A Korean Scrub with Vichy Shower, Milk & Apples… It’s Perfect

Some may say that nothing in life is perfect, but at a place called Perfect Spa, would you be willing to suspend that reality?

In Midtown East in NYC, this little slice of Perfect-ion delivered a Korean Body Scrub with all the bells and whistles. It’s very easy for a scrub to just be a scrub, and I’ve had plenty of those. But the way they do it at Perfect Spa really rocked my bod, and entertained me too.

First, let’s get dressed. Well, undressed.

What I liked about this Korean Scrub most was the element of surprise. AND… that there was a lot of massaging involved. A “scrubassage,” my fave. I lost track of how many different scrubs and Vichy shower rinses there were over the course of 90 minutes, but each one was highly enjoyable and used some new ingredient. It started with a mitt scrub, then there were salt scrubs and sugar scrubs to follow. I’ve always been a salty-sweet kind of girl. (Chocolate covered pretzel lovers, you know what I’m talking about!)

Wash it all down… with milk, of course. The half gallon of Tuscan whole milk came out, as I flashed back to my milk bath in Tuscany, one that Cleopatra has taken so many times before. It says it right there on the bottle: VITAMIN D, but don’t be fooled, that’s only beneficial to your skin when you ingest it. The benefits of milk applied topically are plentiful. It’s moisturizing, soothes skin, and boosts cell regeneration. The alpha hydroxy acid contained in milk, called lactic acid, acts as a gentle cleanser for skin. It also acts as a natural skin brightener, can calm redness from a sunburn, and helps reduce some of the dryness and itching from various skin conditions like eczema.

Milk mixed with water was an essential part of this treatment, and yes, there’s my awkwardly deep belly button holding about a pint of it.

After rinsing and scrubbing some more, I heard the familiar sound of food-grating. (Okay fine, it wasn’t that familiar – I can’t even tell you the last time I grated anything but parmesan! But still – I recognized this sound.) Was this a mid-scrub snackeroo? It looked like an onion at first, which frightened me, whether it was snack or body garnish. But no, phew, it was actually an apple. Here’s why: Apples contain abundant amounts of both collagen and elastin, both great to promote firm, youthful skin. Braeburn apples, which is what Perfect Spa used, contain properties that can protect you from harmful UV rays.

After being lathered in American Pie, I was Vichy’d some more, then refreshingly misted with a toner. My winter skin had officially been removed, and layer of moisturizing lotion was massaged onto my body, sealing in the Korean ritual.

I loved the whole thing and left feeling like a new human being! You can see bits of it in the Wellness Gone Wild video. (Yes, I filmed AND Instagram’d the full thing and STILL enjoyed myself.)

It’s not too late to try them for Spa Week, and may I strongly suggest you do!

Perfect Spa
1100 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10022

  • 50 Min Deep Tissue or Hot Stone Massage
  • 50 Min Signature Yonka Deep Cleansing Facial
  • Ear Candling Treatment
  • 45 Min Natural Skin Smoothing Korean Body Scrub

Milk Your Skin

By Melissa Williams
While the debate is still on as to whether humans should drink cow’s milk or not, one thing is unquestionably right…

Milk, applied topically, is great for your skin!

Of course you’ve heard of Cleopatra’s regular soaks in tubs full of honey and milk, helping her maintain her porcelaine soft skin, but did you know that milk also has other soothing properties?

Milk’s essential proteins, amino acids, and vitamin A work wonders on sensitive skin and its natural beta-hydroxyl acids act as skin conditioners to exfoliate, soothe, and soften. They also act as a natural skin brightener. Lactic acid cleans and softens, and stimulates cell renewal.

And in the summer months, milk has an even greater role. It helps alleviate and soothe skin that has seen just a few too many sunrays. Yes, if you’ve forgotten the sunscreen (tisk tisk) or just stayed outside too long, the jug in the fridge might help.

To make an ice-cold milk compress, poor a small amount of chilled whole milk into a bowl. Dip a washcloth into the mixture and apply to the skin. Allow the skin to soak in the milk, approximately 10-15 minutes.

Click to find a fabulous milk bath recipe, spas that offer milk based spa treatments and top skin care lines that offer milk based products

Originally featured on Healing Lifestyles.

Coffee Scrub and Milk Bath. Spa Dolce Vita

In Italy, when someone offers you coffee or cappuccino, always say yes.

Why? I don’t know, it’s just my gut feeling, but they’re usually teeny-tiny, I haven’t said no since arriving, I’m on my 4th one today, and I have no regrets yet.

It’s actually my 5th, if you include the Coffee Scrub and Milk Bath at the Antico Casale di Scansano Spa, a duo of treatments that sent me into a tranquil afternoon of decadent sweetness.

Before I get into the treatments, let me tell you a little about the spa at Antico Casale di Scansano. Warmly-colored walls and decor are immediately inviting at the Beauty Farm and Wellness Spa, which is right in the middle of all the hotel rooms on the mountain so you can just stroll on over in your robe. The cozy, inviting ambiance is complemented by sleek chairs and beachy touches. It’s the precise mix you’d want in your spa experience under the Tuscan sun.

The spa philosophy of the Antico Casale di Scansano Spa is rooted in the traditions of Maremma, and does a good job of blending them with forward-thinking spa techniques and local products. One of the scrubs is so fresh and local, that it has chunks of grapes in it that would otherwise be served on the dinner table in the form of local Morellino red wine.

The Spa Treatments:
(read the full spa treatment descriptions here)

My treatment began with a body scrub with Coffee and Cardamom. The scrub is made with actual coffee beans that are mixed with almond oil and enriched by the fragrant aroma of cardamom. Black, thick and exfoliating scrub was massaged onto my body, and then I was wrapped in a cocoon to let the oxygenating, vitamin-infused product seep into my skin. The moment I was wrapped up, I fell asleep. A deep sleep too, and I had a dream. I don’t remember what it was, but there’s no way it could have been as good as Masimmo’s, one of the Antico Casale owners, who recently had a dream/nightmare about giant New York skyscrapers chasing after him like Godzilla. He loves New York, but things are a little quieter here in the Maremma. I then showered off the nice strong shower, and was escorted to part 2.

Usually I take milk with my coffee, but this time I took it after.

The milk bath was a warm, relaxing way to turn into a caffè con latte. It was a half hour of solitude (no tweeting from the bathtub) with sweetness for my palate too. It’s fairly obvious I’d be served coffee and milk (and cake!) during my milk bath after my coffee treatment, but the experience of it was even more wholesome than it was ironic. There’s something enlightening about treating your insides the same as you do your outsides, people often forget to do both. It was a good reminder that both are equally deserving of pampering, attention and Tender Loving Caffeine.

And then, after having my bath and eating it too, I headed over to the indoor pool, tipped my chair back to full recline, and fell fast asleep for an hour. Even with all that caffeine, relaxation rose to the top.

Today’s WIN ITALIA Question:

Every country/region has its own unique coffee rituals and culture. What is your personal coffee ritual?


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