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Try a blackhead bursting facial for glowing skin




By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Looking after your skin is so important for confidence, hygiene, appearance - and the odd selfie!

As with all our professional facials, they have to be tailored to suit the client's skin type and condition. A course of facials is always recommended, with maintenance facials thereafter and specific home care for your needs.

The first step if you have never had one is to book a skin consultation, and the facial will be done on the same day. It's suitable for both men and women over the age of 18. At the moment the blackhead busting facials are the most popular. You start off by lying on a warm comfortable couch under a cosy blanket. A discussion about your skincare routine, water intake etc with your therapist is then completed. Then it's time for a skin scan under a magnifying lamp to highlight the main areas of concern. Dry patches, open pores, blocked pores, milia, congestion, oily, redness, bumps under the surface.... all the issues you have will show up during the scan.

The outline of a facial would be; double cleanse, tone, exfoliate with an exfoliator that suits your skin type. I sometimes have to do two exfoliators but it really does depend on the skin that I'm presented with. I always do the exfoliation under the steamer with ozone on. The steam will activate the sweat glands and this leads to healthier skin texture and tone because of improving blood flow. When you combine this with ozone, the steam opens the pores and ozone begins to penetrate the skin. Ozone has higher penetration levels than steam alone, and it can reach up to the lymph tissue and fat layer. The steam can be on from five to 15 minutes. We do the extraction when the skin is softened. Yes it may hurt a little, but the results are amazing. If the pores have been blocked this is a serious reason why your pores can look enlarged. It's very important to have them cleared out especially for men. The facial is finished with a double clay mask which tightens the pores and has an anti-ageing effect. Finally, the eye cream is applied, serum and appropriate day cream and SPF.

We have a microdermabrasion facial which might suit if you like a machine based facial. We will recommend which facial will suit you the best, but if you have a preference, we can tailor it to suit your skin requirements.

To book your skin consultation and facial call Jill on 064 6632966.

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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