Guam Seaweed Mud from Urban Retreat
Summer is in the air, and I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to feel beach wise. I don’t want to start some crazy diet, but I like the idea of feeling a little more comfortable in my smalls, so a mud wrap sounds like a good solution. The one in question is the Guam Cellulite Seaweed Mud which is full of ingredients designed to firm the skin and make it look super smooth and bright.
The Guam Mud comes in an ENORMOUS BOX, which was a little off putting, more so when I discovered an enormous tub of MUD inside it. Yes, that should have been a no brainer but it was still disconcerting.
To use it I needed to slather it on and then wrap my torso in clingfilm and wait for 45 minutes or so. I soon discovered that a mud covered torso is not the easiest thing to do without dripping mud everywhere and I felt pretty stupid standing around trussed like a a rotting turkey.
Did I mention the MUD SMELLED? Not like a compost heap, but like DIRT, and oddly earthy icky scent that was not nice.
To try and make myself feel better about my experience I read the box a few time (limited options considering my attire) and realized the ingredients in this sound pretty amazing;
GUAM® ALGAE: rich in iodine, iron, calcium. Restore, rebalance, depurate, moisturize and soften the skin, effective against orange peel dimpling caused by water retention.
VENTILATED CLAY: high absorbency rate, removes toxins purged from the skin, sloughs off dead surface skin cells, naturalcleanser, leaves skin silky smooth.
IVY EXTRACT: has a regulating effect on skin’s capillaries walls; thanks to its content in saponin alleviates the oedematous conditions. It is used to improve and rebalance the hydro-lipid equilibrium. Keeps the skin firm, elastic, toned up.
I eventually showered off all the mud, blocked the plughole, unblocked it and then shuffered a few times at how brown I turned the towel.
Finally I looked at my skin- was this all worth it?
The first thing I noticed was how RED my skin was- ands it felt pretty tingly. After a little while the redness went but my skin looked strangely perky and bright. It felt firmer as well, and though this was a temporary fix, it did leave me feeling more confident for around 30 hours.
I wouldn’t suggest this as a treatment to DIY regularly, but for a quick pre beach boost it’s OK.
TIP: Plan where you will stand and prep yourselves with a laptop/ book to make the time pass quicker.
PS. In my head I looked like the girls in the first image. The reality? Not so much.