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Spas Prove Sugar Can Be Healthy

Stacey Soble | October 29, 2014 | 2:23 PM
The “Kaua’I and Clay Mask Treatment” offered at The Spa at Trump in Honolulu, Hawaii uses sugar to help scrub away stress.

As Halloween comes and goes and the 2014 holiday season kicks in, members of the International Spa Association (ISPA) remind spa-goers there is a silver lining to their suguar cravings. Many spas and product companies use sugar as a scrub aid to help relieve stress. “Sugar has many health benefits in spa treatments. It can be used to exfoliate, increase circulation, improve skin tone, moisturize and restore balance to the skin,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Using sugar to benefit the skin will leave clients feeling less guilty about giving in to their sugar cravings.” See how the following spas and product companies have discovered the healthy side of sugar:

Sweet Spa Treatments:

  • Agua Serena Spa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, California, offers a “Kai Body Polish” pairing salt with sugar to exfoliate skin and finishing with a body butter. 
  • Chill Spa Hotel Terra in Teton Village, Wyoming, offers a “Mountain Glow Treatment” invigorating skin cells using a sugar and lemongrass oil scrub to massage the back, shoulders and arms.
  • Eau Spa in Manalapan, Florida, offers “Champagne Shimmer Body Luster” which uses a brown sugar to scrub and warm champagne oil to soften and hydrate new skin.
  • G2O Spa and Salon in Boston, Massachusetts, offers “Bikini Beauty,” incorporating a sugar wax, which is gentler than regular wax and organic.
  • Massage Envy Spa with multiple locations nationwide offers “Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy” using the Bon Vital Lavender sugaring product to soothe and smooth rough, calloused feet.
  • One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida, offers “Waterlemonade Refresher Body Treatment” which uses a fresh watermelon-basil and vodka sugar scrub.
  • Red Door Spa with multiple locations nationwide offers “Orange & Pomegranate Sugar Body Glow Treatment” which incorporates the spa’s signature sugar orange-pomegranate body scrub.
  • Spa at Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California, offers “Desert Journey Signature Treatment” a light brown sugar scrub mixed with a body butter to hydrate and exfoliate.
  • Spa Evangeline at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida, offers “Body Elixir Polish,” a fine-grain white and brown sugar-based polish by FarmHouse Fresh to exfoliate skin.
  • Spa Réveil in Austin, Texas, offers the “Moroccan Purifying Ritual” which incorporates a sugar-based scrub with black olive, coffee, crushed almond, neroli, orange and lemon rind.
  • Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons Resorts in Lake Ozark, Missouri, offers a “Mandarin Green Tea Sugar Scrub” that sloughs dead skin from feet and relax the entire body.
  • Springs Eternal Spa at Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania, offers “Sugar Maple Glow” including a sugar scrub and whipped body butter.
  • The Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, offers the “Herbal Body Treatment” including herbs from the resort’s own garden mixed with a sugar scrub.
  • The Spa at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, offers the “Southern Harvest Apricot & Sweet Vanilla Wrap” with a sweet vanilla sugar scrub and an apricot body mask.
  • The Spa at Trump in Honolulu, Hawaii, offers “Kaua’I and Clay Mask Treatment” by Malie Organic that works to slough off dead cells and ends with the clay body mask.
  • The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, offers “18th Century Colonial Orange and Ginger Scrub and Massage” which combines ginger and orange in a sugar scrub.

Sugar-Infused Products:

  • June Jacobs Spa Collection headquartered in New York, New York, offers “Lemon Sugar Body Polish,” sugar soaked in rich oils of safflower, hazelnut, sesame seed, avocado and wheat germ.
  • Makes Scents Natural Spa Line headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers “Chai to Resist Body Scrub” which combines black chai tea and organic cane juice crystals.
  • Me! Bath headquartered in Los Angeles, California, offers the “Ultimate Body Treatment” beginning with a dry brush exfoliation and followed by ME! Bath Tri-Functional Sugar Scrub.
  • Phytomer USA headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah,  offers“PIONNIÈRE XMF Reset Eye Fluid” which is formulated with a marine sugar, XMF EPS, an all-natural ingredient.
  • Salt of the Earth headquartered in Woods Cross, Utah, offers their “Sugar Glow Body Scrub” a sugar-based scrub combined with 72 trace minerals, grape seed oil and a customizable aroma.

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on experienceispa.com.

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