Hammam, also known as a Turkish bath, is a popular activity enjoyed all across the middle east, it’s origins can be traced back two millennia to the bathhouses of ancient Greece. In Morocco, this tradition began in the 12th century under the influence of the Ottoman Empire, who adopted the pursuit of recreational bathing from the Romans.
Similar to a sauna or steam bath, hammam is characterised by the use of the coarse ‘Kessa’ mitt used to vigorously slough away old skin and dirt. Moroccan hammam distinguishes itself from the more traditional Turkish hammam, most notably for its unique use of domestically derived natural bathing lotions and treatments which enhance the cleansing process.
Black soap derives its colour and name from the olives it is produced, during Hammam Black Soap is applied to skin in preparation of the Kessa glove and is key to the glove’s effectiveness. Used much the same way as normal soap, black soap gently lifts dirt and impurities on the surface of the skin, unlike conventional soap it does not leave a slippery residue on the skin that would inhibit the coarse glove from removing dead skin cells effectively.
Rhassoul clay found only in the mountainous regions of morocco is used after exfoliating to detoxify and purify the skin, promoting the growth of healthy glowing skin.
Argan oil is produced from the fruit of the Argan tree found throughout Morocco, it is often applied after hammam to condition and moisturise the skin.
Used together these three natural products offer the authentic Moroccan hammam experience, lauded by beauty experts across the web, and enjoyed by Moroccans for centuries.
Authentic Moroccan Hammam at home
Step 1. Fill the bath with steaming hot water.
Step 2. Relax and soak for 5-10 minutes.
Step 3. Apply Moroccan beldi soap all over the body.
Step 4. Rinse off the soap thoroughly, the skin must not be slippery for the next step.
Step 5. Using the Kessa glove, start from the neck, rub firmly back and forth until you can see dead skin rolling off, work your way over your entire body down to your feet.
Step 6. Wash off the dead skin.
Step 7. Apply aromatic Rhassoul clay over the entire body and face, leave for 10 minutes until dry.
Step 8. Wash off the dried clay thoroughly to reveal silky soft skin.
Step 9. Apply Argan oil on the newly cleansed skin to moisturise and give it a healthy glow.
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