Sink naked into a tub of hot, thick, slightly stinky mud and you'll discover what every child knows so well: Getting dirty can be a joy.
Like most spa treatments, a mud bath can relieve stress, ease the body and calm the mind, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. But the mud bath has something else going for it, too: It can improve the condition of your skin. The results can be dramatic enough that some dermatologists recommend it to their patients as complementary therapy.
So, how can a mud bath help?
While no one is entirely certain why a mud bath can be therapeutic, it seems to be strongly tied to the anti-inflammatory effects of certain fancy-mud ingredients.