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The best facials for relaxation and complexion perfection

Maximise your me time with these effective rituals guaranteed to ensure you step out of the spa with the complexion of your dreams.

You’ve likely heard of high-end luxury skincare brand Augustinus Bader and its equally high end prices. Beloved by celebrities, the skincare brand centres on TFC8 technology, or Trigger Factor Complex, a patented combination of skin renewing ingredients developed by stem-cell expert Professor Bader. Now Spring Spa has created a facial so you get to trial the skin-boosting products during a 60 minute facial that involves deep cleanse, LED light treatment, relaxing facial fascia massage, a hydrating treatment accompanied with warm Gua Sha. Its the kind of nourishing, comforting heaven that you deserve after weeks of freezing cold weather! It makes a great gift too. If you are subsequently convinced, Bader’s sinkcare range can be purchased at the spa too.
Spring x Augustinus Bader Methode Facial ($220 for 60mins) available as Spring Spa Ponsonby and Wellington, springspa.com

Luxury and results can go hand in hand as the sumptuous Babor HSR Lifting Facial from Forme Spa proves. This luxurious facial caters for those looking to take some time out to unwind while targeting specific concerns that arise as we age – uneven tone and texture, dullness, and lack of elasticity. The deluxe youth-restoring facial harnesses various innovative skincare complexes designed to improve the skin’s resilience.
Babor HSR Lifting Facial, ($219 for 90 minutes) available at all Forme Spa & Wellbeing locations, formespa.co.nz

While offering world-class treatments that are tailored to meet individual skincare needs is nothing new for Caci, their skin experts are always on the hunt for new and revolutionary ways to deliver results. Sonophoresis can be used to reduce an array of skin problems including redness, congestion, breakouts and dehydration. The non-invasive, pain-free device uses sound waves to deliver a bespoke cocktail of skincare that your Caci therapist has hand-picked to address your skincare concerns. Active ingredients are able to penetrate deeper into the skin so you notice immediate results.
Sonophoresis Infusion available at all Caci clinics, caci.co.nz

No two complexions are the same; that’s part of the reason that award-winning East Day Spa begins each of their 302 Clinical treatments with a thorough skincare assessment with one of their senior skincare specialists. Before creating a skin treatment plan that won’t just help you achieve the skin of your dreams but is also customised to suit your lifestyle, your skincare specialist will talk through your current beauty regimen and the issues you want to target. The hydrating and brightening 302 Enzyme Peel will often be included as part of your skincare plan; a strong-acting enzyme formula infused with vitamin A and C exfoliates skin, improving texture, tone and hydration.
302 Skin Assessment ($50 for 30 minutes) and 302 Enzyme Peel ($110 for 45 minutes) available at East Day Spa Auckland and Wellington, eastdayspa.com

The iconic Sothys seasonal facial is updated twice yearly and returns for winter, this time calling on extracts of passionfruit for its antioxidant and protective properties and acai berry known for its energising and nourishing properties. With a dose of oxygen associated with with a cocktail of minerals to boost the skins defence system during winter it’s the perfect option to resore your skin to its former glory before the cold dry and taxed it of its moisture. You can also add on the body treatment, also with the passionfruit and acai berry benefits.
Sothys Yellow Passionfruit and Acai Seasonal Facial available at most Sothys spas, www.sothys

Touted as About Face’s most potent facial, the Power of Three facial leaves no skincare concern untreated. The signature facial entails a combination of three technologies: skin peel or microdermabrasion depending on your skin type, Omnilux light therapy and sonophoresis. Dead skin cells are sloughed off before Omnilux bolsters collagen production and skin renewal. A serious hit of active vitamins are then delivered deep into the skin using sonophoresis.
Power of Three Facial ($259 for 75 minutes) available at all About Face locations, www.aboutface.co.nz

The best bath bombs to upgrade your tub time

Bath bombs have a fizzing, overly-scented and garishly coloured reputation, but right now they are making a bid to reclaim their reputation . Newer options use natural ingredients and good-for skin oils so your body feels great and your mind soothed with aromatic elements. 

Let’s face it, having the time and inclination for a leisurely soak is a luxury itself, but adding a sensorial upgrade in the form of a dissolving bath soak, bath bomb or tablet that includes skin-nourishing ingredients and subtle, beautiful scent takes the tub to a whole new level. 

Extra points when there’s elements of dried flower petals for that luxe spa vibe!

Here are our pick of the best bath additives so you can soak the day away. 

Don’t have a bath? Try Anihana’s shower steamers or Lush’s Showerbombs.

Lush Butterball bath bomb

The brand is partly responsible for establishing the (admittedly fun) craze for multi-coloured, glitter filled and strongly scented bath bombs, Lush also has some more low-key options like Butterball, which sees Fair trade organic cocoa butter disperse into your bath to leave skin soft and hydrated and scented with ylang ylang. 

Ouai Chill Pills

These tongue in cheek ‘Chill Pills’ bath bombs are even shaped like pills, and have a soothing aroma of jasmine and rose as well as containing natural hemp, jojoba and safflower seed oils to leave skin in great shape long after you exit the tub.

Salt By Hendrix Cleanse Rose Soak

Don’t expect any fizzing, but this beautiful bath soak is well worth a try. It contains dead sea and epsom salts as well as pink and white French clay, intended to gently cleanse skin. The sprinkle of red rose petals adds a desirable aesthetic to your soak.

Botanical Sweet Orange & Calendula bath bomb

We were initially beguiled by the clever twisted tube packaging but the thoughtfully created blends in NZ brand Botanical’s bath bombs had us convinced.  This sweet orange and calendula version calms the skin and gives you a little aromatic pick me up in the process.

Bathorium J’adore Matcha bath bomb

Bathorium’s bathbombs are slightly larger than most so there’s enough to go around if you’re a fan of a deep water level. This version uses premium grade blended matcha with a silky combination of butters and peppermint oils.

FENQT Chocolate Salt bath bomb

One for the Aussies as they don’t ship anywhere else just yet, but creative and cool new bath bomb brand FENQT is shaking up the bath bomb landscape with their unique forms (theres a red wine bottle too) and 100% recycled paper packaging that makes a great gift.

Anihana Raspberry Marshmallow bath bomb

Yes it’s bright but we couldn’t resist including Anihana’s raspberry marshmallow bath bomb, for the sweet tooths among us. Made with natural ingredients including coconut oil it’s a more vibrant option if you do enjoy a touch of colour in the water.