The Beauty Bit: Hot is the new Cool

BATD ON Jan 21, 2009 AT 1:44 pm

Kaeline Traditional Black Hammam Soap

Kaeline Traditional Black Hammam Soap

Trend forecasters are touting steamy Hammams as the beauty ritual of 2009, and as a week in exotic Morocco isn’t on the cards any time soon, I’m feeling for a little bit of Marrakech in my own bathroom. Follow my Heavenly Home Hammam guide for the softest skin this side of Casablanca.

Mimi x

Start Scrubbing!
Get your fluffiest towels to hand and run a hot bath ensuring the temperature in your bathroom is cosy. Dampen skin and rub Kaeline Traditional Black Hammam Soap With Eucalyptus, £12.50 (www.lovelula.com), using circular motions all over your body, starting with your legs. Ideally you should be rubbing wearing exfoliating mitts to really get circulation moving and whisk away rough skin. Rinse off and repeat the process, concentrating on feet and any rough areas. Rinse again.

REN Bath Soak

REN Bath Soak

 
Minus The Mud
A true Hammam requires you to be covered top to toe in clay-like Rhassoul mud, but I’ve discovered this cleaner alternative; REN Rhassoul and Moroccan Rose Thalassotherapy Bath Soak, £24 (www.renskincare.com). Lie back in hot bath water and let the detoxifying clay purify your skin and sweet Moroccan rose oils soothe away any stress.
 

Decleor Arome Euphoric

Decleor Arome Euphoric

The Grand Finale
The best way to end the experience is to refresh with a cooling spritz of either mint or rose. I love Decleor Arome Euphoric, £34 (www.decleor.co.uk); a divinely aromatic water to perfume, freshen and soften this skin. Rose, chamomile and geranium essential oils are a sensory treat. Make sure you stay wrapped in warm, soft towels for at least half an hour while enjoying a hydrating cup of fresh mint tea.

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