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New at News: Our Clinic is Growing!

Welcome to this new season at Niagara’s Elite Wellness Spa

cozy fall sweater and coffee

This fall at NEWS, we’re introducing more elite services to keep you looking and feeling your best. From chiropractic care to PRP facials, read on to find out how you can take advantage of our elite list of services.

Our New Chiropractor

NEWS welcomes Dr. Laura Custode to our team of health practitioners. With the addition of chiropractic care to the clinic, our wellness center is now complete.

Dr. Laura attended Brock University and earned her undergraduate degree in kinesiology. Afterwards, she continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and completed four years of intensive study. During that time, she completed an internship and finally graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in 2018. She has additional certifications in functional integrated acupuncture, Typaldos manual therapy, muscle release techniques and rehabilitation (MRT), and soft tissue training.

As a chiropractic doctor, Dr. Custode can diagnose and treat numerous types of muscle, joint, and skeletal issues. She may also recommend customized orthotics or compression stockings to enhance chiropractic therapy.

Dr. Custode is now accepting new patients and looks forward to working with you in the future!

N.B.: please be aware that we direct bill to insurance companies and accept WSIB and MVA (motor vehicle accident) claims.

PRP: What’s It All About?

For those who have reservations about traditional botox and Fillers, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe and effective way to boost your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin.

You’ve probably seen it all over the web: the “vampire facial” is the hottest new anti-aging craze, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian promoting its ability to improve skin texture, minimizes wrinkles, and reduce fine lines around the eyes.

NEWS offers this medical aesthetic service.

PRP stimulates collagen production in multiple parts of the face and body. It can also be used on the scalp to help with balding and chronic hair loss.

PRP (short for Platelet Rich Plasma) is a specialty cosmetic treatment that uses your own blood to help aid your skin’s natural self-healing process. This results in the natural production of collagen and elastin wherever the plasma is injected. Instead of putting foreign substances like botox or derma fillers in your face, you are using platelets and plasma from your own body to boost cell renewal.

So how can you take advantage of this wonderful technology? Essentially, you have two PRP treatment options:

1)  PRP with micro-needling: this is the “vampire facial” procedure that uses a motorized micropen to create small punctures on the surface layer of the skin so that it easily absorbs the plasma.

2) PRP injections: the plasma is injected directly into the area of concern (lips, cheeks, undereye) to increase plumpness and volume, mimicking tradition derma fillers like Restylane.

Spa Spotlight: Fall Pedicures & Lush Berry Nails

Besides pumpkin-spiced lattes and oversized sweaters, there’s nothing more comforting than a hot stone foot massage! This fall, we’re promoting our signature “Elite” pedicure to help you stay warm and settle into the season.

Hot stones are highly therapeutic and can help alleviate muscle tightening and tension while increasing blood circulation in the feet and calves. Add a paraffin wax treatment and you’ll have happy, relaxed feet that won’t ache for weeks!

We also have a wonderful new selection of fall colours in stock. Reds, berries, plums, burgundies—we have ‘em all! We also picked up some new fall colour-changing shellacs that are just fabulous.

Pair your pedi with a complimentary coffee or cappuccino to make this experience even more delicious.


The NEWS hot stone pedicure.

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Free Forma PLUS with any Forma Face Procedure!

We’re giving away a free session of Forma PLUS!

NEWS is happy to offer this exciting promotion during the month of June. Forma PLUS is a laser treatment that improves the skin’s overall texture and tones and tightens sagging skin on the body. It works by sending radio frequency currents to the deeper layers of the skin, promoting new growth of collagen tissue underneath. In just one session, Forma boosts collagen production by up to 20%. This is non-invasive body remodelling at its finest!

Ideally, Forma PLUS therapy requires 4-6 sessions for optimal results, but even after 1 single treatment, the flabby skin around problem areas like legs, thighs, and the abdomen will look more toned and refined!

The best part about this promotion is that you’ll get those same results on your face! Combining a Forma facial with a Forma PLUS body treatment will give you truly remarkable results that will having everyone asking what your beauty secrets are. We want all our clients to experience this wonderful new laser service!

To qualify for this promotion, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Be one of the first ten people to book before the end of June.
      2. Mention this blog post to reception when making your appointment.

That’s it! We can’t wait to help you achieve a more beautiful complexion and a sexier physique. (If you’re interested in how Forma technology works, check out this video with celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas from our last post).

Here are some pictures of real clients who have done this therapy and achieved fabulous results:

body tightening/body sculpting with laserbody tightening/body sculpting with forma

Call the office today and book your free consultation with our laser therapist Andrea.

Note: this promotion is no longer being offered. We encourage you to check out some of our other spa promotions on offer this month.

#SpaSpotlight: Everything You Need to Know About Shellac Manicures (Part II)

In this two-part blog series, our aestheticians give their expert advice on all things shellac. Today, they share their best tips on how to properly remove your shellac without damaging your natural nail. 

What’s the best way for a client to remove shellac on her nails?

Aga: It’s always best to come in and have it removed by an experienced professional. There are many reasons for this, the most important being that it prevents the client from picking or peeling off the shellac themselves. You’re guaranteed to wreak havoc on the nail if you do this!

Why is picking or peeling so bad for the natural nail?

Kaitlin: Think about it, you have to use a special LED machine to cure and harden the polish. This causes the gel elements in the shellac to fuse to the nail plate, which is why it lasts so much longer than regular nail polish! Because the shellac is fused to the nail, peeling it off without breaking it down first means that you will also take off the top layers of your nail as well.

Kate: Aestheticians are trained in safe removal methods that can make a big difference in maintaining the health of your nail. First, we use high-quality, professional grade acetone. Second, we buff off the top layer of the shellac top coat. This increases the absorption of the acetone. Finally, we use the e-file or drill only to thin down the shellac, not to remove it completely. All these steps are essential for proper removal. Having your manicure removed by a trained professional minimizes the chances of experiencing any unnecessary damage to the natural nail.

What should clients do if their shellac starts lifting on its own after the two week period? 

Alex: Let it do its thing! A lot of our clients think that spontaneous lifting or chipping is bad, but if your manicure has been on for two weeks or more, this is perfectly normal. The shellac eventually loosens from the nail naturally, causing very minimal damage. It’s tempting to pick at it, and this is where you can run into problems. Even though some sections of the shellac have started to lift or peel, it still adheres to other parts of the nail.

Ali: If you’re prone to picking, call us right away and book a removal appointment! We also like to tell our clients to make regular, scheduled manicure appointments. We’ll either remove your existing manicure or give you a fresh one. It’s best to do this because you won’t tempt yourself to pick if you know you’ll be coming in soon to have your polish taken off.

Aga: Regular shellac appointments that follow a predictable schedule means that you come in every two or three weeks. This a good idea because by the two week mark, there is usually little to no chipping. As Ali mentioned, you’ll be less tempted to pick at shellac that’s perfectly in tact.

Do you think clients should remove their own shellac?

Kaitlin: I wouldn’t recommend it. It will take you much longer to remove shellac at home than it would if you came to see us as the spa. That said, home removal is totally acceptable and definitely preferable to picking. We always educate clients on proper home removal if they tell us they’d like to learn how to remove their shellac in the comfort of their own home.

Alex: I completely agree. I strongly recommend the foil wrap method used in spas and not the acetone-in-a-bowl method, as having your hand sit in acetone for long periods of time can seriously dry out the skin. The foil wrap is also quicker because when the wrap is tight and there’s pressure put on the nail, the acetone can break down the shellac quicker.

What other tips do you have to make sure the natural nail stays healthy? 

Katie: Make sure you get a full manicure with each removal. This allows us to nourish and hydrate the natural nail with soothing lotions and fortifying nail strengtheners. A paraffin dip treatment is also an excellent thing to add on to your removal service, as the oils in the wax act as a barrier that protects the nail bed and cuticles.

Ali: You should also continue your moisturizing routine at home and continue to use cuticle oil and nail strengtheners to keep your natural nail protected and healthy looking.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this series on the dos and don’ts of shellac application and removal. 

#SpaSpotlight: Everything You Need to Know About Shellac Manicures (Part I)

In this two-part blog series, our aestheticians give their expert advice on all things shellac. Today, they share their best tips on how to keep your shellac manicure looking flawless for weeks! 

How long is a shellac manicure supposed to last? Why might it not last as long as it’s supposed to?

Aga: in theory, every client should get two weeks out of their shellac mani without chipping. In 90% of cases this is true. Since we still must perform our everyday routines, there’s always a chance you might hit your hand against something or catch your nail on a rough surface. This is especially true if you lead a particularly hectic or active lifestyle.

Kaitlin: As Aga said, you should never experience lifting, peeling, bubbling or discolouration within the first two weeks of getting your shellac manicure. Make sure you don’t come into contact with any harsh chemical products while you have shellac on (think bleach, industrial cleaners, pool chemicals, etc.). These chemicals will cause the shellac to peel and lift right off the natural nail bed, and may cause the nail itself to soften to the point of breakage.

Besides avoiding harsh chemicals, what else can be done to prevent lifting or chipping within the first two weeks of a shellac manicure?

Katie: Something as simple as being more aware of your actions, whether it’s sports, exercise, cleaning, manual labour, or something else involving physical activity can help reduce your chances of experiencing any of these mishaps. Being more gentle with your hand movements can go a long way in preventing any chipping or lifting! And remember to wear gloves when washing dishes, working with bleach, or other household cleaning products.

What should clients do if they do notice chipping within the two week period? 

Alex: The best thing you can do to prevent any chipping around the free edge of the nail is to keep a file or buffer handy at all times. If the free edge (tip area) catches on something and it creates a snag or a rough spot, smoothing it down with a file will prevent any further catching. This in turn will minimize the potential for chipping or lifting. After every shellac service, we send you home with your very own file and buffer, so you don’t have to worry about buying your own!

Ali: You can also add a couple of coats of high quality, regular clear polish to create a layer of protection over the chipped area. This also helps maintain shine and adds a barrier between the shellac and the environment.

Any additional tips you’d like to share? 

Kaitlin: It’s best to have shellac applied when your natural nail is strong and healthy. This prevents the natural nail from bending too much, making it more likely for the shellac applied overtop to also bend and possibly separate from the nail. So make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from your diet!

Alex: We’ve also had a lot of clients say that hair and nail supplements have helped strengthen their natural nail.

Aga: Also remember that during winter months, there’s a lot of temperature change between the cold whether outside and heated indoor environments. The cold causes the gel molecules in shellac to contract, so wearing gloves when you go outside is very important in keeping the shellac nice and flexible.

Ali: On that note, I always tell my clients to keep your hands and cuticles properly moisturized during the winter, especially after every time you wash your hands. This prevents the nail underneath from becoming too dry—if the nail is too dry, it is more brittle and susceptible to breakage.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the second part in this series, where we’ll go over the dos and don’ts of shellac application and removal. 

#CleanBeauty: The Future of Cosmetics Is Chemical-Free

You may have heard the phrases “clean beauty” or “green beauty” floating around on the internet, with many different social media platforms—especially Instragam—showcasing beauty brands pledging to create products that have clean, chemical-free formulas made with naturally-sourced (especially organic) ingredients. Currently, the hashtag #greenbeauty is trending with just under 2,000,000 posts on Instagram, with #cleanbeauty coming in at over 1,000,000 posts. While the nascent green beauty movement is still a niche community that attracts a very specific type of beauty consumer, there’s no question it’s gaining momentum, poised to make a major mark on the beauty industry as a whole.

What is Clean Beauty?

“We’re predicting a clean-beauty revolution,” writes Rachel Lapidos at Well+Good. But what is clean beauty, anyway? What separates a “clean” cosmetics product from a regular one? Simply put, clean beauty is about health, safety, and non-toxicity. Although many clean beauty brands advertise their inclusion of specific fruit (or plant) extracts in their makeup and skincare formulas, if they contain chemicals or harmful preservatives, they can’t legitimately claim to sell clean beauty products.

The reverse is also true. A cosmetic item is considered clean even if there are no naturally-derived ingredients included in its formula. In the cosmetics world, “clean” is often confused with natural, organic, or even environmentally friendly—but the truth is, a clean beauty product is simply any product made using ingredients that are not suspected of being harmful to human health. That’s it! 

Many clean beauty products are made with plant-based ingredients.

Thankfully, of course, many clean beauty products contain an abundance of nourishing, all-natural ingredients brimming with skin health benefits. Plant-based ingredients are loaded with antioxidants that greatly enrich the effectiveness of many of your favourite beauty finds. Sometimes, clean beauty products will also be certified organic, which is another huge plus for consumers who are wary of plant by-products that are probably exposed to pesticides as crops, before they are harvested and prepared for cosmetic use.

It may be helpful to know that a lot of cosmetic companies committed to manufacturing clean products also pledge to support animal rights, fair trade, and environmental sustainability, formulating their products without using animal products or without exploiting the earth. They might try to prevent contributing to inhumane working conditions for people who work in cosmetic manufacturing. It takes a certain amount of patience and research, but discovering the beauty brand with the right blend (pun intended) of ethical commitments is incredibly rewarding, and makes cosmetics consumers feel that their love of all things beauty isn’t detrimental to other people, animals, the environment, or themselves. 

What Ingredients Should I Avoid? 

It can be difficult to decipher the scientific jargon that you see on many cosmetics ingredient lists. How do you know which ingredients are toxic and which ones are considered “clean?” The world-renowned environmentalist David Suzuki has created a shorthand list of the most common chemical ingredients that aren’t clean and that should be avoided. Here are just some of the most common chemical ingredients you should watch out for:



Dibutyl phthalate

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives






Sodium Laureth sulfate


Checking the ingredient list of any product you want to purchase is essential to living the clean beauty lifestyle. This is the only way to truly guarantee that your beauty products are chemical-free, low in toxins, and free of harmful additives. Because of major legal loopholes, cosmetics brands are able to make claims like “natural” and “non-toxic” without proper regulations. This is known as greenwashing, and the only way to avoid being duped by false claims of dishonest marketing is to carefully check the ingredient list of every product you’re thinking of buying. 

Does NEWS Offer Clean Beauty Aesthetic Services?

Yes! Here at Niagara’s Elite Wellness Spa, we use a Canadian-based company called Jenetiqa for all our facial and aesthetic services. This product is free from every single ingredient on the dirty dozen list! We also sell many of their products so you can use them at home. In addition to their clean, chemical-free formulas, Jenetiqa uses all-natural, plant-based extracts to deliver high-performance results. We couldn’t be happier with how this product performs on our clients. Their products are formulated with clinically proven ingredients, powerful antioxidants, and highly nourishing plant-based moisturizers. Jenetiqa is also committed to environmental sustainability, promising to reduce their carbon footprint by only using eco-friendly packaging. 

We offer free skin consultations to all of our clients with one of our skilled aestheticians. During your facial treatment, she will be able to assess your skin type and recommend which type of facial is right for you. In addition, she will suggest a list of products for home use, so you can continue to enjoy the results of your elite facial service. You can live clean and chemical-free without compromising radiant, glowing skin!