A hammam or a Turkish bath is a Middle Eastern bathing ritual that is used for cleansing, relaxation, and socialization. These baths are best described and a mix between a sauna and a massage. The hammam experience involves entering a hot, dimly lit room and laying face down on marble. You will then have an attendant scrub you with traditional olive soap and rinse away any dead skin. You will then be escorted to a cool room where you hydrate and relax. The entire is known to be very rejuvenating. If you have the pleasure to visit Turkey or Morocco, visiting and Turkish bath house should be at the top of your list.
If you can’t make it to an authentic hammam, try recreating the experience at home! Invaluable has put together this easy guide for recreating the essence of the Turkish bath in your own home. If you want to try something new for your next self-care night try lighting some candles and enjoy this rejuvenating practice.