Sitting unawares at the top end of the main street in an historic part of a Toronto suburb, is one of the best spas I’ve ever been to.
It’s small, it’s in an older house and it’s unassuming from the outside. I went there for a massage and a pedicure, with a longtime friend.
Once inside, guests are in for a pleasant surprise. As the owner says, “We may not be the biggest spa around but we strive to be the friendliest.”
And in my mind, they achieve just that. La Peau D’or provides customers with an ultra-personal, concierge-like spa experience, top-of-the-line products and services, and peace of mind knowing they are frequenting a spa with a great reputation.
The establishment also has the appeal of being a Leading Spa in Canada.
And so, in my search for quality skin care advice this summer, where else would I turn?
A woman by the name of Ann Marie Grant is the owner of this wonderful establishment. With an interest in caring for people, the sciences and a bent for creativity, becoming an esthetician was a natural progression for her.
“When I know that people are happy and they leave excited and rejuvenated from our services, that’s what I love,” Grant said with satisfaction.
Customers have said that Ann Marie “takes care of her clients more like family,” that her “expertise and knowledge of skincare is extraordinary!” and that she is “undoubtedly one of the best estheticians in the world.”
Here is her advice on how to treat your skin, and keep it fresh this summer:
1) Wear Sunscreen… And Apply Much More Than You Think You Need
“People don’t take the sun seriously. They say “I forgot” or they put sunscreen on once in the morning and say that’s good. But it’s not enough,” says Ann Marie.
“You need to apply it regularly throughout the day- it has to be applied consistently, depending on the level of protection you’re using. Different skin has different needs. I meet people who are tanned in color and they often feel they don’t need to protect themselves, it’s so wrong. They will experience just the same result as a fair-skinned person if they don’t protect themselves in the sun.”
Sounds like prime time to slather on the goods!
2) Have a Cleansing Regime, and Stick To It
Using sunscreen, while necessary, combined with hot days outside that make us sweat can cause all sorts of gunk to stick to our skin.
“It doesn’t have to be complicated,” says Ann Marie, “but taking the time to clean your skin can do wonders. Do a skin care cleanse daily.”
3) Exfoliate: Get Rid of Those Dead Skin Cells
Do you have those callouses on the sides of your heals from walking around in sandals too much? I do.
We all know there are a ton of dead cells hanging out on our bodies. Sunscreen, chlorine in pools, the sun, the wind, dry air conditioning- there are a lot of stressors out there right now for our skin.
Ann Marie advises breaking the bond with that extra layer and exfoliating. Take away those dead cells, and promote some skin regeneration.
4) Hydrate: Get Water into That Dry Skin
If you’re prone to dry skin and sun damage- and you also have some funds for a trip to the spa, do it. Ann Marie recommends getting an anti-oxidant treatment that stimulates collagen, moisturizes and mineralizes while assisting with microcirculation.
Treatments can be ideal for those returning from, or heading into a vacation.
5) Do Something, Even Just a Little Bit: Prevention is Better Than Cure
Too busy to worry about your skin? Try something– even just a daily cleanse, Ann Marie recommends. “In general, people need to develop a skin care regime,” she says. “Prevention is better than cure. Sometimes other things take precedence, but my advice to people is: try. Try to do a little, do what you can, and take care of yourself.”