Uncover this Hove secret

Inspired by the countryside, Green and Spring use ethically sourced native British herbs and flowers in their products.

I head out west for natural pampering at the Beauty Shed in Hove, close to the Salvation Army Church in Conway Street, with free parking and late openings.

Rebecca and Georgie waved me in and served green tea. The space has greige interiors and calm cafe fittings.

beauty shedThere is an oriental boudoir feel upstairs which smells wonderful - quite an achievement given the two working gyms on site, run by Nikki Penny, an advanced Bobath physiotherapist, and her colleagues Oliver and Petra.

As trains rumbled past, “the eyebrow queen” Georgie filed and shaped my nails (short and square since I had the dog). My unruly cuticles were soaked and perfected.

A fragrant hand massage followed with a wonderful minty lotion by Green and Spring. Men have this manicure, minus the polish option. I went for an Essie colour called Frock and Roll, a dark shimmer. The precise and unhurried application included a base, two colour coats and a glossy topcoat. It lasted the whole week.

Inspired by the countryside, Green and Spring use ethically sourced native British herbs and flowers in their products.

These fragrant botanical extracts are perfectly showcased in Georgie’s facial. You get free samplers to take home and 10% off in the Shed Shop, which sells Davines and other natural brands.

The one-hour facial starts with a soothing camomile and lavender double cleanse, followed by a gentle exfoliation.

The deep face mask sinks in during the neck and shoulder massage. A build up of muscular tension was released from my face, jaw, and neck. Lymphatic drainage helps to remove cellular toxins, and the area below my eyes was visibly lighter after the carrot oil eye serum and Green and Spring moisturiser.

It was quite a job to stay awake to faithfully report this. Later on, I felt so smooth and groomed that I actually went out in the evening without a scrap of make up on, which is a push at almost 50.

Five essential treatments are available in mini for £10 each including St Tropez Spray Tans, brow shape or tint, manicure, pedicure, and facial.

Book up quickly, as the existing customers are already very regular. A nurturing Green and Spring adventure, or pamper tin is ideal for Christmas, but I bet that some of you will quietly hog this affordable Hove secret all to yourselves.

For more information, visit: thefitnessshed.co.uk