Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of self-care is the time commitment it often requires. If the thought of dedicating time to a self-care practice is stressful to you, consider dressing up a practice you already engage in, like bathing. You already dedicate time to scrubbing down throughout the week. Why not spend a little extra time making it special once in a while?
A Moroccan bath routine is a traditional bathing practice that involves a serious amount of exfoliation. A full Moroccan bath can take quite a bit of time, so we’re sharing a shortened, simplified version. If you’re looking to recreate a full Moroccan bathing experience at home, check out this video from Torera George.
- Moroccan Black Soap
- Body oil or moisturizer
1. One of the key components of a Moroccan bath is steam. It’s important to open up your skin’s pores before you get scrubbing. Turn your shower to its hottest setting, close the bathroom door, and place a rolled up towel at the bath. This will trap the steam in the room and create the right environment.
**Safety note: Before creating your own steam room, talk to your doctor, or be aware of any health issues that you might have that could be aggravated in this type of environment. People with low blood pressure, for example, should avoid being in a steam room for prolonged periods of time.
2. Next, you’ll want to get your skin wet, and apply a thin layer of the black soap. Use the Sitti loofah to gently scrub in small circles all over your body. Adjust the pressure level based on the area you are focusing on. Be gentle with your neck and chest; apply a bit more pressure to the soles of your feet, your knees, your elbows, and your back.
3. Once you’ve given yourself a thorough scrubbing, rinse your body and wash away all of the dead skin!
4. Pat yourself dry, and apply a body oil or moisturizer. While argan oil is the traditional choice, apply whichever oil or lotion you like best.
That’s it! While you may not have time for a full Moroccan bath ritual, you probably have time to extend your regular shower a bit. This practice will leave your feeling clean, smooth, and moisturized.
Share your feedback: Have you tried this type of bathing ritual? Email Mona, email@example.com, to share your tips, tricks, and lessons learned.