Want bright, radiant skin? Try the scrubs at these eight spas. These invigorating treatments use exotic ingredients like pink mother-of-pearl, turquoise, coffee and hammam stone to increase circulation, remove toxins and exfoliate, resulting in smoother, younger looking skin.
Natives to the Islands of Turks and Caicos have always known the natural health benefits of conch shell lining. The pink mother-of-pearl is famous for its abundance of proteins and anti-aging keratins, and when ground, turns into a gentle exfoliator. On top of removing dead skin cells and fighting the signs of aging, the grounds also leave the skin bright and luminous for a natural glowing look. You can find this treatment at the Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos as part of the Mother of Pearl package.
The indigenous people of Mexico have long used herbal medicines—known for their exotic colors and aromas—to improve both physical and mental health. The Aurora Spa, located at the Las Alcobas in Mexico City, combines natural flower oils and seawater crystals with the herbs rosemary, mint and chamomile to nourish the skin and detoxify the entire body. The healing herbs also heighten the senses of touch and smell to increase circulation while the sea salts work to exfoliate the skin, leaving your entire body feeling cleansed and soothed.
Native Americans were known to use turquoise gemstones in their healing rituals, and at the Revive Spa located at the JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, massage specialists are following suit. Turquoise is known as a purification stone and is used to ward off negative energies. When ground-up and combined with sage and desert salts to create this unique scrub, it continues that reputation by detoxifying and exfoliating the skin, leaving it smooth and naturally hydrated. Aside from these physical benefits, turquoise is also known to contain water energy, which helps facilitate the body’s energy flow.
Using salts from the Dead Sea, invigorating oils and ground coffee grains, this scrub available at the Cal-a-Vie in San Diego, is especially effective in the treatment of cellulite. The coffee grains are rich in antioxidants and assist the salts in completely exfoliating the skin while aloe vera and olive oil work to smooth out unsightly bumps. The aroma and effects of the coffee grains also work to ease tension and relax the mind, making it an ideal scrub to completely treat the body and spirit.
Offered by the Exhale Spa, which has various locations in cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, this scrub combines methods to provide a treatment that not only maximizes its effectiveness, but also is long-lasting. Begin with a warm water wash to help stimulate detoxification by softening skin and increasing perspiration. Next, a two-step exfoliation takes place on top of heated hammam stone, starting with an aromatherapy scrub made from all organic ingredients and customized to your scent. Lastly, the scrub is rinsed using cool water, and an aromatherapy mist is applied to seal in the scrub in order to prevent its healthy benefits from escaping after the treatment.
Fynbos Exfoliation and Scrub
In South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom, there is a dense population of fynbos, which are unique plants found in South Africa that range from tall shrubs to small herbs. Included in this family of vegetation is the rooibos, a bush made popular by its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and used locally in the brewing of tea. The Pezula Spa and Gym located in Knysna has found yet another use for this precious plant, which is a main ingredient in its unique spa scrub. Combined with a mineral volcanic rock massage, the fynbos scrub works wonders for hydrating and regenerating skin while also reducing redness and irritation.
Located in Seattle, the Woodmark Hotel offers a fully personalized spa scrub with all natural ingredients that aim to rejuvenate the skin. The treatment starts with your choice of sugar scrub, with coconut, cucumber mint, mimosa champagne, pear and green apple, and apricot rounding out the choices. While your body is still wrapped, a masque—also of your choice—is applied as you enjoy a gentle scalp massage. Lastly, a personalized moisturizer is used to sheen the skin with a satisfying glow.
Quinoa has become a popular health swap in the U.S., but in South America the heart-healthy grain is also a serious skin-care ingredient. Boasting gentle exfoliating properties, the signature Quinoa Scrub at Cusco, Peru’s Palacio del Inka (a must-stop spot on the road to Machu Picchu) polishes skin to perfection through an energizing enzymatic blend of—you guessed it—the headlining ingredient of custom-blended quinoa mixed with your choice of pure essential oils (tell your therapist exactly what you are looking to gain out of the treatment and they can make sure you have the right oil for it).
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