Having just spent four nights in BEAUTIFUL Iceland, we have been left (frozen!) absolutely enchanted by the scenery and the natural wonders that the country has to offer.
One of the first questions people always ask when we say that we’ve been to Iceland, is ‘Did you go to The Blue Lagoon….?’
This was definitely a trip highlight (minus the bikini run from the changing room to the Lagoon!) and something that we wouldn’t have missed. Not only was the place beautiful, it left my skin feeling the best it has done in ages – but I’ll get into that in more detail later.
For those of you that don’t know much about the Blue Lagoon (I’ll get the facts out the way first!), it is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant (Svartsengi). Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. The water is then fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in – thanks Wikipedia 👍🏼
The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface and on its way to the surface, the picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C (100°F). The rich mineral content of the water means that there are many skincare benefits associated with it and its reputed to help many skin conditions (including psoriasis).
The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients, Silica, Algae & Minerals – which also make up the components of the fresh face masks on offer during your time there.
After making our way over to the ‘Hut’, we were told that we should scoop the Silica Mud Mask (White) and leave on our skin for ten minutes. The Silica strengthens the skin’s barrier function and provides a healthy and radiant appearance.
We washed the Md mask off after the ten minutes and then went back to collect a scoop of the next face mask – the Algae Mask (Green). The Blue Lagoon’s natural Algae Mask nourishes your skin from within, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and providing an immediate lift and youthful glow. We left this one on for 15 minutes this time, before washing off again.
Although at the time we didn’t notice too much difference, afterwards (and that night), I felt my skin was unbelievably soft and firm!
They have all sorts of products for you to buy in the gift shop once you’ve dried off including….
The masks themselves – in gift boxes…
And even lip balms etc!
Although I really rated the masks, they were on the expensive side (coming in at about £40) and I wasn’t sure that the effect would be the same back home!! I’ve noticed that you can buy them from their website though, so if I’m feeling plush one payday, I might yet decide to treat myself….watch this space!! 😘