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SKIN AGEING The skin, like any living organ, is a reflection of our state of health. Healthy skin can however experience some normal disorders or alterations, such as the ageing process. The ageing process is influenced by various internal and external factors: it is the result of natural changes in the body, which are genetically (or biologically) determined, but also to a great extent, external environmental factors (UV, pollution, lifestyle, stress, etc.). As such, global ageing is the outcome of intrinsic ageing and extrinsic ageing. Did you know: Around 80% of ageing is said to be caused by the environment, while 20% is purely biological. Oxidative stress Defence against oxidative stress is an integral part of an antiageing strategy. Indeed, the oxidation phenomenon caused by free radical attacks has strong connections with skin ageing, and it is largely induced by our lifestyles (pollution, stress, diet, smoking, alcohol, UV, etc.). Free radicals cause damage in multiple ways, and affect all the skin structures, on both the cellular and tissue level. The series of chain reactions they trigger are numerous and diverse. Free radicals do have a role to play: they help keep the skin balanced, as long as the internal antioxidant system controls and uses them wisely. However the environment to which our skin is subjected, in addition to natural ageing, creates significant imbalances. Free radicals multiply too quickly and overwhelm the skin’s antioxidant system, which can no longer cope with the influx, and this accelerates the damage caused to the epidermis and dermis. Free radicals are chemical species missing one or more electrons and whose only goal is to recover these missing electrons. They find these missing electrons inside healthy molecules, and this causes damage to them. A domino effect then occurs. Sothys answer: TARGET PROLONGED YOUTH Anti-ageing has become “youth”. Everyone, regardless of their age, expects effectiveness, innovation and relaxation and

want to stay attractive as they age. Today people want to combine beauty with science and nature. It’s in this context that Sothys developed its new youth protocol, for women (and men) who wish to keep their real age to themselves. The new youth solution created by Sothys Advanced Research team is our new active ingredient ßP3. TRICOMPLEX™. This effective combination is the best that nature has to offer: two botanical active ingredients from Saffron flower and Sophora flower mixed together with new generation cutting-edge peptides to protect the skins youth capital at all ages by taking a double action on all signs of ageing. Saffron and Sophora have been in the focus of scientific studies demonstrating their efficacy on: - Optimising traps for free radicals - Stimulating antioxidant defence systems - Stimulating skin regeneration systems They therefore allow the skin, regardless of its age, to positively defend itself against oxidative stress and to prevent subsequent harmful effects. The skins youth capital is perfectly preserved. The peptides in the Sothys ßP3. TRI-COMPLEX™, which are selected by Sothys Advanced Research team for their overall effectiveness on chronological ageing, are comprised of two different matrikines (small messenger peptides). With their restructuring action they limit the appearance of visible chronological ageing and help the skin fight against the visible signs of ageing at any age: wrinkles and slackening of the skin. Sothys answer: THE NEW COMPLETE YOUTH PROGRAMME Sothys offers a complete answer to the universal problem of preserving your youth and beauty for longer. The new Youth Intensive treatment combines ultra-targeted products with expert application methods. Through five key steps and eight specific formulas, the client will experience Sothys effectiveness as well as 1hour 15 minutes of total relaxation for a visibly younger skin. A range of homecare Youth Serums and Youth Creams make sure that the results of the professional treatment last longer and aim to ensure the skins youthful glow is maintained. A serum treats the skin from the inside out, and the cream from the outside in. Each cream contains ßP3. TRI-COMPLEX™ saffron-sophora-peptides to protect the skin daily, as well as a pool of specific active ingredients to target the signs of natural ageing process. For more information and your nearest Sothys salon visit:






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ALOE VERA AND WELLBEING The origins of Aloe Vera are in North Africa. Its name derives from the Arabic word alloeh, which means bitter. This name was given to Aloe because of its juice, which has a bitter taste. The Egyptians called Aloe the “plant of immortality.� Aloe Vera grows in arid climates. History has shown us that Aloe Vera is one of the oldest mentioned plants on record due to its medicinal and health benefits. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used Aloe Vera to treat burns, wounds, and reduce fever.




There are hundreds of different applications for the plethora of nutrients contained within Aloe Vera, many of which could be the next great addition to help revolutionise your daily skincare routine. All that’s left now is to find the perfect one for you and your health


loe Vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin. Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the Aloe Vera plant and it was found out that Aloe Vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, hair and scalp problems to many more. It is also said to be useful in treating wounds and burns, minor skin infections, eczema, genital herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, skin ulcers and many other conditions. There are a lot of natural products containing this wonderful plant within the ingredients, and I will explore some of the products within this feature, however understanding the true benefits of natural products can be a real eye opener for the newly awake beauty gurus. Here are just a few areas where this plant or products containing the Aloe Vera plant can remedy most health and beauty problems. Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the


body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps in replenishing its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker. This wonder plant has an immediate cooling effect which is most welcome to any person who has had too much sun. Aloe Vera juice is a gooey, thick liquid made from the flesh of the Aloe Vera plant leaf. Drinking this healthy elixir in juice form provides you with a number of other health benefits. Aloe Vera juice is made by crushing or grinding the entire leaf of the Aloe Vera plant, followed by various steps to purify and filter the liquid. With a mild, tolerable flavour, the juice mixes easily into smoothies and shakes. This makes Aloe Vera juice a practical whole food supplement. The Aloe plant is very water-dense, so it’s an ideal way to prevent or treat dehydration. Staying hydrated helps your body detox by providing a way for you to purge and flush out impurities. The juice also packs a hefty punch of nutrients that optimise your body’s organ output. This is crucial, because your kidneys and liver are largely responsible for the task of detoxifying your blood and producing urine. For this reason, you need to keep them healthy. Recovery from heavy


Problem skin and its many conditions can also be relieved and sometimes cured using Aloe Vera, given its anti-microbial properties

exercise also requires rehydration though the intake of extra fluids. Your body needs more fluids in order to flush and rid itself of the lactic acid buildup from exercising. Try Aloe Vera juice instead of coconut water after your next hard workout. When it comes to detoxing, healthy liver function is key. Aloe Vera juice is an excellent way to keep your liver healthy. That’s because the liver functions best when the body is adequately nourished and hydrated. Aloe Vera juice is ideal for the liver because it’s hydrating and rich in phytonutrients. Drinking Aloe Vera juice helps increase the water content in your intestines. Research has shown the relationship between increasing the intestinal water content and the stimulation of peristalsis, which helps you pass stool normally. If you’re constipated or have problems with frequent constipation, try incorporating Aloe Vera juice into your daily routine. Aloe also helps normalize the healthy bacteria in your gut, keeping your healthy intestinal flora balanced. These are just some of the benefits internally that this wonder plant can assist you with, and as we already know beauty and health start from within, and this I think is a good start. Aloe Vera juice is jam-packed with nutrients. Drinking it is an excellent way to make sure you don’t become deficient. It contains important vitamins and minerals like vitamins B, C, E, and folic acid, contains traces of zinc, manganese, potassium, magnesium, selenium, sodium, chromium, copper and calcium. Aloe Vera is one of the only plant sources of vitamin B-12, too. This is excellent news for vegetarians and vegans. Keeping your food and drink intake nutrient-rich is key in combating most preventable. Aloe Vera contains several enzymes known to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats and to keep your digestion running smoothly. If your digestive system isn’t operating optimally, you won’t absorb all of the nutrients from the food you’re eating. You’ve


got to keep your internal engine healthy in order to reap the benefits from your diet. Aloe Vera may help decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines. The juice may also help people with IBS and other inflammatory disorders of the intestines. Aloe Vera was also beneficial to people suffering from ulcerative colitis in an earlier double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Digestive benefits from Aloe Vera are amazing. We can now understand the benefits to our internal body and its working from the Aloe Vera plant and all of its benefits. We will now look at some of the wonders for the external parts of our body, let’s take a look at skin and antiageing benefits and also problem skin issues that can also be relieved and in some cases eliminated using this magical plant. Aloe Vera can reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, it works by increasing the skin’s elasticity to keep wrinkles from developing. Aloe Vera is also rich in anti-oxidants. When your face is constantly exposed to sunlight, it is also exposed to free radicals, which contribute to ageing. The anti-oxidants in Aloe Vera neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals, thus protecting against and reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face, because of the dry climate Aloe Vera is native to, its leaves have the ability to store huge amounts of water to prevent the plant from drying out in even the most intense heats and conditions. Thanks to this ability, the gel contained within the leaves is often used as the basis for pharmaceutical products designed to help either hydrate or moisturise your skin. A lot of people forget that the skin is an organ, and that it plays an incredibly important role in ensuring that no harmful toxins, chemicals, bacteria or other foreign contaminants make their way into your body. If your skin is not properly hydrated then individual skin cells may begin to die and flake. Dry skin is more likely to become


One of the most crucial elements found in Aloe Vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins

irritated, which could cause it to become much easier to create a skin issue. By using an Aloe Vera-based gel or cream, you may be able to ensure that your skin remains hydrated and clean at all times, especially in delicate or vulnerable areas, such as around the face and eyes. Aloe Vera is a great source of vitamins C and E, which are renowned for their ability to help protect your body against potential harm from free radical molecules. Free radicals are different to other molecules because they possess an uneven number of electrons. Electrons are usually paired and play an integral role in ensuring that molecules are structurally stable. When free radical molecules interact with your skin cells, they may try and steal electrons in order to form a stable pair. The damage caused by this process, called oxidative stress, has the potential to rupture or impact skin cells, which could contribute to a weakened immune system. A recent study looking to analyse the antioxidant properties of different aged specimens of Aloe Vera extract against other plantbased compounds with antioxidant properties, the study concluded that all the Aloe extracts showed significant antioxidant activity and that the three-year-old extract exhibited the strongest radical scavenging activity. There are a variety of different Aloe Vera skin creams available that might be able to help protect your skin from free radical molecules. For the best possible results, you should consider looking for products that have been fortified with additional vitamin E, which might help to improve the potency and efficiency of the cream or gel. The ultimate benefit Aloe Vera may provide to you and your clients includes the potential to help promote the production of collagen to help keep skin healthy. Without sufficient


collagen you may begin to see your skin sag, wrinkle and age faster. Aloe Vera skin creams, gels and supplements might be able to help delay the visible signs of wrinkles and fine lines, because of the diverse nutritional content they possess. Vitamin C in particular is known to play a role in collagen production, so increasing your intake of this nutrient through the use or ingestion of Aloe Vera products or supplements may be an ideal solution to help boost anti-ageing efforts. There is a wide range of many pharmaceutical and beauty products available that may be of benefit. When looking for the ideal options try to find alcohol-free varieties with a high percentage of Aloe Vera extract, as they may be more likely to offer better results. You can also synchronise these products with your skin diet foods such as tomatoes, avocados and various nuts to maximise the intake of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the anti-ageing efforts to benefit your skin. Problem skin and its many conditions can also be relieved and sometimes cured using Aloe Vera, given its anti-microbial properties, it is often used as a facial herbal remedy to help heal blemishes and scars that may be created as a result of acne. Aloe Vera is a rich natural source of vitamin C, which can help with the production of collagen, an important protein that can be found in the skin and other connective tissues. Collagen helps to ensure that skin cells remain supple, firm and strong, which, if you’re looking to help combat spots and acne, may be a beneficial addition to your skincare treatment. An experiment in 2004 looked to study the effects of Aloe Vera gel and essential oils on acne, including 100 university students with acne. The students were separated into four different groups, each one being treated with a different solution, which was applied twice a

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Cooling and hydrating, recommended for overheated or sunburned, chapped, dry skin. Sweet Almond Oil to lock in moisture and Vitamin E to provide intense surface anti-oxidant protection.

Karuna HydraMUD Face Mask this sheet mask is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin types. It contains hyaluronic acid and Aloe Vera to plump up parched skin in 20 minutes while you sit back and relax.

Knours double duty mist. The bottom layer of the mist features Aloe Vera water to soothe, while the top layer features jojoba oil. Depending on your skin’s needs, you can shake the mist to mix everything together (if your skin is dry and flaky).

This Aloe Vera based bar is luxurious and leaves hair feeling so silky. Hydrating and a little goes a very very long way.

Radiance day cream deeply hydrating not greasy. Skin feels smooth and toned. The ingredients fight against signs of ageing, free radicals, breakouts and improve cell regeneration.

14 Moisturising, cooling and hydrating skin wash containing natural ingredients to gently cleanse and soothe overheated or sunburned, chapped, dry skin. Refreshes and restores skin’s moisture balance after sun exposure.

Kiehls Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask. A hydrating and soothing face mask that helps revitalize and moisturize skin. Good for all skin types.

Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Cleanser works on oily skin. Soothing Aloe Vera, chamomile and vitamins proves that you can have ultraclean skin. Less Is More Aloe Mint Volume Shampoo. Vitalising sulfate-free formula, which gives volume to fine to normal hair and has a pleasantly refreshing and clarifying effect on scalps with a tendency to greasiness. Vitalize, strength, purify and add body.



Aloe Vera contains several enzymes known to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats and to keep your digestion running smoothly. If your digestive system isn’t operating optimally, you won’t absorb all of the nutrients from the food you’re eating

day after washing in the morning and evening. The number of lesions were counted at the beginning of test, and then daily throughout the six-week duration of the study. The results of the study indicated that the efficacy of the Ocimum oil lotion products increased with increasing Aloe gel contents. Products formulated with the undiluted or 50% Aloe gels were most active and resolved inflammatory lesions faster than the standard product. Aloe Vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair silky and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. You could say a five in one hair treatment. The primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur. Aloe Vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage. It’s not just the beauty industry that’s obsessing over the benefits of Aloe Vera, the health industry is also promoting this wonder plant. Aloe Vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximise weight loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weightloss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, Aloe Vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilisation, improving overall health as well as losing a few kilos. There are countless studies that prove how effective Aloe Vera is for weight-loss, but it should be consumed regularly and over a long period of time for it to really work.


We sometimes forget about our hands, they are very much more unprotected than our faces most of the time and with neglect it may result in dry and cracked hands which are unattractive and also downright uncomfortable. Sometimes a simple thing like frequent hand washing can be enough to dry hands out. If you work hard with your hands or come into contact with harsh chemicals, you will know the stinging discomfort of cracking skin. There are so many substances people work with that can dry hands out mercilessly – antibacterial soaps, plaster, concrete, paints, manual work tools, sports equipment, protective gloves. Aloe Vera is so handy, it is not an oil and should not leave hands feeling greasy. It provides the right balance of moisture, proteins and vitamins that those dry hands have been screaming for. Hands that are flaky and dull looking can be attributed to dehydrated skin. Using Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera based products when exfoliating can assist in removing the outer layers of dead skin cells. Then we must remember a topical application of an oil-based product or petroleum jelly will not help address the cause of your dry and cracked hands, because it is merely a lubricating coating on the surface. Use a moisturizer that is packed with nature’s best ingredients to keep your skin from looking and feeling dry. There are a number of ways to use the Aloe Vera plant and the various gels and extracts that can be made from it. Researchers are continuing to discover new methods to put this succulent to use. Be sure to consult your doctor if you plan to use Aloe Vera in a medicinal manner, especially if you take medication.

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Willow has long been an innovator in the natural and organic skincare industry. Working with British cosmetics chemists and aromatherapists. We are proud to launch ‘Sorbet Glow’, a new and invigorating skincare range, formulated with the natural active ingredient Gatuline Expression®, the natural Botox. Medically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & crow’s feet, scientific studies show that 83% of participants saw a reduction of crow’s feet wrinkles in less than 24 hours. Our age-preventative skincare allows women to feel skin confident at any age. This exciting range of products will leave your skin glowing and looking more youthful. 01590 670483 @willoworganic

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Sofitel St James, London On the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, just a quick stroll away from Trafalgar Square, London is on your doorstep at Sofitel St James. Formerly the banking hall of Cox’s and King’s, this grade II listed building strikes a fascinating balance between old world elegance and modern design. The St James’s area, lying between Green Park, Haymarket, Piccadilly and The Mall, was originally developed in 1660s as a residential area for the aristocracy. Sofitel has taken great care to create a unique 5-star hotel that lives up to its exceptional location. Behind a stunning neoclassical facade in the heart of London lies an exceptional 5-star hotel. Welcome to Sofitel London St James. If on business or pleasure, getting away from the busy London atmosphere is a must, and there is no better way than escaping in the Sofitel So SPA. With its majestic arched windows and high, ornate ceilings this gives this luxury spa a unique ambiance. With three sun-drenched floors of intimate treatment rooms you can de-stress in the multi award-winning luxury So SPA. Three sun-drenched floors of intimate treatment rooms invite you to leave the city behind and relax in our award-winning luxury spa. Tall arched windows fill the spaces with revitalising daylight. High ornate ceilings bestow majesty. Admire them as you enjoy a treatment on a massage bed heated to your liking. Caring experts pamper you from head to toe, paying attention to your body’s signs and adjusting treatments accordingly. Slimming… Relaxing… Purifying… Targeted products by prestigious French brands, Carita and Cinq Mondes, enable you to achieve the results you desire. After which you can enjoy and Indulge yourself in the most decadent of all British traditions and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea, with a touch of France offering an exceptional showcase of Parisienne pastries. A pre-dinner cocktail in elegant The St James Bar a convenient meeting place for socialising or relaxing in surroundings inspired by Coco Chanel’s 1920’s Paris apartment. Everything at Sofitel St James for business or pleasure has been designed with simplicity in mind making your stay pleasurable, relaxing, in the midst of busy London, you will feel you really are away from it all. Suites have been designed to be sophisticated, and functional. Enjoy the best of British ambience with a touch of French style. Your event can be tailor made for your exact requirements and the decor in all of the suites is timeless. You can host a fashion show in Mayfair and use the large adjacent foyer for refreshments and registration. Anterooms are also available for breakout sessions, VIP rooms, press interviews or whatever need you see fit. a press conference to a wedding reception. Whatever your needs are they will be met in a very special way. Our team of InspiredMeetings™ planners are always available. From dinner dances to launch parties, media events. Tell them your ideas and requirements, and they will organise the event of your dreams.


HEALTHY GLOW RENEW & NOURISH SKIN After the summer sun and the autumnal light is upon us it is inevitable that some signs of ageing will begin to appear. However, a proactive approach to managing the trigger can help to keep skin looking good for longer. Maria Rustigini looks at what is on offer this season to target the very first signs of ageing as they become visible, she will also be looking other preventative products for all ages, and in particular taking into account the damage and problems that the colder weather can bring.


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When skin is dehydrated we feel the dryness of the skin just a little more and our very fine lines seem more obvious


ome signs of ageing can be genetic; therefore, creams and lotions will not stop them occurring, but by far the most damage is done by external factors: biochemical triggers that lead to wrinkles, altered pigmentation, and loss of skin tone. All areas of the face can show signs of ageing, however it does tend to first notice around the eyes and sides of the mouth, which is understandable.


The first thing you need to do is select a skin care routine that helps protect you from the effects of environmental damage. Even if you have normal skin, and no skin concerns, one thing is universal: the environment is having an impact on your skin, every day, no matter your age or skin type. Bear this in mind when you’re looking to start a skin care routine. Another big ageing factor is diet and dehydration, although drinking more water will help and is good for general health. The real problem is that the skin cells are also ageing and losing their ability to retain the water. So adding water needs to be combined with treatments also designed to repair the cells, and also encourage the formation of new collagen. There are some excellent products and treatments on the market that aim to do just this, along with some that also identify and prevent developing problems before they become apparent.


I think everyone can benefit from having a serum in their skincare wardrobe. They’re ideal for all skin types. Launched this August from The Organic Pharmacy, this line of four targeted corrective Serums include Night Retinol


Serum, Stabilised Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Four Acid Peel – all with great anti-ageing benefits. However, the Night Retinol Serum really does target fine lines while you sleep, it boosts collagen and restores radiance you wake up with glowing skin. The Stabilised Vitamin C Serum known for the reversal of signs of ageing, restores luminosity to a dull complexion, and it fits all skin types. Another amazing serum from Willow Beauty is the intensive potent antiageing serum combining our super oil, Barbary Fig, with hydrating Elderflower essence, skin softening Marshmallow Root, calming Rose, stimulating Vetiver and detoxifying Neroli extracts to help restore radiance. These powerful naturally active botanical ingredients help to soothe, protect, detoxify and nourish the skin. Helping it appear youthful and glowing. Good for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. Omorovicza Instant Perfection Serum is siliconefree it hydrates with xylitol and hyaluronic acid. Using a base of mineral rich Hungarian thermal water, and a yeast ferment that helps with absorption. Although the texture is a clear gel it is not sticky and the fragrance as with all their products has a natural fragrance. If skin is very dehydrated then a must try is Hydra N°1 Crème from Yon-Ka Enriched with a double dose of hyaluronic acid light, imperata cylindrica grass, and aloe vera, this creamy and refreshing gel is quickly absorbed and seeps deep into pores, making it the perfect emergency remedy for very dehydrated skin. Comfort dehydrated skin with this longlasting hydrating serum that prevents visible signs of aging caused by dehydration. Use in the morning and/or evening, after cleansing apply the serum to the face and neck. Another amazing serum from Willow Beauty is the intensive potent anti-ageing serum combining our super oil, Barbary

Gives dull, tired and stressed skin life. Containing Royal Jelly, so natural it nourishes, repairs and revitalises while protecting the skin from external stress. Signs of fatigue are reduced, skin appears fresh and radiant.

Jett Medical Plasma Pen, the world’s only Direct Current Plasma Device on the market. DC technology offers more precision and stability to practitioners then the AC devices. This means a safer and more even treatment with amazing results each time for your clients

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This serum is for targeting fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness this nighttime. Retinol Serum also boosts collagen to restore radiance and elasticity. Apply one full dropper onto damp skin after cleansing and toning. Pat gently over face, neck and dĂŠcolletĂŠ.


After being voted as one of the top 5 facials in London, Face Matters now has an accredited professional facial to boost your beauty business. Award winning collagen stimulating products with proven results.

Decleor Satin Softening Dry Oil for body, face and hair. Enriched with regenerating frankincense essential oil. It nourishes, softens, and enhances skin and hair. No parabens. No preservatives. No mineral oil. No dyes. Skin feels soft and supple. Hair appears shiny and is easy to style.

Creme de la Mer The Regenerating Serum. This multi action serum accomplishes appearance of fine lines and pores are diminished. The formula agrees with all skin types.

Rose Diamond Eye Cream has been designed to hydrate, brighten, lift and fill the skin around the eye area, including the upper lid, blurring fine lines and wrinkles in one luxurious sweep.

Sothys Multi-Action Eye Cream. A fine, delicate texture to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness and preserve the youth of the eyes.

Ten Minute Tan is a luxury tanning lotion for a perfect, natural, golden tan within 4-6 hrs. It conditions skin, reducing fine lines and stimulating collagen production with organic ingredients for deep hydration and smoother, more radiant skin.

Rose Day Cream Light the invigorating powers of the rose to nourish hydrate and protect dry, sensitive skin for a calm, even and balanced complexion - so perfect for all types of skin, breakouts and all.



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Fig, with hydrating Elderflower essence, skin softening Marshmallow Root, calming Rose, stimulating Vetiver and detoxifying Neroli extracts to help restore radiance. These powerful naturally active botanical ingredients help to soothe, protect, detoxify and nourish the skin. Helping it appear youthful and glowing. Good for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is a targeted treatment for dehydrated skin it, revitalises and restores radiance to moisture-depleted skin. Utilising the principles of aromatherapy and phytotherapy, the moisture care face oil combines plant extracts and essential oils to help balance the skin. 100% pure plant extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid. Added Hazelnut Oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines. Leaves skin hydrated but not greasy. Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil a magic infusion of 10 natural oils, including rose hip and sunflower, this serum is so hydrating and makes skin look and feel almost like a new born client’s face will have a healthy glow it will look younger, with fewer wrinkles. The secret is to find the serum that works for your skin as with all products and combining them to suit your needs is key to getting the very best results.


Of course, although natural ingredients are all very desirable, many of us would also like to feel that what we are putting our skin has science behind it to back up the claims about its effectiveness, and this is has been growing trend for some time and having both the science and the natural ingredients can make for a visible difference. This is true of Elemis Pro Collagen Overnight Next Generation Matrix with smart drone technology. Targeting areas of the face where stress shows most. To be used every evening, before bed.


After cleansing and toning, warm a tiny amount between the palms and gently glaze over the face, neck and décolleté. Always use upward stroking sweeping motions when applying moisturiser to the face. This cream really does give you visible results clients will notice the difference. On waking you will see significant changes, deep lines will be less obvious, and if you continue to use we see after a few weeks the changes just get better and better, almost seems like the face is really plumper. Another of my favourites is from Aromatherapy Associates their Anti-age Overnight Repair Mask. Deeply nourishing and helps to smooth out lines and firms the skin, treating you to an overnight facial. Rejuvenating properties of Rose and Frankincense essential oils with potent botanical extracts and Strawberry Seed extracts feed your skin with rich fatty acids to help plump up the skin and restore moisture, while nourishing oils of Rice Germ and Millet Seed help protect against environmental damage. So while you are enjoying your beauty sleep this mask is making you more beautiful and on waking you will notice the difference and skin feels like silk. Regenerate and oxygenate the skin while you sleep with powerful Retinol, Hyaluronic acid, Glycolic acid and Vitamin C for vibrant, glowing skin. After cleansing, close your eyes and spritz The Organic Pharmacy newly formulated Jasmine Night Conditioning Spray all over the face and allow the skin to absorb the goodness. Avoid the delicate eye area. The spritz is really filled with skin-saving ingredients including Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Vitamin C. You will wake up with a radiant glow as this product regenerates and oxygenates while you sleep. Intensive Night Recovery from Spa Technologies is a concentration of active ingredients. Instantly penetrates the surface skin, neutrilises the carbon dioxide present in cells while while optimising skin metabolism to speed up cellular renewal. Not only is this a healing product, the algae extracts provide skin with trace

Organic Pharmacy Four Acid Peel serum gently exfoliates to help fight blemishes, improve skin texture and reduce the look of fine lines resulting in a brighter more radiant complexion.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. This cream feels amazing on your skin it makes your skin soft and minimizes pores. You will definitely feel and see a youthful glow.

Vitamin Facial Oil, a potent Facial Oil loaded with vitamins A, E, C & F. Formulated to hydrate, protect and nourish to give you a youthful glow.

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Active cream to protect, smooth, plump and shape the lip contour. Its active ingredients include MaxilipÂŽ and vegetable AquafixÂŽ, delivers cross-linked plant proteins deep into the upper and middle epidermis layers for optimum efficacy.




Introducing a new product into your skincare routine can be a real game changer and make a great difference to your complexion

elements ,the building block of collagen which in turn helps to defend the DNA, the essential oils help with the skins circulation to sooth and calms great product if your clients skin is very dry or even suffering from psoriasis and eczema a real wonder product. It’s always a good thing to recommend and try new products on our clients, and overnight magic potions can work wonders and I will be exploring this in the next issue in greater depth. We must always remember the skin is a responsive organ. It filters, protects and responds to stimuli in the environment. Temperature, humidity and even allergen profiles associated with seasonal climate changes can cause a lot of skin conditions. We need to remember that the products we put onto the skin can help with many of these conditions, and really show visible improvements in many conditions -wrinkles, fine lines, scaring and just an overall betterlooking skin. However, we must also remember that in a way it’s a little like taking a drug it masks the problem, but does not get to the root of the cause. As is with skin. Genes, environment and diet all play a very big role, and we should start to understand what we have and accept some of the issues we have as normal, for example wrinkles, if we are over 35 there will be a few fine lines for us all. If we have a little scaring this can be made to look very much less visible, but we also need to be careful on how far we will go to look how we feel we should look.


That said there are so many products to choose from, and a lot of them do really make a visible difference and a feelgood factor which is so important. Finding the right one for our skin type is an exciting adventure. Having the base of a good routine is key. We can then try different brands as and when we feel the product we currently use is not really doing the job anymore or we just feel like a change. Introducing a single product instead of changing the whole brand that you currently use is a less


dramatic way of doing things. For example, start by getting clients to just changing their daily moisturiser - that way the routine is not changed and try this for a month or so and see if this feels good. Here are some of the day creams I would recommend that suit most skin types from Willow Organic Beauty is their Radiance day cream this cream is a hydrating day cream from the Sorbet Glow range, with soothing Shea Butter and collagen rich Pomegranate which helps smooth and firm your skin by promoting collagen and elastin production. Pomegranate has also been proven to help prevent hyperpigmentation through its natural compounds which protect against free radicals and environmental damage. Pomegranate is also known to help oily skin combat breakouts, can reduce scarring and soothe minor irritations. It also contains Cranberry seed oil which helps improve the skin’s elasticity and encourages cell regeneration. So a gentle day cream worth a try. Another day cream that suits all skin types is Sothys Hydrating Day Cream, this cream really does hydrate your skin instantly. With Sothys exclusive, patented active ingredient from Advanced Research. The skin is moisturized and although you feel the hydrating benefits for up to 8 hours it has a silky non-greasy feeling, again another gentle, but powerful day cream to switch to. Another product from Sothys to try is the Energizing Day Cream, which will restore skin’s vitality for an even, radiant and youthful complexion. Apply every morning, to the entire face and neck, avoiding the eye contour. Packed with goodness including Siberian Ginseng that will protect and optimizes cellular energy and prevents and diminishes signs of ageing. You will notice the results and the change in the texture of your skin. Formulated with rice peptides and lupine extracts, this daily moisturizer improves microcirculation and boosts the energy production and skin oxygenation. The Moisturizing Soft Lotion from Creme De La Mer This fastabsorbing lotion delivers renewing moisture for a balanced glow. Skin looks naturally vibrant, restored and renewed.

AC DC Plasma Debate Plasma is one of the most interesting developments in facial rejuvenation during the last few decades. It has been developed as an alternative to the classic ablative resurfacing (typically done with a CO2 or Erbium laser)


he popular non-surgical eye-lift can make a face look years younger, but because of the surgical risks involved, it is an aesthetic concern often left untreated. Aesthetic practitioners are being continually challenged to offer non-surgical procedures that provide amazing results with little to no downtime. Plasma Technology has taken the Aesthetic industry by storm. It is one of the most exciting new treatments to enter the market within recent years. Today we are talking to Dr Vincent Wong, clinical trainert for Jett Medical Plasma Pen and one of the UKs leading Plasma Technitions, about safe effective treatments and the difference between Alternating Current (AC) plasma and Direct Current (DC) plasma.

MAG: What plasma device do you use within your practice? VW: I choose the Jett Medical Plasma Pen to work with.

When I first started looked in to the plasma pen as a technology I realised that the AC devices produced what is known as a plasma shower that could not offer a constant dot size or control the depth in to the skin which was causing excessive damage and an uneven treatment area. This was not the case with Jett Plasma Pen due to its patented Direct Current technology offering a constant dot size of 0.1mm (compared to average 0.3-0.6mm with other devices) to a controlled depth within the skin. Jett also offered the continual scanning technique unique to Jett and making it even safer when treating the whole eye area. By reducing dot size and the amount of dotting on the treatment area you can significantly reduce down time, the risk of infection and the risk of hyper pigmentation. As aesthetic practitioners we what controlled damage not just damage. Also Jett Plasma was the only UK company offering an accredited level 4 training program and I feel training is very important when introducing any new treatment.

MAG: What should people consider when choosing a Plasma device?

VW: There are many companies out there selling low quality devices with no safety future’s and little to no training. Plasma can cause lots of damage if it is not used by welltrained practitioners using a fully controlled device. You need to find a company you can trust. Jett is made in the Czech Republic and has been in the market for over 7 years. For me the choice was easy, I needed to be able to offer my clients great results with minimal down time. The main factors to consider would be: • Safety (medical CE certification) • Visibility of the plasma arc • Consistency of current • Stability of the technology • Precision • Down time • Training (Accreditation) MAG: What are the complications that can occur when offering Plasma Treatments?

VW: One of the main problems is excessive downtime, and when using AC devices there can be excessive and uneven damage to the treatment area causing long healing times. Also the risk of hyperpigmentation is higher the larger the spot size. Without Jett Plasma’s unique scanning technique the thin skin in the under-eye area can be difficult ro treat safely. The control offered by direct current technology reduces all possible complications. MAG: What tips have you got for our readers about getting the best results from their plasma pen?

VW: Training and continued development. I feel good training and understanding you treatment leads to good practitioners. I am working with Jett Medical UK in clinical trials of combination treatments alongside PRP LAB and Aesthetic Source. Jett Plasma is working hard on new research and treatment developments. They will be holding on-going advanced practitioner workshops to help with continued development within the Plasma Treatment field.

Dr Vincent Wong, Director at Jett Medical, is a General Medical Council (GMC) registered, Save Face accredited, multi-award winning advanced cosmetic doctor, who is passionate about facial aesthetics education and training. Experienced in training and lecturing at various aesthetics conferences internationally. As an innovator and creator of new techniques in facial aesthetics, Dr Vincent is also featured regularly in popular press including TV and radio channels.


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MasquingUp Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask. Brighten and detoxify. This unique formula contains Charcoal, of course, to draw out oils and impurities. A host of other unique purifiers and soothers keep skin calm, smooth, and deeply cleansed.

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Mask. Great for all skin types, this potent detox mask goes beyond your classic clay mask. This potent blend of plant actives and purified clays, applied directly to the site of an emerging pimple, works to draw out inflammation and inhibit the spread of bacteria. Packed with Chamomile Bud, Tea Tree Leaf, Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Peel and Lemon Verbena extracts. Enhanced with soothing azulenes.


Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask calms and soothes the driest skin. An ultra-rich balm in a nourishing mask that softens and comforts the skin in just 10 minutes for deeply nourished skin that is soft, supple, radiant and feels great.


L. Rapheal Beyond Spa Dead Sea Mud Mask. Healing muds from the Dead Sea combined with pure, antioxidant kiwi fruit work deep within the skin to stimulate production of collagen and elastin.


Younger skins may not yet be worried about wrinkles and frown lines, but have their own issues

Miracle Broth™ – the legendary healing elixir that flows through all of La Mer products – infuses skin with seasourced renewing energies. Ideal for combination skin. Templespa Balancing Moisturiser is the ultimate multitasking moisturiser that takes care of skin that can’t make its mind up if it’s oily or dry. Its hydrating with a lightweight texture for smooth & firm skin. It helps regulate oil production and soaks up excess sebum. It also treats an oily T-zone while taking care of the drier areas too. A really great all-round product for combination skin that needs balancing. Can be used as a day and night moisturiser, you will see the results in a very short time. Introducing a new product into your skincare routine can be a good eye opener and may show results you had not expected from just a simple change. However before you switch to a whole new routine with a different brand completely - why not try a few of the wonderful facials available. If you are looking for pure luxury and to restore deep hydration and rejuvenate the skin, then a must try facial is The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond facial. The power of diamonds and cosmeceuticals are combined to hydrate, firm and brighten skin. A deep exfoliation using diamond dust, an enzyme peel and Hydra-Diamond Exfoliation are followed by an intensely lifting massage leaving the skin looking instantly refreshed and rejuvenated,

firmer, brighter and instantly hydrated skin with the radiance of a diamond. L.RAPHAEL offers a bespoke facial for teenage skins dealing with some of the issues they have to deal with. We must also not forget the younger skins who have their own issues, they may not yet be worried about wrinkles and frown lines, as their worry is maybe more to do with problem skin, acnes and other issues. L.RAPHAEL have addressed this by launching their Young Programme. This programme looks at Teenage issues both mind and body, for skincare they have an excellent Mineral Skin Re-Balancing Facial. This is a deep cleansing facial using L.RAPHAEL’s Mineral line to rebalance skin, control excess oil production and refines pores. The skin really looks and feels cleaner, but not tight and itchy as it may when it has been cleansed so deeply. This facial using the L.RAPHAEL’s products is designed specifically to do just this and leaves a clearer glowing healthy complexion. Willow beauty Vitamin Face Oil is loaded with vitamins A, E, C & F. Formulated to hydrate, protect and nourish. With ingredient of healing Rosehip and super-hydrating Jojoba. Rosehip naturally contains Retinol, Omega 3, Omega 6 plus anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids which has be known to help to correct dark spot pigmentation and hydrate dry skin, leaving it soft and smooth to touch. Vitamin C is an incredible multi-beneficial ingredient that works to build collagen and even skin tone. | | | | | | | | |


SkinCeuticals. A non-drying masque combines kaolin and bentonite, the highest quality natural earth clays, to decongest pores and lift impurities. Botanicals and minerals are added to help calm the skin, while a 5% hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates. Weekly use leaves skin feeling healthy and purified.

The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleansing & Exfoliating Mask. Good for all skin types. A deep cleansing exfoliating mask bring impurities to the surface, gets rid of the dead cells leaving a bright complexion. Oats and milk (rich in lactic acid) gently exfoliate without abrasion whilst Lavender and Chamomile soothe inflamed skin. Oats and clay bind with impurities and remove them deep from within the pores. Rose purifies and calms. Dead skin and deeply embedded impurities are removed leaving radiant skin.


Trufflesque is a powerpacked luxury anti-ageing masque with unbelievable transforming results. The unique collagen boosting Hydra-Plump complex™ helps to create the appearance of instant youthfulness in the skin. With black summer truffles, gold and silk peptides and a fruit & amino acid cocktail that work their magic to leave skin plumper, more lifted, super hydrated and silky smooth. And if that’s not enough a clever combination of diamond powder and gold photo-reflective particles convert UV light to blue light which injects luminosity and radiance. The perfect pick-me-up for complete skin rejuvenation and worth its weight in gold!


Willow Beauty Cell Renewing Cleansing Mask. This dual action mask from the Sorbet Glow range is designed to cleanse the skin whilst providing deep nourishment coconut oil extract is valued for its hydrating properties. Absorbent and nourishing, enabling moisture to penetrate layers of dermis fast. With antifungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities, also soothes inflammation, Coconut extract gently helps to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother and helps prevent premature ageing.


elcome to the story of Aquamassage Ltd, founded by Rick Stone and Anna-Marie a husband and wife team in 2013, based near Brighton, England. The story actually started in 2005, when AnnaMarie was in recovery from having had four major stomach operations following a total removal of her large bowel three weeks after her second son was born. With no stomach muscles left to support her back, she was in constant pain. A mutual friend suggested she saw Rick for a back massage while laying on her back. How is that possible? Rick had his own clinic using a similar cushion and had experience using this method of massaging a client in the supine position for many years. Anna-Marie loved the treatment so much, six years later she married Rick and they decided to reconstruct the cushion to make it affordable for all. The whole ethos of the company was to make the Aquamassage Therapy Cushion not only a luxury experience of comfort and support for the user but also to help the therapist have less stress on their own body and hands while massaging or stretching their clients. From the therapists point of view, using the support of the water and the clients body weight, their muscles relaxing naturally into the warm water, the therapist slides their oiled hands (or non-oiled) between the cushion and the client. It is the most comforting and least painful way of having a deep tissue, sports or relaxation massage. The husband and wife team have also developed an amazing Non-Oiled Course. After completing her BA Honours Degree in the 80’s,Anna-Marie worked with Debbie Moore founder of Pineapple Dance London. She choreographed the fashion shows launching the dance wear into Streetwear and established the first shops to sell the Pineapple Streetwear Brand both in England and in the DeGruchy Store in St Helier Jersey. Combining Anna-Marie’s movement therapy and

business skills, together with Ricks years of massage and anatomy knowledge, lead to the 21st Century development of fully clothed On-Site Massage. This has opened up whole new markets giving access to many receiving an amazing treatment, who would otherwise be too nervous to take off their clothes - like Anna-Marie several years before following major surgery; disabled and vulnerable people. Healing Hands Charity help traumatised men, women and children in Bosnia. RIck also works with Military Charities. The support cushion is now being used by Beauty Therapists for facials, eyelash extensions, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths. A Comfort and Support Cushion filled by tap water-hot or cold. Usable in any climate, highly durable, 100% leakage free and can be used in the treatment room, at home or at the place of work. This last year has been an amazing turning point for the young company. Following the Olympia Beauty Exhibition 2017, Clarins UK approached us to supply the Aquamassage Therapy Cushions to all their Salons for use in their own designed treatments. This includes the Champney Spas and cruise ships. We have also sold cushions to Clarins in Spain, also the Five Star Hotel and Spa Castillo Thermal Monasterio De Valbuena in Balneario -voted the Best Spa in Spain Wellness Spa Experience Awards 2017. This year, Rick was the Sports Massage Therapist for the England over 70’s Hockey Team, travelling around the country and Ireland supporting the players. In June 2018 the Grand Masters World Cup was held in Barcelona and the England Team brought home the Gold Medal. Photographs of the Cushion being used in different ways in multiple environments can be viewed on Stones Aquamassage Ltd Facebook Page. The Aquamassage Therapy Cushion has arrived on the Global stage both in the Beauty and Sports Industry.

If you would like any information on our products or Accredited Training Courses Please contact us at: View the Cushion in Action on : Or contact us on : (+44) 01273 486257


Sleep hygiene The Key to Better Results and Better Performance


hen you hear the phrase ‘sleep hygiene’, you might automatically think of a particular bathing or showering regime that helps you improve your results and performance. Sleep hygiene is the process through which your body switches from ‘daytime mode’ to ‘night time mode’. Daytime mode is characterised by increased alertness, whereas night time mode is where your body starts winding down in preparation for sleep.


Why is sleep hygiene so important?

Sleep hygiene is important because your ability to recover from the day’s activities (i.e. training, work, and life stress) is directly proportionate to the quality of your sleep. Please note: I didn’t say quantity, but quality. The simplest way to describe a quality sleep is when you wake up feeling refreshed – preferably without an alarm. If you wake up feeling groggy and still tired, that wouldn’t be a quality night’s sleep.

The process with which you wind down at the end of the day (your sleep hygiene) will help prepare your body and your mind for a quality night’s sleep. By paying attention and being proactive in the winding-down process, you will improve your sleep and thereby your recovery and your performance the following day. And if you want to change your body (i.e. lose weight or body fat) the extent of your results will in large part be determined by your ability to recover. So sleep hygiene also plays a factor in changing your body as well.

What are the signs of poor sleep hygiene?

If your body isn’t recovering, your body will be under increased stress. In addition to feeling tired, one area this can affect is body fat around the middle of your body. When your body is under increased amounts of stress on a regular basis, your body will release more of a hormone called cortisol. One of the side-effects of excess cortisol release is increase girth around the waist. So if you are feeling tired and you notice an increase in your waistline, your sleep hygiene is a good place to start.

How can I improve sleep hygiene? Here are 4 tips to help improve your sleep hygiene:


No alcohol: while we’d all like to believe that alcohol helps us fall asleep, but that’s only half the story. Alcohol may help you feel asleep at the start of the evening, but it will also disrupt your sleep later on as the alcohol is absorbed. In short, don’t rely on alcohol to help you sleep through the night.


No screens 1 hour before lights out: When you are trying to fall asleep, an important key is to avoid excessive stimulation to help you naturally drift off. By turning off your screens (that includes, phones, laptops, ipads and tvs) 1 hour before you fall asleep, you will be giving your brain a chance to calm down and shut down to make falling asleep easier.


Blackout curtains: your body’s sleep/wake cycle is governed by what’s called your circadian rhythm (essentially, your internal clock). By eliminating light in your bedroom through blackout curtains, you are setting the stage for your body to pay attention to this internal clock and fall asleep.


No stimulants (i.e. coffee or tea) after 2:00pm: you may have to play with this a bit, but if you want to shut down in the evening give yourself an early cut off for caffeinated drinks during the day.

How can I measure the benefits of sleep hygiene? Here’s a simple way to determine how well you are recovering, and thus whether your sleep hygiene requires more attention.

Morning Heart Rate

By measuring your morning heart rate, you will get a sense of how well you have recovered from the day before. Here’s how you measure your morning heart rate:


Take your carotid pulse (two fingers on one side of your throat) for 10 seconds as soon as you wake up (as this is when you will be most at rest)

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Multiply that number by 6 and record it. This is your morning heart rate.

Once you’ve completed this exercise for 5 consecutive days, average out your results and that’s your baseline morning heart rate. Continue to measure your morning heart rate on a regular basis, particularly during periods of increased activity or stress. If your morning heart rate creeps up by 5-8 beats higher than baseline, it’s time to start looking at how you shut down in the evening.

James Staring Fit to Last


reviewed Halekulani, Honolulu


Halekulani, Honolulu This beautiful hideaway is one of the first and finest hotels in Hawaii, Halekulani is located by the fresh water springs that give Waikiki its name. The resort is a beautiful mixture of place and space, an oasis-like experience amid the energy of Waikiki. Oral history handed down through the ages tells us that early Hawaiians viewed Waikiki as a place of hospitality and healing. The beach was known for its healing waters – in fact, the name Waikiki means fresh water springs. The beachfront location has welcomed people since 1883 when the original owner, Robert Lewers built a two-story house on the site of what is now our main building. The fishermen of the area would bring their canoes onto the beach in front of the property to rest. So welcomed were they by the Lewers family that the locals named the location “house befitting heaven” or Halekulani. The original Halekulani began in 1907 as a residential hotel, owned by Robert Lewers. It consisted of a beachfront home and five bungalows. In 1917, Juliet and Clifford Kimball purchased the hotel, expanded it and established it as a stylish resort for vacationers, and gave it the name the locals originally bestowed on it, Halekulani. In the 1930s, the original home was replaced with a plantation-mansion styled Main Building with a high-pitched hip roof to catch the cooling trade winds. Also known as a “Dickey Roof, it is a trademark of Hawaii’s legendary architect C.W. Dickey, and is continued today in Halekulani’s architecture. The hotel was sold following the passing of the Kimballs in 1962. Almost 20 years later, it was purchased by what is now the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation. With an informal beachfront location and unobstructed views of Diamond Head, Halekulani is the sought-after destination for special experiences, luxurious holidays with an authentic feel and newlyweds wanting to honeymoon in Hawaii. However, for those needing to stay in touch with work, there is a very high-tech Business Centre where the staff are available to help you 24/7. So you can stay in touch without feeling as though you are working all your needs will be taken care of. While you can be relaxing or doing laps in the iconic, 82 feet long oval heated pool which overlooks Waikiki. The bottom of the pool is covered in a spectacular mosaic of a Cattleya orchid, comprised of 1.2 million pieces of glass tile. The SpaHalekulani spa, combines authentically crafted Polynesian therapeutic rituals with today’s purest products and proven techniques. Award-winning SpaHalekulani, nestled into one of the finest resorts, is designed so that the spa experience can be both immersive and rejuvenating. Your experience will not only be harmonious, but will restore mind, body, and spirit with a respite that is spiritual, cultural and emotional. Treatments include indigenous healing to unparalleled practices. The concept of the spa has a wellbeing feel good factor throughout. If you are on honeymoon, holiday, business or just passing through, you will have an unforgettable experience and leave feeling uplifted, rested and lighter. A very wonderful resort.


Boosting your immunity What is the One thing YOU can do to improve YOUR health, boost YOUR immunity and enhance YOUR energy levels? 38


f I were to ask a dozen people this questions I am sure that I would get a very wide range of answers. To some it would be take more exercise, others reduce sugar, others lose weight and so on. Although these things are often important I believe the key to seriously upgrading our health is to take personal responsibility. Sadly the majority of people abdicate the responsibility for their health to someone else, often their doctor, and because of a failure to take control of their health end up stumbling from one health crisis to another. Taking responsibility for your health is enormously empowering, you realise that you are in control and you begin to start making choices for your health that are right for you, no longer dancing to the tune of someone else’s agenda and no longer participating in the common sticking plaster approach to disease management that seldom pays lasting beneficial results.

NEVER ACCEPT YOU JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITH DISEASE I know from personal experience that if I had accepted the advice given to me by doctors 30 years ago, I would not be enjoying the level of wellbeing I now enjoy, and probably would not be alive to share my story and reach out to help people. It was only through personal experience, educating myself, and coming to the understanding that the body has a tremendous ability to heal itself if we give it what it needs. That awareness and experience proved to me that our planet has enormous resources available naturally to promote health, aiding the body to maintain our health or regain health if suffering from disease. That awareness led to my passion to spread the message that good hydration and quality nutrition can make an enormous contribution to health. I do not subscribe to the view that we need a ‘pill for every ill’ solutions to health problems. I do not believe that the majority of disease are genetic, that argument does not stand up to scrutiny.

ARE HYDRATION AND NUTRITION THE WHOLE ANSWER TO HEALTH CHALLENGES? Now I am not saying that nutrition and hydration, will on their own heal the body of every known ailment, I do think in many instances there are other aspects at play including issues at emotional or deeper levels which have a strong connection to our physical health, and often need to be addressed. Trauma, whether in childhood or adult life can have a very negative effect on our health if not addressed. However, taking personal responsibility and raising our awareness does give us a greater insight as to the issues that are impacting our wellbeing and frequently gives us the strength to see them in context and deal with them. One of our few functional medicine doctors recently commented that approximately 75% of people visiting their doctors were visiting because of problems that were caused by poor nutrition.

if we look at the majority of everyday diseases such as cardio vascular disease, cancers, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression etc improper nutrition is a contributory factor in all. Consequently, if we are to improve our health outcomes and maintain a high quality of physical and mental health into our senior years we have got to make good nutritional choices. That decision need not be complex nor painful.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF INTENSIVE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PROCESSING We have two major obstacles to deal with that were much less of a problem than for earlier generations. Firstly we live in a much more toxic world. We have a huge array of chemical compounds affecting our daily life and often in our water and food. We need to be aware and take action to reduce our exposure to them. Secondly much of our food supply lacks the mineral content it once did, due to modern farming practices and food processing. If we do not ingest mineral rich food, it can seriously affect our health, a point that is conveniently lost on the medical industry and our governments, who unfortunately pay lip service to these things at the same time as they dance to the tune of powerful agriculutural, food and pharmaceutical interests.

WATER - NOT JUST TO FILL THE SPACES BETWEEN OUR CELLS Many years ago, I became aware of the benefits of good hydration. The awareness that water is essential for good health and that it has many important functions in the body, it is not just there to fill up the space between the cells. Sadly over the years we have been conditioned to believe that any liquid such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages etc will satisfy the hydration requirements of the body. Sadly that is not the case and many of them are in fact dehydrating. I realised that good water is the most important nutrient for the body, but not just any water. I understood that water in nature that had known therapeutic benefits and particular characteristics and so I pursued to find systems that would give me hydration solutions that could be hugely beneficial for wellbeing.

BODY PH BALANCE - NORMALLY IGNORED BUT STILL VERY IMPORTANT Body pH balance is another area which is frequently neglected yet can be an important parameter as far as our health is concerned. The pH of our blood and tissues are meant to be within a very narrow range, and should they deviate very slightly from that range it will have negative consequences for our health, our energy levels and our immunity. Unfortunately our modern day diets, high in processed foods, sugar, animal products and refined carbohydrates is leading to an increased



When you fail to take personal responsibility you become a victim of the system. Personal responsibility frees you to become a victor not a victim.

deviation towards acidity in many individuals, which if not corrected can create conditions for serious health problems. Keeping our pH within the optimum levels will always pay dividends for both short term and long tern health.

WITHOUT GOOD GUT HEALTH WE WILL NOT ENJOY HEALTH Over the last decade there has been a huge focus on ‘gut health’ because of the realisation that the gut microbiome, that is the microbes that live in our digestive system, have a massive impact on our health both physically and mentally. It is for that reason that I believe we will never enjoy good health without a properly balanced microbiome. Our micro biome has been under serious assault for the last number of decades through poor diets, antibiotics and many other medications as well as chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water. Probiotic growth has grown over that period and has done much to help, yet most probiotic products do not get to the core problem, because they are not suited to the environment of the human body. They do not provide the ‘missing’ strains of good bacteria that healthy babies have. Investing in good gut health will not just help improve digestive problems but will have a positive impact on mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. it will also lessen the likelihood of brain degenerative disease.

ENHANCE YOUR IMMUNITY - IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN HEAL YOU We all want to maintain our immunity, to enjoy high levels of wellbeing without having to pop pills which are alien molecules to the human body. If they are alien molecules the body regards them as a toxin. Nature has richly endowed us with foods to enhance our wellbeing, and although we are living in an age where we have serious toxicity challenges, we are also living in an exciting age where we have so many great nutritional foods available to fortify our bodies. We also have lots of great information available to help us on our journey to wellness. It is eleven years ago since I set up Water for Health because I wanted to share with as many people as I could reach the


benefits of good hydration. This subsequently encompassed quality nutrition products. We are very happy with the quality of products we offer, and the feedback we get from clients who tell us that they have benefited. I appreciate I cannot help everyone, but I am continuously amazed to see what people can achieve when they take ownership of their health and begin to take positive action.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BETTER HEALTH THEN THE FREE EBOOK WILL BE A GOOD FIRST STEP In the first instance I am inviting you to download a free ebook we have put together which gives you more of a flavour of what simple changes can do for your wellbeing. Good health choices need not be complex nor expensive, but they can pay rich dividends. An improved quality of health, leads to improved quality of life, improved quality of relationships and a much brighter future. Just go to the web link at the bottom of this article. That will take you to the Water for Health web site home page where you will see the download link for the free ebook. Fill in your name and email address and we will forward you our ebook and follow up with tips to educate and motivate you to get where you want and need to be. I love to talk with people that are serious about helping improve their wellbeing. I hate to see so many people suffering and sadly dying prematurely for problems that could be helped by good nutritional choices and proper hydration. Feel free to call and ask for me. We trust this message resonates with you. We would love you to join us on the journey to higher levels of wellbeing. In the first instance download the ebook. Then you will get a flavour as to who we are and what we do. Feel free afterwards to have a look around our web site. In addition to our specialist products we do have a blog where we post articles of value and relevance. I look forward to being of help to you.

Roddy MacDonald is Founder and Managing Director of Water for Health

Aquamassage Ltd Home of the Aquamassage Therapy Cushion The Ultimate in Comfort and Support

Aquamassage Therapy Cushion Give your clients the benefits of not just a wonderful treatment Leave them with the feeling of wellbeing

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When clients visit you for a treatment they come to be pampered and looked after in every way; they are trusting you and are in your hands. Lydia Beaumont advises you to take the opportunity to do that from the start. Offering a drink hot or cold can be the start of their pampering experience.




One thing for sure is giving your clients a fresh juice potion will only enhance their health, and open the door for you to speak about a healthy diet


alking into a salon for the first time can be a daunting prospect for many clients. It’s the feeling of not knowing what to expect or of being unsure of how you will be welcomed, especially when going into a salon, spa or hotel for the first time. In addition, many clients have had a negative experience or treatment. This is your chance to gain a new loyal client. Arrival at reception is a key element of their overall experience. So very important to set the scene for establishment ensure clients feel welcome, relaxed and at ease. The receptionist is one of the Salon-Spa and Hotels most important assets. Front of house is responsible for giving clients their first taste of how their experience will be, after all they have come to be pampered. By projecting a professional, capable demeanour, you are suggesting that the client’s experience will be the same. Always stand up to greet clients, smile and make eye contact. Ideally, there should only be one person behind the reception desk. If staff are congregating behind the desk, it can be intimidating, and creates a high rather than a relaxing mood. Greeting clients warmly in a clear, warm tone imparts an air of capability that will reassure clients. A greeting that is a no and very negative-is: “Hello. Have you got an appointment?” As an opening address this is outdated, rather cold and somewhat


abrupt. It implies that if you don’t have an appointment then we can’t help you. Always avoid this. There is nothing more welcoming than a receptionist actually saying: “Welcome”. It puts a smile on the client’s face and puts them at ease. Saying: “Welcome back,” to those who are returning for their second visit (or have returned after a significant absence) will make clients feel valued. Ask the clients name and use that name to refer to the client in the same way, note how it is pronounced, listening skills are key. This way you are already on good terms with the client, before their next stage. After you’ve notified the therapist that their client has arrived, let the client know. For example, the therapists name and they will be with you shortly. This is now a very good time to offer simple hospitality this will ensure the client feels she is receiving an attentive service. Drinks are a very simple way of creating this feeling. For this season recommended refreshment may be a hot drink, client will feel at ease and just in case the therapist who is treating the client is running a little late, the client will not notice, because they are already at their destination, welcomed and relaxed, they know who their therapist is and the therapist is aware they have arrived. So having a lovely healthy hot drink is a great way to start their wellbeing experience with your establishment.

100% Matcha Green Tea from the ISE region. Mix third of teaspoon of powder into cup with hot water. A great quick fix for clients coming into you from the cold.

The Biocera Jug filter uses recent advances in mineral bioceramics to purify and improve the quality of the water being filtered. It is probably the most cost effective way for anyone to be able to drink alkaline antioxidant water.

Known for its many health-promoting properties, Lemon Verbena leaves make a delicious and refreshing herbal drink. The taste is a natural sweet lemon flavour accompanied by a slightly dry, herbaceous note. Ideal on its own or can be used infused with black tea in place of lemon.

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Try teapigs’ fantastic range of matcha green tea products! Consumers benefit from its nutritional value and the calm, focussed energy it’s famous for. For more info 02088473980

A selection of five of our high quality certified organic Ayurvedic teas to suit every mood and occasion. Designed to balance the doshas and help you to achieve good health and radiant beauty.

Rosehip, Aloe Vera & Hibiscus Super Tea. The secret to radiant skin lies within and this floral brew, packed with age-old African ingredients to really get you glowing. Vibrant hibiscus flowers and deep red rosehips with lustrous elderberries & soothing aloe vera, a powerful skin tonic.

Zest Pomegranate & Mojito Green Tea. This aromatic blend of young hyson green tea, peppermint, lime, and pomegranate will bring back memories of lounging on a beach. Either way, our Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea is an amazingly refreshing blend, great for any time of day.

Dash Water is British sparkling spring water infused with lovely fruit and vegetables for subtle Dash of flavour. It contains no sugar, sweetener or calories. Our mission is to naturally hydrate the nation in a fun and sustainable way.

Coco Fuzion 100 is the new carbonated coconut water available in Mango, Raspberry, Lime and Original flavours. A natural isotonic, Coco Fuzion 100 is absorbed by the body more quickly than water making it the first of its kind on the market.

Aduna Moringa & Mint Tea. We hand pick the purest, greenest moringa leaves and blend them with fragrant peppermint and invigorating nettle, a supercleansing brew. Minty, green and refreshing, this will quickly become a favourite.


excellentresults Jett Plasma setting the standards in plasma treatments Jett Medical plasma pen are the only Plasma Company within the UK to offer an accredited Level 4 qualification in Plasma Treatments. Jett insure that all practitioners are trained to the highest level. Jett Plasma is a name both you and your clients can trust! Christine Blundell Makeup Academy - the only UK Makeup school run by an Oscar & BAFTA winning Makeup Designer. Onset experience for all students.

From nail courses to waxing courses, whether you are looking to train in one of our professional salon brands, or enhance your skill set in a specific area, at Grafton International we have a beauty course for you.

Start a New Career in Permanent Makeup & Microblading. Train 1 to 1 with Multi Award Winning Industry Expert, Founder and Head Trainer Katy Jobbins at The Permanent Makeup Training Academy.

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Candying. This system can be mastered within one fun day of training and once you start you won’t want to stop. With a little bit of practice you will be amazed how quickly the financial benefits effect your business. You can book our class training venues or we will come to you. We also dinavian have opportunities available for you Scan to progress and become educators for this fast expanding worldwide company come and Share the Fun with Skin Candy! Hair Free Method

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That’s a bold statement, and potentially controversial. Hair removal has been around for hundreds of years – originally started out using traditional sugaring methods then progressed during the last century towards hot waxing… but this has its challenges which often can leave the individual nervous and anxious not just because of the pain, but also the after effect of irritated skin and soreness. So it turns out that using the right ingredients not only matter but are incredibly important. Let me introduce you to Scandinavian Skin Candy. Skin Candy’s natural ingredients help calm irritated skin, making it safe to use on even the most sensitive of skins. Hoitolatukku, the creator of Scandinavian Skin Candy, is the most respected Finnish beauty suppliers with more than 30 years of experience in the beauty sector. The patented formula containing Xylitol produced from the Finnish Birch tree has provided a less painful treatment that will leave the skin smooth and as sweet as candy. The special Xylitol enhanced pastes have various different viscosities, making it easy to regulate the consistency of the paste. This makes Skin Candy the top choice for professionals as the paste is so easy to handle.

During treatment, the candy is applied to the back of the hair and removed in the hair growth direction. When this treatment technique is used, the hair is removed painlessly from the root without irritation of the skin. The candy is also applied and removed by hand (eliminating the need for cotton strips), with the same mass of paste being used over and over, even on multiple treatment areas, until the skin is hairless. This technique results in very little product required per treatment making Scandinavian Skin Candy pastes extremely cost effective and profitable for therapists. Scandinavian Skin Candy can also be applied with a spatula, even to small areas like upper lip or eyebrows. All Scandinavian Skin Candy pastes can be mixed with each other to achieve the desired consistency and results for all clients.

WHY is it so good? Waxing, Sugar or Skin Candy? Traditional sugars are made from white sugar or disaccharides by adding an acidifying agent, usually citric acid. Scandinavian Skin Candy is made from monosaccharides such as glucose, fructose and xylitol. In this way, the paste becomes easy to use withstanding long-term handling while greatly reducing post-treatment skin irritation and redness. The six pastes that make up our Scandinavian Skin Candy product range (Soft, Hard, Mimosa, Cookie, Chap and Stripe) make it easy to choose the right product for your specific needs.

Scandinavian Skin Candy The gentleness of Scandinavian Skin Candy is attributed to brand new treatment technology. A new era where epilation meets skin care!

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My Story It was very early in 2017 that I first came across Skin Candy. I’ve been a fully trained Hairdresser and Beauty Therapist now for over 30 years and had reached the pinnacle of my career, in fact to the point where without realising it I was looking to diversify – I was ready for the next challenge! Owning my own Salon for the past 20 years has been great and I’ve earned a great living out of it, but the markets have changed and I could see complacency setting in. I also knew I needed something else that I could focus my attention on, through fear of potential boredom and wanting to challenge myself. Then Skin Candy came along! The brand, the product and the feel of the business itself all connected with me. I loved what Skin Candy could do and I loved the people involved – they made it fun! I could see this was a great opportunity to become sole distributor in the UK! To sell the product and train beauty therapists and help them increase the revenue in their business was the best opportunity yet! So here I am teaching the art of skin candying and supporting businesses and helping them to grow and become profitable whilst having fun! We have opportunities for you to learn the method but also to progress and become educators for Skin Candy and share the fun! Hair Free Method™ Scandinavian 47 47

Party time The best-dressed person at a party is rarely the most dressed-up person, Casandra Sanders writes. Make an effort, but this does not mean dolling yourself up like a clown. Me, I never met a silk I didn’t like, and this next party season I intend to wear peacock feathers, possibly for afternoon tea. But if being ostentatious isn’t your thing, that does not mean you can’t have a fab party look.



Jo Jo Wax with its castor and jojoba oil base, this acts like a balm for thirsty hair with a light to medium hold made of natural candelilla, japan and rose waxes. Apply from root to tip to fix a multitude of styles. Will give a bounce to your step. Rihanna has some amazing festive Fenty Beauty products. New eye and cheek palette. Amazing fun party colours.

ORLY are known for cutting edge colours, and this ORLY Scarlet Red Purse contains three nail lacquers with colours that are prime for parties. Vegan friendly.

Make Up Forever Rouge Light. A luminous lipstick with pure and brilliant colors coming in a lightweight and hydrating texture. Too Faced has a new mask and it’s filled with glitter and called GLOW JOB. It’s as if they took the essence of the company, boiled it down, and then poured it into a mask. There has never been anything more Too Faced than Glow Job.

British brand Cosmetics à la Carte, party make-up in 2018 must have luscious false lashes and a feline flick. Shop the look with Outliner “Black”, Silk Touch “Contour”, Brow Design “Taupe” and Lustre Lipstick “Treacle”.

Wash Off. The new breathable & halal nail polish that washes off with just water and soap. S’N’B Wash Off polish is innocent of chemical emulsifiers or toxic solvents. Ideal for MUMS-TO-BE.

Skin perfecting ultra-fine highlighting powder that instantly gives skin a ‘lit-from-within’ glow. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Calendula Extract, it cares for the skin whilst blurring imperfections and highlight features. Suitable for all skin tones.

Volumising Balm Gloss. Plump lips and enjoy extra volume with this superconditioning balm gloss. Hyaluronic Acid spheres instantly hydrate whilst antioxidants protect and condition.

Templespa Bronzer & Brush Duo. A beautiful bronzer and blusher in one that will give you the gorgeous glow of summer and a perfectly shaped bronze & blush brush that gives a natural and even coverage for flawless application & a natural finish.

Pipit Glow stick burnished copper tones create a rose gold glow and sun-kissed radiance. Hydrating coconut, argan, and jojoba oils blend seamlessly to leave skin glossy, as copper tones flatter your features. Multi-purpose colour is perfect for the eyes, lips, and cheekbones.

This must-have award winning self-tanner and beauty editor favourite delivers a quick, streak-free, natural golden colour without sitting in the sun. This long-lasting tanner is the perfect accessory for any season.


Gifts & Kits Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection. Our Complete Wellbeing Collection is the perfect introduction to the real, therapeutic powers of our Bath & Shower and Face Oils. These 100% natural, travel-friendly essential oil blends offer you a results-driven spa experience at home or on-the-go. Includes 10x 3ml Bath & Shower Oils, 6x 3ml Face Oils.

Ayurveda Pura Timeless Beauty Kit. This Kit includes Chyawanprash, Anti Ageing Skin Toner, Anti Ageing Face Cream, Anti Ageing Herbal Face Mask, Anti Ageing Eye Gel, Timeless Beauty Herbal Food Mix, a guidline how to use the products for maximum benefit and a Complimentary Ayurveda Pura Cotton Bag Vita Liberata’s Christmas Gift Sets holds a deliciously moisturised lasting natural bronze and the ultimate Hollywood’s red carpet glowy skin finish in a luxury clutch. From office to after party you’ll be celebrating with glowing confidence this Winter.

Martina Gebhart - Simple Soulful Skincare. Biodynamic. The ultimate organic gift sets for all, skin types . 15% off purchases using SpaE2018 at check-out or contact for Trade Account

Our stunning gift box contains our best-selling Lime Vetiver duo. Our Wash naturally hydrates with plant-oil based moisturisers and fragrant essential oils, while our Lotion combines healing Kokum Butter and hydrating Aloe Vera for nourished skin.

A perfect gift for the therapist and her friends. The Aquamassage Therapy Cushions. Easy to use, can be used with or without oil. Perfect for any environment. Cushion maintains heat for 2-3 hours. The cushion price is £75 incl vat. (+ p&p £4.80).


Gifts & Kits Live Raw, another fab book from Mimi Kirk for healthy mind, body and soul, and yes keep young and beautiful.

Templespa Slumber & Sleeper Kit. This collection of calming products help to relax, ease tension, helps to promote a restful sleeping create a calm atmosphere while at home or travelling.

Clarins Double Serum To Go Trio. Our most powerful age control concentrate ever. Comes with a color-sparked lip treatment oil and award-winning radiance booster for a more youthful look in a flash.

ORLY Rose Gold Clutch-party nails at the ready. Gift includes 1 x 18ml ORLY Rage 1 x 18ml ORLY Lift the Veil.1 x 18ml ORLY Halo 1 x ORLY ‘Love your Nails’ Rose Gold Clutch.

Elemis Life Elixirs Calm Candle. Find your inner peace with this soothing scented candle, fragranced with comforting herbal notes to create calm. Formulated with a scientific blend of 15 pure essential oils. Comes in a stunning glass holder with silver lid and presented in a beautiful box. Makes the perfect gift candle. Burn time is 40 hours.

Templespa ultimate Truffle collection to treat and moisturise your skin for a radiant, rejuvenated appearance. Deeply moisturises, smoothes fine lines & wrinkles, revives tired & dull skin immediately. Skin will radiate and glow.





A decade ago, after suffering from lifethreatening autoimmune disorders, Hollywood actress Shiva Rose set out to discover a more holistic way to natural health and beauty. Growing her own organic herbs and flowers; mixing creams, lotions, and tonics; and following Ayurvedic practices and creating mindful rituals, she has not only healed her life but has also become a leader and entrepreneur in the world of all-natural beauty and lifestyle. Whole Beauty is her radiant next step, a practical, inspiring, stunningly beautiful guide to following a whole beauty practice at home.



This stunning book is beautifully illustrated and shows how to create a whole beauty practice at home – from incorporating elements of Kundalini and Ayurveda to making organic. There are recipes for teas and tonics, ideas for using crystals and essential oils and ways to find daily moments of mindfulness through breathing exercises and mantras.


Two days before Christmas and at 26 years old, Chris Wark was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. He had surgery to remove a golf ball-sized tumor and a third of his colon. But after surgery, instead of the traditional chemotherapy, Wark decided to radically change his diet and lifestyle in order to promote health and healing in his body.



Jessica Merchant is like your most reliable girlfriend—that is, if your girlfriend was a passionate cook and serious beauty junkie. With her second book, she brings her signature playfulness to the page. It’s filled with 150 brand-new recipes, along with themed menus, party ideas, killer playlists, and inventive beauty projects.


Skin and The Soul Within – Conscious Connecting


Elizabeth King is Principal of the Liv School

e are all taught at college about how to create professional boundaries, although it takes a bit of real life before we start to understand the full implications of this advice. When I left college, I gave my all to every client, exhaustion naturally ensued. A reiki course led to a different approach, the energy of the Universe boosting whatever last night’s sleep had made available; but still, a day’s work left a minimum of six individuals swirling exhaustingly in my soul! The skin and soul are intimately connected. I remember so clearly my first learning of this. A client requested I help with the terrible acne scaring on her back. Hardened scar tissue can be difficult to reduce however, during a turningpoint session the scars started to soften and reveal the soft skin beneath. I felt so happy with the progress that was made. Later that evening I received a phone call from my client. Anger was pouring out from her. The client told me that the time in her life when the scaring was created had been extraordinarily difficult, and the skincare work had taken her back there. She felt I had no right to do this. I was rocked and deeply upset. Shocked not only to suddenly lose a client I felt a strong connection to, but that my work on her skin had opened-up her memories. It seemed that softening the scars in her skin had also softened the scars in her soul. I didn’t expect to see her for her next appointment, but she arrived. I learned that she had been through a very painful few days, but that she was very grateful. She became one of my longest standing and most loyal clients, and directly and indirectly, she would go on to teach me many more important lessons in skincare.

I have worked with Sebastian Parsons (the distributor of Dr. Hauschka in the UK from 1994 to 2013) since 1998. Together we had developed a programme of training for the brand’s therapists and sales team, and during that journey we had often discussed what we would do if we could take our insights further afield. Later, it seemed only logical to found the Skin and the Soul Within school of holistic skincare, to do just that! Our foundation training is called “Conscious Connecting” and equips the therapist with techniques and understanding that allow them to become more effective in their work. Our focus is on the many connections that are involved in our work. The first and perhaps most obvious being the contact of therapist’s hands on client’s skin. More fundamental, but less obvious and less supported by training is the personal relationship of the therapist with the client. In addition to our conscious approach to quality of touch, as holistic therapists, we know that the relationship with the skincare products we choose to use is also fundamental to the success of our work. The school, although not based in a skincare brand, chooses to use the Martina Gebhardt biodynamic range. Biodynamic cultivation has grown in popularity because it grows more potent ingredients. The vitality and healing quality of the plant is alive in the skincare preparations resulting in highly effective skin treatments. For a holistic and spiritually aware system, it is perhaps ironic that biodynamics is most famous for wine! The reason is obvious – in wine making the taste of the grape is paramount – and biodynamic methods transform the connection of farmer with plant, and plant with soil, releasing the full and unique “taste” of the vineyard into the grapes. Conscious connection is transformative, for a farmer, for a therapist, for everyone.

For more information on the Conscious Connecting Course email Elizabeth King: To book your place on the next course visit


Undo the effects of washing, colouring and styling by oiling, massaging and wrapping. It’s hair care - Indian style. Already shortlisted for Beauty Industry awards, our Elixir is made from nine natural extracts and cold pressed oils.

B12 Quick absorbing. Take as a dietary supplement, one micro tablet under tongue daily, can also be swallowed.

Moroccan Oil Continue Color Conditioner. Meet the NEW Moroccanoil Color Complete Collection, a revolutionary 360° approach to color care that starts in the salon and is maintained at home, preserving the sense of confidence you gain from salon-fresh colour.

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Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection and Shimmer Complex Spray is specially designed with a triple diamond shine to give hair sparkling, glamorous style. This multifaceted complex includes rock crystal extract that gently conditions while providing heat protection.

Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash. A cruelty-free purple shampoo by stylist Kevin Murphy. Infused with lavender, this tinted pick features optical brighteners to refresh and transform blonde or silver hair.

This sea-scented bar by Lush is best for shorter, textured styles. It smells amazing and will add volume and fierce movement to your locks.

Fab for dry, brittle strands, grab a bottle of Verb’s Hydrating Shampoo. This gentle, cruelty-free shampoo harnesses the power of hydrolyzed quinoa protein to naturally condition and smoothen the hair. It’s also formulated with sunflower extract to provide natural UV protection.

Oribe’s Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo is the splurgiest crueltyfree shampoo of them all. This rejuvenating cleanser combines healing oils like argan and maracuja with a revolutionary bio-restorative complex to strengthen your strands.

Virtue Restorative Treatment Mask. A luxurious, deeply hydrating treatment mask with Alpha Keratin 60ku™. Hair is transformed with more elasticity, bounce, and youthful vibrancy. A boost for silky-soft hair that’s reinvigorated with health and nourishment.

It takes more than just protein to create healthy hair, so If hair is thinning Good Hair Nutrient Complex aims to adjust the body’s systems to kick start hair growth for tangible results. £32.99 for 2-month supply.


Don’t you deserve, thicker, stronger, healthier ...good hair? NEW Kansha Alchemy Good Hair Nutrient Complex contains over 30 carefully selected and expertly combined essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs, including selenium, silica, zinc and biotin which specifically contribute to the maintenance of normal healthy hair. Tel: 084545 94504 /

VITAMIN LIP OIL With extracts of Raspberry, Vitamin E, A & C, Orange oil, Chamomile & Jasmine. It really tastes good enough to eat! Lips feel hydrated, and not greasy perfect for the coming cold weather. A must have for every make up bag.


Teenagers, in particular boys, can sometime find they are deficient in iron during the rapid growth period of puberty. Teen girls also have iron deficiency more often as their bodies can’t store as much iron and they have a monthly blood loss. Young athletes who exercise also tend to lose more iron and may become deficient and in some cases anemic, so be sure to stock upon iron-rich foods. To keep iron stores balanced - dark green leafy veggies, kidney beans, blueberries, lentils and many other foods. A juice of beetroot, orange, apple and a little ginger will set them up for the day. 58

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Radiant Energy collection combines energising Lemon & Green Mandarin. Uplifting Lemon has been proven to alleviate stress and invigorate the senses, combined with the sweet scents of Green Mandarin to boost vitality levels. A potent combination for Radiant Energy. Enhances the appearance of skin and gives it a silky sheen. Infused with bioactive oils and vitamins. This potent oil injects the skin with hydration leaving a light glow.

STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY WALL CALENDAR is an empowering love letter to girls being—and believing in—themselves, adapted from the bestselling book with nearly 200,000 copies in print. Meet poets and skaters, long jumpers and student council officers, bakers and ballerinas, photographed doing what they love by Kate T. Parker in both color and black and white. Featuring inspiring and joyful quotes from the girls themselves, for a heartfelt message of self-confidence and persistence, it’s an uplifting, girl power themed gift for daughters, sisters, and friends, as well as parents, teachers, and coaches. Workman Publishing



FOR YOU products, treatments and new trends

Give your clients a welcoming aroma when they enter your salon or spa. Celtic Herbal’s Exotic Wood & Ylang Reed Diffuser contains the spicy, warming scent of cedarwood, ho wood and sandalwood packaged in a luxury embossed diffuser tube.

Skin & The Soul Within. Liv School of Holistic Skincare. Conscious Connecting – a two-part workshop What does holistic really mean? A practical course for skin and body therapists who know and want to strengthen their practice through understanding how the skin and soul of client and therapist really work together.

La Mer - The Body Creme. With the marine algae that first put La Mer on the map, this omega-rich emulsion delivers all the sublime softness you’d expect from the ultimate luxury cream. Its lasting hydration also helps to tone and firm the skin. It also contains the brand’s signature Miracle Broth, which uses sea kelp to naturally restore healthy, moisturized skin.

Treat your nails like a pro! Growth Magic is one of the 5 step nail treatment from the Safe’n’Beautiful Spa collection. It is especially formulated for users with short and poor nails that just won’t grow, looking for a nomadic alternative to oil-based products to stimulate nail growth. Microencapsulated actives efficiently dissolve upon application to release an inflow of hydrating vitamins to moisturize nails and cuticles.


Scandinavian Skin Candy is not only a natural hair removal product it will also take good care of your skin. This exciting Xylitol enhanced Sugaring brand from Finland will suit those clients looking for that calmer, kinder hair removal experience. This hair removing method has been designed to ensure a balance between natural fragrances such as rose and argan, soothing to the touch and kind to the environment. Treatment leaves the skin velvety smooth and as sweet as candy.

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Rejuvenate, nourish and cleanse the entire system with this 10 Day Detox Kit without starvation. The process of detoxification enables your body to rid itself of unwanted toxins and after completing the 10 day detox plan, your body may experience.

Our mission is to deliver holistic, sustainable, beauty through supercharged Ayurvedic rituals using time-honoured Indian ingredients and fragrances. Our natural products aim to undo the effects of harsh chemicals and deliver glowing skin, thick hair and all-round amazingness.

Aquamassage Therapy Cushions support the body, relax the muscles and ease muscle spasm. Perfect for pregnant mums to ease aches and pains. Beauty therapists can use the cushions for facials and other treatments whilst clients stay warm and relaxed.

This shoe is both good for your feet and the planet. Your feet will come back to life as the receptors respond to the stimuli underfoot. They are roomy and in a cute foot shape shoe is designed to allow toes to spread naturally. Wear with or without socks, as the microfibre uppers allow breathability. Great for walking, running, watersports and everyday use. You will never want to be without them.


AAAHHH Templespa soothing balm for aching feet and legs. A cooling and refreshing gel-balm for a quick revival and rescue lightweight formula that will chill, calm and refresh tired legs and feet. Rich in natural extracts and essential Mediterranean oils of peppermint, clove, lavender, black pepper and clary to cool and soften the skin. Dandelion will help reduce fluid retention and puffiness. You will feel the AAAHHH factor.

Aromatherapy Associates is delighted to announce the launch of new Rose Infinity Triple Effect Mask, the latest addition to the Rose Infinity collection of groundbreaking age defence skincare. This new mask is designed to revitalise skin for a luminous, youthful complexion. Using expert knowledge of powerful natural ingredients and hand-blended essential oils of the highest quality, the Triple Effect Mask works to target three key dimensions of the skin: skin surface, fine lines and cellular turnover.

Pixi Glow Mud Mask. This mineral-rich treatment absorbs oil, draws out impurities, and fights breakouts while giving an energising boost to the complexion. Kaolin & sea salt purify while ginseng & aloe vera balance. After using skin is noticeably plump and clear.

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A protective Pre-Biotic and concentrated Superfoods of Barley, Quinoa and Sweet Almond Milk nourish the skin whilst you sleep. The skin’s natural ecosystem is balanced whilst moisture and lipids in the skin barrier are replenished to leave skin feeling smoother, softer and revitalised. An essential oil blend of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Vetivert help promote feelings of relaxation before sleep. Wake up to healthylooking skin with an outdoor-fresh glow.

Pinks Boutique Organic Crystal Sanitizer is uniquely blended with anti-bacterial potassium alum crystals to cleanse and freshen without synthetic chemicals or harm to your skin. A pure and natural sanitising spritz for the hands and feet, this is the perfect way to cleanse and freshen without the need for chemicals. The anti-bacterial crystals are the natural active ingredients that makes this the healthiest way to sanitise around.

Winter Woodland Soy Candle with Pine & Frankincense. This 100% natural soy candle infused with crisp pine and earthy frankincense will transport you to the forests of Scandinavia and beyond - bringing warmth and freshness to your spa this Christmas.

The flirty extrovert of our Solid Body Tint range, Shimmy Shimmy leaves you with sexy, glowing skin. It’s shaped like a heart and smells rather beautifully of vanilla and lavender, with a hint of herbal clary sage – just the thing to get hearts racing indeed. The skin softening butters help the glitter stick for a very subtle, but ever so effective shimmer, giving your skin a pinky-bronze glow that lights up your skin, (and if you’re lucky, your nights).


Night Success Renewing Mask works during the night to strengthen the skin’s metabolism using Lime Caviar, Pro-Collagestine-Fill and encapsulated vitamins. Provides intensive nourishment, hydration and anti-wrinkle defence.

Sothys Homme Homme Gel Douche Vitalité Corps et Cheveux. This revitalizing hair and body gel cleanser. This 2 in 1 is quick and easy to use. Perfect to use in the shower. Lather your hair and body and then just rinse, could not be easier.



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This is her story and how her severe scars and diseases with this unique practice were helped.

Sandra’s amazing story


first went to see Jenna in October 2017, since having severe pain each month. I eat well, exercise, so I couldn’t explain it. I passed the Pharmacy on Duke Street, Central London, told one of the ladies my issues and she recommended Jenna. We exchanged emails and an appointment was booked. Jenna did not want me to tell her my issue. What was interesting is Jenna knew my issues. What was even more interesting is that she was able to provide further insight into the start of my issues. As I began to see her more regularly which varied from either one to two weeks, she was able to highlight the roots of the issue and also was spot on in regards to when I - my body - was at optimum health. To add more greatness to our sessions, Jenna has so much compassion and genuinely gave more support in terms of knowing that there was trapped negative energy within me absorbed from people who have come and gone from my life.

Fast forward to January 2018, treatment continues but it became more intense where I was literally in a meditative state during the sessions, and then the pain started. The pain was an indication that the negative energy was leaving my body. I always asked Jenna what methods she used and she was patient, able to explain. The pain continued and I notified Jenna. I was apprehensive to go to another session as I was in pain. Jenna was amazed at the experience and when I arrived, we did another session. The pain literally disappeared. I did not connect the pain to the sessions initially and had taken antibotics, pain killers and stomach pills. Nothing worked, so whatever was going on in my body was the realignment of energy and not physical. The pain has since minimalised by 95% and no longer I am up at least four times a night, so whatever Jenna did, really was magical. Our journey continues. She is an amazing human being!



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WHAT DO YOU FEEL MAKES A FOR A LOVELY SPA DAY OR BREAK? When one needs to unwind and is feeling a little stressed. I love a full, firm massage, and I also love sitting and relaxing in a steam room. WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE? Wash my face morning and night, using a gentle cleanser and I’m currently using a product called Obagi, which has really helped my skin. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE CHARITIES YOU SUPPORT? I support Médecins Sans Frontiers and UNICEF. there are so many wonderful charities but these two focus on things that are particularly close to my heart. MSF do great work in my

I’ve been to some lovely spa’s in the past either for day visits or whilst on holiday. but haven’t been for a while now! Something to think of and add to my diary. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO AT THE MOMENT? I have a very busy year with club dates and festivals pretty much every week. I am also working on new material in the studio with some very talented songwriters and musicians. WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL WAY OF RELAXING AFTER A LONG HARD DAY? Putting on my pajamas, and watching my tv recorded programmes with a hot cup of tea. WHAT BEAUTY PRODUCT WOULD BE A MUST FOR YOU IF STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND? It would have to be 100% organic coconut oil.

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The skin above my mouth has become lighter, it looks almost like a milk mustache, and it makes me terribly self-conscious. Help please.

an important indicator alerting you that there’s an inner imbalance. Then with targeted diet and lifestyle recommendations based on Traditional Chinese Medicine you can get to the root of the problem and resolve your discoloration. It’s quite straightforward.

buy my body fat around my waist isn’t changing. Why is this?

You may be over-training, thereby putting your body under excess stress. When you train too much and your body doesn’t have sufficient time to recover, your body will release excess amounts of a hormone called cortisol, which can result in excess body fat around the waist. Cut back your training to 3 x per week, and you will start to see your body changing. Good luck!


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agnesium is essential for health. In fact, not only is it the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, but it is responsible for over 600 enzymatic processes in your body. In layman’s terms, there are over 600 functions that your body can’t properly perform without adequate magnesium. The problem is you can’t produce it – you rely on it from food, and thanks to modern farming practices, it’s not available in the soil like it was for our ancestors. Add to the fact that sugar, processed foods, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, physical and mental stress, fluoride and more deplete your magnesium, and it’s no wonder that experts estimate that more than 80% of the population – both young and old – are deficient. Many people are deficient and don’t even realize it until they take a look at the symptoms they are experiencing. It is very hard to tell with a blood test since only 2% of your magensium is found in your blood stream. The easiest solution is to supplement, but when you go to the store, you’ll see a wall full of magnesium supplements staring at you. How do you know which one is right for you? Not all magnesium supplements are created equally, and many forms have a low absorption rate – as low as 4%. This means you’re quite literally flushing your hard-earned money down the toilet. When it comes to high absorption, the best form is an ionic citrate powder. Ionic means that when you add it to hot water, it activates and fizzes. This fizzing is an important part because this is where each magnesium molecule binds to a carrier, which essential predigests it in your glass. This means that by the time you drink it, your stomach acid doesn’t have to digest it and it goes right to your cells. MAG365 offers an all-natural powdered citrate formula that is free from fillers and safe for all ages. Their range includes plain or flavoured, a kids powder, and their highly sought after proprietary BF line. Originally said to stand for Bone Formula, many people changed it to mean Best Friend after feeling relief from hormonal imbalances including PMS symptoms and menopause in women and testosterone balancing in men.

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