February is always an unusual month – the shortest of the year, it flies by. Normally cold, wet and dreary, this year we’ve seen an unseasonable gauzy heatwave sensation. And weather has such a knock-on effect to our health. When the sun shines all day I feel motivated, inspired and have no reservations about two hours of back-to-back barre or a run through the park. And when it’s cold and grey, nothing seems more inviting than a bowl of truffled macaroni and cheese. Herein are a host of new practitioners, products and procedures shifting the health and wellness landscape.
Nataliya Robinson has been working in skincare for over 15 years.
Nataliya’s interest in skin grew from her own experience of acne as a teenager and from this she began studying the root causes of breakouts and became focused on educating those around her on how to achieve a clear complexion. Her approach to skin involves using not only the latest in scientific technologies but also holistic therapies, such as acupuncture. Her methods and Quantum Botanika products are gentle enough for inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea and even eczema, whilst also visibly correcting sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Her caring and cosseting methods do more than restore a healthy complexion – but they promote a sense of calm and balance throughout the entire body.
Maison Caulieres at Sense Spa Rosewood
Rosewood London gets it right. Their latest wellness launch is yet another example of the hotel’s innovative beauty and wellness programming. This month, they’ve launched their first in a series of monthly facial masterclasses at Sense, the in-house spa, in collaboration with EviDenS de Beauté, the French-Japanese premium skincare brand. As part of this experience, guests will be offered the perfect opportunity to learn insider tips on mastering a professional facial. Each 45 minute masterclass will comprise of a step-by-step guide to achieve the perfect complexion, with exclusive tips and tricks to achieve a salon-style facial at home. The therapists will offer guidance on the best care for each guest’s skin type. Following this, each guest will receive a written personal routine specific to them, as well as samples to try at home.
Celestial Black Diamond Multi-Acid Peel by 111 Skin
111 Skin gets it right. Since launching, they’ve gone from 6 products to 40, as well as a full range of spa treatments and have a presence across five continents. The Celestial Black Diamond Multi-Acid Accelerated Peel from 111 Skin is a luscious iridescent gel in a perfectly presented black container. And this new product from 111 Skin ticks every box. Easy to pack and transport, this at-home peel accelerates the exfoliation process, working to both brighten and firm. Both plumping and illuminating, the diamond powder and rose quartz ensure softness and suppleness while safeguarding skin from becoming dry or irritated post-peel.
Venetia Archer graduated Newnham College Cambridge and then worked as an analyst in East Africa, handling risk mitigation for a philanthropic multinational organisation before starting Ruuby in 2014. Called the Uber of Beauty, Richard Branson spotted the potential of her idea early on and gave Venetia a start-up loan, which launched the business. And Venetia was later named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30. The company currently works with over 500 professional beauticians and clients can book their preferred treatment to their door in 90 minutes. RUUBY has been voted best London app by the Evening Standard and Buzzfeed, and Venetia has been an expert speaker on the subject of the intersection between beauty and technology at events hosted by Estée Lauder, Virgin and Conde Nast, to name but a few.
Botanic Lab is undeniably one of the leaders in the field. High in flavour, nutrition and a host of clever ingredients – each Botanic Lab raw juice has been created around a
central ‘hero’ ingredient. simple recipes made using their hydraulic cold press method ensures that the meticulously sourced ingredients are delivered live and nutritionally intact. And in addition to their cold-pressed range is the new range of cold tea drinks, including one made with calming CBD. Low in sugar and high in taste, these are consistent favourites in my refrigerator.
The Third Space in Canary Wharf
The Third Space has long been one of London’s top gym and fitness brands. And now the Canary Wharf location has expanded to include The Yard – an 8,000 square-foot gym floor with a custom-built multi-functional rig. Perfect for those looking to expand their workout repertoire and try new types of exercise, the likes of boxing, kickboxing and Thai boxing. No one will go home bored thanks to the variety of cross-training and strongman equipment, the state-of the-art free weights area, sleds and sprint track, as well as the new performance combat zone.
Mifi Device from Cellhire
Technology has changed the world and yet somehow still every time I go to the US, I come back with a whopping phone bill. With Cellhire’s Mifi, you can connect up to 10 WiFi-enabled products – including smartphones and tablets – at once, and then use the palm-sized MiFi device just like an at-home router. Getting email, apps, social media anywhere and everywhere on the go. The Olympics and Paralympics, FIFA World Cup Finals and the Cannes film festival are just some of the global events that have used the device. It’s ideal for when abroad, giving you quick access to Google maps with super-fast 4G service and a 5GB or 10GB data SIM card bundle.
Flykick in Fitzrovia
Today we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to exercising. And to me the best classes are fun, diverse, high-intensity and well-balanced. Flykick has nailed the formula with their series of high-octane boxing classes. Skip the HIIT and power through rounds on the bag. You’ll feel like Anthony Joshua with their fast combinations. The classes are fun and the schedule offers a range of different concepts, to hone those boxing and kickboxing skills. Recently, they’ve launched two new 30-minute classes over lunch break, so you can get out of the office for a quick sweat and stretch.
Emily Rose Lansley
Despite still being in her 20s Emily Rose Lansley has been working in beauty for nearly a decade. She’s done the nail’s of everyone from Anne Hathaway to Gal Gadot to a recent cover shoot for Variety magazine. Her clever nail designs are more works of art than traditional manicures. And she also does lashes, facials and even spray tanning. She’ll come to you at your home or book in to see Emily in her East end treatment room.
Dr Jack at Space NK
Space NK offers among the country’s best selection of high-end beauty and now adding to that is Dr Jack’s active skincare line. Now no longer simply available online via Dr Jack’s website, all of his coveted at-home products are launching with Space NK across the country. You’ll have a good morning, a good night and be feeling hydrated all day long with his cleverly named line of moisturisers.
Flavia Morellato instantly makes all her clients new and longterm feel at ease. Born and raised in Brazil, the capital of wellness and self care, Flavia is a physiotherapist registered with the Health Care Professions Council with more than 7 years’ experience working with clients on lymphatic drainage. A type of massage therapy Flavia discovered after her own pregnancy, Flavia has made it her personal mission to understand women’s bodies throughout the various stages of life and wellbeing and returned to university as an adult to study human physiology and to learn about lymphatic drainage. And today she’s one of the UK’s leading practitioners.
Sisters Zoe and Kim have thought of and about everything. They wanted their Dr Roebuck’s beauty products to be natural but effective, to have ingredients that helped solve the skin problems they kept hearing about but that weren’t being addressed and to have packaging that felt distinctly Australian and authentic to them. Not a straightforward proposition! Both their parents were doctors who made their own products by removing instead of adding ingredients and the resulting yet effective yet nurturing skincare has formed the basis for what they sell and make today.
The revive gloss from Dr Nima ticks all the right boxes. It moisturises while also plumping – all thanks to its over-the-counter formula. The fast-acting ingredients off an instant boost to the lips and the sleek subtle pink packaging looks perfect in a purse or on a vanity. Adding only a nude sheen, it’s the ideal product to partner with your regular lipstick favourites.
One area that women do get a lot more attention is skincare, but there are a few exciting young brands looking to change that and Heath London is among them. Just like women – every day men’s skin is exposed to an onslaught of environmental aggressors – like the blue light from our digital screens – and Heath using unsung ingredients to help combat this. Designed for the busy and astute urban man, the package is simple and sophisticated, the products well-formulated and effective and of course, there’s nothing stopping these clever products from being used up by a man or woman.
San Francisco-based sustainable shoe brand All Birds has one of the smartest flagships in London – in its airy and inviting Covent Garden outpost. While these sustainable shoes may not be the most elegant, I dare anyone to find a more supportive or comfortable piece of footwear. The merino wool trainers, while unconventional, feel like soft slippers on the feet. Bliss for traipsing around London.
Rose & Abbot
Rose & Abbot is a Santa Monica startup that develops ultra-precise custom moisturisers, using more than 10,000 different ingredient combinations. Founded in 2017 by Jennifer Douglas, the idea behind the brand is to pair leading technology with powerful botanicals to deliver skin-transforming results. It all begins when customers take a lengthy survey about their skin and habits and from this a formula is designed and determined and shortly after the bespoke product is posted out. All of Rose & Abbot’s customised formulas are filled with restorative ingredients to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.