The history of exfoliation can be traced back to ancient Europe, Asia, and Egypt, when abrasive grains, minerals, and alabaster particles were used for obtaining a softer, smoother, less aged appearance. The ancient Polynesians would exfoliate by rubbing their skin with fine seashell sand.
For choosing your own exfoliation techniques, you can decide to use the ways of our ancestors, or you can use ingredients found in your very own kitchen: sea-salt, raw sugar, corncobs, poppy seeds, oatmeal, coffee, fine grains, and peach kernels, can all be used as healthy exfoliants. For your more relaxing, extensive body scrubbing needs, pay a well-deserved visit to the spa.
Traditionally, spa body scrubs begin by having a soak in a shower with warm to hot water for a few minutes; you might also spend time relaxing in the sauna or steam room. The soaking and heat treatments soften the skin, and prepare it for the scrub. The therapist will then start the scrub, using only warm water and either mitts made of a gently abrasive viscose material, or a granular ointment. The therapist then rinses the dead skin away using warm water, and will continue the scrub until all the dead skin has been washed away. A traditional body scrub usually will include a thorough hair wash, a rinsing with milk, or an application of a nourishing body mask.
A visit to Olavine Spa will grant you access to the new, just launched “Nature’s Scrub Bar”. You can choose from a list of simple All-Natural Exfoliants for your skin: sugar grains, Kona coffee, almond powder, sea salt, and baking soda. The therapists at Olavine Spa use a warm water scrubbing mixture and milk, due to it's gentler quality on the skin and yields better results. The scrub helps with the whole detoxification process by opening up the pores for a deep clean, and with the improved blood circulation, the skin is healthier.
If you think it’s going to be difficult to incorporate natural exfoliation into your routine, just call your favorite spa and book a scrub. Once you get used to having such bright skin, you’ll never want to go back.