In Balance: In a Pinch
Salt and pepper enhance even the blandest beauty routine
~by Eve Thomas
What could be simpler than salt and pepper? Just a sprinkle or a dash can make any dish shine, but they also provide the perfect touch to your skin-care regimen.
On the salty side, find Kerstin Florian’s muscle-soothing Mineral Wellness Soak. It contains sun-dried, hand-harvested salts comprising 60 essential minerals and trace ele- ments, including calcium and colloidal silver, a natural antiseptic. Salt is also the not-so-secret ingredient in Clarisea, a line of products devel- oped by Alison Carton when she noticed that swimming in the ocean soothed her breakouts. After experimenting with dozens of salts, she settled on a mix of Pacific and Himalayan.
On the flip side, find invigorating pepper oil in Shiffa Dubai’s basil, mint and black pep- per body wash, as well as in Molton Brown’s Re-charge line, which includes an exfoliat- ing body bar studded with peppercorns. For extra tingle, book the Willow Stream Spa Wisdom treatment at Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai. The signature experience includes a Sichuan-pepper body scrub made locally and exclusively for the spa. For the best results, try a bit of both in your beauty routine – just season to taste.
SALT (IMAGE ABOVE - CLOCKWISE): KIEHL’S LAVENDER FOAMING-RELAXING BATH WITH SEA SALTS AND ALOE VERA, US$30; KERSTIN FLORIAN MINERAL WELLNESS SOAK, US$41; CLARISEA INSTANT GLOW POWDER EXFOLIANT, US$25; ENER-G MINERAL BODY SCRUB, US$45; L’OCCITANE VERBENA BODY SALT SCRUB, US$36
PEPPER (IMAGE BELOW - CLOCKWISE): MOLTON BROWN RE-CHARGE BLACK PEPPER BODYWASH, US$34, AND BODYSCRUB, US$25; SENTEURS DU SUD EAU DE TOILETTE FOR MEN, US$59; HÉVÉA COCOA BEAN SENSUAL BODY OIL, US$49, AND COCOA SPICES LIP BALM, US$27