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Body Scrub

Whether it's described as a body scrub or body polish, there's something about this popular skin care treatment that makes you want it. It just sounds so relaxing and cleansing.

It could also be to do with the fact that the therapists use such delicious sounding oils and lotions, including coconut, sea minerals, honey and avocado.

Body scrub can actually mean a couple of different things. We know it's a spa treatment but it can also refer to a product. You often see 'body scrubs' on the shelf in your local pharmacy or supermarket, designed for home use.

Total Pampering Package

Don't you think that rather defeats the object? Surely the attraction of getting a body scrub is not just the results; it's the total pampering package. At the spa, a body scrub is a bit like a facial for your body. Your skin will be exfoliated, toned and hydrated and feel absolutely wonderful afterwards.

Most spas and clinics have their own signature body scrub, which might include a massage or mud wrap. These additional treatments help boost your blood circulation which in itself is a fantastic tonic for the skin.

Somehow applying a tube of lotion in your bathroom at home just doesn't sound the same.

Natural Ingredients

All body scrubs contain some form of exfoliant and there are many to choose from. Thankfully these days we've gone back to using more natural ingredients, such as oatmeal, salt, coffee grounds, rice bran, even ground up apricot kernels.

The idea of using an exfoliant is to slough off dead skin cells to reveal younger softer skin below. The added bonus of using a natural ingredient is that they all have something extra to offer. For example, coffee grounds can help reduce cellulite whilst oatmeal is brilliant at reducing dryness or inflammation.

The exfoliant is mixed with a carrier to form a paste or scrub. Oil is the most common, including sweet almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or macadamia oil. This helps your therapist apply the scrub evenly all over your skin.

Hot Towels and Essential Oils

The body scrub may also contain essential oils to give both fragrance and the added benefits of these botanical delights.

A spa-based body exfoliation is superior in many ways. For example, your therapist can reach the places you can't and really get stuck in. Then there's the hot towels, the scent of essential oils, the soothing music, maybe even a hot stone massage. You don't get that at home.

It's a chance to totally relax, de-stress and enjoy being pampered, without worrying about the kids bursting in or the phone ringing.

Getting The Glow

Body scrubs have been around almost as long as massage. In many countries, they have been part of the beauty ritual for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians loved them, recognising that the precious oils kept their skin soft and supple in the heat.

In ancient China, they believed a body scrub could also stimulate the body's natural healing ability system and rejuvenate the cells. That's understandable because a body polish leaves you glowing and looking really healthy.

When it comes to cleanliness, we should all be booking in for a body scrub once a month. Even if you've just showered you'll be amazed how much more oil and dirt comes off with a scrub. Unclogging the pores reduces your chances of break-outs and infection, and allows body products to penetrate deeper.

Try and avoid getting a body exfoliation if you have sunburn or any type of rash. If you suffer from a skin condition discuss the treatment with your doctor first.

Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Use Bookwell to find a spa near you and book your next body scrub online.