But it’s a lesser known secret that facials can sometimes be even more relaxing. Part of the reason is the shaving factor – think of all the stress and strain that your skin goes through with that simple daily action. A good facial can go a long way to soothing skin and helping to prevent demons such as ingrown hairs.
For anyone working in a city, a facial will help clear all that dirt and grime that clogs those pores; for anyone playing a lot of outdoor sport this is your antidote to weathering; and for those who haven’t mastered the art of applying a daily moisturiser, this is your chance to give your skin a bit of TLC.
Another reason for the facial recommendation is that for anyone who’s not all that familiar with the spa set up, a full body massage can actually be a little bit intimidating. Us girls are generally masters at the paper knicker situation and it’s actually not half as intimidating as you might think. But for men (and women) who would like a gentle intro to the treatment process, a facial, particularly one that includes a head, neck and shoulder massage, eases you in nicely.
Available at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire (next door to Silverstone race track if it’s of interest), this facial starts with an analysis under a skin vision lamp to assess your needs. Then follows an exfoliation, cleanse, shoulder and face massage, face mask, and a head massage, finishing with a dose of moisturizer to set you happily on your way!
Particularly for anyone heading to a spa with his or her other half, this is a quality time treatment for two. This particular variant on the rassoul is at Foxhills in Surrey, and it involves choosing a scent for the experience, then a therapist explains how to apply the products to one another (different muds and clays), before you are left to do just that in a specially designed steam room. You sit, you relax, you enjoy the products together, and then the steam is replaced with a monsoon-style shower to wash it all away. You finish off by applying your preferred oil or moisturizer.
The gorgeous people at the Amida Spas collection use the Aromatherapy Associates products (trust me, they’re good) combined with Alpha-H to deliver a 90-minute experience, which is a bit like a facial for your back. Think about all the time your back spends under a work shirt or sports clothing, and the amount of neglect it suffers – well this is designed to de-clogg and de-stress. It includes a back massage aimed at improving circulation and releasing muscle tension, followed by an exfoliation and a mask, and completed with a moisturiser as well.
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