GRAIN OF SALT
Himalayan salt has taken off as a culinary ingredient — but could it be the next big thing in skin care, too?
The spa at the Phoenicia Hotel advertises its use of Thalassotherapy — which makes use of the natural properties of the sea to promote wellness. On that note they offer a special Ila body scrub made from Himalayan salt — it’s the only place in Beirut where it’s available. According to Ila, the salt comes from Kashmir and is considered to be the purest and most mineral-rich in the world. Kashmiri mining communities have made use of the salt for years. (‘ila’ means ‘earth’ in Sanskrit, and the company prides itself on its ethical relationships with local suppliers).
Now it’s my turn to try it out, during an Ila scrub at the Phoenicia. My masseuse at the Phoenicia applies the scrub to my entire body in a soothing circular motion — it’s a little bit painful, but in the good way. The aroma of lemon grass fills the room, and I shower off afterwards. My skin feels like a baby’s — soft and smooth. Follow that up with a massage, a dip in the pool and a trip to the steam room, and frankly I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so relaxed and in touch with my own body. Not to mention how clean and fresh my skin feels — now absent several layers of dirt and dead skin cells. The sensation lingers for days on end.
Can’t get enough Himalayan Salt? Try a Himalayan Salt lamp to detoxify your space, available from the Hoohoo Store in Beirut.
Phoenicia Hotel Spa: tel. (0)1 357030