This is not your everyday method on how to get soft skin, but a beauty secret known amongst the people of Morocco. It involves Moroccan Black Soap, a Kessa Glove and hot steam. Are you intrigued yet? If so, read on…
So, first of all, what is Moroccan Black Soap? Also known as Savon Beldi (Traditional Soap) or Savon Noir (Black Soap) in French, it’s named after its color which can be black, brown or dark green. The color depends on the season the oil used to produce it is harvested in.
It’s a gel-like soap, traditionally made from saponified olive oil in Morocco. It is completely natural and is usually made of only three ingredients: water, olive oil and potash. The olive oil and potash undergo the cold saponification process which just means that the oil is treated with potassium hydroxide (potash) to form a soap. Saponified olive oil has a safety rating of 1 on EWG’s Skin Deep website.
Nowadays, because of its popularity you will find variations of the traditional black soap. The most common added ingredient is an essential oil such as eucalyptus, neroli, and rose. You may also find it mixed with Argan Oil.
Moroccans usually go to the local public baths to use this soap to exfoliate and soften their skin. For most Moroccans, this is a must at least once a week. Traditionally, called a hammam (meaning ‘bath’ in English) you will find three rooms of varying steam levels.
By now, you must be wondering how you can do this in the comfort of your own home. Set aside some time to indulge yourself in this self-care ritual. This is not a 5-minute shower!
First, you will need to create a ‘steam-like’ atmosphere in your bathroom. To do this, let the hot water run for 5-10 minutes. Get in while you’re waiting because the hot steam will open your pores, preparing it for exfoliation. You can shampoo your hair during this time, so as not to waste too much water. Next take a small scoop of the Moroccan Black Soap and apply it all over your body. Take more as needed. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off. After that, wet the Kessa Glove and with an up and down motion lightly scrub your skin. At this point, you should see the dead skin ball up on your skin. When you’ve finished using the Kessa Glove to exfoliate, rinse off the dead skin. If you’d like you can use the black soap again or another mild all-natural soap bar. Finally, step out of your shower or bath and towel dry. Immediately apply Argan Oil all over your body to lock in hydration.
The results: your skin will now be squeaky clean and as soft as a babies’ skin. This ultimate luxurious experience will leave your skin thoroughly nourished with olive oil and argan oil-a treat you will look forward to every weekend.
Some important notes to keep in mind when using Moroccan Black Soap:
- It shouldn’t be used on your face.
- You should only use it for exfoliation with a Kessa Glove once a week. It’s fine to use every day if you want to use the soap in place of your soap bar or shower gel as long as you don’t exfoliate.
- Do not use on irritated skin.
- Do not use soap inside private areas or the Kessa Glove around this delicate skin.
All in all, this is an all-natural way to get super soft skin and the experience is really one you don’t want to miss. Besides being a powerful way to remove dead skin cells, it’s also a truly self-indulgent activity that will leave you feeling revitalized and thoroughly satisfied.
So, go ahead and experience this unique soap from the exotic lands of Morocco at home.