Editor Helen was recently invited to two lovely beauty sessions in Bristol, courtesy of Dr. Hauschka and Shavata.
With winter well and truly behind us, my skin has certainly been feeling better for the recent sunshine, but was also definitely in need of some TLC. So when Dr. Hauschka invited me along to Harvey Nichols in Bristol to try a treatment with its leading therapist Tara O’Rourke, I jumped at the chance.
Dr. Hauschka is a German brand that was established over sixty years ago. All its products are 100% natural and organic, made without use of parabens, mineral oils or other skin nasties. The company has its own medicinal plant garden in its factory in Germany, where many of the plants are grown organically and mostly according to strict biodynamic principles. Dr. Hauschka’s eco credentials are further boosted by its commitment to using fair trade products sourced from around the world and supporting local growers, as well as using green electricity in its manufacturing and recyclable packaging. I was therefore excited to see if its products felt as good as they sounded!
Tara has over 8 years’ experience in holistic therapies and is a qualified Dr. Hauschka skin therapist, as well as a homeopath. She started off my treatment by asking me what my skin regime was, as well as general questions on health, diet and fitness, and whether I had any skin problems I’d like to address. She then tailored the treatment to suit.
I have to admit that the next 45 minutes were so relaxing, they passed in a bit of a blur! I do know that my skin was cleansed, and then warm water compresses (that smelt delicious) were applied. My face was lightly stroked with fine brushes to stimulate lymphatic drainage, and then a nourishing mask was applied. All of this was done with wonderfully soothing movements from Tara that definitely contributed to my relaxed state. As well as the facial, Tara also gave some attention to my legs, arms and feet, making me feel good from top to toe.
Once the treatment was finished and Tara had given me time to rouse myself from my daydreams, she then gave me some advice on Dr. Hauschka products that would suit my skin. The legendary Rose Day Cream was my recommendation, as well as the matching Rose Night Serum. I’ve been using them for the past few days and can confirm that the wonderful softness I experienced after the facial has continued!
Next stop in my week of beauty was a session was a brow shaping session at the Shavata Brow Studio in House of Fraser. I am pretty lazy in my eyebrow maintenance: my brows are fair so I can get away with just the occasional plucking session. So while I didn’t want anything too drastic — I wanted to keep my eyebrows’ basic curve and thickness — I was excited to see what the technician could achieve.
Eyebrow shaping the Shavata way doesn’t involve plucking or waxing, but instead uses threading to remove the unwanted hairs. My technician Farrah showed me how this amazing technique works: a fine cotton thread is doubled up and held at one end in the mouth, while the other end is twisted and used to ‘spin’ the hairs off. The sensation is similar to something buzzing over your skin; it’s not painful, it just feels a little odd at first. I was amazed at how quick it was, too: within 15 minutes both brows had been beautifully shaped (to look like sisters, not twins, one of the first rules of Shavata eyebrow shaping!). I feel that they really frame my face well and make me feel groomed but without looking too overdone.
I can definitely recommend both of these treatments for brides-to-be. The Dr. Hauschka facial would be a wonderful pre-wedding treat to get your skin into tip top condition for the big day, as well as a good investment for your future skin maintenance. The Shavata brow shaping was quick and efficient, but made a big difference to how my face looked.
You can find Dr. Hauschka products for sale in Harvey Nichols in Bristol’s Cabot Circus, where you can also find out more about treatments using the products. The Shavata Brow Studio is located on the ground floor of House of Fraser, also in Cabot Circus, where a brow shape costs £17. Other treatments are also available such as lash and brow tinting. Helen was the guest of Dr. Hauschka and Shavata and received these treatments for review purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are her own.