Summer has officially arrived and a return to life as we know it will soon be upon us. So, there has never been a better opportunity to take care of yourself before hitting the beach. Fortunately, the Turks are experts in bathing and grooming practices and have come up with a series of bath products that will easily become a must have in your life.
It is not for nothing that the Turkish bath, aka hammam, is the original spa and an integral part of Turkey’s timeless traditions. Let the hammam experience guide you to create similar personal care and bathing rituals with the healthy, effective, and natural products that have been used in Turkey since ancient times.
The world’s first towel
PeÅtamal, a type of towel used in steam rooms, is literally the best thing since sliced ââbread, although it’s actually much older. This versatile and versatile product can be used as a wrap, towel or shawl. PeÅtamal was the predecessor of towels as we know them and was invented in Bursa, Turkey in the 17th century. They are long, wide sheets of cotton finely woven on a loom which, in addition to being used as a towel, are mainly used as a wrap for bathers in Turkish hammams as they provide privacy, are lightweight and absorbent. humidity. The turkey variation on this must-have item not only dries faster than traditional terrycloth towels, but they also take up less space, are easy to carry, and are stylishly decorated with pastel colored blocks and most even have tassels that hang down from each end.
The original and ultimate loofah
Resistant to the test of time, the all-natural sea sponge is the ultimate loofah for the body. It has been known around these regions for at least 3000 years. Even Homer and Plato mention this natural product as a bath aid and, as it turns out, the art of sponge diving was a widespread profession for Turks in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea.
Sponge diving is the original form of scuba diving and was practiced to retrieve sponges from the sea by diving about 30 meters (98 feet) deep and staying underwater for up to five minutes .
In Turkey, Bodrum was once a major center for fishing and sponge diving, and sponge divers have even taken part in some of Turkey’s most famous archaeological expeditions on sunken ships. Although less common nowadays, the practice of sponge diving still exists and it is still very possible to find the natural sea sponge in beauty care stores and even tourist shops. The reason these particular sponges remain the best on the market is that they are all natural, toxin free, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. They also contain enzymes that inhibit the growth of molds and bacteria. When it comes to bathing, in practice Turkish “sÃ¼nger” (as they are called) are softer than conventional sponges and can absorb more water without leaking.
A special scrub
Make no mistake, a sponge and a scrub are two very different things when it comes to Turkish bathing practices. A sponge is used to lather the body in soap, while a scrub is used to exfoliate the skin. In a Turkish bath, the scrub comes first and the practitioner is usually very picky about the type of scrub used. This is because it takes special tension and a thick woven cotton grain to ensure the best removal of dead skin.
While it is divine to cleanse this deeply, keep in mind that when done correctly, a scrub will definitely remove a tan. While you are likely to feel silky, the scrub glove used in Turkey certainly isn’t. The traditional scrub glove or exfoliating glove in Turkey is a unique square glove made of pure cotton that you can use for the ultimate exfoliating experience. Best used on the body, as they can be too rough on the face, in Turkish these exfoliating mittens are called “kese”.
From the base with pumice stone
Lo and behold, it turns out that pumice, a lightweight abrasive stone used to remove dead skin mainly on the feet, also came from Turkey, among other regions. This igneous rock is formed by volcanic eruptions mixing lava and water. The result is an unusual solid, moss-like structure that served as the building material for the Great Hagia Sophia, but also serves as the perfect abrasive for rubbing the soles of the feet. It is available wherever bath products are sold and is called âponza taÅÄ±â in Turkish.
Specialization in soap
Turkey has the most amazing selection of natural and olive oil based soaps from around the world, hands down. Not only did soap making begin in these areas, but the practice was also first recorded by the ancient Babylonians over 4,000 years ago. Natural soap making is still alive and well in Turkey, where olive oil-based soaps are the norm and many herbs are infused into it to be used for different purposes.
The reason why an olive oil soap bar is the ultimate lathering product is because it has a lower pH or acidity than other types of soaps, which makes it better for sensitive skin. or dry. It contains oleic acid and polyphenols as well as vitamin E, all considered to have excellent anti-aging effects. Although less foamy than its counterparts, this type of soap leaves a silky film on the skin, which is hydrating.
Some Turks also use these natural soap bars as a shampoo for washing hair as they nourish the scalp, prevent hair loss, and make the hair shiny and soft. Olive oil and bay leaf soap is known to provide relief for a variety of skin conditions, while lavender bar soap is relaxing. Apricot soap is said to be good for the face and butt soap, which is made from unripe wild pistachios from southern Anatolia, is the ultimate shampoo as it is antibacterial and helps in prevent dandruff and eczema.
Mud baths: Cleopatra’s beauty routine
While it is very easy to experience one of the many mud baths that continue to thrive in Turkey today and are located in most of the country’s coastal tourist destinations, it is also possible to s ‘give a mud mask for the face or the whole body at home.
Mud baths are believed to relieve pain from rheumatism and joint problems, relax sore muscles, and exfoliate and detoxify the skin, which are just a few of the benefits of this centuries-old practice. Fortunately, here in Turkey it is possible to buy “mud” in powder form at any herbalist (“aktar”) or beauty supply store. In truth, direction Mu headla and especially Dalyan, where the Sultaniye mud baths, as well as many others in the region, are still regularly visited by tourists. You can experience the famous mud baths in Pamukkale. Be sure to indulge in the thermal waters of the two, which are also renowned as bathing spots frequented by the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.