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This is one of the most amazing facials I have ever used or had the pleasure of having it performed on me.

Sothys Detox Energy Facial uses so many amazing ingredients that it really does do what it's supposed to do. This facial is helping the skin's microbiomes (a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins) to help and defend against the harmful effect of the environment stresses and pollution which speeds up ageing. The real power comes from exclusive ingredients of organic elderberry, organic Siberian ginseng - peptides, powerful ingredients for anti-pollution and protection detox and energy action on skin cells. After this treatment your skin will feel completely recharged and ready to take on the environment.

It starts with a double cleanse, followed by a deep exfoliation using Enzymatic Exfoliating, ozone steam is applied over the exfoliating paste, a chemical within the steamer that helps kill bacteria. The exfoliation process is an extremely important step. We use a combination of exfoliating beads to manually remove dead cells and invisible glycolic acid to eat away at the lower layers of dead cells. For the glycolic to really do its work it has to be left on the skin for eight minutes. While this is working away to reveal new fresh skin, we perform a facial massage movement unique to Sothys called the “Digi-esthetique”.

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Created in partnership with a qualified osteopath, this massage technique works on the acupressure points on the face to improve blood circulation and enhance skin radiance. It's like a revitalising full body massage but for the face. Detoxifying serums are then applied to the skin. All the steps in this facial come individually packaged for optimum hygiene and keep the ingredients active. Some ingredients start to lose their super powers when exposed to air. A pressure point massage is used to help the serums soak deep into the basal layer of skin to promote collagen and elastin growth. This is followed by another digi-massage for relaxation and comfort, finishing with a three-phase mask. It's applied over a gauze which is lifted into place from the collar bone, tightening the jowl and jaw line area. A rich hydrating cream mask infused with hyaluronic acid is applied, followed with a mixture of pure vitamin C which is added to the clay mask just before application to get the full benefits. This really helps to brighten the complexion, and the clay helps to build defences against the environment. While the mask is on acupressure cranial massage techniques are preformed to the forehead and head to help relax the muscles even further to allow the amazing ingredients sink deeper into the lower layers of skin where they can really get to work on repairing cells and promoting growth. You will step out of the treatment feeling brighter, more charged and your skin glowing. Your complexion will have a visible boost of energy and radiance.

For more information or to book a facial call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Photos from Kerry Ladies Football team homecoming at Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday night

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Danny Healy-Ray, Patrick Connor-Scarteen, Minister of education Norma Foley and Francis Flynn pictured at the Kerry Ladies homecoming on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Kerry Ladies Senior Football managers Declan Quill and Darragh Long pictured with Elaine Kinsella Radio Kerry at the Fitzgerald stadium on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGogh
Kerry Ladies Homecoming. Photo : Tatyana McGough
Kerry Ladies Homecoming. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Kerry Ladies Homecoming. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Faces in the crowd. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Faces in the Crowd. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Cllr Donal Grady and John Francis Flynn at the Kerry Ladies homecoming. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Kayleigh Cronin (2nd from left) pictured with her teammates at the Kerry Senior Ladies Homecoming at the Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Selina Looney Kerry Ladies Chairperson (front centre) pictured with Kerry players at the Kerry Senior Ladies Homecoming at the Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGough
31 July 2022; Kerry supporters during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
31 July 2022; Kerry supporters during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
31 July 2022; Kerry supporters during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Photos from Kerry Ladies Football team homecoming at Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday night
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Keep indoor plants out of full sun

By Debby Looney, gardening expert I was sitting in the dining room looking out at the garden through sheets of rain, when something caught my eye; a dead plant. I […]

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

I was sitting in the dining room looking out at the garden through sheets of rain, when something caught my eye; a dead plant.

I shifted my focus, looked around me, and observed quite a few plants close to the point of no return! Indoor plants are easy to forget about, especially when the weather is fine. It is hard to believe but several spider plants, an orchid and a Saintpaulia ended up on a certain compost heap this week.

Houseplants do not need a huge amount of care during the summer months, but there are a few things we must not forget! For example, the most obvious is watering. This is the main growing season for houseplants, so watering is essential as is adding some fertiliser. I use specific feeds for my plants, as the balance of nutrients needed can vary hugely depending on the type. As you can imagine, a large, leafy plant will have different requirements to, say, a cactus, or a gerbera. Most plants prefer to dry out slightly between watering, though not as much as I had let them dry out.

Most indoor plants prefer to be out of full sun as they scorch easily. In particular, leafy plants are susceptible to this. Cacti and succulents are ideal for south facing windows during the summer months. Move any leafy plants to a spot away from south facing windows where they can enjoy a more stable temperature and a slightly shaded light.

Often when plants are under stress, both indoors or outdoors, they become prone to disease, a bit like ourselves. For example, plants which dry out frequently are a prime target for whitefly. They often go unnoticed until there is an infestation, at which point you will see woolly cocoon like clusters, as well as clouds of tiny white flies. Blackfly and greenfly are also common pests indoors. The best course of action, after prevention, is to spray the plant at regular intervals with a pesticide. As it is indoors, I would strongly recommend the use of organic spray, or even soapy water. Alternatively, use a pesticide which can be watered onto the soil, such as ‘bugclear ultra’, as this will have a systemic effect.

This time of year is also suitable for repotting your houseplants, if not done in spring, as they will still get a few months of benefit and strong growth. I mix my own compost as I generally have quite a few to repot. I mix four parts good quality compost, one part sharp sand, one part perlite and one part vermiculite by volume. When repotting cacti and succulents I reduce the compost to two parts, and when repotting orchids, I substitute the vermiculite and perlite with two parts fine bark mulch. I never use homemade compost, as I find there are a lot of insects and ‘other creatures’ in it which is fine used outdoors, but I don’t want to invite too much wildlife inside! It is possible to sterilise homemade compost by steaming it, but this is quite an operation, one which I have never undertaken. Alternatively, there are specialist composts available for every type of houseplant. When repotting, use a pot which is about two sizes bigger, unless the plant is a very vigorous one.

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