For years, tourists have flocked to Ischia to enjoy the benefits of soaking in its volcanic mud and thermal hot springs. For this Amalfi Coast travel specialist, I now swear that I have found the fountain of youth and it lies on Ischia. No woman likes to give away her beauty secrets but I will readily share the joys of the Spa at L’Albergo Regina Isabella.
Under the charming guidance of manager Costanza Popolano, the staff at the Regina Isabella spa whisks you away to places no ordinary spa can take you…….in my case, to time travel back at least 10 years.
I have never been a big fan of facials. To me they have always been troppo caro facial cleansing with no great residual or photographic value. That was the case until I discovered the customized anti-aging facial with electronic stimulation at Regina Isabella.
The spa uses its own line of skin care products and therapist Piera carefully applied specialty cleansers and serums, each full of secret ingredients that included rose flower oil, calendula, aloe, lecithin, soy, algae, hyaluronic acid and olive oil (hey, it is Italy, afterall!), mostly things I could pronounce without an advanced chemistry degree. My face was cleansed and masked and then stimulated with low frequency currents.
Your face tingles, and if you have any sensitive teeth issues at all, you will feel it when the stim touches those nerves. Piera was quite attentive to my feelings and adjusted the current as the treatment progressed.
I left the spa feeling relaxed but again thinking this was just an ordinary facial……….then, one morning, Cinderella woke up, about three weeks later, expecting to see the usual tired face which greets her daily and instead received a surprise. My face was brighter, lighter, more relaxed and my skin was tighter. My stimulated collagen kicked in and I wanted to swim across the Bay of Naples and hug Piera.
When you hit a certain age, collagen production diminishes and your face starts to look sluggish. Yet, three weeks after this treatment, I forgot about all of that stress which was evident in the mirror. I followed it up with a second treatment, a month later, and now I am addicted, seriously addicted. I don’t know why more spas in New York don’t offer this treatment. This resort in Ischia has always been my romantic favorite. Now, the antiage facial at the Spa at L’Albergo Regina Isabella is just the frosting on the sfogliatelle! Next stop – watsu and I’ll be in spa heaven!