Don’t miss these best au naturel experiences from Down Under!
Anyone who’s a fan of organic beauty and everything natural will definitely know that Australia is the land where natural beauty formulas are widely embraced. Early adopters of the clean beauty movement have long regarded Australia as a shopping mecca when it comes to toxic-free products as this is where dozens of natural beauty brands were launched long before it became clean beauty even became a trend. And thanks to its fertile lands, Australia is home to countless species of plants that are rich in active ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, mind and body. From native botanicals to age-old healing rituals, here are the best organic spa treatments you can get in Australia:
Tucked in the serene South Yarra neighbourhood in Melbourne, The Lyall Spa is an urban haven where you can come to feel rejuvenated from the inside out. Treat yourself to the Lyall Signature Spa Ritual, which comprises of the Sodashi Prescriptive Massage and the Sodashi Pure Radiance Facial. Using only premium organic products from Sodashi, a luxury Australian skincare brand, your skin will be nourished with antioxidants- and fatty acids-rich organic oils for visibly plumper and more supple skin. Your spa ritual begins with a customised massage that address your particular concerns, be it fatigue, bloating or tense muscles. Depending on your preferences, your therapist selects a suitable massage oil that’s infused with aromatherapy oils to send you into a state of utter bliss as your mind and body feel completely at ease. Your experience continues with a replenishing facial, which is specially devised to be suitable for all skin types as it improves skin’s moisture levels and boosts skin luminosity. Combining the use of high-performance Sodashi facial products as well as your therapist’s deeply relaxing massage techniques, microcirculation is boosted and puffiness is alleviated while a healthy and youthful glow is restored to your complexion.
A$240 for 120 minutes, The Lyall Hotel
For more information, visit http://thelyall.com/lyall-spa
The next time you find yourself in Western Australia, be sure to check out Perth’s Bodhi J spa. Using 100 percent organic and natural products in all their facials and body treatments, this is the go-to for guilt-free indulgence. Book yourself the Li’Tya Mikiri Facial, which uses Australian-made products from Li’Tya. Founded based on Aboriginal wisdom in beauty and wellness, Li’Tya products and treatment combines the use of naturally derived ingredients with the art of traditional Aboriginal Smoking to purify, replenish and heal our bodies. The same goes for this deep-cleansing, anti-ageing facial. Beginning with the smoking ritual, the energy of the treatment room is cleansed while it re-connects you with the present moment in order to reap the maximum benefits. The treatment ensues as your therapist uses herbal facial products, steaming techniques and performs a revitalising face and Li’Tya Paudi scalp massage to relieve skin irritation, replenish moisture and purify congestion for a well-balanced mien.
A$163 for 70 minutes, Bodhi J
For more information, visit www.bodhij.com.au/treatments
If you believe in having the best of both worlds, book yourself the New Age Light Therapy at Endota Spa, which has outlets across Australia. Marrying the use of pure botanicals with cutting-edge technology, this facial feeds your skin with powerful nutrients while LED light therapy stimulates collagen and elastic production from deep within the skin. In just one session, skin is smoother and more even-toned.
A$158 for 60 minutes, Endota Spa
For more information, visit https://endotaspa.com.au/treatments.html
Aptly named after the planet, Gaia Retreat & Spa is a fully sustainable wellness retreat which sits atop the highest point of the Bunjalung Country of Byron Bay, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Often hailed as the healing central of Australia, this retreat is well-positioned to provide an unforgettable wellness experience that extends all pillars of holistic living. Aside from fitness classes and spiritual healing, another key attraction is the spa. Sign up for the Signature Restore Facial, the ultimate rejuvenating facial that harnesses pure and potent botanicals to deeply replenish and regenerate your skin. Using its in-house skincare line, Retreatment Botanics, all the ingredients found in the products are certified organic to give skin everything it needs without a hint of unnecessary additives. The facial also pampers you from top to toe, as it also comes with a foot ritual, a hand and arm massage, and a heated back treatment to stimulate circulation and boost an overall sense of wellbeing.
A$260 for 120 minutes, Gaia Retreat & Spa
For more information, visit https://gaiaretreat.com.au/day-spa/spa-menu
You might be familiar with Japan’s onsen or Iceland’s geothermal baths, but did you know that Australia is also fed with hot geothermal water? Located at the Mornington Peninsula, Peninsula Hot Springs aims to bring the bathing culture to Australia as it offers over 50 globally-inspired geothermal bathing experiences in their Bath House. Rich in minerals that help soothe, rebalance and strengthen the skin against external irritants, luxuriating in the nutrient-rich bath can bring beneficial results to your skin. At Peninsula Hot Springs, you can reap the benefits of geothermal baths as well as indulge your senses with a pampering massage like the Peninsula Vine Massage. Fully customisable to address your specific concerns, it is performed with a luxurious massage balm that’s made with locally grown Shiraz grapes to infuse your skin with hydration and antioxidants for healthier and more resilient skin.
A$230 for 90 minutes, Peninsula Hot Springs
For more information, visit www.peninsulahotsprings.com/experiences/spa
By Joyce Cheo, April 2019 / Photos: Facebook
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