Let’s redress the balance of last year and fix all the things we neglected. SARAH HALLIWELL discusses the latest, greatest and most cost-effective options …
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RAISE YOUR BROWS “Get your eyebrows professionally threaded, because it lifts the face in a natural way,” notes Neelu White. “Brows frame the face – it’s a really simple way to look more groomed.” From €18. Neelu’s Salon, Dublin 1; www.neelus-salon.com. SCALP SHIFTING Focus on the root of your hair concerns: book an online analysis at www.aveda.co.uk, and support with Kevin Murphy’s new Scalp.Spa range, from €28; www.thespace.ie.
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SORT YOUR SLEEP Peigin Crowley’s beautiful Ground aromatherapy collection range, handmade in Ireland, launched at the end of November: “Within four days the entire sleep product sold out.” Try the Sleep mineral-rich pink bath salts with cedarwood (€45), at Brown Thomas. HOLISTIC TREATMENTS are going to be in demand this year. Gosia at Tranquil Heaven in Glenageary is renowned for deep-tissue massage. From €30; www.tranquilheaven.info.
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FEET FIRST Many of us went barefoot while WFH. The lack of cushioning and support can cause problems, says physiotherapist Marie-Elaine Grant, chief physio for our Olympic Team since 1992. She recommends Amphibian King in Bray for fitness footwear and expert advice. Pay a bit more, save your knees; www.grantphysiotherapy.ie; www.amphibianking.ie.
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MEND MIND AND BODY Book in with Blaithin McDonnell at Taman Spa in Co Cork for a threehour Wellness Experience (€175) – she’s highly recommended as a skilled and empathetic practitioner; www.tamanspa.ie. DETOXIFY YOUR SKIN Dermatologists note that stress and a lack of sleep affect our skin at every age. Reason enough to book the Essential Day Spa Package at Eden One for €175: facial, massage and lunch plus hours in the gorgeous pools and saunas. www.edenone.ie
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OVERHAUL YOUR HAIR Whether you overdid the home dye or cut your own ends, celebrity stylist Gareth Bromell, originally from Limerick, will comes to the rescue. His instore salon at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, brings a whole new energy to the beauty hall. H by Gareth Bromell at Harvey Nichols, Dublin 16, 01 291 0488; www.hbygarethbromell.com.
“Dermatologists note that stress and a lack of sleep affect our skin at every age.”
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CITY SPLENDOUR Instead of that city break, recharge yourself right here. The Spa at The Shelbourne’s Comprehensive Self-Renewal treatment lasts nearly three hours. €229 (until March 31); www.theshelbourne.com. EASE YOUR LINES “There is no single procedure as transformative for women in their 40s and 50s as subtle Botox injections,” says consultant dermatologist Professor Caitriona Ryan. “It is without doubt the best bang for your buck; when patients come back for their two-week check-up, they are almost always delighted with their rested, happier look.” From €280-800. www.instituteofdermatologists.ie.
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TRANSFORM YOUR TEETH All that extra coffee (and red wine) during lockdown have an impact. Dental clinics have seen a big increase in cosmetic dentistry. As Mr David Byrnes at Seapoint Clinic says, “It’s a great time to get braces because everyone is wearing a mask!” Deep whitening takes 90 minutes (€355, including a take-home kit). Results are impressive, and it’s safe. “In-clinic whitening is proven to whiten your teeth nine to twelve shades in one sitting.” Seapoint Clinic, Co Dublin; www.seapointclinic.ie.
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PUMP UP THE VOLUME Lip-boosting treatments have seen a spike in recent years. BELETERO® for lips launched in Ireland last year, with prices from €450; Volume injectable dermal fillers for the face are now available, with results lasting up to 18 months. Cosmetic doctor Dr Lisa Fay says this dermal filler “gets excellent results”. www.merz-aesthetics.co.uk.
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CHIN UP Say goodbye to your double chin in 2021. The makers of Botox are set to launch Belkyra (available as Kybella in the US since 2015) in Ireland this year. An injectable treatment to melt away fat in the chin and neck area, it uses deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance. It takes about 15 minutes. “I already have over 50 clients on the waiting list,” says Professor Ryan. Around €1,300 per treatment; www.instituteofdermatologists.ie.