K WEST SPA LAUNCHES NEW TREATMENT USING POWERFUL AFRICAN ‘FEEL GOOD’ SUPERFRUIT BAOBAB
… At K West Spa, the Baobab African Ritual is known to start with a relaxing full body exfoliation, followed by a “feel good” massage and cooling therapy for the legs. The sublime relaxing ritual harnesses the unique powerful ingredients produced by the African Baobab tree, which are exotic in nature and rich in nutrients. This is said to be a nourishing, protective, smoothing and hydrating experience that will boost skin health and leave you both feeling and looking rejuvenated.
To make us feel great on the inside too, the treatment concludes with a complimentary smoothie made with 100% Baobab extract, designed to leave one feeling naturally energised whilst naturally boosting our immune system! I don’t know how you personally feel about this spa treatment, but I for one am sold!
24 CHEMICAL-FREE SUMMER BEAUTY PRODUCTS WE LOVE
Want to switch to more natural products? It couldn’t be easier with so many brands now creating chemical-free and organic ranges. Suzanne Baum highlights the best for summer…
Germaine de Capuccini Hydrating Toning Lotion, £32.75
Calm down sore and irritated skin with this toning lotion, part of the brand’s Naturae range that is 100 per cent organic. Formulated with essential oils and ingredients derived from ecologically cultivated plants, you will find absolutely no nasties in this product. After a small application of the toner skin was left feeling refreshed, clean and soft. –
BETTER THAN BOTOX?
New treatment banishes wrinkles in just 12 minutes – and claims to last for years!
- Germaine de Capuccini has launched Efficy, a new non-evasive treatment
- Now exclusively available at Spa Illuminata in Mayfair
- Incorporates revolutionary monopolar radio-frequency treatment
- On the face, the treatment can be used to repair deep lines and wrinkles, reduce double chins or attack lines and puffiness round the eyes
- Also claims to reduce fat, cellulite and fluid retention
A SPOON FULL OF SUGAR
Tackling effects of skin glycation, Germaine de Capuccini has launched Timexpert C+ (A.G.E.)
Glycation is caused by excess glucose in the diet, which damages collagen, elastin and protein fibres in the skin, leading to an increase in lines and wrinkles. Timexpert C+ (A.G.E) has been designed to counteract the negative effects of skin glycation, both at the dermal and epidermal level and features a new formula which combines the anti-ageing power of Vitamin C with the powerful anti-glycation ingredient, Ume Extract. Inhibiting the adverse effects of excess sugar, this potent combination is available in a cream and an emulsion.
TREATMENT OF THE WEEK
Send your senses into overdrive with an Eastern Journey by Spanish Beauty Brand Germaine De Capuccini. It has just launched exclusively at Chaun Spa in London’s Langham Hotel. The treatment starts with a foot exfoliation and a feather lightly tickled around the body. Then there’s a body exfoliation using spices, resins, woods, bamboo and poppy seeds, followed by a front massage using creams rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. Some gentle stretching using a silk foulard, a hot stone massage and warm silk body wrap are the icing on the cake. langhamhotels.co.uk
Pre Holiday Prep
Germaine De Capuccini Fitness Partner Slim – £85
It’s the ‘remodelling shorts’ that come with the cream that makes this anti-celutiile product stand out: essentially control pants that use body heat to power the product deeper into the skin for faster effects. No cream will get rid of existing cellulite, but firming the skin lessens the appearance of dimpling. The pants are not the most comfortable option, but you’ll feel more bikini confident in 3 weeks.
Germaine de Capuccini’s Men’s Hydrating Balm (SPF15) is an easily absorbed product that helps strengthen the skin’s natural resistance against environmental aggressions including pollution, air conditioning, central heating and extreme temperatures. Ideal for combination skin, the balm provides specific care for Men’s needs and revitalizes and energies skin.
This is one seriously luxurious treatment, kicking off with a Japanese-inspired double cleanse using warm towels, and some lifting and contouring massage. The facial also makes good use of the brand’s hero product, the Pure C Essence Ampoules – pure shots of vitamin C that visibly boost skin’s appearance like nothing else I’ve ever used before.
GET KIM KARDASHIAN’S TONED BUM AND TINY WAIST…
Skincare brand Germaine de Capuccini have just launched their new Fitness Partner magic pants that can get you looking slim like Kim while still being able to indulge.
The sucking in pants are available in two versions- Sculpt and Slim. This first is designed to combat cellulite, while the other can help tone and firm.
Each Fitness Partner includes one of Germaine’s best selling products and a unique pair of Pro-Fit shorts, designed to enhance and prolong the products effects.
The shorts use IRX Smartex Technology, and are made with bio-ceramic fibers the absorb heat and transform it into infrared rays, to optimise the products absorption into the skin – so you can get trim like kim without going to the gym.
For extra-sensitive skin try Germaine de Capuccini’s High Tolerance Cleansing Milk (www.germaine-de-capuccini.co.uk, £22.45 for 150 ml) with extracts of oat and willow herb to calm stressed skin. It’s the first step in the brands’ facials at Nirvana Spa’s Crystal Treatment rooms (www.nirvanaspa.co.uk).
BEAT WINTER BLUES WITH THE LATEST SPA RETREAT
“My friend Sarah sampled the Journey into Serenity, an hour and 20 minutes of bliss. The massage treatment starts with the application of Obsidian Holistic Stones, which are applied to chakra energy points on the body, to induce relaxation. She chose a citrus Mediterranean Massage Candle Sunset in Egypt, then the warm wax containing vitamins and essential oils was poured over her body before a tension-busting body massage. I have to point out that she also fell asleep – an amazing feat for someone who, by her own admission, ‘never switches off’.
I opted for the African Baobab Ritual. The treatment involves a relaxing mix of exfoliation and massage, followed by an uplifting scalp therapy and an energising leg therapy. All the products used are produced from the African oil taken from the seeds of the Baobab tree. They smelt heavenly and this, combined with soothing music and the therapist’s magical touch, helped me drift into a relaxed state. Later we sipped ‘perfect skin’ herbal tea in the relaxation area – and it worked (a colleague told me I looked ‘glowing’ on Monday).”
The new Germaine de Capuccini facial cream (from £30, 01784 259988) takes just 30 minutes to give your skin a youthful boost. A special lifting and rolling technique is combined with the peeling effects of AHAs to leave you looking glowing and feeling relaxed. For such a short treatment, results are amazing – it feels gorgeously pampering and it’s not a bad price.
GERMAINE DE CAPUCCINI Debuting this month, the Pure Expert Oily Skin Programme is a three-step skin regime developed for normal and oily skin. Designed to leave normal skin smooth and supple and oily skin clear, bright and non-greasy, the four-week homecare treatment cleanses, renews and hydrates. The Pure Expert Purifying Mattifying Foam cleanses the skin of excess oil and aids the regulation of sebum production, while the renewing Pure Expert Refiner Essence exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells.
The oil-free Pure Expert Hydro-Mattifying Gel Cream has a moisturising effect, while also helping to control the levels of oil in the skin.
…AND IF YOU WANT TO CHEAT!..
8) Miracle Oil.
Made from plant extracts, this natural blends of oils provides a contouring effect by firming up the skin, as well as having anti-ageing properties and encouraging regeneration of the skin. Oh, and it smells amazing too. What’s not to love?
Go for a non-invasive treatment such as Germaine de Capuccini’s GlycoCure Roll & Lift treatment. Prices from £30, available at salons nationwide. This super speedy treatment uses a rotating wand to pinch and roll the skin, stimulating key pressure points and boosting blood flow for a lifted look.
(Stop The Clock, Lauren Ezekiel & Jo Usmar)
Cellulite is the bane of many women’s lives, so imagine finding something that claims to help reduce the dreaded dimples while you are asleep. Germaine de Capuccini Fit Body Patches are clear plaster plasters that work over a period of eight hours providing a concentrated, sustained and gradual supply of ingredients that help to deal with the cellulite.
Designed to lighten and rejuvenate legs in time for the summer, the new Dreamy Legs gel from Germaine de Capuccini relieves, refines and evens the tone of heavy and tired winter legs. De-congesting the legs and draining them of fluid, ingredients used in the gel, which has nourishing and hydrating properties, include mint, lemon peel, lavender, labdanum, cypress and goldenrod.