A to Z of best ingredients for great skin

Vitamin A will always be the key to great skin care regardless of the latest trends and fads. That is because Vitamin A is the master controller of cell growth and renewal. Vitamin C and antioxidants support the work of Vitamin A. These are the foods and other ingredients you need to look out for as part of your skin care regime to promote healthy skin that stays as youthful…

Is once a day enought to prevent ageing?

Let’s face it – slathering ourselves in sunscreen is messy and a bit of a bore. Putting it on our children is even worse – they wriggle and squawk. So what do you do? Apply once a day sun cream, use SPF50 or put the kids in a a plastic boiler suit in a tent on the beach? The answer is …use more than you think you should….and often.  …

Common Questions About Massages Answered

Massages are a wonderful stress reliever and a brilliant way to ease the pain in tired muscles which is what makes them one of our most popular spa treatments. We often gets questions about massages such as what to do before and how they can help with particular ailments. Here are some of the most common questions along with the answers.   Is there anything I need to do to prepare myself for a…

Can Our Spa Treatments Help Combat Ageing?

If there is one certainty in life it’s that ageing is inevitable no matter how much we try and kid ourselves into thinking that we can hold back time. The same thing applies to our skin, hair, energy levels and muscle tone.   The good news is that when it comes to the skin dermatologists attribute 30% of the ageing shown in our faces as being genetic with the rest down…

Is Cold Water Therapy Good For You?

It’s fair to say that when most people step into a shower, they would prefer it to be hot and steamy. Yet a growing number of people are shunning this basic comfort and turning the temperature dial in the opposite direction so that they can treat their body to a cold shower. Are these people mad or is there something to be learned from them? One thing is certain, taking…

The Benefits Of Body Brushing

If you have ever visited a spa, you may have come across body brushing as part of the menu. While it might sound painful it is usually done firmly but gently as part of the preparation for various other spa treatments including wraps and massages.   As you might expect body brushing is used to clear dead skin and any other impurities that build up on the surface over time. The act of brushing…

Vitamin A – the most important vitamin for the skin

…yet 95% of people don't get enough! We recently met Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ skincare, in Dublin. Needless to say, the conversation soon turned to his favourite subject – the critical importance of vitamin A! From the moment a human egg is fertilised, vitamin A starts its activity. Cell growth and therefore a baby's development will not progress properly without adequate levels of vitamin A. It is locked…

Beauty Treatments And Pregnancy – Which Ones Are Safe?

A trip to the spa while you are pregnant can be a great way to relax and unwind but before booking treatments, it is important to know which ones are safe.   Facials  Pregnancy can either be very good for your skin or it can cause all sorts of problems. A good facial can do wonders if hormones are causing your skin to become sensitive and there are plenty of products…

How Anti-Ageing Are Spa Treatments?

As time passes, it is inevitable that your skin will begin to show its age. The good news is anti-aging spa treatments can help slow the effect and leave you with a healthy glow in your complexion no matter how old you are.    Having regular spa treatments is one of the most effective ways to look after your skin and combat the effects of losing collagen and elastin as we age. Of…

A Brief History of Tanning

While we see it as completely normal to desire the golden glow of a tan today, it hasn’t always been the case through history. The idea that a tan makes us more attractive only really came about in the early part of the 20th century probably around the 1920s. This was a time when it became fashionable for the rich and famous to show off tans gained from Mediterranean beaches.…