Morocco’s Exotic Beauty Secret You Need To Know About

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As a beauty editor I am inspired not just by the products I see on my desk in London, or by the launches for big brands such as L’Oreal and Estee Lauder, but by beauty practices around the world. In the quest to find local tips for glowing skin and hair, every holiday I go on, you will no doubt find me perusing the shelves of the local pharmacy, buying oils from the market or opting in for the local massage. Ever tried Balinese massage? That is a rather invigorating adventure...

If you have kept up with our recent editorials, you will have seen that I have focused upon many countries around the world and shared their indigenous beauty secrets with you. This week it’s the turn of Morocco women to share their tips for glowing skin and hair

Moroccan women strongly believe that Mother Nature is the go to for healing and revitalizing their bodies. And do so by using natural ingredients that maintain their skin and hair's natural beauty. I was lucky enough to visit recently, and if you think Argan oil is where their beauty regime starts and finishes then think again, as I uncovered the most powerful treatment in their beauty arsenal: Otherwise know as The Hammam.

The Hammam is an open bathhouse where locals go weekly to undergo a ritual cleansing treatment involving aromatherapy, detoxification and massage using local ingredients to increase circulation, release toxins, and purify the skin. Massages every week? Count me in! However if you can’t get to a Hammam every week, then bring it to your home. Here's how:

Do a facial steam once a week, using a pan of freshly boiled water. Hold your face over it (be careful not to burn yourself on the steam) cover your head with a towel and inhale deeply for 10 minutes. This will open your pores and help remove toxins, leaving skin brighter, healthy and smoother. Make your steam bespoke with a few drops of your favourite essential oil such as Miaroma Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil £4.99 to stimulate and relieve nasal passageways, or Miaroma Lavender Pure Essential Oil £4.99 to calm and promote relaxation.

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To detox and cleanse Morroccan women (and men) have a firm favourite in African Black Soap or "Savon Noir" as their Moroccan beauty staple. The natural soap is packed with vitamin E, antimicrobial properties, also, it smells amazing! La Sultane De Saba Black Soap £21.00, cleans the skin and hair, removes impurities and is enriched with eucalyptus essential oil for a scent that will transport you straight to the exotic spas of Morocco. For a real authentic experience, use with the exfoliating La Sultane De Saba Kessa Glove £8.50 to really slough of any dead skin cells and leave skin irresistibly smooth.

For those who need a little extra detoxing, slather on The Body Shops Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay £16.00 all over and let it work its magic. Rhassoul clay comes from the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco and has incredible skin nourishing benefits.

Once dry it’s time for the best part;The massage. Hopefully you can convince someone to help you with this, to benefit from a REALLY relaxing experience, but if not work Ren Body Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-moisture Body Oil For All Skin Types £27.00 into damp skin to lock in the moisture. By starting at the feet and working the oil into your body in circular motions you will improve circulation and tone skin.

Finally, a post about Morocco wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the infamous Argan Oil. This can be used all over your body, but I find it’s particularly impressive in my hair. Moroccan Natural Argan Oil Hair Treatment £14.95 This natural oil nourishes and moisturises, helps to rid your hair of dry split ends and restores natural shine.

Try these Moroccan beauty tips for glowing kkin and hair and feel the undeniable benefits of steam and heat you get from Hammam therapy mean there are few treatments in the world as effective as this.

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