Replenish & Revitalise at Aqua Day Spa
Spring signals a reawakening and, as Deb Caruso discovers, help is at hand to replenish and revitalise after the ravages of winter.
I’m all for hibernating during winter so by the time spring arrives my skin and I are ready for a thorough awakening – and some serious revitalisation. Thankfully Aqua Day Spa has come to the rescue with two specials to have you covered from top-to-toe. The only problem is choosing which one to partake in.
Being 40-something and a bit lax with my skincare routine, I’m really feeling (and showing!) the effects of a busy, stressful life, too much ‘fun’ and the joyous hormone fluctuations! After seeing the amazing effects of the revolutionary oxygen-boosting Intraceuticals skincare available at Aqua Day Spa I’ve longed for the ‘facelift without surgery’ so I book in for the Replenishing Ritual.
What better way to emerge from my winter coma than with an energising and awakening treatment from top-to-toe. Spa Manager Mel is always welcoming and escorts me to the relaxation lounge where I fill out the necessary paperwork while taking full advantage of the ginger and honey tea (an Aqua Day Spa blend) and fruit platter. Paperwork never felt so good!
I am taken to the locker room where I change into swimmers shedding my stress as easily as I shed my ‘day clothes’. The steam room really lives up to its name and within seconds, I sweat up without any exertion as my tension (and cares) literally melt away. Cells enlivened as if I’ve been for a good run, I head (float) to the hydrotherapy pools and test all the different spa beds working on different sections of my body before being ushered into my treatment.
Steamed, spa’ed and dried, I was ready for the real business to start.
There is nothing like being scrubbed from head-to-toe with a fragrant and exhilarating scrub to awaken the senses.
My cells are buzzing as I head into the in-room shower that my therapist has set to the perfect temperature. The woes of winter shedded, I assume the position back on the bed. The humming of the oxygen filtration system helps my mind to switch off as an indulgent hydrating moisturiser is applied to my body and seamlessly flows into the facial. No wonder this is called the Replenishing Ritual.
Starting with the Gentle Cleanser to remove impurities, make-up and dirt; followed by an exfoliation using a natural enzyme to eat dead skin cells (think Pacman); an Opulence Cleanser then assists in removing the enzymes and creating glowing skin to round out the preparation phase. I feel squeaky clean and my skin is ready for the main act!
My therapist has chosen a serum that is specific to the skin concerns I ranked during our consultation. It’s time to get down to business with the filtered oxygen machine infusing the serum deep into my skin and oxygenating the cells at the same time.
The therapist becomes an artist as she ‘air-brushes’ the serum into the natural contours of my face with special attention paid to trouble areas, such as fine lines and forehead creases (crevices!). One half completed, I am shown the side of my face that hasn’t been treated before revealing the completed half and I have to say the results are amazing!
My face is aglow with radiance – dewy, plumped in the right places with lines and wrinkles faded; and eyes and cheek contours lifted. I totally understand why people say this treatment is like a non-invasive facelift! I settle back into the bed for the finishing touches, feeling rather smug that I’ve somehow cheated the aging process without the need for invasive or surgical interference.
The experience is complete with a Binding Cream to lock the benefits in. While the results were immediate, the effects have been ongoing with my skin more hydrated and definitely more radiant. I have received a lot of ‘glowing’ comments despite being on limited sleep with the stress of deadlines. My whole body certainly feels enlivened and has been boosted from head-to-toe.
Aqua Day Spa’s Spring Rituals have been designed to replenish, refresh and awake the body and as I emerge feeling energised, awakened and glowing, I am ready to spring into the warmer months.
NEED TO KNOW: Book ahead; arrive 45 minutes prior and enjoy relaxation time after. Bring swimmers to take advantage of the aquatherapy facilities and relaxation lounge.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Welcome ceremony with fruit platter, herbal tea; consultation. Aqua Therapy (steam room and hydro-pool). Treatment. Post-treatment glass of bubbles or herbal tea and special take-home gift.
WHY NOT: add a massage to enhance the experience.