The first time I saw a salt glow on a spa menu, I was perplexed. What was it exactly? how did it differ from a sugar scrub, or a sea salt scrub?
I soon discovered that this was a service I could not go without for too long. It’s a glorious exfoliating treatment that is stimulating to your skin and leaves it feeling “glowing,” just as the name promises.
A salt scrub is a very popular body treatment at our spa. It exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin softer and smoother. This treatment hydrates your skin because the salt is combined with an oil and usually some aromatic scent such as lemon, lavender, or other essential oils. The salt glow is followed by a shower and an application of body lotion, and leaves your skin feeling very soft and silky.
What can I expect during a Salt Glow Scrub?
A salt glow scrub is quite messy so it usually takes place in a wet room.
You will be laying on a massage table covered with a towel or sheet or a thin piece of plastic, or you might be lying on a wet table. If you wish you can wear a pair of disposable panties provided by the spa.
The therapist rubs a mixture of sea salt, oil, and aromatics like lemon or lavender gently on your skin and rubs this on your back. You then turn over and she does the other side. The abrasiveness of the salt removes the dead skin cells. If they rub too hard, be sure to let them know.Usually, you are draped with a towel, and only the part she is working on is exposed.
When she finishes you will step into a shower to rinse off all the salt. You want to keep the oil and aromatics on your skin so skip the soap for this step.
You can get a salt glow on its own, but it is often combined with a seaweed or mud body wrap. That’s because exfoliation prepares the skin for products like seaweed or algae that detoxify the body by stimulating circulation through vasodilation of blood capillaries.
You can also combine a salt glow with a massage. I highly recommend getting the salt glow first because it is stimulating, whereas the massage calms you down. Some clients like to combine both services – salt glow scrub and massage.