Originating in Morocco, the ancient bathing ritual of the hammam aims to cleans your body with pampering baths and massages set in a peaceful environment. The five-part procedure helps to cleanse, nourish, and rehydrate the skin, while being profoundly relaxing and rejuvenating.
But you don’t have to jet to Istanbul to experience the hammam – simply follow our five easy steps to enjoying the bathing experience of a lifetime in your own home.
STEP 1: Get steamy
Start by creating steam room-like conditions in your bathroom by insulating windows and door gaps with towels so no steam can escape. Run a hot shower and drench yourself in the water, which will help relax any tension in the muscles. Feel the steam soften your skin.
Must-have: Rituals Hammam Scented Candle
STEP 2: Soap up
Apply a thin layer of black soap all over your body and let the product work its magic for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing it away.
Must-have: Noir Black Hamman Soap
STEP 3: Scrub away
Prepare your Kessa glove prior to the bath by soaking it in warm water for about 30 seconds and letting it dry. Rub the glove in circular motions all over your body to remove dead skin cells and grime. Don’t rub too hard, though – kessa gloves are abrasive and overscrubbing can hurt your skin.
Must-have: The Ritual of Hammam Kessa Glove
STEP 4: Clay time
Continue your blissful experience with Moroccan red clay powder, also known as rhassoul clay. Mix it with a splash of water and apply it to your whole body, including your hair. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes and rinse off. Fun fact: rhassoul clay can be used as both hair mask and shampoo.
Must-have: Now Solutions Moroccan Red Clay Powder
STEP 5: Oil it up
Slather your skin in argan oil while still moist to allow full penetration of oil goodness. Massaging your body with oil helps combat dehydration and will keep your newly soft skin smooth and supple.
Must-have: Argan Pure Cold Presed Oil