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Spa in the City drew a big attendance to its opening weekend in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square  yesterday.

Big name retailers mingled with independents to offer free health and beauty care and early birds queued before the pavilions opened to book an appointment with the range of experts providing advice and treatment.

Among the exhibitors were the staff from Liz Earle at John Lewis in Edinburgh (pictured below). The Liz Earle cleanse and polish cream is the biggest-selling single item in the stores and is part of its range of naturally-sourced products.

Liz EarleThe event continues today in St Andrew Square and in the West End next weekend. Themed as Holiday Countdown, Spa in the City also features exhibitions by Boot’s, Crabtree & Evelyn, Harvey Nichols, Jenners, and Superdrug offering more than 1,000 free treatments, tutorials and make-overs. Apart from Liz Earle, other brands include Benefit, Sisley and Avedace.

Treatments include a Sassoon Salon blow and style service, a Decleor’s mini-facial and a No7’s Match Made foundation and lips service. There is a drop-in ‘beauty heroes’ marquee in St Andrew Square for visitors to await their next appointment.

LunirCocktail masterclasses and live music from LUNIR (left) take place in St Andrew Square and food and drink will be on offer next week at The Huxley.

Roddy Smith, chief executive of Essential Edinburgh, said: “Spa in the City is back for its eighth year and enthusiasm from both the public and our business partners has never been better. The variety of free treatments available this year surpasses anything we’ve been able to offer before, while additions such as the Beauty Heroes marquee are set to be incredibly popular.

Spa in the City sold out“From world class hotel facilities at places like Balance Spa & Beauty at The Roxburghe, to high street favourites like House of Fraser and local independents such as the Sleeping Beauty Salon, Spa in the City is an opportunity to showcase the exemplary quality of the city centre’s beauty offering.”

Brought to the city centre as part of the This is Edinburgh campaign, Spa in the City likewise aims to attract residents and those living within a two-hour travel radius into the city centre, to enjoy Edinburgh’s wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

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