Imagine a world where the best spa treatments are at your fingertips. You get to enjoy top-of-the-line massages, sea-salt body scrubs, mud wraps and facials, all at no cost. That’s the life of professional spa reviewers, who make a living by visiting different spas and partaking in various treatments. They then write about their experiences and help casual spa goers determine where to spend their hard-earned dollars.
The spa industry has become so popular that a recent survey found one-quarter of American adults and 4 million teens had visited a day spa in the previous year. For many people, a trip to the spa is a luxury and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. But do spa treatments really work and are they safe?
A spa’s exotic treatment offerings can lure you in with promises of weight loss, cellulite busting and even the ability to cure diseases. From a mud bath that’s supposed to cleanse your toxins to a slimming body wrap that promises to wring out the excess, these treatments sound great. But do they really deliver?
Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, is concerned that some of these spa treatments can actually put your health at risk. For example, she says full-body exfoliation can create microscopic tears in the skin that allow germs to enter your body. Plus, if you suffer from a condition like psoriasis or eczema, a heated whirlpool bath can transmit the bacteria that cause those conditions.