Creating A Healthier Spa Experience

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Today we have Annabelle Santos, founder of SPAdet doing an exclusive feature for mySkin. She talks about how you could create a healthier spa experience.

What do you do to de-stress? Do you catch up on your sleep? Do you work out at the gym? Do you pamper yourself at the spa? My suggestion is to do all three!  But don’t waste your time just going through the motions. Really enjoy each and every minute, stretch and treatment.

When it comes to pampering yourself, you want to ensure you get the most for your money while receiving a truly rejuvenating experience. Spa services are evolving from more than just a basic massage, mani/pedi or facial.  Today we expect spas to transform us to feel refreshed, beautiful and relaxed.  But shouldn’t we also want them to be healthy for us as well? Here are some ways to help achieve this goal.

I attended a seminar by spiritual leader, Thich Nhat Hanh, where we were told to focus on the inhale part of our breathing.  This quiets the mind and makes all of the thoughts of the past and future go away, bringing you to the present moment where you can fully relax.  Your mind will bring your attention to your spa service in order to truly enjoy the experience. So put down your cell phone or magazine and stop talking.  (It’s hard to listen to your inhale when speaking!)

I also learned about Mindful Consumption. This means that what we choose to eat and put on our bodies is important to achieving good health and a sustainable environment. Everything we consume, whether we put it in or on our body, affects our health over time. When you select your next spa treatment, find out what ingredients are in their products and choose all natural products with antioxidants.  Your skin is an organ and anything you put on it is absorbed into your bloodstream. Natural oils and body cleansing products made of natural ingredients are not only healthy, but also more effective for achieving smooth, soft skin.

One more consideration when selecting your spa service is to choose providers that use products that contain natural essential oils for fragrance. Most synthetic fragrances on the market today are derived from petroleum by-products and are toxic to the human body over time. Essential oils are concentrated oils containing aromatherapy compounds from plants to enhance and stimulate your senses. They can lift your spirit, calm your nerves and soothe your soul, depending on the essential oils you choose.

So ask your spa provider what’s in the products they use and encourage them to offer all-natural alternatives for all of their services.  And don’t forget how to breathe!


Annabelle Santos_SpadetToday’s guest blogger, Annabelle Santos, Founder of SPAdet, has over 2 decades of experience in scientific research, homeopathic remedies and holistic practice to bring you naturally beautiful and healthy skin & hair care products that are packed with antioxidants.  For more information, please go to or email


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