Utopia Spa Blog, Sandown, Isle of Wight
An introduction to manicures…
We should take the time look after our hands... After all we use them for almost everything we do! A regular manicure is important and here are a few reasons why:
The importance of a salon manicure is not only to make your hands and nails look lovely, but also to care for the skin, nails and cuticle area correctly.
Dealing with day to day chores where our hands are in constant interaction with products or water tend to dehydrate the skin, causing it to become rough and cracked. Without care our cuticles can also become dehydrated allowing them to tear and split. As for our nails they can flake, crack and chip... So we have a lot on our hands… Literally!
Going for an initial salon manicure will protect nails from these problems. The process is undeniably relaxing, from the arm and hand massage to the careful attention to each nail. Regardless of the reasons for having a manicure, it also allows you to take some well-deserved time out! Now this could also be a huge benefit for ‘the nail biters’ as you may find, with beautiful looking nails you are less inclined to nibble away at them!
What does a manicure include..?
A salon manicure will generally consist of the following steps:
Cutting and/or shaping the nails free edge. Your therapist will discuss your preferred shape and length.
Cuticle work where your therapist will push back and remove overgrown cuticle.
Massage is quite often included, where your therapist will work over the arms and hands with a rich cream to help soften and hydrate.
A base coat is then applied to protect the nail, 2 coats of a colour of your choice and a top coat to seal and give a high shine.
Our hands need care on a daily basis. Surprisingly, just massaging in cuticle oil can make a huge difference to how your hands look and feel.
Also applying a top coat every 2-3 days will help to keep a high shine and prolong the wear of your varnish.
We recommend a manicure every 4-6 weeks.
Look out for our next blog article to find out more about what your nails tell you about your health…
Valentines Relaxation Tips...
By Kristie Urry
Here are a few suggestions to help each other relax at home...
Run a bath for your partner and add 8-10 drops of Rose essential oil some of the benefits include:
FOR THE MIND and body:
Soothing effect on the emotions
Lifts the heart and eases nervous tension and stress
Soothes the skin
Feminine oil- gives a woman positive feelings about herself
Caution: Best avoided during pregnancy
Massage each other:
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. There is no denying that the power of bodywork has many benefits. Giving a relaxing massage is also a wonderful way to help you connect with your partner. The touch forges a strong, safe, trusting bond that will, in turn, improve your loved one's wellbeing.
-Use a massage oil or cream:
Warm the product in your hands (you are aiming to relax, not shock your loved one. So the warmer the better!)
-WARM THE MUSCLE TISSUE
It is very important that you warm up the muscle tissue at the beginning of the massage. Start with surface strokes that are light, long and flowing, then apply a deeper pressure as you progress into the session perhaps using kneading movements with your fingers and thumbs.
Keep the pace slow and relaxing
Keep contact with the skin at all times allowing the movements to flow into each other
Experiment with movements. Just make sure you are keeping a medium pressure and avoid massaging bones!
Talk to each other, this way you will know what feels good and what doesn't.
Lastly... Enjoy relaxing together!
Loving Valentines Gifts
For the perfect gift this valentines treat each other to time in the spa, where you can lie back, truly relax and feel so good.
Follow the link to Utopia Spa Valentine Gift Vouchers
WINTER TIPS Blog...
Top Immune system boosters!
By Kristie Urry
You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter, so making sure your immune system is in tip-top condition is important. Here are some immunity boosting foods to help you on your way to good health!
Citrus- Citrus such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes are a great source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body's defence against bacterial infections.
Carrot- Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.
Turmeric- Rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, it has a detoxifying effect on the body and is amazing for digestive health.
Ginger- Studies have shown that ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. This gut friendly spice stimulates digestion, gut motility and bowel function, while helping to relieve bloating, cramping and nausea.
Garlic- Is also an immune system warrior, protecting the body from infections and illness. It has been shown to help lower blood pressure, inhibit blood clotting and promote healthy cholesterol levels.
Pineapple- They are jam packed with B group vitamins including thiamine (B1) and B6, which are vital for energy metabolism and nerve function. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for aiding protein digestion which allows your body to utilise immune boosting amino acids effectively.
Most brightly coloured fruit and veg- broccoli, tomatoes, berries, carrots, peppers, oranges, grapefruits, and spinach all contain Vitamin C and antioxidants, which will help the whole body's immune system too, preventing cough and colds
Berries- Rich in vitamin C and polyphenols that help promote healthy tissues and organs. Blueberries- Are loaded with vitamin C that helps flush out toxins and boosts the skin's plumping agent Collagen.
Winter Tips ...Re-nourishing Your Skin
By Kristie Urry
Exfoliation and moisturising is key to keep your skin looking and feeling great, but to nourish the skin we need to look at what is feeding it and helping it function- the foods we eat/don't eat, fluid intake and other factors such as medications. Your skin is one of the first things to show if you are feeling run down or unwell, because the body is working over-time and organs like the skin, tend to get neglected. Therefore it is vital that we put into our bodies the foods and liquids that maximize nutrition for the skin.
Foods that are great skin boosters:
Almonds - As well as being packed with protein they contain fatty acids and vitamin E, which is great for holding back wrinkles !
Apricots - Have an ingredient that fights off ageing effects of the sun
Blue berries - Are loaded with vitamin C that helps flush out toxins and boosts the skin's plumping agent Collagen
Eggs - Contain Selenium, an ingredient that boosts the immune system. Copper can be found in eggs, which helps the regeneration of skin tissue and aids with Elastin development
Salmon (oily fish) - Contains essential fatty acids that help the skin to stay supple
Turkey - A low fat, high protein meat that is full of Zinc which maintains the Collagen and Elastin that keeps the skin firm. Also Turkey is good for cell reproduction, so keeps the skin looking fresh
Tomatoes - A simple fruit that is bursting with antioxidants and vitamin C. Anti oxidants are famously known for getting rid of toxins that can age the skin and also harm the body.
Most brightly coloured fruit and veg – broccoli, tomatoes, berries, carrots, peppers, oranges, grapefruits, and spinach all contain Vitamin C and antioxidants, which will help the whole body's immune system too, preventing cough and colds
The most important thing you can do for your skin?
Drink plenty of water!
Our body is 60% water and water is essential for all bodily functions- including the skin's function, so aim to drink about 2-2.5 litres everyday.
Try to avoid highly sugared/caffeinated drinks, but all drinks count towards this RDA
(Recommended daily allowance)
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
So many of us will make a New Year's resolution to improve our health, but sticking to it can be tough. Whether you're on a mission to counterbalance the Christmas calories, or just want to start a new health regime, Utopia Spa is the perfect place to begin! We offer something for everyone. Let us revive, relax and pamper you into the New Year.
Did you know the benefits of seaweed?
Seaweed may look unsightly but this sea plant contains powerful ingredients that can benefit your skin. A seaweed wrap is typically made by combining seaweed with water and sometimes essential oils, a thick paste is formed and spread over your entire body. Your body is then cocooned in a special blanket and left to absorb into the skin. Seaweed body wraps are beneficial to the skin in several ways, so whether you'd like to smooth your skin or rid your body of toxins, seaweed will help you on your way to doing so!
A seaweed wrap encourages the elimination of toxins from your body. A warm paste is applied to the body, causing you to perspire. During this process, your body is eliminating impurities. These are then brought to the surface of the skin and rinsed away when the wrap is washed off.
Exfoliates and Moisturises
The seaweed itself is rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and lipids. While you sweat during a seaweed wrap, not only are toxins removed from the body and replaced with this beneficial cocktail but dead skin is loosened as well. Dead skin prevents your body from absorbing moisture.
Improves Skin Elasticity and Cell Regeneration
Your skin loses elasticity over time. Seaweed contains antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin A, all of which can help to rebuild the elasticity of the skin. It also helps to regenerate damaged skin cells and encourages collagen production to firm and tone the skin ultimately reducing the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles!
Reduces Cellulite and Improves Body Contouring
Seaweed wraps can help with body contouring. Because of the direct diffusion of vitamins and minerals, it aids in shaping excess skin from weight loss so it's smoother and less noticeable. Additionally, if cellulite is a problem, a seaweed wrap may help reduce the appearance!
January special offer:
Book a Shoreside Slimming Wrap (£55) and receive a 30 minute massage completely FREE!