Hands up whose feeling that end of year stress? Totally run down, exhausted and under the weather? Yep, I hear you. This time of year is always a little bit crazy as we rush to finish everything off before the Christmas break. Last week I spent a few hours at one of Perth’s newest and most gorgeous urban escapes, and discovered it was just what the doctor ordered.
Limón Health and Beauty Spa opened its doors three months ago on Oxford Street in Leederville and is quickly becoming the go-to destination for inner city relaxation. Owned and operated by Julianna Horváth, Limón’s approach is that of natural, holistic beauty and providing the ultimate relaxation experience for each and every guest. Julianna describes it as:
“A spa where there is a genuine passion for the wellbeing of each and every guest. A place filled with pure and organic products of the highest quality that don’t come at the expense of the environment. Carefully thought out treatments and techniques that feel incredible and have lasting benefits. A place that is welcoming where everyone who comes in feels at ease, relaxed and cared for.”
Limón offers a range of treatments including massage, facials, beauty treatments, detox packages and products. If that wasn’t enticing enough, all products used for body therapy services are handmade in house including delicious massage gels and body balms.
I was recently treated to the Azul package, a 2.5 hour heavenly experience that totally relaxed, rejuvenated and energised me. I arrived at Limón’s serene spa on a scorching 37-degree Perth day and sipped on lemon water as I filled in a client form and prepared to switch off from the world for a while. My therapist Nellie appeared and led me down the candlelit hallway to the treatment room. Nellie has had over ten years experience in the beauty and skincare industry, having worked at a number of beautiful day spas around Perth so I knew I was in good hands! The treatment began with a peppermint foot soak and scrub, complete with Limón’s bespoke lemon scrub. This was just heavenly, and allowed for Nellie to have a quick chat with me before the serious stuff began to find out what I was hoping to get out of the treatment.
Following this, I was left to get comfortable for a full body lymphatic massage, aimed at draining toxins, relaxing the nervous system and aiding the body’s immunity system. This gentle, whole body treatment was just bliss and I’m pretty sure I melted right into the bed as Nellie used a gel enriched with coconut and jojoba for the massage.
After the massage, I enjoyed a hydrating signature facial and Limón head massage. Mukti is the product of choice for all facials at Limón and this divine organic range of skincare products are formulated with some of the best bioactive native Australian extracts to deliver chemical free products that really work.
For my facial, Nellie chose to work with the antioxidant rich products from the Mukti range which, combined with a gentle steam, really helped to actively clarify and brighten the complexion. Specifically for me, stimulation from the steam, the Antioxidant Facial Serum and Deep Cleanse Antioxidant Masque all worked together to really inject some life back into my skin, while still enabling me to get some rest and relaxation throughout the facial. Antioxidants are an absolute no-brainer when it comes to skincare because they give an immediate, visible result and promote long term improvement for the skin tissue. It’s no wonder I had comments on my “glowing complexion” all weekend!
After my facial was over, I reluctantly peeled myself up from the bed and got ready to head back out into reality. I met Nellie in the tranquil reception area, beautifully designed with pared back timber and soft cushions, to have a chat about her top tips for getting your skin and body ready for summer.
What are the most important steps to getting skin and body ready for summer?
Some of the most common issues we see are related to body acne and seasonal facial breakouts, so its really important to prepare the skin with exfoliation. Using a salt scrub on the body and a combination of steam, enzymatic and granular facial exfoliation will smooth and prepare the skin to absorb the maximum benefits of any skincare treatment. Choices such as wearing natural fibres, drinking plenty of water and limiting alcohol and caffeine intake can also make a real difference to the condition and texture of the skin.
It’s also important to protect the skin from the sun and from lifestyle. Late nights, stresses or a few too many indulgences all leave their mark on the skin. An SPF is vital in moisturisers to deflect or neutralise any harmful UV and prevent photodamage to the skin in the form of pigmentation, capillary damage and uneven tone. Zinc based sunscreens are an excellent choice as they provide a physical barrier to the sun’s rays. A tinted moisturiser for the face is a great way to protect the skin as many cosmetic minerals also have a low SPF of their own.
What treatments do you recommend to get ready for summer?
At Limón, we recommend our Deep Cleansing Facial as the first stop for summer facial prep. This enables us to get a ‘straight edge’ and an accurate idea of the condition of the skin and adapt the skincare regime to suit your needs, personality and lifestyle. During the 90 minutes we treat every single blocked pores and bumps on the face and decolletage and back if it is needed. Steaming and extractions helps to clean and clarify the skin and the customised organic masks will soothe and calm down the redness. Depending on the skin needs and the person it is recommended (4-6 weeks) to visit us for any of our customised signature facials to keep the skin healthy and under control.
For the body, the Limón Full Body Massage and Exfoliation is recommended as a great way to enliven the skin and soothe the muscles simultaneously. We do make our own scrubs, massage oils and body balms in house, this way we can make everything nice and fresh, without preservatives, and be able to change the ingredients if someone has allergy or sensitivity.
*Lucy was a guest of Limon Health and Beauty Spa