Review: The Relaxation Den, Sheffield

On Thursday evening I headed over to beauty and holistic salon The Relaxation Den, nestled on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield – a road famed for being a hive of activity, whatever the time of day. I was there because I’d decided to try out the salon’s non-surgical facelift treatment as I was curious about the ‘instant results’ guaranteed by the treatment and also very tempted by the relaxation it promised.

Arriving straight from work at the other side of Sheffield, I was feeling a little wound up after a busy day so a little bit of ‘R&R’ was much needed, to say the least! On arrival I was greeted by therapist Lauren and taken through to the treatment room, where I was talked through the process of the non-surgical facelift treatment. Despite its bustling location, The Relaxation Den has a truly calming aura surrounding it and as I sat in the ambient lighting of the treatment room and Lauren described the procedure to me, I could feel my stress ebbing away. Even when Lauren explained that the treatment involved using an electric current to firm and tone facial muscles, it didn’t daunt me too much – surprising since I had no idea that the treatment would actually involve using an electric current before I went into the treatment room!

Once I was settled onto the treatment bed, Lauren began a thorough facial cleanse and exfoliation, using a range of Dermalogica products. This boosted my relaxation levels so by the time Lauren showed me the metal rods that she was about to use for the facelift, I didn’t even flinch (not that I’m implying the metal rods look at all flinch-inducing but I’m quite a nervy person so I’d expected this to have more of an effect on me!).

Lauren applied a gel to my face and then began the facelift procedure. It was a weird sensation, feeling the muscles in my face contract between the two metal rods. It was also strange seeing some flashing lights from time to time when the current was on my face but I was assured beforehand that this was perfectly normal and to be expected. The facelift procedure was not at all painful and lasted around ten minutes, before Lauren treated me to a face, neck and shoulder massage to round off the treatment.

Perhaps at 27-years-old I’m not in dire need yet of a facelift (although those who know me may say differently!) but I definitely felt the benefits of this treatment. For one, the facial was amazingly relaxing and left my skin feeling so cleansed that I made a promise to myself to treat myself to facials more regularly in future. I met up with a friend immediately after my treatment and she testified that I looked more fresh faced. When I looked in the mirror, I could see subtle definition to my cheekbones and my eyes even looked a little wider, but in a natural way.

I would definitely recommend the non-surgical facelift treatment to ladies of all ages but if you don’t feel this treatment is for you then The Relaxation Den has a whole host of beauty and holistic treatments for you to choose from, all performed in a friendly and ultra relaxing environment. There’s bound to be something on offer to suit your needs and budget – the salon is now even offering Vajazzles for those of you who fancy trying something a bit different and daring! The salon gets a huge thumbs up from me so next time you’re caught in the hustle and bustle of Ecclesall Road, why not take some time out to visit The Relaxation Den?

You can find out more about the treatments on offer at www.therelaxationden.co.uk or call 0114 2667779. You can also find The Relaxation Den on Twitter – @RelaxationDen.

Time For Some Lip Therapy

My fab Lip Therapy tin

I recently entered a competition over at the fabulous Pouting in Heels blog to win a Lip Therapy Tin from Vaseline, featuring its four iconic Lip Therapies – in Original, Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter and Rosy Lips flavours – because I absolutely adore the Lip Therapy range.

I’m currently carrying around the limited edition Creme Brulée Lip Therapy after seeing it advertised in a magazine and then spending a good couple of months hunting it down like an obsessed fan.

I can’t wait to get stuck into my new Lip Therapy tin – one thing is for sure, 2012 is definitely going to be a year for gorgeous lips for me!

For some fantastic features from the talented Katie Portman, the lady who officially has Yorkshire’s most luscious lips, head on over to the Pouting in Heels blog. x

The iconic Lip Therapy range

Feeling Flushed

Yesterday I had a completely new experience. A friend and I went to Barnsley to redeem the colon hydrotherapy treatments we’d bought each other for Christmas from KGB Deals. We don’t usually buy each other such weird presents, we’d just agreed it was something we both wanted to give a go so decided we’d try it out together. Benefits of colon hydrotherapy are said to include better function of the colon, clearer skin and even weight loss.

Although I had strangely been looking forward to the treatment – in the hope that it would boost my diet and I’d come out feeling lighter – I was still super nervous when we arrived.

I was the second one to go in for the treatment so I had plenty of time to sit in the waiting room wondering just how intrusive this intrusive treatment was going to be. I listened out for my friend’s screams but there were none, just the occasional peal of laughter. A promising sign, I thought!

When my turn came to go in, my nerves increased. The lady performing the treatment, however, was lovely, talking me through what would happen and reassuring my concerns. As I lay on the treatment bed, she even asked me whether I’d prefer to listen to Adele or Will Young throughout the experience! As much as I prefer Adele, I thought Will’s voice would be less strident and more relaxing for what I was about to encounter so I opted for his CD.

I’ll spare you the graphic details of what happened next but I will say that the treatment was not at all painful (as I feared) and didn’t feel half as intrusive as you’d expect it to. Although I expected to feel light as a feather straight after the treatment, I didn’t feel much different to begin with. Later on in the evening and this morning, however, I have definitely been able to feel a difference. I feel lighter, brighter and cleansed and although it’s not the kind of treatment I’d go for regularly, I’d definitely consider it again in the future.

Body Brush

Brushing Up My Body

Body BrushLast week, I invested in a body brush for the first time after reading in Beach Bum Beauty’s Blog that daily body brushing is an important part of the new ‘Operation Fit and Fabulous’ programme she has devised.

I’d never paid much attention to body brushing before but upon reading about its benefits, and after already coming to the conclusion that I want to take care of myself a little more, I headed straight for The Body Shop (other stockists are available!) and bagged myself one of these little wonder brushes.

But, why are body brushes so wonderful? Well, the skin is an organ of elimination, like the liver and kidneys, and according to skincare specialists, it discharges more than a pound of waste products every day, so by giving it some extra help, you can increase the chances of this process being more effective. Brushing improves blood circulation and the immune system, and also improves the appearance of your skin, leaving it softer and smoother. Another BIG bonus for us girls is that by concentrating on hips and thighs, you can improve the appearance of cellulite and dimpled skin.

My new brush has been sat on my bedside table unused for the past week since I would only remember that I needed to use it before I showered when I was actually in the shower – duh! So last night, determined not to let it become another ornament – looked at but never touched – I grabbed the body brush and did as I had been instructed by the enthusiastic lady in the shop. I began at my feet, working my way up my body as I brushed in circular motions towards the heart. There was an awkward moment when I asked my boyfriend to “brush my back” and he looked at me gone out, but thankfully he obliged.

Afterwards, I felt a warm, tingly feeling, particularly on my back, which is the area that usually gets neglected the most since I’m not a contortionist. I was left feeling incredibly invigorated and relaxed at the same time and as a result, I’m determined to build this into my daily routine.

You are advised to use your body brush every day on dry skin before you shower. You can wash the brush every couple of weeks or so, before leaving the bristles to dry naturally.

Would you judge me if I admitted that I cannot wait for tonight’s body brushing session?!