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The fabulous 40s

Preparing dinner, getting the kids to school, landing a promotion all while making time for personal care. “The aging process and factors such as environmental damage, stress and demanding lifestyles definitely start to have an effect on how well your skin is functioning,” says Diane Avitable, head of education, B. Kamins Laboratories. Get your 40s clients on a daily skincare regimen that includes sunscreen, and promote treatments that contribute to total body and mind relaxation.


Consider packaging your top pampering treatments such as personalized massages and body wraps to create the ultimate relaxation experience. For the woman-on-the-go, mini-sessions can make a difference. Introducing calming scents such as lavender in your service rooms and waiting areas will create a serene atmosphere. For example, the sound of flowing water greets guests of Stillwater Spa in Toronto. Before and after treatments, guests may relax in private cabanas or in the tea lounge by the fireplace.

1. FarmHouse Fresh Whoopie! Confectionary Candle

2. Tea in the Sahara Buddha Smiles


“Aestheticians should look for signs of sun damage on their clients’ skin and promote safe habits through use of high SPF broad spectrum sunscreens and topical anti-oxidants containing vitamin C,” says Dr. Michael I. Singer, MD, Peau Neuve in Montreal. According to Singer, common aesthetic skin concerns include facial sun freckles, excess pigmentation or blotchiness, and wrinkles.

“Topical vitamin C has the effect of lightening sun freckles and other types of facial excess pigmentation,” he says. Singer recommends vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid at a high concentration and low pH.

Avitable also suggests any product that is high in antioxidants and emphasises the necessity of an eye cream. “Eye cream is definitely a must.”

3. B. Kamins Eye Cream

4. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic

5. Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Neck & Décolleté Cream

6. Le Mieux Essence Moisturizer


“This is the age when interpreting trends and translating them to what actually flatters, sets you apart,” says Michael McCarthy, Colorescience National Makeup Artist. “Colours that mimic vitality are always flattering.” He suggests washing three related tones over eyes, cheeks, and lips for a modern look.

7. Colorescience Lip Shine SPF 35 in Coral, Mineral Blush in Apple

8. Trind Nail Balsam

9. Éminence Organic Skin Care Organic Kiss Lip Gloss in Plum Kiss

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