Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beyond The Sea

For centuries, people have been flocking to the Dead Sea in search of the healing properties that saltwater provides. Today, those same healing properties can be found in myriad spa treatments and products. In addition to being a natural exfoliant, sea salt contains a number of therapeutic minerals, such as magnesium, which helps promote healing and relaxes the body; bromide, which soothes the skin; potassium, which is a natural moisturizer and helps prevent water retention; and sulfur, which helps detoxify. With all of these positive benefits, it is no wonder sea salt is a star ingredient on many spa menus, helping you keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.
Exfoliating Experience
According to Tracey Archer, spa manager at The Spa at Sandy Lane (Barbados), using sea salt to exfoliate prior to wraps helps prepare the skin properly. "Sea salt is very beneficial before a wrap because it removes dead skin cells and allows the pores to open, which helps the products used during the treatment penetrate better," says Archer, who offers several treatments. This treatment is the ideal preparation for pre-tanning, leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth.

In addition to being an ideal exfoliant, when combined with essential oils, sea salt helps moisturize the skin.Hydrating Helper
Detox Detour
Because sea salt contains sulfur, sea salt can also be used in treatments designed to help clients detoxify their bodies.
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