Body scrubs are almost an essential service at every kind of day spa. They are considered a luxury service, but there are many benefits to them as well. Using a body scrub exfoliates the skin, gently removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from pores. This decreases the appearance of acne, and exposes your skins natural vibrant and healthy glow. Body scrubs made with naturally occurring oils are hydrating, as bathing can cause your skin to lose its natural moisture. Having someone else do the scrub for you is not only a nice way to relax, but it can yield more thorough results. For all these reasons, I am proud to announce that as of February 1, 2017, I will be offering four different kinds of body scrubs in my practice. Listed here are four body scrubs that I will offer, and the benefits of their ingredients.
Hazelnut Coffee Scrub
- Organic coconut oil – Coconut oil restores dry, flaky skin. It is also packed with Vitamin E and other antioxidants that keep your skin looking young and vibrant. It can soothe pain caused by dermatitis, sunburn, and bug bites (Early, 2014).
- Organic sugar – Besides serving as an exfoliant, sugar acts as a humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the air into your skin. It also contains glycolic acid, which encourages cell-turnover, giving your skin a healthy glow (Davidson Hoyt, 2013).
- Organic coffee – Coffee grounds serve as an exfoliant, giving your skin a brighter, healthier glow. It is also full of beneficial antioxidants.
- Hazelnut – The hazelnut is full of Vitamin E and antioxidants that keep your skin moisturized and restores its elasticity. It can also reduce the appearance of acne (Sharma, 2017).
Chocolate Coconut Scrub
- Organic coconut oil
- Organic brown sugar – Brown sugar serves as an exfoliant for the skin. It is a gentler exfoliant than white sugar, and therefore is more ideal for sensitive skin. (Stratford, 2017)
- Organic dark chocolate – Dark chocolate is full of powerful antioxidants and can protect your skin against sun damage, and removes signs of stress from our skin. It can also hydrate skin and increase skin’s thickness.
Oatmeal Honey Scrub
- Organic grapeseed oil – Grapeseed oil is a very light oil that is great for moisturizing skin. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat acne. It can also tighten the skin, reducing signs of aging (Grapeseed Oil for Skin, 2017).
- Organic brown sugar
- Raw Honey – Raw honey is full of enzymes that clarify skin, reducing the appearance of acne. It is also full of antioxidants and nutrients that keep your skin healthy. (Loux, 2014)
- Freshly ground gluten free oatmeal – Oatmeal is ideal for clearing up acne, moisturizing the skin, and relieving itchiness and inflammation caused by dermatitis (Surbhi, 2016).
Green Tea Sugar Scrub
- Organic grapeseed oil
- Organic sugar
- Organic green tea – Studies suggest that green tea may help prevent skin cancer and sun damage. Studies also show green tea to be beneficial in reducing the appearance of rosacea, and resist skin degradation that comes with age.
When you get a body scrub at a spa, it is usually performed by a massage therapist. Most massage therapist will perform the treatment while you lay face up, asking you sit up so she can reach your back. Some massage therapists may ask you to turn over as you would during a massage session. If you massage therapist has a wet room with a shower available, you will have the opportunity after your treatment to jump in the shower and rinse off. If she doesn’t, she may take the scrub off herself with hot towels.
As in a massage therapy session, you will be asked to dress down to your comfort level. You do not need to take off your underwear, but you will remain appropriately covered at all times regardless of whether or not your completely disrobe. You should let your massage therapist know if you have any allergies to any of the ingredients in her scrubs, so she may use substitutions.
Please keep in mind that none of the information is intended to be medical advice, or replace information provided by a doctor. You should always follow the advice of your primary care physician.
If you’d like to book a time for a body scrub, massage, (or both!) please visit my website.
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