DIY: Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Mud Mask

 

After four days in Iceland, I was pretty stoked to arrive at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing massage, mud bath and geothermal soak. Even though it was freezing outside, the warm waters immediately perked me up and I felt all my worries and stress just melt away.

After a long time of just enjoying the warm water and lounging in the thermal hot steam room, I was ready to try the silica mud that everyone had been talking about. It was super white, and after applying it all over my face, arms and shoulders, it dried pretty much immediately. I’m sure the heat of the water it was in compared to the cold air outside helped with the fast drying, but you are supposed to leave it on at least five minutes, so I did. I felt a little silly until I realized most other people in the pool were also covered in the white mud and didn’t seem to think anything about it. In fact, I overheard a few ladies from London say that this was their third time to the Blue Lagoon- that year, they loved the stuff that much.

After taking it off, I understand why. My skin didn’t just feel smoother- I looked younger. I’m not kidding. My skin was radiant (even Bob thought so), and softer than I have ever felt I before. Now I understood why everyone was slathered with the stuff- it was a miracle cream!

Problem- I can’t go to Iceland three times a year like those British ladies, but I want my skin to look just as refreshed and soft.

Simple everyday solution: Make your own.

With the Blue Lagoon’s mask- it’s signature ingredient is the Silica mud, which is all natural and hypoallergenic. So when making a mask of your own, try to use only all natural ingredients.

DIY Face Mask (good for all skin types, but especially dry or sun damaged):

  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup honey

Mix up the avocado until creamy. Add in the honey. Apply to face and neck and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with a cool washcloth. (Have more avocado left over- try it on your hair with this deep conditioner or make guacamole… delicious!)

Have you been to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon? What did you think about the miracle mud? (Also- how was your hair after your soak? I couldn’t comb mine for 4 days- it was so dry!)

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers and Spunky Girl Monologues.

17 Comments

  • Reply August 19, 2011

    Steph

    You are spot on, that mud made my skin feel so nice and my hair SO dry. I think they sold the mud there to take home for some ridiculous price too.

    • Reply August 20, 2011

      jade

      My hair hated me for days afterwards- while I looked so much better in the face! And, yeah, I think they sell the mud for 128 dollars each!

  • Reply August 19, 2011

    Rebecca

    Love mud like this! Dead Sea makes awesome mud too:-). Put it in my hair and didn’t have to wash it for a week (TMI?) Don’t remember how the Blue Lagoon mud felt in my hair, but I must have put it in. I am a sucker for stuff like this!

    • Reply August 20, 2011

      jade

      Me too! I love using materials in new ways! Food=face mask! yum!

  • Reply August 20, 2011

    Denise

    aaa…haven’t been to Iceland yet. We were supposed to go this October, but the place is sooo expensive it turned out it was cheaper and within our budget to go to Bali instead for 14 days! Still, Iceland is on my wish list…

  • Reply August 21, 2011

    Andrea

    Wow – I haven’t been there but this looks like a fun way to make yourself look younger! =)

  • Count me in! That looks like the perfect way to spend a day!

  • Reply August 22, 2011

    Mark Wiens

    Awesome, visiting the Blue Lagoon is a bonus on top of a bonus! I could definitely use some of that warm water and a miracle mud bath!

  • Reply August 22, 2011

    Nomadic Samuel

    What a cool post! Now that I’m back in Korea I’m excited about going to the huge Mud Festival held in Boryeong in the late spring next year.

  • Reply August 22, 2011

    Nancie

    I love anything that remotely reminds me of a spa, and a natural one at that. I’m there!

  • Reply August 24, 2011

    Natalie

    Would you believe it but I have an avocado in the cupboard. Just need to send hubby out to get the honey!

  • How strange that the mud does wonder for your skin but dries out the hair! Wouldn’t mind a long soak in that geothermal bath, though…. :)

  • Reply August 24, 2011

    Theodora

    I need one of these, Jade. I look about 104 right now.

  • Reply August 25, 2011

    Stefanie

    That looks awesome! I’m going to Kiawah in a few days and I’m going to take your DIY recipe with me because I burn like no other. That is if we get sun due to this hurricane :)

  • Reply August 26, 2011

    Christina

    What a great place! I’d rather eat that avocado mixed with honey though… I’m hungry.

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  • Reply March 27, 2013

    Mel

    I love this mask to, got addicted to it a few years ago. My hot tip is to buy it as you fly out of Keflavik, the international airport. They have a blue lagoon duty free shop and the mud mask is only €30 (at their online shop it’s €65!!) I got the mud mask and cream in a package for about €50 so now I’m set until my next trip.

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