By Shelby Jones, ISPA


Flakey, rough and dull skin is something that none of us want, but many of us have to deal with it when the weather starts to cool down. Not only is it unattractive, but it can be itchy and irritating. In order to rid your skin of flakes it’s time to sand it down. That might sound extreme but exfoliation is comparable to gently (key word) sanding down the dead layers of your skin to remove dryness and flakes. Your skin will look better, makeup will go on smoother and you’ll stop scratching those irritating patches of skin.

ISPA defines exfoliation as a skin treatment where the upper layer of dead skin cells is sloughed off. A variety of techniques can be used to remove it including: loofah rub, salt scrub, body glow, brush and tone, etc. Almost all spa product lines include a scrub, serum, mask and event devices to help you achieve soft exfoliated skin.

One treatment that takes it a step further at the spa is microdermabrasion. This treatment is a non-surgical procedure that abrades skin. It is less intense then its sister treatment, dermabrasion which is a surgical treatment that requires anesthetic. The main difference between these treatments is the depth of the removal of skin layers. During a microdermabrasion treatment a diamond-tipped wand is used to slough off the top layer of skin and stimulate cell growth. Some spas might also use a bristle-tipped wand to perform the treatment.

Check out Spa Week’s $50 Directory for spas offering $50 microdermabrasion October 10-16.

Recovery time for microdermabrasion is minimal; some people can go back to work the same day. According to ISPA’s research the treatment is offered in 91 percent of medical spas in the U.S. It can aid in diminishing fine lines, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Another benefit of the treatment is that skin care products will be more easily absorbed and make-up will go on more smoothly.

If you want to learn more about different spa treatments visit ISPA’s spa glossary at

Shelby Jones is based in Lexington, KY at the ISPA  headquarters, Spa Week’s exclusive trade partner. She has worked as ISPA’s Public Relations Manager for five years where she connects with top media outlets to promote ISPA members and the spa lifestyle. To get in touch with Shelby please email her or follow @ISPADoYou on Twitter. If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of ISPA; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!