Chris Henry looks at why visiting a spa has never been more popular and finds out if there is a home solution to your skin care needs without the spa price tag.
At this time of year there is always an uptake in interest in wellness and health and with more awareness than ever before of stress-relieving treatments the UK spa industry is booming.
Thanks to a growing trend among consumers to manage and reduce stress, look good and lose weight the spa industry has become an important contributor to the UK economy with around 800 day, residential, leisure club and hotel spas in the UK.
The latest figures from Mintel also reveal that spas have become much more attractive to a mainstream audience in the UK with more than 35 million Brits a year spending £5.2bn on services and treatments.
What is it about a spa treatment that is so good? Well, apart from the ambient music and care and attention from the staff (hopefully) there is a big focus on results. Spas tend to use pampering products which have been scientifically proven to get results. This means that your facial treatment, anti cellulite program or deep cleanse will use skin care products which have been researched and tested – often called ‘results driven skincare’.
This means the products used in the premier spas will have ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Polyhydroxy Acids, Bionic Acids, NeoGlucosamine and Peptides. These wild and wonderful sounding ingredients aren’t available in high street products but when you visit a spa and receive a treatment from a trained therapist or dermatologist these are the ingredients which will get your skin fit and create that healthy, relaxed glow.
While it’s great to visit a spa and be spoilt the experience doesn’t come cheap. However, you can re-create the experience at home by using cosmeceutical skin care products. These are available form aesthetic clinics, dermatologists and skin care specialists and contain many of the scientifically proven ingredients your spa therapist will use.
The Exuviance Age Reverse regime, for example, contains a comprehensive set of ingredients for anti ageing and optimum skin health. They are the type of products which you would find in a spa or respectable dermatologists because of the high levels of active ingredients they contain.
Begin your routine with this creamy foaming cleanser, which contains a Polyhydroxy Acid blend, including patented Maltobionic Acid, to gently exfoliate, stimulate cell renewal and resurface skin texture, revealing a fresh, new complexion. Also packed with botanical extracts to refresh and soothe the skin.
UV filters and three powerful antioxidants (pomegranate, Vitamins A and E) fend off free radicals and shield skin from daily environmental damage. A triple firming complex of peptides, retinol and patented NeoGlucosamine® join forces to boost both collagen and its surrounding support matrix, maximising skin filling and plumping benefits. You’ll find your skin appears firmer, lifted, and deep wrinkles are smoothed from the inside out.
An intensive dose of multi-antioxidants protects and secures the skin while overnight the unique multi-tasking formula full of state-of-the-art anti-ageing ingredient builds new collagen, prevents collagen breakdown and strengthens skin’s underlying structure for skin that’s firmer, less lined and undeniably younger looking.
Super-potent ingredients, including peptides, help replace lost collagen and firm skin’s structure, erasing crow’s feet and creating smoother skin. Caffeine deflates puffiness, pure botanical chamomile and ginseng refresh and soothe, while hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, acts as a moisture magnet, keeping skin soft and supple.