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Wrinkle-busting in Bath

There are certain facials that seem to come with a guarantee of youthfulness. Bliss Spa's oxygenated facial is one, Linda Meredith's famous collagen version is another. Celebrities such as Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sadie Frost are forever extolling the virtues of these age-defying treatments; problem is they are only available in London.

Well, listen up, because we've found our own West Country wrinkle-buster - the aptly-named Rejuvenating Facial at the Thermae Bath Spa.

First your skin is cleansed, then a deep treating mask is applied and while you zone out, allowing the mask to do its work, the therapist massages your head, neck and shoulder. Heaven.

The secret ingredient in this facial is Escutox, an extract of hibiscus, which helps repair pair the skin, relax wrinkles and increase skin suppleness. All I know is that I emerged in a jelly-like state of relaxation with skin that felt absurdly soft.

The real test came two days later, I met up with a friend and, unprompted, her first words were: 'Oh my God, your skin looks amazing. You look so young.'

Well, that's what we hand our money over for, isn't it? It won't last for ever, not even, probably more than a few days. But, for a moment, you can halt the ageing process and pretend to be young again.

The Rejuvenating Facial costs £75 at the Thermae Bath Spa



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