Hammam Products and their Benefits
Moroccan Hammams use traditional products in their spas, many of which have been around for centuries which comes as no surprise when you discover the multitude of benefits these products have for your skin.
Moroccan black soap is a high-alkaline soap made from olive oil and macerated olives, giving it its dark greenish-black colour. It has a creamy, gel-like consistency made completely from natural ingredients. The olive mixture is marinated with salt and vegetable potash, using the ancient art of cold saponification. It has a very dense texture and when mixed with water develops a very greasy consistency that hardly foams.
Black soap has an abundance of moisturising and exfoliating properties. When left on the skin for around ten minutes and then used simultaneously with a Kessa Mitt, it removes all unwanted dead skin and toxins, leaving the skin feeling smooth and looking radiant. Black olives are used due to their high Vitamin E and antioxidant properties, leaving the skin looking firmer and healthier. It is highly valued for its gentle but powerful cleansing effect and similarly, it is plant-based so is extremely popular with users of organic and vegan cosmetics.
This soap is suitable for all skin types, it doesn’t irritate the skin due to its low foaming activity and because it’s free of chemicals and additives. The application of the soap eliminates all impurities, and its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent choice for people with blemish and acne-prone skin.
Produced from the Argan tree native to Morocco, Argan oil is made from the kernels that grow on them. Argan oil can be used in cooking, to enhance flavour, or for traditional medicinal use but, more recently it has proved invaluable for its cosmetic purposes. It has benefits for the skin, hair, and nails. The traditional method of extraction took around one week, but now modern mechanical cold pressing is used, this has reduced the water content in the oil giving it a longer shelf life and improved texture. Argan oil is smooth and silky, it should not feel slimy sticky or watery.
Argan Oil is incredibly rich in nutrients, such as fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E, and squalene, all of which form a powerful combination to boost the health of our skin. It penetrates the skin and activates the production of natural fats to protect the skin’s barrier and along with this comes a host of advantages. Moroccan women use it to protect their skin from sun damage. The appearance of hyperpigmentation and even burn scars can be reduced with argan oil and it may even improve and brighten your skin tone. It also has anti-ageing properties, because it is so moisturising it has been found to improve elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks.
Argan oil also contains several healing properties. Symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea can be treated with Argan oil. Similarly, it regulates the amount of sebum in the skin and has antibacterial and antifungal properties, giving it the capability to help treat acne and skin infections.
Honey is a thick, golden substance made by bees using the nectar of flowering plants. Nectar is a sugary liquid, it is mixed with enzymes from a bee’s stomach, then water is evaporated from it, and it is stored in a honeycomb as beeswax. Whilst most people use honey to sweeten food and drink, it has some therapeutic value for the skin. This unique process of creating honey makes it especially valuable for cosmetic use.
One benefit of honey is its ability to repair. It has antimicrobial properties which help the body’s healing process, so wounds and scars can be faded using honey as a paste on the affected site. Honey is also an anti-inflammatory, giving it the ability to treat chronic skin conditions. However, when using it for this reason it is essential to use unpasteurised honey, such as manuka, as for it to be effective it still needs to have healthy bacteria. This will help reduce inflammation and redness and activate the immune system.
Honey is a gentle exfoliator; it can eliminate dead skin cells and brighten skin. As well as this it can give the appearance of younger-looking skin, stop wrinkles from forming and prevent infections on the skin that accelerate ageing. There is even some evidence to suggest that honey can treat some types of cancer, namely skin cancer. This is due to its ability to help slow down the growth and reproduction of cancerous cells in the body.
The cocoa bean is the seed of the cacao tree and cocoa comes from the paste of the bean when processed. Chocolate is amazing for in and on the body. The cacao bean has over 300 identifiable compounds and nutrients which allow your body and skin to perform at peak levels. When applied directly to the skin these elements feed and protect it.
Cocoa is a superfood and a source of manganese which helps nutrient absorption. Raw cocoa powder can be used to maintain skin health due to antioxidants and flavonols, these decrease the harmful effects of UV rays on the skin and increase its hydration and elasticity. This means chocolate-based products can moisturise and detoxify the skin, whilst also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dark chocolate when consumed releases hormones that reduce stress and increase happiness. These things, in turn, prevent the breakdown of collagen, which is a common problem in ageing, meaning cocoa can keep your skin looking youthful and plump. Dark chocolate is rich in vitamins A, B1, C, D, E and not to mention iron and calcium, so next time you are craving chocolate, help your skin and give into it!
Produced through scrupulous steam distillation of fresh rose petals, rose water contains nutritious juices and pure rose oil, both of which have several therapeutic benefits. Rosewater has been around now for thousands of years, including in the Middle Ages. It has a sweet, deep aroma that is universally enjoyed, and it’s used in medical, cosmetic, and culinary products.
Rosewater is a natural remedy for many skin problems, it contains antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, making it an extremely soothing and important essential oil. When used in the spa, the rose oil mixed with steam has been known to have properties that reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. The extract of rose petals can relax the central nervous system.
When used as a cleanser, it aids in oil and dirt extraction, as well as hydrating and moisturising it, helping you achieve that refreshed look. After steaming, rose water helps to clear pores and tone the skin. It can help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues. Similarly, the aroma of roses is said to tighten capillaries, reducing red and blotchy skin, evening out your complexion.
At Casa spa, we do a range of treatments using these essential products, including our Hammam and application of organic black soap infused with argan oil. From honey hair masks to rose water face masks, we offer everything you need for an indulgent day out. Leave our spa feeling relaxed and your skin looking refreshed and nourished. With our special package options, you may visit us as often as you like.
Call 0207 724 2030 or visit https://casaspa.co.uk/ for details.