Known to moisturise without clogging pores, cleanse and hydrate whilst being gentle on skin conditions and believed to be packed with anti-ageing properties, olive oil has a history as an effective beauty product.
Proving that classics never go out of style however, it has seen a renaissance in its popularity as natural beauty products have come back in Vogue in recent years, still coming out on top for its hair, skin and nail boosting properties, and it’s not just in DIY treatments.
Combining nature and science for effective, luxurious and authentic spa experiences, many of Italy’s most luxurious spa hotels are staying true to their roots and continuing to use nature’s hero skin product within their treatments alongside other botanical ingredients ranging from herbs to red wine.
Olive oil and wine are intrinsic parts of a Tuscan holiday, and at Castel Porrona, a restored 12th century escape, the experience extends into the spa. Massages and rituals at this beautiful hotel and spa, have been created with the areas natural properties in mind, and as such include body scrubs using olive oil, and massages where oil is scented with Rosso Nobile wine for a relaxing and regenerating sensation for mind and body.
At Palazzo San Lorenzo Hotel & Spa, a 17th century palace at the top of Colle Val D’Elsa, the old town of Siena, wellness is inspired by historic practices from the Turkish bath to the treatments which incorporate regional ingredients including olive oil, grapes and rosemary, rosemary being a natural antiseptic that helps to promote healthy skin and scalp, and also helps to protect the skin from free radicals.
In a 15th century building beautifully located by the sea in Puglia, Masseria San Domenico’s spa offers guests incorporates the healing powers of sea water in its Thalasso Spa, appropriate given its beachside location. There is a contemporary Thalassotherapy circuit followed by treatments using Thalgo’s marine inspired ingredients, but they also bring in inspiration from the land with local olive oil used to nourish the skin.
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