Function: ESPA: Pioneers in a life of wellness

By Jo Phillips

Wellness is the art of helping people change their lifestyle to achieve a state of optimal health whether crossing beauty, excise health, leisure and fitness; where mind and body meet.

A brand synonymous with the term wellness is ESPA. One of the pioneering brands created specifically for spa treatments, it was founded by Sue Harmsworth who started out in the spa business in the 80’s. This was a time of rebirth, as the idea of leisure pursuits like exercise for relaxation and spa treatments began the resurgence we see today. She realised there were no specific products to be utilised so she filled the gap in the market and created ESPA. Utilising essential oils, plant and marine extracts and the know-how of skin experts, ESPA is heralding the way for wellness in beauty. With their heritage in spa expertise, they are certainly leaders in taking a holistic full body and mind approach to health and wellness.


With over 450 of some of the finest spas in 50 countries, each offering luxury wellness for the mind and body, the company has over 3,500 highly trained therapists administering over 3 million treatments in order to experience first-hand what works for every age and skin type. If you cannot personally visit one of the spas, there is also a skin consultation tool that will analyse your skin type in order to understand which of their products will bring out your best assets. 

Among some of ESPA’s most pivotal products are their face, body and hair products for both women and men, all created at their spas by expert biochemists. They express the power of nature first and foremost and want to bring out the natural beauty of each individual. The key ingredients of Argan Oil, Summer Snowflake Bulb, Inca Inchi Oil Yucca Extract and Rose Oil represent how the focus of ESPA is ingredients purely extracted from nature. They are also known to not using synthetic colour or fragrance, parabens, silicone or mineral oil as these are known to have unwanted effects on the skin or derive from unnatural sources that have pure alternatives. Some of their products have even become widely recognised as cult classics in the beauty world, such as their Pink Hair & Scalp Mud mask.

With this in mind, ESPA has rebranded their company to reflect how their ethos fits into modern life and to further visually emphasise the clean, natural and simple products that they offer. The goal is to reiterate the holistic approach of the brand, delivering a spa experience, the impact of our health on beauty and their work with aromatherapists.

So the news is that ESPA is launching a limited edition Restorative Balm which is all about the wellbeing of our mind and a Tri-Active Advanced Night Booster, that seeks to revitalise tired skin. The Restorative Balm’s mix of Rose, Lavender, Orange, Palmarosa, Myrrh and Niaouli aim to destress, brighten up, soothe and clear up your mind by being applied to wrists and temples. What sounds better than a natural, quick remedy for a stress ridden life?


Also there is the Night Booster, on the other hand, focuses on defying age by intensively boosting skin cell regeneration while you sleep. Consisting of Flower and Caffeine, Bidens Pilosa, Winged Kelp, Canola Oil and an Essential Oil blend, the blend protects, strengthens and intensifies the skin’s renewal cycle.


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