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Sothys launch new organic skincare products




By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Vegan skincare is the newest buzz word in this growing world of beauty as we all become more aware of our impact on our surroundings.

You would not be alone if you were unsure what exactly it meant. Even if you are a vegan or a meat lover, you might be interested in these new products due to the benefits it delivers for your skin and the environment.

Don't confuse vegan with cruelty free. Not every cruelty free product is vegan, as they may contain milk, honey or lanolin.

I was delighted that we could take part in the launch of the new Sothys organics range which has a one hundred percent vegan formula combining advanced efficiency and natural active ingredients. It's important to use plant derived ingredients as they can contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to repair and hydrate. Animal ingredients can be harsh and clog pores, so vegan products are a soothing alternative. You feel far better if you eat healthier foods in their natural state and the same logic applies to skincare. Your skin will thrive off being fed natural vegan ingredients.

In the heart of Correze, France, through their advanced research laboratory, Sothys created the new organics line.

To offer transparency, Sothys has chosen to have the entire range certified by Ecocert, which is in accordance to international Cosmos standard. The team at Sothys formulation laboratory have successfully developed ultra-efficient formulas while complying with rigorous and restrictive specifications. Highly specialised, Sothys has stood out ever since its founding by its unfailing commitment to beauty research and innovations and so offer the best nature has to offer.

Plants don't grow or contain collagen like humans or animals do but they do play a large role in how animals and humans continue to produce collagen. Having a diet consisting of high healthy fats and vitamins especially Vitamin C, will produce more collagen in your body. As we age collagen production slows down, although it never stops, and if you supply your body with proper nutrition to make healthy collagen, ageing isn't as noticeable. Some food sources which are great are oranges, kiwis, red peppers, kale, broccoli to name a few. Vitamin C really helps to protect and support the skin's cells, reduce inflammation, strengthen skin and lessen hyperpigmentation.

For more information or to book a skin analysis, please call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The quarterly report found the market had held up […]




By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]




A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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