When it comes to summer trends, skin is always in! By the time summer comes around people are more than ready to shed those winter layers and bask in the warmth of the summer’s sun, but after those long winter days our bodies can be feeling a little neglected. “In the winter people kind of forget about their bodies because they aren’t exposed as much” explains Cori, my good friend and practicing medical esthetician. (Remember her from Glowing Skin for spring) If you happen to be one of those people who forget you have a body under all those layers, not to fear, there are body treatments out there that are great at flaking off winter skin and preparing your skin for shorts. Such treatments would include Body Scrubs and Wraps.
So, what exactly are a Body Scrub and Wrap treatment? It’s simply an exfoliation and moisturizing treatment, simple explanation for fairly simple treatments. These treatments are usually done together but there is the option of having one without the other, here’s how they work:
The body scrub is the exfoliating treatment, it works to remove the layer of dead skin off your body and reveal the beautiful, new living skin underneath. For both treatments you will be your bathing suit or if the spa provides them disposable, the esthetician will apply the scrub by rubbing it onto your entire body, usually in a circular motion, than the scrub is rinsed off and moisturizer is applied. If you chose to have the wrap afterwards the moisturizer will be held off until the end of the wrap treatment.
The body wrap is the moisturizing treatment; it’s great for promoting blood flow, reducing the appearance of cellulite and giving the skin that glowing look. Exfoliating the skin is always the first step in this treatment; this is to ensure the product actually reaches the skin. Too much dead skin build up prevents the product from penetrating the skin and allowing it to get the maximum benefit from it. But just because you need to exfoliate the skin first doesn’t necessarily mean you must have the body scrub treatment, ask instead to have a dry brush exfoliation, it might actually be cheaper. (Sneaky Cori is so good at her job and up selling she didn’t mention that, she assumed because I switched fields I forgot all my training, but I didn’t!…I’m just teasing Cor :-P) After exfoliation, the esthetician will use a brush to apply the wrap to your entire body and then wrap you up like a mummy in plastic and blankets (heat helps the product penetrate the skin), this is left on for about 30 mins. Afterwards the wrap is rinsed off and moisturizer is applied.
The price for these treatments will vary from spa to spa, on average a body scrub treatment by itself can range anywhere from $60 – $100 dollars, while a body wrap treatment by itself cost roughly $100. Together the treatments can cost up to $200. Again these prices will range from spa to spa. The most common ingredients used in these treatments are sea salt (just for scrubs), seaweed and coffee but every spa will offer their own variation of the treatments using their own special mix of ingredients.
For those who happen to be low on cash or just don’t have the time to go to the spa to get these treatments there are some things you can do at home that will give you the same results. Though body wraps can’t easily be done at home, exfoliating can easily be done. Luffa, exfoliating mittens and body scrubs can all be purchased at your local drug stores or beauty shops and don’t forget to moisturizer after exfoliating. Look for a moisturizer with SPF in it, that new glowing living skin you’ve just uncovered is really sensitive to the sun and can easily burn. Remember that these treatments don’t just have to for the summer, just because we don’t see much of our bodies during the winter doesn’t mean we should forget them. Body wraps with their moisturizing benefits are also really great for the winter when the harsh winds can leave our skin feeling really dry.