The Retreat Blog

4 Reasons You’re Not Sticking to a Skincare Routine

There could be a million reasons you're not sticking to a skincare routine, but a few common excuses are as follows... You're too busy. There are probably a million other things that take precedence over self care. You're not seeing results. It can be easy to get...

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Why is “cruelty-free” not “vegan”?

Recently we have noticed an increasing concern regarding a topic that is becoming more and more popular, especially in the beauty industry: the cruelty-free factor. We actually received quite a few enquiries about the products we use to carry out our treatments, so...

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Brow Trends Taking Over Beauty

Eyebrows have taken the beauty industry by storm over the last few years. It’s hard to make it through a day without someone’s eyebrows making their way into a conversation, whether it’s because of someone’s impeccable street style brows, a celebrity’s trend-setting...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Nadine (Livingston)

This May enjoy Nadine's interview! Nadine has been working at The Retreat for quite some time, and you can currently find her in our Livingston Salon. She's one of our Senior Therapists, and in 2014 she even won the prize as Massage Therapist of the Year at INAA...

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Get Ready for the Glitter Booty Trend!

Do you ever feel like your butt just doesn’t sparkle enough on the beach? Us either. However, an artist named Mia Kennington, a member of The Gypsy Shrine group, started the “glitter booty” trend. Based in the UK, the group travels to festivals around the world to...

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Skin Cancer Awareness

It’s the month of May, which is very welcome in Scotland, where the winters are long and the sun is often hiding. It’s easy to get caught up in the sunshine, but protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun is vital to your health. May also marks Skin...

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NEW! Beautiful Brows at The Retreat

Over the last few years eyebrows have become significant to a women's look. Taking advantage of their popularity, many makeup brands rode the trend in the beauty market by launching specific products or founding minor labels dedicated only to eyebrows. Unquestionably,...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Sam (Peebles)

As we mentioned in Justin's interview, we have only two men in the business. Are you ready to meet the other one? Get ready to know Sam, our young receptionist at Peebles! Let's get started! Name: Sam Mc Carthy Position: Receptionist Salon: The Retreat Peebles...

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The Vampire Nail Trend

Instagram has brought the world many things, one of which being instant access to beauty trends around the world. Just recently, we’ve seen #unicornnails, #ombrelips and #featherbrows dominate social media. One of the latest trends to explode on Instagram might have...

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All you need to know about HD Brows

Eyebrows have become a very relevant part of our look, and if you do a little bit of research online you'll find dozens of articles and YouTube tutorials where you can learn how to shape them, the best products and techniques, and the most suitable style for your face...

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Earth Day at The Retreat

As April 22 is Earth Day, we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight how proud we are to carry two environmentally ethical product lines. ESPA ESPA ethically sources the ingredients they use in their products. They also avoid unsustainable ingredients like mineral...

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What’s your cosmetics’ expiry date?

Nothing lasts forever, thus pretty much everything has an expiry date: food, medicine and... makeup. Yes, makeup. It may sound unbelievable, but you'd be surprised to know how many people out there have been using the same cosmetics for years, ignoring that those...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Carson (Peebles)

After several "unconventional" interviews that hosted non-therapist (Sam, Justin, Jules), we can finally go back to the "standard" format and get to know one of the girls working at the Salons. This March we have Carson, that works in the Reception Team at Peebles....

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Oil is Not the Enemy

If you have oily skin, you should stay away from oils, right? Not necessarily. It’s an incredibly common misconception that if you're prone to breakouts you should always stick to ‘oil-free’ products. While oil-free products won’t hurt, you could be missing out on...

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History of Hot Poultice Massage

This month we’re going to tell you a little bit of history about a new treatment we’re sure you’ll fall in love with: the Hot Poultice Massage. This body massage is now available in all our salons as part of the new ishga Treatment Menu, and this April our VIP Offer...

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How Diet Affects Your Skin

Although skin conditions may not be entirely caused by consuming certain foods, in some cases it could trigger responses and aggravate skin. Continued research has found that there is a diet-skin connection, so much to the point that nutricosmetics is an industry all...

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How to clean your makeup brushes

Many people wouldn’t dream of going days without cleansing their skin, but somehow our makeup tools don’t always seem to get the same love. Not convinced regularly cleaning your brushes and sponges is worth adding to your to-do list? The experts at The Retreat just...

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Mother’s Day: beauty gifts to make your Mum feel loved!

Mum is always Mum. It may sound a little old-fashioned, even a cliché, but we guess everybody can agree on this. Our Mum is a special someone who loves us unconditionally, supports us in adversity, encourages us at the times when we need it most. Not to mention she...

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Benefits of seaweed in skincare

The newest product line to join The Retreat’s treatment rooms, ishga, taps into the incredible benefits of seaweed. Seaweed, a type of marine bacteria, is one of the oldest life forms on the planet. Marine plant life has thrived over the past few billion years thanks...

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