I grew up in Knowsley, and on the site of my old high school, they have built Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. A multi-million-pound building, it’s got swimming pools, sports courts, a gym, a cafe, all those leisure centre type things - what I wasn’t expecting it to have was a very tranquil and serene spa just upstairs. The Spa at Knowsley invited me down for the day, and who am I to say no to a little mid-week pamper session?
After being greeted and seated in the enchanting relaxation room, I was already starting to feel chilled out - but then came the other bloggers, the fluffy robes, the slippers and the fun. After a quick change and a talk about what the Spa was all about and the treatments on offer, we split into two groups for the day. My lovely little group; Emmi, Codie and myself, all kicked our chairs right back, got comfy and started with an in-depth aromatherapy facial with the beautiful Hayley.
Aromaworks is a new brand to me, and Hayley took us through a step by step deep cleanse, pointing out our pressure points and the most relaxing way to take the day off. I swear I could have dozed off right there in the chair! Of all the products we used, the purity face cleanser was a firm favourite, my skin felt so clean and soft but without feeling tight or overworked. I’ve always been skeptical about double cleansing but Hayley took the time to explain how it can be super beneficial to our skin, how the second time around our skin is really absorbing all the nutrients from the cleanser. Our facial 101 continued with the purity face toner which was a real treat for my skin as I never usually use a toner at home - my skin didn’t sting or burn, it just felt soft and fresh. Did you know, you’re suppose to use damp cotton pads to apply your toner? It makes a huge difference!
With our faces well and truly taken care of, and our relax-o-meters well on their way to the green, we popped into one of the treatment rooms to discover Crystal Clear microdermabrasion. I have always been terrified at the thought of microdermabrasion. I’ve always imagined it to be like sandblasting your face, and how that’s appealing or even good for your skin is beyond me! I admit. I got it very wrong. The Crystal Clear microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the outer layers of the skin, improving texture, fading scarring, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. And it doesn’t feel like sandblasting at all! The crystals are such a fine sand, that feels unusually soft. The machine itself feels more like a vacuum on the face than anything else! It’s a very strange sensation but oddly soothing!
A break for lunch, a bloggers catch up, then it was on to the second part of out Spa journey - the thermal spa - this was what I’d been most looking forward to! I’m such a water baby and I knew there was a hot tub around there somewhere waiting for me! We popped down to the thermal spa, a superb space with three experiences to be had; sauna, steam, and jacuzzi. After picking out a delicious vanilla and coconut scrub, we started off in the sauna! I’ve never been in a sauna before and it was unreal! It was hot - and that wasn’t just because of the gorgeous bloggers sitting inside it! After quickly working up a sweat we hoped out, jumped under the shower, then took a seat in the steam room. This was more like it! As nice as the sauna was, I personally found the steam room much more comfortable so we hung out in there for quite some time! Eventually, we left and jumped under the showers, this time with our Lycon scrubs in hand and really gave our skin a good seeing to before rinsing off and jumping in the hot tub!
Talk about the perfect end to the day! I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed! From start to finish, Hayley and the rest of the team had looked after us like superstars, nothing was too much for them and they shared some wonderful beauty and skincare knowledge with us throughout the day. If this is the magic they can weave from a facial and a thermal spa, imagine what they can do when they really get their hands on you!
The Spa is such a hidden gem, there really is nothing else quite like it in the area. Treatments are available at all levels, making it a real affordable, but still, luxurious spa, with a wide range of packages and treatments personally tailored to the individual. I still can’t believe this is just up the road from my Mums, so I already know I’m going to be stopping by again and again! I’ve got my eye on a hot stones massage and another trip to that thermal spa for sure!