Skincare Tips For People With Sensitive Skin

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A group of researchers conducted a survey on skin types across the United States, with results published in the International Journal of Dermatology. They found that, of the nearly 1000 people surveyed, about 44% had either sensitive or very sensitive skin.

Women had it more than men (about 51% vs about 38%), but there were no significant differences accounting for age, ethnicity, or geographic location.

The point here is that sensitive skin is a common condition in today’s world. If you have sensitive skin yourself, you may have tried several different skincare treatments and gotten mixed results because of the nature of your skin.

This can be frustrating, since a well-meaning recommendation from a friend can lead to a rash, blotchiness, acne, itchiness, flaking, and other irritations. What’s a gal to do?

Follow some of these tips for people with sensitive skin! You can also come in for a facial treatment for sensitive skin at our spa – but more on that later.

Test The Products You Use

When you’re trying a new skincare product or routine, test it out on a small patch of your skin first. IT’s best to do this in an inconspicuous area – not your face.

Treat your skin with this new product, and then wait for 48 hours. If you notice a reaction, you’ll be glad you took the time to test it first! If not, you’re in the clear.


This is true for any skin type, but is especially true for those with sensitive skin.

Along with sensitive skin often comes dry skin, especially during the winter months. Using a natural moisturizer that suits your skin will help you lock in moisture, keeping your skin happier, healthier, and more radiant.

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Avoid The Sun

I know that isn’t much of a concern this time of year, but as the snow begins to melt away you may be tempted to don your nicest bathing suit and soak up as many rays as you can in your backyard. And while that may feel good, too much sunshine can be harmful.

This is especially true for those with sensitive skin – the Sun’s rays can lead to rashes and irritations, sunburns, and of course the long-term threat of skin cancer.

Avoid Alcohol-Based Toners

Alcohol-based toners can do a great job of helping cleanse your face, especially if you have acne-prone skin. But these toners will irritate your sensitive skin, giving you the exact opposite of what you were hoping for.

Instead, try an alcohol-free toner. We have several options available here at Jiva Spa Toronto for you to choose from.

Watch What You Eat

Often, people with sensitive skin will experience flare-ups in symptoms like blotchiness, acne, dryness, or other irritations depending on the foods they eat.

Some common culprits include dairy, peanuts, tree nuts (like almonds, pecans, walnuts, or Brazil nuts), eggs, soy, gluten/wheat, and shellfish. If you find yourself with flare-ups more often than you’d like, consider cutting one of these out of your diet for a few weeks.

If, at the end, you notice an improvement in your skin, try re-introducing it into your diet. If the flare-ups return, it’s a good bet that this is one of the things causing your problems.

Drink More Water

This is true for any skin type – drinking more water keeps your entire body hydrated, including your skin. And since sensitive skin is more prone to drying out than other skin, it’s more important that you remain hydrated.

Get A Sensitive Skin Facial

Here at Jiva Spa Toronto, we offer a facial treatment specifically for those with sensitive skin. If you end up with flare-ups from other spa services, the sensitive skin facial may be for you.

Give us a call to book your FREE skincare consultation and find out how you can get the healthiest, most radiant looking skin possible.

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2017 MINI Countryman Revealed in Test Drive

Gone are the days when we used to enjoy the real pleasure of driving a genuine MINI Cooper or Countryman.

Now, we have to stick to the new politics implied by BMW Group, which follows the current trend of building extremely wide and bulk models. And MINI follows the same idea by now manufacturing extremely wide models, and if the trend keeps on, we will eventually end up driving a genuine MINI SUV.

In fact, the 2017 MINI Countryman is a sort of an SUV, only at smaller scale, the model coming with enormous space inside that would fit a whole living room and family altogether. Even with the new look, the Countryman remains a fun car to drive and destined for family outdoor activities.

The new Countryman is bigger, way to bigger than the previous model, now standing on the BMW`s new UKL architecture and measuring 7.8 inches longer and 1 inch wider. The wheelbase has also received an extra of 2.9 inches. The new chassis automatically makes the interior quite roomy, allowing as well an increased cargo capacity, and enough space for the rear seats to fold down with a 40:20:40 split.

And the video below revealed by CarBuyer magazine highlights the car`s family characteristics. The British carmaker has now understood the need for a genuine family car and acted as such, fitting the new Countryman with plenty of items, gizmos and features destined to satisfy the needs of all family members.

The car`s main highlights remain under the hood, the 2017 MINI Countryman coming with two engines, such as the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, with 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in the Cooper Countryman, while the MINI Cooper S Countryman packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both mills feature a six-speed manual as standard, but can also be had with an automatic transmission as optional.

You can find out more about CarBuyer`s review in the video below!

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2017 5-Series Gets Impressive Display at BMW Welt, Munich

BMW has started the year with the right feel and attitude, managing some significant sales growth compared to last year`s same period, and on top of that, it is also planning the introduction of new models that will come with cutting-edge technology.

Even so, the carmaker has also got the time to look into its own yard and take care of its high-end models, as it recently welcomed back home the gorgeous BMW G30 5-Series, the model being displayed at the carmaker`s showroom in Welt, Munich.

Tourists and BMW purists touring Welt this period will definitely find the inspiration and the mood to visit BMW`s showroom, and admire the latest 5-Series variants currently of display – the BMW 540i with the M Sport package as well as the 530d, each one coming with exquisite features and the best attitude.

The BMW 540i is highlighted here with the gorgeous Bluestone metallic exterior, highlighted by the M parts and 19-inch alloy wheels. In the engine department, the model comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 340 horsepower.

On the other hand, the 530d with the Luxury trim comes with a Blue metallic body wrap, adaptive LED headlights and plenty of high-tech gadgetries inside, including the famous semi-autonomous technology, also found on the 540i as well. Under the hood, this variant comes with a six-cylinder inline diesel pot, good for 265 horsepower and 620 Nm of torque.

As a reminder, BMW officially announced the all-new 2017 BMW 5-Series range last year in October, the entire lineup coming with plenty of variants to be presented to the public starting as following:

February – the introduction of BMW 530i/BMW 530i xDrive, BMW 540i/BMW 540i xDrive, BMW 520d/BMW 520d xDrive, and BMW 530d/BMW 530d xDrive.

March – the introduction of BMW 530e iPerformance, BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition, as well as the BMW M550i xDrive.

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Soundtrack Review: Rings

Rings Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Rings by Matthew Margeson.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 78.7

Total Minutes Of Excellence: 1.8

Album Excellence: 3.2%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Rings is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and starring Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe and Johnny Galecki. It is the third film in the American Ring franchise and follows The Ring from 2002 and The Ring Two from 2005. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a movie within the movie that no one has ever seen before. The score is composed by Matthew Margeson.

I have great memories of The Ring, but not so much from the American versions. I got the first Japanese film called Ringu on DVD not long after it came out and I was watching it in my grandparents house all alone. Big mistake. I didn’t get much sleep that night. The Ring was terrifying and little Japanese girls with long black hair has to be up there with my fear of clowns. The American versions was ok, but they could never match the horror of it’s Japanese original. With Rings they are trying to do something new with the Ring franchise, but the reviews hasn’t exactly been great. Margeson though is a composer I have great respect for and has given me some amazing moments in recent years and I’m truly looking forward to this one. I loved the original score by Kenji Kawai, and to some degree I liked the Zimmer version as well. Hoping this is more like the Japanese version, because that is freaky.

The score opens with ‘First You Watch It Then You Die’ and immediately I’m a bit disappointed. There’s something about the lonely piano in horror that seems so over used. Give me strings, give me something scary. Something is about to happen though, an it almost does around 1:50 in, but then it goes into a deep electronic passage. I dig the action sequence near the end, but it sort of lose it’s horror appeal. Not the best opening cue, but there’s plenty of time to recover. Throughout this score you’ll hear all sorts of whispers and muffled scratching, but to me it doesn’t really feel scary. There’s one part in ‘Gabriel Watches’ that I love, when the strings get a bit of randomness to it, almost like a sound effect, that works great.

One of the best cues on the score hasn’t got horror written all over it. ‘Julia’ is a sweet theme for the main character. Judging by this music, she is a character one easily falls in love with, and I’m sure the music helps in the way we feel about her in the film as she’s going through the 7 days. The score wasn’t what I hoped it would be and knowing Margeson’s usually excellent output, I can’t help but be a little bit disappointed. The Ring franchise will forever hold a special place in my heart for some effective and creepy scares, but this doesn’t have the same feel as the franchise I remember.


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BMW M140i Shows Impressive Engine Growl in Video

There have been a lot of important transformations in BMW`s lineup, especially in the 1- and 2-Series, all starting with 2015, when some of the models received a lot of updates that would differentiate them from the previous generation.

It is also the case of the 1-Series` 135i, which became the present 140i model, starting with the same year. This meant a life cycle with significant modifications in terms of design and performance under the hood.

Besides the much wider chassis, also underpining the 2-Series M240i, the M140 came with a facelifted styling, with the new body parts making the model much more appealing and aggressive at the same time. The top of the crop was its high-performance exhaust system which made the engine growl extremely impressive.

In terms of performance, the BMW 1-Series 140i received some upgrades as well, all squeezed from the same N55 M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder pot, with 340 horsepower and impressive 500 Nm of torque.

All the power is sent to the rear axle via a high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. However, with the new xDrive 140i, the model can run the same straight line in 4.4 seconds, which makes it quite equal in front of the BMW M2 Coupe, with 4.3 seconds.

To understand and enjoy the car`s impressive engine sound, journalists from Auto Top have put together an interesting video called ”BMW 149i Exhaust Sound LOUD”. The title speaks for itself and needs no further introduction!

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