Wellbeing Shell seeker T HIS YEAR has been important for looking after my skin and overall wellbeing. I was a proud ‘mother of the groom’ in summer when my elder son married, but spent several summer months recovering from an ankle fracture. Since the beginning of the year I have had regular treatments designed to deep cleanse and brighten my skin – now into its fifth decade – in the run up to our family wedding. I ignore the ‘treat’ bit of ‘treatment’, it’s essential maintenance and wellbeing. As the evenings draw in you will find plenty to sample at Holiday Inn Winchester’s new ANA Spa, where manager Chelsea Smith oversees a team of six senior therapists working in spacious and superbly equipped treatment rooms. The Spa has a hydrotherapy pool, Himalayan salt sauna, steam room, five tranquil and beautifully designed treatment rooms, a lounge and luxurious deep relaxation space, two bubbly foot spas and the Glamour Eyes space (Jessica manicures/pedicures, Mii make up). It’s ideal for a special 28 Resident Report: Sue Hughes occasion, bridal party, overnight spa break or one-off visit. My thanks to therapist Chané for a warm welcome and exceptional treatments. Elemis Biotec Radiance Renew Facial (55 mins, £65) I was interested to experience Elemis, a UK brand, for the first time with this cellular boosting treatment. Pre-cleanse is part of today’s ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ mantra and Chané began with a cream cleanser, then used a ginseng toner and superfood facial oil on me, followed by several anti-ageing skincare products, four of which were pro-collagen creams/masks. Combined with an ultrasonic peel these stimulate the removal of impurities and dead skin cells prior to moisturising (Biotec facials have clinically proven results). One hour after – I walked out with incredibly smooth, glowing and visibly brighter skin. One day after – Under-eye area appeared smoother, no reactions to any products. One week on – Still glowing! Lava Shell Relax, Restore, Rejuvenate massage (55 minutes, £70) This is ‘the one’ to book for autumn and winter. Try this if you love hot stones – these smooth porcelain self-heating shells are far better. They create 10 times more heat than stones, retain it for longer and allow continuous massage strokes, whilst the edges can be applied to specific pressure points. They really get ‘in there’ to work and stimulate blood flow. This is an amazing treatment and the heat made a real difference to my injury. One hour after – Tensions felt ironed out, skin deeply moisturised, ankle swelling reduced (allowing better mobility for prescribed exercises). One day after – I felt the effects of deep tissue massage all over. One week on – A convert to shells!