What Are The Skin Benefits Of Unplugging?

The celebration of Earth Day is on April 22nd and began in 1970. It has grown into a global event recognized by over 192 countries. Devoting a special day to helping the earth is a way to demonstrate how much we care about the future of our planet. No matter what you like to do best, there's a way to get involved in Earth Day. You could plant a tree, make a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate a family member, clean up trash in your neighborhood, set up a bird feeder or save power by turning everything off for an hour or two - the possibilities are endless. Remember, you don't have to wait for Earth Day to show your love for the planet we call home.

On average, people spend 14 hours in front of their digital devices every day. That's nearly 213 days of the entire year spent on your laptop, phone or iPad. While we're all digitally connected through our social feeds, work emails, and text messages, we're losing the incredible power of real face-to-face human interaction. 

The truth is the stress of modern life has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Stress is a trigger for all  inflammatory skin conditions, resulting in redness, flakiness, and dryness, and it can cause inflammation and cellular water loss, the final common pathway of aging.

One solution to this type of cultural stress is the power of human connection. Real-life, face-to-face, eyes-up connection. Research has shown that just five minutes of human connection with someone close to you can significantly reduce cultural stress levels.

This doesn't mean you need to move to a deserted island and throw away your iPhone. What we are encouraging you to do is make small changes to your day that can make big differences in how your skin looks and your overall well-being.

What's New At Altitude Spa In April....
New Products:

We are very excited to introduce the new 2017 spring collection from Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. The new pure pressed triple eye shadows come in two peachy pink combos and the pure moist lipstick comes in two new go anywhere shades. Light up from within with the candid cream to powder blush that can be used on your eyes, lips and cheeks and for a naturally sunny glow, there is the new peaches and cream bronzer! For more information about any of these products stop in at Altitude Spa and try them on!!

Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Bold Night Out

Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Bold Night Out
  New Services:
Introducing the Life Enhancement program through Altitude Spa. This amazing 8 week program works with you inside and out. Form more information or to book a consult to discuss your options please call us at (403) 783-2999.
* Dietician and Social Worker portions of this program are insurance friendly*

Spa Sugar n' Strip (For Full Body and Facial Waxing)

This is an ancient product made from sugar, water, & lemon. It has no wax in it. The sugar paste works on very short 1/8" regrowth hair, cleans up with plain water, doesn't take off any skin, and therefore has little or no discomfort. People who have tried the product find themselves leaving the spa feeling relaxed and happy because the normal trauma and negative feelings associated with hair removal are gone. You can also feel free to add-on other services (such as a facial or body wrap afterwards, which you can not do with any wax products. For more information call us at Altitude Spa (403) 783-2999.


Refectocil Eyelash Perming
With collegen and cysteine it gives your lashes a wonderful curl, letting the eyes appear larger and more expressive.  At the same time the eyelashes are nourished. 
Unlike mechanical lash curlers Refectocil Eyelash Perm gently forms the eyelashes with the curl lasting up to 6 weeks.  Collegen is one of the commonly occurring structural proteins in the human body.  Together with the amino acid cysteine, proved to contribute to hair development, these active ingredients nourish and protect the eyelashes during treatment, allowing them to appear groomed and fuller.
The application is simple, safe and takes about 45 minutes. 

Staff Continuing Education
On March 18-20 some of our staff from Altitude Spa headed to Vancouver for the annual Esthetics International Spa Convention. The girls learned a lot of great new product and service techniques in many different spa  including nail design, massage, customer service,


Allie's Pick For Spa Cuisine
Healthy Choices For A Healthy You!   

Garlic has been used medicinally, and as a culinary ingredient, for over 5000 years. World folklore is littered with references to its ability to protect us, such as in ancient Greece, where mid-wives hung cloves of garlic on the windows to ward off evil spirits during childbirth. Ancient Koreans ate pickled garlic before passing through the mountains to keep tigers away as it was believed that they hated the smell. The Egyptians used to swear on cloves of garlic in the same way we swear on the Bible today as an act of indicating an honest testimony. It was so highly valued that 15 pounds of garlic could purchase a healthy male slave. The Greeks also used it extensively: These health promoting benefits may be experienced by using garlic as both a food ingredient and a dietary supplement. Garlic is odiferous, tasty, and medicinal. The first medical textbook known to have discussed the use of garlic in medicine was the Collection of Commentaries on the Classic of the Materia Medica (Ben Cao Zhing Zhi Ju), written over 1,500 years ago.

Garlic was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for its health supporting benefits. As early as the 1800s there was scientific evidence that bacteria died when they came in contact with garlic and recent research shows that garlic can strengthen the immune system and kill illness causing viruses and bacteria.

Garlic soup is a traditional recipe found in several different cultures (Spanish, French, Polish and Mexican) that was traditionally thought to ward off illness.
I found a recipe in an old French cookbook and wanted to recreate this favorite, especially during cold and flu season. What surprised me most is the delicious and savory flavor of this soup. I expected an overpowering garlic taste, but the added step of roasting the garlic creates a rich and almost slightly sweet flavor.

Soothing Garlic Soup
Author Wellness Mama
Yield 6 +
  • 4-5 heads of garlic (45-50 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup high quality olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 quart of chicken broth 
  • 2 cups of coconut milk or other milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaf or 2 teaspoons of fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaf 
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaf 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley leaf (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives (optional)
  • 1 fresh lemon (for garnish)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the heads of garlic in half across the cloves but do not peel them.
  3. Pour the olive oil into an oven safe dish and place the garlic head halves cut side down on the dish.Cover with an oven safe lid or foil.
  4. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until garlic cloves are fragrant and starting to brown. To remove the garlic cloves, carefully pick up the shell of the garlic heads. The cloves should slightly stick to the pan, making peeling easy.
  5. While garlic is roasting, melt butter in a large pot and add sliced onions. Saute over medium heat, stirring constantly until onions are translucent and golden. Add thyme, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. When garlic is done roasting, add peeled cloves to the onion mixture in the pot.
  7. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  8. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to low and add coconut milk or other milk.
  10. Using a stainless steel immersion blender, carefully blend the soup until smooth.
  11. Serve warm.
  12. Garnish with fresh parsley and chives and squeeze a lemon wedge over each bowl

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