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One of my first memories is of me, playing in the dirt after a rain storm and that dirt had turned into the perfect consistency for mud. Not too wet, not too dry…just right. Some kids would make mud pies, some kids would make mud balls and have dirty mud fights. Me? I would rub the mud all over my arms, legs and face wondering what the mud would make my skin feel like. While I don’t remember the end result and if it made my three-year-old skin glow, I do remember that it was lots of fun playing “spa” at such a young age. Guess I was born into it.
So, what’s the appeal of mud, and what does it do to benefit your skin? Mud has many healing properties for the skin, and it has been used for centuries. Mud is great for detoxifying your skin; stimulating blood flow and releasing toxins from the body that have been put into the body by food, chemicals, pollution, etc. Mud can also have a slimming effect as a nice side benefit from detoxifying the system. Mud can treat skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and body aches. It can also relieve stress while enjoying the whole process of being slathered in it! I’ve read before that Cleopatra used Dead Sea Black Mud in her mud baths…I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, Cleo and I would have been BFFs for sure! So, where can you find such treatments? Well, you can head to a spa, because day spas are full of yummy treatments and offer many types of mud baths, OR, you can try a couple of products you apply yourself in the privacy of your home.
Fango Active Mud by Borghese is awesome! It’s a mineral enriched mud mask that is sourced from the volcanic hills in Tuscany. It can be used on the face, neck, and body, so it’s a great multi tasking mud. Apply it to clean skin and let it sit for about 20 minutes and rinse. Your skin will feel smoother, firmer and hydrated. Fango also has avocado and almond oil in it to moisturize and soften the skin. I love this mud mask. I got it in a gift set years ago, and I pick it up whenever I can. It’s a great way to escape when you can’t really escape.
Dead Sea Mineral Mud by Ahava is another at-home treat you need to try. This is a rich, black mineral mud harvested from The Dead Sea. This mask really works deep to purify, clean and restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. Your skin will feel firm and moisturized after you use this mask. I was introduced to this years ago when I worked as an esthetician and I did body treatments. It’s one of my favorite body mud products and like Fango, it’s a great way to unwind and treat yourself…you deserve it!
If you can get your hands on Cosmetic Clay, or Dead Sea Mud, you can make your own mud mask that’s tailored to what your skin needs. Add essential oils like lavender for relaxation, sandalwood to increase circulation, and add oils to hydrate your skin like almond oil, and avocado oil. Health food stores are the best places to find these ingredients, but call first to see if they have the ingredients in stock so you don’t waste a trip. Or, buy the body mud I’ve talked about here and enjoy! You could go out into your yard and do what I did at three-years-old, but I don’t recommend it.
Have you tried body mud? If so, what brands have you tried, or did you make it yourself? Or, are you one of the lucky ones that heads to the spa and lets the professionals handle it? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
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