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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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Add heather for plenty of garden colour

By Debby Looney, gardening expert Nothing provides more reliable colour and interest throughout the winter months than heathers. A forgotten about group of plants, they have gotten a bad rep for overgrowing their welcome. It is true that if not looked after they become lanky, woody, brown, straggly and unsightly. The only reason heathers become ugly […]

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

Nothing provides more reliable colour and interest throughout the winter months than heathers. A forgotten about group of plants, they have gotten a bad rep for overgrowing their welcome.

It is true that if not looked after they become lanky, woody, brown, straggly and unsightly. The only reason heathers become ugly is because they need a severe trim after flowering every year. Miss a year and things start going wrong. After flowering, cut back all heathers to the point at which they started flowering. This does not really have to be done carefully, you can take a shears or even a hedge trimmer to them. This is the only attention they will need all year!

Heathers fall into two groups, Calluna, and Erica. Callunas are lime tolerant and recognisable as such by their leaves and structure. The leaves are smooth and soft, and their growth is upright. Ericas do not tolerate lime, and their leaves are more like needles. They do not grow as tall as Calluna types, and their growth is horizontal more so than vertical. I think heathers look best in a designated bed as they compliment each other. Having said that, they also work really well as a border edging, especially Erica varieties as they tend to stay lower and have a nice round growth habit. I have Erica ‘Kramer’s Red’ along the driveway, in winter it blazes purple and in summer it is a nice dark green. Perfect! They are also ideal planted under roses as they provide a nice bit of interest in the winter. I have recently started adding the to mixed perennial beds too where I think they look great when all else has withered. Heathers are ideal for banks too, and will tolerate wind and fairly dry soil. Yes, I am a fan of heathers!
Some varieties to try are: Calluna ‘Silver Knight’, beautiful mauve flowers on silver foliage. C. ‘Dark Beauty’ – the deepest of burgundy flowers on rich green foliage, the most striking of all the dark flowered ones. C. ‘Wickwar Flame’, lavender flowers on golden foliage, good contrast. C. ‘Theresa’, pink buds on golden foliage – looks like it glows! C. ‘Helena’ white buds on bright green foliage, a welcome break from the pink colours. C. ‘Bonita’ has crimson buds on amber foliage, very pretty. Erica varieties: E. ‘St. Keverne’ has bright pink flowers early in the autumn, compact growth habit. E. ‘Darley Dale’ pink, but foliage has white tips in the spring. E. ‘Eva Gold’ pink flowers, golden foliage. E. ‘Furzey’ dark pink flowers, pink tips in spring. E. ‘White perfection’, pure white flowers, E. ‘Moonshine’, lime green foliage with pale pink flowers, E. ‘Saskia’, masses of rose pink flowers clustered at the end of the shoots, very showy!

There is a relatively new trend in Calluna types emerging, one of which sells under ‘the Girls’ range or ‘bud heathers’. These are usually two or three different colours in one pot. They are different plants put in together and I have noticed in the garden one colour usually takes over from the others. The problem with these is that if you are planting for pollinators they are useless as the buds do not open! They are also, in my experience, not very reliable repeat flowers. All heathers, except these bud heathers are excellent for pollinators. They provide much needed pollen in winter and spring, and it is a great idea to plant them near your apple trees and other fruit plants in order to get pollinators into the habit of visiting a certain area of your garden. All in all, there should be a spot for heather in anyone’s garden!

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Remove dead cells at the deepest level

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Glycolic peels are amazing professional facials that use medical grade glycolic acid and salicylic acid combined to help remove dead cells to the deepest level. They really have amazing benefits from removing dull, damaged layers. It will also address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, photoaging, scars, uneven […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Glycolic peels are amazing professional facials that use medical grade glycolic acid and salicylic acid combined to help remove dead cells to the deepest level.

They really have amazing benefits from removing dull, damaged layers. It will also address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, photoaging, scars, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and helps clear up acne. A consultation is done before this treatment is started, to see what your main concerns are. It’s tailored to suit each individual client. It’s not a relaxing facial but more of a treatment that works on specific concerns.

These are a great chemical peel for men’s skin also. You do not shave or wax at least 48hrs before treatment and you should not expose your skin to UV light one week before treatment and one week after.

The facial will start off with a cleansing and toning process, followed by the glycolic acid being applied to your face and neck with a brush. Your therapist will be wearing gloves. The glycolic is left to work from five to 15 minutes, however all skin types can take it at different lengths of time. It may feel tingly or hot on the skin but it’s completely safe. It’s then neutralised and the steamer is applied to thicker skin types. This helps to really release the blackheads from the skin. They will be given an extra nudge to release them. Blackheads are usually characterised by red pimples in younger skin and caused by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands that may have a bacterial infection. Nobody likes the look of blackheads and this is a great facial to help remove them. This is why it is so important to wash your skin thoroughly at home, but be aware to remove all your facewash product also as this can cause problems in itself. People tend to be very good at washing the larger areas of their face, cheeks, neck and forehead, but simply miss the crevasses of the nose or under the bottom lip.

So, if you’re looking for an amazing results driven facial treatment this is defiantly the one for you and it’s suitable for both men and women.

For more information or to book an appointment please call Jill on 064 6632966.

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