Friday, November 6, 2015

Clean up your act with a natural mud mask.
From detoxing oily, acne-prone skin to treating ailments
ranging from psoriasis and eczema to rheumatism, the health benefits of clay
and mud are well documented—and well-utilized—in the beauty industry.
And
while a wrap or face mask at a local spa (or a DIY Glamglow treatment) will
certainly nourish your complexion, there's nothing quite like getting down
and dirty in a natural mud bath.
So when planning a recent trip to St.
Lucia,
I made sure my itinerary included a trip to the Soufriere Sulphur Springs.
Just $5.50 USD (talk about a beauty bargain) grants visitors access to the
spring, a small black pool clocking in at 101.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The
product of an active volcano, these opaque, mineral-infused waters are said to
have medicinal qualities, making them a favorite of tourists and locals
alike.
Plus, as my guide told me, "you'll come out looking 10 years
younger." Now, that's a claim I'm willing to test.
After slathering my skin with the gray and black mud, and a nice long soak
in the steaming pool, I found myself fully relaxed, no longer even noticing
that signature sulfur scent.
And while I didn't lose a decade, I did see a
noticeable difference in both the look and feel my skin.
I'd recommend the whole experience in a heartbeat (the Instagrams alone
were worth it), but nail-art aficionados be warned.
One dip in the pool
stained my digits a rather unflattering shade of yellow.
The spring also comes
with a warning—leave any nice jewelry or swimsuits behind, as the mud has a
tendency to stain.
For more info on how to visit the baths, head to
soufrierefoundation.org.
Or, ask your hotel about treatment options.
Some
resorts in the area—like Ladera, where I stayed—offer full services at the
baths.
This story originally appeared on Mimichatter.com More good reads from
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