This Treatment, That Spa
Should you get a body wrap at a medi-spa or resort? And what can you trust the gym spa for? WH beauty editor Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini answers your questions
> Get a massage at a day spa.
Day spas focus on beauty and relaxation and even though they do cater for skin and body treatments, these treatments are non-medical – like light chemical peels and basic microdermabrasion treatments. Plus, they’re usually more affordable than their hotel counterparts.
> Get a high-tech facial at a medi-spa.
High-tech meaning anything involving lasers or peels. Medical spas combine that luxury with clinical medicine. “It’s really important to know the licensing and training of the actual treatment provider,” says Gotlhokwang.
> Get a body treatment at a hotel/resort spa.
The best thing about a hotel/resort spa is you have the option to stay the night. So when you’re all scrubbed down and lubed up, you can just throw on your robe and head back to your room.
> Get finishing touches at a gym spa.
“Also, they have greater intel on loosening up joints and releasing muscle tension, which can help your body recover,” explains Gotlhokwang.