In keeping with our passion for offering our clients continued education on how to extend their spa experience outside the spa and into their homes, Margot has partnered with leading physicians and industry professionals to offer spa events to the general public. They are held on a weekday evening, free of charge, and offer beneficial advice and knowledge on physical and emotional health and wellness. We encourage you to view our calendar of events and make time to attend one of our events in the future.  We also encourage you to bring your friends…you will be glad you did!


The Future of Skin Care with Marine Ingredients

Since early civilizations, humankind from every culture returns to the ocean for balance and well being. Scientific research has recently proven that seawater can indeed restore balance to an organism, something that cannot be offered anyplace else. Ocean water can offer this to us because it has a nearly identical chemical composition and concentration of minerals and trace elements to that found in our blood plasma. The human body is depleted of vital minerals on a daily basis and requires replenishment of minerals and trace elements in order to maintain proper cell function. When cell function is out of balance, nutrients are not absorbed properly and our immune system may be compromised.  Understanding the unique nutrient composition of the ocean’s environment has been monumental for the skin care industry. Spa products that revolve around ocean based active ingredients bring the sea and it’s replenishing therapies into the spa and into your home.

Marine based ingredients offer multiple advantages to skin care; Re mineralizing the body with vital minerals and trace elements, detoxifying to expel metabolic waste, and assisting the skin to balance, repair and prevent aging. By simply adding a seawater concentrate to a hydrotherapy spa treatment (or your bath at home) you are recreating a sea environment which helps alleviate mental and physical fatigue, psoriasis, eczema, acne and dehydration. After just one bath or body wrap, you will notice a profound improvement with both physical and emotional well being, having flushed toxins and excess water retention out of the body. The use of marine based topical gels and creams also help minimize the appearance of cellulite, while firming and toning the epidermis, upper layers of the skin. This is all offered through different forms of sea algae plants and elements found in sea water.

It is important to do your research when choosing your products and treatments. Many cosmetic companies now offer algae and marine based products, yet the ingredients are not always active, and will not offer you the same results. Freeze drying methods will naturally preserve the active ingredients and ensure the properties are retained and the results are delivered. Location of harvesting is equally important, so that the product is not gathered from polluted waters or from inland algae farms. It is preferred to be from areas with large tidal fluctuations, such as the Brittany regions of France. Lastly, it is important that the manufacturer is not depleting the ocean of its resources and practices sustainable development.

Phytomer Corp on the Brittany coast of St. Malo, France has been the leader in researching and developing high quality marine based cosmetic products since the 1970’s. With annual government grants they are able to continue to patent ingredients and produce marine skin care which can successfully provide solutions to most skin care concerns. Marine biotechnology is providing the cosmetic industry with highly potent ingredients which cannot be acquired from any land based raw material and we hope for it to continue to be the future of skin care.


Lightening Hyper-pigmented skin safely

Hyper-pigmentation is a complex process but advances in science offer those affected with unwanted “dark spots” a real solution to lightening skin safely. Hyper-pigmentation is an over production of melanin in a localized area(s) and can occur for several reasons. The simplest cause is over exposure to UV light.  However, for many it is due to a combination of hormonal imbalance and exposure to UV light.  Often in women it occurs during pregnancy when hormonal levels are elevated.  What’s interesting to know is hyper-pigmentation can also occur when an individual is exposed to high temperatures for long periods of time, like the heat levels in the dessert climates. Those who have no choice but to be outside in those temperatures have a very high probability of developing some hyper-pigmented areas.  This is because the proteins that are responsible for initiating the melanin in the first place stem from the blood, and high temperatures cause us to have higher blood pressure. Just think how red our face gets when we are over heated.

For darker skin types it can occur for the same reason but even more easily as their skin already has a greater amount of melanin production. There are other causes such as medication or injuries.  In some cases the hyper-pigment will subside during winter months when the skin is in less heat and UV light. For many others it does not fade.  For these individuals a short term and long term prevention treatment should be developed according to their exact causes and skin type.

The concern is an overuse of treatments such as lasers with little operator knowledge, or prescriptions which have been overly used, causing further damage to the skin.  It is best to start with a conservative approach that is a guaranteed safe. If desired, a person can always try more invasive treatments with some risks.

Fortunately, much research has been dedicated to understanding the biological phases of how this occurs and how active ingredients can inhibit and lighten the unnatural darkened pigment.  Even more exciting is the breakthroughs in DNA cellular repair. This helps the skin to react properly and offers more “anti-aging” benefits beyond just hyper-pigment.  The key is finding a facility that really understands the conditions on all skin types and has the expertise to develop a customized program

Our first defense is using a UVA & UVB broad-spectrum protection.  This means both physical chemical blocks are blended for maximum protection of damaging UV rays.  Constant Re-applying is important but only practical if one is outside during a recreational activity.  For a typical day that might involve driving kids to and from school, health club, trip to the food market or a drive to the office, the key is layering, just like keeping warm in the winter.

There are so many choices; unfortunately the vast majority of over the counter cosmetic creams can’t deliver the same results as higher quality ingredients. So, ask questions and be sure and select an expert!