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Taj Mahal mud mask proves we all need pampering

If a mud mask is good enough for the Taj Mahal, then surely it’s good enough for you?

Yes, even venerable old buildings need a little TLC from time to time, as they’re no more immune to the rigors of everyday life than the rest of us.

The Taj Mahal, the iconic landmark in Agra, India, is getting its own mud mask treatment over the next year or so to counter the effects of centuries of pollution that have caused the white marble dome to turn a less-than-sparkling yellow.

The famous tourist attraction, which attracts around 8 million visitors a year, was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Unfortunately, the mausoleum hasn’t aged well recently, thanks in part to the presence of a nearby oil refinery and the burning of garbage and dung in the vicinity. The previously pristine marble is showing the effects of the environmental conditions, just as our own skin is affected on a day-to-day basis.

The Taj Mahal mud mask for the main dome will take around a year to work its magic – significantly longer than we normally apply to our faces! According to the BBC, it’s the fourth time the monument has undergone this treatment in recent decades.

The cleaning treatment is based on a traditional Indian recipe used by local women to restore a natural glow to their features. The clay used is lime-rich (like the home-use mask pictured here), and is applied overnight in a 2mm layer. When it dries, workmen clean off the flakes with soft brushes and wash away any remaining impurities.

The treatment won’t be welcomed by tourists hoping to snap selfies with the famous dome in the background, but there’s no arguing that the building will look much the better for its pampering treatment.

And if a mud mask can restore the beauty of the Taj Mahal, why wouldn’t it work for our skin too? If you needed proof as the benefits a mud mask can bring, look no further.

As it goes with the Taj Mahal, the effect of a mud mask on our face will make us look youthful, radiant and fresh. And, for us, it won’t take a year for the benefits to show.

 

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