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Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Soothing skincare for winter

After Christmas, warm sunny days still seem a long way off, so whilst many of us are just planning our summer holidays, read on to find out how SP Skincare products can fit into a winter skincare regime.

Facial skincare During winter months, skin is subjected to more extreme fluctuations in temperature from central heating mixed with cold outdoor temperatures. As a result, skin can become more sensitised, needing a more calming and soothing approach.

It’s always important to assess a skin’s care needs and use appropriate products; SP Skincare’s cleansers, toners, moisturisers and masks suit four broadly different skin types – normal to dry skin, combination skin, extra dry (dry+) and sensitive skins.

It’s also the time of year to encourage clients to be extra gentle with their skin and take regular facials every 4-6 weeks. Our extensive SP skincare range alongside our range of facial products can help to create a tailor-made solution. Our face mask starter kit contains powders and flower waters for mixing bespoke masks to meet clients’ individual skin needs.

Tip: Try mixing our Fine Oatmeal powder (SPB0474) into any of the SP Skincare face masks for an additional gentle exfoliation

For an even more holistic approach…Don’t forget, our sister brand Nature’s Way Aromatherapy also has an amazing range of essential oils and blended oils for providing a therapeutic, bespoke approach to face and body care.

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Skin Ghouls!

It’s that time of year again when the pumpkins are out and the costumes are on; the innovative, the creative and the talented all collide with spectacular outfits, hair dos and make up art to compete for the spookiest and most authentic looks around! But let’s creep it real, once it’s time to take the Halloween masks off, it’s the perfect time to give the face a boost of the skincare ingredients it needs to restore balance and look and feel at its glowing best…

Perfect For All!

This autumn, our Strictly Professional Face Mask Starter Kit packaging has been modernised with a fresh, updated new look to make it a perfect new fit to the stock shelf! The kit contains our professional quality SP Skincare powders, flower waters and toners to create a tailored face mask blend that can help to soothe and diminish everyday skin concerns for a diversity of skin types including dry autumn skin, oily spot and blemish prone skin and sensitive skin.

Skin Saving Spell!

Ever woken up and had blotchy red skin? Unwanted pimples or whiteheads? Dry patches? We can all agree there is nothing more terrifying than feeling out of control of your skin’s health and aesthetic. Our Strictly Professional Face Mask Starter Kit provides the perfect ingredients for a skin perfecting spell to add to your cauldron…

Witch Hazel and Fullers Earth work together effectively to battle skin irritation, help fight acne pimples and treat oily skin. These pair are known as ‘oil absorbers’ and are renowned for their anti-inflammation properties.

Calamine Powder contributes many factors, mainly aiding in lightening dark spots or uneven skin tone and hydrating the face (resulting in an over-all improved complexion and texture to the skin).

Lastly we have Kaolin, which acts as a natural detoxifier and exfoliator which is great for removal of dead and dry skin.

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

IPA – Strictly essential for the salon

While IPAs are getting a lot of press lately, we’re not talking about the style of beer, but in fact, another kind of alcohol…

Rubbing Alcohol, also known as IPA, has been keeping salons and spas clean and fresh for years. If you’re in the beauty business and want to stay in business, you’re no doubt aware that hygiene is probably the most important part of your business. It doesn’t matter how creative your nail, beauty or hair creations are; if cleanliness isn’t a priority, your clients will notice and go elsewhere.

The great thing about Strictly Professional rubbing alcohol (IPA) is that it is a quick and easy-to-use product that can clean and sanitise in a wide range of environments and on a variety of surfaces.

IPA 500ml and 1 litre refill

In the salon/spa: Use IPA to clean your till screens, as well as all keyboards, tablets and phones used by your team and/or customers. Did you know that the average person touches their phone around 3,000 times per day? Yes, you read that right. Suffice to say, cleaning your mobile phone needs to be a twice a day event, more frequently when you’re working in a client-facing industry.

IPA is also ideal for cleaning most other surfaces around the salon – it’s perfect for removing hairspray residue from mirrors and even sticky wax residue from salon surfaces. Bonus tip: use it to remove those annoying marks left behind by sticky labels.

On the beauty counter: Sanitise your makeup products in between clients, thin out nail varnishes and re-hydrate dried-out mascara and cream or gel eyeshadows with this wonder product.

Revive dried out eyeshadows

You can also bring broken bronzers, powder eyeshadows and blushers back to life with IPA. Although they might not look the same, they’ll work exactly the same! Simply apply a few drops of IPA to the product surface, mixing it in gently with your finger so it appears smooth. Then apply a few more drops and leave it to dry to a creamy consistency – about 10 minutes or so. Then, using a butter knife, smooth the surface over. Next, take a piece of kitchen towel and, pressing down with a firm object such as a lid, smooth over the entire product and it will be almost as good as new!

For general use: There are so many ways to use IPA in the hospitality world: from cleaning counter tops, work surfaces, cupboard doors and light switches, to disinfecting metal door handles and fixtures and removing fingerprints and water marks from chrome and ceramic sinks. It’s also great for removing marker pen scribbles and for removing strong food smells from hands!

If you’re not using it already, try it today and see for yourself.

NB: Test before use on porous materials. Keep out of the reach of children.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Coming up roses

Rose has long been known as an ingredient that instantly calms and soothes the skin. Learn more and find out which SP products contain this beautifying skin lover…

Rose flower

A rose water-based toner will suit any skin type, because it’s so gentle. Whether oily, dry, sensitive or normal, anyone can benefit from using rose in their toner as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. What’s more, you can mix our Rose Water into your clients’ favourite face mask, instantly adding a prescriptive soothing dose to any treatment.

Using a scented wax acts as a great distraction for clients who feel less than comfortable during their appointment. Encourage your client to breathe deeply and focus on the delicate rose fragrance, while you carry out the treatment with our calming all-over Luxury Warm Wax with Rose. For strip-free waxing try our rose-scented Flexi Wax Pellets.

Luxury Warm Wax with Rose 425g

Eau de Cologne
During the warmer months, there’s nothing like a refreshing spritz of our Eau de Cologne to revive flagging spirits and muscles. A delicate blend of rose and orange waters, this soothing scent also contains moisturising properties. Apply after treatments such as massages, manis and pedis, or just spritz as necessary!

Essential Oil
Our sister brand Nature’s Way Aromatherapy has a wonderful Rose Absolute oil that instantly soothes and relaxes the mind. Add it to your favourite carrier oil to stimulate poor circulation, or blend into a detox mask to ensure it keeps skin calm. Remember; never use undiluted essential oils on the skin!

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Spoil hands and feet with SP

Summer is that time when even those with the most basic skincare regimes take note of the little things, mainly, fingers and toes! Check out the SP range of mani and pedi products that will have clients feeling pampered and pool-ready.

Super soft hands…
It’s a well known fact that, aside from our faces, it’s actually our hands and necks that are the biggest giveaways when it comes to aging. Ensure your clients’ hands are soft as butter by making their manicure appointment a real treat.
Soak: with our foaming and super refreshing Manicure Soak, enriched with melon and soothing lavender oil. This will help soften the skin ahead of the main treatment, plus it smells amazing!
Nourish: with our Manicure Mask; it contains camphor, which allows the mask to warm the hands on contact, increasing circulation, which improves the appearance of texture. Leave on for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water and sealing in moisture with our Hand Lotion with Vitamin E.
Finishing touch: encourage your clients to carry a bottle of our best-selling Cuticle Oil around with them; it’s the perfect way to keep dry cuticles at bay.

Pretty feet…
Give your clients the confidence to walk around with naked toes by the pool by adding these steps to your pedi service.
Soak: with our amazing foaming Refreshing Pedicure Bath. Containing lavender for relaxation, peppermint to refresh and tea tree to keep out bacteria, this is a great prepping treatment for tired feet.
Refresh: with our Refreshing Pedicure Mist – it gives weary feet a boost via the same trio of relaxing, soothing ingredients found in our Pedicure Bath.
Nourish: our Skin Softening Pedicure Mask is all about hydration. While lavender soothes the skin, it also stimulates cell renewal, which is vital to leaving skin soft and supple. Add to this the stimulating effects of peppermint and your client will be ready for post-pool drinks in no time! Finishing touch: while daily exfoliation is a no-no when it comes to the face, it’s totally called-for when it comes to our feet, especially with our Pedicure Exfoliant. Encourage your clients to use this regularly if they want to remove hard skin. Simply slather on this essential oil-laden creamy exfoliant, and when it’s ready to come off, use a warm towel or mitt to give it one final scrub.

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