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MENAFN - Arab News - 14/05/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) Women around the world have been using different methods for enhancing their beauty since time immemorial. each country has its own beauty rituals that are now celebrated internationally.

eve salon in jeddah managed to gather a number of these traditional beauty regimes and is offering them to their clients. i recently visited the spa and tried a number of their services that are exclusively offered. one of the services oud hammam blends the two cultures of morocco and saudi arabia. the service takes up to two hours where the beauty specialist takes you to the traditional hammam room which is filled with steam and you lay down on a big marble bed and wait for the body to start sweating.

the beautician would then apply moroccan olive oil soap paste on the body rinse it off and start scrubbing using a traditional moroccan loofa where she takes off all dead skin and leaves you with polished silky new skin. then comes the clay mask. eve salon has added a special touch of oud to their original mixture. this is used on the whole body and left on for around five minutes with the steam on to help soften the skin. after rinsing off the mask the beautician adds oud-based oil all over the body and leaves you in the steam to help the body absorb it. i must say the smell is going to make you fall in love with this treatment but that's not all. she also adds small dots of dehen oud on the tips of your fingers to help you apply anywhere you like. i chose my hair and behind my ears. the steam goes off and then you can apply the oud-based cream all over your body to moisturize and to ensure the smell stays with you. maria the specialist told me if you sweat your body will smell like a bottle of oud. now don't you want to sweat like that everyday?

after leaving the hammam you are escorted to the locker room where you will instantly smell the bukhoor. the therapist then smokes your hair and body with the pleasant fragrance to make you smell extra great. after changing your clothes she again will blow dry your hair and add small dots of oud to your scalp and hair so that every time you move someone next to you will smell the great scent of traditional oud. i have to say all i could think about during the oud hammam session is that this is probably how princesses take their bath because i felt like royalty.

eve spa also offers another royal bath from north africa that existed during the time of the pharaohs. the cleopatra bath comprises a damp exfoliation of the body followed by a lengthy soak in milk and honey-based products. milk and honey was the combination for a multitude of cleopatra's ancient skin rituals. milk contains lactic acid a form of alpha hydroxy acid which removes dead skin cells causing the younger skin to emerge. honey is a humectant that retains water which means moisture for the skin. the treatment includes a face massage and mask using contemporary versions of cleopatra's clay masks depending on the skin type. as part of the indulgence post this ritual clients are escorted to a dresses area to be towel-dried and moisturized with an intense emulsion for reinforcement of the treatment while getting hair air-dried and conveniently braided. this aromatic bath promises to leave to the skin fairer exceedingly soft and even toned. consider it as cleopatra's promise to you!

all the way from kerala comes the famous ayurvedic massage that integrates the science of ayurveda in a holistic approach to health and body. this massage technique promises maximum relaxation blood flow circulation and expels toxins out of your body.

this kind of massage was developed thousands of years ago in india and it is one of the oldest whole body healing systems. women of kerala practice this therapy to help rejuvenate their bodies on a daily basis.

at the spa this treatment takes place in an indian-themed room where the costumer is asked to lay down on a massage table and the therapist uses organic coconut oil that is easily absorbed by the skin and contains vitamins that all skin types need. it is said that the ayurvedic massage is very spiritual. when i was undergoing the treatment i felt not only relaxed but it was also soothing because instead of regular music the spa played verses of the holy qur'an which made me feel relaxed. the therapist started massaging my feet where she used regular to strong pressure on different areas. she informed me that this massage maintains a balance between the body the soul and the mind. in many cultures ayurvedic massage is considered a form of alternative medicine. i would totally agree especially because i was suffering from insomnia and after the treatment i enjoyed a good night's sleep at home. after the therapist is done with the whole body concentrating on the back she applied a traditional indian hot botanical hair wrap herbal hot oil wrap and herbal scalp cooling therapy which are perfect for the summer time. the treatment uses organic coconut oil that cools off the scalp and gives the hair a shiny texture.

there is a wood hanger holding a metal bowl filled with cold coconut oil. the ball pours the treatment mix into your hair while the massage therapist massages the scalp for about 30 minutes.

the treatments are truly an eye-opener and tell us why all these cultural methods worked thousands of years ago and are still working. with all the summer heat and the pressure of work all you need to do is to travel to another culture on a massage table or a hammam.

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