Every country with a royal family wonders what life is really like for the members of the monarchy and there is something fascinating about the heads of state in far flung places that captures our attention even more. The ancient royal families of Arabia are alluring and exotic to say the least, so the slightest insight into how these people look after their skin is interesting to say the least.
The Morroccan Royal family have been ruling since the 17th Century, currently reigning is King Muhammed VI and his wife Princess Lalla Salma. It is therefore no surprise that they have some incredible and historic beauty regimes. One of these is the Hammam.
The Hammam is a steam bath, but visiting an Hammam includes some ritual that involves using Black Soap and Rhassoul Clay. It is said that the Royal Family in Morrocco reserves one of the Djebl-Rhassoul deposits, just for them to use, it is clearly a very important part of their regimes.
When visiting a Hammam men and women are of course segregated for modesty, but it seems that is where modesty ends. The ritual is so important, especially for young brides, to cleanse and purify the skin, that it is normal to go with friends or family, so that you might help each other. You strip down to nothing and then enter a room, much like a Turkish Steam Bath, tiled and filled with steam.
An Important Ingredient
Argan Oil is an integral part to all of the treatments that are used when visiting the Hammam. Very recently we have seen a real surge in products that contain Argan Oil, but why?
It is made from the kernels of the Argan Tree (Argania Spinosa L), it has been used for centuries in Morrocco for dipping bread, on pasta and even in beauty products. It is said to be amazing for treating acne, moisturising the skin and fighting dryness, has anti ageing properties and is even good for the hair, helping to fortify it, naturally.
It has even been suggested that Argan Oil is useful when treating burns and rheumatism, high cholesterol and is being studied for it’s effects in preventing certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
The first step is to cover yourself with Black Soap, this body treatment is rich in minerals and will help to detoxify the skin, leaving it smooth and silky.
The soap is applied to the warm, moist skin in small circular motions and covers the face and body. It is then left for 5-10 minutes before washing off with hot water.
It will help to unclog the pores and begins the cleansing process. It will reduce dryness and flakiness, whilst helping to moisturise, nourish, improve elasticity and firmness.
Alassala are a company that make beauty and culinary products using Moroccan Argan Oil, they whole heartedly believe in the benefits that it can bring to your daily life. Their Moroccan Black Soap is their ‘secret to a clean, healthy, radiant skin’. 100% natural it is rich in Vitamin E and will even exfoliate the skin, removing the layers of dead skin.
Rhassoul doesn’t contain any surfactants and it cleanses by gently absorbing the impurities and excess oils on the skin. It will soften the skin without irritation.
There are a few different ways to use the clay, which Alassala also make, including as a face mask, cleanser and hair mask.
A study that was carried out by The National Institute of Phytotherapy found the following results, after just one use of the clay:
- Reduces dryness (79%)
- Reduces flakiness (41%)
- Improves skin clarity (68%)
- Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%)
- Improves skin texture (106%)
- Removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedones (blackheads / whiteheads)
- Removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the skins surface.
Other products containing Argan Oil
Alassala also produce a wide range of beauty and culinary products using Argan Oil. These include Argan Oil for Hair, Face & Body, Extra Virgin Argan Oil for cooking and dipping, along with many many more.
You can find out more about Alassala here.