The holiday season can seem like a blur. One second you’re decorating the tree, then the next you’re ringing in the New Year. During the whirlwind of parties, dinners, shopping, and family events, taking a moment to reflect on all you have to be thankful for may be the furthest thing from your mind.

As we’re now in the midst of December, we asked the Urban Body Laser team to put together a list of things they are truly grateful for. From work to family, even the littlest things are a reminder that so many people out there have much less than we do. We hope this will inspire you to put together your own gratitude list!

Jade

“Friends, family, my dog Loca, my boyfriend, freedom, being able to afford to go on vacation, having a roof over my head, my job, my bosses, food, my health.”

Miranda


“Friends, my family, my past trip to Europe and all the memories, speaking honestly, my health, my cell phone 😀 , my job and my co-workers, unconditional love, future possibilities, having a roof over my head.

Jessica

“My amazing family, my amazing friends, my dog Lucy, being a part of the Urban Body Laser family, my strength, for knowing that everything will always work out in the end, learning from my mistakes, continuing to grow and evolve into the person that I want to be, for music because it makes everything better, for ice cream because without it, I would be one unhappy camper.”

Channa

“People in my life who care about me, the girls I work with, awesome bosses, a home to go to, that I am never hungry, the beautiful city I live in, that I am healthy, having such an understanding boyfriend, memories, life, freedom.”

Janelle

“Health, wealth, happiness, family, friends, my muscular tattooed boyfriend 😉 , the love that surrounds me, my dog Nacho, my car, my cell phone, the roof over my head, my amazing career and the people I work with.”

Sherry

“Family, friends, yummy food, the money I earn to pay for my yummy food, my wonderful job at Urban Body Laser, a healthy and happy life, unconditional love, a warm home to come to, memories that last forever, SNAPCHAT.”
So what would your list say? Comment on our Facebook page and let us know!

It’s no secret that we love the Osmosis skincare line. Using a combination of holistic and innovative products, it’s mild on the skin yet powerful in correcting common conditions like aging, blemishes, and rosacea. Plus it keeps your complexion youthful and radiant.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, finding the right gift isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. An easy and foolproof way to impress anyone that cares about their skin (which just about means everyone!), we highly recommend Osmosis skincare. When used in combination, they are a great way to get started on a skin care regime that is specific to treating skin conditions. Whether you have normal skin or are constantly fighting blemishes, Osmosis skincare will work to enhance your skin and bring out its natural beauty.
Recently Osmosis released new labels for their product line. Same great products, just a new look, which means the old ones are now 30% off at Urban Body Laser!
To help navigate your way through these amazing products, we asked the Urban Body Laser team which were their favourite combinations to combat any skin condition.

Our Favourite Osmosis Skincare

For Blemish Prone/Oily Skin
This quartet clears acne, normalizes oil production, shrinks pores, increases skin’s support, remodels scarring, and hydrates. They also work to calm inflammation, protect skin from UV rays, and restore the epidermal barrier and dermal thickness.
Products: Deep Clean, Clear, Clarify, Anti-Pathogen Harmonized H20, Headband
 Aging/Normal Skin
These products work for all skin types, making it a great stocking stuffer.  The products are gentle, nourishing, and lightweight.
Products: Purify Enzyme Wash, Clear Facial Conditioner, Correct, Replenish, Quench
Aging/Sensitive Skin
The patent pending technology increases the supply of key nutrients that can reverse the signs aging.  Plus the light, mild serums won’t cause irritation.
Products: Purify Enzyme Wash, Clear Facial Conditioner, Correct, Replenis, Quench.
Rosacea/Sensitive Skin

These skin types need non-irritating, active ingredients to remodel their damaged skin and promote healing.  The Osmosis products for rosacea/sensitive skin are designed to increase the sensitiy of the skin while calming inflammation and encouraging repair.
Products: Cleanse, Clear, Calm, Quench, Digestive Health Harmonized H20
When used in combination with microdermabrasion and photorejuvation, these Osmosis skincare sets make the perfect gift for anyone looking to renew and replenish their look. Just ask our medical estheticians which kits they recommend for that special someone.
Want to learn more? Contact us.

Although good genetics have some part in it, it definitely takes celebrities work to stay flawless. To help keep them looking their best on the red carpet, it’s a combination of a healthy diet, preventative work, high-quality products, and professional skincare treatments. From microdermabrasion to Colorescience, here is how some of the most famous faces stay picture perfect.

The Top Celebrity Skincare Treatments

Microdermabrasion: Gwenyth Paltrow

Gwenyth Paltrow has called Microdermabrasion “a miracle”and for good reason. Often compared to the texture of your cat’s tongue, microdermabrasion gently rejuvenates the skin by a non-invasive exfoliation. By gently removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells microdermabrasion leaves the skin feeling smoother and dare we say, younger.
Microdermabrasion is a favourite among celebrity skincare treatments because it effectively treats and minimizes a wide range of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, discolored and congested skin, and ingrown hairs.
Laser Hair Removal: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has publicly said she wants a “hairless body” and uses laser hair removal to achieve it. The old fashioned methods of removing hair like shaving, tweezing, creams, waxing, are not only time consuming but also don’t last long. Continuous laser hair removal treatments will get rid of the hair for good, and now is the best time to start in order to be hairless by summer.
Colorescience: Kerry Washington

It’s no wonder that Colorescience Pro is a favourite of celebrities like Kerry Washington and Kate Hudson, as it’s not only easy to use, but also doubles as a skincare product. It works to clear your complexion while simultaneiously protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and the environment.
If you want to learn more about these celebrity skincare treatments, just stop by our office or contact us for more information. Our medical estheticians can give you a free consultation on how to achieve flawless, youthful skin.

As you get older, your needs start changing. Remember those days when you lived in a dorm and scraped by on minimum wage? Now you’re looking for three bedroom homes and driving a minivan. Our lives change, develop, and require more attention. The same goes for your skin.
No matter how old you are, we’re going to share how you can take care of your skin at every age. No surgery or scalpel required.

Tools, Tips, and Products to Take Care of Your Skin at Every Age

20’s

You may think that you only need to worry about your skin as you get older, but taking preventative measures now is the best way to ensure your complexion stays as youthful and smooth as possible.

Skin tends to become a little drier in your twenties, which causes your skin to over produce oils. This could lead to breakouts (thought those days were left in high school??). Also staying hydrated as well as ALWAYS wearing SPF will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
We recommend:

  • Microdermabrasion to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and leave a smooth texture

30s

Unfortunately you really start developing fine lines and wrinkles in your thirties. This is because collagen and elastin start to break down, and towards the end of the decade, age spots and brown pigmentation may start to appear.

We recommend:

40s

Since your skin also doesn’t rebound as quickly as it did when you were in your 20s and 30s, you might notice skin sagging. Those under eye circles may also turn into pouches.

We recommend:

  • Pep Up Pen from Colorscience, an eye and lip tri-peptide formula that will help increase the appearance of firmness and reduce fine lines and wrinkles while plumping up delicate tissue.
  • Glycolic Cherry Peel, a mild exfoliating mask that gives skin a smooth, healthy appearance after each application.
  • Skin Tightening to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

50s

Because of menopause, there is less estrogen in the skin which means the lines you developed in your 40s transform into skin folds. Your skin is also more much delicate and fragile from age 50 and above.

We recommend:

  • Flawless Face Photo Rejuvenation Package, a combination of Microdermabrasion, photo rejuvenation, and skin tightening. This trifecta all work together to reverse the aging process and the results are amazing!
  • Enrich Plus is a lightweight moisturizer with maximum hydration designed for mature, dry, and irritated skin

We truly believe that age is only a number; how you feel on the inside is all that matters. However, we also know how important it is to take pride in your appearance. Growing older isn’t something to dread, but rather to look forward to, especially if you have your skincare down pat.
For more advice on how to take care of your aging skin, visit our online store and contact us for a one-on-one consultation with our medical estheticians.

Is Fall your favourite time of year? Pumpkin-flavoured everything, Halloween, and cozying up to a warm fire are easy to ‘Fall’ in love with. Plus with bathing suit season out of the way, you no longer have to worry about saying no to desserts or flexing your abs at least once a day (hallelujah!).

Even though you’ve traded your flip-flops for UGG boots, you may think that along with your diet, you can ease up on your other grooming as well, including laser hair removal treatments.
Wrong!

Fall is the Perfect Time to Start Laser Hair Removal

It happens every year; at the first sign of Spring people start calling us to start their laser hair removal appointments. However, many don’t realize that it takes several treatments before the hair is gone for good. This is because there are three phases of hair growth. Since only a percentage of hair at any given time is in the first phase of hair growth, multiple treatments are required.  Plus, out of the four systems that treat these areas, three of them require that you have zero sun exposure for one month. That’s why these next few months of winter are a great time to get the process started.
Our most common areas to treat are:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Abdominals
  • Back
  • Balls-n-all
  • Brazilian
  • Legs
  • Underarms

So if you want to stay smooth and sleek at the beach next year, book those laser hair removal appointments now!

Our medical estheticians are happy to answer any questions you may have. Just contact us for more details and get ready to look forward to a (hairless) summer 2014!