The Retreat Blog

Skin Care During Cancer Treatment

We recently had a client wishing to purchase a gift for a close friend who was going through cancer treatment. Understandably, she was hesitant in picking out a product from our retail area because she was unsure of whether or not they were safe for her friend. Cancer...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Kristen (Marketing)

Kristen has been working at The Retreat for the last several months in marketing for The Retreat. She’s from Chicago, Illinois, USA and moved to Edinburgh for postgraduate studies in August 2015, gaining her MSc in magazine publishing at Edinburgh Napier University....

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What exactly is Microdermabrasion?

When clients call to ask for a facial recommendation, we always ask what skin issues they’re struggling with. A frequent answer is that their skin is dull and dry, but also congested. Our Therapists often recommend our Microdermabrasion Facial, as it helps remove dead...

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Skincare routine: moisturiser, facial oil or serum?

Nowadays there are many ways and types of beauty products needed to build an effective skincare routine. Some are more natural than others, whereas some, respond to completely different needs and purposes. We understand that with such an overcrowded beauty market,...

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Why you should stop wearing make up to the gym!

It’s easy to get into the habit of wearing make up any time you leave the house, however, there’s one place where a full-face of make up can harm the health of your skin: the gym. In an interview with Byrdie, celebrity make up artist and industry veteran Jo Baker...

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Are you ready for cuticle tattoos?

Nail art is being taken to the next level in a very permanent way: say ‘hello’ to cuticle tattoos! While it’s not a totally new concept – Rihanna did debut some cuticle tattoos several years ago – it’s especially gained popularity in the last couple of weeks on social...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Ellie (Peebles)

Ellie is our newest staff member and currently works as Beauty Therapist at our Salon in Peebles. She's young, bright, lively, and has lots of energy, straight from Australia! We're very curious to read her answers and get to know her a little better, and you? Let's...

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All About Mineral Make Up

From food to cosmetics and skincare, consumers are demanding to know the ingredients in the products they put in and on their bodies. More than ever before there is increased interest in health and wellness, which includes avoiding certain ingredients such as...

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From QVC to catwalks, the story of bareMinerals

Nowadays mineral make up is very popular, but if we go back to 2009 - not really that long ago -, it was mostly unknown and most of people had no idea of how to use it. Since then things have definitely changed, and mineral make up has become one of the most loved...

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Don’t Forget the Mask

We recently wrote a couple of blogs on how to build a better skincare routine. While we focused on cleansing, toning and treating, we didn’t go into much depth about the value of using masks. It can be an overwhelming part of skincare because of the vast variety of...

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What’s Trending in Skincare Masks

You may have noticed an influx of skincare masks in your Instagram feed. Whether it’s a simple detoxifying clay mask or one with a bit more skin nourishing goodness, millennials are quite keen on masking. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite masks that are trending on social media – and beauty suppliers’ sales!

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Our top 5 products to take on holiday!

Perhaps it's not the hottest summer of all time here in Scotland, but we're sure somewhere else the weather is pretty nice! After days of greyness and rain, we bet you’re craving for some hot weather in beautiful sunny, exotic places such as Spain, Greece, Mauritius...

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The Retreat Price List 2017

Dear Clients, starting from the 1st of August there will be a new price list available online and in all our Salons. We made some small adjustments to our existing prices, although we held them off as long as we could, for almost two years. We believe it is very...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Clare (Livingston)

This month we interviewed Clare, Beauty Therapist at The Retreat Livingston. She's been working with us for a while now, always being highly professional and has excellent customer care - helping Clients find the right treatment seems to be her favourite part of the...

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NEW! Lycon Waxing at The Retreat

Waxing, shaving, IPL ... we would literally do anything to get rid of the unwanted hairs on our body. Although some women started refusing to shave, the majority of them still like having their legs, underarms and bikini areas perfectly smooth. However, we also know...

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Men: How to Build a Skincare Routine

Anyone who says skincare and spas are for women only is hugely mistaken. The global men's personal care market is expected to reach close to £130 billion by 2022. Men care about their appearance, and that includes investing in the wellbeing of their skin. One of the...

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The Difference Between Hot Wax and Strip Wax

Although it may not feel like it, Scotland’s in the middle of the summer season and head-to-toe waxing services are a hot commodity. The Therapists at The Retreat are busy helping our Clients prep for their holidays to warmer climates. With waxing on our mind, it got...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Stacy (Livingston)

This June we're very pleased to introduce you Stacy, our lovely Receptionist at The Retreat Livingston.  She's always nice and kind to everyone, and also super organised. She's been with us for quite a while but hasn't answered our questions yet ... but she couldn't...

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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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