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Springing out of Winter with a Salt Glow

Spring is here! It’s time to shed the cocoon – scarves, layers, coats, and tights – all of your winter cover-ups. But as you do, you may also find that you need to shed the dull complexion they leave behind. If you skimped on visits or neglected your body during winter, there’s no time like the present to prepare your complexion for its Spring 2014 debut, and a salt glow treatment is the perfect way to do it.

What Is A Salt Glow Treatment

The primary purpose of the salt glow or salt scrub is exfoliation. Its stimulating effect and ability to slough off the top layers of dead skin, make it an ideal post-winter treatment, and a spa favorite. Sea salt — a great natural exfoliant because of its coarse granules – is usually combined with a base oil, like jojoba, almond or avocado, and essential oils are added for their therapeutic benefits. Lavender is a popular choice because of its calming properties. Lemon essential oil is also a spa favorite because of its astringent and uplifting properties.

While the benefits are numerous and the end results impressive, the treatment itself is quite simple. While lying on a massage bed our therapist will start applying the salt glow mixture in circular motions to your whole body, buffing away your dead skin cells to unearth a radiant, smooth complexion. After your scrub, hot towels are applied to your body to wipe away the salt. Your therapist will then apply a hydrating moisturizer with Swedish massage strokes, leaving your body silky smooth and leaving you renwed and refreshed.

Combining Your Salt Glow With Other Treatments

Because salt scrubs slough off dead skin and rough patches, they prepare the body to better receive treatments coming after, ensuring you get the best results, and maximum benefits of the products used. Just as you’d prep and prime a wall before painting it, so that the paint sits better and lasts longer, salt scrubs do the same for the body. As a result, it’s a great treatment to have before a spray tan or self tan. It preps your body for the tan, ensuring it applies evenly without streaking and lasts longer. Body Wraps also do well when combined with the salt glow since the removal of dead skin allows for better absorption by the body.

Combining a salt glow treatment with a massage is also popular. While the salt glow stimulates the body, having a relaxing massage after will calm you down again. Additionally, you’re likely to benefit more from the essential oils used during your massage.

Making Sure You are Comfortable

While the salt glow is a relatively simple treatment, we want to ensure that you have a comfortable experience. Salt granules are abrasive, and we take care in applying them to the body, particularly on sensitive skin. Make sure you don’t wax or shave before your treatment, since this may result in a salt glow treatment that burns and leaves you red, raw and sore.

Maintain Your Salt Glow Treatment At Home

Maintaining that “just left the spa glow” at home is easy. Pick up a pre-mixed body scrub. We offer a deliously smelling body scrub for home care from Dermalogica. You can also easily make your own body scrub for at home use. Simply step into your kitchen, grab the sea salt (or brown sugar) and olive oil. Add approximately two to three parts oil to salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, the Body Celebratio Relaxation Oil blend is a perfect addition! Be sure not to over do it at home. Using your scrub a couple times a week while showering is enough.

So, if you’re still shaking of those winter blues, and longing for a healthy glow and gorgeous skin as you step into the season of flowers, blossoms and warmer days, call us up and book a salt glow treatment. You may arrive feeling cocooned in dry, flaky winter skin, but I promise, you’ll emerge like a glorious butterfly, ready for spring!

Corinna Kavanagh

Corinna Kavanagh

Owner, Lic. Esthetician, Cert. Massage Therapist

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