A New Spin on Thalassotherapy

Marine mud can help detox the body and nourish the skin.

The Sunset Key Detoxifying Algae Mud Wrap ($200, 80 minutes) at the Spa at Sunset Key (Key West, Florida) relies upon Phytomer’s self-heating marine mud for a deep detox of the body’s congested areas. The mud, which is also a complimentary add-on back treatment for all the spa’s signature therapies, uses laminaria digitata (brown algae) and other marine-active ingredients to accelerate metabolism and detoxification. As the mud warms, tiny bubbles activate to micro-massage the skin, releasing tension and increasing tissue function. “As the cells absorb the powerful complex of nutrients and balance is achieved, cellular response becomes energized enough to eliminate stored metabolic waste,” says Angela Eriksen-Stanley, Phytomer’s director of education. “This activity occurs deep in the tissue, where previously blocked, painful, swollen areas become remineralized and oxygenated with restored circulation.”

Woodhouse Day Spa’s (Rochester, NY) ocean-inspired Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap ($165, 80 minutes) uses Voya’s seaweed-based products (www.voya.ie) to detoxify, moisturize, and soften the skin. After an exfoliation with finely ground seaweed, the guest is cocooned in fresh, mineral-rich Atlantic seaweed and treated to a relaxing scalp massage.

Spa e (Miami Beach, FL) showcases the Repêchage Four Layer Facial ($145, 45 minutes), which calls upon fresh European and American seaweed to help tone, deep-cleanse, and firm. For the first layer, a serum with 42 seaweed-derived trace elements is applied. Layer two is a hydrating cream followed by a cooling seaweed mask and a mineral-rich thermal mask. The treatment concludes with hand and scalp massages and a spritz of mist.

At Spa Radiance (San Francisco, CA), the Topical Light Infusion treatment ($185, 60 minutes) pairs Lightwave LED therapy with algae to help plump damaged and dry skin. After cleansing, the esthetician applies Lightwave's Topical Light Infusion Peptide Pro Nutrient Mask, which features a marine-derived blend of hydrolyzed algin and brown algae to improve hydration. Pulsed blue LED light is then applied, bending the mask’s molecules to deposit high dosages of nutrients into the skin tissue. After the mask is removed, red LED light is applied along with hydrating gel, antioxidants, and sunscreen.