Time for some much needed R&R

Posted on Feb 10 2015 - 3:18pm by Samantha Clark

February is possibly one of the harshest months of the year; with only a glimmer of Spring sprouting through the frosty earth, all  we can do is wait patiently for warmer days. In the meantime though what we’re left with is the bitter cold, grey skies and sore, chapped skin. More often than not, despite an increase in our moisturising routine, we inevitably end up with broken, lacklustre skin (namely face, hands and feet) so I highly recommend you book in for one of the following treatments to give your skin a much needed moisture boost and you some much needed rest and relaxation.

Body Polish: A full body exfoliation, this treatment is an ideal treatment to remove dead skin cells and add some much needed vitality into tired and dry skin. It doesn’t stop there though; body exfoliation is proven to not only remove dead skin cells but improve circulation, break down fatty pockets which aids in toning, firming and detoxification. This treatment usually involves the application of a salt based scrub which is applied in circulation motions all over your body. Once applied, you’ll hop in the shower to remove the salts. The treatment is usually finished with the application of a body oil/moisturiser to enhance the all benefits. Total treatment time usually 30 mins (could even be done on your lunch break).

Luxury Manicure and Pedicure: our hands and feet are often left neglected in any kind of skincare routine and often, even if we do consider them,  at this time of year it seems we can never do enough. I do highly recommend regular manicures and pedicures (with those trained to give) as it ensures your nails get the care they deserve. Regular nail filing can promote stronger nails and nail growth, ensures better care (lack of breakages) and overall improvement of nail health. By having a professional manicure/pedicure, particularly this time of year, ensures correct treatment/removal of your cuticles (which if not cared for properly can cause infection) which do tend to dry out and crack through the exposure of cold temperature (as do my knuckles!). But it is a LUXURY manicure/pedicure that makes all the difference. Not only do you get the treatment and care outlined above but you receive some extra TLC. A luxury manicure usually consists of a hydrating/nourishing addition. In the case of the Jessica Nails luxury manicure this is in the form of a nourishing treatment where your hands are lavished in phenomenon oil and a rich cream before your hands are enveloped in cling film and placed in heated mittens; the ultimate luxury and your hands feel smooth as silk after. The Jessica Nails luxury pedicure is very similar, this involves a hydrating/nourishing/refreshing foot mask but also includes treatment soak, exfoliation and removal of hard skin. You can sit back, relax and pick up your favourite reading material. Total treatment time for luxury manicure/pedicure is an hour and a half.

Body Envelopment/Wrap: a detoxifying and warming based treatment, the actual process will vary depending on the spa your attending, the products they use and the treatment you’ve booked. Often, this treatment type uses essential oils/products which are focused on tackling an individual aspect/concern such as, nourishing, relaxing, the breakdown of cellulite, rejuvenating, detoxing, firming etc. before being enveloped in heated blankets allowing for a deeper and more effective result. This treatment type is highly relaxing and enjoyable

Facials: Much like the body and hand/feet treatments outlined above, facials can offer detoxifying, hydrating and nourishing aspects and improve your complexion, skin health and re-balance your PH levels which may have gone out of whack (which can happen for a number of reasons: hormones, wrong products, stress, weather etc.). Moreover, salons have a whole host of products that can aid in tackling skin problems you never even knew you had. A facial is a great skin assessment (which we should be having at least seasonally or as and when we are changing our products) to address our skin state and ensure we are using the right products to keep our skin (and ultimately us!) happy. A further benefit is the relaxing state a facial can put us in; it is a sure way to escape the stresses of any day. It’s difficult to recommend a specific facial as it is a treatment that is very individual, however, salons offer a number of different facials for this very reason. Even then the best thing to do is call your favourite salon and let them know you want/need a facial but you aren’t sure of your specific needs, these can be addressed at the time of your appointment, all you have to do is turn up and relax.

Want to make a day of it? Why not book your treatment in at one of these spa’s and enjoy some of the other facilities on offer (check first what is included in your treatment price and what is considered extra), you can encourage your friends to come along too or enjoy some much needed time out for you and your partner:

Rookery Manor and Spa: You don’t have to be a guest of the manor to enjoy the spa facilities. With a number of treatments and packages on offer, you’re bound to find something you’ll all enjoy. They’re facilities include: relaxation rooms, hydrotherapy pool, hot tub, infra-red sauna and gym. Products they use: Elemis, Jessica and BareMinerals. They also run monthly offers so can get a fantastic package for less.

The Spa at Cadbury House: A whole host of services and products available. You can book for an individual treatment or make a day of it with their spa packages. Facilities include: pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Products used: Pevonia Botanica, Elemis, and Jessica.

Cedar Falls: At Cedar Falls it is all about the R&R. Treatments can only be booked as part of a stay or day package but if you’re looking for an indulgence, this is it. Facilities include: gardens, tennis court, outdoor pool, gym, fitness classes, indoor pool and hydrotherapy pool. Products they use: ESPA, Clarins and Jessica.

Thermae Bath Spa: A visit to the Thermae Bath Spa is ideal to team with a day of shopping for an ultimate pamper day. Treatments are in addition to a spa session and cannot be booked without a spa session booking. Facilities include: open-air rooftop pool (which is wonderfully warm), Minerva bath (which is a thermal bath with massage jets, whirlpool and lazy river) and aroma steam rooms. Products used: Pevonia Botanica and Aromatherapy Associates.

Aqua Sana: In my opinion, the best spa day possible is with Aqua Sana, Center Parcs. The closest to the Bristol and South West area is the Longleat resort. There are a range of spa day packages available that will allow access to all the spa facilities, treatments can be booked in addition (treatments can only be booked separately if staying on site or have a spa package booked). Facilities at Longleat include: hydrotherapy pool, 2 saunas, 6 steam rooms, physiotherm room, 5 relaxation spots including meditation room and water beds, japanese zen garden and use of Center Parc facilities such as restaurants until 12pm of your spa day. Products used: Decleor and Elemis Keep your eye out for special offers, their offers are great value for money

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