Now before I say this, I want you to know I don't go about making this claim willy-nilly. In fact the last time I uttered anything even close to it was 2009 at The Europe in Kerry after a particularly masterful Espa facial.
But anyway, here we go: Natura Bisse's The Cure is quite possibly the best facial I've ever had. It stings a bit, and thanks to this you can't do that lovely drifting off to sleep thing, but your skin is so brand new afterwards it's hard to care. I have never experienced results like this and reviewing spas used to be my job.
I tried it at Agua Spa in The Sanderson which is a listed building and so the hotel couldn't put up walls when creating its spa. Due to this, you're led into a labyrinth of partitions made with white material which makes the whole situation feel a bit made up.
The dreamy feeling continues while the therapist gently takes off my make up. Then there's a bit of lovely lymphatic draining massage and then there's the oh my Jesus Christ on a bike, what the eff just happened? sting when the anano-stimulating mask goes on. Bloody hell, it's a wake up.
Although, after about 30 seconds you get used to it and actually it's not too bad. You tell yourself it's taking away all the impurities that make your skin look a bit rubbish and you get over it. Also, who's going to cry like a baby at The Sanderson?
After the facial, I'm whisked to a snoozy pod where I can stretch out with a smoothie, a magazine and a hot water bottle. God, it's wonderful.
And then, half an hour later, I sleepily wander back to the changing rooms and catch sight of myself in the mirror. "Hi there 16-year-old me," I think drowsily. But that night at a party friends keep banging on about it. They say I haven't looked this "fresh" since I did that spa reviewing job which was ages ago.
Hence, why this is the best facial ever. Period.
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