Ice cream saves the sizzling summer season by cooling down our bodies and temporarily quenching our thirst. But the frozen dessert also found its way to chill our blistering bodies through a spa concoction that promises to heal sunburned and dry skin, and uneven skin tone.
These colorful myriad of creams that come in chocolate, Thai tea, coconut, and rose flavors may be edible-looking, however, they are not the “real thing.”
“We cannot make a spa body scrub with the real ice cream dessert because it will be very messy and the ice cream will not moisturize one’s body but (make it) sticky instead,” Devarana Spa manager Sudaporn Prasertsang Chong said.
The Devarana (pronounced Tewaran) Spa in Dusit Thani hotel, offers ice cream-like creations made from the essential base ingredients such as sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and oil as an alternative to the frozen delight.
To achieve the cooling effect of the well-loved dessert, each scoop of ice cream spa scrub is placed in the freezer to chill. The cool sensation from the ice cream exfoliant [frozen at a temperature between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius] will provide the skin inflammatory reduction and muscle soreness relief.
Unlike other spa treatments that use hot water, the Thailand-based spa splashes cold water to one’s body to tighten and ready the skin from the frostiness of the ice cream. Each person gets three scoops of ice cream for an hour of body scrub. Despite the cold water, the experienced massage techniques and extensive body scrub eventually get one into deep slumber.
Chong however said that the ice cream scrub is only beneficial to those with mild sunburned skin, “We cannot scrub the scraping and redish skin of course,” she said.
Devarana offers four exciting flavors fit for the summer season (when most of us will be strutting our beach-ready bodies and ending up with dreaded skin problems).
The Chocolate cream scrub uses the base ingredients mentioned with the addition of chocolate and cinnamon powders to increase skin renewal benefits such as toning and moisturizing the skin, and relieving it from the irritations after sun exposure.
The Coconut recipe meanwhile has dried coconut meat, milk, and lavender oil. The coconut bits make great granules for dry skin while the essential base ingredients provide skin toning and skin calming. The lavender oil helps in relieving sensitive and sunburned skin.
The Chocolate and Coconut ice cream are Devarana’s “best-sellers,” which are perfect for the summer.
But those with ageing skin can also try the Rose flavored ice cream. The rose scrub is a combination of fresh rose petals, geranium rose oil, and the base ingredients. The rose petals control thread veins and induce skin elasticity.
Lastly, the Thai Tea flavored ice cream with the pleasant fragrance of tea is perfect as an antioxidant. The Thai black tea scrub nourishes and improves skin softness. The hint of mint, lemon, and lime oils will leave the skin feeling smooth, moist, and rosy.
After the one-hour session, a home-made lotion is put onto one’s body to seal in the moisture and make the skin smoother and softer.
Devarana is a Thai Sanskrit word that means “garden in heaven.” The ice cream scrub summer promo is first in the Philippines but Thailand has long been practicing this delectable and refreshing body scrub.