Into the Blue Lagoon

ELLE Beauty Team visit Iceland.

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By Suzanne Scott

On a recent trip to Reykjavik in Iceland I visited the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa for a spot of pampering. Well, I say pampering but that would really depend on whether you consider swimming in a blizzard, relaxing. The water comes from about 2000 meters below the ground where it is heated by the earth to around 37-39°C/102°F and the lagoon itself holds six million litres of geothermal sea water. What this means is that you can bathe in hot water even in ice cold conditions (in this case practically arctic), plus the natural minerals in the water (from the local magma) are incredibly soothing and healing on dry, irritated skin.

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The restorative and healing power of the geothermal waters has been bottled so you can reap the benefit from home. You can buy the products from bluelagoon.com

To see my skin through the sub-zero conditions I slathered on Eucerin's Aquaphor, £8.50 (boots.com). It’s a clear balm that softens and nourishes dry and cracked skin, an absolute skin saviour for my trip.

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