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K West Hotel & Spa: The Baobab ‘Feel Good’ Treatment

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One of my favourite spas in London, K West Hotel & Spa, has recently launched a Baobab ‘Feel Good’ treatment, which is both inspired by and uses luxurious Germaine de Capuccini products made from the African superfruit, baobab.

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The baobab’s incredible nutritional profile offers six times more vitamin C than an orange, twice as much calcium as a glass of milk, and more iron than a steak, which means it helps to increase energy levels, decrease stress and supports the immune system (perfect for stressed out and tired Londoners).  For centuries, the people of Africa have turned to the baobab tree as a source of natural wellbeing to benefit their skin, hair and overall health. Baobab helps to bring out natural beauty and more specifically works wonders for the skin thanks to its high levels of:

  1. Antioxidants: Baobab has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world. It contains almost five times the antioxidants of fresh acai berries and twice that of goji. Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  2. Vitamin C: Aduna baobab is an excellent source of vitamin C which helps protect cells from oxidative stress and contributes to the normal formation of collagen in skin. Vitamin C also helps with the regeneration of vitamin E which protects and repairs your skin.
  3. Polyphenols: Baobab’s polyphenol content is significantly higher than most other fruits. Preliminary research has shown that this could help reduce the visible effects of ageing.

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The Baobab ‘Feel Good’ treatment (£110 for 70 minutes) at K West Hotel & Spa was introduced following a visit to Rwanda by resident beauty therapist, Lucia, who I was also lucky enough to have carry out my treatment.  Lucia was incredibly kind and informative, explaining that the treatment is designed to stimulate and energise both the body and mind, and that my skin would be supple and glowing afterwards.

The treatment itself was split into three parts:

  • Full body nourishing and refining exfoliation with Baobab Phytocare Oil Tonic Scrub
  • Full body soothing massage with Baobab Phytocare Oil
  • Application of energising Baobab Phytocare Dreamy Legs Gel

In a word, it was dreamy! – quite literally – I fell asleep during the massage!  It was a nourishing, protective, smoothing and hydrating experience, and the baobab smelt deliciously sweet.  By the end of the treatment I looked and felt rejuvenated, and could not thank Lucia enough for such a wonderful experience.  Following the treatment, I was given a baobab smoothie, which was made with 100% baobab extract and left me feeling naturally energised.

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K West Spa also features relaxation rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room and a Finnish snow room.  By the time I went home, I was walking on air – no wonder it’s called The Feel Good Fruit! 

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Finally, £2 from each Baobab ‘Feel Good’ treatment booked is donated to the Aduna Foundation, which support small-scale African producers, the communities they belong to and their Help Make Baobab Famous campaign.  The African baobab fruit is one of the world’s most nutrient-dense superfoods, however, to this day, there is no such thing as a baobab plantation; every tree is community-owned and wild-harvested.  With the foundations support, baobab could became a sustainable industry and National Geographic estimates that it could be worth as much as a billion dollars to rural Africa.

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