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This post will be showing you how I go about my at-home spa day with Moroccan Hamman.
Before COVID-19, I used to go to the sauna around my house for a spa day. I typically go once a month or whenever my body itches for one. I spend about 20- 30 minutes in the sauna before lounging by the pool and calling it a day. Sometimes, I go to the gym first for a quick workout session before heading to the sauna to relax my nerves.
For someone like me with dry skin that comes with keratosis pilaris, the steam from the sauna helps open up my pores which I can then exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Oh! How I have missed going to the sauna. But this was pre-COVID 19.
A few weeks ago, I started to itch for a good exfoliation session. I was feeling out of sorts and hoped that a spa day will help calm my anxiety. But the problem was, I did not know how to go about it. So, I went on Pinterest first for ideas and stumbled on a Moroccan Hamman. I have always wanted to visit Morocco just for a native Hamman session. Then I went to YouTube to find out if and how I can DIY a Moroccan Hamman Session at home.
Of course, I could!
Why a Moroccan Hamman you might be wondering?
First of all, I heard so much about the deep clean techniques which I always wanted to try. I thought it was an amazing way to get rid of dead skin cells. Trust me, when it comes to your body, there is no such thing as too much exfoliation. Our body is thicker than our faces which makes it harder for products to penetrate and get the job done. So, sometimes physical exfoliation just works.
Also, I couldn’t think of any other easy at-home spa day that involved my entire body.
Check out this post for an in-depth explanation of a typical Moroccan Hamman.
What you need for an At-Home Spa Day – Moroccan Hamman
After doing my research, I found out that I could get all the supplies I needed for my at-home spa day online. Naturally, I went ordering immediately. (I’ve included affiliate links so that you can access all the products easily.)
Here are five key things you will need;
- DIY Steam Room: In the absence of a sauna, you will need to create a makeshift steam room with your bathroom.
- Morrocan black soap or Beldi Soap: This is a specially formulated black soap for a Hamman session which should not be confused with the African Black Soap from West Africa.
- Moroccan Kessa Glove: Similar to an exfoliating glove, this abrasive kessa glove will do the actual job of deep exfoliation.
- Moroccan Ghassoul Clay: Also called Rhassoul Clay, which absorbs all the leftover impurities in your skin while supplying it with nourishing minerals. I’ve used Rhassoul clay for years. It is amazing. Gentle enough for sensitive skin and can be used from head to toe.
- Morrocan Argan Oil: After purging your skin of dead skin cells, you need to finish up by moisturising and softening your skin. Argan Oil is also called Liquid Gold which shows how beneficial it is for the skin. It is perfect to wrap up an amazing spa day.
How To Do A Morrocan Hamman At Home (Step by Step)
Now that you have the supplies you need, here’s how you need to go about the procedure.
- Pick a day. Since a lot of us are home now, we have no excuse of postponing till the weekend. Well, except you work from home. If a Monday works for you, so be it. If you feel you want to create the routine of weekend spa days, that can also work. Just pick a day.
- Get all your supplies ready. If you’re going to be ordering them online, make sure they have all arrived and gathered together. Store them in your bathroom so that they’re easily accessible. Don’t forget to get your plastic bowl for mixing your Rhassoul Clay.
- Clean your bathroom if necessary. You really don’t want to use a dirty bathroom. Especially if you’re going to be spending a while doing a Morrocan Hamman. But if it is clean enough, you can go ahead and use it. But trust me, there’s nothing like a freshly cleaned bathroom.
- Prepare your makeshift steam room: Start by blocking out all the airways particularly under the door and windows. Lock them if possible to trap as much steam in your bathroom as possible.
- Run your shower or tap to the hottest temperature. Don’t forget that we’re creating a steam room so you need the water to be as hot as possible.
- Start with a facial oil cleansing session. While the shower is running and the steam is building up, start cleansing your face with oil for about 5 minutes. I like to get my facial skincare out of the way since the focus of the Morrocan Hamman is on the body. When you’re done oil cleansing, finish up with a second cleanser and rinse off. By now the steam would have begun softening your body so it’s time to get to work.
- Work a thin layer of the Morrocan Black Soap all over your body. Remember it’s a spa day so take your time and massage your skin gently. When you’re done, rinse off the soap.
- Next, take the Morrocan Kessa glove and scrub your body gently. It is quite an abrasive glove so you want to slightly wet it first and go in gently before building up resistance. While scrubbing, stop and notice the dirt and gunk coming out of your body. You’ll be amazed. Go over your body from top to bottom a couple of times until you’re satisfied. When you’re done, rinse your body with warm water.
- Afterwards, take two parts of Morrocan Rhassoul Clay and mix it with two parts of water until you get a smooth consistency. Then apply it all over your body from head or face to toe. Yes, it is completely safe for your face as it will not dry it out like other clays. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before you finally rinse off.
- Finish up by slathering some Morrocan Argan Oil on your body. Your body will thank you for it!
How did that feel like? Amazing I’m sure.
Writing this post just brought back memories from my last session. I absolutely cannot wait for my next one.
You can decide to do this at home say day weekly or biweekly depending on your mood or routine. I particularly love how inexpensive and effective it is particularly for body care.
Whenever we eventually go back to normal and the saunas are open, I’ll be doing a modified version. Which mostly involves scrubbing with the Kessa glove while sitting in the steam room. I can’t imagine how incredibly effective it will be. Thinking about it alone makes me giddy with excitement!
If you need a more visual tutorial, watch this video below.
Have you had an at-home spa day since lockdown began? What did you do?
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