Here’s Mud on Your Face

Here’s Mud on Your Face

Not in your eye, where it won’t help a thing. Mud, apparently, has some miraculous healing properties. A pretty good guess would be that those healing properties come from the mud-minerals. Primitive peoples have been healing their wounds with mud for centuries.

Mud baths have long been spa-favorite pamperers. Now mud is turning up more and more in the sometimes weird world of cosmetics, and it seems to do its best work on skin that goes toward oily.

An enterprising young lady named Lynn Beck became fascinated by the beauty secrets of Berber women while she was traveling in the Sahara. She was clever (or charming) enough to find out what those secrets were. One was something called “Rassoul” a blend of earth found only in Morocco. Ms. Beck claims that it can be used not only as a facial mask which is supposedly deep-cleaning, slightly astringent, but as a shampoo as well.

Down-to-Earth is Arizona mud discovered, quite by accident, by an ex-airline executive, George F. Denbow, Jr., who just happened to own eighty acres of that mud. Having nothing better to do with eighty acres of mud, Mr. Denbow decided to investigate the local ranchers’ stories that the mud had healing properties, and that the Indian women of the region used it for cleaning their faces and hair. So Mr. Denbow experimented on his teen-aged children’s problem skin and the problems disappeared. Here again, the claims are that the minerals in the mud are the doers.

Cosmetics, a health-oriented beauty product place in New York City, gives you English Clay and it’s called just that which, i claims, does the same mud good. Mineral magic doing its beauty bit.

All of the mud products that are available commercially have been tested by the FDA and declared safe. They have also been filtered, cleansed, de-bacteria-ed, because I most certainly would not recommend that anyone put just plain dirt on her face. Please!

There is one more thing to watch about mud. It is highly yes, very alkaline. Which means that, should you choose to try it, you must remember to follow whatever directions the jar, or bottle, give you. But don’t keep the mud in your basin. Wash it off and down the drain, and then follow with thirty hot slaps of your cider vinegar or lemon rinse.

As for not-so-oily skins I think I’d steer clear of mud.

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