soft and weak need strengthening agents to help reinforce them. These products should only be used for four to six weeks until the nail condition improves. We offer a complete Nail Analysis Chart that explains the properties of each nail condition and will help you determine nail types and appropriate solutions.

Why do you say that strengtheners should only be used on a limited basis?

Vartoughian: If you choose to only use a strengthening product, this will adversely affect the nails after extended use. The nails will become too hard and strong and eventually break. It is important to be conscious of the products you regularly use and be sure you monitor the nail condition from appointment to appointment.

What sorts of nail treatment products are most helpful for older hands?

Vartoughian: Moisture, moisture, moisture…it’s the key ingredient for the nails, skin, and hair. Choosing base coat treatment products with conditioners and water helps keep the nails flexible and healthy. We have a few products that treat this condition — Rejuvenation Basecoat for Dry Nails, Recovery Basecoat for Brittle Nails, and Bend Don’t Break, which keeps nails strong yet flexible. As I mentioned earlier, cuticle care is just as important; the added conditioning and moisturizing helps feed the matrix and allows for the new nail to grow in healthy.

What about restoring the natural nail after enhancements? What approach is best?

Vartoughian: I have learned over the years that it is best to treat the new nail growing in before removing the enhancements. This allows the client time to adjust during the transition. Sometimes if you remove enhancements entirely before beginning the natural nail restoration, it shocks the client as well as the nail and may take longer. Using our Restoration after acrylic/damaged nail base coat treatment, we treat the new nail growing in while trimming and managing the enhancement. The process should take approximately four weeks.

How have gel-polishes impacted consumers’ treatment needs?

Vartoughian: Gel-polishes have certainly impacted the nail industry and allowed consumers to have a manicure of convenience. I think the biggest impact for the client is everyone offers gel manicures but they don’t necessarily follow the proper protocols to apply and remove them. This causes much more damage to the nail and we are seeing many people shift from gels back to natural nail care. One of the key benefits of our GELeration line is that we come from a place of my natural nail philosophy. It is a gentle gel, but procedures must be followed to ensure damage-free nails.

Do you have an upcoming event? Are your nails in poor condition?

Please remember that your concerns sometimes can not all be addressed with one visit. Your nails may require weeks or even months of treatment prior to an event.

Call and book a manicure at least 3 months prior to your celebration to receive a full hand and nail consultation and treatment plan. 306 – 228 – 2808

Toxins in Your Cosmetics

Toxins…Toxins…Toxins…

TOXINS IN OUR COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID

Toxins are absorbed by the skin by approximately 80%.  This may be from the cosmetics you wear, the lotion you apply to your body, to the hair spray that keeps our locks in place. 

Mineral cosmetics offer natural UV Protection. They are vegan, hypoallergenic, gluten , paraben and talc free, no artificial colors or fragrances.  No animals are used for testing and no toxic dyes.

Toxins are linked to Cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Sunrise Wellness Spa is VERY PROUD to carry the EMINENCE Skin Care and SST Cosmetics TOXIN FREE

Toxin list:

Parabens are used as preservatives. It controls the bacterial and fungal issues.  It can be found in shampoo, makeup, shaving gel, moisturizers, tooth paste, lubricants and in our food.  Parabens have been linked to breast cancer because it acts like estrogen and can help breast cancer cells grow.  Other words to look out for on labels are any word that ends in PARABEN such as ethylparaben.

Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate  is a foaming agent or surfactant.  It can be in bubble bath, lotions or creams used for cleaning.  It may cause cancer, skin and eye irritation.

Sulfates  are used in cosmetics and personal care products.  Check label if your allergic.

Propylene Glycol It is usually in bath products, hair care products, and personal care products.  Low doses is acceptable but high doses can damage your health.  Some may be allergic to it and cause inflamed skin.

1,4-Dioxane is a colorless liquid that produces suds in bubble bath, shampoo, or dish soap to name a few.  It has been banned in some parts of the world because of its possible carcinogenic and cancer causing properties.

Aluminum is in nearly every product on earth.  Food is packaged in in, it’s in our computers, our utensils, to aluminum foil in the kitchen.  In cosmetics it is in deodorant and antiperspirants know as Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum Hydroxide. Also used in some medicines and medical devices.  When in high doses the elements can penetrate the body and block sweat glands which can cause itching, dermatitis or acne.

Phthalates is in body wash, hair care products, colored cosmetics, fragranced lotions. vinyl flooring,  detergents and toys to name a few.  It has been linked to cancer.  The European Union has banned this chemical from its use in cosmetics.

Synthetic Colors  are used in hair dyes, makeup, and lipstick.  A known carcinogen is coal tar which most synthetic colors are made from.  If buying synthetic colors avoid if you can names like urea, diazolidinyl, petrolatum, propylene glycol, paraben and sulfate.  Numbered colors fall into the same category.

Benzalkonium Chloride is an organic salt used in fabric softener and laundry detergent.  In cosmetics it is used in defoliants, anti acne products, anti microbials and emulsifiers.  Shampoo, hand sanitizes, deodorant may also contain it.  It can cause extreme skin irritation and ocular toxicity.  If you are allergic to the chemical it can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.   Could cause impaired vision with long term usage.

Butylated Compounds (BHT, BHA) are preservatives.  They are used in food and cosmetics.  It is found in deodorants, lipsticks, sunscreen and perfume.   Health problems such as organ toxicity and endocrine disruption.   It has been linked to cancer by many health organizations.

Coal Tar is a by-product in a destructive distillation of bituminous coal.  It is in hair dye, soap, dandruff shampoo and some lotions.  Sometimes it is labelled under the name polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, impervotar, estar, benzin B70, KC261.  It has been linked to cancer and organ toxicity. 

Ethanolamine Compounds smells like ammonia.  It is found in hair conditioner, shampoo soap, waxes, mascara, sunscreen, eye shadow, eyeliners and perfumes.  Other names it goes by are monoethanolamine and 2-aminoethanol.  If label checking look for triethanolmine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, DEA-cytel phosphate, lauramide DEA, myristamide DEA, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, and oleamide DEA.  It has been labelled a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

Formaldehyde is used in preventing mold from growing in water based products and spoiling them.  It can be in shampoo, baby soaps, nail polish, nail glue, hair gel and body wash.  It is a colorless gas and strong smelling.  It is also used in building materials.  It is absorbed through the skin and has been linked to several cases of cancer and skin allergies.  Formaldehyde releasers are used as antimicrobial preservatives to extend shelf life. 

Fragrance Chemicals are in perfumes and colognes.  These are usually sprayed on the skin so it is the easiest way for carcinogenic substances to enter the skin. 

Gluten is usually found in grain like wheat, rye, barley or oats. Some people have allergies to it, if so a person may experience diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomach pain, anemia or being extremely tired.  Just because a product is labelled Gluten Free it still may contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein or wheat protein, avena sativa, wheat germ and triticum aestivum.  Don’t be fooled by these names.

Lead is natural to the earth and is in plants soil, water and air.  If exposed for long periods of time it can be harmful to the body.  It may cause certain types of cancer, bone and joint pain, low sperm count, bone marrow damage, kidney damage, different digestive issues to name a few.  It is found in lipstick and makeup.  It can be fatal if used for long periods of time.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) its also called polyoxethylene or polyethylene oxide.  It is found in skin creams, toothpaste or lubricates for personal use and some food.  Some people may be allergic to it. 

Siloxanes  is made from silicon and oxygen and is also called cyclomethicones.  It can be found in  hair products,  antiperspirant, sunscreen, lotions, moisturizers and personal care products.  It is safe in very small doses but could be fatal in large doses.

Sunscreen Chemicals    avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, octisalate, homosalate, and octinozate are in sunscreens.  They reflect the sun’s ultra-violet radiation.  Prolonged usage may be toxic.  Oxybenzone may cause endometriosis in women and a lower sperm count in women.  Using a mineral sunscreen is always best because they contain zinc oxide which creates a barrier between the skin and the sun.

Synthetic Polymers    have thickening and emulsifying properties and are used in cosmetics and personal care products.  They are made in the body naturally but are now made by scientists.  Teflon, polyester, epoxy and polyethylene are synthetic and made from petroleum oil.  Plastic is derived from it. Carbomer and sodium polyacrylate are most common.  They may not be toxic but if they are contaminated by processing they could be toxic.

Toluene  is found in nail polish and hair dyes and is toxic.  It can cause headaches, dizziness and cracked skin if there is direct exposure.  Toluene can cause respiratory complications and reproductive damage if exposed to long periods.  Hair dressers are asked to wear masks when using these products to lower their risk. 

Triclosan  is antifungal and antibacterial which slows bacteria growth .  It is found in shaving cream toothpaste, deodorants, color cosmetics, liquid soap, and whitening products.  There was no evidence found by the Food and Drug Administration that soap with triclosan was better and more effective than plain soap and water.  There has been allergic reactions, disruption to the immune system and hormone disruptor have been reported.

 

 

 

 

 

10 years with Eminence Organic Skin Care

10 Years with Eminence Organic Skin Care in my Spa

In the beginning of my Spa journey, after taking training in Oakland, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico I needed a skin care line to complement my body treatments which focused on European products from the Dead Sea, Moor in Austria and the sea weed off the shores of Britany.

I travelled to Spa Conferences in Banff, Vegas and Vancouver.

There are many products out there. Many products with interesting ingredients. I was searching for an organic product that delivered the results each person was looking for plus the company needed to provide training as well. I saw Boldijarre of Eminence Organic Skin Care arriving late with his few plastic vegetables and his green tent display in 2006. He had the biggest smile and an energetic vibrancy about him. I would meet him again in Vancouver 2007 at the Esthetics Spa International Conference. I once again visited many booths of skin care. I was convinced that Eminence was the product of choice. Conclusion:

  • Eminence is organic, handpicked grown mostly in Hungary
  • Eminence provides research and new products that deliver the results women and men are looking for
  • Eminence provides training – in house and many opportunities to learn more

Sunrise Wellness Spa was the second spa to bring in Eminence Organic Skin Care into Saskatchewan.

Geraldine is in the forefront of this amazing product that is made from Pure Fruits and Vegetables; cold pressed – so as not to disturb the effectiveness of the product. Made in a controlled environment in small batches to preserve the quality. No water is added to the product so all products contain 98% active ingredients.

Eminence sent two of their trainers to help launch Eminence into Unity in March of 2007. JoLynn Desjarlais (my first regional representative) brought two of her helpers and braved our Saskatchewan winter weather to be here to show Eminence to Unity residents. Geraldine brought in the full line of Eminence. Training was readily available for myself and my staff Lucy Koenig, Stacia Ramsay and Stefanie Rehauser.

Geraldine took all of her staff to Regional Training to have firsthand training from the Best of the Best.

Boldijarre – in Calgary 2007

Vancouver, ESI yearly Spa Show and conference to get the latest training Boldijarre had to offer about new products.

Tamara Hughes Regional trainer from Red Deer

Jude Herrera from Hawaii – Red Deer in 2008 and also in Regina in 2016

Natalie Durkin – Lake Tahoe, California and also Regina in 2015

Brian Goodwin – 2010 in Red Deer

Christel Salamon from Churchbridge is our current regional representative and comes to train us and bring us up to date with all that Eminence has to offer in products and incentives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have reforested in Senegal, Africa

Through our Forest for the Future initiative we help over 284 families in Kongheul, Senegal grow sustainable Forest Garden Projects. Through our Forest for the Future initiative we help over 284 families in Kongheul, Senegal grow sustainable Forest Garden Projects.  Through these projects, participating farmers overcome issues that are common in their communities, grow trees to feed their families, create sustainable incomes and nurture the earth.

FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE: OVER 7 MILLION TREES PLANTED
Did you know that Éminence plants a tree for every single retail product sold? That’s given us the opportunity to plant over SEVEN million trees, providing the world with 1.6 billion pounds of oxygen each year – that’s enough oxygen for over one million people to breathe every year AND to offset the carbon emissions from over 40,000 cars every year! Now, this is a “tree-mendous” success in itself, but we’re doing a lot more than simply planting trees…

 

Our Forests for the Future Program, in partnership with the non-profit organization Trees for the Future, helps train farmers in developing countries around the world on how to build productive and sustainable Forest Gardens. Every tree we plant enables the development of these Forest Gardens in rural communities, empowering local people to restore their environment, grow their own food and build a sustainable income and future for themselves, their families and their communities.

 

 

 

 

We thank all our customers for contributing to this initiative which equals 128.5 acres

 

 

 

 

Éminence Kids Launches New Website & Mascot Name

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 Written By:  Jessica Timberlake

Since 2013, the Éminence Kids Foundation has donated organic fruits, vegetables and juices to sick children around the world. Today, we’re proud to announce the next steps in our journey: a beautiful new website and a name for our teddy bear mascot.

Registered as a 501(c) (3) non-profit in the U.S., the Éminence Kids Foundation has served over 31,000 organic meals to seriously ill children to aid in their recovery and long-lasting

health. With the launch of our new website, we can now provide more information as well as accept online donations for the Foundation. We are excited to advance this important cause through this new destination online.

 

The Éminence Kids Foundation, founded by company owners Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay, shares the same beliefs in its mission to donate organic fruit, vegetables and juices to sick children around the world. Not only does the Foundation help children through their recovery, it also educates them about the importance of healthy, organic nutrition as an essential part of their treatment.

 

When we shared the vision of the Éminence Kids Foundation with Wellness Warrior, they saw the act of providing organic nutrition to sick children as a giant step towards accomplishing their mission. Damon from Wellness Warrior further explained his support:

“The simple act of giving when someone is in need is such a beautiful thing–and it is also how the world becomes a better place. I particularly appreciate how the Éminence Kids Foundation is supporting children.… the act of giving children nutritious juice during their recovery goes deeper than the importance of nutrition (though that is a vital part of healing). It becomes an emotional uplift–a way of showing up for people and letting them know that they are cared for, that they are loved and that things can and will get better. We need more of that in the world!”

Boldijarre is working very hard to become the number 1 skin care company in the world.

We at Sunrise Wellness Spa are very proud to bring Unity and district the finest of organic skin care that delivers results that the consumer is looking for. We have in house events with Christel who does the presentation and gives a wealth of knowledge. We have had a Pyjama Party, a Couples night as well as several other events. Watch for our advertising on these upcoming events offering door prizes and purchase deals. We thank Boldijarre for believing in rural communities and allowing his trainers to come to Unity to train us. Continue to share your winning smile where ever you go.

Attend our 10th Anniversary Celebration having Eminence Organic Skin Care in Unity!

Watch Facebook as we advertise daily and make time to stop in Thursday February 9th, Friday, February 10th and Saturday February 11th.

To continue in Boldijarre’ s spirit we are donating $1.00 from each product sold to  “UNITE for a Miracle, a local group organized to give back to Telemiracle so another  family will get the help Jeremy and Cherie Wagner received 9 years ago. A way to Share the love.

My Staff, Verlie Deuchar and Ellie Leidl are knowledgeable with the entire Eminence line in order to assist you. Spend time at the spa and enjoy the transformation.

Gift Shows Lead to New Fall Lines

Gift Shows Lead to New Fall Lines

img_5429The excitement and challenge arises every August for the Alberta Gift Show.

We try to enjoy ourselves during this adventure and are sharing a few pictures with you. Our friends.

img_5446Going to the Alberta Gift Show gives us the opportunity to view new spa products and retail merchandise for the coming season. We get to meet new wholesalers and purchase some of the best products a spa can offer to their clients. We are able to discuss business promotions and shipping costs.

 

fb4Verlie does a great job of organizing our journey though the halls and arranging the new products once they arrive to the Spa.

Come and shop our latest products and keep coming back as new items will be arriving every few weeks.

 

 

Parabens and Laurel Sulfates

Parabens and Laurel Sulfates

Are parabens and phthalates harmful in makeup and lotions? By Jill U. Adams September 1, 2014

Should you worry about the chemicals in your makeup, lotion, shaving cream, soap and shampoo? The answer is maybe…. Why maybe? Because some critics suspect that chemicals such as phthalates and parabens can interfere with the body’s hormones, most notably reproductive hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. The possible health risks could include chronic diseases, cancers and a host of developmental disorders and fertility problems.

Here’s what’s certain: Phthalates and parabens are not inert substances: They have biological activity. In animal studies, for instance, some phthalates act to counter male hormones and disrupt development of male sex organs. Both phthalates and parabens act on estrogen pathways, which in humans have been associated with such varied effects as decreased sperm count, endometriosis and insulin resistance.

Here’s what’s not certain: the level of chemical exposure that might pose a risk to human health and whether even the highest exposures measured in people are a problem.

Scientists continue to study the effects of these endocrine disruptors and have investigated possible links to miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects, deficient sperm, obesity, metabolic disease, bone density and breast cancer. But how much exposure might lead to these health risks simply isn’t known, and scientists cannot ethically conduct tests to directly show such effects.

If a product’s label says phthalate-free or paraben-free, that provides clarity. Otherwise, there’s no way to be sure, says John Meeker, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan. “It could be in there under vague names like ‘fragrances.’ ”

“Fragrance can include dozens, hundreds of chemicals,” Brody says. “Avoiding fragrance is one way you can reduce your exposure.”

Several studies have shown that the more toiletries people use, the more phthalates and parabens end up in their bodies. For instance, a recent study asked 177 pregnant women which personal care products they used and analyzed their urine for evidence of phthalates and parabens. The number of products a woman used correlated with the amount of chemicals found in her urine. Of all the products used, lotions, cosmetics, hair gels and perfumes were the biggest contributors.

A similar study of 337 postpartum women found nearly three times the amount of one particular phthalate in the women who used perfume. Hair spray, nail polish and deodorant use were also identified as contributors.

To avoid these chemicals altogether, what should you do? Meeker says that, if given the option, he’ll choose a phthalate-free or paraben-free product. Brody advises using fragrance-free products. “That gets rid of a whole class of chemicals.”

 

The Products we carry at Sunrise Wellness Spa are Not Tested on Animals.

SST Mineral Makeup – Sharon Sharpe–Titus

Sharon created a sophisticated, high fashion line with a focus on quality ingredients free of harsh chemicals that brings together exceptional colors and elegant textures to help you put your best face forward. SST is a cosmetic brand that has a conscience for the integrity of the skin.

 

Eminence Organic Skin Care

Since our inception in 1958, we have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products.

We believe in providing the best skin care products possible. Our products are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.

We continue to use hand-picked and hand-mixed fresh ingredients to create products that contain potent healing and beautifying properties. Many of these ingredients are combined with pure waters drawn from a thermal hot spring lake containing minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth. 

Our products are handmade without any severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We are proud to use wind energy, geothermal heating and solar power energy in the making of our products.

At Sunrise Wellness Spa we pride ourselves in finding you the finest products. To use products that are Paraben and Sulfate free please read and research what products are used to create your cosmetic line. You have one body. Protect what you are putting into it.