My fellow editor Cari is currently on vacation in Israel, where she's no doubt going to be soaking up the legendary beauty benefits of the mineral-rich Dead Sea. Being slightly jealous, I decided to do the next best thing: check out the new Halo/Air Salt Room spa in Chelsea (it's the first salt spa in the U.S., but the company already has several successful salt spas in Israel).
Here's what happens: You lie back on a comfy lounge chair in a salt "cave"—basically an extremely clean, low-humidity room in which the walls, ceiling and floors are covered in salt sourced from Ukrainian salt mines, and the air is infused with finely ground salt particles.The saline is believed to act as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent for both the skin and the respiratory system, helping everything from acne, asthma, and allergies to sinus infections, colds, and more.
And though it sounds crazy, after the session I walked out feeling super relaxed and breathing easier. And I swear my skin seemed like it was glowing. To see long term changes, Halo/Air recommends visiting the spa with some regularity; six sessions should help clear up skin problems. The one drawback? With each hour-long session costing $65, it's a bit pricey.
So if a visit to the salt spa is not in your budget, I suggest checking out Clarisea's line of salt-based skincare products. Their face collection ($39), which includes a giant jar of Clarifying Salt Treatment, cleanser, and mask, does a great job of clearing up breakouts and restoring moisture.—Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides New York