While beauty balms may be
known for the wrinkle-reducing or moisturizing
benefits of their ingredients, even the most potent product would have a tough
time competing with the all-over body treatment offered at one Japanese spa.
At the Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan (about 90km southwest of Tokyo),
visitors can soak in pools filled with wine, sake, coffee or green tea for a total skin treatment
like no other. Each of the pools has different skin-saving benefits, along with
their own playful decor reflecting the beverage bath of choice.
Seek out one of these
soaks for a specific skin need, or take a dip in all of them to really quench your body’s thirst.
An oversized cask drips fresh sake into the
covered outdoor soaking pool, where bathers can benefit from the famous
Japanese rice wine's kojic
acids, which work to decrease
the appearance of age and sun spots.
Green tea spa
A 2m-tall teapot sits above a
small covered outdoor pool filled with tea grown in Japan’s Tanzawa and Hakone
mountains. Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins that protect cells
and keep skin looking younger. Though all of the beverage spas are kept warm,
travellers report the tea spa as the hottest, clocking in at around 42C.
With a 3.6m tall statue of a wine bottle and
an outdoor pool filled with ruby red liquid, the wine spa is hard to miss. Red wine contains resveratol, an antioxidant that
protects the skin from environmental damage, so fresh red wine is poured into
the pool daily, and the spa uses specialty red wine a
few times a year, including the annual November release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a favorite French wine in Japan.
The coffee at Yunessun is brewed with water from natural hot springs in
Hakone, and fresh batches are poured in periodically
throughout the day. The caffeine in the coffee works to reduce the appearance
of skin puffiness and cellulite.
The beverage spas are
just four of Yunessun’s 26 relaxation attractions. Visitors can also enjoy the Turkish
hammam, mist sauna or Finnish bath. Admission to the whole park costs 2,600 yen
for adults and 1,300 yen for children.