What you need to know about Sunscreen

What do you know about Sunscreen?

After doing a deep dive into researching for a sunscreen brand to carry, I have to say – I knew very little.
Chemical Sunscreens often contain ingredients that are not only harmful to humans, but also, unsurprisingly, to aquatic life and coral reels as well. Many countries around the world have banned sunscreens containing a list of common chemical sun filters in order to prevent further damage.

This is what you need to look for when purchasing a protective and safe Sunscreen. Look for these words on the box:
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection: UVA rays gives you wrinkles, UVB rays gives you a sunburn.
  • Mineral/Natural or Physical: This means it’s made from natural products and does not harm you or the environment. Example; Zinc Oxide or Titanium dioxide as the active ingredients that reflect the sun.
  • Water Resistant: This means it will not come off in water for a certain length of time or mix with your sweat to sting our eyes.
  • Expiry Date: With natural ingredients there MUST be an expiry date.
  • SPF #: This is the percentage of UVB rays that get blocked:
            • SPF 15 blocks 94%
            • SPF 30 blocks 97%
            • SPF 50 blocks 98%
You still have to reapply all the levels after 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. You must use 2 tablespoons of sunscreen product on each application to be protected.

No sunscreen protects you from 100% of the sun’s rays, so it’s important to plan your clothing, hats and other barriers carefully..
You don’t always need Sunscreen for the body and you can purchase for Face & Neck only.
Also look for sunscreen in your makeup. This has a dual purpose that is very handy. If you are using our Jane Iredale BB Cream, it has SPF 25, our Amazing Base & PurePressed Base has SPF 20 and our Dry Sunscreen has SPF 30.

We’ve got you covered!

Pro Tip: Protect the backs of your hands by putting BB Cream, Amazing Base or PurePressed Base on the back of your hand when you are getting ready in the morning.

“Touch Therapy”

I just returned from the “Leading Spas of Canada” conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  At the Conference we heard about trends and other related changes in our industry.  We heard how the Pandemic has affected our client’s Mental Health and that they are looking for new ways to take care of themselves. The big trend is WELLNESS.  People now perceive their visit to the spa as looking after their overall wellness, compared to before the pandemic when the word they used was “pampering”. Clients see their spa visit as ‘self-care’ and have no guilt in booking an appointment. Their well-being is worth it.

Touch Therapy is now being recognized as Health Care Excellence for Mental Health Support.

With these new trends in mind, you are going to see new “Touch Therapy” services in the future. A great way to add that Touch Therapy?  Add a 30 minute relaxation massage to your waxing.  A little WOO! and then AHH!

WaySpa Gift Card will no Longer be Redeemed

Spa Sedona will no longer be accepting WaySpa gift cards. Please see our “Monthly Specials” page for discounted Packages and Facial for this month.

Our Gift Cards can be purchased online or at the Spa, gift wrapped and a special free gift is included.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Client Appreciation Day June 15th, 2022

This June we really do have a lot to celebrate beside the beautiful weather and Father’s Day.  We can actually see Dad; the kids can now celebrate their Graduations and Proms; we can travel again; have family gatherings; go on trip to friend’s cottage; day trips; weddings; sporting events.  Like the Joni Mitchell song says, “You don’t know what you’re got until it’s gone.”  

We do really appreciate being fully open again and see all your beautiful faces again.  We are back to full staff again to serve you. Our locker rooms are open and our snacks and tea are ready for you.

To celebrate being back together again, please join us for your Client Appreciation Day June 15th.

Grand Opening June 15th 2006

 

The Customer Experience 2022

When I started Spa Sedona almost 16 years ago it was all about the customer experience.  That had always been my passion, the customer experience.  How did the experience make me feel, in a store, hotel, restaurant or even on the phone?  Did I walk away going “Wow, that was a great customer experience”.  Or was it just a transaction with no experience.

I wanted to create a place where people walked away going “that was a great spa experience and I can’t wait to come back”.

Since March 17, 2020 we have not been able to give you all the special things that made our Spa Sedona experience special. Things like our delicious imported Teas like Cranberry Hibiscus; our snacks to go with the tea; our locker rooms; our cozy robes; lunch with our packages; bringing your own wine to enjoy with a service; hosting the parties, girls’ night out, baby showers, bridal parties etc; or relaxing in our relaxation room as long as you wanted too. Long sigh….

So, rest assured that as soon as we can bring all of these things back, we are there!

Happy 2022!!

Local Businesses need you this Holiday Season

If you are anything like me you are looking forward to having a more NORMAL Christmas compared to last year.  Having 3 people for Christmas Dinner instead of the usual 12 is not the same experience.

Business hopefully will be a lot different too.  There has been reports on the news that people may not go back to their local businesses.  The reasoning being people have gotten used to shopping the big box stores that were allowed to remain open when Small Business were forced to close. When I heard this, I thought “crap, I just when out and got more winter accessories.”

Even before I heard this, I had been making a point of buying locally and only using Amazon when I couldn’t get the item in a local store.

So, when you are spending those Christmas dollars, please keep us mind for Gift Cards and gifts.

How many of us practice Mindfulness?

This practice was something I came across when looking for ways to deal with anxiety and panic. 

It really is like the “stop and smell the roses” which we all know is good for us. Mindfulness is being in the present.  The future has not yet happened and the pass is in the past. So, we only live in the present.  We worry about things that could happen in the future or agonize about things that happened in the past that we should have done differently. Mindfulness shows us that we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future and we can’t change things that happened in the past.

In our busy lives we don’t slow down enough to be in the present.  Learning how to be mindful is taking the time to stop, take a deep breath, exhale and look around.  What do you see? How do you feel? What do you smell?  

There are other wonderful times to be in the present, stopping to admire a sunset, watching our children play, watching a puppy being silly, meditation, walking in nature, listening to music and taking time for yourself.

Have a mindful day.

The Difference a Sign Makes

In September we had a new sign installed.  I had never been really happy with my signage, the signage had never given Spa Sedona a strong presence.  When you were giving people directions, they always had a problem seeing the business even when they pulled into the parking lot.  Well, that is not a problem now!

Since the sign went up, we had people come in wanting to know how long we had been here and when we say 16 years, they are shocked.

Spa Sedona’s Marketing has always been “word of mouth” and it has been very successful for us. 

But now our new signage can boldly tell everyone who we are!

 THE NEW

THE OLD

Feathered Luxuries Strip Lashes

It has been great seeing everyone coming through our doors.  Thank you so much.

We can now remove the mask to do your facials and we are so excited. 

While you were gone, I went looking for something new.  For a while we were doing lash extensions, but I loved the look of the lashes but didn’t want to invest that amount of time to get them put on. Plus they didn’t last long.  On a show I was watching, Jane Fonda showed what she really looked like under the makeup to her new younger boyfriend as she pulled off her strip lashes.  “That’s what I want!” Strip Lashes not the younger boyfriend.  After trying them and gluing my eye lids together I got discouraged.  But I had purchased them at the local drug store so what did I expect. I started my search for an upscale brand and found them.  They are called Feathered Luxuries Strip Lashes.  There is no glue, you simply apply the Eyeliner, put the strip lash along the eyeliner, it adheres and they last all day.  They look fantastic and easy to apply and take off. You are to get 40 wears from a set. But I will warn you, remember to take them off when you go to bed.  I woke up and screamed thinking I had a spider on my pillow.

Be well.

REOPEN ESTHETIC SERVICES JUNE 30TH 2021

“Making it an experience”.

Have you noticed when you have been out to a patio since our reopening that more of our regular places are really making our visit an experience not just a visit?  It’s good to see.

Since I’ve opened Spa Sedona 15 years ago (yes, we missed the 15-year anniversary celebration on June 15th2021). I have always tried to create an excellent customer experience.  The robes, tea, snacks, decorations, comfort, locker rooms, music and of course a great staff to take care of you. 

We Reopen June 30th but we still have restrictions but we can’t wait to get the go ahead from the health department to reopen our locker rooms plus serve our delicious teas and snacks; hopefully soon.

We can’t wait to welcome you back.  We have missed you so very much.

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Spa Sedona
24 Church Street South
Pickering Village
Ajax, ON
L1S 6B3
905-686-4955
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