Easy Mediterranean Spa Treatments

Whip up these simple at-home beauty treatments for a glow straight from the Mediterranean.

| June/July 2011

  • Did you know that fresh thyme has been used by the Greeks as a cleanser since ancient times. Soldiers even bathed in thyme water to give themselves vigor and strength.
  • Relax with an orange body scrub.
    Photo by Adobe stock/elena_hramowa

Mediterranean Spa Treatments: The sunny region bordering the Mediterranean Sea has long been associated with health and beauty. In fact, many modern beauty treatments and products originated in ancient Greece and Rome. This region provides skin- and body-healthy ingredients, such as fresh herbs, oils and honey—all full of skin-beautifying and anti-aging nutrients.

Orange Spice Body Scrub
Super Salt Glow
Honey-Thyme Cleanser
Moisturizing Mask
Perfect Parsley Toner
Rosewater After-Bath Splash 

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Fresh Mediterranean herbs such as oregano and thyme have been used for centuries because they are strong antioxidants and also contain antibacterial properties. Pure honey has been used as a natural energizer and is also a natural humectant, attracting and locking in moisture. Natural oils such as olive and grapeseed are used to cleanse and moisturize skin and hair. Grapeseed oil is easily absorbed by the skin and is also loaded with resveratrol, the same antioxidant found in red wine. Other popular ingredients that can be used to keep your skin and hair clean and healthy are pine nuts, chickpeas, Greek-style yogurt and fresh tomatoes.

What is a Turkish bath? 

The Turkish hamam, or bath, is an ancient healing treatment that has been around for thousands of years and is still popular today, especially in western Europe. The hamam also can refer to a structure, specially outfitted for the treatment. A full treatment includes a time of relaxation, dry brushing, bathing, skin exfoliation, and a massage of rich oils and lotions. There is no time limit, but give yourself at least an hour for complete head-to-toe pampering.

The process is similar to that of a sauna, where bathers sit in hot rooms and perspire before bathing in warm water followed by a cool water rinse. During the bathing process, scented soaps, body scrubs, and brushes are used to cleanse and refresh the skin. Some treatments include a massage with natural oils after bathing, then a period of relaxation in a cool room. Often, a cup of Turkish coffee or tea is enjoyed.

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