Can we get real for a minute, guys? November has been ... a month. Between traveling, election craziness and preparing for Thanksgiving, I personally was wiped! So when I read that the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel was offering something called a "Political Detox Scrub," I did not pass go, I did not collect $200 and less than 24-hours later I found myself lying face down on a massage table ready for all my worries to be literally scrubbed away.
The "Political Detox Scrub" is a 50-minute treatment meant to smooth, soften and rejuvenate. The claim on the spa's website is that it will "scrub away layers of election stress and anxiety that have taken hold of the skin, using Dead Sea salts rich in mineral content, blended with spicy essential oils of rosemary and citrus to stimulate circulation and slough away dull, flaky skin." I chatted with my massage therapist Kim to learn a bit more:
"With this scrub, we will exfoliate the skin allowing moisture to naturally replenish the body," says Kim. "When we have dead skin cells that are dry and on the surface, we need to scrub those off so the pores can absorb the moisture that we put in. We always say when the seasons change it is a good time to get a scrub, so you should be doing this at least four times a year."
Once I had been shown around the spa and changed into a robe, I met Kim in the treatment room where she gave me an overview of what we would be doing. The scrub offers the use of an oil or lotion, and they have a choice of unscented or green tea lotions and lavender, grapefruit pomegranate and unscented oils. Kim recommended the oils and I love lavender, so lavender oil it was! The Dead Sea salts used are a natural sea salt from the ocean and closer to the makeup of our own body than any other product the spa could use.
"By using Dead Sea salt," explains Kim, "we are making sure to use a product that is so similar to the natural state of our body that when the minerals are absorbed into our skin, we are not adding anything to our bodies that we don't need, or that wouldn't naturally be there."
Kim left the room to allow me to get situated and I cozied up face down on the heated table ready and anxious for my scrub. The scrub is done on small sections of your body at a time to test your skin's reaction to the scrub. We began with the back. After a gentle rub of the area, Kim then applied the sea salts and scrubbed rather vigorously (she did note that the spa offers two less intense scrubs for sensitive skin) and regularly asked if the pressure was ok. After scrubbing the area for around 2-3 minutes, she laid a warm cloth over the area to rest and then lightly removed the salt granules. She followed the cloth with the application of the lavender-scented oil I had chosen. The lavender oil combined with the rosemary citrus smell of the scrub left an intoxicating aroma wafting throughout the room for the duration of the treatment. Kim then repeated the process on the back of my arms and hands and legs and feet before she asked me to roll over onto my back. The same process continued on my belly and decollete (this is optional as the skin in these areas is very thin), the top of the legs, feet, arms and hands.
Afterward, I followed Kim's instructions and showered without using any soap, as you don't want to scrub off the oils meant to soak into the newly polished skin and moisturize, but you do want to remove any remaining salt granules. I had a little time to spare so I relaxed in the steam room for 15 minutes.
"I recommend avoiding the sun and not using any scrubbing or exfoliating products for a week after this treatment, as you do have new skin on the surface now and it is tender," says Kim.
Since the promotion went live on October 24th until Election Day, 15 "Political Detox Scrubs" have been booked. Post election, another 20 treatments were booked, along with 36 of the "Election Escape" specials, which is a choice of a free enhancement (scalp treatment, upgraded oils or mini scrub) added on to any 50-minute-or-more facial or massage treatment.
Even if politics aren't a stressor for you, I'd still highly recommend this scrub to anyone looking for time to yourself, a fresh start or simply 50-minutes of pampering! I left the spa feeling like I had the skin of a baby, smelling like lavender and with zero cares in the world -- at least until I got back to the office!