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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.

Celebrate Valentine’s at The Vineyard this February

rosesandsuitcase-914x437Valentine’s is all about spending time with your loved one, and with many of us having busy schedule, it’s the perfect reason to treat yourself and partner by booking a spa day or evening, having a couples massages, enjoying a romantic dinner for two or Champagne afternoon tea.

FacialVoted the most romantic retreat by the Good Spa Guide, The Vineyard Spa is the ideal place to come for a romantic day with your partner. Relax in the tranquil surroundings and enjoying spending time with just the two of you. We have plenty of spa days and evenings to choose from whatever your budget and the time you have to spare. From our pampering evening where you’ll be treated to a 25 minute treatment, a main course from our spa menu and use of the spa for four hours during the evening to our Ultimate Spa Day, which includes three relaxing treatments of your choice, a Bento Box lunch, light refreshments throughout the day and full use of the spa pool, Jacuzzi, steam, sauna rooms and poolside area.

We are lucky enough to have a couple’s treatment room, perfect for a romantic massage or facial. Choose from our range of Darphin and VitaMan facials and massages, or choose a treatment from our signature selection. Browse our treatment brochure for our full list of treatments.

For 13th and 14th February, our Executive Chef, Daniel Galmiche has created a special fiveCheese board with wine - 377 x 221 course tasting menu with matching wines and a special sharing dessert for Valentine’s at The Vineyard. This time of year is always popular with our guests, but we do have limited availability. Browse the menu and call us to reserve your table if you’d like to celebrate with us and why not stay the night?

Think delicious cakes, pastries and mini sandwiches, plus a glass of chilled Champagne in luxurious surroundings and you have Champagne afternoon tea at The Vineyard. Delicately created by our Head Pastry Chef, Anthony Millon, you’ll be in afternoon tea heaven. Browse our sample menu to whet your appetite.

Top Ten Spa Tips this Winter

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Our spa team have put together some top ten spa tips this winter that will help your skin through the party season as well as some great spa offers this December and January.

1. Drink plenty of water each day. Hot squash is great alternative for tea and coffee

2. Use an oil at night such as Darphin’s aromatic face oils under face cream to help combat tight skin

3. Prepare your skin for the party season using Darphin’s Age Defying Dermabrasion followed by Darphin’s camellia mask for radiance

4. If all the Christmas stress is getting too much try using some lavender oil on your pillow to comfort and calm your mind

5. For fresh looking skin, make sure you remove your make-up each evening before going to bed

6. Our therapists’ top tip is use Darphin’s Purifying Balm at night to detox and cleanse skin

7. We recommend using coconut oil as a great natural alternative to a conditioning hair mask

8. When your shoulders and lower back are achy, try using Aroma Home herb pillows

9. As a real treat, why not spend the day with us at The Vineyard Spa and relax be pampered?

10. Even though the sun may not be as strong and shining every day during the winter months, it’s still important to apply an spf cream on top of your moisturiser to prevent the UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin.

We have some great last minute offers that you can take advantage of:

1. 20% off our Luxury Spa Day on 16th to 19th December 2014. Visit our spa days page to discover more

2. As a Christmas special, why not treat yourself to a 25 minute chocolate and orange scrub for just £30. It’s a full body exfoliation with the delicious smell of Jaffa cakes. Your skin will be left feeling soft and smooth perfect for the party season or before applying self tan.
Only available on 16th -19th and 24th, and 26th December. Discover more about our treatments

3. January Spa Day Offer
Relax after the hectic festive season and enjoy a half day spa day for two for £120 saving £20. This could also be a great Christmas present if you’re still looking for a pampering treat. Discover more

To book any of the above, please contact the spa team on 01635 589415.

We hope you’ve found our top ten spa tips useful. To purchase any of the Darphin products mentioned above, please pop into The Vineyard Spa.

Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Kirsty Hughes
Spa Manager

Winter Skincare

FacialWith light fading sooner and colder nights it seems the great summer we have had may be drawing to a close. The change in weather can also signify a change in your skin caused by freezing temperatures, low humidity and heating, that can in some people cause their skin to become dry, red and itchy.

Dry skin can be treated by ensuring you are applying your cream morning to protect the skin from the harsh environment and at night to replenish. This is a good time of year to boost your night time cream by applying a couple of drops of a face oil on your skin before applying your cream, not forgetting as well that your skin is most active at 2am when it does its most repairing and rejuvenating so the more nourishment you give your skin at night time the better your skin will be. It is also important to keep your skin hydrated which is harder in winter as we tend to stick to hot drinks but having warm squash is a good way to keep your fluids up. A bowl of water by your radiator can also help to raise the humidity in the room.

For those of you whose skin tends to be red and itchy the best way to treat it is to wrap up as much as you can, wear a scarf and hat and use a skincare range designed for sensitive skin. Darphin’s Intral range has helped a lot of people and we would recommend using both the serum to help soothe and restructure skin deep down along with either the soothing cream if skin is itchy or redness relief cream for skin that is red. Our Darphin Extreme Hydration Facial is perfect for quenching dehydrated skin.

In our skincare we also must not forget our spf as even though you cant see the sun it is still there and as UV rays are a major contributor to skin ageing every little bit helps to slow it down. You can either get your spf protection from your cream such as Darphin’s Melaperfect Cream or from your foundation. I would recommend having an spf of at least 15.

Often forgotten, our poor hands can really suffer in winter, so now is the time to invest in a good warm pair of gloves and then make sure you are using them whenever you are going outside into the cold. Apply hand cream as often as you can. Treating your hands to a deluxe manicure where your hand will be wrapped in paraffin wax where the heat warms and soothes joints while the skin is deeply nourished.

Lastly on cold winter days and nights our spa is the perfect place to curl up and enjoy the warmth relaxing at your lounger with a cup of tea or soaking in the Jacuzzi or enjoying the deep heat of our steam and sauna room. If this sounds tempting check out our full range of spa days and spa evenings.

Kirsty Hughes
Spa Manager

Calling all mums-to-be – ‘Bumps A Daisy’ pregnancy range

Bumps A Daisy range - blogRead on to find out why the Bumps a Daisy range is so great for expectant Mums:

Pregnancy is one of the most profound stages in your life – although a wonderful, nurturing and exciting time, the impact on your body is often overwhelming and both physically and emotionally draining. We believe, taking care of Mum and bump is crucial – ensuring you take the time to rest and relax it vital during this exciting time!

The Natural Spa Factory has developed its pregnancy range, Bumps A Daisy. A beautifully scented pregnancy set consisting of a body scrub, bath and body oil, and body moisturiser – which are achingly good and have been getting rave reviews.

Developed to keep you looking bumpsilicious by tackling the common pregnancy woes, the Bumps A Daisy set is gentle and nourishing.

Infused with a delicate sweet mandarin and soothing neroli, palmarosa and rosewood oil, they are combined with a natural sweet almond oil, to leave your skin feeling beautifully nourished, ensuring moisture is locked in whilst helping to keep stretch marks at bay.

The body scrub is designed to soften those dry bits with its gentle yet effective olive stone scrub for elbows, knees and tired feet. The Body Oil protects and nourishes the skin, helping with the appearance of stretch marks, whilst the fabulous Body Moisturiser helps to restore moisture, ease the effects of water retention and increase circulation, resulting in a more restful night’s sleep (which is good for everyone)!

If you’d like to try these products for yourself, pop into The Vineyard Spa to test the whole range. Alternatively, why not try The Vineyard Pampering Pregnancy Massage which uses products from the Bumps a Daisy range? View treatment

Mid Week Spa Treat

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How was the first quarter of 2014 for you? Stressful? After a hectic start to the year, it’s only as spring begins to bloom that you may begin to notice your own batteries going a little flat. Why not reinvigorate your mind and soul with a mid week spa day or break at The Vineyard?

Ideal for a mid-week treat with your loved one, The Vineyard Spa provides a space to escape the stresses of everyday life, refresh your body and find time to relax. It has also been highly regarded by reviewers, receiving ‘5 Bubbles’ from the Good Spa Guide. Spend the day swimming in The Vineyard’s circular pool, relaxing in the Jacuzzi, or let your pores breathe easy in the sauna. There’s also a fully-equipped gym for those looking for a full cardiovascular workout.

There is a variety of relaxation and beauty treatments on offer, several of which are unique to The Vineyard Spa. The team of highly trained therapists will ensure your spa experience is soothing and satisfying throughout.

Why not treat yourself to a Hot Stone Ritual? A massage, which employs essential oils and hot stones to relieve your aching muscles and joints, and restore a sense of harmony to your body. There’s also the Red Grape Pampering Body Wrap, which combines a body exfoliation, red grape body mask and gentle head massage to relieve tension and leave your skin beautifully soft and smooth to the touch.

Discover more about mid week spa breaks online or call us on 01635 528770.

New Mavalia make-up range at The Vineyard Spa

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Throughout the world, the name Mavala is synonymous with quality, thanks to the high end performing products. They have just launched a new makeup and beauty range: Mavalia, with many different shades and products to suit everyone. Because of its smoothing, emollient, astringent and refreshing properties, Mavalia uses extracts of the Mallow plant, found in the Swiss Alps, in many of its products.

Make-up prices start from £5.95, and in March with every purchase of Mavalia make up, we’ll treat you to a complimentary khol eyeliner of your choice.

Why not pop into The Vineyard and try out the new Mavalia make-up range, or book in for a make-up lesson, with one of our experienced therapists?
Discover more

To book a lesson, contact us on 01635 589415 or email us:
spa@the-vineyard.co.uk

Helpful make-up tips

If you’re looking to update your make up look, here are two easy ways:

Crayon Khol Pencil 1Apply make up shades and tones that you are comfortable using then add a little ‘oomph’ to your eyes with a new shade of eyeliner, such as blue or green, close to the lower lash line for an updated look.

If the idea of bright lipsticks scares you, (even though you think they will look great), try   applying your everyday choice of colour then layer a red or hot pink on top. You’ll love the result it gives you, and it’s very easy to do at home on yourself.

Nikki Thompson
Assistant Spa Manager