Monday, 23 November 2015

First Time Tanning Tips

With the party season coming up, we know all you want to do is to get prepped and pampered; with your nails done, outfits sorted and maybe a spray tan to get that Christmas glow.

If you’re a newbie to the spray tan, firstly welcome – it’s a wonderful world where you will look like you’ve just hopped off the plane from a weekend away in Dubai, and secondly – don’t fret! Having a spray tan for the first time can be daunting but with these tips you’ll know what to expect. However, don’t worry if you can’t remember what to do, our expert therapists will remind you of all the crucial information beforehand!

1. Exfoliate before your appointment

Jump in the shower and exfoliate all over, before heading to come and see us. Exfoliating will make you tan more even.

2. Have a wax

Book in a waxing appointment before your spray tan, as the last thing you’ll want is a weird cross-hatching pattern on your legs!

3. Go bare-faced

It’s best to come makeup (and deodorant!) free, but don’t worry, if you forget, we can help you out with makeup wipes and cleaners. Makeup may act as a barrier to the spray tan formula.

4. Pick your outfit carefully

It’s best to wear loose, dark clothing when going for a spray tan, to avoid the tan rubbing off. Try and avoid things like tight ankle boots, but go for baggy jumpers etc.

5. Explain how dark you want to go

Let our therapists know how dark you want to go, to avoid a Ross Gellar situation! Show us a picture of a celeb or a picture of you on holiday. It also helps if you let us know the occasion your spray tan is for i.e if it’s for a winter, in which case you may want to go darker so it lasts longer, or if its for the office Christmas party etc.

6. You may smell a bit like biscuits

It’s not a bad smell, but if you don’t particularly want to smell like a McVitie’s digestive, spray your clothes with perfume and not your skin!

P.S. Don’t forget to book our Christmas packages, and get a spray tan with either your nails done, or eyelash extensions!

Monday, 9 November 2015

4 Winter Skin Care Tips

Good old winter! We love it and hate it. Love is the joy of having a gingerbread latte in a red cup from Starbucks, Christmas jumpers and the idea of cuddling up in front of the TV with a blanket and Netflix. Bliss.

The flip side is skin stress! Between the harsh temperatures outside and the moisture zapping central heating inside, your skin needs a little more TLC then usual during this time of year, and we have some tips of how to beat the winter skin blues:

1. Drink Water

This may seem obvious but we tend to drink more water during the summer and less in the colder months, as we opt for hot drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate. However, water is essential for keeping the skin hydrated and maintaining that winter glow. If the idea of a cold glass of water gives you the shivers, go for a mug for hot water with a couple of drops of fresh lemon.

2. Choose the right winter moisturiser

When picking a moisturiser, avoid petroleum based products as they tend to dry out the skin and pick a moisturiser that has natural, nourishing, oil based ingredients. This will help to lock the moisture back into the skin and replace the essential oils. Use this twice - first thing in the morning and the last at night to avoid dry, sad looking winter skin!

Try Dermalogica's Intensive Moisture Balance moisturiser & you can pop in to get it from us, or pick it up at your next appointment!

3. Don't forget the sunscreen

Just because summer is over, doesn't mean you can say goodbye to your sunscreen. Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 before you leave the house in the morning, to protect your skin from the elements. Remember, that just because it may be slightly (read: very; it is England after all!) cloudy, UV rays still affects the skin.

4. Exfoliate

A facial exfoliant can help remove dead skin cells from your body. Add this to your skin care regime once a week to be left with fresh feeling skin that is ready to be moisturised. 

One of the best exfoliants is the Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant, as it's gentle but still very effective and easy to use. Tap out 1/2 teaspoon of the powder into your wet palm and gently massage into the skin.