Author: Mark Smith

OHMME supports CALM for male suicide

Meditation and yoga workshops to help prevent male suicide

OHMME has partnered with CALM to run a series of workshops for men which launch in February 2018. CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, and exists to prevent male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. On average that equates to 12 men per day taking their own lives. CALM runs a range of services to support any man who is having a rough time and campaigns that challenge society’s ideals of masculinity. It does some incredible work helping guys to open up, to talk and to confront their fears and problems. Vital work in tackling the huge issue of male suicide. The #StillnessInMotion are workshops have been specifically created for men by Jonty (from the charity), to help dispel societal stereotypes of masculinity, that men should be tough, ‘just deal with it’, and ‘man up’. The workshops are being launched to offer space for men to explore these pressures, in a civilisation that frowns upon men asking for help. They …

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The Spa Man’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

It’s Christmas gifts galore with The Spa Man’s spa-inspired Christmas Gift Guide for 2017. Expect lots of bath oils, soothing, calming scents and plenty of healing and soothing essential oils. Prepare to be pampered. Christmas Gift Guide for men – 2017 Elemis The Superman High performance skincare to cleanse, nourish and hydrate. Includes: Full size Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 150ml, Full size Daily Moisture Boost 50ml and Sharp Shower Body Wash 100ml £38 www.elemis.com ESPA Ultimate Grooming Kit  The Ultimate Grooming Kit comes in its very own ultra-handy Man Tin, with four hard-working formulas will nourish and protect for stronger, healthier, and revitalised skin. Collection Includes: Dual-Action Shavemud 30ml, Invigorating Face Wash 50ml, Energising Shower Gel 70ml, The Hydrator 35ml £40 www.espaskincare.com [comfort zone] Man Shave Kit The ideal shave kit for guys who want to take the very best care of their skin, ensuring it is nourished and protected. The Man Space soft shave performer (150ml) and the Man Space extra cream (50ml) ensure intense hydration and a revitalizing action, even for sensitive skin. £70 www.feelunique.com …

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10 of the best British winter spa breaks

A cosy fireside, a snug rug and a hot sauna the key elements for a great winter spa break. These are three sure-fire ways to warm the cockles of your heart (and your cold fingers and toes) this autumn and winter. Heading off to a countryside spa will give you the chance to get away from it all, plus the opportunity to take a bracing walk through the countryside or along the coast. No winter spa break is complete without kicking a few leaves around (if there’s any left) or meandering across frosty fields, ensuring you are back in time to indulge in a big Sunday lunch. Then to complete the experience (it is a winter spa break after all) make some time to chill out in the spa during the afternoon. The Spa Man has rounded-up his 10 of the best winter spa breaks. 1. Dormy House – Cotswolds Book here (if you can). The hotel and spa keep winning awards – a testament to the quality of the hotel, spa and service. The Scandi-chic House Spa …

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We’re all spa men now: Half of British men had a male spa treatment in the past year

The male spa market is booming as men really embrace their inner beauty, as Mintel predicts that in total Brits will spend £7.6 billion on treatments in spa, salon and in-store treatment areas in 2017. Male spa is booming according to these figures – and it confirms what I see when I visit salons and spas across the UK. I see more men embracing what’s on offer in the the male spa market. And it seems that men are increasingly calling in the experts for massage and hair removal treatments in particular. New research from Mintel reveals that almost half (47%) of young men have had a treatment in a spa, salon or other treatment area in the past 12 months*, up from one in three (33%) in 2015**. In the past 12 months, 18% of men aged 16-24 have had a massage treatment, up from 11% in 2015, while 18% have had facial hair removal or shaping (up from 8%) and 17% have had body hair removal (up from 6%). The male spa market …

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Good Spa Guide Awards 2017

The Good Spa Guide – the UK’s leading authority on the spa industry – has unveiled the winners in its annual Good Spa Guide Awards 2017. The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland was named best UK spa, while further awards were given for customer service and design, through to best country retreat and top newcomer. A total of 12 awards were also given for the best spas in each UK region. Winners of the 2017 Good Spa Guide Awards – in association with Spabreaks.com – were announced at a glittering gala dinner sponsored by Temple Spa on 14th November 2017 at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Over 101,000 consumers voted in the Readers’ Choice National Awards, while the Best UK Spa and the Regional Awards were based on audit scores from annual reviews conducted by The Good Spa Guide’s own ‘Spa Spies’. THE RESULTS IN FULL Good Spa Guide Awards 2017: Regional Awards Best UK Spa (sponsored by Temple Spa): The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland Best Spa in London: The Bulgari Spa Best Spa …

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Finnish Rooftop Sauna comes to Southbank London

The Southbank Centre brings the benefits of the sauna to the Southbank with its Finnish Rooftop Sauna. Promising guests they will get hot, hot, hot, there will be great views of the River Thames and you can cool off win the open air or with cold water buckets. The specially designed Finnish Rooftop Sauna will sit on Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, and there will be a sauna expert to demonstrate steaming stones and introduce you to the authentic sauna experience. Reaching 90 degrees celsius inside, you can then cool down outside (and in London that won’t be a problem, but for the hearty amongst you you can go full Finn and douse yourself with cold water. The benefits of the sauna are well researched (read more HERE) and even the Daily Mail has reported on the striking health benefits (so it must be true). There are some science-backed benefits to saunas, which range from increased circulation (as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels that accompany exposure to intense heat) to reduced muscle soreness …

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Review: Rudding Park Spa, Yorkshire, UK

The Spa at Rudding Park near Harrogate has raised the bar for the spa industry in the UK by creating an innovative spa with some real ‘wow’ moments (yes its totally instagrammable). It complements the smart, modern hotel and with the addition of the modern bistro Horto featuring seasonally inspired dishes by Chef Murray Wilson it makes Rudding Park the place to stay and spa in Yorkshire. The hotel at Rudding Park A privately-owned luxury hotel, Rudding Park has 90 bedrooms, the spa, two restaurants and a kitchen garden, private cinema, two golf courses and conference and events space. Set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, it makes Rudding Park one of the most beautiful places to stay in Harrogate. I loved the use of colour throughout the hotel with perfectly placed pieces of art that attract the eye and give it a modern luxury feel. Rooms are spacious, contemporary and the Follifoot wing opposite the spa is where you want to be. Rudding Park Spa The spa is huge. It’s impressive Rooftop …

Jack Black Eye Balm

Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel launches

Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel is a potent cooling gel with advanced ingredients and soothing extracts. It is applied with a cooling stainless-steel massaging roller-ball applicator to dissipate the fluid retention that creates the puffy eye appearance. It’s a handy little item to have in your travel bag or gym kit. The best tip with any eye product – is use it. It won’t work sitting in the cupboard. Morning and night is preferable for maximum results. This one promises to energise and refresh tired-looking eyes with a blend of hydrating ingredients, soothing botanical extracts, and nourishing vitamins which together help reduce puffiness, soften the appearance of fine lines, and brighten eyes. The clear, lightweight gel absorbs immediately with its mess-free, non-sticky formula. What’s in the Jack Black new Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel? Chamomile Extract: Helps soothe and de-puff tired-looking eyes Grape Seed Extract and Vitamins A, C & E: Encourages cell-turnover to help brighten skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines Panthenol & Sodium Hyaluronate: Provides lightweight yet effective moisturisation and …

Good for your health, mind, body and soul: it’s Spa Week UK 2017

It’s National Spa Week 2017 which means that you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment. Or  why not pull out all the stops and book a spa break. There are some great deals to be had, but what’s more important is that it is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Trust me – I’m The Spa Man. Running from 3oth October to 5th November, Spa Week 2017 celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. This year the event is sponsored by Groupon and Aromatherapy Associates. Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. The main aim of Spa Week 2017 is to promote the many physical, mental …

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What’s hemp got to do with it? Perricone MD launches CBx for Men

CBx for Men is the new capsule collection of men’s products from Perricone MD and boy do they deliver. I’ve been trialling them for over a month and have been suitably impressed with the textures, skin fell and results. I wondered what the CBx stood for – but it is a reference to phytocannabinoids, which is a key ingredient the three products in the Perricone MD CBx for Men skincare line. Formulated with Cannabis Sativa, phytocannaboids promise to visibly calm irritation, smooth the skin, balance oily patches, and help to maintain hydration in the skin. Phytocannabinoids are non-psychoactive cannabinoids derived from the cannabis sativa plant and have no recreational use. The phytocannabinoids used in the CBx for Men range are extracted from the mature stalk of the fiber-type hemp plant. Phytocannabinoids are said to deliver powerful antioxidant benefits which help stressed, oil-prone skin feel soothed, healthy and refreshed. These benefits are especially important for mens skin which tends to be dry and irritated as a result of shaving or frequent exposure to the elements. so this is …

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Review: Les Source de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France

Les Sources de Caudalie really is a unique spa that connects the brand with its origins in the vines of South Western France. Situated amongst the bucolic vineyards in picturesque countryside just 20 minutes from Bordeaux, it’s international reputation for food, wine and spa is unparalleled. The hotel at Les Sources de Caudalie The hotel features modern rooms that pay homage to traditional French design. Many of the original rooms are decorated with antique furniture, whilst the new suites, opened in 2014 retain the warm sense of charm, with a more contemporary colour palette and quirky design notes that work perfectly in the country setting. Cosy and comfortable, they are of the highest standard with well-appointed bathrooms that are (naturally) stocked full of Caudalie products. The property is the spiritual home of the Caudalie brand (and is the ideal escape for couples wanting to taste wine from the neighbouring Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte whilst dining in the two Michelin Star restaurant, La Grand Vigne. The food was exquisite. That’s not to dismiss the other restaurants. …

10 of the best face masks for men

Face masks for men have become a booming market and a skincare must-have following the internet trend for multi-masking. It really went crazy in 2016 and social media can take the credit for most of it. The trend for multi-masking has been a real boost for skincare sales in this emerging new category. Face masks were valued at £11.2 million in 2016, increasing by 45% on the previous year according to the NPD Group. Experiencing double digit growth since 2014 face masks are the new must-have. Whilst there’s a face mask for pretty much every skincare concern, today we are going to look at the 10 best face masks for men. All tried and tested by The Spa Man. So, join the mask brigade with The Spa Man’s top picks of the face masks for men. Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series – Refreshing Shower Mask This is very clever and unlike any face mask I have tried before. It definitely does maximise your time in the morning as its specifically developed to be used in the shower …

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Review: Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, London

Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square is the latest launch on the London spa scene and rounds off a big year of investment in the capital. It has made a big impact in terms of design and service provision, positioning itself as one of London’s best. Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square is housed in the former Port of London Authority Building and is both impressive and quite imposing from the street. The spa is situated in the subterranean levels and on entry you are greeted by a large, spacious reception decorated in gold tiles. Curved surfaces and a back lit retail wall make a dramatic statement on arrival, and there’s a warm, professional welcome from the reception team. Within minutes of arriving in the spa, you will be sipping a welcome tea and filling in the consultation. Marble is a theme throughout the spa and is continued to the pool area and through the changing rooms. The large fitness suite and studio are just off the main corridor then to the left is the indoor pool. …

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Pop up spa at Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane features Omorovicza

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is holding a week long pop up, The Omorovicza Midnight Suite featuring La Perla, from September 7 to 14, 2017. Spa clients can experience a selection of treatments from the new Omorovicza Midnight Menu which has been designed to celebrate the launch of their Midnight Radiance Mask. The brightening overnight mask is formulated with active ingredients to gently exfoliate the skin while promoting cell renewal and fighting hyperpigmentation. The luxurious pop up will be located at the Hotel’s stunning tenth floor Spa (which is amazing and I speak from experience). It’s a roof-top sanctuary boasting 360-degree views of the London skyline including Hyde Park. It is stunning. It’s going to be a floral affair as Four Seasons very own Floral Designer Rosalind Ackerley has designed the suite using an array delphinium, hydrangea and lisianthus flowers and tones of midnight blue throughout. The boudoir style room is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate and showcases a range of La Perla’s nightwear collection, which is now …

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The best wellness retreats in September

Most over massage, there’s a new kid in town. It’s wellness. These are the best wellness retreats coming up in September 2017. Designed to boost wellbeing, increase fitness and restore your mind, body and spirit, spas are really tackling some of the big issues facing people in today’s stressful world. These therapies often deliver life-changing results for a happier, healthier life. All of these events and programmes are scheduled to take place in September this year. But often run throughout the year. This is just a taster of what’s available at your local spa. From sleep and stress to gait, posture and gut health, discover why health is the new wealth at a spa near you. The best wellness retreats: Sleep Sleep. It’s an essential element of life and helps to maintain our mental health and physical wellbeing. But for many people it remains one of life’s greatest challenges. Restless nights, poor sleep or tossing and turning until the birdsong of dawn leads to long, difficult days at work and a sluggish body and foggy …