Everybody’s skin could do with a little tender loving care as the winter months approach and what better way to pay attention to your skin than with a trip to The Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa at Castle Street in Roscommon. Take it from me; your skin will be positively glowing after one of the many treatments available at the Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa. Apart from the benefits to the appearance of your skin, your body will also feel detoxed and energised as a result. You might well be asking how I know about all this. Well, the Roscommon People knows no bounds when it comes to researching worthy articles for its readers and so I found myself going in the door to the Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa on Saturday morning last to check out the available treatments. Firstly, it’s worth telling you a little about the building that houses the day spa. It’s purpose-built, bright, airy, with tall doors, lots of lights and wonderfully lit treatment rooms. The spa is set out over three floors and features reception, lots of treatment rooms, a flotation room, and my favourite area, the chill out area, designed for lots of relaxation and chats with friends in between treatments. For my first treatment I had a Guinot Hydradermie facial. It’s billed as the most advanced beauty salon treatment for maintaining a balanced, healthy complexion. It uses the Hydraderm machine, which is unique to Guinot, manual massage and plant-based extracts to restore the skin. My therapist for the day was Fiona and she proved absolutely wonderful, friendly, calm and professional throughout. She began by analysing the skin, and customised the products to suit. Then the skin was cleansed and exfoliated, using Oz2 cream to oxygenate the skin. A gel was then applied for dry skin and mild galvanic current was used to help the ingredients penetrate deep into the skin, helping the removal of impurities and toxins. The facial ended with moisture for the eye contour, face and neck. My reaction? The facial was wonderful, it felt excellent at the time and my skin definitely feels better since. Prior to this to say that I wouldn’t have been a frequenter of day spas would be putting it mildly, but after Saturday’s experience, I’ve decided to return to Mary O’Hara’s venue in a month’s time. Body treatments at the day spa have proved very popular, particularly those using Thalgo marine products. At the Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa you get the true Hamman Experience. The Hammam has its origins in Turkey. It’s one of many ancient therapies enjoying a revival throughout the world at the moment. Traditionally, a marble slab within a steam chamber, the modern table is quite different, being heated and ergonomically designed for your comfort. However, the setting at the Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa retains the magnificent oriental tiling and has an integrated shower. Here, you can experience a traditional Turkish scrub-soap brush, or any of the exfoliating treatments. Owner Mary O’Hara particularly recommends the Silk Skin Extravagance. It’s the ultimate in totally body exfoliating treatments. The silk skin extravagance combines the soap brush massage, rye rub body smoother and the silk skin in rapid succession, leaving you feeling silky and sensuous from head to toe. For my next experience, I experienced the Swedish massage. It’s a therapeutic treatment to relax clients and improve circulation and from my experience it does exactly what it says on the tin. The last treatment of the day was the dry flotation. What an experience! Billed as the ‘ultimate treatment for tired bodies’, 30 minutes is supposed to be equivalent to three hours deep sleep. What is the dry flotation? Well, you lie on a dry float bed and experience total weightlessness, as all pressure is removed from the musculature. The result? Well, I certainly felt much improved, circulation was improved and I certainly felt that the massage helped the detox process. The dry floatation was my favourite treatment, a hugely enjoyable and very relaxing experience. Would I recommend it? Absolutely, go for it. Of course, the three treatments I experienced were only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the available treatments at The Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa. A range of facials and Thalgo body wraps are available, as well as hydradermie for the eye, bust and back. Guinot Body Contouring Treatment sounds interesting. It’s an anti-cellulite body treatment using essential oils, plant extracts and algae, together with a massage and a detoxifying thermal pool-off mask. Other options include the Aromatic Body Bien Etre, which uses a sugar-kiwi body exfoliation. The Body Polisher takes 30 minutes and leaves skin soft and smooth. Dr. Tom McConnell, cosmetic doctor, attends The Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa one Saturday per month for a number of injectable anti-wrinkle treatments, scelotherapy treatments. Of course, the Day Spa also offers tanning treatments, electrolysis, waxing treatments, eye treatments, make up, manicures and pedicures, including Essie Nail Care and Jane Iredale Make-up. Packages are available for the mum to be, graduation preparation and the bride to be, not forgetting the mother of the bride. In case you haven’t already figured it out, a gift voucher for The Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa would be ideal for any female in your life for any occasion or none! Opening hours The Skincare and Aromatherapy Day Spa is open Monday 9.30 am to 6 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30 am to 7 pm, Thursday and Friday 9.30 am to 9 pm and Saturday 9.30 am to 4 pm. To arrange an appointment, call (090) 66 26041.