If there’s one thing I love doing when on holiday, it’s a spa experience. And there’s nothing in the world that comes close to a Morrocan Hammam treatment (except for a perhaps a Turkish one, but let’s not split hairs, eh?). If you saw my vlog (here) you’ll know that I was recently in Marrakech for a long and languorous weekend, one lazy afternoon of which was spent being pummelled and exfoliated to within an inch of my life in the most glamourous Hammam I’ve ever been in. (Les Bains de Marrakech, in case you’re wondering). After sitting in a hot and steamy room for what seemed like ages, some grainy exfoliant was rubbed all over, front and back, and rinsed off.
That’s kinda where my regular home exfoliating routine normally ends, but you haven’t hammamed if you haven’t had the exfoliating mitt experience. A rough black mitt is then swept briskly and firmly over the whole body, taking off what feels like half your skin. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not at all painful, just slightly unconformable (if you’re a bit of a wimp). For the record, I loved it – no wimping out here! I won’t subject you to a photo of what’s on the mitt once they’ve finished – let’s just say you didn’t know you had so much dead skin to shed. Et voila! You are left with baby soft skin, radiant, glowing, almost luminous, so smooth you can’t stop touching and stroking your limbs – cue strange looks from all those around you!
While I can’t promise you a Morrocan woman in your bathroom to reach every inch of you, what I can tell you is that you don’t need to jump on a plane in your search for the softest skin. The Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt from VictoriaHealth.com (£19.99, here) is literally the same mitt, sloughing off dead cells that simply roll off (sounds gross, but wait till you try it, you’ll be addicted in a minute – there’s an innate morbid curiosity that’ll have you inspecting the mitt post-exfoliation to see what’s come off – ewww!)
To replicate the Hammam experience, soften the skin in the bath, shower or steam room for 5 minutes or so, then, away from the water, squeeze out the excess water from the mitt get busy sloughing. If you can rope someone into doing your back for you, so much the better. Rinse, pat dry and see how quickly and easily your moisturiser sinks in.
Bringing a little bit of the East into your bathroom – can’t argue with that.