A Sea Salt Rub or Scrub is probably the most popular body treatment at a spa. A salt scrub’s primary purpose is to exfoliate your skin, removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells and leaving your skin softer and smoother.
At a spa, the salt scrub is followed by a shower and an application of body cream, or lotion, leaving your skin feeling very soft and fragrant. Alert! Many states allow people without a massage license to give salt scrubs and other body treatments. This means you might get someone still in school, or an esthetician who is more skilled at facials. I recommend you ask if you’re getting a licensed massage therapist when you book a salt scrub.
The scrub is generally a blend of sea salt, massage oil and some aromatic essential oil like lemon, lavender, or mint. The therapist rubs the salt scrub gently over your skin. The abrasiveness of the salt removes the dead skin cells.
When the therapist is finished, you may be asked to step into a shower to rinse off all the salt. Don’t use soap or shower gel because you want to keep the oil and aromatics on your skin.
After you dry off, the therapist applies a lotion. Don’t expect a full-massage unless it’s part of a longer signature treatment.
You can also combine a salt scrub with a massage. Get the salt scrub first because it is stimulating, whereas the massage calms you down.
If you have the following conditions, you should avoid getting a Salt Scrub Treatment:
- Open Wounds
- Skin Sensitivities
Always let you’re your massage therapist know of any conditions, skin sensitivities or allergies that you may have so they can determine if a salt scrub is appropriate for you.