Rhassoul clay has benefits for both the skin and hair.

23 September 2019

The Benefits of Rhassoul Clay

Wellness experts have long hailed Argan oil as Morocco’s “secret” ingredient to beauty. However, there’s another cosmetic that the people of Morocco have used for centuries as a natural wellness product – rhassoul clay. 

But what exactly is rhassoul clay? 

What is Rhassoul Clay? It’s History & Origins

The name “Rhassoul” is derived from the Arabic word “Rassala”, which means “to wash”. The people of Morocco have used Rhassoul Clay since the eighth century to cleanse their skin and keep it radiant. 

Rhassoul clay is mined from the Atlas Mountains, where millions of years of geothermal and volcanic activity have formed ghassoulite, the mineral deposit that makes up Rhassoul. It is a difficult compound to mine hence the reason why it’s not widely available. Nevertheless,  ghassoul was used for centuries in Rome and Egypt. 

Ghassoulite is a mixture of extremely fine-grained stevensite with minor dolomite and quartz. There are only two active ghassoul deposits on Earth, both of which border the middle Atlas chain in the Moulouya’s valley, 200 km from the city of Fez. 

The Nutrient Profile of Rhassoul Clay 

Rhassoul Clay is rich in essential nutrients and minerals, many of which contain healing properties for the skin. Cosmetic stores and departments do sell products formulated with these minerals, but the advantage of Rhassoul is that it contains them in an almost raw, unprocessed form. 

This is beneficial because, in this state, the minerals are more readily absorbed by the body, providing more far-reaching results. With that said, let’s take a look at what minerals can be found in Rhassoul clay. 

The Minerals in Rhassoul Clay



Rhassoul Clay Benefits for Health and Beauty  

Magnesium indirectly improves your skin by stabilizing hormonal imbalances, cellular processes and cortisol – all of which directly affect your skin’s appearance. In fact, redness or rosacea can be improved with a dose of magnesium. This master mineral has also been found to improve an uneven skin tone. The beauty of magnesium, too, is that it can be absorbed through the skin relatively freely. 

Silica, which has received some negative press for it’s associated cancer risk, actually has positive benefits for the body – including the skin. Silica is required for the body to produce collagen and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Adequate silica production helps to reverse collagen damage caused by free radicals, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Silica also bonds to protein molecules, which helps the skin to maintain its ability to hold water and hydrate itself. 

Salt is highly underrated in its abilities to maintain skin health. Salt contains anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe your skin and reduce breakouts as well as irritation. It is also a natural exfoliant that removes dead skin and delivers a powerful antimicrobial punch. And if you want to get rid of puffy eyes, sodium is a natural remedy that will take care of that! 

Rhassoul Clay Benefits You Must Experience for Yourself



As you can see, rhassoul clay is a multi-purpose skin treatment that can very well compete with the products in your bathroom cabinet! Best of all, rhassoul is natural and free of toxic chemicals that often go into mainstream cosmetic products. 

Rhassoul Clay at Le Farnatchi Spa 

If you’re planning to visit a hammam in Marrakech, you’ll have the opportunity to try a rhassoul clay for yourself. For example, we use rhassoul clay for our ILA treatment, combining it with kessa soap and argan seed scrub. 

We then use the application over the whole body to detoxify, hydrate and nourish the skin. An application of the treatment will rejuvenate your skin from head to toe, restoring its natural glow and clarity.

Get in touch with us for more information on our ILA Treatments, Rhassoul Clay and other modalities!

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The Benefits of Rhassoul Clay