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Spice Up Your Spa

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: September 25, 2009, from the October 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Also, for a decadent treat to celebrate the cooler months, check out the >Mayan Hot Chocolate house recipe courtesy of Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.

In the spa

Along with its uplifting, distinctive scent commonly used in aromatherapy services, cinnamon offers skin care benefits, as well. It does contain slight astringent properties and might be a bit overwhelming for more sensitive skin types; however, cinnamon combined with other ingredients is less likely to cause skin irritation. Cinnamon oil also has a stimulating, warming effect that makes it a popular choice for massage services.3

At Spa Gregorie’s, which has locations in Newport Beach, Santa Margarita and Del Mar, California, clients can take advantage of the Epicuren Facial that includes a hot cinnamon peel and two enzyme masks to help draw out impurities and maximize the skin’s elasticity; and the Tropical Brown Sugar Polish at R Spa at Renaissance ClubSport Hotel and Fitness Resort in Walnut Creek and Aliso Viejo, California, combines cinnamon, honey and Tahitian vanilla. The Cinnamon and Spice Aroma body wrap from the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Spa wraps clients in warmth, incorporating a massage and stimulating cinnamon aromatherapy; and Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, California, provides a Ginger Cinnamon Scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes skin. Myra & Company in South Miami, Florida, offers a Vanilla & Cinnamon Sugar Scrub to remove stress and sweetly exfoliate; while the Cinnamon Sugar Scrub at El Morocco Inn & Spa in Desert Hot Springs, California, is a Moroccan-style scrub the combines essential cinnamon oil with raw sugar to leave skin smooth and delicious-smelling.

Also, see the step-by-step how-to recipe for the Cinnamon Enzyme Facial from The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Spa products also capitalize on cinnamon’s astringent properties and rejuvenating aroma. Dermalogica’s Sebum Clearing Masque features cinnamon bark to help eliminate bacteria and reduce comedones for clearer skin, and pHaze 35 Acne Gel from PCA Skin uses cinnamon bark extract to help clear acne blemishes while reducing oil production. Cinnamon Paprika Body Lotion from Éminence Organic Skin Care uses cinnamon as a stimulating agent to help tighten and sculpt skin with cellulite; and Szép Élet’s ilike organic skin care offers Spicy Cinnamon Lip Balm with cinnamon oil to help relieve chapped lips and skin. Cinnamon’s aromatherapeutic benefits are combined with those of mandarin orange, thyme, lemongrass and lavender in Eve Taylor’s No10 Professional Aromatherapy Treatment Oil; and Spalasium offers Cinnamon Organic Essential Oil to help increase circulation and improve respiration with its warming and antimicrobial qualities. And for a healthy, warm meal during the cold months, Healing Herbal Soups offers the Metabolism Stimulator Soup that energizes metabolism and warms digestion, featuring Saigon cinnamon and a variety of other flavorful ingredients.

The spice of life