Is Natural Mud Good For Your Skin?
A couple of years ago, I took a short holiday to Turkey’s Marmaris coast – a whole week of sun, sea, and no work whatsoever… bliss.
While I was there, I had the opportunity to take a river boat trip to visit the natural sulphuric mud baths and hot springs. As a natural skincare specialist aware of the benefits of mud, obviously I was intrigued. I definitely couldn’t miss this chance.
The Dalyan river is beautiful – a stretch of calm waters flanked by reed beds where I was lucky enough to spot a few turtles, backed by picturesque mountain scenery. As we drifted along towards the mud baths in our open-sided boat, Hus, our guide for the day, explained that the mud contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium which are beneficial for the skin and overall health.
I was so excited to try the mud baths for myself, and I knew I’d just have to tell you all about the experience!
Now, I’ll admit, the first impression of the mud baths is not appealing – a shallow pool of dirty-looking water and the strong “rotten egg” smell of the sulphur hardly screams good health, does it?
But I was a woman on a mission, so in I went.
The idea is that you bathe in the pool, cover yourself from top to toe in the thick mud, then sit in the sun and wait for the mud to dry. As the sun warms your body, the heat helps your pores to open and the beneficial minerals can be absorbed.
There are outdoor showers available to wash the mud off, but the far more fun way to clean you is to jump in the river!
This treatment, which can be found in salons around the globe, can have amazing benefits for all sorts of skin problems; eczema and psoriasis being the most obvious, as well as other health complaints such as arthritis.
Thankfully, I wasn’t suffering with any particular skin or health problems at the time, but nevertheless, for the rest of the day, and even for a few weeks afterwards, I could definitely feel the difference in my skin – it was soft and smooth and just felt lovely.
If you ever get the chance to indulge in a mud bath, be it in a salon or on a trip to Turkey, I strongly urge you to go for it; you’ll love the results. Or, you could get the skin benefits of natural clays in the comfort of your own home with one of our Face Masks.
After my mud bath experience, and washing in the river, I took a dip in the hot spring – a thoroughly relaxing experience – but that’s a story for another day.