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ellipse Pulse Light Hair Removal with serene, Berkhamsted, from £50 This is an almost pain-free way of removing hair which, for most people, lasts forever once it’s done. It works by using an intense pulsed light that is attracted to the melanin in the hair, and then destroys it from the root – which is why it works better on darker hair. During the test, gel was applied to my skin and then the applicator, which emitted the laser light. It doesn’t hurt but just feels like a little ‘twang’, like someone flicking an elastic band on the skin. Most people need between three and six treatments but will start to notice the hair is finer after just one or two sessions. The important thing to remember is that skin mustn’t be exposed to the sun during treatment (easy on underarms), and that treatments need to be spread out by a few weeks each – so you need to plan when you’re having it done. But book it now in time for the summer and you’ll be fuzz-free when the sun comes out! Prices start from £50 per session, depending on the area of the body. www.serenebeautyspa.com, 01442 865339


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Thai Oil Massage with Nutmeg spa in Gaddesden Row £55 for 60mins I arrived for my massage with Victoria at the Nutmeg Spa with an intense, throbbing pain in my wisdom tooth. It’s fair to say I’ve felt better, and I was worried that lying down being massaged would make the pain worse. But it did quite the opposite. Incredibly, for the 60mins the massage lasted, my mind was taken off the pain and I actually started to relax. In fact, I totally relaxed. I’d had a traditional Thai massage before and loved all the stretching and deep massage it involves. Unlike the traditional one though, which is performed fully clothed, this one uses oils on to bare skin. Like a traditional Thai massage, it focuses on the meridian lines and acupressure points, which stimulates the flow of vital energy for emotional and physical healing. It sounded amazing – and it was. My tight muscles were relieved, and I felt totally and utterly relaxed throughout. And the location, in Gaddesden Row, is so peaceful, the relaxation lasts for ages afterwards too.. www.nutmegspa.co.uk 01442 253782 (Gaddesden Row) 01442 234681 (Hemel Old Town)


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