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Pour Some Sugar on Me: 5 Surprising Spa Skin-Savers

From coffee to bamboo, Houston spas are incorporating unexpected ingredients to create the ultimate pampering experience.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen July 15, 2015

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Travel, sun, stress—summer is full of factors that can take a toll on your body. Shake them off with a spa day that incorporates natural ingredients to restore both mind and body.


As we've noted previously, coffee is the latest craze when it comes to beauty treatments, as grounds can be used as a natural exfoliant and a powerful aromatherapy tool. The new Spa by JW at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown offers an invigorating body massage with coffee and natural salt to scrub, polish, stimulate and refresh. It's the perfect pick-me-up before a night out downtown. 


If allergies or sun exposure has left your skin dry and irritated, sooth and nourish it with bamboo extract as part of the Clarins body polish treatment at The Spa at the Four Seasons, or combine it with lemongrass like they do at the Omni Mokara Spa for the ultimate skin detox.


Clay is renowned for its ability to pull impurities out of the skin, but did you know not all clay is created equal? Rhassoul clay is mined from within the Atlas Mountains in northern Morocco and has been used as a skin conditioner and shampoo for 1,400 years. It's a specialty at the Moroccan-style Hammam Spa, where it's used in a mask that absorbs deeply into the skin to purify, unblock pores and balance skin hydration.


Lavender's ability to calm both mind and body isn't just the stuff of seedy herbalists, it's scientifically verified. Take aromatherapy to the nth degree with the lavender moisture wrap at Omni Mokara Spa, which uses layer upon layer of French Alpine lavender for a supremely soothing experience.

Green Tea

With its natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea has been used in Asia for a millennium to reduce redness and improve circulation. If drinking it isn't your cup of tea (sorry) head to Urban Retreat, where it's combined with grapefruit, kaolin clay, geranium, peppermint and lemon for a treatment designed to boost circulation, remove toxins and invigorate the entire body.

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