Blow hot and cold with your spa
More and more of us are willing to splash the cash when it comes to beauty. In fact, research commissioned by babtac.com (British Association of Beauty Therapists and Cosmetology) found that the average Briton spends more than £150 a month on hair and beauty.
"Splashing out on luxurious treatments and fancy products is clearly a guilty pleasure of the British public – and why shouldn’t it be!? Lifestyles are far busier now, with many of us feeling run down due to hectic work and social schedules. This spend is probably a step towards a more relaxed and confident self; there’s no reason why we shouldn’t prioritise ourselves from time to time," Emma Roberts, Marketing Executive of BABTAC, encouraged.
If you're looking to take Emma's advice and unwind and truly relax, a spa day is the ultimate beauty guilty pleasure. If you want the full benefits, it's crucial you pick one that boasts dedicated hot-and-cold facilities like Titanic Spa's Heat and Ice Experience in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Guests can take full advantage of the multiple hot and cold rooms on offer. On the heat side, there are two steam rooms, a saunarium, a sauna cabin and aromatherapy room. But why is sitting back and enjoying the heat so important for our skin and general wellbeing?
"Heat helps the body to relax; it allows muscles to unwind and relieves tension both physically and mentally. It helps to relieve stress, reduce aches and pains, and aids a good night sleep. Due to the detoxification process it also helps to cleanse the skin, from the inside out," Natalie Hart, Operations Manager at Titanic Spa (titanicspa.com), explained to Cover Media.
"The heat opens your pores and allows the skin to deep cleanse, thus helping to reduce congestion and remove dead skin cells."
After you've let the heat work its magic, it's time to get brave! It's important to make sure your choice of spa has some ways to cool down, with Titanic boasting a crushed ice room and a plunge pool. There are also experience showers, where you can adjust the temperature to suit, and a classic bucket shower to round things off.
"It is important to cool down following the use of one of the heat experiences. Cooling the soft tissues not only moderates your body temperature, but it invigorates your body and stimulates the nerve endings, leaving you feeling refreshed and reenergised," Natalie explained.
"The crushed ice within the ice room, when massaged over the skin, also acts as an exfoliator to remove dead skin. The detoxification process helps cleanse the skin and provides a naturally healthy glow."
So if you want a beautiful, glowing complexion and are keen to completely unwind, a day at the spa really is the best remedy!
Just be aware that due to the high temperatures, pregnant ladies and anyone with high blood pressure should avoid saunas and steam rooms.