Spa Services: Marine-Based Treatments

Spa pros share some of their favorite seafaring treatments and products.

What are the benefits of employing marine-based ingredients in spa treatments?

Kylie Bush, supervisor of Sea Spa at Congress Hall for Cape Resorts Group in Cape May, New Jersey: I believe they can deliver truly healing results. Algae is pretty amazing stuff—it has high mineral content and vitamins, amino acids and antibacterial properties that allow the body to be restored and balanced. Just think of how fantastic you feel after a swim in the ocean! You just don’t find such all-inclusive benefits like detoxification, rebalancing, hydrating and soothing in other skincare products.

Beverly Fox-Crismond, spa director at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida: We use the marine-based line from Osea, which helps restore skin health and improve overall appearance via organic, technically advanced formulations that combine the many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids found in the earth and sea.

Which marine-based ingredients are your favorites and why?

Kristine Halsted, spa director at Serenity Spa By the Falls at the Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa in Ontario, Canada: I like to work with freeze-dried algae because you can easily mix it with different ingredients such as essential oils and waters, and customize the service to the clients’ individual needs. Algae is a natural emulsifier, soothing agent and anti-inflammatory. It also promotes relaxation and revitalization in both the body and face.

Corey Menotti, spa and salon manager at the Hotel del Coronado, San Diego: I prefer sea salt because it’s purifying, buoyant and boasts highly developed leaching properties. It helps keep skin soft, supple and clean.

What type of client would benefit from these marine-based treatments?

Halsted: Anyone looking for a deep cleaning or detoxification will benefit. For someone with oily or acne-prone skin we offer an algae mask that helps by drawing out impurities and excess oil. We also retail marine-based products that revitalize the skin and boost hydration levels for those guests with drier complexions.

Fox-Crismond: There’s something for every client and skin type. Whether the guest is seeking to purify, rejuvenate, hydrate or relieve tension, we can recommend an ideal treatment. 

Menotti: Since we use a blend of both desert- and ocean-based ingredients in many of our services, clients with either dry or oily skin can benefit from this dual usage.