The Hammam is basically a very humid steam bath dating back to the Thermal Baths of the Roman Empire. It follows the rules of the Muslim Religion which enforces deep cleansing prior to the ritual of the prayer. In many Arab countries, Hammams are public baths visited by all social and economic classes. Those with better financial means opted for building their own hammams at home and therefore they form part of many elegant Riads.
The principle behind the Hammam is two-fold. On a deeper level, it acts as a vasodilator which induces an intense muscle relaxation and prevents ligament pain. Once muscles are relaxed, the body experiences a sense of lethargy which later induces a good night's sleep. At the skin level, the products used in the process have a purifying and exfoliating effect which is reinforced by rich oils for a nourishing finishing touch.
In Morocco, Hammams incorporate the use of a special black soap derived from black olives which optimizes a deep cleanse. This is followed by an exfoliating mitt and finally the application of a volcanic clay mask. This 100% natural black soap, based on olive pulp mixed with argan and olive oil is extremely rich in Vitamin E and cleanses the skin by removing dead cells and toxins. Vitamin E helps revitalise the skin preventing dryness, dehydration and aging. The exfoliating glove is called Kessa or Kesse. It must be of very strong good quality in order to ensure that both the black soap and all the dead skin cells are properly removed and that blood and lymphatic circulation are stimulated.
Tip: follow the Hammam with a relaxing massage using Argan oil for blissfully soft skin.