While the recent rains brought its fair share of troubles—the least of which is frizzy hair—we find ourselves a little skin-obsessed currently. There’s nothing worse than heading into the colder months with dry, scaly arms and legs that look good only in long-sleeved tops and ankle-grazing trousers. You might say moisturise, but we say you need to prepare the ground first. What better than an indulgent body polish? With ingredients like tamarind, sea salt and kiwi, these will not only scrub away dead skin, but also impart softness and a glow. Our pick of the best polishes treatments at city hotels.
Tamarind & mint coconut @ Kaya Kalp
Not many of us realise that the same ingredient that goes into making a delicious puliyodharai is also a natural exfoliant, bleach and moisturiser. At Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa, at ITC Grand Chola, this dark brown fruit is paired with anti-inflammatory mint and moisturising coconut to make a body polish that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. “Tamarind is also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, and is great for tackling cellulite,” says Dr Mamtha Ismail, the spa manager, adding that the coconut and mint will impart a glow. Rs 3,000 plus taxes for 40 minutes. Details: 22200000
Turmeric and green gram @ Respa
Keeping it traditional is Respa at The Residency Towers. Their herbal polish includes green gram, turmeric and sandalwood, blended together with rose water. While the yellow spice brightens and lightens, green gram helps combat dry skin, removes sun tan and even prevents acne. Rs 1,700 for 30 minutes.
Passion fruit @ Oryza
Yet another fruit makes its entry into our list. Passion fruit is rich in beta carotene and vitamins A and C, and at Oryza, the scrub uses both extracts and fresh juice to maximise benefits. It not only promises to remove impurities and increase circulation, but also to smoothen texture and brighten complexion. The session will end with a pack and a relaxing massage with massage of passion fruit cream. But if you would like to try something different, may we suggest their sea mineral scrub (refines skin) or their sandalwood and honey, which is cooling and moisturising. Rs 3,750 plus taxes for 90 minutes. Details: 28332055
Mango and kiwi @ Antahpura
A New Zealand staple and a Chennai favourite pair up at The Park Hyatt’s Antahpura Spa, to offer an exfoliating treatment that is equal parts luxe and luscious. With polishes from Sens & Spirit, the French beauty brand, the mango and kiwi is a house favourite. “Mango is acidic, so it removes dead skin but also improve your complexion and gives anti-ageing benefits. Kiwi, on the other hand, is rich in vitamins C and E, and helps soothes the skin and promote cell regeneration,” explains Saif Usmani, the spa manager. Another popular option is their brown sugar and plum polish that promises softer, moisturised skin. Rs 3,800 plus taxes for 45 minutes. Details: 71771234
Sea salt andtamarind @ Aura Spa
When in doubt, try a double. At The Park, the Tangy Tamarind stars the vitamin C-rich fruit. Combined with oatmeal, milk and honey, the gentle polish will leave you feeling fresh and invigorated. Alternatively, you can also do the salt. Sourced from Tuticorin, the Sea Salt Scrub uses oils of rose, lavender, peppermint and jasmine to amp up the benefits, which includes. Rs 1,800 for 30 minutes. Details: 42676000
Patchouli and sandalwood @ Jiva Spa
Jiva Spa at The Taj Club House has three treatments on offer. While we love the Posha (with soya, almond and jojoba) and Vishuddi (with honey, seaweed and ginger), we are drawn to the Aksha. While they call it a sensual scrub, thanks to the patchouli (did you know it is also an aphrodisiac?) in it, it also has great astringent properties that helps sagging skin. Sandalwood and jojoba provide soothing and moisturising properties. A three-way solution for all things dry and rough. Rs 1,500 plus taxes for 30 minutes. Details: 66313131
Jasmine and sugar cane @ Siddh Spa
No list of skin-beneficial ingredients can be made without including this perennial favourite, the jasmine. At the Hyatt Regency, the Madurai Malli treatment fits the bill. The masseuse blends together mogra petals and sugar cane and applies it to the body in long, soothing strokes to gently exfoliate the skin. Not only does jasmine have an uplifting effect on your mood, it also smooths irritated skin, improves the body’s circulation and lymphatic system, and stimulates skin cell regeneration. Rs 1,750 plus taxes for 60 minutes. Details: 61001234
—Surya Praphulla Kumar