No.1’s Sophie heads to Bishopton for a relaxing Saturday in stunning surroundings…
It is my view that, if you’re going to indulge in a day of pampering, you might as well do it in style. With this in mind, I headed to Mar Hall to enjoy a day of complete rest and relaxation.
When visiting the spa, there is a dedicated entrance, but a wander through the hotel’s stunning grand hall, complete with roaring open fire, is the perfect way to begin the experience.
The spa at Mar Hall uses Decléor products which harness the powers of aromatherapy to create the most luxurious experience as well as visible results.
There are a huge number of treatments available at the spa including a wide array of facials, massages and beauty treatments. However, on my visit I was looking forward to trying the Decléor Aroma Expert Lift Experience. This facial treatment promised to flood my skin with moisture and soften fine lines and wrinkles – both much needed after what feels like the longest winter on record.
After being welcomed and shown to the changing area, I donned my fluffy robe and slippers and prepared to get seriously chilled.
My therapist took me to a large and luxurious treatment room, where we chatted through my skin concerns. I have perpetually dry skin but with the chilly weather, office air conditioning and cranked up central heating at home, things were frankly getting out of hand.
Armed with this information, my therapist then talked me through the plan for my treatment and suggested using Decléor’s Intense Nutrition Range and a wheatgerm mask in order to give my face the nourishment boost it was desperately craving.
The treatment began with a back, neck and shoulder massage. However, this was not purely for relaxation as my therapist targeted areas of tension and used firm pressure to knead away knots and deliver serious results.
To begin my facial, my skin was thoroughly cleansed with a cleansing milk which was massaged firmly into my face and removed using hot and cold pads. An exfoliating clay mask (which smelled incredible) was then used to draw out impurities and get rid of those glow-killing dead skin cells.
Skin now clean as a whistle, my therapist began a yoga facial massage which involved long smooth strokes as well as gentle pinching and rapid motions that are designed to diminish signs of ageing and eliminate toxins. I found this incredibly relaxing and my skin felt tingly and instantly plumped.
It was then time to apply the wheatgerm mask. Described as ‘food for the skin’, this is a face mask like no other. A fine gauze was placed over my face before the mask was applied over the top. The mask itself was very thick and was applied hot. Made with a whole host of vitamins and minerals it had a rich, porridgy smell and the heat was very relaxing.
While the mask worked its magic, I was treated to an arm and hand massage that left me feeling light as a feather. The mask was then removed and the treatment was finished with a nourishing serum and moisturiser.
Following my treatment, I spent some time in the relaxation room before using the facilities. As well as a large and inviting pool (which I lay beside pretending it wasn’t one degree outside), sauna and steam room, Mar Hall also has a well equipped fitness suite for those who are so inclined.
Immediately after the treatment, I noticed that the skin around my jaw felt tauter while my skin was visibly glowing and the deep lines around my mouth appeared diminished.
And, writing this a few days after the treatment, I can confirm that this facial is no short term fix. The tightness I have been struggling with throughout the winter months and the noticeable peeling around my nose has vanished leaving my skin feeling supple and soft.
As well as feeling more comfortable and looking smoother, I have found make-up application to be much improved too. Rather than worrying about my foundation caking around the dry areas on my face, my make-up is gliding on for a flawless finish – definitely one to repeat ahead of wedding season!