Finding the Fountain of Youth at the Sanctuary European Day Spa in Hilton Head Island

I’m turning 35 in two weeks and, like Ponce de Leon and his fountain of youth, I have set out on a quest to find the best anti-aging services on Hilton Head Island. My journey has proven a challenging one, given the fact that there are so many outstanding spas and signature treatments in the area. But, alas the two services that seemed to turn back the clock the most—the Bioslimming Body Wrap and the Age Reducing Facial—were unearthed at The Sanctuary European Day Spa in Park Plaza.

Lisa Murphy and the Alpha Environmental Capsule

Lisa Murphy and the Alpha Environmental Capsule

The Sanctuary has been in business for 16 years and its owner Lisa Murphy has been rejuvenating her clients for over 25 years. “Of course I want people to feel pampered here, and they do,” said Murphy. “But our treatments are more than just about pampering. We want people to leave here with long lasting results.”

And I did. After the Bioslimming Wrap, I lost one inch from my thighs, waist and stomach and nearly two pounds—not bad in 1½ hours, right?! The process was relaxing as Murphy applied aromatic and skin tingling creams and gels. Then I spent 30 minutes in the Alpha Environmental Capsule, which is so anti-aging it’s like going back into the womb. As if I could not feel more relaxed and youthful, Murphy finished the time warping treatment with a cooling cream that made my skin feel downright giddy.

The Benefits of the Bioslimming Body Wrap:

  • Losing an average of 1-4cm per measured area
  • Reducing the appearance of cellulite and fat deposits, appearance of varicose, thread and spider veins, and fluid retention particularly in the lower legs
  • Detoxing, slimming, firming, and toning the skin
  • Enhancing weight loss by burning calories for two hours post treatment and continuing the slimming and fat burning process for 12 hours following the application
  • Gaining instant and long lasting results

Next, I felt the years fall away with the Age Reducing Facial. This skin-plumping-o-rama includes a collagen mask and enzyme peel on the hands, face and décolleté. I left The Sanctuary looking like a college grad!—(At least, that’s what my husband said.)

Other Services: (to download the full brochure click here)

  • Fruit Acid Double Peel
  • Light Therapy Facials
  • Vitamin C Lifting
  • Microdermabrasion and Peels
  • Collagen, Aromatic or Vitamin C Masks
  • Makeup Lessons
  • Broken Capillary
  • Professional Waxing
  • Electrolysis
  • Eyebrow Shaping and Tinting
  • Eyelash Tinting, Perm and Extensions and Semi-Permanent Lashes
  • Several massage options like Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology
  • Ionithermie (another cellulite killer)
  • Shirodhara (Ayurvedic oil treatment to the forehead)
  • Hollywood Tan
  • The Sanctuary Scrub with Vichy Shower
  • Several signature wraps like the Sedona Clay Wrap, Hydra Quench Wrap and Moor Mud Wrap
  • European or Gel Manicure
  • Spa and Mini Pedicure
  • Mini Pedicure
  • Hand Peels and Mircroderm
  • And several spa packages

Be well, Becca


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