Get yourself prepped for the Winter season

Facials at Donninton Valley Hotel and Spa

Get yourself prepped for the Winter season

This is best time of year to start getting your skin back into shape and to nourish and restore it prior to the Winter season.  For example treat some of the skin problems left over from summer, prepare your skin for the cold of winter or get your skin looking its best for the Festive / party season.  The main aim is to rehydrate and nourish the skin after the Summer to restore the moisture before we go into the season with the colder harsher climate.

Autumn / Winter Make Up Trends
This season is all about electric hues and splashes of metallic, with an emphasis on the lashes and definition around the eyes, remembering to maintain a flawless complexion.

Post Summer Hair Care
Our hair also needs some post Summer pampering, to treat it from overexposure to the sun or even after swimming.

MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Mask is a 5 to 7 minute revitalizing treatment that quickly repairs hair that is weak, damaged or colour-treated.  Its high-performance formula which is rich in Argan oil and protein to fortify and restructure hair that has been damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling.  It actually infuses protein back into the weakened hair shaft, so hair becomes stronger and more beautiful.

Post Summer Skin care for the face
To completely rehydrate the skin try the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Facial.   A pampering treatment that rehydrates and restores radiance using Luxurious rose essential oils, long known for their rejuvenating properties which help condition and deeply nourish the skin.  The result is a smooth, radiant complexion and a relaxed state of mind.

If you feel your skin needs a bit of a pick me up and is in need of brightening try the Aromatherapy Associates Enzyme Peel Facial.  Exfoliate without any harsh abrasives and leave your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother and more radiant.  Fruit acids of pineapple, passion flower and grape work together to remove dead skin cells while carrot oil, rich in Vitamin E and anti oxidants, helps to diminish the signs of ageing.  The skin is left beautifully glowing and with an even tone.

Post Summer Skin care for the body
The perfect time of year to treat your body to an all-over body exfoliation.  The Aromatherapy Associates Bespoke Skin Polish is a treatment, which uses richly nourishing products to leave the skin looking radiant and feeling wonderfully smooth.

S.A.D is a depression that starts in the autumn and lasts all winter, but you can fight it!
Seasonal Affected Disorder (S.A.D) is thought to be due to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, caused by short days and lack of sunlight.  Aquasun Therapy, which was originally designed by the medical profession, is a unique system that combines the sun and spa water experience in one, thus helping sufferers.

The Concept
The concept behind Aquasun Therapy is to emulate the less harmful UV sun rays by strong control and filtering, allowing the benefits of UV rays to overcome the negative impact on the skin, combined with bathing in warm Dead Sea mineral water and hot air jets massaging the body to promote a sense of well-being. Aquasun Therapy treatment mimics a Mediterranean beach scene during those cold winter months, lightly tanning the body and invigorating the mind.

It Really Works…

Clients who use Aquasun Therapy as a way of reducing S.A.D are always extremely impressed with the results.

Top up your tan
A deeply bronzed tan this time of year is generally going to look unnatural.  That does not mean the tan needs to be put away.  Think of a glow rather than a tan.  You can always focus on just the face, neck and shoulders, as this is the area that is exposed.  The other thing to remember is to continue to moisturise the body throughout the winter.  Your skin is at its driest and going from freezing air outside to hot air inside can take a toll on its regenerating abilities, so move from a body lotion to a body cream or oil.  This will help to extend the life of a tan and keep the skin rejuvenated and glowing.

To book any of these treatments or for more information please call 01635 551188 or see www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/spa-and-fitness.asp

Hannah Henley-Thrift
Spa Director