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Natural Body Rejuvenation Therapies

By: Jill Kohler
Posted: July 31, 2014, from the August 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Natural Body Rejuvenation Therapies

It’s inevitable, really. That ticking clock everyone is running against. That ticking clock, of course, is the body’s natural course of aging—specifically, the aging of the body’s only visible organ, the skin. The skin of the body ages almost identically to that of the face, with sagging, wrinkling, uneven texture and spots showing up after years of sun exposure and other lifestyle choices taking their toll.

For centuries people throughout the world have used body therapies as a natural approach to revitalizing and rejuvenating the skin of the body. The most common of these treatments utilize locally harvested clays, herbs, and sea minerals and salts that not only provide medicinal solutions, but esthetic benefits for the skin, as well. From the red clays of Sedona, Arizona, to the salts and minerals of the Dead Sea, these natural approaches to body rejuvenation can provide you with an abundance of benefits, including detoxification, remineralization, rejuvenation and relaxation. But the question still remains ...

Why natural body therapies?

The skin is the largest organ of the body and plays a crucial role in the elimination of toxins. However, because of its physiology, the skin of the body is much more difficult to treat than that of the face. The outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, is much thicker on the body, making it difficult for active ingredients in products to penetrate and assist in rejuvenation. In addition, the concentration of oil glands on the skin of the body is much smaller than on the face, causing it to dry easier and recover more slowly. Add in the fact that there is an abundance of surface area to treat with the skin of the body, so the idea of using the same products and treatments used on the face is certainly not cost-effective.

Dry brush exfoliation

Many body therapies begin with a dry brush exfoliation, which provides a vast array of benefits that assist in the skin’s natural detoxification process. Dry brush exfoliation stimulates blood and lymph flow, while removing dead skin cells to help strengthen your immune system and enhance the skin’s ability to remove toxins. In addition, dry brush exfoliation can reduce cellulite by helping to break up the toxic deposits of stored fatty tissues, stimulate the oil glands producing necessary oils to keep the skin healthy and finally, stimulate the creation of new skin cells to assist in an overall tightening and regeneration.

Salt scrubs

Another form of exfoliation that can be used instead of, or in addition to, dry brushing is a salt scrub. Sea salts should be worked into a paste with the use of beneficial essential oil blends that also help to condition the skin as the sea salt works off the dead, dull and lackluster skin cells, allowing for better penetration of products or wraps. Due to the high content of magnesium in marine salts, salt scrubs have also been suggested in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema to reduce itching and inflammation. Salt scrubs can be provided as a service on their own, or as a preparation for other body treatments, leaving the skin hydrated, smooth, lustrous and with a stunning glow.

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