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Updated: May 30, 2019

Changing different aspects of your beauty routine can definitely change the way your skin appears. Switching to a makeup brand that is mineral based, or using professionally recommended products is definitely somewhere to start. When it comes to beauty, have you ever thought about what you ingest? Instantly, changing your beauty routine is the first thing that comes to mind. However, studies are showing that food can also affect your skin in a big way. Changing your eating habits can do wonders, so let us show you where to start! Eating pretty can make you feel the glow inside and out. We are here to answer your burning question... What can I eat to have good skin?



Starting off, in no way should this stop your inner foodie from coming out. You can still explore different foods, and different flavours but within reason. Instead of stopping off at the closest fast food joint to grab a bite, try creating something at home, with simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store. Attached to this blog, we have added some of our favourite recipes that incorporate some of the foods that we have listed!

Carbohydrates

Yes, the horrid word is actually something that can be good for you. Instead of reaching for a box of pasta try Goji berries. Packed with amino acids and carbs that you don’t actually have to fear. This fruit is sure to increase your skin's’ hydration and also aids in tightening and firming your skin offering a radiant youthful glow. Interested? You can also incorporate these products packed with gogi and their topical benefits: Glo Daily Power C+ or Glo Phyto-Active Firming Serum.

Another great option is broccoli. However, when compared to something like Goji berries or sweet potatoes it may come in lower on the carb scale. Where it lacks in carbs it makes up for in nutrients. Some people may not enjoying eating broccoli, but it has great anti aging agents within. It can help with reducing stubborn fine lines, acne and pigmentation. So maybe eating broccoli isn’t such a bad thing after all? Not typically found in beauty serums or creams, but adding it to your diet is key! Picking a side of broccoli versus potatoes is an easy upgrade to your beauty regime.



Fats

Another word that comes across as something to steer clear of when grocery shopping. Even though some fats can be truly detrimental to your skin like trans fats, and fried foods, there is a wide variety of items that are considered good fats. Studies show that fats like Omega -3 is actually an unsaturated fat that can help with skin conditions such as acne.

Something to consider for a fat substitute is coconut, or avocado. An easy cooking switch to your kitchen is using avocado oil or coconut oil instead of the tub of butter sitting in your fridge. Not only does it do wonders for your skin, it also adds flavour!  Avocado can be easily added to so many different meals, and it has next to no taste, so it’s hard to even know its there! A great option for some of those pickier eaters out there.


Over the last few years coconut has become a large item in the food industry, coconut milk, water and oil have been great additions in the kitchen. But did you know it’s also great for your skin? Coconut reduces inflammation, keeping your skin moisturized and can also heal wounds. Coconut oil has medium level fatty acids that can actually help with acne. Used to treat the acne, and protect your face from harmful bacterias. We do not recommend using pure coconut oil on your face, but formulated in the right products with other important ingredients can be very beneficial. Interested? Try these products from Glo Skin Beauty: Purifying Gel Cleanser, Hydrating Gel Cleanser, Gentle Cream Cleanser, Phyto-Active Eye Cream, and more. For a complete list of items containing coconut, visit GLOW Beauty Bar! Our skin specialist is sure to suggest the right products for your skin's’ needs.

Another change to make your diet prettier is eating cold- water fish. Instead of getting fats from chicken, or beef try having fish. A great alternative for your skin, and a healthy fat you don’t have to be afraid of. Fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout and tuna are a few. Each is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, the kind of fat that makes your face glow!

Do you prefer to eat more of a plant based diet? There are also items that can be helpful that don’t come from animals! Items like flax seeds, and flaxseed oils, chia seeds, walnuts and spirulina. All of which are great for dry skin and prevent eczema! It’s great to know there are alternative options to ingesting fats that doesn’t have to come from an animal. Being vegan and vegetarian doesn’t mean missing out on good fats!

Proteins

When you think of protein, typically your first thought is something like chicken or beef. However, studies are showing that there are plenty of other ways to find protein that doesn’t have to include anything from an animal.

Instead of adding meat to your salad, consider adding in chickpeas or avocado and topping it off with a garnish of algae. A different addition to the traditional salad style, algae can benefit skin hydration. It also aids in making your skin softer to the touch. Algae is an antioxidant which helps in making your skin look younger and wrinkle free while protecting it from environmental damage and stress. Packed with vitamins such as vitamin A,B,C, and E. The is definitely something you want to be in your skin care routine.

Interested? Try this product: Sorella yogurt kale eye cream. Or have a facial with the Casmara mask.



So there you have it. Three different words that have come across as scary before reading this blog. Don’t be afraid of of carbs or fats, because when chosen correctly your skin will thank you. Each section suggests a product carried by GLOW Beauty Bar, located on the Queensway in Etobicoke. Come by for a free consultation, and meet with our skin expert to see what she suggests for you! Each skin is different, so why not have someone show you what yours needs! If you don’t have time for a consultation, start off with ingesting the right foods. Doing so will help to guarantee refreshing results. All foods can be found at your local store, and beauty products at GLOW.

Try these recipes to kickstart your pretty eating! Featuring yummy foods featured above.

Broccoli & Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

· 500g broccoli florets, cut into small pieces

· 2 avocados

· 3 tbsp avocado oil

· 3 tbsp lemon juice

· freshly ground black pepper

· 1/3 cup slivered almonds


Instructions:

· Place the broccoli in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside to blanch.

· Meanwhile, dice the avocado and place in a serving bowl. Drizzle over the avocado oil and lemon juice, sprinkle with pepper to taste and toss gently.

· Toast the almond slivers in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, tossing gently.

· Drain the broccoli and add to the serving bowl with the avocado. Toss gently to coat with the dressing, sprinkle with the almond slivers and serve.


Tip: Add your favourite hot sauce for added flavour.

No-Bake Protein Goji Berry Granola Bars

Ingredients:

· 1 cup rolled or quick oats (gluten free)

· 1/2 cup cashew pieces, chopped

· 1/2 cup almond, chopped

· 1 cup raw sunflower seeds

· 2 Tablespoons protein powder

· 1/4 cup ground flax seed

· 2/3 cup peanut or almond butter (organic)

· 1/2 to 2/3 cup agave nectar

· 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (adjust based on which nut butter you use)

· 1/2 cup goji berries

· 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)


Instructions:

· Mix oats, cashew pieces, chopped almond, sunflower seeds, protein powder, and flax seeds in a large bowl.

· Whisk together nut butter, agave, and sea salt. Pour into oat mixture and mix well, until everything is sticky and combined. If it’s too dry, add a bit more agave. Add the goji berries and mix well.

· Press mixture into a shallow 8" baking dish that you’ve lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cover with more parchment paper or plastic wrap, press well into the dish, and refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut into bar shapes, and keep refrigerated. Makes 10–15 bars.


Typically a sweet eater and looking for an alternative? Use chickpeas or avocados instead of the traditional butter, flour egg set up.

Here is a recipe for Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients:

· 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

· 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

· 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can also use honey if you're not vegan)

· 2 teaspoons vanilla

· 1/2 tsp salt

· 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

· 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

· 1/3 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons

· Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


Instructions:

· Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8x8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

· In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, I like to use dark chocolate because it has less sugar but it's up to you.

Note: Batter will be thick and super delicious, so you could actually just eat it on it's own!

· Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. (The batter may stick to your spatula, so I like to spray my spatula with nonstick cooking spray first.) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don't want them to dry out!

· Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies. Store covered in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.


Or another alternative is Avocado & Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients:

· 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained

· 2 eggs or flax eggs (add an additional egg if you like cakier brownies!)

· 1/2 of a large ripe avocado

· 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

· 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon

· 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

· 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

· 2/3 cup coconut sugar or sub brown sugar (or sub 1/2 cup pure maple syrup)

· 1/3 cup chocolate chips + 2 tablespoons for topping


Instructions:

· Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.

· Place all ingredients besides chocolate chips into blender or food processor. Process or puree until ingredients form a smooth batter. If the batter is WAY too thick and won't process then add in a teaspoon or two of water. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. Add in 1/3 cup chocolate chips and fold into batter.

· Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips. You can also fold in nuts or swirl in peanut butter. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean and top of the brownies begin to crack. Cool pan completely on wire rack then cut into 12 delicious large brownies!


Happy pretty eating!

Updated: May 30, 2019

Wedding planning can be fun, exciting and stressful all at the same time.  How do I want my hair to look? What makeup trend am I going for? How do I keep my skin glowing and soft for the big day? Wedding planning is so much more than choosing a venue, an invite list, and some tasty meal options.  That’s why we want to give you a few tips to help make sure you personally prepare yourself in the months leading up to your special day!


It’s important to treat your skin extra-well previous to your wedding.  Make sure you aren’t cheating your skin of the things it needs, like water, antioxidants and sun protection. In addition to your at-home skin routine, we suggest having a consultation with our medical aesthetician to find out what treatments and services are right for your skin type. As your wedding quickly approaches, customized facials are also a good idea for stressed out brides, as they’re an opportunity for you to focus on your areas of concern.  Once your day is less than a week away, we encourage brides to exfoliate and moisturize their body daily. Finally, we know this is a busy week filled with excitement and stress; however, never underestimate the power of beauty sleep.



While your skin receives the royal treatment, you might want to start thinking about which makeup style you want to wear for your wedding day.  Of course, this is a decision only you can make, but if you’re struggling coming to a firm conclusion, we can offer you our two cents. Here at GLOW Beauty Bar, we strongly believe that classic looks are classic for a reason. Pinterest and New York City’s Bridal Fashion Week are also great places to start when looking for some bridal inspiration.  They can keep you in the loop as to what this year’s wedding trends are.


As for 2019 trends, glowing skin is ALWAYS in, and the 2019 shows boldly let us know that this look will be a trend in the upcoming year.  Hair bows, again, are becoming another popular piece for brides and this year we can expect to see even more statement bows.


Designers and wedding stylists also predict that Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s iconic ‘undone bun look’ at her 2018 royal wedding will be seen much more in 2019.  Yay! Messy buns are finally a bridal trend? Well, kind of. These ‘undone’ styles may look effortlessly beautiful, but they are intentionally designed to be this way. Even if these styles are not as ‘effortless’ as they appear, intentionally messy or undone hair is on the rise for 2019.



Lashes are another beauty service that can make all the difference. We all want perfect lashes for the big day, but what about our pre-wedding events, like engagement photos, the Buck and Doe, or a bridal shower? We recommend Kasha strip lashes. They’re the perfect way to ensure beautiful lashes for all of those big moments. These lashes are customized to you, as they come in 10 different styles. However, that’s only one of the great things about them. The best part is they can easily be taken off and reapplied multiple times! Canadian and made from silk, these lashes are known for their durability and designed to give each bride 20 or more wears per set.  Come by GLOW Beauty Bar to check out which set of lashes would suit your style best. While we’re more than happy to apply the lashes for you, you can actually easily apply these lashes by yourself. Strip lashes by Kasha are the perfect solution to all your wedding day lash concerns.


Our last wedding tip is one brides can actually use on the day of their wedding. Brides are subject to a wide mix of emotions on your wedding day and we want to make sure you have the makeup to prepare you for that. It’s a good idea to keep our custom kits handy with you for when you want to touch-up. We believe powder and lipstick/lipliner are a must have when considering touch-ups. The best part is that the touch up kits are full size products customized just for you at your bridal trial.


We want you to look back on your wedding planning with happy memories and keep it as stress-free as possible. After all, this day is about you and your partner, but we hope we gave you some valuable tips to make this process easier.


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Updated: May 30, 2019

At GLOW Beauty Bar, we invite you to get in touch with all your senses. The 5 'traditional senses' are sight, smell, touch, hear, and taste. When you come to GLOW Beauty Bar for one of our many services and treatments, we provide an enjoyable experience for all five of these senses by giving our clients the royal treatment.


Sight

At GLOW Beauty Bar, we take very good care of our space and the cleanliness of such to ensure an aesthetically pleasing environment for you to look at. Candles are always glowing with dimmed lights, and fresh flowers and plants are displayed throughout the room. Just seeing our clean, simple layout with this type of added decor tells you you are in a relaxing, stress-free place.



Smell

Smell is a scent that so easily can evoke an emotion, a sense of peace or a nostalgic feeling. That’s why at GLOW Beauty Bar, we let you pick what you want our space to smell like. We have over twenty aromatherapy scents for you to choose from, which our diffuser easily lets fill the room. Give your sense of smell an appealing aroma while these smells leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful.

Touch

Arguably the most important scent in a spa/beauty bar experience, your ability to feel our plump duvet, bed warmer, and the pleasurable sensations from your treatments will make you feel cozy and relaxed. Our many treatments can give you a feeling of warmth and light tingling while we completely pamper your skin.



Hear

At GLOW, we always have relaxing tunes playing when you arrive. But the biggest treat your ears will get during your experience at GLOW actually comes from you. We always allow our clients to choose the music they want to be played to ensure you are relaxing to YOUR top hits.

Taste

Yes, we even get you in touch with your taste buds at GLOW Beauty Bar. We serve our clients a variety of complimentary drinks and snacks that are not only health conscious, but also delicious and satisfying. Whether you’re craving a decadent baked good or a refreshing drink, we can make your taste buds happy.

Come receive the royal treatment at GLOW Beauty Bar and allow us to pamper you and your five senses!

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