Spa therapists can safely and professionally remove dead skin cells in a variety of ways.
Many Korean day spas offer a body scrub where they use exfoliating mitts to scrub off the dead skin.
Other treatments include a seaweed massage, a tightening enzyme body mask, and a Dead Sea mud mask.
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Narrator: Here are seven professional body treatments that can help you achieve silky-smooth skin.
You can try a full-body scrub to get rid of dead skin, like this one offered at Hugh Spa, a Korean day spa in Los Angeles. First, you soak in a hot tub to prep your skin for exfoliation. A spa therapist then uses a traditional Korean scrub mitt and technique to exfoliate dead skin cells off. They even can get hard-to-reach areas, like your back.
Catherine Bak: The scrub is an important part of traditional Korean culture. So, almost everybody has dead skin coming off. Like, not even almost. Everybody has it. So, yeah, it’s just, some people have more dead skin than others, but it’s not anything to be embarrassed about or ashamed about.
Narrator: In addition to fresh and smooth skin, benefits can include promoting blood circulation throughout the body.
You can get wrapped in real seaweed at the Nob Hill Spa in San Francisco. The treatment starts with a seaweed body scrub to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Then the spa therapist wraps seaweed all around your body. They use Voya-certified, organic, hand-harvested, sustainable seaweed. You’re wrapped in a thermal blanket, which is meant to help your body remove toxins and absorb the seaweed’s nutrients, including vitamins A and C.
Julie Alvarez: Initially, seaweed was used for skin issues like psoriasis or dermatitis, even sunburns, acne. So when you apply it to the skin, it has that direct effect. It also has all of the nutrients from the ocean. So, you think of minerals and vitamins. The seaweed is just absorbing all of that from the oceans.
Narrator: You finish with a seaweed lotion, then get to keep your seaweed in case you want to reuse it at home.
While a regular pedicure is good for exfoliation, a chemical foot peel might be best for callus removal. Warning: There’s a lot of foot-peeling imagery in this section. The Peel Connection in Beverly Hills offers the service for $145. This two-step peel starts with a moisturizing agent that stays on your feet for about two minutes before it’s removed with a hot towel. The solution in the peel contains salicylic acid, lactic acid, and malic acid. It’s meant to moisturize and exfoliate the dead-skin-cell buildup on the bottom of your feet. Once your feet have absorbed the peel, you’re ready to go. That day, your feet will feel sticky, and you might see some of the product around your toes. Your feet will start to peel on day three. Then, from about day four to eight, you’ll see more drastic peeling. This should be a painless process. Here are the results after one peel.
If you don’t want to have flaky feet for over a week, you can always do a one-time foot facial to remove dead skin and calluses. This one at Institute Beauté in New York City costs $325. The foot facial starts with an ultrasound to identify any foot concerns. Then the podiatrist applies a green tea cleanser to your toenails. It’s followed by a deep foot massage to exfoliate the foot and reduce cramps and swelling. Next, a green tea mint mask is applied to heal any fissures on your feet. Then it’s time to work on the calluses. The podiatrist uses a sterile blade to scrape off the thick buildup. The last step of the service is dermalinfusion for extra exfoliation. Here are the results.
DMK’s Enzyme Therapy is a treatment that’s offered for the face and body. Benefits can include removing dead skin cells, reducing acne, promoting blood circulation, and toning and restoring skin. At Tamara’s Skin Care Clinic in Yorba Linda, California, the enzyme treatment on the back is $180. First, she applies an exfoliant. The enzyme mask is applied and left on for 45 minutes to dry. Then it’s removed, and finishing serums are applied. Many clients who struggle with bacne find this treatment beneficial.
You can also get your whole body scrubbed down with giant wheat stalks. The treatment is called Hunter’s Retreat, and it’s offered at Burke Williams in Santa Monica, California, for $140. First, you’re cleansed with an exfoliating scrub. Then they use wheat stalks that are soaked in essential oils to scrub your body. The spa offers other wet-room treatments, like this organic mud massage and salt and sugar treatment.
You can experience the benefits of the Dead Sea with this mud wrap. First, you start with a dry exfoliation. Then you’re coated with a mineral mud mask from the Dead Sea. You get wrapped in foil and warm blankets for 45 minutes, so your body really absorbs all the minerals. And you finish the treatment with a layer of essential oils and a body massage.
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