To recreate the spa experience for yourself, follow our simple guide to performing an at home facial using Hungarian massage
We all know the number of benefits regular facials have on the skin. However, due to our hectic schedules, we can quite often skip our regular trip to see a facialist. Although your bathroom shelves are probably filled with a range of products, this isn’t necessarily a good excuse to skip seeking professional help. We sometimes think of trips to our facialists as trips to the dentist. It is a 50-50 balance - half of the results are based on professional care, while the other half is maintaining the result of the treatment at home. Our skincare routine works in the same way. As our skin changes constantly, a facial is like a month or bi monthly routine to ensure your complexion’s health is maintained. Skin cell turnover happens every 28 to 40 days. Considering this cycle plus external factors such as age, weather, sleep and hormones; it is always a good idea to have an expert on hand who can help addressing those changes. A trained professional will be able to advice on how to effectively treat a specific skin condition and to correct any concerns. Remember no facial is done without a skin analysis. Getting a professional deep cleanse can actually clear your pores in a much more efficient way than at home. Facialists tend to use a safe and gentle steam to open your pores and allow them to breath. They also have a technique to extract whatever is clogging them. As a result, facials are essential to prevent imperfections and make your products at home work harder as they can penetrate better into the skin.
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We've just launched our first ever Rose Quartz Face Roller. If you haven’t used this unique skincare tool before, you’ll be amazed by the benefits it has for your skin and soon will understand why it’s an essential in your skincare routine. Boosts blood circulation. It diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Helps your regular skincare products penetrate deeper into the epidermis. Brightens tone by increasing lymphatic drainage (like a fingertip massage) as it reduces the blood vessels and appearance of pores. The face roller gets rid of puffiness and acts on the lymphatic system as a real life “pump”. If your lymphatic system is functional, then the cells, epidermis and dermis are nourished and your complexion healthy. It eliminates toxins by accelerating the skin cell renewal process. Reduces headache and sinus pain. Minimizes spots around the chin and jawline caused by toxins. When are you trying our new Rose Quartz Face Roller?
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We often dream of a peaceful retreat where you can relax and unwind after a stressful and long week. For most however, your bathroom will just have to suffice. However, the bathroom of your dreams may be a full remodel and a big budget away. Read on to discover five ways you can turn your bathroom into the ultimate home spa experience. 1.Go minimal If your bathroom is looking like a store on sale, get rid of clutter by removing items you don't use on a daily basis and create extra storage for them. Think of how a spa would organise and display toiletries. Buying some add-ons such as clear glass jars to store cotton balls on the countertop or a raffia basket to display hand towels on the floor next to the bath are simple ways you can keep your bathroom essentials at hand. 2.Use natural scents One of the things we always remember from a Spa is its scent. Aromatherapy replicates the spa experience by evoking emotions, boosting relaxation and relieving stress. Essential oils, scented candles and soaps are the easiest way to recreate this mood. Consider scents like orange blossom, lavender, jasmine for a calming effect and relaxing atmosphere. 3.Add green To create a healthy environment, add life to your bathroom through the addition of indoor plants and flowers. Indoor plants are an effective way at turning your bathroom into a more comfortable and peaceful setting. Try filling a clear vase with fresh white flowers or setting potted green plants around the bathroom to embrace natural elements. 4.Invest in new towels and rugs Throw away all your old bath mats and towels and invest in fluffy luxurious ones to wrap up in after a shower. If you want to take your home spa to the next level, purchase a towel warmer so you can enjoy warm, heated towels right at home. 5.Invest in new tools No at-home spa is complete without some fun and useful tools. Invest in a bath brush, natural sea sponge and facial rollers that can double as décor. Using these tools will not only set the mood but also boost the effects of your at home treatments.
Performing a facial within the surroundings of your own home is an excellent way to maintain glowing, radiant skin. In fact, at-home facials are great for prolonging the benefits of your regular facials until your next appointment with your therapist. We reveal why: In our current lifestyle, the importance of cleansing can be overlooked. Performing a facial on yourself involves a deep cleanse which is vital to remove aggressors such as environmental stress, pollution, make-up, UV damage. To cleanse your face properly, we recommend double cleans With a warm mitt or facial cloth, apply circular motions moving from the forehead to the chin. Exfoliation is an important step within your DIY facial as it removes dead skin cells which helps to diminish the appearance of acne, scars or blemishes. Removing these dead skin cells enables new ones to grow. It’s therefore key that we have a facial at least every 3-4 weeks as this is how long your skin cycle lasts. Start the exfoliation process by applying the product on your neck and following with the face. Applying a mask is another important step when performing a facial at home as it is targeted treatment for your skin which combats a specific skin type. For example, a regular clay mask is perfect for those who needs to remove impurities and sebum excess. The Instant Plumping Maskor Gold Hydralifting Mask contains ingredients which gives your skin long-lasting hydration and are therefore extremely beneficial for those who suffer with dry skin. To apply the mask, you need to massage deeply into the skin from your forehead, moving outward toward temples, around the nose, cheeks jawline and chest. You can always ‘multimask’ (using different masks on your face depending on each concern you may have). See our guide to ‘multimasking’ here. Facial massage improves lymphatic and blood circulation to give skin that glow. If you suffer from acne or rosacea, massage is extremely beneficial. Moisturising is the final and probably the most important step for your routine at home as it tones and lift the skin ultimately slowing down signs of ageing. We recommend using a “tap and release” method to apply your moisturiser (that should not contain alcohol) that starts at the neck area, chin and going up to the forehead and it allows the product to be more effective. Eye creams are also essential. Use the ring finger for a lighter pressure to allow the moisturiser to absorb deep into the epidermis. It is important to end your facial by applying a very light formula to your skin to make sure your complexion is radiant and refreshed. We love spritzing our Queen of Hungary Mist for this very occasion! Lastly, performing a facial at home can be extremely relaxing and can ultimately help reduce stress which can actually affect the condition of your skin. With everyone’s hectic lifestyles, it’s extremely important to find the time for yourself.
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be revealing the benefits of re-creating a spa experience within the surroundings of our home. Incorporating simple massage techniques into your skincare routine has numerous benefits for the skin. To kick start the series, our talented therapists reveal some of their ‘DIY’ tips: Gwen, London I keep the Reviving Eye Cream in the fridge to add extra coolness. This will freshen around the eyes, de puff and cool tired eyes, making you look more awake and refreshed. I perform eye massage when applying to the skin to improve circulation. Before applying a mask, always exfoliate first. Exfoliation will help to remove dead skin cell build up, revealing brighter, smoother skin. I apply a mask immediately to ensure the mask will penetrate the epidermis and provide a better result. Adrienne, Budapest I recommend performing facials at home once or twice a week for 30 minutes. The steps are simple: cleanse, exfoliate, tone, mask, massage, finish. Using long stroking or circling movements, massage the product against your facial lines. Massaging against gravity helps to create a lifting effect. Using warm steamed mitts during your cleansing routine gives you the ultimate spa experience. Maria Bardos, Budapest When cleansing, I always wash my face first with warm water, followed by cold and then warm water. This kick starts blood circulation and it is very good for the capillaries. When applying eye creams, massage in circular motions about the eye socket until the cream absorbs. I really believe in the importance of exfoliation as it has so many benefits for the skin. I always explain to clients that if you remove dead skin cells, your complexion will look much younger and brighter. It will also allow your subsequent serum and moisturiser to penetrate deep into the epidermis. Never go to bed with makeup!!!! It looks funny, but if you stand in front of the mirror articulating some letters like: a, e, o, u a couple of times, this will exercise the muscles to make them firmer and tense. Use the Queen of Hungary Mist throughout the day to give instant hydration. I recommend to check your skin at least a couple of times a year, especially when the season changes. It’s important to adjust the products within your routine to suit your current skin condition. What’s your favourite DIY tip?
Put a Spa in your home. It reduces stress, improves sleep, eases aches and pains, too! If you’ve ever spent time in a whirlpool bath or a steam shower, you will know that they are a pleasure to be enjoyed and can help you relax but, did you know that they provide a broad range of health benefits, as well? It’s true. Both a steam shower and a whirlpool bath can deliver a broad range of desirable benefits that can help you in many ways – physically, mentally and emotionally. There are five specific ways a whirlpool bath can help you. For example: - It provides a relaxing, gentle massage … of “pulsing” or “lapping” water that adds very light pressure to every part of your body to slowly relieve stress and relax you. In fact, the continuous flow of water against you feels very much like the skilled fingers of a professional masseur. And the hot water that the whirlpool generates adds to the effectiveness of the massage and leaves you feeling refreshed and healthier. - It cleanses your skin … by opening your pores and “flushing” out accumulated dirt and oil. That leaves your skin with a healthy glow so that you look and feel better and much more vibrant. A weekly whirlpool bath can virtually assure that you will never be afflicted with dark spots, pimples or unsightly blemishes. - It positively impacts your blood pressure … the hot water in the whirlpool bath works to effectively dilate your blood vessels which dramatically improves your blood circulation. And that leads to lower blood pressure. It also keeps your skin clear and healthy-looking, free of acne, pimples and dark patches. - It helps to keep you looking young … that’s because the whirlpool acts somewhat like an anti-aging device. The buoyancy of the water helps you to relax and eliminate stress. And a lower stress level actually works to stall or delay the aging of your skin, keeping it taut and youthful in appearance. - It provides a “clean way” to bathe … a regular bath is often not hygienic. That’s because you “sit and soak” in your own dirt. A whirlpool bath is different. Its lapping water “drains” itself repeatedly so that you soak in clean water for as long as you remain in the bath. There is another way for you to relieve stress and pain, reduce stress and look and feel good … Put a steam shower in your bathroom and “reap the benefits”. A steam shower, like a whirlpool bath, provides a user with a broad range health benefits. Its use dates way back to the Roman Empire. It has been in use consistently for more than two thousand years because it feels good and, as stated earlier, it provides health benefits. For example: A steam shower improves blood circulation because it widens blood vessels. And that leads to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart problems. A steam shower can help a person recover from strenuous exercise. Exercise builds up metabolic waste in the body’s muscles that can lead to soreness and discomfort. The water from the shower flushes the waste and reduces that soreness and fatigue, as well. A steam shower cleanses the skin by opening its pores and washing away accumulated dirt. It leaves the entire body with a healthy glow. A steam shower provides a perfect way for a person to relieve tension and stress. The cascading hot water relaxes the body and the mind … causes a slight or modest feeling of fatigue and that leads to deep, peaceful and restful sleep. This post was written by Nina Wells from Sensual Spas, Nina is an expert writer in the health and fitness niche and has been writing and studying topics like this one for over 10 years.
The preparation for the Big Day, one of the most important days in a woman’s life, starts at least 2 years before. Booking the church, the reception, who will be your bridesmaid or even which guests will attend or not attend (you know you can’t include your embarrassing Aunty), has to be decided very early on. Then there is THE DRESS possibly the most important moment will be trying, fitting and then ordering THE DRESS. It will make you feel like a princess on that special day when you walk up the aisle to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March to meet your frog...oops I mean prince. Everything will have been prepared and organised within an inch of perfection, from the hen night, weekend, spa-away-with-friends, family, friends and mother-in-law-to-be to the flowers. The de rigueur something borrowed, something new, old and blue, nail colour, make-up, groom and ushers outfits, bridesmaids’ dyed-to-match shoes and to the gifts to be given out at the reception. One of the most important things you want to make sure is perfect on the day is your skin. If it’s glowing it will give you confidence. My top 5 tips for perfect complexion on the day are: 1. Don’t wait until the last minute, start thinking about your skin at least 3 to 6 months before the big day. Skin cell renewal can take anything from 28 days to 50 days so you need to be thinking early. 2. Find yourself a good facialist, one that you feel comfortable with and whose hands you trust. One that makes your skin glow and feel lifted after each facial. Then you know she is ‘making a difference’. 3. Include one weekend visit to a spa to distress and relax. Nothing gives the skin a perfect glow than being stress free and chilled. 4. Eat and drink healthily for at least 6 months before the big day, as what we eat is reflected in our skin. Too much starch and sugary foods will cause blemishes and the skin can appear dull and lacklustre if we follow a diet without essential nutrients. 5. Pick a good make-up artist that you feel comfortable with. Just because one maybe famous or recommended by a friend does not mean they will be a good fit for you. Experiment with make-up yourself so you know what suits you and then find a make-up expert who will compliment your features rather than try to cover them. Now you are camera ready, smile, face the lights and dazzle! Your photographs will delight you and family for many years.