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Must-Have Beauty Resolutions

Finding the time to do everything that we know that we should do is so tricky in today’s busy world. Spa Manager Kirsty Hughes offers some must-have beauty resolutions from her vast experience.

We are always trying to juggle time for ourselves amongst work, children, partners, housework and more, often with ourselves coming last on the list. Sometimes though we have to put our foot down and so my first beauty resolution is to allow some more time for myself and below are some things I am going to do:

1) Drink more water – the key to everything – skin, weight, energy – and still I don’t drink enough. So I have set myself the target of drinking at least one litre of water a day – it should be more than this – but I am setting myself thisgoal first that I know I can reach.

2) Give my body some moisture – I am very good with my facial skincare while my body gets completely neglected. My tip is to get a product that makes this process as quick as possible. Darphin’s Perfecting Lotion £28 is perfect as it is a gelcreme so is very quickly absorbed meaning you can get dressed straight away. Idealy this should happen every day in reality I am going to set myself the target of twice a week as this is better than not at all.

3) Not neglect my feet even though it’s Winter- when my feet aren’t on show in sandals they always come last on the beauty priority list as I am not a fan of trying to bend into strange positions to do the cuticles, file and paint etc. As I really dislike doing my own, I am going to have some pampering and have a Deluxe Pedicure (£50) where I will have a relaxing massage, paraffin mask and beautifully manicured toes.

4) Use an oil every night – At the moment especially with the cold and central heating, serum and moisturiser alone are just not cutting it. A few drops of oil before I put on the moisturiser makes such a difference. My skin feels softer and more radiant and best of all I use less cream as I don’t need as much for my skin to feel moisturised. Darphin has a range of face oils starting from £44 that for me are the best as they are true dry oils so will definitely not cause any breakouts that I have found happen with other face oils.

5) Treat myself more – I know how good I feel after having a treatment, and to be honest it can be any treatment, because just the act of having some time for just me with no interruptions is bliss. Below are my suggestions if you are short on time:

Grape Body Polish 25mins £45 – gives your body some attention and as some of the strokes are similar to those used in a massage, it feels tension releasin and gives you soft skin.

Conditioning head massage 25mins £45 – this works on the tops of the shoulders, neck and head everyones main tension areas and the coconut oil really conditions hair so you get the added benefit of soft hair.

Hot Back Massage 25mins £55 – great in all this cold weather to feel the heat of the stones warming up the muscles and joints and easing out all that tension that life brings.

Whatever your resolutions are, make sure that you do one that will give you some pampering as we all deserve it. As Buddha said “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”.

Winter Nails Competition

This November, we have a special beauty competition courtesy of specialist nail care company Mavala!

MavalaMavala is a world-renowned nail care specialist company founded in 1958 and based in Switzerland. As the world leader in nail care with a heritage spanning over 50 years the Vineyard Spa work alongside them to care for our clients’ nails. Winter is a good a time as any to care for your nails and make sure that they remain looking tip-top. So as a special Winter treat we have a November compeititon to win a win a fantastic Mavala nail care kit by answering the following question:

What can happen to our nails in Winter if they are not maintained?

a) they become dry
b) the become brittle
c) they can break
d) all three

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Please enter the competition by 31st November 2015, by emailing competitions@the-vineyard.co.uk and answering the question above. Don’t forget to quote ‘Spa’ in your email!

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Terms and Conditions

No cash alternative given. If no correct answers are given we reserve the right to extend the competition. Prize available to be collected from The Vineyard Spa.

Christmas With Darphin

Skincare empire Darphin’s Christmas gift sets are exquisite. Famed for using the finest natural botantical ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, this understated yet avant-garde, nature-based shincare house is the ideal gift of luxury – and function.

The exquisite aromas of noble botanicals so key to Darphin is not just for sensory pleasure. For instance – the rose petals used in Darphin’s distillation process are picked just as they are unfolding in the early hours of dawn. And it takes thousands of rose blossoms to produce one single ounce of our precious essential oil.

What makes Darphin one of the leading skingcare specialist is that they begin with the finest ingredients with no compromise on quality or cost. And like the craftsman of fine wine, they craft formulas according to tradition and science – to release the ingredient’s potency then to preserve its integrity.

This Christmas, we are lucky enough to offer three of their giftsets, which, depending on skin type, are .

Firstly, SDarphintimulskin Plus Giftset contains a luxurious and total anti-aging skincare collection that targets all the parameters of aging skin to help skin recover a divine youthful appearance. Included is the Multi-corrective Divine Cream, and the 8 Flower Oil which is perfection for anti-aging, as well as a Divine Eye cream for that smart firm lift.Ideal Resource

The Essential Giftset is fantastic for those who want skin to reveal a fresh radiant glow: an anti-aging and radiance set. The skin texture is redefined and velvety, wrinkles and lines are smoothed and filled out, revealing day after day a youthful radiant skin. With this you receive a skin cream as well as Darphin’s newly improved Radiance boosting serum and Eye Illuminator.

ExquisageThe Exquisage Giftset is a beauty-revealing set: formulated especially for ladies who feel they’ve reached their best age yet whatever that may be. This contains a Beauty revealing cream, infusing a new life to skin, revealing and enlivened and exquisite complexion. With this, you receive the sublime Jasmine oil and beauty revealing serum.

Mavala Competition For Beautiful Nails

This month, we have a great competition for you to win a gorgeous Mavala nail set. Care and attention given to nails literally polishes off your look. Here, Swiss specialists Mavala tells us how – and we tell you how to enter our competition!

Mavala

Long or short, nails should be impeccable; they are the final point of your beauty and their look reflects your personality. Fingernails, like any other part of the body, require regular care if they are to look their best. Since hands are among a woman’s most expressive features, nail-grooming should be an important part of every beauty programme. Once Mavala’s manicure steps become routine, you will be pleased to see how little time it takes.

A basic nail care and beauty routine to help you obtain positive results in the shortest possible time and a complete manicure should ideally be done once a week . For those with ‘problem’ nails – nails that split, flake or break – using these products will produce the beautiful nails you have always wanted.

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Please enter the competition by 31st October 2015, by emailing competitions@the-vineyard.co.uk and answering the question ‘Which country is Mavala from?’. Don’t forget to quote Spa in your email!

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Darphin: New Wonder Product

This month, Darphin launches wonder product 8-Flower Nectar Oil Cream. Deeply moisturising and nourishing, we find out more.

Darphin

“A woman’s skin is a mirror, reflecting her life”. This is certainly the legacy that Darphin aims to stand by, continually setting new standards for skin care facials and service.

Fusing the finest botanical ingredients, innovative technologies, professional expertise and specialised, sensory techniques, Darphin have now crafted an innovative hybrid oil cream that indulges the skin as it soothes the senses. Infused with the iconic 8- Flower Nectar, a rare blend of aromatic essences from 280 petals, it offers a crescendo transformation from a rich cream to an opulent oil. Skin is enveloped in comforting moisture and looks radiant.

The result is deeply moisturized and nourished skin with a soft, smooth and supple feeling. The healthy-looking lustre it gives the complexion is remarkable and not only that, the senses are soothed. We have some available so please let us know if you would like to try this glorious product!

Vine and Grapes at our Spa

Vine and grapes possess exceptional powers to heal and rejuvenate the body, which inspires our signature wine-themed Red Grape treatments and products. Combined with our treatments and health giving spa, this is a winning combination.

Red Grape

Our Red Grape Beauty Products

The health benefits of wine and grapes have long been mooted. Cultivated on all of the earth’s continents except Antarctica, these little fruits contain many phytonutrients, which often classifies them as a ‘superfood’. Abundant in the raw fruit, much of this goodness including reservatrol has been found to remain throughout the wine making process and as such imparting some of this health giving property to the end product, red wine in particular.

This science inspired our own signature Red Grape beauty products: a body mask, moisturising cream. Made by the Natural Spa Factory, they are fragrant with sun-ripened fruit, a fitting tribute to the hotel’s theme.

We really believe in the healing power of massage both mentally and physically, and we combined our Red Grape products into out signature treatments. One such signature treatment is the 55-minute Red Grape Body Pampering Wrap, continuing the hotel’s wine theme. This starts with soft body brushing to help eliminate toxins from the lymphatic system, followed by a red grape body mask and a tension-releasing head massage. To culminate the experience, a moisturising treatment promotes soft, silky smooth skin.

And if that isn’t enough, the soothing benefits of hydrotherapy is well documented, and our award-winning boutique spa offers this. Fittingly commended ‘Five Bubbles’ – the highest rating – by the prestigious Good Spa Guide the emphasis on exclusivity with its own show-stopping feature in the glass roof. Our guests can stargaze from the elegant surroundings of the luxurious circular heated indoor swimming pool and relax in the warmth and health giving features of the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Bliss!

Get Summer-ready: care for your face

The summer sun is a true tonic but caring for our face is often low down on our priority list. Our head therapist Kirsty Hughes reveals the best ways to care for your face and protect for a lifetime of beautiful complexion.

Get your face ready for Summer

Ready for Summer

A sun-kissed face truly makes everyone feel better and brighter. But a good complexion for the long-term takes a little care and attention, especially when the onslaught of wrinkles and age spots are preventable or can be minimised.

We are now all aware of the effects of sun damage, but even the most cautious of us sometimes forget. Truthfully, protecting your face is the best way to stop premature ageing as damaging UV rays are present even on a cloudy day.

Most foundations and some creams contain an SPF of at least 15 which is sufficient if we will only be having brief exposure to the sun or in winter. When spending most of the day in the sun it is better to use a higher SPF, preferably one formulated for the face. Carry a sunscreen with you so you are never caught out and burn.

As much as everyone likes a tan we really urge that it is better to use a high SPF and use a bronzer to bring colour to your face. While a tan may look good for a few days those wrinkles are going to be around for a lot longer.

Happily, Darphin have just launched Soleil Plaisir available in SPF30 or SPF50 £29. Darphin uses the exotic oils Karanja and Coconut oil combined with Hyaluronic acid and avocado butter to create a melting non-greasy texture in a non–whitening base that cares for your skin.

As the seasons change, so does our skin and products that suited us before no longer seem to. If you feel like your skin doesn’t look or feel like you want it to, please come in and see us as we will be happy to give you some adviceonhow to keep it glowing. A good thing to do is have a facial as this can often be what the skin needs: an intense boost of nourishment and some extra care.

Get your body Summer-ready

With the advent of summery dresses, peep-toe sandals and barbecue invitations that June brings, we all want  our body-best. Our head therapist Kirsty Hughes gives the second of three weekly top tips, designed to help you achieve this.

Get your body ready for Summer

Prime your body for the Summer sun

There’s nothing better than feeling your best both outside and in. It is hard to find time to look after ourselves but truthfully, take action little and often, and it soon becomes really easy – and the benefits will come. Soon, getting your body summer-ready will be a natural part of your routine.

To help combat cellulite and get an even skin-tone, a great tip is to use a body brush on dry skin using long sweeping strokes in the direction of the heart every day. Slip it into your routine and soon it will be second nature.

Exfoliating once to twice a week is also key because exfoliation increases cell renewal and stimulates oil glands. Skin on the body has only 100 oil glands per square centimetre compared to the face which has 300 to 900. This is often the reason why skin on our body often feels drier along with the fact that we are less likely to moisturise our body than our face. Our own Red Grape range is perfect for this, with our Red Grape Body Polish to exfoliate and our Red Grape Body Cream (both £18).

Wrap treatments are great for the skin along with massage which as well as releasing tension, and detoxifying, helps to tone skin and moisturise through the use of oils.Our Red Grape Pampering Body Wrap will improve lymph drainage (£70 for 55 minutes) while The Vineyard Full Body Massage will increase blood flow (£75 for 55minutes) as well as making you feel great.

Get your body Summer-ready

Our experienced head therapist Kirsty Hughes imparts her wisdom and suggests some do-it-yourself treatments to help you get ready for the sunny season. Here is the first of three excerpts from her over the forthcoming three weeks – just in time for the longest day of the year!

Summer Ready

With the shops starting to optimistically display barbecues at this time of year, and the British Summer calendar around the corner (cricket, Henley, Wimbledon, Ascot and Glyndebourne to name a few), the social summer season is almost here. Happily, we can look to wear summer dresses, sandals and pretty shawls. With our feet and skin about to be on show, it’s time to get our body-best for the summer. Here are some top tips to slip into your routine and soon it will be second nature.

Perhaps the least cared-for part of the body over the colder months are the feet. They deserve pampering; after all, they do serve us very well! It is so easy to care for them, too. Just set aside some you-time and follow the tips below.

Pumice stones gently remove hard areas, and nightly moisturising (pop some socks on after to keep the moisture in) helps to soften skin and get rid of any super-dry patches.
Mavala’s Hydro-Repairing Foot Cream (£12) is ideal to resolve dry or cracked skin.

Our toes’ cuticles need attention too, and caring for them straight after a shower or bath is best, because they are soft and can be pushed back easily. For more stubborn cuticles you can use Mavala Cuticle remover (£11).

Summery nail colours on toes really add a touch of glamour. I always apply a base coat to stop colour staining and help the colour apply evenly to your nail. Two coats of colour varnish and then a top coat seals the colour in to extend its life. Reapply every few days to prolong the life of the paint. Sit back and relax as it takes around 45 minutes for the paint to become rock solid.

If all this sound like too much effort then treat yourself to a Deluxe Pedicure (£50 for 55 minutes) and let us do the hard work. Your feet will be exfoliated, nails shaped, cuticle work, massage, a paraffin mask and last of all a paint. Your shoulders also get treated with a heated body wrap to ensure you have a relaxing time.

Relax at The Vineyard Spa this Mother’s Day

Mother's Day at The VineyardOn any given day mum is often the hub of the family, from cleaning, taxi duties and cooking to being a shoulder to cry on. Say thank you to your mum this Mother’s Day by nurturing your loving bond with some mother and daughter spa time.

Relax at The Vineyard Spa this Mother’s Day. Our half spa days are ideal Mother’s Day gifts if you don’t have a whole day to spare. And in March enjoy a half day spa day for two for £120 saving £20. Available Monday to Friday. The half spa day includes use of the spa in the morning or afternoon, a freshly prepared Bento box lunch, one x 25 minute treatment each of your choice and tea, coffee and non-alcoholic refreshments.

A pamper evening for two is a great way to get away from it all and spend some quality time with mum in our tranquil spa. Enjoy full use of the facilities, a 25 minute treatment each and a main course from the California Bar menu for just £105 for two people.

If you can only spare an hour why not treat mum this Mother’s Day to a couple’s deluxe pedicure and have a good catch up whilst being pampered?

If time is an issue in your busy schedules, why not give the perfect pampering gift with our Red Grape Body Polish and Red grape Body Cream, which is exclusive to The Vineyard Spa.
This is the perfect combination to make your skin gleam. The Red Grape Body Polish will gently exfoliate any dead skin cells away leaving the skin feeling silky smooth while the Red Grape Body Cream will leave your skin beautifully nourished and hydrated.

We also offer our full range of spa days and treatments as gift vouchers, these last for a year so your mum is able to come and pamper herself at her own leisure. Browse our range of spa vouchers.