Yes, we know… “mud bath” definitely sounds like an oxymoron! 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 a Navy engineer named Richard James was working on metal springs for sensitive instruments aboard ships and one of them fell off his desk and began springing gracefully forward—and now we have the Slinky.
What we do know is that people 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 helping combat skin conditions like acne and eczema. Cosmetic clay also has natural exfoliant properties, which means the tiny particles help slough off the top layer of dead skin cells, exposing the fresh, smooth layer underneath.
Bentonite clay, a key component of the Shea Moisture Mud Masks in the summer Yuzen box, is a healing clay containing volcanic ash, which helps draw toxins out of the body. These mud masks, working together with other all-natural ingredients like songyi mushroom, olive leaf extract, and avocado oil, help improve skin’s appearance by brightening, toning, and softening. And you can use them with confidence, knowing that they don’t contain anything harmful like parabens, phthalates, petroleum, or formaldehyde.
Visit www.sheamoisture.com to see all the different types of mud masks and to find companion products like serums, toners, and scrubs.