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Put to the Test: OSKIA Renaissance Face Mask

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Put to the Test: OSKIA Renaissance Face Mask

Posted on 29 November 2010 by Marc

As more and more men discover the benefits of skincare and beauty treatments one can’t help but think that some manufacturers are taking advantage of this new target audience by packaging up their regular female product in a grey bottle or tube and adding the words For Men and premium to the price.

Quite why it is felt that men would prefer to buy their lotions and potions in grey containers is beyond me but you only have to take a look at the male grooming section of most retailers to know who the culprits are.

Contrary to what a lot of manufacturers will admit to telling you, the products that women have been using for decades are as suitable for men as they are women; so just because it doesn’t say For Men on the outside, doesn’t mean we men can’t use them too.

OSKIA produce a range of products that are as good for men as they are for women and even better for your skin. Their range is nutritionally-designed by a team of nutritionists and cosmetic scientists to provide the essential cell nutrients your skin requires to function properly and rebuild cell health and they believe that ingredients should only be used if they are scientifically proven to work and not simply for their organic or natural status.

OSKIA Renaissance Mask is part of their Skinsense range which is aimed at men and women in their mid-twenties to late forties. It contains a host of natural ingredients however the key ingredient is MSM-Regen Complex™ – the most bio-available form of sulphur which provides your body with the natural materials it needs to make collagen and elastin itself – aiding cell regeneration and giving you healthy, supple skin.

The first thing you’ll notice when you open it is the smell, it’s fruity, very fruity! So fruity in fact that the first thing I did was stick my finger in and tasted it, not something I’d recommend you do but I couldn’t help myself!

Application is straight forward enough, apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off with warm water.  The mask is a peachy pink colour but once you’ve massaged it onto your face it turns white, this allows you to check that you’ve not missed a spot. I’ve been using the mask once a week however it’s suggested that you use it no more than twice a week, more than this and I doubt your skin will absorb the nutrients contained.

Even after just one application the first thing you notice is how smooth it leaves your skin feeling and after just a few uses I actually noticed myself how bright my skin was becoming, this was reinforced by friends and colleagues who also commented on how good my complexion has become since I started using it. Priced at £48.50 the OSKIA Renaissance Mask may seem expensive but a little goes a long way and anything that provokes unsolicited compliments has got to be value for money in my book.

OSKIA also offer, in partnership with Blossom & Jasmine, a range of beauty treatments in your own home or office which include The Gentlemen’s Face Saver, a 45 minute treatment with emphasis on the eye area. Currently only available within London it’s priced at a very reasonable £65.

You can purchase OSKIA products directly from www.oskiaskincare.com or exclusively from Liberty in the UK or worldwide from Quintessentially

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Fish Therapy For Feet

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Fish Therapy For Feet

Posted on 16 November 2010 by Marc

The Christmas countdown has begun and panic has already struck a number of people I know so I can only imagine how many people reading are facing that age old dilemma of what to buy the loved one or friend who has everything. There was a time when giving someone a gift voucher was the dull option but I’m inclined to think an Aqua Sheko voucher from London’s first ever fish therapy concept spa is an altogether different gift that is both unique, novel and bound to be appreciated.

Fish therapy is a unique beauty treatment using Garra Rufa fish, a form of carp. Clients submerge their feet into a tank of finned therapists for an exotic exfoliation by a team of tiny mouths. The fish have no teeth and use a sucking motion to painlessly nibble away the dead skin without damaging the healthy cells underneath, leaving you with a pleasant tingling sensation similar to a light massage.

It is believed that Garra Rufa fish secrete an enzyme, diathanol, which improves skin regeneration. The treatment is finished off with a relaxing massage leaving the recipient with feet soft, smooth and renewed.

There are a 4 gift voucher packages  available so you can ensure the perfect pairing:

  • The Aqua Sheko Energiser (25 mins: fish therapy and choice of foot or head and shoulder massage) £30
  • The Aqua Sheko Deluxe (50 mins: fish therapy with hand and arm massage and choice of foot or head and shoulder massage) £45
  • The Aqua Sheko Reviver (60 mins: fish therapy with foot, arm, shoulder and hand massage) £65
  • The Aqua Sheko Double Indulgence (Reviver package for two) £115

With so many options, these vouchers are for everyone – mums, dads, colleagues and friends. Ordering is fast and easy, simply visit www.aquasheko.co.uk or call 020 3489 8336 to make your booking.

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Enjoy a 60 Second Massage with Clarisonic

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Enjoy a 60 Second Massage with Clarisonic

Posted on 15 October 2010 by Marc

If the shelves groaning with skin care products aimed at men are anything to go by it would appear that today’s modern man is finally less inhibited than his forefathers when it comes to looking after his skin.  I have to say it’s about time too!  When you consider that the average chap scrapes the hair and skin from his face 2-3 times a week it’s no wonder that the majority have suffered from skin irritation caused by shaving at some point or another.

Now, I’m sure I speak for a lot of men out there when I admit that I like gadgets.  In the bathroom I have not only a Sonicare toothbrush but a Waterpik water jet and I may well have to splash out on the latest gizmo, a Clarisonic Skin Cleaning System.

Now, if you think that sounds like the toothbrush it’s probably because it was developed by the inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush and uses a similar sonic micro-massage technology.  Just like the toothbrush, you simply apply a cleanser or balm to the skin care brush, and switch on. The brush head oscillates at a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second (faster than the eye can see) and works with the skin’s natural elasticity to clean the face, neck and body by gently massaging dirt and impurities from the surface and deep within the pores.

Best of all you can do the whole process in just 60 seconds!  Yes, in one minute you can fully massage and cleanse your face.  There’s a nifty little electronic timer which lets you know when to clean the next area of the face and you can even change gears, moving through multiple different speed and duration settings.  As it is waterproof, it can be used in the shower and there is a Plus model which comes with a second replaceable head which specifically targets the body, perfect for tackling sweat and trapped dirt after a sports game or workout.

Now, you’re probably asking, “Where can I get one of these beauties?”  Well, you can order direct from www.clarisonic.com and get free  shipping or if you are in London you could wait until Monday and head over to Knightsbridge where a special edition Clarisonic with a Charcoal Grey power handle is being launched exclusively in Harrods to coincide with the opening its new Gentleman’s Lounge.

Yes, from Monday 18 October Harrods will have a dedicated department which is testament to the rise of the modern day male groomer.  The Harrods Gentlemen’s Lounge will allow men to escape from the rigours of shopping and enjoy reviving treatments, watch films, log on to computers or even have a refreshing snifter!  Of course you will also be able to find out about the latest fragrances; skincare and grooming products but admit it, who doesn’t fancy the idea of having a cheeky wee dram while the other half is shopping till she drops?

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Put to the Test: eyeSlices

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Put to the Test: eyeSlices

Posted on 09 August 2010 by Marc

Some product names are catchier than others and if I’m honest, the first image that popped into my head when I read eyeSlice Professional was not a very pleasant one.   The eyeSlice is a gel treatment for, you guessed it, your eyes!  Hailing from South Africa it has been launched only now in the UK and whilst aimed at the make-up professional, mere mortals can buy it online from The Pro Makeup Shop

As a gentlemen of almost advancing years I felt it only right that I should test the claims of the eyeSlice out.  I was told that in just five minutes I could benefit from patented Cryogel technology. I nodded sagely while it was explained to me that this is a dermal delivery system that combats puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, tiredness and the signs of ageing with some potent botanicals.

I was sold, not least when told that the eyeSlices can be reused up to ten times and you could buy refill  packs. So far so good but would the eyeSlice really offer me an instant cooling sensation without a fridge? Would I be left after 5 minutes thinking the eyeSlice pads had stimulated the circulation around my eyes leaving me with the feeling that I’d enjoyed a soothing sensation resulting in comfortable eyes?  After pausing for a few minutes to gather back my breath I can say that the answer is…

Without a doubt the answer, for me, was yes!  The first thing that struck me after peeling back the metallic foil seal was the moisture packed into the gel pads. The slippery pads did feel a little sluggish as I applied them to my eyes.  Claims that they would stay on, even while sitting upright seemed a little far fetched from my first experience, the pads really are so moisture laden they can’t help it, however by the third time I used them they had lost some of their moisture and fitted quite snugly around my eyes.

When applied I did feel a cooling and tingling sensation around the eyes that was very much in the pleasant category.  As you only leave them on for 5 to 10 minutes you don’t really have to give up too much time and certainly felt much more invigorating and refreshing than merely applying eye drops.  After 3 days I wasn’t sure I could see any discernible difference in the dark circles I usually carry around with me, the downside to insomnia, but after 5 days I was starting to think there was a noticeable improvement. It’s for that reason I recommend them, using the eyeSlices is quick and mess-free and when I looked in the mirror I saw a difference.

The initial cost is £14.99 for a pair of eye pads in a plastic case that is quite compact and fits in your pocket.  Refill pads cost £9.99 a pair.  When you consider they can be used for up to ten times the eyeSlice is actually a very affordable treat to yourself and your eyes.  With more men burning the midnight oil it is their eyes that are taking the punishment.  With the eyeSlice all that’s needed is 5 minutes once or twice  a week, a session that will only cost you between 99p and £1.49.  Yes, mere pennies for fresh, brighter eyes.

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Look After The Skin You’re In

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Look After The Skin You’re In

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Marc

What do Mathew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke have in common with Billie Piper and Eva Mendes? No, it’s probably not at all what you are thinking! All four of them are fans of the HydraFacial.

Now, please excuse the pun but the HydraFacial really is making a big splash in skin care and if you haven’t heard of it already expect to hear it being mentioned by friends and colleagues or magazines such as GQ, Esquire, FHM and perhaps Take a Break!

With it’s use of a hi-tech vacuum-based skin abrasion tip to remove dead skin cells whilst bathing the healthy underlying skin with deep cleansing, ex-foliating and antioxidant serums, the HydraFacial is the perfect pampering treatment for all skin types.  These serums are clinically formulated to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, congested pores and acne-prone skin.  There are three different serums designed to suit each individuals skin type.  The results are immediate and superior to more aggressive chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

The recommended approach is a course of six treatments, with one treatment every 7 days. Now, whilst I myself have no need for such treatment *cough cough* I’m assured that a visible difference can be seen after just one treatment. After you’ve completed a course of 6 treatments it’s suggested that you then follow up with just 1 treatment every 2 months to maintain the smooth, healthy looking skin you’ll have grown to love.

The treatments themselves are quick and relaxing and can be obtained from beauticians nationwide. The average price is £90 however most clinics offer deals when you sign up for  a course of six.    When you consider that the average man scrapes a sharp blade over his face at least once a week, we really do deserve to pamper ourselves with a treatment like this, especially as our face is the one thing we can’t hide, unless of course you happen to be a motor cycle courier or perhaps a balaclava wearing bank robber!

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