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Proper cleansing clears pores and prevents build up 

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By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio 

It might sound simple but double cleansing is a step that is often skipped, or rushed over. When done correctly it is the start of the anti-ageing process. Think of it, you wouldn't build a house if you rushed the foundations. So why would you put the best moisturiser on unprepared skin.

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It is so important to remove the build-up on your skin, such as dirt, oil, pollution etc. During the day the skin on your face is covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses and old dead skin cells. Daily cleansing these impurities helps give the face a fresh look. Without correct daily cleansing your skin will be covered with a thick layer of dirt and grime which makes it difficult for other products to penetrate the skin properly.

You are also boosting hydration by cleansing - along with a good moisturiser of course. It's an important factor in maintaining a proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough, wrinkled and aged. Cleansing helps to maintain the PH levels of the skin, enabling water and product retention.

We have tiny glands under the skin that produce oil called sebum to protect the skin from the outside world. The oil is necessary to act as a barrier to prevent the penetration of bacteria or other harmful agents. Proper cleansing clears the pores of debris to prevent build up allowing the natural oils reach the surface without any blockages, thus preventing any breakouts. This is why regular facials are important to help maintain healthy hydrated skin.

So, we know why we need to double cleanse but do we know how? Or, even if you know what to do, are you doing it correctly? Double cleansing simply involves using two types of cleansers, one right after the other. Start with the oil base cleanser, followed by the water-based cleanser. The first cleanser draws out the oil-based impurities, such as SPF, make-up and pollutants while the second cleanser gets rid of water-based debris such as sweat and dirt.

To apply correctly it's important to spend time working it into the skin taking extra care around the creases of the nose and chin, allowing the product enough time on the skin to get to work. For more information on the right products call Jill on 064 6632966. 

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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