Rhassoul: what is it and what are the benefits in your hair and skin care?
Moroccan rhassoul, with its purifying, detoxifying and restructuring effects, is a truly magical elixir for hair and skin care, as well as one of the most used ingredients to prepare body and soul for the hammam ritual. How to use it in your daily beauty routine?
Soft, fine and silky, rhassoul (or ghassoul) clay has been used for thousands years in Arab and North African cultures for its stunning purifying features on skin and scalp, as well as to exfoliate body in preparation for the millenary ritual of hammam.
Thanks to its high content of silicon, potassium and magnesium, rhassoul helps to cleanse the most superficial layers of skin, deeply but yet delicately (not surprisingly, the Arabic term rassala can be translated into Italian as “wash”), and contributes at the same time to oxygenate and brighten it. That results in thick shiny hair, and face and body skin free of impurities, very soft to the touch since the first application. It is also a completely natural and biodegradable product, which is extracted exclusively from special mines dug in the depths of the Atlas Mountains, in Morocco, and dried by sunlight for days before being pulverized and used for several cosmetic and healing purposes.
In short, a true beauty elixir that can also be used at home to create face and hair masks just like those provided by the best beauty centers, for moments of pure pleasure even in your everyday life.
Rhassoul, the Moroccan soap clay used for thousands years for the beauty of skin and hair
Appreciated for thousands years for its incredible purifying and smoothing features (the first sources that mention its use date back to Egyptian papyruses), rhassoul is still an essential part of Arab and North African culture.
In fact, this warm ocher-colored soap clay stands out among the most popular beauty secrets of the Maghreb region, where its use for aesthetic and ritual purposes has been handed down from generation to generation since remote ages. As if that wasn’t enough, nowadays in some areas it is still used as a soap to wash underwear and even as part of the dowry of Moroccan brides.
But what is rhassoul exactly and where do its incredible characteristics come from?
The answer has to be found in the chemical composition of this clay extracted exclusively from the bowels of the legendary Mount Atlas (as a matter of fact, it is a mountain range extending for around 2,500 km between Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia), more precisely in the Ksabi region, about 200 km far from the Moroccan city of Fez.
In fact, as previously mentioned, rhassoul contains a high percentage of silicon, potassium, magnesium, and other minerals capable of absorbing water and transforming into an enveloping and unctuous mass, which absorbs and removes the impurities from the external environment, and at the same time nourishes and deeply smooths the epidermis.
After the extraction, the ghassoul is carefully washed and then dried for several days by the sunlight; in the next step, rhassoul gets reduced to powder before being packaged, put on the market and used to make excellent homemade face and hair masks – or to prepare the body skin for the ancient ritual of the Turkish bath (traditionally enriched with orange blossom water).
The incredible features of rhassoul, a powerful anti-aging elixir
Thanks to its delicacy, rhassoul is suitable for both dry and oily skin: in the first case, this clay can help to deeply oxygenate the tissues, nourishing and hydrating the epidermis from the inside, whereas in the second it absorbs the excess sebum and prevent the appearance of blackheads and other kind of blemishes commonly related to rubbing, hormonal changes, smog and pollution.
In fact, when mixed with a liquid element, rhassoul is able to attract and capture the particles present on surfaces, making it easy to remove them with a simple rinse. This is why rhassoul is an excellent ally for deep facial cleansing, which should be carried out on a weekly basis. Rhassoul also boasts powerful anti-ageing effects, visible even on more mature skin, due to its ability to stimulate micro-circulation and thus plumping the epidermis and making it smoother, brighter and homogeneous.
Furthermore, regular applications helps to “erase” signs of ageing like wrinkles and crow’s feet and reduce the extent of discoloration spots. The results in the hair care are also very notable, indeed rhassoul can be used as a purifying and anti-dandruff shampoo, also suitable for those suffering from seborrheic dermatitis (this clay powder, when mixed with water, is able to deeply cleanse the scalp by removing dead skin and impurities), but also as an illuminating and restructuring mask or as a balm.
Rhassoul, a treatment for all ages, uses and needs
Rhassoul can be used in complete safety at all stages of life, from childhood to old age. As a matter of fact, it is an extremely delicate and hypoallergenic product which doesn’t irritate, dry or redden the skin; this makes it suitable for people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema or allergic reactions to chemicals contained into products commonly sold on supermarket shelves.
This is why it is often recommended as a gateway product for people willing to approach the world of natural cosmetics without big expenditures on products which can also be hard to find. Rhassoul can be purchased in the best herbalist shops and online, in e-stores specialized in the sale of eco-friendly and natural personal care products; the price of rhassoul clay is generally quite low, hence everyone can afford to buy it and satisfy the desire to experience its incredible cosmetic and healing qualities.
This product is also highly appreciated by vegan people, and also by everyone who live following an environmentally conscious lifestyle; this powder is completely biodegradable and free of chemical or synthetics additives or other synthetic substances.
How to use rhassoul: take care of your hair and body and face skin
Rhassoul is an extremely versatile clay, which can be applied both pure, directly on body and face skin, but also added to other ingredients with softening or revitalizing properties, according to the purpose for which you use it: among the most common additions to rhassoul there are honey, rose or orange blossom water, fruit puree, egg yolk, lemon juice, or multiple essential oils, each one with a pleasant scent and specific benefits.
In any case, we suggest to always start with the creation of a smooth and creamy paste, obtained by mixing the rhassoul powder in a bowl (usually a few spoons are enough) with a liquid component (mainly simple water, but also green tea, oat milk, or scented waters are fine), until the consistency turns alike a yogurt (please, do this operation in a ceramic, glass or wooden bowl, as contact with metallic elements could spoil the positive benefits of rhassoul making it unable to attract and remove the impurities on your body and face skin).
This mixture can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to seven days. At this point, all you have to do is applying the rhassoul paste to the your skin, previously cleansed and dried, taking care to avoid the eye contour. The clay mixture mask should act for at least 10-15 minutes, or until it begins to dry and tighten; this is the moment to rinse everything off using warm water, even better if using a small sponge or cotton pad.
After removing the rhassoul you can apply a moisturizer or toner to make your skin look even brighter and smoother. The same procedure can also be followed to create a restructuring and nourishing hair pack, which should be left on for approximately 15 minutes; it is recommended to carry out the treatment with rhassoul at least twice a week, especially for greasy or dry hair, in order to maximize its beneficial effects.
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