In Europe body scrubs have been a part of a women’s beauty and health regiment for thousands of years. Women would come together in groups and help each with their spa treatments. In Egypt both men and women partake in body scrubs. They realized the healing properties of the scrubs, and used them to help hydrate and stay off wrinkles.
Even today body scrubs can be a great way to relax the body while making your skin feel beautiful, youthful, soft, and glowing. Essentially the process of using a body scrub is to remove dead skin cells from the body, while regaining a glow. Hormonal and dietary influences can cause dryness, bumps and spots on your skin. It also causes sebum to increase and cause clogged pores. Environmental conditions can also play a big factor in your skin condition. Wind and sun are two big environmental agents determined to harm your skin. So when it comes to body scrubs, its good for you to give your skin a helping had regularly to keep your pores unclogged.
There are many types of body scrubs. The most popular is the Sugar scrub which uses different types of sugar and other products to take the dead skin cells off the skin. Another common scrub is a salt scrub, this scrub helps to also take dead skin off the body, and can help
detoxify the skin. Salt scrubs tend to dry out the skin, so it is always a good idea to use a moisturizer after you are done applying the scrub. More less common scrubs will be Herbal, and coffee scrubs. These scrubs are used with detoxifying treatments, and are a great compliment to a massage session.
So what type of scrub is right for you?
Sugar Scrubs are great for sensitive skin. A natural abrasive, sugar granules can help to remove dry, flaky skin cells and brighten tired, dull looking skin.
Salt Scrubs are great for Acne and oily skin. Many salts such as Magnesium sulfate have anti inflammatory affects. That combined with oils are a great way to exfoliate your skin while helping your inflammation and to help you relax. Though salt is known to dry out your skin, usually this type of scrub will include a re hydration with a cream or oil.
Coffee Scrubs are great for Cellulite. The coffee helps as a stimulant blood flow, and combined with chocolate or essential oils make a very relaxing scrub. All these things combine to help your skin have an even tone.
Oatmeal Scrub is best used for oily skin. Oily skin is more prone to pimples as the dead skin cells tend to stick on the skin and block the skin pores. Oatmeal scrub helps to balance the oil excretion and also helps scrub off the dirt. This type of scrub is also great for anti inflammatory as well.
What scrubs are available at The Spa at Poco Diablo?
We offer a vast array of different scrubs during the change of seasons. So please check out our website for seasonal offerings. Our most popular scrub is on our menu, it is our signature sage scrub. Sage, a Native American herb, esteemed for cleansing and purifying properties, is carefully hand ground with sea salt into a scrub, which exfoliates your skin leaving it refreshed and revitalized. You are then re hydrated with a moisturizing Pinon Pine cream, and smudged with White Sage to enliven your spirit. Leaving you purified and renewed, creating clarity of mind, body and spirit.
We all understand the importance of sunscreen, but no matter how diligent we are, at one time or another we end up with a sunburn. Here are some tips on soothing that inflamed skin.
At the first sign of a burn:
Take an over the counter anti inflammatory.
Take a cool shower, a bath is even better. Soap can dry and irritate the burn even further, so stay away from soap. You can even add 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar to an oatmeal bath to the water. They can relieve dryness and itching.
Apply moisturizer containing Aloe or Soy. You can try a light layer of oil first, then apply your lotion over the top. A light vitamin E or jojoba works well.
Drink plenty of extra fluids. Sun burns draw fluid to the skin surface and away from the body causing dehydration. Water in fruits count also. One large wedge of watermelon provides 9 oz, more then a cup of water. Cantaloupe and Honeydew provide 5 oz of water per cup.
Take super extra care to protect tender skin, wear loose fitting clothing, and clothing that cover the burned areas.
Although a sunburn seems temporary, the results of too much sun can cause long lasting damage to the skin, which increase the risk of skin cancer. It takes 3-6 months for that skin to return to normal. That means you can burn even faster.
“Remember” Sunburn skin is damaged skin, so cover up and use plenty of sunscreen often.
While it is true that the spa audience is predominantly female, what is also true is that men seem to have missed the memo on how good it feels to spend precious time taking care of themselves and improve their health and state of being.
More and more people discover the Spa world and enjoy a pampering treatment to relax and renew. One of these treatments is a pedicure. The word pedicure is derived from the Latin words pedis and cura, which mean “care of the foot”. The benefits of having regular pedicures are endless. While it is true that the spa audience is predominantly female, especially for facials and manicure and pedicure, what is also true is that men seem to have missed the memo on how good it feels to spend precious time being pampered and taken care of.
This state of affairs is due to a popular belief that self care treatments are “something just for women”. Certain places, like “Hammer & Nails” nail shop in Los Angeles cater just to men and help break the perception around thorough self care belonging to mostly women. At our Spa we found that while men do tend to shy away from treating themselves to a pedicure or a facial, they are also adventurous and with the right amount of care and guidance will jump in to try things for the first time.
Feet are often one of the most overlooked parts of our body. Taking into consideration the amount of demands we have on them every day – from walking and playing sports, to wearing high heels or hiking – here are a few extra reasons to make a pedicure a routine and give the feet some loving care and help your toes look good!
A regular pedicure can help detect early signs of such unpleasant things as corns, bunions and fungal infections, and help avoid a visit to a doctor for a potentially painful and costly treatment.
Rare attention to your feet and toenails can result in painful ingrown nails, which often need a surgical involvement to fix and weeks of healing.
In truth, these conditions are easier to deal with in their early stages and an experienced nail tech will know exactly what to do to help you, or whether or not you need to see a specialist.
Eliminating dirt and bacteria is not the only reason to book this treat: a good pedicure should be just as relaxing as it is thorough! It usually includes a nice soak, a scrub or a mask and a massage. This pampering part of pedicures helps maintain more attractive and younger feet by getting rid of dead skin, help maintain younger and moisturized skin, and promote circulation to help with water retention and to relieve tension on calves and feet.
Overtime you will know what to expect from the sensations like pushing and cutting away the cuticle or filing away a callous, but when all is said and done the therapeutic effect for your body and mental state is beyond compare. There is just something about your feet looking and feeling fresh and taken care of that gives you extra confidence. Especially in flip-flop weather!
Written by Mary Ann Higbee and Olya Eysmont. Edited by Olya Eysmont.
The emergence of the Boutique Day Spas, like The Spa at Poco Diablo, seems to correspond to the “no time” trend, and brings a little more balance into our busy lives.
In this day and age, everything seems to spin around faster and faster, yet it is important for us to find our own balance and take care of our physical and mental health. With the constant presence of cell phones, tablets, computers, and other technology that is designed to save time and make our lives easier, we sometimes get lost in the abundance of it. This lack of time sometimes dictates the brushing off of the little aches and pains with the hopes that they too shall pass.
In fact, the compound effect of the little incoherencies in our bodies takes a large toll down the road. For example, those who have a desk job, and spend a lot of their time in front of the computers, know all too well the tension that is gathered in the upper back, shoulders and neck. Add a few years to the equation without any solutions, and you get a constant aching reminder to take care of your body. As the muscle learns new “unnatural” behaviors, it gets harder for it to re-learn. What comes with time, goes with time – such is the complexity of our bodies.
The emergence of the Boutique Day Spas, like The Spa at Poco Diablo, seems to correspond to this “no time” trend, and brings a little more balance into our busy lives with a more down-to earth and service-centered approach that doesn’t take away too much time from your busy schedule.
Generally, the friendly and cozy atmosphere of boutique spas starts off your visit right, whether it is just a massage or a facial, or a whole Spa Day. Avoiding the overwhelm of large Spa gift shops and too many people, the main focus of boutique spas is generally on service and your relaxation. We, at the Spa at Poco Diablo, certainly take a personal approach to your visit, to help you take a step back, breathe and re-center. We also take care to wisely choose cruelty free, organic and natural products, giving you the best quality. Our Spa is perfectly located poolside at Poco Diablo Resort, a sort of a perk some boutique spas feature and of which most guests take advantage.
So, remember that even with the time constraints, while we are tempted to say “I feel OK”, relaxation is paramount. Make some time for yourself by checking out some boutique spas in your area, and come say hello to us next time you’re in Sedona!