When I travel, besides submerging myself in the local culture I am always on the hunt for natural, local beauty products. On my latest trip to Morocco, I discovered what’s in a Moroccan women’s beauty arsenal…
Pure Argan oil is a must! Besides being a great natural moisturizer, it’s anti-ageing and healing properties rival any overpriced beauty cream. I slather my face with it nightly (pre-moisturizer) and wake-up with baby smooth, supple skin (when purchasing Argan oil, be sure to request a certificate of authenticity, this way you know you are getting the real thing).
The Saffron balm I dubbed “Pink Magic” is made with saffron, a known antioxidant used to fight wrinkles, nourish the skin and give it that healthy glow. Also, its anti-bacterial properties are great for blemished skin. My skin j’adored me when I replaced my conventional face mask with Ghassoul mineral clay for two weeks. This little tub is jam-packed with mineral-rich clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The mixture is combined with rosewater and has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to care for their skin and hair. Today’s Ghassoul clay is often used in Hammams (public steam baths) as a body scrub treatment. As a facemask, it softens the skin, reduces sebum production and regenerates and balances moisture levels.
Lastly, I couldn’t resist stocking up on Moroccan rosewater from the valley of the roses, an area near the Dade’s Gorge popular for its rose-covered landscape. Valley of the Roses produces some of the best rose products used in skin care, perfumery and cooking. I love spraying this on my face after my moisturizer to really seal it in. The smell is divine and it instantly calms over sensitized skin.
By Anna Karban
Contributing Lifestyle Editor