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Wahanda loves: Super-polishes

17
October
2014
Wahanda loves: Super-polishes

From BBs to EEs, we’re pretty accustomed to makeup that cares as well as carries colour. But when it comes to nail polish, nourishment has always come second to shade. Until now.

Slowly but surely, nutrient-infused varnish is making its way to the fore, promising to strengthen, replenish and restore nails with every coat. Argan oil, vitamins and even superfood extracts have been packed into a variety of hues, which are said to be just the thing for digits in distress.

Whether brittle, flaky or simply a little stained, pack away the glitter and push back those cuticles – it’s time for you to meet the super polishes (spandex and novelty cape optional).



NailKale in Victoria, nailsinc

The claim: “Stimulates advanced keratin production, making the nails stronger, brighter and more...

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Wahanda loves: super strawberries

30
June
2014
Wahanda loves: super strawberries

When it comes to summer fruits, one small contender stands head and shoulders above the rest. As British as drizzle-dampened BBQs and pebbly beaches, the humble strawberry deserves a following that extends far beyond Wimbledon fortnight.

Their sweet flavour may be their calling card, but as well as having the bizarre power to make you feel happy (a recent study by the University of London found 86% of people felt more relaxed just by thinking about the seed-studded fruit), strawberries deserve far more credit for their health credentials.

Break out the Pimms, crack open the cream and purchase a punnet; here’s why strawberries should be your homegrown fruit of choice:


Forget oranges, a mere seven strawberries contain your entire RDA of vitamin C.
Despite their sugary reputation,...

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Spa of the week: Tylney Hall Hotel and Spa

13
May
2014
Spa of the week: Tylney Hall Hotel and Spa

April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. But with Britain’s unpredictable weather still in full swing a month later, it’s probably best to hedge your bets if you’re planning a UK-based getaway. Luckily, a handful of hotel spas possess year-round good looks and facilities that are as impressive inside as out. Grab your brolly (or parasol, depending on the latest forecast) and get ready to meet one of them; Hook’s Tylney Hall.

The spaNestled in the midst of an unbelievable 66 acres of Hampshire parkland and gardens, the spa at Tylney Hall can be found in the former stables of a Grade II listed mansion. Overlooking a courtyard – complete with ornate fountain – the ‘Health Suite’ offers exclusive treatments from Kerstin Florian and Vitaman and provides the perfect hideaway for...

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Tried and tested: Perfect Posture Session at Anamaya

24
January
2014
Tried and tested: Perfect Posture Session at Anamaya

Like many desk-bound workers, maintaining good posture is not one of my strong points. Come 6pm – and after a good few hours fidgeting and trying to remind myself to sit up straight – I’m likely to be found slightly slouched with shoulders hunched over my keyboard.

After one too many complaints from colleagues and family about my creaking back, I decided to take action. A ‘Perfect Posture Session’ to assess and hopefully begin to correct my bad habits sounded like a step in the right direction (and I was promised there wouldn’t be a hard-back book balancing test in sight)…

The venueLocated just off Kensington High Street (about a 5 minute walk from the underground station), Body Sync at Anamaya is tucked away in a quiet mews and flanked by a number of quaintly painted office conversions...

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Wahanda guide: ironing out wrinkles with thermage

11
November
2013
Wahanda guide: ironing out wrinkles with thermage

A stitch in time can save you from lines, but if you would prefer to avoid the surgical side of anti-ageing treatments, one of your best bets up until now was the big B; botulinum toxin.

However in Hollywood circles, a different treatment is slowly gaining favour for its needle-free approach. Thermage, a radiofrequency technique that heats lower layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production, has been praised by Kim Cattrall for its skin-smoothing effects and Gwyneth Paltrow even went as far to claim it had taken ‘a couple of years off’ her face.

With the rather un-glamorous nickname of ‘face ironing’, Thermage is touted to be able to subtly firm up sagging skin, soften wrinkles and recover facial definition. Is it all too good to be true? We asked celebrity skin guru Lee Garrett...

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Tried and tested: Pre-wedding pamper package at Michaela Mitoi

22
August
2013
Tried and tested: Pre-wedding pamper package at Michaela Mitoi

I’m not one for making things easy for myself. Case in point: exactly one month before getting married, I decided to move house halfway across London. During this month of manic last minute wedding planning and packing madness, it became clear that something needed to be done. With one week to go until the big day, my lovely colleagues shipped me off for a day of beauty treats, with strict instructions not to return until I had managed to relax…

The venueConveniently located Thames-side and just a stone’s throw away from a well serviced bus stop, Michaela Mitoi is a smart salon that’s nestled within a premium residential development.

Slightly set back from street view, the sleek styling continues inside the Wandsworth venue, with fresh flowers offsetting the clean lines and modern...

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Wahanda loves: summer spa-ing

18
July
2013
Wahanda loves: summer spa-ing

As much as we love the British seaside, our romanticised, Enid Blyton-bred vision soon disappears when trying to set up camp on a crowded, shingly beach. If you fancy a break without the sandy sandwiches and the menace of noisy seagulls, simply swap coastal cliffs for a spa stay. Not convinced? Sticks of rock and '99 Flakes aside, here are our five top reasons why summer spa-ing in the UK can't be beaten...

Pristine poolsIn our humble opinion, the best way to cool down in the heat is by taking an impromptu dip. Sidestep seaweed, submerged rocks and questionable flotsam by choosing to swim in a spa's crystal clear waters. You won't be at the mercy of the tides, you can forget about those 'hilarious' surprise waves and there won't be an ocean critter in sight. Check out our pick of the...

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Wahanda loves: Sweet summer nail art

18
July
2013
Wahanda loves: Sweet summer nail art

It's fair to say that we're a little bit obsessed with nail art here at Wahanda HQ (just take a look at our Pinterest boards on the subject), and with the current heatwave limiting our style options, we also think it's a fantastic way of adding some personality to your look.

After searching in vain for a polish design to compliment our summer wardrobe, we consulted beauty blogger and manicure pro Lex of Talonted. She came up with an easy to replicate, delectable design that we just had to share. Check out her step-by-step guide below...

Lex's ice cream manicure

You will need:

a few different pastel coloured polishes
a brown polish
a base coat
a top coat
two nail art pens (black and white)


You should prepare your nails before you start. A good base coat is really important as...

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Wahanda guide: Lee Garrett talks treating hair loss

02
May
2013
Wahanda guide: Lee Garrett talks treating hair loss

Shaving, waxing, lasers - the lot. We ladies spend years trying to rid our bodies of hair, but when we notice it disappearing from our heads, alarm bells start ringing. According to the NHS, over 8 million women in the UK have experienced excessive hair loss, but there is very little information out there about what to do if you suspect your locks are thinning.

We spoke to hair and skincare expert Lee Garrett about the science behind one of the latest treatments being used to tackle both male and female hair loss, how to minimise trauma to your tresses and just what could be causing follicle fall out…

“The first thing to understand about hair loss is that to an extent, it’s normal,” explained Lee, who has over 25 years combined experience in the hair, beauty and cosmetic treatment...

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Wahanda loves: shine in jewel tones this winter

07
November
2012
Wahanda loves: shine in jewel tones this winter

Here at Wahanda, we've found that the pretty pastels and out-there neons of last season simply do not cut it in the crisp air of the approaching winter.

Single digit temperatures and the necessity of layers has forced us to search for alternative ways to inject a little glamour into our wardrobes. Luckily, this year's autumn winter palette is packed full of vibrant jewel tones and rich berry hues that make it easy to sparkle, whatever the weather.

Ruby redsMake a statement with a flash of scarlet. Red is best used as an accent colour, so choose one item - whether shoes, dress, jeans or jacket - in a bold cranberry or russet to keep it chic.

Alternatively, vamp up your look with a swipe of classic red lipstick or blood red varnish - guaranteed to add polish to any outfit.

Forest...

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Wahanda loves: skin soothing solutions for National Eczema Week

19
September
2012
Wahanda loves: skin soothing solutions for National Eczema Week

Around one in five children and one in twelve adults in the UK suffers from some form of eczema. As winter approaches, cooler temperatures and the use of central heating can result in sufferers' sensitive skin becoming even drier, itchier and increasingly sore.

Saturday marked the start of National Eczema Week (15th - 23rd September) , so we thought we'd track down the best products, practices and preventative measures that will help those struggling with the condition to help keep flare ups under control.

Remember, everybody's skin is different, and what may work for others may not be so well suited to you. Don't be afraid to trial a number of products (or even some specially designed hydrotherapy treatments) to see which ones benefit your skin the most and ditch any that result in an...

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Wahanda guide: fix your feet and walk tall

12
September
2012
Wahanda guide: fix your feet and walk tall

The shift in seasons and shoe styles can play havoc with your feet. Whether you're a slip-on fan with aching arches, or a platform princess who wants to shake off the pain of tight calves, we've tracked down some solutions that'll help you take any discomforts in your stride...

High heelsThe problem: Heels put your foot into an elevated position, lifting your arch and making you take shorter, more forceful strides. Studies have found that if you are a habitual heel wearer, it’s very likely that you will carry your feet in a flexed, toes-pointed position, even when walking barefoot.

As a result of your altered stance, fibres in your lower leg muscles can shorten, putting a strain on your ligaments (including the all-important Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscle and heel)....

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Wahanda loves: post-holiday healing with essential oils

30
August
2012
Wahanda loves: post-holiday healing with essential oils

The nights are drawing in, temperatures are beginning to drop and autumn is fast approaching. If your sunny disposition has faded as swiftly as your tan and you are searching for a quick pick-me-up, avoid punishing your bank account and over-indulging in comfort food by opting for an olfactory solution.

Aromatherapy is well known for its relaxing and soothing benefits, but if you select the right blend of essential oils it can also prove to be an uplifting and invigorating experience. Banish those end-of-summer blues and make the transition between seasons a breeze with the help of these mood-boosting blends:

Feeling... drained


Bermamot - This fruity, sweet oil is extracted from the rind of a citrus fruit native to South East Asia. As well as helping to release stress, bergamot is...

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Wahanda news: Champneys Tring to launch fertility programme

22
August
2012
Wahanda news: Champneys Tring to launch fertility programme

Champneys Tring has teamed up with one of the UK's leading IVF clinics, the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC), and will offer fertility treatments from next month.

The tailored 14-day programmes will follow the ARGC treatment model and will be available to women either as resort guests or as outpatients. The staff at Champneys Tring will also be on hand to provide advice on the treatments and exercises available.

The September launch will be the first time that the ARGC will have offered its 14-day course at a location other than its central London base.

"We are delighted to be offering IVF patients the opportunity to undergo this treatment at Champneys Tring," said Stephen Purdew, owner of Champney's chain.

"We are conscious that many people cannot afford the time or...

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Wahanda news: JooMo brings truly 'natural' beauty to UK shelves

14
August
2012
Wahanda news: JooMo brings truly 'natural' beauty to UK shelves

‘Natural’ has grown into a bit of a buzz word in the beauty world. Everything from make up to hair dyes is now plastered with chemical-free claims, but such boasts can often mask the inclusion of some not-so-green ingredients.

JooMo, a new skincare brand on the market, promises to be different. Created by former chemist Nick Wallen and Marketing expert Linda Russell, it claims to have produced the first ever ‘truly natural face wash’.

JooMo’s range was launched earlier this month and is aimed at young people with problem or sensitive skin. Their ‘100% truly natural’ face washes contains SaponinJ, a skin repair system that not only deals with existing problems, but repairs the damage caused by synthetic products and rebuilds the skin’s natural defences to prevent future allergies,...

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Wahanda news: The Sanctuary joins Vogue's 'Fashion's Night Out'

13
August
2012
Wahanda news: The Sanctuary joins Vogue's 'Fashion's Night Out'

The Sanctuary Spa have announced that they will be taking part in this year's 'Fashion's Night Out'.

The worldwide initiative, hosted by Vogue magazine, aims to celebrate all things fashion by offering shoppers the chance to take part in exclusive events and store openings held by both high end and high street brands.

This year's festivities are taking place between 6 and 11pm on 6 September and The Sanctuary's Spa Shop in London's Covent Garden is opening its doors to the beauty buying masses for the evening.

Therapist tips and beauty advice covering autumn's biggest looks will both be on offer, but you will also be able to enjoy:


A complimentary glass of bubbly
A free mini manicure when you spend £15 or more on Sanctuary products
£10 mini make-overs
15% off Sanctuary Spa...

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Wahanda news: UK’s first children's acupuncture clinic opens in London

13
August
2012
Wahanda news: UK’s first children's acupuncture clinic opens in London

Britain's first specialist paediatric acupuncture clinic will open in London next month.

The London Children’s Acupuncture Clinic, based at The Hale Clinic in Park Crescent, is due to open on 10 September and plans to run two sessions per week offering treatments to new borns and children up to the age of 15. Practitioners will aim to provide relief from a large range of childhood ailments, from disrupted sleep and lack of appetite to more long term problems such as asthma, eczema and attention deficit disorder.

The clinic's founders Liz Lee and Emma Rickards-Tilley decided to embark on the project after witnessing an increased interest in acupuncture and observing the effect it had in reducing children's discomfort.

“As Chinese medicine gains greater following in the west there has...

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Wahanda loves: Olympic winners and their local spas

08
August
2012
Wahanda loves: Olympic winners and their local spas

With Team GB riding high in the Olympic medal table, we’re a bit overcome with national pride here at Wahanda HQ. Whether hailing from the Highlands of Scotland or the Celtic coast of Cornwall, Britain’s athletes have been triumphing on track, field and at sea, inspiring and enthralling us all along the way.


After hearing that each gold medallist is to have a post box in their hometown gilded to celebrate their achievements, we thought we’d track down the crème de la crème of retreats to help reward the sporting stars in our own special way.

Pay attention Andy, Victoria and Bradley – here are our pick of venues near each of your homesteads so that when you escape the buzz of the Olympic village, you can enjoy some well deserved ‘me’ time.

Jessica Ennis - Spa Naturel at Mercure...

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Wahanda news: Lifehouse Spa launches partnership with ESPA

06
August
2012
Wahanda news: Lifehouse Spa launches partnership with ESPA

Essex’s Lifehouse Spa and Hotel has announced a partnership with indulgent skincare brand ESPA. The luxury product company and soon to be re-launched spa are partnering up with the aim of providing high-end, ethically sound services in a stunning rural setting.

Lifehouse - an 89 bedroom, 90,000 square foot, two storey contemporary spa set within 130 acres of land – originally opened in December 2010. After the spa’s owners Tangram Leisure went into administration last year, Thorpe Hall Leisure purchased the venue and a new management team are now overseeing operations within the Essex resort.

The facilities at the Lifehouse spa include 35 treatment rooms and a thermal spa area, as well as a swimming pool, manicure and pedicure stations, hairdressing salon, gym, yoga/pilates studio and a...

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Tried and tested: soothing spa kits from Keep Immaculate

01
March
2012
Tried and tested: soothing spa kits from Keep Immaculate

City living can be tough. Between the manic commutes and school runs, meetings and daily domestic hassles, it can sometimes feel as if you are overdosing on urbanity. Taking time out to treat yourself can help keep stress at bay, and you’ll be glad to hear you can now add thermal healing to your after-work arsenal.

Previously only available in Mayfair salons, I gave some of the items from Keep Immaculate’s Thermal Therapy ™ range a go, to see if their claims of warming relaxation and ‘just left the spa’ skin were anything more than cold comfort.

The brand

Keep Immaculate was developed by award winning entrepreneur Lydia Montoute. At the heart of the brand’s philosophy lies the aim to pare down the typical beauty regime to help women for whom a polished appearance, wellness and...

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Could a coffee fix improve your memory?

09
February
2012
Could a coffee fix improve your memory?

Us Brits are typically known for our tea drinking habits (four o'clock on the dot here at Wahanda HQ), but it seems that those wanting to boost their brain power should ditch the Earl Grey and pour themselves a daily espresso instead. Before you dust off the cafetiere or make a beeline for your nearest coffee shop, there is one condition that your newly adopted brew must meet: it has to be caffeine free.

Researchers at Mount Sinai School in New York recently found that giving a dietary supplement with the same properties as decaffeinated coffee to mice with type 2 diabetes resulted in a significant improvement in their condition. Type 2 diabetes lowers glucose levels in sufferer's brains, affecting memory and other important brain functionality. After 5 months of treatment, mice given...

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Wellness profile: Rebecca Mayhew

24
January
2012
Wellness profile: Rebecca Mayhew

As one of the co-founders of adventure park chain Go Ape, Rebecca Mayhew is responsible for the nation's growing obsession with arboreal exercise. Before I took my leap of faith attached to a 500ft zip-line at The Outdoor Show, I caught up with her for a quick chat about fitness, forests and having fun.


What three reasons would you give to someone to try a Go Ape experience?
They can challenge themselves, it’s exciting and they’ll have fun. We set up Go Ape because we very much felt that we wanted to encourage people to turn "I can’t" into "I can" - to prove that if you challenge yourself, you often find you can do things and, in the end, enjoy them.


What physical benefits would you say there are to working out outdoors (and in the treetops)?
I think there’s a lot in just being...

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For fitness with a tree top twist, Go Ape

24
January
2012
For fitness with a tree top twist, Go Ape

I don't know about you, but I've never been one for interval workouts and circuits. Reps of burpees bore me, I find treadmill stints particularly tiresome, and don't get me started on press ups! As a result, I have always fallen back on sports as my exercise of choice, but if (like me) you are wanting to inject a little more adventure into your 2012 fitness routine, it might be time to branch out.

Go Ape describes itself as a 'tree top adventure' and at each of their 27 sites across the UK, you can immerse yourself in the great outdoors whilst undertaking assault course-style activities in the forest canopy. From rope ladders and tyre bridges to death-defying zip-lines, the idea is to embrace your inner Tarzan and hop, swing and scramble your way from one end of the woods to the other...

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Is the secret to healthy eating written in the stars?

04
January
2012
Is the secret to healthy eating written in the stars?

Determined to stick to a diet this January, but feel like you've exhausted all your options over the years? Left uninspired by the endless routines and rules of commercial plans currently on the market? If even our suggestions have failed to float your boat, but you want to shift a few extra pounds and develop a healthier relationship with food, it may be time to turn to the heavens.

Forget baby food, chuck out that cabbage soup and get ready to embrace the ways of the Zodiac Diet. Chef to the stars, Sabra Ricci, has combined her nutritional know-how with her passion for astrology to produce a new cookbook containing recipes said to be tailored to each star sign. By exploring the body parts 'ruled' by each astrological house and examining the ailments typically said to afflict individuals...

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Turn back the clock with just a smile

14
November
2011
Turn back the clock with just a smile

Lotions and potions. Surgery and software. As a nation, we spend millions of pounds each year trying to erase wrinkles from our faces. Laughter lines and crow's feet have long been flagged as enemies in the battle against ageing, but it seems that if you want to recapture a youthful appearance this Yuletide, all you have to do is smile.

According to a study recently published in Psychology and Aging, if you manage to flash a grin in your party pictures, people are likely to underestimate your age by an average of two years.

Researchers recruited 154 adults from various age groups and asked them to guess the age of 171 young, middle-aged, and older men and women based on a series of portrait photographs. The subjects were pictured portraying various facial expressions (including 'angry',...

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Creativity's mane event: Psionics Hair Show 2011

13
September
2011
Creativity's mane event: Psionics Hair Show 2011

Ponytails, natural looking highlights and bog standard buns may still rule on the high street, but unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably managed to sneak a peak at the gravity-defying barnets of Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, or the fluorescent-hued tresses of Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Whether it be in the form of hair bows, multi-dip dyes or blunt blue bangs, avant garde hairstyling has been embraced by the fashion forward over the last 18 months, and the creative hairdressing trend shows no signs of stopping.

As a result, this year's Psionics Hair Show looks set to be an unrivalled display of artistic prowess. On November 5th, styling company STYLECREATIVE will join creative directors George Akkad and Andrew-Thomas Corbett at Café de Paris for a night...

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Tried and tested: Vita Liberata self tan

15
July
2011
Tried and tested: Vita Liberata self tan

With skirts and shorts comes the need for sunkissed limbs - something that isn't always achievable beneath the grey skies of Blighty.

If you're feeling self-conscious about exposing pallid skin that's been hidden away all winter, fake tan can provide an answer. However, home tanning experiences usually involve avoiding a few potential pitfalls...


Stripey surprise - Streakiness should only apply to bacon, but all too often slightly heavy handed or rushed and uneven application results in multi-tonal shins and patchy elbows. You were aiming for Gisele, but when it all dried you got Mr Blobby.
The tell-tale palms - Your arms and legs are beautifully bronzed and you breathe a sigh of relief. That is, until you flip your hands over and find your palms are a less flattering shade of...

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Reassess your activity levels and improve your health

13
July
2011
Reassess your activity levels and improve your health

You watch what you eat and take time out to relax, but are you getting enough exercise? Probably not, according to the Department of Health, especially if up until now you have been following their '5 x 30' activity guidelines (undertaking 30 minutes of moderate exercise - such as cycling or periods of brisk walking - 5 times a week).

In response to the latest research, the government is now saying that at least two and a half hours of 'moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity' (such as "heavy gardening, group sports [including] volleyball, football and basketball, or swimming") is needed between the ages of 19-64 to protect against osteoporosis and damaging falls in later life.

During these more intense activities, you should push yourself to the point where you are forced to...

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Revealing the June Wahandies winners - gentlemen, this month it's all about you!

13
July
2011
Revealing the June Wahandies winners - gentlemen, this month it's all about you!

Fathers, husbands, brothers, mates and in-laws - we know you love them to bits, but it can sometimes feel like men don't get much of a look in when it comes to wellness.

We at Wahanda want to remedy this perceived exclusion and with June seeing the celebration of both Men's Health Week and Father's Day, last month's Wahandies contenders were solely made up of businesses that cater for the male of the species.

Winners were singled out for their marvellous massages, fantastic facials and excellent sporting services, acknowledging their efforts in keeping Britain's blokes trim and tidy. With all rankings based on reviews and community ratings, you and you alone chose the nation's top masculine treats. Check out the June 2011 Wahandies winners now and find out whose first class services...

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Stress and the city

28
June
2011
Stress and the city

Traffic, roadworks, packed commutes and pollution. City living hardly provides the most serene of surroundings, but a study recently published in the journal Nature has suggested that it may actually have the power to change the way your brain responds to pressure situations.

Scientists based in Germany and Canada examined the brain activity of healthy adults residing in large cities, moderately sized towns, or small rural communities whilst they tried to solve tricky maths problems. As the participants began to tackle and struggle with the tasks, researchers criticised them for their poor skills in an effort to enduce social stress.

During testing, those who were currently living in cities were found to experience more activity in an almond-shaped area of the brain called the...

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Seeing red?

15
June
2011
Seeing red?

Do you feel sluggish when surrounded by shades of dreary grey, suddenly calm when looking at soothing blue, or find that a shot of yellow can easily be used to brighten up your day?

It’s long been said that colour can affect your mood, but recent research suggests that it may be able to alter your athletic performance too. A study published by the University of Rochester has found that exposure to the colour red (traditionally associated with anger) can seemingly make muscles respond faster and exert more force.

The results, published in psychological journal Emotion, compared students’ muscle reactions in two experiments; in one, 30 children aged 9 to 16 pinched and held open a metal clasp after reading their participant number written in either red or grey crayon. In the second, 46...

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Stay sun aware: stay safe

14
June
2011
Stay sun aware: stay safe

Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin is one of the sure-fire signs that summer has arrived. Yet whether you’re basking in the rays in exotic climes or enjoying a 4 hour heat wave in a British beer garden, it’s all too easy to forget that the sun is as dangerous as it is enjoyable.

Even on a cloudy day, invisible ultra violet radiation in the form of UVA and UVB rays can penetrate and damage skin, causing wrinkles, sun burn and skin cancer.

We’ve all seen the terms printed on sunscreen bottles, but here’s a quick breakdown of exactly what UVA and UVB rays are, and why you should be protecting yourself against them:

UVA

UVA rays are the stronger of the two harmful ultra violet rays that sunlight contains.
Unlike UVB rays, they can penetrate clouds, glass and even your clothing,...

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Hypnobirthing hits Hollywood

25
May
2011
Hypnobirthing hits Hollywood

We watch them bloom and then emerge with perfect formed Beverly Hills babies 9 months later, but it’s not often that stars share their pregnancy secrets. However last week, actress Jessica Alba enthused about hypnobirthing and how the methods involved are helping to keep her calm and comfortable as she reaches the end of her second pregnancy.

“I was freaked out [by the thought of] my first time going into labour,’ Alba revealed. Like many first time mothers, she admitted she didn’t really know what to expect during delivery of her daughter Honor (now 3). “What if I panic?” She worried. “What if I just freak out and I don't know what to do?”

But before little Honor was born, Alba discovered hypnobirthing. “[Hypnobirthing] just makes you chill,” she smiled, explaining the methods she...

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Could back pain shrink your brain?

25
May
2011
Could back pain shrink your brain?

Hands up if you are currently slouched your desk, slumped on the sofa or otherwise sat hunched over your keyboard and screen as you read this?

If maintaining good posture proves to be nothing but a pain in the posterior, no matter how many attempts you make to straighten your spine, then you could not only be damaging your back but reducing your grey matter as well.

A study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience has discovered that the brains of those who suffer from chronic back pain are thinner and less densely packed in six specific regions than the brains of those who are back pain free. Worryingly, the study also found that persistent back pain can impair activation in certain areas of the brain, affecting attention span, judgement and reasoning during cognitive tests...

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The Bikini Workout from Sienna Spa

23
May
2011
The Bikini Workout from Sienna Spa

In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is fast approaching and if you’re anything like me, then any thoughts of sunnier climes will automatically be accompanied by three niggling uncertainties:


Where can I afford to go on holiday?
When can I afford to go on holiday?
Will I fit into my bikini when I get there?


If your thoughts are currently filled with waistline worries rather than daydreams of sun and sand, then the four-week fitness plan devised by Sienna Spa, located at the award winning Radisson Edwardian Manchester, may just provide a reasonably rapid solution.

Put together by the spa’s fitness expert and personal trainer Kris Bennett, this fast-track programme aims to nip and tuck any troublesome areas in just one month through targeted exercise. Bingo wings, muffin tops and...

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Giving Britain something to smile about

17
May
2011
Giving Britain something to smile about

For years, our stateside friends have ridiculed our teeth. Synonymous with crooked, gaping and generally unkempt rows of gnashers, a Great British grin was apparently not so great, and something to be feel ashamed of rather than flaunted whenever a camera appeared.

Yet new research (from the USA, no less) suggests that UK smirks may actually be something to smile about. A study has revealed that British smiles, including the muscles and movement used to create them, are more expressive and therefore genuine than those of our American cousins.

According to psychologist Dacher Keltner, the contrast between UK and US smiles was so great, that researchers could tell the whether the subject was American or British just by looking at the movement of their lips around their pearly whites.

The...

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The price of junk food? Britain's health

17
May
2011
The price of junk food? Britain's health

We all have our weakness; chocolate, chips, a sneaky packet of crisps. But it seems that on the whole, Brits just can’t seem to curb bad eating habits, as it has been revealed that treating obesity-related conditions is now costing the NHS more than treating illnesses related to both cigarettes and alcohol combined.

According to figures revealed in a study by Oxford University and the World Health Organisation, around £12bn is being spent each year in an effort to treat diseases caused by poor diet and sendantary lifestyles, whereas funds used to tackle health issues caused by smoking and alcohol total just £6.6bm annually.

Although liver disease and lung cancer undeniably pose a higher individual risk to smokers and those who drink to excess, obesity has been linked to increased...

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Uplifting skin solutions from down under – tried and tested: Sasy n Savy

09
May
2011
Uplifting skin solutions from down under – tried and tested: Sasy n Savy

Home and Away, Neighbours and Rolf Harris. Out of all the Australian exports that have made it to UK shores, the only real hint of glamour to date has come in the form of the Minogue sisters.

However at the beginning of last month, that all changed, as antipodean beauty and wellbeing brand Sasy n Savy officially launched in the UK. An established name down under, Sasy n Savy products are stocked in high end beauty stores across the Pacific and are used in the spas of the luxurious Four Seasons hotels throughout Australasia, yet come with a thoroughly reasonable price tag. Packed full of 38 powerfully active Australian plant extracts (such as Kakadu plum – the highest source of vitamin C in the world and a strong anti-ageing antioxidant) and formulated without animal testing or animal...

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Melvita opens enchanting eco store in Putney

09
May
2011
Melvita opens enchanting eco store in Putney

Just before the Easter break, Wahanda were lucky enough to be invited to sunny south London for the opening of French organic beauty brand Melvita’s second UK store.

In line with the company’s environmental philosophy, the Putney branch has been crafted entirely from natural, renewable, PEFC-certified European wood, finished with Eco-label, low emission paint and decked out with a sky mural ceiling and ‘living wall’ (covered in air-purifying plants). Both inside and out, the shiny new store looks unlike any other beauty boutique on the highstreet and is packed full of the entire Melvita range of over 300 natural based products.

After the ribbon had been cut and the store officially opened by a slightly flustered Janey Lee Grace (Radio 2 personality, organic and natural health expert...

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Camouflage and cunning cover ups

03
May
2011
Camouflage and cunning cover ups

You may be proud of your newly plumped lips or unashamedly boastful when it comes to your use of Botox, but not everyone feels comfortable displaying the after effects of cosmetic tweaks.

If you’re the kind of person who (whilst healing) would prefer to cover up rather than fess up to any discreet beauty boosts, choosing post-procedural make up can be complicated. Whether you want to hide areas of substantial discolouration or simply wish to blend away a few small bruises, finding a product that provides the right amount of coverage and contains non-irritating ingredients often involves a lengthy trial and error process.

Camouflage make up usually has a thicker consistency, is more highly pigmented and can be harder to match to your specific skin tone than regular make up. Its denser...

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Wahanda visits the Vitality show

31
March
2011
Wahanda visits the Vitality show

Health, beauty and happiness lie at the heart of the Wahanda philosophy, and people, treatments and products promoting all three were out in force at this year’s Vitality Show at Earl’s Court 2. As well as a wealth of stalls showcasing companies like Une Cosmetics and services such as boot camps, fish pedis and threading, there were demonstrations and talks galore, featuring industry experts Rosemary Conley and Dr Pixie McKenna (of Embarrassing Bodies fame).

We made our presence known by doing the rounds in a fetching Wahanda tee on Friday 25th March, but if you didn’t make it down or manage to say hello, here is a round up of our favourite moments:


Dance Theatre
From chart toppers to show stoppers, the small yet skilled dance troupe proved that they could really bust a move. They...

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Hypoxi therapy: more than just hype

22
March
2011
Hypoxi therapy: more than just hype

Orange peel. Cottage cheese. Chances are, if you are female, these two phrases conjour up associations that extend beyond a couple of abandoned items at the bottom of the fridge drawer. As summer approaches and hemlines get set to rise with the temperatures, cellulite once again becomes a major concern for women across the nation.

Typically, many ladies alter their diet and up their fitness regime in preparation for the so called ‘bikini season’, hoping to whip their bodies into shape before the summer sun breaks through the clouds. But dimpled derierres and less-than-taught thighs are notoriously hard to shift, with the pesky pockets of fat and connective tissue often lingering when other bulges have melted away.

Celebrities are not immune to cellulite, and behind the perfectly...

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McIndoe and PharmEcosse Ltd investigate the healing power of insulin

09
March
2011
McIndoe and PharmEcosse Ltd investigate the healing power of insulin

Unsightly dermal scars are often an unwanted side effect of surgery and can not only leave patients feeling self conscious, but can also complicate the healing and rehabilitation process.

Topical scar treatments typically consist of Vitamin E solutions, moisturisers or prescribed medicated creams that increase cell turnover, but the routine of slapping substances on and hoping for the best may be about to change.

As part of a quest to improve post-surgical healing, McIndoe Surgical Centre’s Charles Nduka and pharmaceutical company PharmEcosse Ltd have teamed up to launch a series of clinical trials investigating the use of insulin to prevent scarring. Prior studies that have been conducted over the past 14 years have found that insulin (a naturally occuring hormone that helps the body...

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Radisson brings the stars to Guildford

07
March
2011
Radisson brings the stars to Guildford

Guildford just got a whole lot swisher. The Radisson Edwardian Hotel group is planning to open their latest property in the Surrey city this summer, and the leafy county’s star count is about to rise.

The luxury, four star deluxe hotel cost a cool £60 million and with its highly ranked facilities, will take the title of the most esteemed spa and hotel complex in the area.

Comprising of 185 bedrooms, 2 suites, a large day spa, a conferencing space and boasting a range of dining options, the opulent interiors of both the restaurants and bars are to be designed by the Gorgeous Group, who recently revamped similar areas in The Dorchester, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and the Savoy.

The impressive spa facilities will include:

a swimming pool
five treatment rooms
sauna and steamroom
a...

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Tried and tested: high glamour blow-out at The Blow Bar, Islington

21
February
2011
Tried and tested: high glamour blow-out at The Blow Bar, Islington

Whether as part of a beauty blitz or prep for a birthday bash, sometimes it’s nice to ditch the stress and put styling your tresses in the hands of a professional.

Whether you’ve planned a-head or need help remedying a DIY disaster, The Blow Bar is a boutique blow dry bar that promises to provide top notch styling services for a snip of the normal high-end price.

Having heard good things about their visiting services provided by parent company Candy and Bloom, I decided to travel to Islington and check out their chic new salon on behalf of Wahanda.

VenueJust a five minute walk from Angel tube station, The Blow Bar is situated in a small row of independent shops in Camden passage. Nestled amongst the Tudor-style exteriors, the salon is kitted out with wooden floors, frosted glass...

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Life's a BLEACH at Topshop

17
February
2011
Life's a BLEACH at Topshop

‘Blue Lagoon’, ‘Cheeky Vimto’ and ‘Berocca Rinse’ are just some of the menu items on offer at London’s hottest new venue. Opening in the heart of the capital at the start of Fashion Week, stylish visitors are set to flock to the basement attraction, but will be dipping rather than sipping their way through each colouful cocktail of choice...

BLEACH, the sister salon of Dalston’s manicure Mecca Wah Nails has followed its parent venue to Oxford Circus and is due to open a basement branch in Topshop’s flagship store this Friday, 18th February. The original two-chair salon (brainchild of session stylist Alex Brownsell and Super Agent Sam Teasdale) quickly became a cult destination, with rock stars, press and cutting edge trend hunters all decending on the East End venue in order to try out...

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Be the mane attraction

10
February
2011
Be the mane attraction

What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex- eyes, outfit, smile? According to a survey by Pantene, single ladies had better brush up on their styling skills, because men are more likely to be impressed by top notch tresses than designer dresses.

Whether they cheesily profess to be a leg, bum or boob kinda man, it turns out that the majority of men are actually first drawn to a woman based on her hair rather than the rest of her body.

A whopping 74% of men confessed that they notice women because of their hair and 44% of those surveyed revealed that hair is in fact the first physical attribute they take in. This is almost double the number who focus on clothes (26 per cent) and legs (25 per cent) and miles more than the percentage who initially notice make-up (4 per cent)...

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Drastic divorce makeovers and promotion-seeking plastic surgery

09
February
2011
Drastic divorce makeovers and promotion-seeking plastic surgery

When their divorce is finalised, some women treat themselves to a new pair of shoes or a different hairstyle as a little pick me up. However, recent research by the Transform Cosmetic Surgery group has shown that more and more women are taking things a step further and making over their body with post-split surgery.

Over a quarter of all people who visited Britain’s Transform clinics last year were recently divorced women – a 62 per cent increase when compared to the previous year, the study revealed. The surgery figures for newly single men was lower at 11 per cent, but the overall rise in procedures amongst divorcees has led to such processes being dubbed ‘revenge surgery’.

The majority of female patients plumped for a so-called ‘yummy mummy package’ (breast augmentation, bust lift,...

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Brow lifts to lift the pain of migraines

09
February
2011
Brow lifts to lift the pain of migraines

Light sensitivity, visual disturbances, nausea, chills, and intense pain; these unpleasant and debilitating symptoms are all too familiar to migraine suffers. The intense headaches affect one in seven people in Britain and cost the nation £17 billion each year, yet around 60% of sufferers fail to approach their GP and ask for help.

Contrary to popular belief, if over the counter remedies prove to be ineffective there are plenty of alternatives available. Last year, Botox™ was approved as a treatment by UK drug regulators following successful trials on chronic migraine sufferers, but now it seems surgery may in fact offer a more permanent solution.

A study that tracked the progress of sixty-nine migraine patients who underwent surgery to deactivate muscle and nerve trigger points in...

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Bring out the bunting and balloons for our birthday bash!

08
February
2011
Bring out the bunting and balloons for our birthday bash!

Happy birthday to us! It’s hard to believe, but here at Wahanda we’ve reached the grand old age of three. It has been a fantastic journey so far - there have been tears, tantrums and teething problems along the way, but without sounding boastful, we think that we’ve turned out okay in the end.

To mark this momentous occasion, we’ve decided to crack open the bubbly, dust off a few Wahanda family photos(*) and look back at just how far we have come. Here are a few milestone moments that show what we’ve managed to achieve in our short online life:

0-1 yearsA giggling and gurgling product of love (well, we were created on Valentine’s Day), we first made our way into the online marketplace in February 2008. We quickly learnt to crawl, mastering the ABCs of spa listings, content such as...

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Shun Cupid and get glammed up

07
February
2011
Shun Cupid and get glammed up

Salford-area single ladies: spoil yourselves! This Valentine’s day weekend, get out and about in Manchester instead of staying in and away from cloying coupledom.

Lowry Outlet Mall are pulling out all the stops this February with a ladies-only pamper day, providing a sure-fire way to avoid overly amourous pairs and treat yourself all in one. For four hours on Saturday 12th, female shoppers will be treated to the services of a team of professional make up artists who regularly work with the stars of stage, film and television. Free makeovers will be given alongside one-to-one demonstrations and advice about the hottest make up trends, information about ways of replicating celebrity stylist cheats and tips on using the latest products.

Free mini-manicures will also be on offer thanks to J...

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The Mere the merrier this Valentine's!

07
February
2011
The Mere the merrier this Valentine's!

Situated right in the heart of Cheshire’s footballer country, The Mere Resort and Spa has undergone a bit of a makeover. Players from across the country were already familiar with the impressive golf club and related facilities, but now pampering junkies, wannabe WAGS and fitness fans can indulge themselves too following a luxurious £5.5m expansion and rennovation project.

The Mere has been a leading leisure venue in the county for over 75 years and the spa and fitness redevelopments represent part of a £15 million facelift being carried out across the complex. The spacious new site boasts a twenty metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy vitality pool, a thermal zone complete with hammam, caldarium, aroma steam room, salt infusion, experience showers and seven private treatment rooms....

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Help to mend rather than break hearts this February

03
February
2011
Help to mend rather than break hearts this February

February is bound to be filled with flurries of romantic gushings. However this year, why not buck the trend and devote your heart to a good cause instead? As well as being bookmarked in the diaries of lovebirds everywhere, February is also officially National Heart Month and there has never been better time to support the British Heart Foundation (BHF)’s efforts to beat heart disease.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are living with damaged hearts, whether as a result of disease, congenital defects or having survived a heart attack. The BHF has been tirelessly working to save lives and help improve the quality of life for heart failure sufferers for decades, and 2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the charity’s creation.

To help celebrate, the BHF has launched a brand new...

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Woo your date with dated bookings

02
February
2011
Woo your date with dated bookings

When it comes to signs of affection, sharing some quality time with your partner makes more of a statement than an elaborate card and some cheap last minute chocs. To really show you care, give the gift of a day spent together this Valentine’s by utilising Wahanda’s brand new real time booking service.

It may still be fresh out of its shiny site wrapping, but our list of bookable overnight spa breaks is growing by the day - and even if you've left it to the last minute, the process is super simple:




PICK a spa experience from the selection on offer
FLICK through the calendar displayed on your chosen spa break’s page
CLICK on the available date you wish to attend and book it right there and then through Wahanda.


All that’s left to do then is enjoy your romantic getaway! To...

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Dare to bare for these Valentine's treatments

24
January
2011
Dare to bare for these Valentine's treatments

Whether you’re loved up or still looking, it has probably not escaped your attention that Cupid’s anticipated annual visit is fast approaching. However, we couldn’t help but notice that in the run up to this year’s Valentine’s Day, there’s been a bit of a break from the usual chocolates, roses and cheesy cards. When it comes to pampering prezzies, more intimate gifts and experiences have been brought to the fore, with neglected nether regions being thrust into the salon spotlight.

Bikini facialsSometimes your skin just needs a little TLC. Sometimes that skin is, well, down below. Whether waxing, shaving or hormonal breakouts have left you feeling uncomfortable about the state of your undercarriage, help is at hand. Bikini facials transform sore to smooth, ingrown to invisible and red to...

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Will you be adding budget beauty treatments to your basket?

19
January
2011
Will you be adding budget beauty treatments to your basket?

Eggs, bread, cereal and a manicure -The weekly supermarket shopping list might soon start to look a little different if Tesco has its way.

The grocery and clothing giant looks set to add another string to its market-dominating bow with the announcement that it plans to open 70 new beauty salons across the UK. With treatments lined up including threading and artificial nails, Tesco are hoping that their foray into the industry will be as successful as their Florence and Fred (F&F) clothing range, with which they launched a couture label last spring.

Details of the store’s planned salon locations and full menus have yet to be released, but we want to know what you think of the plans. Would you welcome a wash and blow dry at the end of your trolley dash, or do would you not be seen dead...

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Food for thought: National Obesity Week

18
January
2011
Food for thought: National Obesity Week

We’re all prone to feeling a little guilty about our eating habits now and then, but statistics showing that Britain is the fattest nation in the EU make for worrying reading. This week (17th- 23rd January) is National Obesity Week, and with a new year well underway, there is no better time to decide to take action if you’re plagued with diet demons.

People often make unsympathetic comments and trivialise matters when you are overweight. They suggest ‘simple’ weight loss solutions without understanding the underlying emotional and mental relationships with food that initially take indulgence to a level where it begins to endanger your health. Jamie Patterson, accredited psychologist at Abermed, the UK's largest occupational health provider, feels certain that there is a complex maze of...

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Up your berry intake and lower your blood pressure

17
January
2011
Up your berry intake and lower your blood pressure

In recent years, nutritionists and doctors alike have been extolling the virtues of anti-oxidant and Vitamin C rich berries. They may be small, but it seems the health benefits of the fleshy fruits are enormous and their list of medical merits just keeps on growing.

Often dubbed a ‘superfood’ by diet devotees, blueberries have long been known to contain a diverse range of micronutrients. However, newly published research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University has suggested that specific bioactive compounds found in the fruit could actually help to combat high blood pressure.

The compounds, called anthocyanins, belong to a group of chemicals known as flavonoids. Other types of flavonoids, which are present in tea, red wine, fruit juice and dark chocolate, have...

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Take the plunge and sign up for Swimathon 2011

13
January
2011
Take the plunge and sign up for Swimathon 2011

With temperatures lingering in single figures and memories of snow fresh in our minds, the last thing many of us are thinking of is going for a swim. Yet the pastime of taking a dip needn’t be confined to the summer months, especially when it’s all in the name of a good cause.

This week, Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew and TV presenter Gail Porter helped to launch Swimathon 2011, the world’s biggest fundraising swim. Set to take place between 8-10 April, the event will make use of a record breaking 580 of the nation’s pools and 22,000 sponsored participants are expected to don their swimming costumes over the course of the weekend in an effort to raise millions of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation.

Last year, the total raised reached £2 million after...

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Saving face: women are budgeting for Botox

12
January
2011
Saving face: women are budgeting for Botox

What would it take to make you take on a second job; a rise in rent rates, the promise of an exotic holiday this summer or a glimpse of a few fine lines when you smile?

According to research published by Harris Interactive, the latter may be surprisingly accurate, with figures showing that almost a third of European women would be willing to work more hours or angle for a promotion just so that they could afford to have anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox™.

In a survey undertaken by the market research specialists, nearly 3,000 women were asked to share their views on the use of facial injectibles. 53 per cent of respondents revealed that they felt that their own skin showed signs of ageing and 62 per cent of those worried about their wrinkles admitted that they’d tried out anti-wrinkle...

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Get your skates on!

10
January
2011
Get your skates on!

Poise, precision and perfect balance- do think you’ve got what it takes to give ice skating a go?

As another set of nervous celebs polish off their blades, don leotards and buckle up their boots as part of ITV’s newest series of Dancing on Ice, we’ve rounded up the best places to practice gliding round the rink with ease whilst perfecting your pirouettes (or where to ‘battle through the bruises until you can manage a lap unaided’ in our case). Whether you’re looking for lessons and dream of being the next Torvill or Dean, or just fancy a skate round with your mates, it’s worth remembering that the hardest thing about ice skating is...the ice.

Don't get cold feet though; pack a pair of gloves and be prepared to take a tumble or two, but also to have tons of fun along the way....

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Sort out your seasonally stressed skin

10
January
2011
Sort out your seasonally stressed skin

As designated detox month continues, it may be worth remembering that a reduction in toxins can benefit your skin as well as your waistline. Dirt-grabbing oil, patchy dryness and overall dullness are common complaints during the harsh and indulgence-filled winter months, and finding the balance between reviving your stressed, sensitised skin and removing the clogging culprits can be difficult.

If you’re fed up with scrubbing and slathering and still having troublesome areas, the skincare specialists at Skin are said to have come up with a simple solution. The Ultimate Detox Facial is now available throughout the chain’s 36 dermatalogical clinics nationwide and promises to purify problem skin without parching your pores.

Each treatment is bespoke, with the facialist tailoring the...

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Are you tough enough to take on the Soldier Challenge?

06
January
2011
Are you tough enough to take on the Soldier Challenge?

I don’t know, but I’ve been told; January gym trips are getting old...


Do you need to kick start your New Year tone-up mission, but at every attempt have found yourself struggling to find inspiration? If you’re looking to work towards something that truly is a break from the norm, then why not try to shake off army-style in preparation for the 2011 Soldier Challenge.

On 26th March, scores of city dwellers will take to London’s streets to as part of an urban Rat Race assault course. As well as boosting their fitness levels, participants will be collectively raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity with the help of event organisers and urban adventure sports specialists, Rat Race Adventure Sports.

Founded in 1944 as the Army Benevolent Fund, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity strives to...

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Restore your joie de vivre at The Vitality Show 2011

06
January
2011
Restore your joie de vivre at The Vitality Show 2011

If your New Year has begun with a bit of a post-festive whimper rather than a bang, then the fun-fuelled Vitality Show 2011 is sure to put a spring in your step.

The return of the UK’s largest beauty, fitness, health and wellbeing event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with Earls Court 2 once again being crammed with top interactive attractions, TV-chefs, dance and sports stars, industry insiders and over 300 of the hottest health and beauty brands.

From 24th to 27th March, visitors to the show will be able to enjoy a fabulous blend of shopping, shaping up and pampering, as healthy eating tips, free dance and fitness classes and salon services will be on offer amongst the exhibitor stands. The list of sponsors includes Benefit and Top Sante Mag (both sure to make an...

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Make a day of your mani at Nailgirls, Islington

05
January
2011
Make a day of your mani at Nailgirls, Islington

From the fingertips of New York City slickers to those of North London lovelies- Joanna and Lynda-Louise Burrell know a thing or two about nails. During her 11 year career as a stylist in the States’ most fashion-forward city, Lynda-Louise had sat through over 570 mani-pedis and had worked alongside the best session-technicians on advertising campaigns, fashion shows and high-profile shoots. She decided to bring the expertise she’d acquired over to the UK back in May 2009, and has run Islington based Nailgirls Nail Spa with her sister Joanna ever since.

Nailgirls has remained something of a local gem despite Vogue and Elle both singing its praises, and its unique social and customer-tailored approach to polish really sets it apart. Rather than rushing visitors through its doors, the salon...

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All Brits want for Christmas is their two front teeth

23
December
2010
All Brits want for Christmas is their two front teeth

…And wrinkle free skin, if pre-Yuletide Botox enquiries are anything to go by.

Research by Sk:n clinics has shown that the number of people consulting experts about having Botox treatments in the run up Christmas has risen by 50% since last year. Commentators have noted that the Botox boom reflects a growing trend for seasonal ‘self-gifting’, with the recent injectable indulgence by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow persuading people across the country to treat themselves to a cosmetic pick-me-up before they purchase loved ones’ presents.

“We have seen a surge in people coming in for Botox and fillers this year as they treat themselves for Christmas,” confirmed Jane Lewis, Clinical Development Director at Sk:n. “Many women, especially, feel they work hard all year round and the festive...

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For magical Christmas gifts, look no further than Wahanda

20
December
2010
For magical Christmas gifts, look no further than Wahanda

Twas one of the nights before Christmas and all through the house, only one creature was stirring as they clicked their mouse. Having given up on the high-street, they’d begun to worry: could they find a great gift, and in such a hurry?

They’d dithered and pondered and all but thought it too late, but began searching online on the advice of a mate. “Pampering prezzies –they’re the way to go, and there’s plenty of treats on this one site I know…”

The monitor glowed as they made their selection and snow fell outside in the mirror’s reflection. The tired shopper grinned and sat back in their chair. They gazed at the stockings placed fire-side with care.

Visions of spa delights began to dance in their head; a confirmed order on screen and the recipient snug in bed. They gave a sigh of...

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Merry Fish-mas!

17
December
2010
Merry Fish-mas!

It’s time to get into the fish-mas spirit! Debut some silky soles courtesy of our finned friends the Garra Rufa fish who have just taken up residence at MALIKA’s new salon in the sparkling One New Change development, St Pauls.

Stressed out Christmas shoppers can now stop off for some tootsie TLC at the central London salon, which is the first in the chain to offer a luxurious fish pedicure treatment to customers.

Forget festive kissing under the mistletoe- at One New Change, it’s all about taking the plunge and letting the toothless wonder-fish kiss your tired toes back into shape!

The boutique chain’s founder, Ritu Patel, is particularly excited by the arrival of the tiny aquatic therapists and is keen to emphasise that as the temperature drops, it is especially important for...

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Have yourself an Elemis-y Christmas

16
December
2010
Have yourself an Elemis-y Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, the last minute scrabble for stocking-fillers, supplementary gifts and secret Santa prezzies is in full swing. If you have some lovely ladies left to buy for (and have already exhausted the Wahanda voucher avenue), then look no further than Elemis for a sumptuous selection of gifts that will go down a treat with beauty lovers.

We at Wahanda are currently sending out gorgeous Elemis miniatures with every voucher purchased in the run up to the big day, but for some wonderful washbag-sized pampering products for under £30, take your pick from four luxury sets available exclusively at timetospa.co.uk:

Nourishing Secrets, £20
A moisturising selection to help nourish tired skin paired with an uplifting and relaxing travel candle.


Skin Nourishing Milk...

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New Year, new you: 2011 toning-up trends

16
December
2010
New Year, new you: 2011 toning-up trends

Munching on mince pies and sipping on sherry over the festive season can leave you feeling more than a little sluggish by the time the New Year rolls around. Finding the motivation to get up and about after the holiday cheer has faded can be tough, especially when faced with the monotony of a hard slog at the gym.

Instead of moping beside the treadmill, kick-start your 2011 exercise regime by trying something new. The most common workout woes when it comes to burning off that Christmas stuffing are monotony and money, and so to fix your fitness fatigue we've tracked down two alternative routines that are just the thing if you want to beat body-toning boredom or shift some pounds without breaking the bank:

The Freedom ClimberIf a fear of heights has put you off attempting rock climbing...

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Plum: the new fragrance by Mary Greenwell

03
December
2010
Plum: the new fragrance by Mary Greenwell

Princess Diana, Cate Blanchett, Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss... The list of Mary Greenwell’s clientele past and present reads like a who’s who of iconically beautiful women spanning the last thirty years. As one of the most renowned and influential makeup artists in the world, Mary has carved out an unparalled career by deftly and subtly enhancing the beauty of her clients until their features seem impossibly close to physical perfection. Her award-winning skills have seen her consistently sought for cover and high profile shoots by top fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, and she has been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking beauty trends of the last twenty years (even masterminding the fresh-faced, rosy-cheeked minimalism that dominated the nineties and...

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Bliss Christmas Customer Event

24
November
2010
Bliss Christmas Customer Event

Christmas lights are now shining brightly in high streets up and down the country and thanks to the lovely people at Bliss, you too could soon be glowing with health and festive cheer.

The superb spa treatment, body beautification and skincare experts from the brand’s London base are holding a special customer event, where you can pick up products for less.

All those who head to Bliss’s Sloane Square headquarters between 9.30am and 8pm on Thursday 16th December will have the chance to purchase the perfect prezzies for friends and family at a reduced price. Fabulous Bliss goodies will be available with 20% discount*.

All you have to do to gain entry to this splendid seasonal shindig is print off a free eVoucher from the event page... and turn up - it’s as simple as that! Be sure to let...

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Blister busting Botox?

24
November
2010
Blister busting Botox?

If you suffer from cold sores, you will be well aware of how much of a menace the virulent simplex virus can be. However, researchers are hopeful that the world of cosmetic procedures may be able to stop the lip-dwelling discomfort in its tracks.

Surprisingly, scientists have turned to Botox in an effort to eradicate the virus, which remains dormant in the body after the initial infection and can then flare up at any time. As yet, no cure has been found for the condition, leaving sufferers fearing subsequent outbreaks triggered by stress or unrelated illness, which cause the re-emergence of clusters of small, painful and unsightly fluid-filled blisters on and around the mouth area. These blisters are highly contagious (sometimes spreading to other areas of the face following contact with...

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Wellness profile: Anne Biging

24
November
2010
Wellness profile: Anne Biging

After quizzing her on the ins and outs of the wellness tourism industry, we decided to try and find out more about Anne Biging's personal healing habits.


Which location or space do you visit to take some time out to heal, relax and enjoy yourself?
For me personally, it depends on the time of the year. I love snow in the winter, but I like all four seasons. I love cross country skiing in South Tyrol or walking in the Australian bushland. Once a year, I spend time on a silent retreat in India - that is a feast!

Who first introduced you to healing, spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation?
A friend from Australia introduced me to it and I was hooked from the first moment on. This friend is still very dear to my heart.

You have said that in discovering health, we discover...

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Wahanda on wellness: An interview with Anne Biging, Healing Hotels of the World

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November
2010
Wahanda on wellness: An interview with Anne Biging, Healing Hotels of the World

With over 20 years experience in international destination marketing, travel PR and hotel consulting (as well as being a keen traveller herself), Anne Biging knows a thing or two about wellness tourism. The CEO of Healing Hotels of the World has overseen the induction of over 50 carefully selected venues into the luxury health resort partnership since founding the business with Dr. Elisabeth Ixmeierback in 2006.

Today, the Healing Hotels of the World professional network spans five continents and 25 different countries around the globe. Each hotel is cocooned in stunning surroundings and offers both a relaxing retreat and a positive, life-enhancing and health reforming experience thanks to meticulous refinement of everything from meals to staff conduct on site.

Wahanda spoke to Anne...

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Give in to a gill-ty pleasure as Aqua Sheko comes to Soho

23
November
2010
Give in to a gill-ty pleasure as Aqua Sheko comes to Soho

Oh my cod fish fans, have I got some fintastic news for you! The people behind London’s first luxury fish spa, the revolutionary yet refined Aqua Sheko in Kensington, are opening a second London store next month.

Aqua Sheko Soho will have all the sleek, oriental glamour of the original spa, but with the addition of two new treatments that you’re bound to fall for hook, line and sinker. Alongside the ever popular fish pedicure, Aqua Sheko’s tiny Dr Fish army will be available to help carry out both fish manicures and full body exfoliation treatments when the branch opens on 6th December.

11 tanks housing the aquatic therapists will be situated next to a bar-style area on the first floor of the venue, where dull digits and hardened hands can be transformed into miraculously soft mitts...

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Downward dog; upward spirits

15
November
2010
Downward dog; upward spirits

Yoga aficionados have long boasted about the calming and relaxing benefits of their exercise regime, but a recently published study seems to have finally added scientific weight to their chilled out claims.

According to research printed in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, those who regularly practised yoga demonstrated an improved mood and showed lower levels of anxiety than people whose work out consisted of a weekly walking routine. Now that's certainly something to smile about!

Out of a group of 34 volunteers, 19 were randomly assigned an Iyengar yoga workout program and the remaining 15, a metabolically matched series of walking exercises. During the 12 week study, each group carried out their designated exercises for an hour three times a week. Participants...

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Posh pooch pampering at Harrods

11
November
2010
Posh pooch pampering at Harrods

Have you heard about London’s latest five star spa, opening in Harrods today? Massage, personal training, custom facials, steam rooms, top quality stylists, thalassotherapy and designer cupcakes will all be on offer in a treatment suite conveniently situated on the fourth floor of the iconic store. Sounds like the perfect place for a post-shopping stop off, right?

Before you polish off your credit cards and rush to book an appointment, I should mention that there is one small (yet important) quality that all prospective clients must possess to make the grade: it doesn’t matter how much you are worth and there’s no point flaunting the connections in your little black book... if you have homo-sapien DNA, you will be turned away.

Positioned at the heart of the luxury retailer’s Pet...

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The (bleached) end of perfect dye jobs?

09
November
2010
The (bleached) end of perfect dye jobs?

The ‘Rachel’, the ‘Meg’, the ‘Pob’- over the past few decades, the biggest hair trends have been tied to the names of the stars who sported them first. However, as this year comes to a close, a new breed of chic crop is making its way to the fore. Recently spotted on celebrities, but more commonly seen perched atop those with less financial clout, the ‘recessionista’ is the latest style causing a stir.

Essentially, the craze involves stepping out with sunkissed, honey-blonde ends and exposed, dark coloured roots...several inches of them. Designed to look as if you haven’t had the time or the money to hand to be able to address the situation with a much needed touch up, for once, the ‘grown out’ look is most definitely ‘in'.

"Roots are trendy because of the recession," affirmed Alex...

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Pre-Xmas fun with The Beauty Lounge

02
November
2010
Pre-Xmas fun with The Beauty Lounge

Now that the warmth of summer is all but a distant memory and the flurry of Bank Holidays is long gone, you may be searching for something (other than the climax of Saturday night talent shows) to look forward to during the dreary days in the lead up to the festive season.

If you live in Manchester and a night of pre-Christmas partying and pampering sounds right up your street, then grab your calendar and make sure that you keep Thursday 9th December free. That night, The Beauty Lounge is hosting a ‘Prepare to Party Xmas Night’ at the Radisson Blu Hotel where lucky guests will be treated to:


A drinks reception at the airport hotel.
A two course dinner in one of the venue’s plush restaurants.
Live music and a performance by an X-Factor boot-camp contestant.
Individual goodie bags...

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Bird beauty: Flamingos paint their quills

29
October
2010
Bird beauty: Flamingos paint their quills

Earlier this week, ladies across the nation were made to feel guilty as it was revealed that the average British woman spends the equivalent of five days getting ready in front of the mirror each year.

A survey of 1,000 women conducted by QVC also found that in total, Brits use enough lipstick each day to be able to draw a line from London to New York, slap on 880 gallons of liquid foundation before facing the world and conduct more than 16 million sweeps of a mascara wand annually.

Just under forty percent of women admitted that they wouldn't consider leaving the house without make-up on, and twenty-five percent claimed that they see make-up as an essential, not a luxury. The final blow came in the form of the financial impact of our preening habits, as it emerged that women in the UK...

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Slim without visiting the gym

29
October
2010
Slim without visiting the gym

Curries, chocolate, cheeky pints down the local- before you know it, your waistline is expanding faster than your waistband can cope.

You can adopt the healthy approach, upping your cardio activity and cutting back on nutritional nasties; the more drastic surgical approach by succumbing to body sculpting procedures, weight loss surgery and liposuction; or the lazy approach… by popping down the shops.

Yes, to get a nip tuck without setting foot inside a clinic, men can now head to Selfridges and pick up a ‘tummy tightening’ tee and trunks courtesy of Spanx. Famed for their slimming and shaping women’s underwear, Spanx have now created a series of male firming and flattening garments, including a Cotton Compression undershirt, a Zoned Performance undershirt, Cotton Comfort briefs and...

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Dream a little dream WITH me

28
October
2010
Dream a little dream WITH me

Dream interpretation can sometimes be tricky. Remembered details are often hazy or far and few between, and describing just what happened before you flew away on a banana/elephant/alien spaceship can be awkward and embarrassing. You may even be convinced that you never dream at all or desperately wish you could recapture a fleeting scene that shattered as soon as you awoke.

Fret no more, as it has been reported that scientists are one step closer to creating technology that enables them to record dreams electronically. Tests on twelve epilepsy patients who had electrodes surgically implanted into the medial temporal lobe (MTL) area of their brains found that it is possible to effectively ‘read peoples’ minds’ by decoding neuron activity.

The volunteers were shown a selection of instantly...

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Celebs turn their backs on Botox

28
October
2010
Celebs turn their backs on Botox

Normally Katie Price is all about the plastic fantastic, having undergone numerous breast enlargements and reductions, a nose job and having been injected with a plethora of dermal fillers. However, the celebrity formally known as Jordan has gone on the record saying that she has given up Botox (for the meantime at least). The reason for Miss Price cutting short her love affair with botulinum toxin? Her busy schedule.

"I haven't had Botox for ages and you can actually see wrinkles on me for once!” The pneumatic celebrity admitted during an interview with This Morning. “I just haven't had time. I said I was going to let it all come out and then start again, because I find the more Botox you have the more you find you need and then your face doesn't move.”

It turns out that Price is also...

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Feed your gums

28
October
2010
Feed your gums

Scientists, dentists and dieticians are forever telling us to eat certain foods to keep our bodies healthy. Here at Wahanda, we do our best to heed their advice (though the odd sugary boost may pass our lips when 4pm rolls around), but it looks like we may need to add nibbles that maintain healthy gums to our list of food commandments.

A recently published study suggests that eating foods high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs for short) may combat gum disease and periodontitis. In other words, foods such as oily fish and nuts may actually help save your smile, as periodontitis causes gum tissue to separate from the teeth and allows bacteria to build up in the resulting gap. If it is left untreated, the condition can lead to severe decay as well as bone and tooth loss.

Researchers...

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Fab craze or plain crazy? The chipped varnish manicure

28
October
2010
Fab craze or plain crazy? The chipped varnish manicure

Don’t be surprised if you glance across the dinner table in the coming months and spot seemingly unsightly chipped polish on the fingertips of your usually stylish friend. Forget French and don’t mention Minx; thanks to New York fashionistas, the next big thing in nails is apparently splotchy, ragged and distinctly worn looking varnish.

Before you cancel your mani-pedi , bear in mind that this look has to be carefully crafted. To embrace the trend, you can’t just sport any old chipped polish, it has to be delicately and deliberately applied. Nails must first be cut short, then filed and shaped (as during a regular manicure). A coat of clear varnish is then applied to protect the nails and left to dry. Next, an uneven-edged layer of coloured polish that reaches the tip of the nail, but...

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Like a gym bunny...

26
October
2010
Like a gym bunny...

We’ve all seen the music videos (and the biceps)- there’s no doubting that Madonna, the self-proclaimed queen of pop, has had a fair bit of experience when it comes to exercise.

Not content with unleashing a new single, iron-pumping vid and tour on the record buying public every few years, the eighties, nineties and noughties icon has decided to branch out and is opening a chain of fitness centres.

Ten of Madge’s Hard Candy Fitness gyms (named after her last studio album) are set to spring up in major cities around the world over the next few years, with the first opening in Mexico City on 29th November. It seems that the project is not simply a case of a celeb putting their name to a venture either, with Madonna planning to attend the launch after having worked with her manager Guy...

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Top pampering with lustre and bling

26
October
2010
Top pampering with lustre and bling

Do you have a penchant for pearls, a gluttonous appetite for gold or a disgraceful diamond addiction? Precious metals and glittering gems may end up punishing your bank balance, but it just so turns out that in another guise, they could work wonders for your body.

If you really want to sparkle, then postpone the trip to Tiffany’s, cancel the Cartiers and halt your pilgrimage to Hatton Garden. Instead, keep reading and learn how to shine all over with a few of a girl’s best friends...

Pearl Body WrapThe pearl body envelopment at Aqua Sculpture Day Spa in Hammersmith is a body wrap treatment with a shimmering twist. Following a thorough exfoliation, a moisturising concoction containing white pearl extracts is smoothed all over your body and left to be soaked up by your thirsty skin. After...

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Jet set beauty

25
October
2010
Jet set beauty

Ashley Loong is one salon owner who hopes her fledgling business really takes off. After travelling thousands of miles during her job as an air hostess with Singapore Airlines, Ms Loong decided to call it quits and along with a beauty loving buddy, established ‘Apronbay’ beauty boutique (apronbay.com).

The name isn’t just a reflection of Loong’s past, but very much representative of the Kuala Lumpur salon’s present; ‘apronbay’ is an aviation term that refers to the section of runway reserved for aircraft parking, refuelling, and the loading and unloading of passengers- a one-stop refurbishment and recovery zone. The integration of the airport theme doesn’t quite end there though...

When the salon opened its doors last month, it became the first air travel concept spa- yes, the entire...

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Eastthorpe set to raise brows as it goes HD

21
October
2010
Eastthorpe set to raise brows as it goes HD

Of all the DIY beauty horror story topics, brow blunders undoubtedly crop up the most. Professional brow shaping has been the key to framing the features of the rich and famous for decades and recently, there has been only one treatment name on the lips of in-the-know stars across the nation: HD Brows.

HD Brows is a seven step process formulated by beauty expert Nilam Patel which defines and perfects your brows (modelling them to suit your face shape) in just 15 minutes. After some precision threading, specially trained brow artists contour and fill overgrown or over plucked brows, leaving you with a picture perfect set of arches.

The celeb secret is rapidly growing in popularity, but only a handful of salons up and down the country have technicians qualified to craft HD Brows, meaning...

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Stay slim; make sure your wallet’s bulging

21
October
2010
Stay slim; make sure your wallet’s bulging

It’s all too easy to be tempted by till-side titbits when you’re standing in line, credit card in hand. Chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks somehow slip into the basket or trolley and before you know it, you’re cursing yourself for having scoffed that sweetie which blew the day’s dieting goal.

If you swapped your plastic for a pocket full of change, however, it seems you may find it easier to stick to the fruit and veg. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that shoppers found it more difficult to part with cash when food shopping and so limited their purchases.

The research took place over the course of six months, during which time the shopping habits of 1,000 households were observed and recorded. Researchers found that when consumers used credit or debit cards...

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Monday’s child is... lactose intolerant?

20
October
2010
Monday’s child is... lactose intolerant?

Allergies can range from being a lifetime annoyance to a potential life or death situation. Anything from perfume to pets can trigger a reaction and symptoms can be as inconsequential as a slight rash or as severe as anaphylactic shock.

Allergies often appear to develop without obvious cause, but new research conducted over 5 years in Finland has found evidence that if you do suffer from an allergy, its specific nature may be down to the time of year in which you were born.

As part of the study, scientists in southeast Finland regularly tested 1,000 children who were born between 2001 and 2006 for food allergen sensitivity until they reached the age of 4. The results showed a significant variation in the number of sufferers which seemed to correspond to the month when each child was born...

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Salvage your skin: how to eliminate stretch marks

20
October
2010
Salvage your skin: how to eliminate stretch marks

Red and purple and pink and white- they may come in a rainbow of colours but there’s one thing that all stretch marks have in common: they’re very much unwanted.

Whether you put on a bit of a growth spurt as a teen, developed some whilst pregnant or simply filled out a little round the edges, if you have stretch marks (or ‘striae’), the reassuring thing is that you’re not alone. Approximately 90% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy and 7 in every 10 girls and 4 out of 10 boys develop stretch marks during puberty, making them a common (and completely harmless) condition.

Stretch marks are a result of breaks in the dermis (the middle layer of skin that is responsible for supporting the entire organ, giving it firmness and flexibility). They occur after the dermis has been...

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The mane attraction

18
October
2010
The mane attraction

Vicky B has re-embraced hers, Cheryl Cole has added cherry lengths to match her recent dye job and Britney Spears has been lambasted for once again stepping out with a set that is in need of some serious TLC.

After the appearance of tumbling 70s waves, carefree flicks and thick ponytails on the spring and summer season runways, hair extensions are back on the radar and longer and more lustrous than ever. To keep Rapunzel locks in check (and prevent them looking like the unfortunate Miss Spears’ tendrils), it is essential that you visit a salon regularly to make sure your extensions are properly attached, cared for and blended well into your own hair.

If you opt for a more vibrant colour, similar to that sported by Katy Perry, Rihanna or hair chameleon Lady Gaga, then colouring...

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It’s strictly pilates, darling

18
October
2010
It’s strictly pilates, darling

Felicity Kendal left jaws on floors across the nation when she bent over backwards to wow the Strictly Come Dancing judges with her rumba on Saturday night. Pulling off moves that would stump most of the other contestants who are half her age, she effortlessly slipped into a controlled splits position before twisting and turning with her head just inches from the dance floor.

When quizzed about her astounding athletics, 64 year old Miss Kendal had only three words to explain her flexible feat and uttered them with a giggle and grin: ‘Pilates and yoga’. Apparently a newly converted devotee to the stretching and strengthening exercises, Miss Kendal was frequently seen attending sessions at a central London gym in the run up to the start of the series. Insiders say she also upped her aerobic...

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Stub out your smoking habit

18
October
2010
Stub out your smoking habit

There is no escaping the fact that cigs represent a bad habit that carries a more serious set of consequences than most. Worrying statistics recently released by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) reveal that there has been a 50% rise in the number of women dying from lung diseases like bronchitis and emphysema over the last 20 years- a fact largely attributed to the impact of smoking.

Yet tobacco is notoriously hard to kick and thousands struggle every year to ditch cigarettes for good. Amongst the medical doom and gloom, Wahanda is determined to help all those who want to give up on their way towards a smoke-free life. Whether you are quitting to improve your health or to bolster your bank balance, there are plenty of services and treatments out there that are designed to provide...

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Coming soon: sunshine in a tube?

15
October
2010
Coming soon: sunshine in a tube?

Banish beds and burn, shun sprays and never suffer the indignity of turning orange again- scientists believe they have produced a cream that causes the skin to produce the natural skin tanning pigment, melanin, without you even having to set foot in the sun.

The cream’s inventor, Dr David Fisher of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, began development by researching the chain of chemical reactions which cause the skin to produce melanin. His experiments on 'red-haired', sensitive- skinned mice revealed that a molecule know as cAMP is crucial in triggering the production of the natural pigment.

According to a report published in the journal Genes & Development, he then conducted tests to try and find a drug that would stop cAMP being broken down in the skin (instead, boosting its...

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Women prefer to see their cups half full

14
October
2010
Women prefer to see their cups half full

After having had the Jordans and Jodies of the world thrust in our faces over the last decade, it seems the world is growing weary of lingerie cups that runneth over.

Breast enlargement surgery has hovered around the top of the most popular cosmetic procedures list for many years, but The Harley Medical Group has recently reported a “marked rise” in the number of clients opting to have breast reduction surgery.

It appears that women have discovered that bigger and bigger isn’t always better, with experts from the group citing wanting to look slimmer and relieving back and neck disorders caused, in part, by overly large breasts as major reasons for the shift in surgical habits.

Research has shown that the average British woman’s dress and cup size has been steadily increasing over the...

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Stay sharp: let your mind (and body) wander

14
October
2010
Stay sharp: let your mind (and body) wander

We all know that walking can help you to maintain a trim waist and healthy heart, but did you realise it could also benefit your brain?

A study published yesterday in the online issue of science journal Neurology, found that walking approximately 6 miles each week appears to prevent brain shrinkage and may also prevent the onset of dementia in later life.

A team led by Dr Kirk I. Erickson at the University of Pittsburgh examined data provided by 299 dementia-free people with a mean age of 78 about the distance they walked every week. Nine years later, the team scanned the participant’s brains to measure their size and a following four years later, the participants underwent tests to look for any signs of cognitive impairment or dementia.

When examining scans at the nine year point of...

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Say bye-bye to your BMI?

13
October
2010
Say bye-bye to your BMI?

It may sound a bit sci-fi, but a 3D walk-in body scanner that maps fat distribution could soon be replacing scales and height charts in the toolkit used for diagnosing obesity.

The seven-foot high Body Volume Index (BVI) machine scans a patient’s entire body in six seconds and then creates a detailed computer generated model that shows areas of accumulated fat. It is said to be far more accurate than the traditional methods used to determine BMI, and a more reliable indicator of obesity levels.

During a scan, 32 cameras and 16 sensors use white light to build up the image in layers, before it is anonymously saved on a secure server and examined by a doctor. The BVI also takes into consideration factors such as age, weight, height, shape, sex and medical history to more accurately assess...

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The Tan Factor comes to town

12
October
2010
The Tan Factor comes to town

If you’ve been enviously ogling the tanned and toned limbs of this year's X-Factor stars, then it’s time to celebrate, as their sumptuously sun-kissed look is no longer out of your reach.

Vita Liberata, the official tan of the 2010 competition, is being launched in the beauty departments of House of Fraser, Debenhams and Selfridges in the coming months, allowing you to stay beautifully bronzed throughout the winter party season. Contestants and judges alike have been sporting different shades from the range, which contain varying levels of tanning activator DHA in order to suit different skin tones, and have been diligently using three complementary Vita Liberata skincare products before and after tanning to keep their glow going.

There are seven different tanning lotions available and...

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Acupuncture baby, yeah!

12
October
2010
Acupuncture baby, yeah!

If you’re longing for a baby, but timing and trusted techniques have failed to help you and your partner conceive, then it may be worth heading east.

Where western medicine fails, it seems that traditional Chinese methods may provide an answer. Speaking to The Daily Mail, gynaecological nurse Dawn Paddock reveals that following months of failed attempts at conception and on the brink of resorting to IVF treatment, acupuncture helped her to eventually give birth to a healthy baby boy.

Mrs Paddock suffers from blocked fallopian tubes and after exhausting the resources of typical western medicine without falling pregnant, a friend suggested that she try the ancient treatment.

“I was sceptical,” she explained, “but I thought if nothing else it would help me to relax and de-stress.”

Dawn,...

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Apples and pears

11
October
2010
Apples and pears

If you’re unhappy with your stomach or are forever feeling self-conscious about your posterior, it’s likely that you’ve tried all manner of diets, regimes and routines in an effort to re-contour your curves. However, if no matter how hard you try, your overall shape won’t seem to shift, then your DNA may be to blame.

Researchers at Oxford University and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge have discovered 13 new sets of genes that influence an individual’s tendency to store fat around either their abdomen or their hips and thighs. Although the genes affect the build of both men and women, seven were found to have more of an impact on the overall shape of female carriers.

Scientists studied the genetic make up of nearly ¼ million people and are now hopeful...

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Exercise, socialise and challenge mental health stigma

11
October
2010
Exercise, socialise and challenge mental health stigma

Mental health is unfortunately still a subject that few are comfortable approaching.

One in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their life and at any one point in time, one in six of us will be having to deal with a mental health condition. Yet stigma and discrimination are still huge problems that many with mental health problems are forced to face on a day to day basis in the workplace, at school and in public. In fact, 90% of those who experience mental health problems say that persistent stigma is one of the biggest barriers to their recovery, wellbeing and ability to lead an active life.

As part of their Time to Change campaign, charities Mind and Rethink have helped members of the public to organise special events up and down the country this week...

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Science has spoken: beat stress with massage

07
October
2010
Science has spoken: beat stress with massage

Ever present tension seems to be considered a normal part of life these days. Headache-inducing, sleep-depriving and muscle-aching stress invades both home and work life and increasingly, people are turning to an array of therapeutic treatments in an effort to shift the strain. Leading the way is the trusted favourite, massage (in its many forms), and it now seems that there may be more to the hands-on therapy than an ability to physically loosen tight muscles.

A study carried out by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles has revealed that a single session of massage can lead to immediate and significant chemical changes in the blood and brain. The research, published in The Journal of Alternative and Contemporary Medicine, involved 53 adults who were fitted with intravenous catheters....

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Shimmer this winter with silver locks

07
October
2010
Shimmer this winter with silver locks

Fashion barometers revolve around two things: celebrities and the couture runways around the globe. The second half of 2010 marked the return of muted tones to stylish wardrobes following their earlier fashion week debuts, but if there is one hair colour trend that has the fashion world abuzz, it’s grey.

Unhelpfully dubbed ‘granny chic’ by its detractors, sterling strands have been cropping up on the heads of fashionistas since spring and the spread of the phenomenon shows no signs of stopping. Gaga has embraced platinum hues, as have Kelly Osbourne, mini blogging phenomenon Tavi, Kate Moss and Pixie Geldof, but at the start of the year, model Kristen McMenamy went one step further by proudly stepping out with a naturally metallic mane.

The 46 year old debuted her brave look during New...

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Think before you ink: time to zap those tatts?

06
October
2010
Think before you ink: time to zap those tatts?

Have some ill-conceived (i.e. drunken) ink that you are dying to get rid of? Perhaps a certain name remains etched on your skin that you’d really rather forget. If you’re unlucky enough to be lumbered with a tattoo that you’ve fallen out of love with and are determined to do something about it, you’re not alone.

Celebs have also made body art choices that they’ve grown to regret and in the last week, both Kelly Osbourne and Peter Andre have spoken up about their disastrous designs and the steps they are taking to be rid of them.

Kelly’s entire body is peppered with tattoos, but following a recent image overhaul and career change (a foray into acting) she has decided that many of them are less than desirable. Kelly got inked when drunk most of the time, and so it’s no surprise that she...

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Weird and wonderful wellness mongrels

06
October
2010
Weird and wonderful wellness mongrels

Have you heard of yoxing and piloxing? How about koga or pologa? No, they aren’t the names of the latest celebrity adoptees, but four of the growing number of combo treatments that take the best bits from several exercises and smash them together.

Hybrid classes are designed to provide an intense but effective full body work out, as the incorporated exercises often target different areas. Stretching and strengthening routines are often paired with aerobic exercise and many high impact activities work well off the safety of dry land in a muscle testing aquatic form.

Due to the rigorous nature of the majority of combo exercise classes, they are not for the faint hearted. If you feel like taking on the challenge of a bumper body blitz, then deal your inner sloth a double blow with one of...

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Injecting trust into the cosmetic industry

05
October
2010
Injecting trust into the cosmetic industry

Have you heard the news? If you’ve recently decided to smooth out your brow with Botox™ or flatten out some furrows with fillers, it’s about time you did, so listen up! Earlier this year, a government backed initiative was launched in the UK in an effort to help regulate practitioners who dish out injectable cosmetic treatments and to stop you needlessly fearing their needles.

The Treatments You Can Trust directory has been developed by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) Working Group and is designed to help consumers who are considering injectables make an informed and considered decision about where they go for their procedures.

As well as ensuring consumer wellbeing, the publicly accessible registration system aims to give reputable treatment centres a clinically...

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Polish those pinkies in aid of breast cancer charities

05
October
2010
Polish those pinkies in aid of breast cancer charities

Forget fawn and cast aside camel; the hottest colour to be seen in this October is pink.

Across the country, spas and salons are offering special pink themed spa days with profits going towards Britain’s breast cancer charities and an easy and elegant way to show your support is with a touch of pink polish as part of a pink manicure or pedicure. Many nail varnish brands have released special edition shades to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including OPI and Jessica, who have teamed up with six celebrities to produce a range of custom pink polishes that are available in salons now.

If you fancy flashing some fuchsia fingertips in aid of a good cause, head to one of the following venues and help raise awareness whilst contributing to the fundraising effort:


Peak Health...

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Tried and tested: the hottest thing in detoxing, Iyashi Dome

05
October
2010
Tried and tested: the hottest thing in detoxing, Iyashi Dome

Desperate for a detox? Wishing there was a way to help proscribe those pounds without putting in another gruelling slog at the gym? Maybe it’s time to turn up the heat when it comes to weight loss.

It’s all too easy to let the odd indulgence slide, but if summertime treats have left you feeling more sluggish than spritely as the winter party season approaches, then now is the time to take action. With more than a few holiday cocktails and bumper beachside breakfasts under my belt, I decided to help Wahanda tackle wellness lying down by hopping on the train and trying out the Iyashi Dome at the Waldorf Hotel’s LA Fitness in Aldwych.


VenueBeneath the bustling streets of Holborn (a mere five minute walk away from the tube station), lies the Waldorf’s LA Fitness, a clean and modern...

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A stem cell smile?

01
October
2010
A stem cell smile?

Crowns, caps, full and half bridges- it may not be long before these words are part of dentistry’s past, if a new study by scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago is anything to go by.

Researchers at the stateside college’s Craniofacial Genetics laboratories have developed a new way to re-anchor teeth using stem cells and have successfully implanted teeth treated with the cells into living gum and jawbone tissue without the aid of any artificial elements.

The study was carried out using rats, with stem cells taken from the periodontal ligaments of mice. The early stage formation cells, which have the capacity to take on the properties of any other cell type, were expanded in an incubator before being used to treat rat molars that had been removed from test subjects. The stem...

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A stitch and line reverses time

01
October
2010
A stitch and line reverses time

This week it was revealed that days spent at a desk in front of a computer can cause a condition dubbed ‘computer face’; wrinkles from squinting and exaggerated jowls from leaning forward to look at the screen. With millions of us employed in office jobs across the nation, this news is bound to strike fear into the hearts of those who pride themselves on holding onto their youthful glow.

There are bizarre looking exercises that supposedly help keep the facial muscles caught slacking in check, but what if the damage has already been done? Typically, the solution for the appearance of a sagging jaw line is a face or neck lift- fairly drastic and much derided cosmetic procedures that have the added danger of resulting in a ‘wind-tunnel’ stretched skin effect.

If you’re worried about skin...

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Top of the chocs

30
September
2010
Top of the chocs

Chocoholics: rejoice!

October 11th marks the start of Chocolate Week in the UK and what better way to indulge in the festivities (without having to face the diet-breaking guilt) than to try out some delicious chocolate themed spa treatments.

Here is a rundown of the best decadent delights available on Wahanda that will satisfy your cravings as well as beautify your body:


SPC White chocolate body wrap
A scrumptious chocolate scent throughout and plump, moisturised skin afterwards; what more could you want from a nourishing pampering treat? For 1 hour, 25 minutes of bliss, head to Spa SPC at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.


Chocolate Facial
As well as a vitamin and antioxidant-rich cocoa facial, this treatment includes a hydrating chocolate mousse masque, a warming foot wrap, a...

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Think pink this October

28
September
2010
Think pink this October

In the UK, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes. Each year, more than 46,000 British women and 300 men will receive the news that they are suffering with the disease, making it the most common cancer in the UK.
Unfortunately, just over 12,000 of those diagnosed annually will eventually die as a result of their cancer.

In 1985, October was designated Breast Cancer Awareness month and in its 25th year, Britain’s charities are providing a host of services to help you raise awareness and money for patient and family support, treatments and the ongoing search for a cure.

Commencing this Friday (30th September), Breast Cancer Care have deemed every Friday in the month ‘Pink Friday’, a nationwide initiative designed to make it easy for you to organise fund raising events...

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Your health’s best friend?

28
September
2010
Your health’s best friend?

Fluffy, Bounder, Spot and Lassie- just some of the names of the latest fitness gadget to excite the industry. That’s right dog owners, it turns out walkies may be benefitting more than just your four legged friends and whatever shape you canine companion takes, they could be improving your health.

The emotional and psychological pluses of owning a dog have been well documented, but recently published research has shown that dog ownership leads to a significantly more active life for children, with canine owners’ daily physical activity levels registering higher than those without pets. 2,065 school children between the ages of 9 and 10 from London, Birmingham and Leicester took part in the study by St George’s, University of London, which found that on average, those with dogs spent 325...

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Forget man flu, is there such thing as fat flu?

27
September
2010
Forget man flu, is there such thing as fat flu?

There’s no doubting that the common cold is a menace. Every year it appears like clockwork, signalling the start of the snivelling, sneezing and coughing season in schools, offices and public transport across the country. However, new research from the US has suggested that a cold’s bite may be worse than its bark(-ing cough) by correlating childhood obesity to previous incubation of the virus.

Doctors from the University of California and paediatricians from nearby San Diego hospitals recently studied a group of 124 young people and found that those who possessed antibodies for a specific strain of the cold (known as AD36) were also more likely than their peers to be overweight. Tests revealed that nineteen children in the study were AD36-positive (15% of the entire test group), but only...

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Store-hoppers: splash out and treat your feet!

23
September
2010
Store-hoppers: splash out and treat your feet!

London based shopaholics: listen up! If you’ve managed to reel in a few bargains but have most definitely shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, then slip off those ‘eels and vow to make one last stop on the high street this week.

Lucky Selfridge’s customers can now soothe and revive the soles of tired tootsies right on the high street thanks to Aqua Sheko’s shop floor pop up fish spa. The luxury fish spa specialists have teamed up with the capital’s famous department store to help celebrate the re-launch of their shoe department and confirm that the third floor of the flagship Oxford Street branch is the plaice to be this month.

Featuring two tanks that have been crafted in the same elegant oriental design as those used in the company’s Kensington spa and the famous Garra Rufa ‘doctor’ fish (a...

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The Minx effect

21
September
2010
The Minx effect

If you want to get your claws into the latest looks these days, you simply can’t scrimp on the details. From catwalks and covers to carpets (red ones, naturally), celebs have been sporting elaborate and eye catching nail art in the build up to the party season. The nude tones that Britain embraced throughout the summer have given way to blinged out fingertips and there is no quicker nor easier way to make a manicure statement than with Minx.

The California based company’s designs have already been spotted on the trendy talons of Rihanna and Lady Gaga, but numerous salons up and down the country are now offering the glam fix to the likes of me and you. Waterproof and lightweight as well as speedy and original, Minx application takes a fraction of the time devoted to traditional varnish...

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The ins and outs of Olympia Beauty 2010

21
September
2010
The ins and outs of Olympia Beauty 2010

Tanning, toning, polishing and pummelling- Olympia Beauty 2010 had it all. One of London’s largest beauty trade events was packed to the rafters with industry insiders, new recruits and the savviest spa and styling salespeople in the land.

Training centres and suppliers were out in full force and pampering products were practically spilling into the aisles. Skincare and make up representatives explained the latest innovations throughout the exhibition centre and a series of informative talks covering topics such as camouflage make up and anti-aging potions took places across several stages throughout the day.

With the Nailympics at the heart of the proceedings, stands were heavily themed around manicure and pedicure tools and treatments, but salons and wellness were still well...

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Five alternative therapies that could help you stay fighting fit

25
August
2010
Five alternative therapies that could help you stay fighting fit

The medical industry is tangled up in a continuing debate about the effectiveness of so called ‘alternative’ therapies. From acupuncture to visualisation, a multitude of studies are commissioned every year to investigate the effectiveness of the treatments that conventional science can’t quite explain yet, and in many cases, there is mounting evidence that they provide a viable wellness option.

Here at Wahanda, we’re all for anything that can improve your quality of life and so we’ve gathered together five of the treatments that have hit the headlines recently for all the right reasons so you can give them a go and experience any benefits first-hand.

Acupuncture

Muscle pain and migraines are just two of the common complaints that acupuncture has been said to help shift.

Studies by...

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Stealthy secret surgery figures soar

24
August
2010
Stealthy secret surgery figures soar

“There’s something different about you… You look good; younger- have you done something with your hair?”

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, a subtle change is often best. Unless you are taking self improvement to Heidi Montag or Jordan levels, you want people to notice that you look fresh and polished rather than hearing water-cooler whispers about just how many things you’ve had ‘fixed’.

As a result, a growing number of people are undergoing less drastic procedures, making slight changes to their appearance over longer periods of time and even hiding the fact that they have gone under the knife at all from their nearest and dearest. According to Transform, the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery group, three out of every five patients ask for discreet alterations or gradual improvements and...

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Ditch the itch this autumn

27
July
2010
Ditch the itch this autumn

Take some time out to try and soothe your sensitive skin. National Eczema Week 2010 runs from 18th to 25th of September, and here at Wahanda, we are backing the National Eczema Society’s bid to ‘Ditch the Itch’.

Eczema is a frustrating and often debilitating skin condition that affects around six million adults in the UK. Painful and intensely itchy flare ups can cover large areas of the body, producing dry, irritated skin that often cracks and weeps, but a growing number of spa treatments have been reported to effectively keep the urge to scratch at bay. Whether you want to banish a flare up to the back of your mind or are on the hunt for a long term restorative cure for the condition, we’ve drawn up a list of therapeutic treats than will hopefully help you escape from dermatological...

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One feline's rehab is coming along swimmingly

26
July
2010
One feline's rehab is coming along swimmingly

For years, hydrotherapy has played a vital role in healing humans and animals with physical injuries, but notoriously hydrophobic cats were left well out of the watery wellness equation. Until now, that is.

Meet Nazzaning, a six year old Turkish Van cat who was suffering from partial paralysis in her front left paw.

As her breed are renowned natural swimmers, the animal neurologist who was taking care of the poorly NYC kitty suggested a referral to Water 4 Dogs, a Manhattan-based animal rehabilitation centre that is normally reserved for canine patients, in an effort to help her walk again.

““Her muscles needed to learn how to move the correct way again, and because she’s partially buoyant in water, if she made a mistake it was much less severe than if she was walking on dry land,”...

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Put your best foot forward

22
July
2010
Put your best foot forward

Wrinkles; the bane of the beauty conscious. Fillers have long been used to try and erase tell tale lines and creases from inevitably ageing faces, but have you ever considered turning back the years by injecting them into your feet?

Apparently many have, and have taken steps towards younger-looking tootsies by using TEOSYAL Meso filler treatments.

The brand has announced that in the last year, there has been a 60% increase in number of women shelling out for the £150 treatment (in which fine needles are used to insert the Hyaluronic Acid-based substance beneath the surface of the skin).

“Women are becoming more open to the use of injectibles to ensure lines are plumped and complexions are left visibly younger,” said a Teosyal spokesman. “Using fillers for the feet is relatively new,...

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Turn that frown upside down

21
July
2010
Turn that frown upside down

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have found that freezing frown lines with Botox may make you happier in the long run (and not just because you are pleased with your new, youthfully smooth face).

According to scientists from the US Association for Psychological Science, if a person cannot physically frown, their brain registers less feedback and reduces the intensity of negative feelings. This instantaneous reaction then leaves them believing there is less to be grumpy about and improves their mood. Apparently, smiling really does make it seem as though the whole world is smiling with you!

Utilizing the temporary effects of Botox , researchers asked 40 volunteers who had been given small doses of the toxin in their foreheads to read out a series of statements that were deemed...

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Sniffing out some original exercise

12
July
2010
Sniffing out some original exercise

Recent indulgences left you feeling ‘ruff’? Is your pet looking more paunch than pooch? Looking for a fitness plan that’ll give you both a new ‘leash’ of life?

Well, you can Thank Dog® because the ideal regime exists. California based dog trainers Jill and Jamie Bowers have teamed up with personal trainers Heath Walton and Cassie Shannon to create Thank Dog!® Bootcamp: a fun one hour exercise and training session that is designed to push both you and your dog to your fitness limits.

Following a health and behavioural evaluation, certified (human and animal) trainers guide you through a strenuous weights and cardio work out class combined with canine obedience training. There is a one dog per person policy, dogs are kept on a lead at all times and are taught to patiently wait whilst their...

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Is CO2 the anti-ageing jab for you?

09
July
2010
Is CO2 the anti-ageing jab for you?

Bored of Botox? Cynical about collagen? Thought of giving carbon dioxide a go?

No, you didn’t misread that - the latest treatment doing the celebrity rounds involves injecting the same gas that forms the contents of fizzy drink bubbles under troublesome skin. The science behind the bizarre sounding (but apparently medically safe) treatment known as carboxytherapy, involves the microscopic bodily processes that underpin skin function.

By inserting tiny pockets of CO₂ into scar tissue or dark circles, oxygenated blood is forced to the area therefore improving circulation. Better circulation results in better (natural) collagen production, reducing wrinkles or the appearance of damaged skin. Fatty deposits can also be eliminated using the process; the gas is injected directly into unwanted...

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Kayoga™ - hit the beach and strike a pose

07
July
2010
Kayoga™ - hit the beach and strike a pose

Yoga fans looking for the perfect getaway - listen up! If you want to soak up some sun, sea and sand without neglecting your chakra alignment schedule, then check out Kayoga™.

Created by personal trainer Tim Ganley, kayoga combines a leisurely kayaking session with regular yoga. Sound like too much hard work? How about if I tell you that said yoga takes place on a deserted and sun-drenched beach, amidst crystal waters, frolicking dolphins and expanses of shoreline waiting to be explored.

If you are interested in indulging in the peaceful pursuit, then you need to get yourself to Ganley’s studio in Florida, where sunset and sunrise sessions as well as kayoga eco-tours are available. Ganley also holds ‘kayakercise’ classes for those who prefer to work up a sweat, where you once again...

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Champneys champions Breast Cancer Care

05
July
2010
Champneys champions Breast Cancer Care

If you’re determined to keep your pre-holiday fitness drive going throughout the autumn, why not book yourself in to an apathy-demolishing fit camp programme and help raise money for a great cause at the same time?

46,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and scientists still desperately need funds to aid the continuing search for a cure. Champneys are donating 20% of their profits from all Fit Camp packages due to commence on or after 9th October to Breast Cancer Care, enabling you to simultaneously battle the bulge and fight cancer.

Whatever your fitness level, Champneys Fit Camps can help to give you that extra push towards formulating a regular exercise routine, with the added bonus of the use of their luxurious on-site spa facilities. This is one boot...

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Cupping and meditation: Jessica Simpson's path to tranquility

30
June
2010
Cupping and meditation: Jessica Simpson's path to tranquility

If you’re tempted by the benefits of acupuncture, but the thought of all those needles turns your legs to jelly, why not follow in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and give cupping a try?

In the past, Gwyneth Paltrow has been spotted with the tell-tale faded circular marks that cupping creates shortly after a treatment, but in the last week blonde bombshell Jessica Simpson has been enthusiastically detailing her experiences of the tradition on Twitter.
The American songstress has recently embarked on a health and wellness crusade, and has been combining her ventures into cupping with meditation under the guidance of a Chinese healer.

“Shocked my system with a vegan diet, special Pu-erh tea from China, and cupping since Friday!”, she explained via the micro-blogging site. She continued,...

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