How to prepare for your 1st bikini wax

How to prepare for your very first bikini wax

We promise that the little bit of pain is worth it! Throw away your razors for the summer. The maintenance for a bikini wax is only required once every 4-6 weeks. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.

1. Let the hair grow out first

Let your hair grow out 2 to 3 weeks (about a quarter of an inch) before going in for waxing. If the wax cannot grab onto the hairs, it wont work. Growing out the hair can be annoying, but the better you keep up with your waxing routine, the less it must grow out each time.

2. Yes, it is going to be uncomfortable

There is no sugar coating here, waxing can be painful. Our estheticians are trained to mitigate the pain. Sometimes booking your appointment for one week after your menstrual cycle can help as your pain threshold tends to be at its highest. Our wax is mixed with titanium dioxide (which acts as an anti-inflammatory) spreads thinly and is strong enough to remove the toughest hair immediately with only mild discomfort and no irritation.

3. Stay out of the sun

It’s important to stay out of the sun 24 hours before and 24 hours after your appointment. I'm sure it does not need to be said about how painful it is going to be if your bikini area is sunburnt!

4. Don’t apply moisturizer after showering.

You want your skin clean and dry for your appointment. Any left-over moisturizer or oil on the skin can work against you. You can use a little bit of baby powder to help prevent sweating in the area before your appointment.

5. Our estheticians have seen it all

Please don’t worry, you are in the best of hands when you visit Eco Spa Whistler. Our team is well trained and we are here to make your appointment an enjoyable experience. If you prefer to just sit back and close your eyes, please do whatever makes you feel the most comfortable.

6. Wear something loose and comfortable

You may feel a little sore and irritated down there, so skip on those tight skinny jeans and opt for some sweat pants for after your appointment. Feel free to rock the tight pants, within 30 minutes to 1 hour you should be good to go.

7. Exfoliate the bikini area

Exfoliating the bikini area, a few hours before your appointment can help a lot. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells, and excess skin cells can cause ingrown hairs.

8. Schedule your exercise before the appointment or take a rest day all together.

Working out after a waxing appointment can cause uncomfortable chaffing and lots of sweat. This could lead to making the area irritated, which can lead to an infection. Just be sure to grab a shower and follow all the tips we have given you today.

Remember that you are in the best of hands with our team of estheticians. You will be given a pair of disposable underwear during your appointment. Be sure to tell your esthetician how much and what hair you would like waxed.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us before your appointment.

You can reach us 604-905-7747.

Posted on May 31, 2017 .

Top 5 ways to spend a summer day in Whistler

Summer is finally on it’s way! It’s time we emerge and really enjoy the real gem of Whistler and that is our fresh water lakes.

Whether you are a long-time Whistler local or about to experience summer here for the first time, we should make sure you are up to speed on the best lakeside hangouts. Be sure to check out our waxing packages to make sure you ready for the beach!

Lost Lake

This is a popular spot during the summer months. One of the warmer lakes for swimming. It’s sandy shores and majestic backdrop make this our number one favourite. You can even feast at one of Whistler’s local food trucks while relaxing lakeside.

Rainbow Park

This park has ample free parking and space. Rainbow sits on Alta Lake and is the perfect spot for a picnic. Beach volleyball courts, picnic tables and a dog park make for an active day.

Lakeside Park

A smaller park with free parking available. This is a good choice for young kids as there is a playground and roped off area to swim in the lake. Careful of the Canadian Geese at this park!

1. Head out for a paddle.

There are plenty of spots you could pick to head out for a paddle, but if you need to rent a canoe, you have a couple of options. Be sure to check out [Backroads Whistler][1] for rentals at lakeside park. You can just paddle around the lake or take a guided tour down the river of golden dreams.

2. Hit the trails at Lost Lake

Lost Lake is full of mountain bike trails. The trails offer all different levels from beginner to tough single track for advanced riders. Start your day off with riding the trails, an afternoon swim and some local fare from the food truck on site.

3. Take in a free concert

Whistler Olympic Plaza runs a free concert series on various evenings during July & August. For a full listing of the lineup, click here.

4. Mountain Top Barbeque

Dining at the top of Whistler Mountain. Each weekend, Whistler Blackcomb chef’s cook up a mountain top feast. Tickets are 79.95, and that includes your Peak 2 Peak ticket! Read more here.

5. Visit Nairn Falls

Nairn falls, just off Hwy 99, on the way to Pemberton. It has a short 20 minute hike to see the falls. A large viewing platform will allow you to take it all in.

Posted on May 26, 2017 .

50 and over skin care tips.

As we age and our skin loses its fat and elasticity in our face, gravity starts to pull a little harder, so we must step up our skin care game! Regardless of whether you have a skin care regimen, or are just about to start, use these tips for beautiful and glowing skin.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

Sun Protection

You should be protecting your face with more than just sunscreen. A wide brim hat and big sunglasses will not only call on your inner Audrey Hepburn and look flawless, but you will be blocking out harmful UV rays. Be sure to use a chemical free sunscreen. Speak with your esthetician, she can help choose one of our organic, mineral based sunscreens we carry at the spa.

Including a cleanser to your routine

A gentle cleanser can help create a clean canvass, allowing your moisturizers to penetrate more effectively.

Keep Moisturized

Yes, we are pointing out the obvious, but do you really know why it is so pressed upon for a good 50 and over skin care regimen? As we age, the skin barrier has become weaker and does not replace lipids as easily. This can lead to further damage, and unfortunately wrinkles. Some tips from keeping face from drying out:
• Never use hot water on your face or extended periods in the shower. Use only lukewarm and rinse with cold water. • Use a cream tailored to your skin. Talk to your aesthetician and see what she recommends for your skin type. • Exfoliate, at least twice a week. Rejuvenate your cells with a body scrub. Be sure to always finish with a hydrating body moisturizer.

Schedule a monthly microdermabrasion facial

Looking for some immediate results? Book our 30 min micro-dermabrasion facial to diminish appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, age spots and enlarged pores. The Ultrasound stimulates collagen production to leave your skin plumped and renewed. A scheduled appointment every month will give your skin the extra boost it needs.

Less is more

Adding to much eye makeup can magnify crow’s feet. You want to accentuate, not hide your beautiful features. Choose neutral shades like beiges and earth tones. Makeup is about celebrating your best features, not hiding them.

Microblade

This is for the ladies looking to have that fuller eyebrow look. Micro blading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo. Achieve a flawless look, each morning without even having to get out of bed! Speak with one of our estheticians about our techniques and book an appointment online.

Update how you do your makeup.

What an amazing age we live in! There are thousands of high quality how to/tutorial style videos on makeup. Take advantage of the content on YouTube and find a look that you like. You can find all kinds of videos, like the one below. These videos are real, older woman, who are giving you step by step instructions.

Exfoliate

Just as we say it’s important to come in for monthly facials, so is having a routine that includes exfoliation. As we get older our cell regeneration slows down. This can mean that your body slows down when getting rid of old skin cells and generating new ones. If old skin cells pile up on the surface, it can lead to dry, dull and rough looking skin. An excess of dead skin cells can lead to clogged pores and worse, acne. I’m sure we assume that our days of acne are well behind us!

Use a barrier boosting cream

As we age, our estrogen production slows, and as it slows so does our skins ability to protect itself. The skin has a harder time maintain hydration or produce strong collagen. When older skin suffers from a loss of natural lipids (fatty acids) it can contribute to dehydration and inflammation. To help repair your depleted skin, use a cream rich in skin’s own lipids, like (insert ECOCHIC SPA cream here.)

The best place to start is to speak with our estheticians on the best skin care regime that is tailored specifically to your needs. Be sure to have a look at what services we offer and book an appointment here.

Posted on May 18, 2017 .

Top 5 tips for glowing skin on your wedding day

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Glowing and radiant skin is all of your hard work showing itself to the world. Great skin takes great care, daily and consistently. Ideally, you want to be getting your skin in top shape a year in advance. Whether your big day is just around the corner, or you are in the beginning stages of your wedding planning, start now.

1.Scheduled Facials

A monthly facial is our top tip, to ensure glowing skin on your wedding day. It provides professional exfoliation to smooth out the skin. A facial provides deep moisturizing and can also help smooth and lighten discolouration from the sun. As important as it is to have a daily skin routine, a scheduled monthly visit is going to step your glow game! A great one to try is Eco Chic's Ultimate Youth Facial.

2.Diet

Eating whole, unprocessed foods and staying hydrated allows your skin to have the foundation it deserves to build on. Your skin is just another organ that needs nutrients to stay healthy. Be sure to allows carry a water bottle, every where you go. If you are not currently drinking 2 litres of water, start! You may be taking more trips to the bathroom, but your skin will thank you, trust me.

3.Exfoliate

Your whole body needs a solid skin care regimen, not just your face. You can easily make up your own scrubs to use at home. Start with a base of coconut oil and raw coconut sugars. Be sure to follow up all exfoliation with moisturizer. We recommend visiting us on the week of your wedding for a COCOA COCONUT HYDRATING BODY WRAP. A full body coconut sugar exfoliation, followed by a cocoa butter massage.

4.Keep clean makeup brushes

Skipping on clean make up brushes can lead to breakouts and clogged pores. Keeping your makeup brushes clean with not only keep unwanted bacteria off of your face, but will also keep your expensive brushes in better condition. A simple routine is to use baby soap, warm water and paper towels. It may not be a glamorous job, but is it your missing piece of the puzzle?

5.Sanitize your smartphone

A Stanford University study conducted on iPhones revealed that it can a personal device can carry more germs than a public toilet. All of the germs & bacteria are being pressed directly on your face. Using an antibacterial wipe on your phone a few times through the day will do the trick.

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A well laid out plan for your wedding day should include a daily skin regimen. Perhaps this will spark something that stays in your routine, long into your days as a married couple. Our knowledgeable aestheticians can help create your skin care regimen and prepare you for glowing and radiant skin on your wedding day.

Our estheticians have been working with Whistler bride's since 2011. Book your appointment, directly online and our talented team will have your skin on point for your wedding day.

Posted on May 5, 2017 .

Sun Damage Prevention Tips

Exposure to the sun is inevitable. But you can take precautions and protect you and your loved ones from sun damage. Protect your skin with natural sunscreens from Coola and follow these tips.

Generously apply a water-resistant sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 and UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun each day. Reapply every 2 hours if you're in direct sun. A sufficient amount for your entire body is 1 ounce, or about 2 tablespoons.

Don't forget those kissable lips, be sure to use a lip balm that's SPF 15 or higher.

Cover up! Use a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirt or pants. Don't be shy, fashion comes second here.

Seek shade between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's burning rays are strongest. And don't worry, no one will think you're a wimp.

Use extra caution near the water, sand and snow as they can reflect and strengthen the sun's rays. Can you say double ouch?

You may claim the Vitamin D defense when sunbathing. But you can still get Vitamin D safely through diet and supplements without putting your skin at risk.

Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should only be used on babies over the age of 6 months.

Examine your skin from head to toe every month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam. Early detection is best.

COOLA offers sun protection for a range of skin types and lifestyles; their products are uniquely formulated for different parts of the body - from the sensitive nature of FACE and LIPLUX, to the versatile BODY, and the demands of SPORT.

Green, yet still luxurious, each of COOLA's high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. An advocate of both research and education, COOLA donates to the Melanoma Research Alliance and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Eco Chic Spa Whistler is proud to carry this product line. We encourage all of our clients to take care of their skin and make essential sun protection a part of an active lifestyle, without the harmful chemicals.

Posted on March 27, 2015 and filed under Products.