Body brushing is one of those things you always mean to do, but can easily forget in the rush and chaos of everyday life. But that’s one of the reasons you should try to incorporate just a few minutes of dry brushing into your daily routine, because quite apart from the benefits to your skin and circulation, it makes you slow down for a moment and make time for a little self-care, which is always a good thing.
Head Barber at Ned’s Barbershop in Ned’s Club Spa Tom Harrigan was part of the team that developed Neville - our grooming range - and was also involved in its recent reboot. He told us why the three hair styling products in the range are best in class when it comes to natural grooming. 'We wanted three distinct products that offer very different things. The ingredients we've chosen - like Maca Root and beeswax - work as a a bit of a treatment for the hair, strengthening and styling at the same time, killing two birds with one stone. It’s not just about styling, it’s about closing down the hair cuticles, promoting shine.'
Neville, the men’s grooming range from Cowshed, has had a reboot. Tom Harrigan, Head Barber at Ned’s Barbershop in Ned’s Club Spa, worked on the original formulations and advised on the refresh. He says never underestimate the mood-boosting potential of a traditional wet shave or a simple face scrub in the shower at home.
‘I’ve worked as head barber and men’s grooming expert for Soho House for six years. Using super premium ingredients, the reformulated Neville range is our best yet. The design team have given the packaging a shake up too - we now have aluminium tubes that travel well and allow you to squish every last drop of product from the tube.'
Beauty trends seem to come and go quicker than the seasons, yet one practice has stood the test of time. From Ancient Greece and Egypt to Renaissance Italy and even today, seekers of beauty and health flock to sites of natural mud springs. This tradition of bathing in mud was favoured by Cleopatra, who was partial to a body wrap with mud from the Dead Sea (where else?) If it’s good enough for a Pharaoh of unrivalled beauty, we think it’s worth a try.
Hormones. They affect our mood, our sleep, our skin and so much more. So why don’t we talk about them? Or rather, when we do speak about hormones - or being hormonal - why is it in a negative way? To reframe the conversation, we asked Cowshed Educator Jess for some ways to understand hormones, regain control and ease the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
How can you tell if your hormones are out of balance?
‘Hormones can make you feel really out of control. I suffer quite badly with hormones in the sense that if I’m premenstrual, or I’m really stressed or tired from working loads, I react differently to how I usually would. The smallest, most ridiculous, things can really annoy me. Someone uses my coffee cup, and before I even realise, I’m pouring the coffee down the sink and walking away with the mug, because it’s MY mug (if you're picturing Ross Geller, you're on the money). As soon as you do it you feel so ridiculous. If they caught you a week later or when you weren’t stressed or sleep-deprived, it wouldn’t be an issue at all.’
Before the new year really gets going, now is the time to make a simple resolution: make 2020 the year you make time to relax. Between work and everything else going on, the hectic pace of day-to-day life can take its toll. We know that finding the time to unwind is often easier said than done, but some well-deserved R & R after a long, stressful day is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
When you’re feeling burnt out, our Relax collection – featuring relaxing Lavender and uplifting Eucalyptus essential oils – is the perfect way to unwind.
250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away each year in the UK, so we asked our friends at the Woodland Trust for some tips on how to dispose of your tree sustainably.
Felled trees can be recycled into compost or chipping for local parks or woodland areas. Many local councils run tree recycled schemes or a tree collection service. If not, take it to the garden waste section of your nearest disposal centre.
If you bought a potted tree, well done you. Position in a cool but light spot while it’s indoors (not next to a radiator or heater) and water regularly depending on the feel of the soil.
Firs don’t respond well to being planted then dug up and re-potted so after Christmas leave it in its container and top up with peat-free compost. Stick it in a cool, sheltered spot where it will avoid direct sunlight.
The week before Christmas can feel like a frenzy of last minute shopping, lists to tick and people to see. So, we thought we'd share three simple tips for a more conscious Christmas...
1. Don't panic buy
It can be easy to feel the pressure when it comes to buying Christmas gifts. If you can't think what to buy, why not opt for an experience, workshop or spa treatment you can enjoy with family or friends.
2. Reduce your wrapping
Sellotape, ribbons and paper covered in glitter can't be recycled. Why not ditch paper altogether and wrap presents in fabric? On the day, save any ribbons and paper that can be used again next year. Don't be afraid to ask for things back if you think they might end up in the bin.
3. Save on food waste
A huge amoung of food goes to waste over Christmas but if you end up with leftovers, don't just throw them away - left over roast dinners make excellent curries, soups or bubble and squeak.
If you're trying to tighten the purse strings or just perpetually short on time, face masks are the DIY alternative to facials. Especially during the winter months when the unforgiving combination of freezing temperatures, central heating, late nights and the occasional glass of mulled wine takes its toll on the skin, we like to keep a diverse range of masks to hand. One for acne flare-ups, one for moisturising, one for exfoliating and one (or five) for that essential glow. These little pots are more than just a skin solution. They're a way of taking time for yourself during the week, with the added bonus of keeping your skin in good condition.