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After a season of Christmas and New Year’s parties, an infrequent gym schedule and the British Winter weather, January couldn’t be a better time to review the Glyco Cure lifting facial (£85 for 45 minutes) at The K West Hotel & Spa in West London.
The K Spa has an extensive face treatment menu, ranging from the Taolay Face Lifting Bliss (£105 for 80 minutes) to the Crystal Clear Oxygen Facial (£90 for 40 minutes) to the Coffeeberry Yoga Facial (£85 for 55 minutes). The body treatment menu is even longer including the Salt Caviar Massage (£95 for 55 minutes), the Baniya Detox Massage (£105/95 for 85/55 minutes) and the Maphrao Warm Coconut Massage (£95 for 55 minutes). There is also an express ‘on the run’ treatment menu, as well as, face & body combinations and day journeys such as the Russie Blanche Ultimate Experience (£400/300/200 for 4/3/2 hours) and the Ultimate Organics journey (£250 for 150 minutes).
With so many treatments to choose from, in the end, I let the spa choose for me. The spa recommended the Glyco Cure lifting facial as it’s perfect for tired skin that is lacking vitality. The facial combines powerful glycolic facial peeling with an energising massage to restore the skin’s natural freshness. Using products by Germaine de Capuccini, the treatment gently exfoliates the skin to boost cell renewal, reduce the appearance of fine lines, revitalise and improve skin tone.
When I arrived at the spa, I was welcomed by Seema, who showed me around the facilities. Aside from the treatment rooms, there is a hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room and fully equipped K Fit gymnasium. The spa also houses London’s first Snow Paradise, which mimics the Finnish experience of alternating between freezing and steamy environments. I was also introduced to Sheila, my beauty therapist.
My Glyco Cure lifting facial treatment started with a deep skin cleanse using warm towels, followed by toner and a face peel. Next, a Germanium ‘Roll and Lift’ wand was rapidly rolled over my face and neck to rebalance the natural ions in my skin, in addition to lifting and toning the face. This process took around ten to fifteen minutes and was painless, it felt like a firm massage and actually very relaxing. The final part of the treatment was a soothing head and neck massage, finished off with an application of concentrated SPF moisturiser.
Post-treatment, I felt so relaxed – the whole experience was not only a treat for my skin but for my senses too. The Germaine de Capuccini products smelt lovely, the treatment room was peaceful with soft music and the beauty therapist was excellent – very knowledgeable and thorough. Conveniently, the spa shop sells the products used in the treatments, so you can continue your journey at home if you wish.
When I came out of the treatment room, I went to the relaxation area and slept for about half an hour, before entering the state of the art Wet Spa where I sat back in the beautiful hydrotherapy pool.
I also went into the Snow Paradise, which is reminiscent of a snow drift and is designed to compliment the spa’s hot-cold therapy. Through using the Snow Paradise and sauna in quick succession, thus alternating between steamy and icy environments, the sudden and extreme change in temperatures stimulates body circulation and is highly beneficial to the immune system. This was a lot of fun and I made an effort to stay in the Snow Paradise for longer than 30 seconds each time I went in there.
(Post treatment close-up – my skin looked smoother and refreshed)
My final verdict is that the K Spa experience is like taking a relaxing break and packaging it up into a few hours. Whether you wish to alleviate stress, rebalance or reenergise, K Spa offers a tailored journey to meet your needs.