Salt Glow Body Scrub Treatment

What to expect during the salt glow treatment at day spa? When you think salt, you probably think food. Skin doesn't seem like an appropriate association. But in reality, the marriage of sea salt and skin brings phenomenal beauty results. Sea salt is a natural exfoliate due to its coarse texture; when combined with oils and a thickening agent, sea salt becomes a perfect spa product. Actually, exfoliating treatments with sea salt, known as salt glows, are one of the most popular items on most spas menus.

What is a salt glow?

Salt Glow Treatment
"Salt glow" refers to an exfoliating service offered at spas. It's called a glow because your body's unneeded dead skin will be gently rubbed off with the salt scrub, leaving radiant new skin exposed. The salt product is made from sea salt, which has large, abrasive granules that can buff skin surfaces safely. Usually, the sea salt is combined with natural oils and fragrances to create an aromatic scrub that moisturizes while it exfoliates. After a treatment, your skin will not only look better, but it will also feel softer and smell pleasant due to the oils.

What goes into salt scrubs?

Salt scrubs are mixtures of coarse sea salt, essential oils, thickening agents like cornstarch, and other botanicals. Most spas make their own salt glow products, so the texture and aroma of a scrub will vary from place to place. A few common salt glow scents include lemon, fig, olive, cucumber, lavender and vanilla.

What happens during a salt glow treatment?

Salt glows are quite simple treatments. They start with a short shower to moisten the body. Then, the spa therapist applies the salt scrub to your body, usually starting with your back and working her way down the body. She's then flip you over and scrub your front side. After all parts of the body have been buffed, it's time for another shower.
Depending on the spa, this second shower could be a classic standing rinse or a Vichy shower, which takes place while you're lying down under multiple streams of water. Once all the salt has been removed, the therapist finishes the treatment by rubbing you down with lotion. After your scrub, your skin will feel velvety soft and will smell great!
Salt glows don't take very long to complete, so they are often done together with other spa treatments. It's common to see them combined with body wraps; a salt glow helps cleanse and exfoliate the body, getting it ready for a detoxifying wrap treatment. Other spas will combine a salt glow with a scalp therapy or a bath soak; massages can be combined with salt glows too. In most cases, it's best to start your day at the spa with the exfoliating salt service because it prepares your skin to take in other products that will be applied later.

Sensitive skin precautions

Salt is a course abrasive and can be painful for people with sensitive skin. If you're concerned about a salt treatment feeling uncomfortable, ask for a gentle therapist when you book your appointment. A light touch should feel more soothing. And if you feel pain during your treatment, don't hesitate to let your therapist know! She should be happy to ease up on the pressure. People with dry skin shouldn't get a salt scrub unless recommended by their esthetician.

Nudity and salt glows

Like most body treatments, salt glows are performed on naked bodies. Since the goal is to exfoliate the entire body, it wouldn't make sense to wear clothes during this treatment. However, that doesn't mean that you'll be parading around the spa in the nude if you opt for a salt scrub. Most American spas are very supportive of modesty. You'll be given a robe to wear while moving between treatment rooms, and the therapist will leave the room as you undress and lie on a wet table. The therapist should use a draping technique to keep most of your body covered with towels during the treatment; she'll only expose the part that's being worked on at any time. You'll also be given a pair of disposable panties to wear during the scrub.
Keep in mind that body treatments are private services at the spa, so the only person who will see your nude body will be your therapist; she sees naked bodies all the time and won't judge you. However, if you know that you would be uncomfortable during a body treatment, choose another spa service. Nudity isn't a big issue at the spa, but if being nude will make your treatment less enjoyable, it's worth it to book a facial or other fully clothed service.

How much does it cost?

Salt glows in and of themselves aren't extremely costly, but since they're usually combined with other treatments, they can be part of a large bill. Expect to pay upwards of $150 for an hour-long salt glow and wrap service.

Who should get a salt glow?

A treatment is suitable for almost everyone. The one exception is people with very dry skin, who might want to ask the spa staff if a salt glow is right for them. If you have sensitive skin, it's okay to get the treatment, just make sure you tell the therapist to use a gentle touch so your skin doesn't become irritated.

If nudity is an issue for you, a treatment may not be the best treatment to order. You will only be exposed in sections, as towels will cover the parts of your body not being worked on. Also, many spas provide disposable underwear to use during a body treatment. But the combination of total-body treatment with a wet shower does not bode well for modesty. You therapist is used to nudity and won't judge your body, but if you know you would be uncomfortable, go with another spa service.

At-home salt scrubs

It's easy to take advantage of salt treatments at home. Your spa probably sells pre-mixed scrubbing products that are suitable for use once a week. If you'd prefer to mix your own scrub, however, feel free - a salt glow isn't difficult to make. The most important thing to remember is to use sea salt, not table salt. Find some coarse sea salt, mix it will olive oil, and add cornstarch. Then, add an essential oil to give the scrub a scent. Voila! You've got your own scrub!
Be careful with at-home salt scrubs. As with any exfoliating product, salt scrubs can be overused, and if you scrub too often, you'll irritate your skin. Once a week is the most the average person should use a scrub.