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Summer: a time for beach days, pool parties, and vacations. It’s also a great time for a skincare makeover, so here are lifestyle contributor Cherelle Mukoko's favourite products for the upcoming months.

In a rather over-saturated market, it can be difficult to know what luxury skincare and fragrances are worth the bang for your buck. Here's a rundown of The Sybarite's favourite products for you to get your hands on this summer.

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Discover the Secrets of Chinese Skincare with Ashmira...

Who doesn't long for that inner luminance that prompts your coworker to not-so-subtly ask, "have you had some work done?". Yet, despite being our body's largest organ, our skin often suffers from neglect due to daily encounters with pollution, harsh weather, and the demanding lifestyles many young professionals lead. (Yes, I'm talking about those of you who manage on 5 hours of sleep, subsist mainly on Pret-A-Manger, and perhaps tally only 2000 daily steps.) This is where Ashmira Botanica enters the scene. As a 21-year-old social media editor fresh from an incredibly hectic stint at fashion week, I was yearning for some well-deserved relaxation. A morning at the exquisite Chuan Spa at The Langham sounded like the ideal antidote. My therapist, Tracey (also the founder of Ashmira Botanica), enlightened me about the treatment's personalized approach. Not only would it address my typical skin concerns (hormonal fluctuations, acne-prone tendencies, dryness), but it would also factor in my biorhythms, current emotions, and the prevailing season. In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring symbolises renewal and commencement – a period for purging toxins from the body and negative energies from the mind. It felt only natural that the treatment and products would focus on the liver and gallbladder. To encapsulate, this experience transcends mere skincare treatment. The utilisation of natural plants, essential oils, and clays harmonizes the skin's essential energy, intertwining physical and emotional aspects. This holistic approach alleviates physical tension and fosters mental clarity, offering a comprehensive rejuvenation.

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Back to nature: low-intervention wine is no longer just a...

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Geroscience and the answers to ageing

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New Year, New Me, New Skin: The Revive Room

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Transform the Skin You’re In: The Body Lab in Kensington

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Featuring 15 Best Luxury Couples Retreats in 2023

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