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A Spoonful of Sugar

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: December 31, 2009, from the January 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Black Sticky Rice With Mango—Chiva-Som, Bangkok, and Hua Hin, Thailand;

Cashew, Veggie and Tofu Pad Thai—Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada;

Oatmeal Crusted French Toast—La Tourelle Resort & Spa, Ithaca, New York; and

Sweet Potato Soufflé—See the recipe from Chef John Nowakowski of The Regency Health Resort and Spa, Hallandale Beach, Florida.

In the spa

Sugar, in various forms, is used as an ingredient in skin care services and products due to its ability to not clog pores and act as a natural exfoliator. It can be used to help eliminate blemishes and restore balance to the skin’s oils.3 Sugar is also a key ingredient in a hair removal method known as sugaring, which is an ancient Middle Eastern practice that combines food-derived ingredients, such as sugar, water and lemon juice, to remove the hair follicle from the root.4

The following treatments are representative of the many ways sugar is used on the spa menu:

The Ginger Peach Cure blends raw sugar, freshly ground ginger, honey and jojoba for a scrub, followed by a rinse, massage and wrap—Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado;

The Philippine Journey includes a gentle exfoliation treatment of a fresh ginger and raw sugar scrub followed by a neroli mist—Clarmont Hotel Club and Spa, Berkeley, California;