Tuesday, 6 October 2009

PAMPERING - Beauty Essence in Mayfair

To spend the other half of my Wahanda voucher I decided to go for something a bit different. I looked up spas in walking distance from work on the Wahanda website.

I settled on Beauty Essence in Mayfair as they had some good treatments for a full hour and a half of pampering which was exactly what I was looking for.

beauty essence salon pampering treatmentI chose the Guinot aromatic body Bien Etre - Full body. This invigorating body treatment is said to tone and re-hydrate the skin using exfoliation and massage. The natural products used include an exfoliating sugar-kiwi body scrub and a blend of citrus-infused energising and toning essential oils. The best part of the session was the waist-to-knee cellulite mask treatment. After exfoliation and massage it was applied and left to firm up beneath plastic wrapping. I was expecting to have to go shower it off (which is always an inconvenience) but with this treatment, the whole thing just peels away. Much easier. My therapist even had a very nifty towel trick to enable me to roll over without being fully on display which saved my blushes.

While the mask was setting, I had a neck and shoulder massage, arm massage and foot massage. Normally I don't like people touching my feet but this was completely relaxing. If only I could be massaged every day before bed. Nothing makes you feel more ready for sleep. I was told that due to the detoxifying nature of the treatment, I should drink lots and lots of water for the following 24 hours, to help get rid of any impurities. My specialist was very soft spoken, gentle and her massage techniques were of just the right pressure. I'd recommend going to the salon if it's nearby.

My treatment cost £65 which was fair for the quality of the massage and products used. My skin definitely felt good afterward and my whole body benefited from the oils used in the massages. My only concern was the amount of time I was left to get changed and relax which must have taken a good chunk of time out of my session. I also had to wait for a good 10-15 minutes before my appointment as they were running late. Luckily it was worth the wait.

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