When you survey the treatments available at the Peninsula Hot Springs, you’ll notice the descriptions are peppered with mentions of exotic and obscure ingredients. These ingredients are of course part of the beauty and spa treatment lingo, but as consumers, we often lump these ingredients together under the category of ‘good things for my skin’ without bothering to investigate their unique properties. This is a mistake, as these natural ingredients have very specific, powerful benefits that can be used to manage a wide variety of skin concerns. In this article, we provide a rundown of some of the ingredients and their properties used in treatments at the Peninsula Hot Springs’ Spa Dreaming Centre.
Australian Volcanic Mud
Sourced from Victoria’s volcanic plains, volcanic mud is known for its cleansing, rebalancing, antiseptic, healing, regenerative and moisturising properties. As the mud dries on the skin it generates heat to increase circulation and perspiration and eliminate toxins whilst absorbing excess oils and fatty secretions.
Tasmanian kelp seaweed is nutrient dense and contains amino acids and trace elements which stimulate circulation to brighten and rejuvenate the skin. This ingredient is ideal for skin in need of hydration or a temporary boost in appearance (around 72 hours) so it’s great to use in preparation for a big event.
Australian Sea Salt
Collected from Australia’s natural salt pans, this ingredient is high in magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium. The salt can of course be used to exfoliate dead skin but soaking in a bath with mineral salts can also help to plump up the skin as the salt attracts and binds water. Hydration is also improved, and roughness is decreased as salt improves the skin’s barrier function. This treatment can be used to soothe skin issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and dry skin.
Moroccan Argan Oil
Rich in beneficial nutrients, fatty acids and vitamin E, argan oil is great for giving skin a natural hydration boost. This oil is also non-greasy and non-irritating which makes it suitable for all skin types.
A natural clay from the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, rhassoul clay is rich in iron, magnesium, silica, potassium, sodium, lithium and trace elements. This ingredient is known for its ability to absorb excess oils, deeply cleanse and tighten pores as well as exfoliate, soften and smooth the skin. This treatment Is ideal for oily and combination skin types.
Known as the most powerful and effective rose oil, oil from the Rosa Damescena plant has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hydrating and mild skin tightening properties. These qualities make damask rose oil ideal for dry and sensitive skin types.
Extracted from the seeds of local grape varieties, grape balm improves skin tone and also plays a role in cell repair.
Peninsula Hot Springs uses Synthesis Organics oils in many of their facial treatments. Below are just a few of the key ingredients used in their formulas.
Oil from the Roman chamomile plant has some antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities and can be used to soothe dry, itchy and irritated skin as well as conditions such as eczema. These properties make it suitable for use on dry and sensitive skin types.
A skincare staple, jojoba oil is known for its ability to balance out sebum production. For skin types that have a sebum deficiency (such as dry and mature skin) the oil helps improve moisture. For skin types that have an excess of sebum (oily and acne prone skin) jojoba helps to reduce and regulate oil flow resulting in a more balanced complexion.
Evening Primrose Oil
Extracted from the seeds of evening primrose flowers, this oil is packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It is known for its ability to soothe, heal and reduce inflammation, making it ideal for use on skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, acne and psoriasis.
Extracted from seaweed, marine extract is great for mature, sun damaged and stressed skin. It offers a strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effect, encourages cell energy, provides in-depth moisturisation, and helps to firm the skin.
A popular oil for use on dry and mature skins, macadamia oil helps soothe and moisturise skin, encourages cell regeneration, balances sebum production, and does not clog pores.
Often called the ‘beauty berry’, sea buckthorn is packed full of nutrients and is known for its ability to rejuvenate the skin, creating a more youthful glow. Unsurprisingly, these qualities make sea buckthorn a common ingredient in anti-ageing treatments.
If you want to experience firsthand the effects of these unique natural ingredients, book a treatment at the Peninsula Hot Springs’ Spa Dreaming Centre.