How to prepare for your holiday this SUMMER
Preparing for your holiday doesn’t have to be last minute and stressful! We have created this blog to recommend the best treatments & products to help make you feel holiday ready! We have also put some handy tips in that you can do at home.
Fake it Don’t Bake it
If you’re not the type to tan quickly or easily and you would like to have the beautiful summer glow before you even arrive at your destination, we recommend getting a spray tan a day or so before you leave. If it also helps you not having the need to sit in the sun for longer periods of time and potentially causing damage to your skin, it’s even more worth it. You will have an all-over beautiful glow. We also have our ‘Skin Radiance Glow’ package which is the most recommended for your tan. It includes a full body scrub to help prepare for a beautiful even tan, on beautiful smooth skin. The package is available to book for only £50.
On a side-note: ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure, and it’s a lot easier to prevent the damage before it starts. So, it makes sense that wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to prolong healthy, younger looking skin. It’s vital to apply an SPF all-year round. As a rule, apply every morning to protect your skin against UV rays. Reapply if you are outdoors for a long period of time. It’s also worth wearing sunglasses as they provide more protection against under-eye wrinkling and ageing than sunscreen. Make sure they protect from 99-100% of both UVA and UVB light.
We highly recommend our Crystal Clear ‘Protect & Repair’ SPF40.
The Best Foundation you can wear is Natural, Healthy Skin
When you are on a beautiful sunny, warm holiday the last thing you want to be doing is feeling the need to apply a full face of makeup every day. When swimming and tanning it will very quickly come off, plus it saves a lot of time and hassle. We would for this reason recommend having a few Crystal-Clear Microdermabrasion sessions before your holiday. This is a celebrity endorsed, award-winning and clinical skin-resurfacing treatment. It will help to smooth out your skins imperfections and give you a more glowing complexion. It is also a great treatment to book in after your holiday. Your skin’s exposure to the sun and sea can mean a build-up of dry, slightly damaged skin that a microdermabrasion treatment would help reduce. You can have a quick 30min treatment or book in a full hour facial alongside the microdermabrasion. We also sell Crystal Clear products you can take on your holiday. Our favourite for the occasion would be ‘Skin Brightening Complex Cream’. It can be used daily to help give an immediate brightening effect on uneven skin tone. It can also help eliminate unwanted pigmentation, minimise open pores and provide an instant radiance. This product can be purchased in the salon.
Another highly recommended treatment to help give you beautiful, fresh glowing skin for your holiday would be our Skinceuticals Gel Peel. This express Mild Acid Peel (containing lactic acid and glycolic) is great for general skin concerns, and alongside the use of antioxidants helps to protect your skin. We also retail Skinceuticals products which we highly recommend using alongside your treatment. Speak to your therapist after treatment about what they recommend for your skin.
Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature aging. This magic stuff can even make skin appear fuller, since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to see the benefits, more if you’re active or on a sun-drenched holiday. To add a little flavour, try a skin-soothing tea like chamomile or mint.
Beauty’s Best Kept Secret
We know you’ve heard it before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Whilst you sleep your skin rejuvenates. Your body’s cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job. At least seven hours a night should do if you’ve been questioning how to get glowing skin. For this very reason a good over-night cream works wonders on your skin. We love our ESPA overnight hydration therapy which is infused with lavender to aid a peaceful night’s sleep.
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We hope this blog has given you some ideas that can be used to prepare your mind and body for your Summer Holiday this year. We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer.
xx The Enhance Team xx
Essential Man Maintenance
The month of June we are dedicating to all the wonderful men in our lives. Husbands, dads, brothers and even grandfathers. With Father’s Day just around the corner we wanted to dedicate this blog to Men. It is so important that men know beauty treatments are not just for women. ‘Man Maintenance’ is a growing trend that means men can also feel pampered and well groomed without the stigma attached to it! Here at Enhance we welcome and have a whole load of treatments available for men. Read on to discover more about these treatments, and why is so important that men make time for body maintenance too.
Men’s skin, like women, is vulnerable to the same types of damage and results in the same, wrinkled, spotty and inflamed appearance unless maintained and looked after. Regular facials cleanses and hydrates your skin, deep cleans your pores and keeps your skin healthy. If you have facial hair, a steam facial will keep the hair soft and supple. We have a steam add on available on our Espa Personalised Facial which would be the perfect combination. This facial is not only very relaxing but will also include a cleanse, exfoliation, toning and a divinely relaxing scalp massage.
For a deeper clean we advise the Crystal-Clear Microdermabrasion. The treatment gently exfoliates the outer layers of skin and treats a vast array of skin concerns using a safe and controlled method of skin resurfacing. The benefits of microdermabrasion include softening fine lines, smoothing out coarse skin texture, reducing acne and pore size, helping to fade scars and brown spots and stimulates cell turnover and the creation of collagen.
A good and consistent facial routine at home will also help dramatically. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising are the basics to keep your skin healthy and fresh. We do sell products from our well-loved and used brand ESPA that are designed specifically for men. These include cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers (please read on to the product section of this blog for more information)
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Everyone in some way can benefit from a good massage. It also helps to flush out toxins in your muscles and generally make you feel uplifted and refreshed. There are a few choices when it comes to massage we can offer you.
Aromatherapy massage (60mins) is a beautiful full body massage using a blend of individually chosen oils and techniques to suit the needs of your body and mind. From head to toe you will be taken into a perfect state of calmness and well-being with this luxurious massage treatment.
If you are looking for something a bit firmer and working more deeply on your muscles, we would recommend going for a Hot Stone or Deep Tissue Massage (60 mins-Full Body). These advanced treatments use more pressure and specialised strokes and techniques to reach deeper layers of your muscles. The Hot Stone massages also use warm volcanic stones to help relieve deep muscle tension. These treatments are best used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Nail Health affects us all and there is only one way to maintain and prevent it getting out of hand. Regular Manicures and Pedicures. We have many male clients who come regularly to maintain exactly this. Not only does it help to keep your nails groomed and maintained, studies show it also has mental benefits of relaxation.
Pedicures include toenails being clipped, filed/shaped and cleaned using the correct techniques to prevent ingrown nails and other foot issues. You will also get a foot soak, scrub and file to remove dry skin and calluses, plus a short foot massage to finish. Manicures like a pedicure include a nail clean and shape, soak plus some cream application to finish. We recommend having both treatments every 4-6 weeks to maintain.
Laser and waxing
Hair removal is a chore for anyone and can be so difficult to maintain and keep up with. When it comes to hair removal, we have two possible options here at Enhance. The non-permanent option is waxing. The most common for men is chest, back and eyebrows. This is usually needed every 4-6 weeks depending on the speed of your hair growth. The brand we use is ‘Jax Wax Australia’. We love their products as they are gentle on your skin and give a beautiful, smooth finish. A more permanent option and long-term the most cost-effective method is laser hair removal. Our laser practitioner Claire has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and can achieve amazing results for clients. We have the Cynosure Elite (an advanced and medical graded machine) which successfully treats areas of unwanted hair. Claire can treat areas such as the face, chest & back or hands and legs. With an amazing offer on a course of 6 (and only pay for 4) this is most definitely a treatment to consider when it comes to hair removal. Please also note Claire can do tattoo removal, thread vein removal plus treat pigmentation/sunspots. You can book in a consultation with Claire for a patch test and to ask any questions you may have.
Another popular treatment for men and one that may seem surprising to some is spray tans. Having a beautiful, healthy looking glow is nice to have any time of year. Obviously it is more popular around summer months and a great way to prepare for a holiday. It also good to note that even over hairy legs or arms the tan will still come through!
Just like woman it is important that men take care in their home skincare regime, and ensure they are using products suited to their skin. Having said that men’s skin has a different makeup to women. It is 25% thicker and has bigger and many more pores. These pores also produce much more sebum (so it is prone to be oilier). The differences between men and women’s skin are caused by hormones, specifically testosterone. It is a good idea to go with a skincare that is designed for men. Here at Enhance we use a brand called ESPA who have a fantastic range of moisturisers, cleansers, exfoliators and shave mud all with the perfect combination of ingredients to suite the complex needs of men’s skin.
Invigorating Face Wash 150ml £25.00
Clarifying Skin Scrub 70ml £24.00
Dual-Action Shave Mud 200ml £23.00
Post shave Rescue 70ml £28.00
The Hydrator 35ml £32.00
Balancing Hydrator 70ml £40.00
Age-Rebel Eye Hydrator 25ml £38.00
Age-Rebel Moisturiser 35ml £41.00
We also sell Men’s Buffers which are very popular. Designed to be used in the shower these sponges cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise the skin. Charged with exotic extracts, rich moisturisers and gentle cleansers they keep skin youthful & glowing use after use. The men’s buffers smell amazing and are only £13.50.