Ageless and Fabulous in Ottawa Podcast

New episode every Tuesday!

Topics about skincare and wellness, to help every listeners age gracefully. Thank you for listening and sharing with your peers! Let’s stay connected via the social platforms @metaeshetique

Did you know that rapid aging and environmental damage go hand in hand? When we talk about environmental damage, it doesn’t only revolve around UV rays, it actually includes air pollution, tobacco smoke, and all the other toxic chemicals that fly around in the air. These chemicals have the ability to stick on to the skin and transform healthy skin cells into free radicals, the famous ROGUE cell that destroys healthy cells in it’s path, while it attempts to find balance. Sounds crazy right? I invite you to listen to the latest podcast episode, where we go all in on getting a hold of environmental damage, a vital part of having a healthy skin foundation.

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Products mentioned:
Swiss Line Boosters
Swiss Line Aqua Vitale Serum

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

We are welcoming 2022 with a brand new mini series about Rapid Aging! This is one thing that many people suffer from, and it can be hard to pin point exactly WHAT is the cause of this rapid aging process. Well, with the eyes of an expert, we can tell you the foundation issues that need to be fixed in order to stop this rapid process from happening. However, there are many different things that can increase rapid aging, and today we begin by talking about DEHYDRATION. This very common skin condition can be fixed, but with the right tools.

What you’ll learn:
1. What is rapid aging
2. How dehydration affects the skin
3. Moisture barrier 101
4. Habits to STOP doing to prevent moisture barrier damage
5. Products recommended to fix dehydration

Products mentioned:
Guinot Hydrabeauté Milk
Guinot Hydrabeauté Toner
Guinot Hydra-Cellulaire Serum
Guinot Hydrazone Cream Moisturizer

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

Are you traveling for the holidays? Simplifying our skin routine for traveling is one of the hardest things to do! If you love taking care of your skin and doing all the steps to get your best looking complexion, it’s hard to know which steps are the most important, and what you can let go of for your traveling time. I have a few tips up my sleeve for this topic.

What you’ll learn:
1. The most important steps to NOT forget
2. Which SOS product you should bring
3. Which product you should bring full size, no matter what.
4. How to make your products “lighter” in weight.

I also want to say that we will be taking a two week break for the Holidays, and we’ll be back on January 11th for the first episode of 2022.

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always, and Happy Holidays!

It’s been a long time since we had the chance to have a proper holiday party or an outing with co-workers since last year. Isn’t it fun to get dressed and make ourselves glow whenever we go out? Well, if you want your skin to look amazing, I’m sharing my secrets on how I get my skin (and my clients’ skin!) “glowy”, dewy and beautiful for a special occasion.

And even if you’d simply like to boost your skin’s glow, these are the tricks you want to start doing now.

What you’ll learn:
1. The “Pro” way
2. The “Cure” way
3. The “Boosting” way

Products mentioned:
Gommage Biologic Enzyme Exfoliator
Masque Essentiel Nutri Confort Radiance

Swiss Line Boosters

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

In the crazy holiday season, it’s all about looking forward to the holiday break and spoiling our family and friends with gifts. This is why I wanted to give you my top free advice and tips to maintain and keep your skin as healthy as possible at home. The daily habits that I will mention may or may not be harmful to your skin (without you knowing!), and they can easily be changed in a day.

What you’ll learn:
1. Skin picking
2. Cellphone bacteria
3. Daily exfoliation
4. Self diagnosis
5. SPF

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

You know those “winter blues” that come around in the winter time? This is what we call seasonal depression, and it can happen to the best of us. The causes aren’t exactly 100% accurate, but there are some definitely some ways you can alleviate these low feelings. Today, we’re all in on wellness!

What you’ll learn:
1. Definition of seasonal depression
2. Causes
3. Tips

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a doctor or MD therapist, so this is not medical advise. These are based on my personal experience and on research. Always refer and consult with your doctor if you have concerns about this condition.

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

Who loves glycolic acid? I know we do! It’s amazing what this acid can do to improve many different issues such as hyperpigmentation, dull looking skin, and even surface dehydration lines! You’ve probably already heard that ingredients are not created equally, and in this episode we are diving deep into the making of a high quality Canadian glycolic acid from LaSpa Naturals.

I had the great opportunity to have a chat with Vikram Pandit, CEO and co-founder of Phycus Biotechnologies Inc., and Susan Mey, CEO of LaSpa Naturals, to learn the background of how glycolic acid is usually made and what are the top things that make it higher quality. These are things you can only learn from the pros, so make sure you’re ready to learn with this one!

You can also read HERE this article that sums up well how LaSpa Naturals formulates its glycolic acid, if you’d like to learn more about the topic.

Connection section:
LaSpa Natural Instagram
LaSpa Naturals website

Phycus Biotechnologies Inc

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

As we are in the middle of November, the sun season is finished (well, for those of us living in colder climates!) Starting to see sun spots appear as our skin tan fades is very common, but sometimes very annoying, as they will never go away on their own. Once they appear, they are here to stay, unless you have the proper tools and treatments in place to fade them away.

What you’ll learn:
1. Best professional treatments to utilize
2. At Home routines
3. Prescription options
4. How to prevent them from coming back

Click the links below to get some information:

1. Treatments – Intense Pulsed Light

At Home Routine:

1. Hydra Tendre Cleanser & Hydrabeauté Toner
2. La Spa’s Glycolic Anti-Age Treatment
3. Swiss Line Aqua Vital Serum 24
4. Cell Shock Luxe Rich Cream

Best SPF options recommended:
1. Colorescience Products

Download our FREE guide: 10 tips for healthy skin

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

With the insane amount of time we spend looking at screens, our body can perceive the amount of light we look at during the day. Blue light is actually part of the spectrum of visible light, but is it harmful to the skin?

I was curious to know more about this trendy subject, so I did my research on the topic and I am sharing with you all the information I found. You’ll be surprised, but I won’t reveal the answer here, you’ll just have to listen for yourself!

What you’ll learn:

1. What is blue light
2. How it’s affecting or not affecting the skin
3. Sleep patterns
4. Oxidative stress

Product mentioned:
Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF50 Brush

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

PROaging – sounds weird right? This actually mean “aging gracefully”. There’s nothing wrong with aging, it’s a beautiful thing, however we want to age in a healthy way, and this is exactly what we’re all about when it comes to our skin. If you’ve been thinking about this for a while, this podcast episode is for you – the first steps you should be taking to start PROaging:

What you’ll learn:
1. How to find a skin expert
2. How home habits are crucial
3. The real deal with botox injections
4. The first areas that show signs of aging

Products mentioned:

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush SPF50

Eye Creams
Guinot Longue Vie Eye Cream
Swiss Line Aqua Vital Corrective Eye Cream

Download our FREE guide: 10 tips for healthy skin

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

Do you have irritated or sensitive skin due to something you’ve done, or a product you started doing? Maybe the cause is more important to consider such as unbalanced lipid barrier, or even dermatitis. The following tips I talk about are perfect for anyone who wants  QUICK SOS solutions to calming any reactive or irritated skin down.

Products mentioned:
Water Shock Comforting Emulsion
Water Shock Soothing Toner
Aqua Calm Moisturizer

Download our FREE Guide for HEALTHY SKIN AT HOME

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

As you all know, October is ALL about chemical peels. We have a very special treat today, as I had the chance to talk to Susan Mey, CEO of La Spa Naturals – (hint: this is a NEW chemical peel we will be offering as of our Peel Party on Oct 21st!)

From a corporate lawyer to a serial entrepreneur, Susan Mey was inspired to build this company based on a family skin issue that needed to be addressed : her daughter’s skin reactions and sensitivity to everything.

Listen to our interview to know more about this NEW brand at Meta, and get inspired by a woman who had a clear mission to support all types of skins. @laspanaturals

This episode is dedicated to our upcoming Peel Party on Oct 21st – but if you’re not from Ottawa, you can certainly listen to this because I will talk about how seasons affect our skin, and how you should modify your routine in order to keep your skin healthy.

What you’ll learn:

– Why and how you should change your skincare routine every season
– How chemical peels will become your new best friend
– Peel Party details and promos

OTTAWA PEEPS: Grab one of our last tickets HERE

Post Peel Kits – check them out here!

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

How can you not be intrigued with the title?? These are daily habits that you may or may not be doing currently, but they are all things that need to be taken in consideration if you do do them (even occasionally!)

What you’ll learn:
1. The deadliest one – *teaser*
2. Over Exfoliating the skin
3. Sleep patterns
4. Glycation

Not getting any younger? Sign up HERE for a FREE Guide – 10 tips for healthier looking skin

Information and facts about glycationHERE

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

We all suffer from daily stress in our lives – what makes a difference is HOW we CHOOSE to deal with it. Stress is something that really does age our mind and body (and skin!) quicker if we don’t have any tools put into place to keep this culprit at bay.

What you’ll learn:
My top 3 tips to keep my daily stress at bay – and you’ll see, it’s very mundane things, but they really do help me stay laser focused on more important things, instead of letting the stress get to my head.

Don’t forget to share this tips with your friends!

Thank you for your listening ears

Understanding the skin is all about science and skin biology. I had the great opportunity to pick Custodio’s brain on a few important key notions that I think every “skin interested listener” should know about in order to truly understand their skin. Trust me, these concepts will blow your mind!

What you’ll learn:
1. Biotechnology 101 in product development
2. Pharmaceutical intelligence and sustainability
3.  Custodio’s ultimate 3 tips to age gracefully
4. Glycation – what is it?

Connect with Custodio d’Avo: The Age Traveller

Thank you for your kind listening ears

There are many benefits to receiving professional care, and it’s not all about simply relaxing and zoning out.  You’d be surprised but one of the main reason is to scope out potential cancerous cells – we have the skilled eyes to spot anything that doesn’t look normal!

What you’ll learn:
1. WHY you SHOULD go to a professional for a treatment
2. Best frequency for types of treatment

Book a consultation and treatment with us HERE!

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always


To all our listeners – we have made a REBRAND and changed our name – but it’s still me talking, so don’t worry!

In this first episode of season 2, we jump into the topic of “time release ingredients”. How long does it take to see results when you are using a product?

What you’ll learn:
1. The only reasons why you should stop using a product
2. How long you should wait according to 4 different ingredients:
3.  Hyaluronic Acid
4. AHAs
5. Retinol
6. Niacinamide

YouTube episode on Niacinamide:

Products mentioned:
Guinot Hydrazone Cream (Hyaluronic Acid)
Swiss Line Youth Booster (Retinol 0.4%)
Swiss Line Peace Booster (Niacinamide 5% + Tranexamic Acid 2%)

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

Are you interested to work in the beauty industry but have no idea what it takes in order to succeed? In this episode, we go all in and talk about the top personality traits needed to succeed in the beauty industry, from the perspective of an employer.

It is no secret that this industry is not the easiest one, but with the right tools, you can totally succeed and make a great career.

What you’ll learn:
1. Being available
2. How to be a chameleon
3. How education and learning can positively impact your career
4. Voice and body language

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

If you’ve never had a facial – you want to listen to this one!

In this episode, we’re talking about all the different steps that you will go through when booking and receiving a facial treatment. It may seem silly to some, but for the others that are curious to know what to expect, it’s a great sneak peak.

What you’ll learn:

1. The consultation process
2. Different types of facial treatments you can receive
3. The most popular steps you will encounter in a traditional facial treatment
4. The physical and emotional transformation you will encounter
5. 3 things you should expect post treatment, and 3 that you shouldn’t expect.

Book a consultation and a treatment with us HERE!

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

The best way to boost your smize game is the target your lashes yes?? There’s 3 common options to help the growth of your lash, or to boost your lash game.

What you’ll learn:
1. Lash extensions
2.  Latisse
3. Lash growth serums to order the EyEnvy

Thanks for your kind listening ears, as always

Have you ever FREAKED out when your skin professional said they recommend you a chemical peel? Well, if your answer is yes, then stick around and listen to this because you will learn a whole lot about chemical peels.

This episode is actually a recap of the amazing article I have co-written with Clément Bariteau, my Guinot rep & trainer. It has been published in the magazine Les Nouvelles Esthétique Spa Canada for the July-August edition. It has been around for over 50 years for beauty industry professionals, and I thought I would record a podcast as the article in only available via the physical magazine subscription – anyone can learn from this.

Oh and special announcement at the end, so stick around 🙂

Products mentioned:
Guinot Hydra Sensitive Cream

Swiss Line Aqua Calm Cream

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

How old were you when you started using an eye cream? Personally I was 18 yrs old. And I would never regret that move. Some may be skeptical about using eye creams, and I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t. They truly do work on the skin, and you’ll just have to hear me out on this one if you want to learn more!

What you’ll learn:
1. How is an eye cream different than a face cream
2. Expectations
3. Another alternative to crow’s feet or wrinkles on the eye contour
4. 2 pro tips to help the eye contour even more (NOT an eye cream)
5. Two recommendations for eye creams

Soft exfoliator:
Guinot Gommage Biologique

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush SPF50

My two recommendations:
Age Logic Eye Cream

Swiss Line:
Aqua Vital Eye Cream

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

What should I be doing NOW, in order to prevent my skin from aging?”

Do you know HOW anti-aging treatments work ON the skin? It’s actually interesting because we’re actually doing something that we would normally NOT recommend doing at home – can you guess what it is?

What you’ll learn:
1. Two factors responsible for skin aging
2. Why you should stimulate your skin – at home and professionally
3. The SECRET to anti-aging treatments
4. Our most popular anti-aging treatment and it’s technology

Thanks for your kind listening ears, always

Being in the industry, I see a lot of trends online that aren’t exactly correct, or they don’t necessarily resonate with me. I’m here to to a truth bomb on these, and offer you some solutions in order to “fix” those annoying pet peeves – sort of!

What you’ll learn:
1. My pet peeves in the skincare industry
2. A personality trait I don’t encourage
3. A comment you should never say to a beauty professional

Thanks for your kind listening ears, as usual

Come again? What in the world are “growth factors”?? This ingredient sounds odd, but I promise you, this will be talked about way more, I’m sure of it. Another ingredient highlight that could be your skin’s savior!

What you’ll learn:

1. What are Growth Factors
2. What they can do to your skin
3. Where we can find them and which skin types can benefit from them
4. Deep dive in the Swiss Line Cell Shock Luxe Collection


The Cell Shock Luxe Rich Cream (3 textures available)

Thanks for your kind listening ears!

This product I find had a loss in popularity in the past few years, but it’s actually coming “back in style” – the real question is, do you REALLY need one? Well, you’ll just have to listen.

What you’ll learn:
1. What’s a toner
2. One important thing a toner will do (and water can’t replace this!)
3. How it can benefit your skin
4. Ingredients to avoid in toners

Thanks for your listening ears xo

Did you know that melasma hits women more than men? Yay, another thing we have to worry about. There’s a little difference between regular hyperpigmentation and melasma, as it’s triggers aren’t the same, and one can never be fully eliminated…

What you’ll learn:

1. How to visually know what Melasma looks like
2. Triggers
3. Definition of hyperpigmentation disorders: melanin activity
4. Habits to have to help
5. Ingredients to look for
6. Treatments you can do to help

Check out The Swiss Line Evenness Booster HERE!

Hope this helps anyone who has this condition – don’t worry we’ve got you!

Many of our clients suffer with this annoying skin condition and it’s true, it never truly disappears from your DNA, however there are some ways to make it manageable and to control IT – not let it control YOU.

What you’ll learn:
1. What Rosacea is
2. Causes
3. Habits that make the condition worse
4. Treatments to help control and manage the disorder

Are you stuck with this condition? Drop me a comment on our IG on the post about this podcast!

We’ve all been there – myself included – I made some awful mistakes with my skin, and I’m here to share them!

I will share my mistakes and my tips to fix them if ever you do the same mistakes I did back in my early twenties 😛

I hope this makes you feel normal, because even if we’re in the industry, we’re human just like you: we’re not perfect!


June is finally here: It’s time to share my top secrets during the Summer time!

Topics I’ll talk about:
1. How to modify your regimen
2. How to utilize SPF and my favorite one
3. Adding antioxidants to your routine
4. Ingredients that make your skin “UV ray sensitive”

Colorescience powder HERE
Smart Cream Moisturizer HERE

I had a really cool opportunity to connect with Madi, a gal from Australia, who wanted to interview a skincare professional and ask a few common questions. It was a really fun interview , and you guys can definitely learn a lot from this!

Topics we talked about:
1. Is face cleansing really necessary
2. Common mistakes in skincare
3. The position of men in the skincare industry

Social media brought us some good and some bad things within our industry:

Have you noticed the influx of information that you can find online regarding beauty and skin care? It’s almost overwhelming and confusing, right? As a professional in the industry, I often do see videos or read articles that are totally not advising the right thing and this is where influencers, MLM (multi-level-marketing companies) and celebrity lines come into play. Not all the information you will find online will be true, and just because your favorite influencer uses it (and is paid or sponsored to talk about it), chances are it won’t work for your skin.

This is an opinion based podcast, from my professional point of view as an esthetician.. but it is a juicy one. Full disclaimer, I don’t want to bash on anyone who does this, but I do think that there is a line to be respected when it comes to giving advise on skin care.

Thanks for your ears and don’t forget to leave a 5 star review if you enjoy my podcast!

Have you ever wondered if there was such a thing as exfoliating too much? What consists of exfoliating exactly? There are SO many ways to exfoliate our skins, and I am here to give you the 411 on this topic:

What you’ll learn:
1. Different techniques of exfoliating
2. Chemical vs physical
3. What other things can exfoliate our skins
4. The answer to the question: is there such as thing as over exfoliating?

5. The At-Home ways to exfoliate…. Yay or Nay?

Welcome back!

Are you an esthetician, beautician, nurse injector or nail tech that is thinking of opening their own business – or you’re just starting your business? Well this podcast is for you. We’ve been around for over 42 years in the biz, and here I share our top 3 tips that Danielle has taught me over the years and that ultimately help making tough decisions – she’s been through it after many trials and error, so this was super helpful for me when I started out!

Curious about our upcoming resource for estys and pros in the beauty industry? :
Sign up here to stay in the loop about our upcoming course for estheticians!

Here it is folks, my journey into the skin care industry – it all started with acne. Here are my tips and the way I had decided to manage my acne (the no medication way) .

What you’ll learn:
-Acne tips
-My journey
-Different types of acne
-Treatment options

…and more!

Know that you are not alone, and acne is something that will most likely occur to almost everyone in their lifetime. If you need to talk to someone about it, even if it’s just to unload, feel free to connect with me at anytime. And again, thank you for your listening ear!

Welcome back to an educational segment – this time we are doing an ingredient highlight: tranexamic acid. This super star ingredient is starting to be more and more popular, but why?

What you’ll learn:
1. What it is
2. A quirky historical fact about this type of acid
3. Quick facts about hyperpigmentation
4. What this ingredient is good for




I had the honor of speaking/having an interview with Swiss Line directly from Zurich, in Switzerland to have a very fun discussion about skin. We talk about Meta’s history, skin tips, ingredients and trends.

Included in the call, we had Custodio D’Avo (Global Brand Director Swiss Line, The Age Traveller on YouTube), Monica Cisneros (Digital Content Manager at Swiss Line) and myself.

Swiss Line has been a tool in our “skin toolbox” for over 25 years to treat our client’s skin, so it’s been a great pleasure to be able to talk directly to the “Mother House” – I am beyond grateful to have had this opportunity 🙂 Perhaps more in the future??


The overnight product I use for my blemishes:
Aqua Pur Enzymatique Mask

If you love to learn about skin, you probably already heard the term “oxidative stress” – well, I’m here to tell you that it’s very important to know what it is in order to prevent your skin from the damages it can cause (accelerated aging, hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, etc….!) Sounds interesting right? And this affects EVERYONE – doesn’t matter your skin type or skin condition, it can definitely affect your skin, and I’m here to tell you the secret on how you can help fight it back.

What you’ll learn:

1. What is oxidative stress
2. Different types of free radicals
3. The surprising thing you do daily that can affect oxidative stress
4.  My top picks skincare wise to prevent oxidative stress

My top picks for fighting oxidative stress:

Swiss Line Aqua Vital Serum
Swiss Line Age Intelligence Smart Cream

Guinot Beauté Neuve Cream
Guinot Anti Dark-Spot Serum

Any thoughts on this? What are you favorite ways to fight off oxidative stress??

-Your Meta Fairy

Running a business in Covid is very challenging, but even more with a beauty business. Within 24hours, our services had to shut down, and without any warning. Even after a year into this pandemic, we are still getting last minute lockdowns. How are you supposed to plan ahead? Well, you can’t. In this episode, I am sharing my best tips for any beauty business owner (or even any business really) on what you should focus on in these really unstable times:

1. The initial shutdown – how it happened for us
2. What we focused on while closed
3. Reworking your mindset

-Your Meta Fairy

Why should you cleanse your face? Well…. so many reasons. Many times face cleansing is an after thought, but it is actually the most crucial step to your regimen, and if you don’t have it correctly – it can lessen the effectiveness of the  rest of your regimen.

What you’ll learn:
1. Why you should cleanse
2. What NOT to use to cleanse your skin
3. Types of cleansers
4. Frequency to cleanse

-Your Meta Fairy

Welcome to the very first episode or our new podcast!

In this intro episode, we let you know who we are, a little bit of our journey since 1979, and how we will utilize this podcast to connect with you all.

Skin care education is crucial when you want to UNDERSTAND your skin and how it behaves. We’re here to hold your hand through your skincare journey.

1. Intro to let your know who we are
2. Our story since 1979
3. Who is Danielle and Emilie – family run business

-Your Meta Fairy