Dead Sea Products

The Dead Sea is the deepest hyper-saline lake in the world. Situated 1320 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea sits quietly between the countries of Jordan and Israel and is considered one of the most healing and therapeutic bodies of water the world has to offer. It's mineral rich, briny water is so thick with mineral salts that it actually feels like oil.

The raw materials extracted from the Dead Sea contain more than 21 beneficial minerals which have been touted to have significant physiological benefits to the skin. Some Dermatologists recommend Dead Sea salt baths for patients with psoriasis, eczema, ichthyosis, and other dry skin conditions.

Benefits of Dead Sea minerals and trace elements:

Magnesium: Essential for cell metabolism. Accelerates cell regeneration, tightens, tones, and retains moisture in skin.
Potassium: Antibacterial and astringent properties. Aids in regulating water balance, assists skin in absorption and expulsion of waste products. Aids in regeneration and skin cell growth.
Sodium chloride:Promotes skin's proper pH balance. protects against fluid loos and is a natural antiseptic.
Bromide: Relaxing effects, soothes and treats skin ailments. Contains antiseptic and purifying qualities and is also a natural antibiotic.
Calcium chloride: Alkaline and necessary for strengthening cell membranes and cleansing pores. Considered a building block for the corrective tissue under the skin's surface.
Bitumen: Natural tar that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Zinc: Promotes collagen creation and aids in wound healing and protein synthesis. Beneficial for rosacea patients.
Iodine: Maintains body's energy level. Vital for strong, healthy hair, skin, teeth and nails. Destroys toxins and aids in the property utilization of calcium and silicone.
Sulfur: Aids in conversion of toxins into non-toxins. Necessary for synthesizing collagen and allowing cells to breathe.
Other minerals and trace elements include: Strontium, silica, silicon, rubidium, selenium, molybdenum, phosphorus, manganese, lithium, copper, iron and sodium bicarbonate.

Physiological benefits:

Detoxification of metals, toxins and impurities trapped in the skin. Stimulation of the circulatory system. Relief of various forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle, joint and back pain. Relief of skin irritations and increase in new skin development. Deep cleansing and moisture restoration. Promotion of elasticity in aging skin. Relaxation of nerves and reduction of stress levels.

Contraindications

Most skin types benefit from Dead Sea mud and salt treatments however, some with hyper-sensitive skin, may find them to be very thermal on the skin, especially around the face area. Suggestions are to reduce the percentages and/or dilute them with other muds/clays, ground herbs, various milks such as: coconut, goat, etc.

This information has been taken from from July's issue of "Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa" written by: Tammy Doering.

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