American actress and activist Shailene Woodley loves the mud, and wants you to as well. She has made it known she’s all about the ‘natural’ lifestyle. You’re more likely to catch her raving about plants than injections or chemical beauty treatments, and her latest endorsement went to a natural treatment that’s been around for ages: mud baths. The Southern-California resident recently shared a photo on Instagram of herself taking a soak.
She didn’t mince words in her endorsement, captioning the photo “bathe in mud. do it. DO it.” Mud baths have multiple skin benefits. “Most mud baths are made of volcanic ash that can exfoliate the skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and leaving it much softer,” says Lily Talakoub, M.D., of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. The minerals in the volcanic ash also help to balance out the skin’s pH. If visiting a natural hot spring with mud isn’t in the cards (P.S., here’s where you can take a “hot spring” break vacation) you can also likely find these same volcanic ash mud treatments at your local spa. If you go the spa route, Dr. Talakoub suggests choosing a warm mud bath treatment over a cold one, since warm treatments have added anti-inflammatory benefits and increase circulation.
The benefits of mud baths aren’t just skin deep, either. Unsurprisingly, soaking in warm mud is known for being especially therapeutic. One study found that taking mud baths helped to reduce the symptoms of patients with arthritis.