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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”.

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.

Top 6 Oils

Best for Detoxifying and Toning the Skin

Espa Detoxifying Body Oil 100ml £30
A potent clarifying tonic to help detoxify for supple smoother skin with lemon, juniper berry, grapefruit and cypress essential oils.

Best for De- stressing

Aromatherapeutics Relaxer Oil blend 25ml £14, Spray concentrate £11.25
The perfect blend to calm when you are having a stressful time containing bergamot, marjoram, vertivert and lavender. It also comes in a spray form which is perfect to carry in thehandbag.

Best for Sleep

Aromatherapeutics Sleep Enhancer Oil Blend 25ml £14, Spray concentrate £11.25
A sedative blend of essential oils with petitgrain, ylang ylang, lavender, sandalwood and vertivert. This really works and is given to first class passengers on British Airways to help them sleep. This oil also comes as a handy spray concentrate that you can spray on your pillow or on pulse points at nighttime.

Best for Aching Muscles

Aromatherapeutics Muscle Comforter 50ml £26.65
This oil relieves aching muscles and contains birch, black pepper, peppermint and lavender which warm and relieve the pain in the muscle. A favourite amongst us therapists.

Best for Preganancy

Although some essential oils can be used in pregnancy, it is best to avoid essential oil blends as they often contain oils that are not suitable. However Espa do an oil based on nourishing base oils.

Espa Nourishing Oil 100ml £30 A pure unscented blend of deeply nourishing oils to regenerate and smooth.

Best for moisturizing

NEW Darphin Nourishing Satin Oil 100ml £39
This delicate mix of Safflower oil, Sesame Seed oil, Inca oil and Sweet Almond Oil helps protect the skin from environmental factors as well as deeply nourishing and moisturising to help prevent ageing and giving skin a gorgeous look and smell. Clinical results show a 32% improvement in skin moisture within one month.

Kirsty Hughes
Spa Manager
The Vineyard at Stockcross