The Best DIY Spa Scrubs
By Liz Ritter, Executive Editor |
No passport? No problem. These 10 spa scrubs polish skin to perfection with an exotic mix of ingredients that you can whip up at home.
Known for its secluded overwater villas and jaw-dropping panoramic views, Six Senses Laamu is THE Maldivian destination for total seclusion. But, luckily for relaxation seekers who can’t swing the trip to the island getaway, the spa shares the secrets behind some of its most-clamored for skin care. Inspired by the menu’s popular Laamu Bliss treatment, this signature scrub leaves skin hydrated and smooth with the exotic locale’s indigenous island ingredients that are surprisingly easy to find in most grocery stores stateside. Just combine the following ingredients in equal parts:
- Add hot water gradually until it forms into a paste-like texture
- Apply where desired on the body
- Leave on skin for 15 minutes or until skin begins to warm
- Wash paste off
Don’t have time for a full-blown manicure? Josie Feria, director of spa operations at Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau in Miami says you can fake it with these steps for softer hands in next to no time:
- Buff and moisturize rough skin using a scrub cream and oil or body lotion
- Mix four parts kosher or sea salt with one part warm grapeseed oil, canola oil or olive oil and mix into a paste
- Massage into hands in upward strokes and in circular motion
- Remove with warm/wet towel and follow with nail care by pushing back cuticles using an orange stick and filing rough nail edges with an Emory board. Follow hand massage with body or hand lotion
- Wrap hands in warm cotton gloves or place in plastic bags and wrap with warm towels
The Himalayas are a hike but now the Signature Salt Scrubs from go-to Indian destination spa Ananda can be purchased online and shipped to the states—no major mixing required. The scrubs (along with all their spa products) are made exclusively for the spa from locally sourced and pure indigenous ingredients (think out-of-this world wildflowers and colorful oils and spices that you’ve never even heard of). You can’t go wrong with the Grounding Salt Scrub, a decadent mix of essential oils of rose, vetiver and sandalwood infused into natural sea salt. The invigorating, grainy mix helps stimulate and strengthen skin, while calming and soothing the mind. Just add water.
Suited for all skin types, Chiva-Som’s traditional Thai Body Treatment uses a blend of Thai herbs and flowers for a gentle, full-body scrub that includes a fruity mask of fresh papaya, pineapple and aloe plus a seriously relaxing scalp massage. Even if you don’t have access to the Thai herbs and flowers, you can mix up some papaya, pineapple and aloe at-home in a blender; the spa says the natural enzymes in the fruits help polish skin to perfection—plus, it smells amazing.
With all the benefits to back up the beautifying power of honey, it’s no surprise that the Spa at Four Seasons, Scottsdale, has coined the sweet stuff as “nature’s humectant” and counts its Sonoran Honey Body Polish as one of the most popular offerings on the menu. Lead spa therapist Art Krause shares this recipe to help exfoliate and moisturize skin—right in your shower:
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup salt
- Warm honey
- Rinse body in shower
- Next, mix warm honey and salt
- Vigorously apply in circular strokes to the entire body (excluding the face), paying particular attention to articulations/joints
Looking for a smell-good scrub that also works double-duty to deliver a dose of revitalizing pampering? Lake Austin Spa Resort’s Trisha Shirey, director of Flora and Fauna, recommends the Pick Me Up Coffee Scrub, an essential oil– and herb–infused scrub that utilizes the polishing power of ground coffee beans:
- Take 1/4 cup of sugar and one four-inch sprig of fresh rosemary
- Combine in a spice grinder and process until the rosemary is finely ground. Mix with remaining ingredients:
- 1/4 cup coffee beans, finely ground
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 3 tablespoons of the body oil best for your skin (coconut, almond, jojoba)
- 3 drops each of rosemary oil and grapefruit or peppermint oils
Scrub skin lightly with the mix and shower off. Moisturize afterward with body oil.
Sugar or salt? Fine grains or large granules? How you like your scrub can be specific and Ohio’s Spa Walden House knows you can be picky about your preferences. That’s why the spa gives guests the option of two different scrub bases when mixing up its bespoke blends. Choose from the sugar base, a sweet almond oil concoction that offers a smooth texture and a gentle exfoliation, or opt for the salt base for a more aggressive scrub. No matter which you choose, the real fun comes from picking your customized oil blend, which include decadent and skin-detoxifying ingredients like bergamot, frankincense, lavender, Atlas cedar, rose, basil, wintergreen, and juniper that the spa so graciously gives to guests to use back at home.
Delivering an authentic taste of the Caribbean in a zesty, skin-clarifying concoction, Jamaica Inn’s Ginger Spa Scrub is a good-enough-to-eat sweet-and-spicy blend of the following:
1/4 cup pure coconut oil
1 Tbsp. grated ginger
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup sea salt
4 drops essential oil of your choice
In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the coconut oil and grated ginger. Continue heating for 5-10 minutes until oil has adopted the ginger scent. Remove from heat and pour through a screen or infuser. While the oil is still warm, stir in cold-pressed oil until mixture is thick and creamy. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Stir in sugar and salt and add essential oils as desired. Pack into a container.
The brainchild of Cyntra Clemencia-Gabay, assistant manager of ZoiA Spa Hyatt Regency Aruba, for brightening skin, tightening pores and helping with acne, the Aloe Vera Skin Scrub not only uses the all-star of aloe in a totally unique way, but has the added bonus of being able to be used on the face.
Just throw the following together in a blender:
2 tbsp. of aloe vera
2 tbsp. brown sugar and
1 tsp. of lemon juice
Tomato as a skin condition–tackling basic? YHI Spa at Paradisus Cancun claims the red wonder is major free-radical fighter when applied directly to the skin, thanks to lycopene, which gives it its red color. Not convinced? The spa’s Tomato & Sugar Scrub is so easy to put together (plus, the fragrance of the two kitchen staples somehow smell divine in duo), it’s worth a shot:
1 Tbsp Sugar
Cut tomato in half and dip it in the sugar. Next, rub your skin with the tomato in a circular motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse.