Beauty trends seem to come and go quicker than the seasons, yet one practice has stood the test of time. From Ancient Greece and Egypt to Renaissance Italy and even today, seekers of beauty and health flock to sites of natural mud springs. This tradition of bathing in mud was favoured by Cleopatra, who was partial to a body wrap with mud from the Dead Sea (where else?) If it’s good enough for a Pharaoh of unrivalled beauty, we think it’s worth a try.
With a lengthy list of therapeutic benefits, mud treatments are suggested for aesthetic and wellbeing purposes. The naturally occurring minerals and spring waters come together in the most nourishing manner, known to ease to the symptoms of skin conditions: such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and dermatitis. If you have been known to partake in a mud mask then you know that it has incredible absorption capacity. It absorbs excess oils and toxins from the skin, making it an effective defence against breakouts and clogged pores. Now, imagine this effect across the whole body. These highly refreshing treatments bring deep relief to aching muscles and clarify the skin as well.
If a trip to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, or Columbia’s Volcán El Totumo is off the cards, then Babington House has the next best thing. The mud room of Babington offers a taste of the ancient beauty therapy.
Our secret to full body clarification is in the application of three types of mud, tailored to enrich different areas of the body and refine the skin. Each type of mud exfoliates and enriches the skin with earthy minerals, all with different benefits. For the legs and arms, the coarser grey mud gives a thorough exfoliation. The copper mud is recommended for the upper body, back and pelvic area as it has a higher proportion of exfoliants: perfect for areas that are often neglected. The smooth and creamy consistency of the white mud makes it ideal for the face, décolleté and scalp. This rich mud leaves the skin feeling silky soft and renewed.
How it goes down:
Cover yourself head-to-toe in mud, giving extra attention to any dry patches and problem areas.
Get settled. Let the mud do its thing as you take a moment to do nothing - imagine that.
Once the mud has dried, spend some time in the steam to open the pores and clear the sinuses: this helps the skin to further absorb the minerals of the mud.
Rinse the mud off in a free falling water shower using circular massage motions to soothe the muscles and aid the exfoliation.
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