A salt glow (also known as a salt scrub or sea salt scrub) is the most popular body treatment at the spa. The primary purpose of a salt glow is to exfoliate your skin.
A salt glow also hydrates your skin because the salt with which the therapist rubs the skin is combined with oil and usually some aromatic like lemon, lavender, or even figs. The salt glow is followed by a shower (a hand-held shower or a Vichy shower and without shower gel!) and an application of body lotion, and leaves your skin feeling very soft and fragrant.
A salt glow usually takes place in a wet room. Depending on the spa, you might be laying on a massage table covered with a towel or sheet or a thin piece of plastic, or you might be lying on a wet table.
You can get a salt glow on its own, but often it is the first step in a body wrap, often a seaweed or mud wrap. That’s because exfoliation prepares the skin for products like seaweed or algae that detoxify the body by stimulating circulation through vasodilation of blood capillaries. You can also combine a salt glow with a massage. Sometimes spas have treatments that combine both services – salt glow and massage.
Sea salt is fairly abrasive, and some therapists have a heavier hand than others. Individuals also differ in their skin sensitivity.