With an average humidity that hovers around 25 percent, the ultra-dry, sun-drenched weather makes Arizona a top destination for outdoor recreation. But the lack of humidity can also leave your skin parched and thirsty. Arizona's thriving spa industry answers the call of lackluster, dehydrated skin with a bevy of nourishing body scrubs. Banish dry skin with one of these moisture-replenishing, mood-enhancing body scrub treatments.
Spas in Scottsdale & Greater Phoenix
Clay and Cornmeal Exfoliating Treatment
Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Golf Resort, (623) 535-4967
Native grains unite with the spa's signature Desert Sage Oil to sweep away lackluster skin. Spirits get a boost from the mood-elevating sage while skin gets a surge of lasting hydration.
Willow Stream at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, (480) 585-2732
Inspired by the healing traditions of the Native American culture, this signature experience starts with an optional smudging ritual, followed by a cornmeal and oats body mask exfoliated using a Ayate Cloth (a natural fiber cloth made from the cactus plant). A nourishing body massage with a desert essential oil blend completes the purification.
Desert Rain Loofah
The Spa at Camelback Inn, (480) 596-7040
A sea salt and almond oil blend work to eliminate rough skin while stimulating circulation during this body polishing treat. Skin is smoothed to its natural luster with a loofah laced with desert botanicals followed by a soothing Vichy shower and a moisturizing application of prickly pear nectar, aloe vera gel and desert essential oils.
Jojoba & Prickly Pear Polish
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, (480) 515-5700
There's nothing prickly about this desert-inspired experience, which feeds skin a rich complex of jojoba and plant anti-oxidants. A warm Vichy rain shower follows an invigorating prickly pear sugar rubdown. The treatment includes a loofah and prickly pear body gel cleansing and final dose of a prickly pear and jojoba body butter.
Jun (Honey Almond Body Scrub)
Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, (602) 225-0100
Soft, healthy skin makes a glorious comeback after a gentle exfoliation with Aji's custom-designed honey almond body Vichy scrub. A slathering of shea butter seals in the good vibes.
Pomegranate Replenishing Polish
Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician, (480) 941-8200
Complexion-dulling skin cells are swept away with the help of an antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed and salt blend during this nourishing body treatment. After a refreshing rinse, a whipped shea butter hydrates skin leaving it with a dewy glow.
Spas in Sedona
Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow
The Spa at Amara Resort (928) 282-4828
Exotic scents lace the air during this vigorous exfoliation ritual. After a light body brushing, warm oil is dripped luxuriously onto the body and mixed with the salts for a deeply cleansing and skin-softening experience.
Sweet Orange Body Exfoliant
L'auberge de Sedona, (800) 891-0105
Dry, rough skin is whisked away with refined granules of a crisp, fresh orange sugar scrub. This energizing treatment incorporates apricot, sweet almond and grape seed oils to nourish with skin with powerful antioxidants. A scalp massage and a final orange body mist concludes the experience.
Spas in Tucson
Sonoran Sands Body Polish
Hashani Spa at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, (520) 791-6117
A hydrating mixture of herbs and essentials oils deeply cleanse and soothe to reveal softer, smoother skin. After a relaxing exfoliation, the body is rinsed under a warm Vichy shower and then drenched with a final warm aroma-therapeutic oil that is worked gently into the skin.
Spas in Wickenburg
Ranch House Herbal Polish
The Ranch House Spa at Rancho de los Caballeros (928) 684-5484
A must after a day out on the range, this creamy scrub is based on the astringent properties of natural sage. After a gentle exfoliation, skin is treated to a body-quenching application of a restorative cream rich in revitalizing oregano, basil and anise.