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How to Get Spa Quality Smooth Skin

newbeauty logoOriginal Article by NewBeauty Editors. A bit more intense than do-it-yourself at-home exfoliators, spa-administered body scrubs result in allover skin smoothness, since there is a therapist involved in the application process. By increasing circulation and removing toxins, skin is able to look it’s best. [Source: NewBeauty.com]

Scrub treatments are more of an invigorating experience than a relaxing one, although many involve a massage of some sorts. The therapist will usually start on your back and have you flip over at some point. “Like with a massage, your therapist will use draping throughout to make sure you are covered and comfortable,” says SpaFinder president Susie Ellis. Prepare to get up after the scrub to shower off (unless there is a Vichy shower overhead to rinse you off), lotion application usually follows. Since the main goal of a scrub is to shed dead skin, according to Ellis, “your skin will feel baby-softwhen it’s over. Plus, they get your circulation going, so you’ll just feel better all around.”

If you want to harness the power of this spa treatment at home, take these features into consideration when looking for the righ at-home scrub:

The Granules:

Granule size and texture play a part in how scrubs work: Fine granules are suited for sensitive skin; large ones are best on drier skin. Body scrubs employ manual exfoliators (microbeads, sugar or salts) or chemical ones (AHAs, glycolic acids and fruit enzymes) to eliminate dead cells.

The Ingredients:

For superior, spa-grade scrubs, stick with those with natural ingredients; synthetics and preservatives can be too harsh. If you prefer a scrub that leaves a bit of hydration behind, look for moisturizers like almond, coconut and apricot oil.

Your Skin Type:

“The drier the skin, the more you can exfoliate,” says ESPA founder Susan Harmsworth. Dry skin should look for fatty-oil active ingredients; oily skin should avoid oil-based scrubs and stick to something “drier.” Sensitive skin should use a creamy exfoliator with spherical particles.


High-quality essential oils, which hydrate the skin, also provide an aromatherapeutic experience. Denise Vitiello, spa director at the Mandarin Oriental Spa New York says, “Choose whatever scent transports you to a relaxing state.”

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

Greenwich Med Spa