At GSG HQ, the Spa Spies did their best not to melt into their chairs with plenty of spritzing and spa-ing. We hope you managed to remain cool as the temperatures went through the roof. Some of us sampled festival spas as WOMAD and Latitude – we loved the mix of music, sunshine and spa. Here’s some of our Summer highlights so far.
This last month I’ve been really loving my Temple Spa Toning Essence (150ml £16). It’s been essential for keeping cool and refreshed in the stupidly hot and humid weather, and acts as a great toner in my skincare routine too. I really love the unusual scent too, of citrus fruits, rosemary, basil and ginger. It smells really outdoors-y and like a burst of nature.
A spa at a festival is a brilliant idea, especially when you’ve been crushed in a tent or up all night dancing. At Latitude, I swam in the lake – utter bliss as temperatures soared – and then went to the SOLAS spa area for a gorgeous deep tissue massage. My therapist Edward had 25 years of experience as a masseur: I lay in his yurt with gentle breezes drifting over me, listening to music from the main stage.
This month I tried a new eye cream from French marine-based skincare company Thalgo. The Hydra-marine 25H Eye Fluid (50ml £27) is supposed to give you “incredibly relaxed eyes that sparkle with light.” I don’t know about that (what are relaxed eyes?) but I loved the way it felt. Light and refreshing, it melted onto the skin, and not just because of the hot weather.
I enjoyed my trip to Aqua Sana at Elveden Forest in Suffolk. They have had a spruce and I was very impressed with their new décor. The facelift has made the spa look more spacious, despite nothing being taken away, and the new colours – mushrooms, fawns, deep blues and deep purples – are both earthy and relaxing. I also loved my Made for Life treatment: the one and only massage in which I have actually fallen asleep!