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When the spa and skincare stars align, magic is created. Well, that’s how we feel when two of our favourite brands come together and create (what we consider to be)
one of the most exciting recent collaborations in wellness:
Monuskin and C-Side Spa in the Cotswolds.

We chat to Claire van Bekkum, Head of Communications at Monuksin and Charlotte Reid, Spa Manager at C-Side to find out what brought the two brands together, top treatments to try, and gain a few insider tips on how to get our skin sunshine-ready ahead of the warmer months.

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It’s all natural

Nature is a key ingredient across C-Side Spa and Monuskin. Incorporating plants, herbs, minerals and essential oils, Monuskin’s products for face, body, sun care and more are designed to soothe and rejuvenate, which is just how you feel after a day at C-Side Spa – or a few days if you’re staying at Cowley Manor – the home of this wonderful spa, where nurturing mind, body, skin and soul is taken to a whole new level of pampering.

Monuskin is the go-to skin and body care brand for professional beauty therapists, it’s a few rungs above what you’d find off the shelf; and being from the Cotswolds it was a natural fit to align with C-Side Spa.

“We are both from Cheltenham, we are local businesses supporting each other.
C-Side is one of the most beautiful spas in the country and a standard of excellence that
we align with. C-Side Spa also broke the mould when it launched, it’s a stunning design
that integrates into the landscape and natural surroundings –
this aligns perfectly with our natural product ethos”.

Claire van Bekkum

When C-Side Spa closed in January 2022 for refurbishment, Charlotte and her deputy spa manager experimented with a lot of different product brands before they found Monuskin, “we wanted to get it right and make sure the brand we chose suited the spa. When we came across Monuskin, we fell in love. The texture of the product is beautiful, the packaging is clean and the treatments are fabulous. It was an added bonus that the products are made locally in Cheltenham. The support we receive from Claire and her team has been fantastic, it’s really important to find a house product that offers all these things”.

Cocooned by 55 acres of countryside, today C-Side Spa is home to two pools, a gym, relaxation area, steam room, rainfall showers, sauna and treatment rooms where massages, facials, exfoliating wraps and more are on the spa menu; and spa packages usually come with lunch or dinner, featuring ingredients foraged from their own garden. Surrounded by woodland and birdsong, this is from the madding crowd, and all the better for it.

Nurtured inside and out

“Today, customers are more aware and wired into the science of skincare,” says Claire, “they understand for example how Vitamin C helps to brighten skin, and retinol (Vitamin A) helps to plump skin. Our instinct and intuition around the technology of skincare is more astute”.

Looking after our skin is very much on our radar at the moment, and we love how Monuskin can cater to any skin type to hydrate, plump and basically make us look just a little more youthful. Whether you’re worried about ageing skin, age spots, blemishes, scarring or just want a personalised treatment where you feel super pampered, the combo of Monuskin and C-Side Spa is up there with great spa experiences.

Combining the science of skincare with a nurturing spa, there’s a number of spa days and evening packages to enjoy at C-Side Spa, including lunch or dinner.

“Which is my favourite treatment? That’s a difficult question. I have to say our blissful back treatment is one of my favourites, it’s a pure relaxation treatment, including a back facial – of course includes a beautiful back massage looking at all those areas of tension”.

Charlotte Reid

We love the idea of the ‘Monu upgrades’ that you can add to a spa package, the Collagen Eye treatment is on our list for some anti-ageing help after an exhausting winter; along with the Restore Booster peel using a blend of natural acids to rid dead cells and smooth the skin and bring back that much needed radiance. The Monu body treatments are facials for the body, offering head to toe pampering with scrubs, wraps, aromatherapy rituals and hydrating treatments.

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Sun-kissed skin

With warmer weather on the horizon, and sunny holidays in the diary, we asked Claire what routine she recommends to get our skin sunshine-ready after a long winter “I always recommend exfoliating – get rid of that dead winter skin, our Monuskin Walnut & Shea Butter Body Scrub is perfect for this. My tip is to do your initial exfoliation on dry skin first, then hop in the shower and scrub gently and wash it off. Follow this with our super hydrating Rose & Leon marine collagen body cream, it’s great for smoothing out a few wrinkles too. And then when you are out and about, protect your skin, wear a hat to start with, and use a hydrating moisture with at least 15 SPF, such as our Hydrating Moisturiser with SPF 15, which both moisturises and protects your skin from 98% of the sun’s rays”.

What’s next?

“Monuskin will be launching a skincare range for Tweens and teenagers, Today’s youngsters are more aware of their health and wellness, and our signature blend of natural, active skin care is gentle for young skins but will help this new generation to value their skin, making it fun and part of their daily routine – we have created face masks, cleansers and creams that we think are pretty cool with bright, fun packaging” explains Claire.

We are impressed how Mooi is designed for young skin, it’s safe there’s no artificial colours, fragrances, sodium or lanolin, it’s ethically sourced and highly effective.

Whilst the summer season kicks off at C-Side Spa with new poolside treatments and the launch of an outside bar at the spa.

Bring on the summer! You’ll find us enjoying the pool and spa at C-Side feeling suitably pampered with beautifully nourished, protected skin.

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