Last month, on a dark and rainy Saturday, I took shelter at the Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
A little later than your usual spa day, I booked into the ‘Evening Retreat’, making my way up from London after a lazy morning at home for a spa session, treatment of my choice and a three-course dinner.
The average woman in the UK will spend over £140,000 on cosmetics and haircare during her life — and this number is constantly growing, which is no surprise considering the prices of beauty treatments. (Research here.)
Last month I made the very grown-up decision of getting myself a pure silk pillowcase for my skin and hair, in an effort to slow down the emergence of fine lines that have been bothering me for a while now.
As my skin began to age, I first fretted over my frown line. Now that I am nearing 30 my laugh/smile lines are quickly catching up on the scale of concern because they aren’t coming from continual joy or laughter, but from my face being squished onto a pillow overnight as I sleep. And one side is worse than the other because I sleep on it more than the other).
Can subjecting yourself to extreme temperatures aid weight loss, improve skin condition, boost your immune system and help the body heal faster? Is cryotherapy good for you?
Throughout history, people around the world have cooled and heated the body in the hope of reaping physiological benefits. Saunas have been used in Finland for thousands of years and the Ancient Egyptians used the cold to treat injuries and ailments. Fast forward to today, and people are heating their bodies in infrared saunas, while others are enduring extreme cold by standing in a -90C chamber, and now I’m one of them.