Beauty and Wellness- Benefitting from Hammam

January 26, 2018

Steam baths have been linked to several benefits since time immemorial. The Romans and Greeks were aware of how fulfilling it was to spend ample time in humid and hot rooms. Their cultures were based on activities around bath houses.

Many other cultures have also been using heat and steam to reap the health benefits, satisfaction and spirituality of the experience. Hammam is an exotic variation of traditional steam baths with an element of massage.

Aspects of Hammam Bath

  • After spending some time acclimatizing to the heat of a warm environment, you will typically be moved to a hot room where you will begin to perspire. Working up a sweat opens up your pores and draws out impurities from the skin.
  • Water is used to cleanse the body before coating it in black soap that is made of olives as well as eucalyptus that may be added for its antiseptic properties. The soap is applied liberally and penetrates the pores while exfoliating the skin.
  • After the soap has soaked for a while, the next phase of hammam occurs. A glove made of coarse fabric is used to scrub the body.
  • Once your skin has been cleaned, you can expect to feel a tingling sensation from head to toe. You will be able to relax for a considerable amount of time.


Hammam offers the primary benefit of cleaning your pores and eliminating impurities along with sloughing off dead skin. This helps to reveal the smooth and fresh skin beneath. Massage increases blood flow and creates a healthy glow. Hammam also relaxes the muscles, eases pain and is beneficial for the respiratory system.

The rejuvenating experience of the hammam ritual leaves you feeling revitalized inside and out. This traditional cleansing ritual is performed soften and clean the skin, relax tired muscles and nerves and improve blood circulation in the body. Hammam is regarded as an effective purification ritual that removes toxins and allows the body to breathe.

  • Rehydrates skin while soothing flakiness and redness.
  • Enhances skin clarity and elasticity. Improves the skin complexion and vibrancy.
  • Helps as an anti-aging process.
  • Controls acne by balancing secretion of oil in the skin.
  • Removes dead skin layers to refine the texture of skin.
  • Provides nourishment to the skin with vitamins and minerals.
  • Enhances rejuvenation and relaxation. Reduces anxiety and stress.

Key Considerations

With a ritual that begins inside in a steam room and involves applying traditional black soap from head to toe, the skin is well prepared for exfoliation. The soap features a buttery texture that results from the combination of oils and black olives. The moisturizing and exfoliating properties of the soap nourish and soften the skin.

  • After the black soap is applied water is used to thoroughly rinse the body.
  • Special coarse gloves or loofahs are used to perform the exfoliation procedure.
  • While the skin is scrubbed, dirt and dead skin are removed.
  • The ritual ends with a lavish shower that is followed by applying moisturizer to the body.
  • The entire process is invigorating along with effectively firming and toning your skin.
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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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