The Christmas period is almost upon us with all the parties, last-minute present buying and general fun and chaos it can bring. We've created two new spa packages that will hopefully take a little of the stress out of the season, helping you feel polished and prepared to enjoy the festivities while giving you some time to recharge and relax too. Designed to save you both time and money, both also make excellent gifts that can be enjoyed well into the new year. Here's everything you need to know about our two new spa packages.
If you pass a Cowshed spa you'll see our Christmas windows have been revealed. This year they are a celebration of the fruits and flowers to be found in a traditional British hedgerow - a nod to our roots in the Somerset countryside and a reflection of this year's gift collection, designed by botanical illustrator Katie Scott. We spoke to the duo behind the windows, Anna and Grace of @anna.gracestudio to find out how they drew inspiration from our botanical ingredients and why it was important to them to make a sustainable display.
'Cowshed came to us with this idea of a hedgerow type bloom in the windows. After seeing the new illustrative packaging that Cowshed is using, that was our main point for getting our inspiration. Abstracting those feature patterns on the packaging, the hellebores were the main thing that really captured us. We do quite a lot of paper flower displays, so paper was a natural material for us to go with.'
This week we’re looking into all things Replenish with an ingredient study of Cowshed’s resident zesty mood. Replenish is all about uplifting the spirits and coaxing you into a happier headspace. As one of our most loved moods, Replenish has earned itself a place in bathrooms around the world. But what is it about the mood that makes it so darn more-ish? Here’s a lowdown on all the goodness that goes into Replenish.
Fashion journalist, presenter and author Louise Roe (@louiseroe) has a transatlantic life, living and working in LA and London. She took over Cowshed's Instagram to host a Q&A on winter skin and shared tips on how she keeps her skin looking and feeling its best during the winter months, whether she’s on the red carpet, taking a night flight or hanging out with her family at home. In case you missed it, here's a round up.
Q. What’s the difference between cream, oil and gel-based cleansers and what one should I use?
A. Cream (or ‘milk’ cleansers are really gentle and advised for dry, sensitive skin. They don’t get foamy. Gel, as the name suggests, is of a thicker consistency and better for normal/combination skin. Oil based are not everyone’s cup of tea because they can take longer to remove, but they really work: they get into every crevice and leave skin feeling really hydrated.
We all go through those stages where for whatever reason our skin just doesn't want to play nicely: dry patches start cropping up, the t-zone is perpetually oily or the complexion is just inexplicably dull. One way to take back some control and impart some much needed glow to your skin is by introducing exfoliation into your routine. Enter our new Exfoliating Daily Treatment Tonic.
We sat down with stylist, lifestyle influencer and new mum Kavita aka @kavitacola in her London flat to talk about her approach to skincare, how it's changed since she had her daughter Suri and what representing British Indian women in the beauty world means to her. Here's what she told us.
'I originally wanted to go into art but did my degree in fashion communication and promotion at Central St Martins. I worked in art direction and as a stylist which was amazing, but I wasn’t completely fulfilled. Then the whole digital thing started happening. I wanted to use my own voice, so I thought I’d start a blog. It wasn’t me trying to be original, it was like, hang on, all these people are talking about what they like, I’m going to do that too! It became my outlet and was very much about fashion, but I had part time jobs at Harrods on the beauty counters where I learned a lot and I’ve always been into skincare, so that became incorporated into my blog.
‘The blog took off when I got married; I celebrated the cultural element of our big Indian wedding and put all the makeup and beauty on there and some big brands got in touch. I got to do some cool things, representing British Asian women in the beauty sphere. That was exciting because as a London blogger, I have felt like a minority. What’s great about this job is you’re reaching out to an audience who you have things in common with. People want to know what colour foundation you’re using, what to do about pigmentation and under eye circles which you can be prone to if you're of Indian heritage. It’s nice being honest and connecting with people about those topics.’
We treat a huge range of different skin types and concerns every day in our spas, so we asked Jess, who trains all our therapists, to share some of the questions they get asked all the time and her expert advice.
Q. When am I supposed to put SPF on – after moisturiser, before foundation – and what sort?
A. Apply your SPF after your moisturiser and serums and before your foundation. If you have discolouration you want to use a mineral SPF as it reflects the UV rays and doesn’t absorb into the skin, although it can sometimes leave the skin looking chalky. A physical SPF will break down the UV rays and is absorbed into the skin. We stock both types from SkinCeuticals.
Q. When and how often should I use my hyaluronic acid serum?
A. Depends on how dehydrated your skin is (which is usually caused by flying, heating, outdoor weather). I personally prefer to wear it during the day, after putting on my vitamin C serum followed by a moisturiser and an SPF to seal in those products. You can use it every day - during the winter months I like to use it twice a day (morning and evening) but it’s more about how your skin feels instead of a strict routine.
With the arrival of our new and improved skincare collection, we’re giving you a run through of our newest skincare hero. Our Anti-Pollution Facial Mist is an efficient, low-maintenance way to bolster the skin’s defences against pollution.
The effect of pollution on the skin is characterised by clogged pores, dullness, breakouts and premature ageing, with an underlying concern of damage to skin cells, negatively and permanently affecting the complexion. With a rise in emissions and a whole world of environmental nasties (read: smog, free radicals and UV light), there’s never been more reason to put time into protecting your skin. Our spray features natural ingredients and cutting edge compounds to do just that.
Undeniably, inner city living has its perks. There’s always something new to see, somewhere new to go and a flurry of events to capture your attention. It's not without downfalls though. Top of the list is the pollution. It clogs the pores, dulls the skins and weighs down the hair. These short-term effects seem small compared to the damage that causes premature signs of ageing - cue dramatic music. And for more bad news, while pollution is worse in cities, it's pretty bad everywhere. Read on to understand the effect pollution has and how to protect your skin.