“Mud bath”—sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? We’re not sure who first slathered their body with mud and decided it was good for their skin; maybe it was an accidental discovery, like when an engineer named Percy Spencer walked past a magnetron and noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted at just that moment… and the microwave oven was born.
But there is solid evidence that humans have been taking mud baths for thousands and thousands of years, maybe longer. And although we don’t know for sure what the mud was like back then, it definitely wasn’t the type you’d find in your backyard today. The mud used in mud baths at spas and salons is actually a special mineral-rich formula containing things like seaweed, volcanic ash, and definitely clay. Many types of clay are heralded for their ability to absorb natural oils in the skin, drying it out a bit and helpingcombat skin conditions like acne and eczema. Cosmetic clay also has naturalexfoliant properties, which means the tiny particles help slough off the top layer of dead skin cells, exposing the fresh, smooth layer underneath.
French green clay is the main ingredient in the Co-Pur Facial Scrub + Mask that came in the winter Yuzen box. The distinctive sea-green color comes from the seaweed and other algae that are found in this type of clay. Co-Pur’s formula also includes grapefruit peel powder, rich in antioxidants that help promote cell regeneration, and chamomile, which is known for its calming anti-inflammatory benefits.
Just shake a quarter-size amount into the palm of your hand, add a small amount of water, and mix with your fingers until it forms a paste. Massage gently onto your face and let dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean water, then follow with your favorite moisturizer.
Co-Pur is a Colorado-based company that creates handmade, natural body-care products for those who want to live with fewer chemicals.Visit www.co-pur.com to find out more about their product offerings.