It seems like every millisecond, some new celebrity-approved beauty trend is on the rise. From Gwenyth Paltrow’s lemon craze to the Kardashians’ leech fetish, the social media scene is always buzzing with the next “big thing”. Well right now, the world is going gaga for another natural beauty secret, but this time ladies, it’s no gimmick.
Shailene Woodley’s beauty secret is winning the favor (and faces) of leading dermatologists and doctors alike. We’re casting a standing ovation to Shailene’s simple little luxury: mud!
S. Manjula Jegasothy, a Miami-based dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, endorsed the healing powers of sulphurous mud. As she explains, “Sulfur, as long as the user is not allergic to it, reduces redness and inflammation in all skin types.”
Turns out Shailene’s ultimate fave, mud, is an excellent natural skin cleanser. And damnit if her skin isn't always beaming and gorgeous! So how thrilled were we when she exposed mud as part of her regimen in a recent Instagram post. Smiling in a mud-faced selfie (from where appears to be a private mud spa in New Zealand), she poses with the caption, “bathe in mud. Do it. DO it”.
As convincing as the post looks, everyone’s still quite curious: does sulphurous mud actually detoxify and brighten your complexion? According to Refinery 29, it most certainly does! They took this question to New York dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf, a New York-based dermatologist and author of Stop Aging, Start Living, who says:
“Sulfur is great for skin in terms of treating acne & rosacea, & mud pulls the impurities out of the skin.”
But since most of us non-celebrity folks don’t have the buck to jetset to an exotic mud spa, there are always more affordable but equally effective alternatives. Right from the heart of mother nature, Sonya Dakar's 100% natural Volcano Mask uses volcanic ash and probiotics to achieve a similar effect - drawing out impurities and detoxing from deep within. Formulated with active probiotics and silver ions, it dramatically minimizes pores and clears acne. Try it today and maybe you can even top Shailene’s glowing mud selfie!