If it is your fist time being waxed, or you have sensitive skin, then you may require a patch test. A patch test is very simple: just pop into your salon at least a day before your waxing appointment and your therapist will apply wax to your wrist, leaving you with a small area you can monitor for 24 hours. There should be no side effects but if you notice excess redness or itching please let...

Everybody's talking about Body Pump, a new workout designed to tone and condition muscles while raising metabolic rate for rapid fat-burning. A study commissioned by the Les Mills Group, who invented Body Pump, found women burn an average of 483 calories during a class- an astonishing eight-and-a-half calories per minute!

The program is available exclusively at Women's Fitness Plus to...

The new Sesame Suntan Lotion from Lush contains a sesame oil and a walnut leaf infusion to help increase the skin's melanin production – its natural reaction to sun exposure – which means it will actually help you to tan. Cocoa butter and aloe extract will soothe and nourish the skin, with three broad-spectrum sunscreens to ensure that your skin stays protected, as well as smelling...

American Beauty Training Academy, open since 2001, is highly respected in the beauty industry and known nationally and internationally as a leader in providing hands-on, specialist training in all aspects of beauty, nail and make-up artistry.

American Beauty courses are aimed at professionals and non-professionals, catering for those wishing to up-skill and beginners. The academy offers...

Lush have spared no expense in making their new Million Dollar Moisturiser, which is packed with protective sunscreens (SPF 30), evening primrose oil, shea butter, jojoba, honey and lavender oil. A rich, nourishing treat for sun frazzled skin. €42.50, Lush Oliver Plunkett St. Cork.

Clean your brushes the natural way by mixing one part olive oil to one part soap, applying evenly to your brushes, working through and rinsing in warm water. Lay the brushes on their side to dry.

Soothe irritated skin after waxing or shaving with this ultra-light gel, infused with zesty lemon and grapefruit and enriched with calming witch hazel, famed for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Aesop Petitgrain Hydrating Body Gel, €29,

No need to let that holiday tan fade away just yet. He-Shi Day To Day Gradual Tan contains 3% organic DHA plus rehydrating aloe vera to soothe and moisturise, Vitamin B5 to improve skin condition, Vitamin E to protect against free radical damage. €18, Brown Thomas.

Ask a Cork fashionista what's in her mug these days and she'll likely tell you all about the benefits of Chá Yi Tea. The all-natural, fat burning tea is flying off the shelves at Therapie locations nationwide, with a waiting list at the Opera Lane Clinic. The 400 year-old traditional Chinese recipe is a specially selected blend of herbal ingredients which can help to facilitate what...

Thanks to an extra-large chute you can now juice whole apples, pears and oranges in seconds in the Sage Nutri Juicer (€200, Brown Thomas), which works really quickly, extracting an average of 70% of nutrients from fruit.

Threading is now available at Bliss in Grange. Book in with Agnes to get your brows threaded and tinted for €18, also available on the lip, chin and sides of face. Call 021 436 51 84 for details.

A solid, wash-on sunscreen with calamine powder, cocoa butter and rose absolute, The Sunblock from Lush offers a clever way to ensure you're protected from head to toe. One third of a bar is enough to protect your whole body, simply glide it over damp skin, rinse off and gently pat your skin dry with a towel. €11.50, Lush, 96 Oliver Plunkett St. Cork.

Heart-healthy almonds are a great snack but keep an eye on your portion sizes if you're trying to lose weight. The ideal snack portion is 17 almonds, no more than once a day.

The new PolarWhitePro Duo Value Pack contains two teeth whitening pens for fast, fuss free whitening anywhere, any time without harsh abrasives or the risk of sensitivity.

PolarWhitePro contains a natural whitening enhancer that is kind to teeth and works with a gentle oxidizing effect. Based on a peroxide-free formula, it's enriched with a botanical blend of aloe, pomegranate and...

“I have only two questions.” I say to Sarah, my therapist: "Is this going to hurt? And will my face be pink afterwards?”

Sarah smiles like a woman who has heard both of these concerns before. "No on both counts. In fact, most people find it's quite relaxing."

I've popped in to Therapie Clinic on Opera Lane to try the new Jetpeel 3V, an even more...

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