The Retreat Blog

Table For One…

Finding myself single at 42, after a twenty year relationship was somewhat scary - to say the least! Having to adjust your whole life is a massive task and for me, included a new house, new friends, and a whole new outlook on life. As part of this journey I recently...

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How To Go Meat Free In 2018

How to go meat free in 2018   Many people now see the health and economic benefits of replacing meat with vegetables in their diet.  Some of us may only be able to commit to a 'Meat Free Monday', others may be considering going vegetarian or even vegan.  In this post...

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Take A Moment To Reflect

This is a guest article from Erica, our  life coach. In this article she covers how you can begin to make the changes you want in your life, perfect for the beginning of a new year. Erica joins me at each of the salons to offer a LifeHeal package which includes both...

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Why Does Everybody Love Bio Sculpture Gel?

One of the most requested nail treatments at our Salons is certainly Bio Sculpture Gel, also known as “Bio Gel”.  It’s a one-component durable gel treatment that strengthens the nails and promotes their natural growth, as it doesn’t cause them any damage. Bio Gel...

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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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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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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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Could Your Anxiety Be Causing Your Skin Issues?

Could your anxiety be causing your skin issues? Experts have discovered that stress and anxiety is a major factor in a number of chronic skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, vitiligo, and alopecia. The discovery that the mind and skin are far...

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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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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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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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A Guide To ESPA’s Holistic Philosophy

As many of you know, recently ESPA went through a deep renewal that involved their whole image. They called it “The ESPA Revolution”. The famous brand changed their logo and packaging, leaving behind their characteristic dark purple, while opting for a minimalistic...

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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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