Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Why Your Skin Needs Moisturizers and Moisturizing Soap

Why Your Skin Needs Moisturizers and Moisturizing Soap
Your skin is the biggest organ that your body has. It works day and night to protect your body from the harms of the outside world. So it only makes sense that we should treat it right and keep it well protected, right?
Unfortunately for most of us, we completely fail at this. We spend too long in the sun, use harsh products on our skin, and strip it of its protective layer by the drying soaps we use on a daily basis.
Our Skin Needs Moisture to Protect Itself
Moisture is the one thing that keeps our skin in tip-top shape by ensuring that the protective layer on the surface of our skin remains balanced and able to block out harmful bacteria.
Over drying your skin can cause so many issues that can take a long time to heal and can sometimes leave permanent damage. Early signs of aging, acne, redness, and puffiness just to name a few. That’s why we always want to make sure we’re using moisturizing soap when cleansing and always ensuring that we use a moisturizer of some sort. If you still need some convincing, this is why your skin needs moisturizers and moisturizing soap.
Balance Oil Production
A huge misconception about your skin and using moisturizers is that if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t use any moisturizing products because they only add to the oil production. However, that is COMPLETELY false.
In fact, the reason many people have such oily skin is because they don’t use moisturizers or moisturizing soap. This leaves their skin dry and tight which tells your body to produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. By using moisturizers and moisturizing soap you’ll be able to cut down on that oil production.
Balance Your pH
Your skin has a natural pH level that is slightly acidic in order to kill off harmful bacteria and debris. But if your skin is dry and lacking in moisture, the pH level is going to be off and you’ll open your skin’s natural protective barrier to all of those harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc on your face! Moisturizers help restore your skin’s pH level so the natural barrier can function as it should.
Prevent Acne
A lot of people believe that if you scrub your skin with an astringent cleanser that they won’t get acne. But most of those same people are the ones with most of the acne! That’s because those harsh cleansers strip your skin of its natural oils and even break down your protective barrier and allow for acne causing bacteria to invade. You need moisturizing soap in order to both cleanse and then reinforce the moisture that is usually lost when you wash your face.
Prevent Acne Scars
Moisturizers and moisturizing soap don’t just prevent acne, they can actually prevent your skin against acne scars if you suffer from regular acne. In order for your skin to heal properly and healthily, it needs to have moisture in order for your cells to heal correctly. Therefore, you need a moisturizer and moisturizing cleansers to ensure that your skin has all the nutrients it needs to repair itself without leaving behind that nasty scar tissue.
Prevent Early Signs of Aging
It’s no secret that moisturizing can save your skin from those early signs of aging like cracked skin and fine lines. When your skin lacks moisture the cells shrivel up and dry out which you can actually see on your face. By using moisturizers and moisturizing cleaners, you’re refueling your cells to not only fill up and look supple, but you’re actually helping them to function properly and renew at a faster rate – resulting in younger-looking skin.
I think we can all agree that you skin needs moisturizers and moisturizing cleansers in order to function properly, prevent breakouts, and give you a healthy and supple glow for years to come.
For a complete line of moisturizing soaps, creams and oils visit www.zakiasmorocco.com

Friday, 8 July 2016

Benefits of Castile Soap and Moroccan Black Soap

The Benefits of Castile Soap, particularly Moroccan Black Soap Soap is soap, you might think. But wait a minute – there is hard bar soap and liquid soap, milky and translucent soap, vegetable and soap made from animal by-products, and then there is Castile and, particularly trendy, Moroccan black soap, which has become very popular among users of vegan and organic cosmetics.
Beldi (Arabic for “traditional”) soap, or black soap, has been used by Moroccan people for centuries and is part of their bathing routines even today. This moisturizing soap - not to be confused with African black soap - has played an important role in traditional Moroccan bathing and steam room rituals, among other skin detoxifying methods. Moroccans, who first apply Moroccan black soap on the damp skin, leave it on up to ten minutes, and then rinse to leave a smooth, clean texture.  This is followed by exfoliation using the so-called Kessa, a washcloth made of more or less coarse fabric, used to remove all that unwanted dead skin and toxins.  The result is exfoliated, radiant, smooth and soft skin, which is now well prepared for further invigorating and detoxifying treatments, whether a mask, serum or an oil.
Plant-based soaps, including Moroccan black soap, have forever been valued for their gentle, yet powerful cleansing effect, and they are just as popular today, mainly for their unique formulation with natural, organic ingredients, and for their reliable cleansing properties. Here is how Moroccan black soap, the secret of Moroccan women to having healthy, young-looking, radiant skin, differs from other soaps:
In contrast to regular high-alkaline bar soaps that tend to dry out skin and strip its natural moisture and sebum away, castile soap, such as Beldi soap, is made from olive oil and olive pulp instead of animal fat, tallow or other animal by-products. After being saponified with potassium hydroxide or wood ash, this soap has a gel-like consistence and the texture of butter. Natural Moroccan vegetable soap is obtained from a mixture of crushed black olives and oil rich in vitamin E. Thanks to its dark olive pulp, Moroccan soap is black, dark brown or dark green, and does not contain any colorants, chemicals, or other additives such as synthetic fragrance.
Morocco is a northern African country where olive trees grow in abundance, and olives are not only used for nutrition, but also in cosmetic products. Sometimes, Argan oil, another Moroccan plant oil with outstanding moisturizing properties is used in more luxurious vegetable soaps, leaving skin deep cleansed and silky.
The benefits of castile soaps, including Moroccan black soap, at a glance:
- Consist of all natural, plant-derived ingredients
- Are free of chemicals and additives
- Are suitable for all skin types
- Are gentle, yet powerful skin cleansers
- Remove dead skin cells, dirt and impurities
- Do not irritate skin due to lower foaming activity
- In combination with the Kessa cloth, exfoliate rough skin, particularly on feet and elbows
- Have moisturizing properties
- Help maintain a healthy PH-balance
- Leave skin smooth, soft and comfortable
If you want to treat your skin to a natural, highly moisturizing bathing routine then we highly recommend trying Moroccan Black Soap.   It is truly unique and will not disappoint.  For additional information visit www.zakiasmorocco.com for a large variety of original Moroccan Black Soaps. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Reviews from India!


We love when the world can appreciate the all natural skin and hair care products from Morocco.

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

We have been receiving lots of requests regarding "How to use Ghassoul Clay". So we decided to prepare a brief "how to guide". In two pages it shows exactly how to use this wonderfully detoxifying and deep cleaning clay from the Atlas Mountains.   The process is so simple and I believe much better than all those pre-prepared masks you get in tubes or jars.  Why - because they contain so many additives, preservatives etc. to keep it from going bad.  Ours will never go bad because it is pure clay - nothing else!  You can keep it for a million years if you avoid contact with any moisture.

Simply mix a small amount of clay with water and apply a smooth layer.    Your face will feel tingly as the Ghassoul clay is drawing out all the impurities and toxins from your skin.  Before allowing it to completely dry rinse with warm water.  Others will tell you to dry completely, but I find it too hard to remove and potentially irritates the skin unnecessarily.

Once rinsed you may find your skin to be a bit reddish - don't worry that is only your skin telling you that it has been well and truly detoxed.  It goes a way in a few minutes.  Your skin will feel clean and toned.  This is best to do at night to allow your skin to repair before the morning.   Below are a few pictures just to explain a bit better...

Step 1 -  Take one or two tablespoons of powder and place in a bowl
Step 2 -  Add water to make a smooth paste -

Step 3 -  Mix to make a thick pancake batter

Step 4 - Apply with a brush, spatula or fingers

Step 5 - Apply a thin layer and leave to almost dry

 I hope you will try Zakia's Morocco Ghassoul Clay from deep in the Atlas Mountains.  It is truly a unique experience.


Here is the link to download our "how-to-guide":

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask for tired feet!

Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask for your feet?

That's right.  It is easy, fast and a great way to clean and soften your feet.  Just mix a small bowl of organic Moroccan Ghassoul and spread a thin layer on the soles of your feet.  Leave to dry.  It is a very relaxing and sensuous feeling.  The clay treats the bottom of your tired feet and works to tone and refresh.  Also it is a great preparation for a pumice rub to remove excess skin.  Try it - I think you'll like it.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Moroccan Ghassoul Clay for luxuriously healthy hair

We all want beautiful hair -  naturally.  It isn't nearly as hard as it may seem.  In Morocco, we all learned to actually wash with Ghassoul Clay Powder at a very young age.  I still remember my mother putting powder in my hair and mixing with water.  It provides a great mask, absorbs all the grit and grime and is easily removed through rinsing.   If you want to avoid all the hair serums, masks, butters etc., but seek thick, healthy hair then this may be for you.  Here is a great way to introduce you to Ghassoul for hair.

 Take your usual amount of your favorite shampoo.  Here is my husband's hand this morning with his

 First - Use your favorite shampoo.  It won't matter if this is a conditioning shampoo, anti-dandruff shampoo etc.  Any shampoo will do (unless you use Zakia's Morocco Atlas Mountain Lava Clay Shampoo - as this already has Ghassoul Clay)

 Second - Pour an equal amount of clay in your hand with the shampoo.  Just rub together and apply.  Shampoo as always.  There will be a similar lather as without, but you will feel a very, very slight grittiness. Sounds bad, but it is actually the powder that is working to absorb all the extra oil, toxins and impurities.  It also helps stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. 

 Third - Rinse well.  If you feel inclined you may shampoo a second time using a very small amount of shampoo.  This avoids wastage as your hair is already exceptionally clean.  The final result will be a thick, luxurious head of hair.  The use of Ghassoul clay actually provides fullness, volume  and body to lifeless, thinning hair.  My husband definitely needs this!

There you go...an easy and natural way to deep clean hair for a fabulous result.  To learn more about Ghassoul Clay visit www.zakiasmorocco.com.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

The proper way to exfoliate with a Moroccan Kessa

I thought I would take the opportunity to explain the proper way to use a Kessa Exfoliating Glove.  In fact, I won't show you, but will allow the video below to do the explaining for me.  I am taking liberties as this has been provided by Shala Salon in Orlando Fl.  However, they have videoed very clearly how best to use the Kessa - after a warm bath or shower with Moroccan Black Soap and then rinsing.  The skin is warm and moist which is just the perfect condition to remove the top layer of skin, impurities and toxins with the Kessa.  You will notice that it is best to rub up and down and not in a circular motion as this will avoid too much irritation in a single area.  The Kessa should be used virtually everywhere; under the arms, between the fingers and toes, behind the ears, between the nose and cheek, eyelids (gently) etc.  It really is an all purpose cleansing treatment that will make you feel absolutely new and revitalized.  Your skin will have a new healthy glow and be silky smooth.  You can do this yourself or have a second person assist.  This is always preferable, but not always practical.  After this session just rinse off again and then treat yourself to a great Argan Oil massage for the ultimate in skin care relaxation.

 Click here to see Video