Medical evidence shows that peat is both anti-inflammatory and astringent. This means it is particularly useful for detoxification, in treating skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Peat contains many chemical constituents that can interact with organic and inorganic compounds in our skin. In bath treatments, peat water possesses astringent and antiseptic properties, and is a very useful application in many forms of skin disease.
Its rejuvenating effects are attributed to the presence of essential oils, fatty acids and lipoids. These penetrate the skin and correct its pH balance. The application of peat on the skin stimulates blood circulation, which can be observed by the red colour of the skin after washing the treated skin.
Due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory effect, humic substances are useful supplements in the topical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. It has an anti-aging effect as it smoothens, tightens and rejuvenates the skin. It also has a positive effect on burns, stretch marks and cellulitis.
The treatment cleanses the body from toxins. In balneotherapy treatments strong perspiration occurs. The body absorbs all the valuable substances from the peat, but at the same time the sweat, exfoliated epithelium, bacteria and other elements are excreted from the skin. The skin is cleansed, this process has been referred to as a form of skin dialysis.
Peat helps to oxygenate the deep layers of the skin and activate blood circulation. Moreover, its application helps to revitalize, nourish and hydrate the skin.
Symptoms of acne can be alleviated by peat therapy. Treatment has succeeded in softening the skin, removing the impurities and repairing the damage, and in some cases, the skin colour changes have been reduced. The causes of acne can also be reduced as peat baths remove metabolic waste products from the body.
Peat can be used to remove the thickened, peeling layer on the surface of the skin in psoriasis cases. After few treatments the colour of the skin will even out and the irritation diminishes.
A lot of health spas today use peat as a skin treatment and many supply peat in the form of facemasks with excellent results. Others use the peat, not for beauty but for comfort. Bathing your feet in peat rids them of impurities and softens the skin.
Some practitioners claim that it rebuilds your skin, making it thicker and more dense, even decreasing wrinkles, literally decreasing their depth, thereby actually smoothing the skin.
Peat contains natural acids and nutrients plus it opens the skin pores allowing nutrients in and it actively draws out lactic acid and metabolic wastes from tissues.
To be continued…..