The Top 5 Destinations in Russia for the Beauty-Obsessed
While most European countries are now falling into the "been there, done that" category for travelers, Russia remains at the top of many people's bucket lists. But besides visiting the colorful domes of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow and the famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, we can assure you that there are way more travel options out there, especially for beauty, wellness, and skincare-obsessed.
Ahead, we've compiled a list of the five destinations you need on your radar, including cool climates, adventure-friendly locations, and tropical paradises. Not only are they guaranteed to offer quality content for your Instagram feed, but they will also help you experience beauty from a whole new lens.
Located in the south of Siberia, the Altai Mountains are Russia's best-kept secret. Chances are, Siberia makes you think of bears, freezing temperatures, and lots of snow. While that's partially true, Siberia has so much more to offer, like incredible resorts to help you experience nature (and self-care) like you never have before.
For those curious to explore the famous Russian banya, the Altai area's resorts offer authentic spa experiences in cedar-wood banyas. They are known to have many healing benefits by drawing out toxins from your body, making the skin look visibly firmer. If you're more of a DIY enthusiast, consider gathering pine needles on your walk through a Siberian forest and using them next time you decide to take a relaxing bath. Pine needles are known for their calming and soothing benefits, supporting overall skin health.
Did you know that Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world? Still an up-and-coming destination for visitors (don't expect a five-star hotel just yet), Baikal offers Insta-worthy views and the purest water in the world. Take a deep breath, inhale fresh air naturally scented by gorgeous pine trees, and find a quiet spot with the lake view to unwind. Absorbing the best Baikal’s nature has to offer and relaxing during your stay will help you have a good night sleep - your skin and body will thank you.
One of Russia's southernmost parts, Sochi is a popular destination for those looking for beach time, palm trees, and warm waters of the Black Sea. Sochi is also home to many spa treatments using local mud known for its minerals that help minimize scars, soothe inflammation, and provide antimicrobial benefits to the skin—on top of endless health benefits.
The highest mountain in Europe, Elbrus has been drawing the attention of hikers and mountain climbers worldwide. The journey up the mountain may take a few days but don't fret—if climbing mountains isn't your beat, you can still enjoy the area right below it, which is home to many resorts offering mineral waters to take your wellness and beauty routines to the next level.
And if tea is your beverage of choice, consider yourself in luck as local people have a special tea-drinking ceremony inspired by traditions going several generations back. They hand-pick medicinal plants and berries from the foothills of the mountains, before drying them out and giving each one a special treatment! After that, they're carefully stored until teatime.
The Kamchatka Peninsula is home to the Valley of Geysers, the world's second-largest concentration of geysers after Yellowstone National Park. The area is considered one of the most volcanically active places on earth, with over 100 thermal spas, many of which are open to the public year-round. Picture it now: going for a nighttime swim in a hot pool (no human-made heaters included) amidst heaps of sparkling snow, gazing at the starry sky.
The waters of Kamchatka's thermal pools help keep inflammation at bay and even heal wounds. They are infused with a potent complex of minerals, with radium and hydrogen sulphide providing the most healing benefits.
For those ready to take their Russian adventure to the next level, consider jumping into a chilly lake supported by cold underground springs. As crazy as it sounds, the cold water will give your immune system a boost, and you'll immediately feel an energy spike! Rumor has it that those who dive into Kamchatka springs at dawn are rewarded with health and eternal youth. Sign us up...