Learn all about Dead Sea salt: An age-old ingredient that's as yet ‘unheard-of’ to most Indians
Howsoever ominous this term sounds, 'The Dead' is as good to your skin and hair as are the ancient ayurvedic ingredients such as haldi, neem, chandan (sandalwood), tulsi (basil) or aloe vera.
By 'The Dead', we mean to say the Dead Sea mud. Yes, the mud which is quite known for its world’s famous Mud Spa is still new to us Indians, who are quite obsessed with Ayurveda.
The factor that makes Dead Sea mud unique is the presence of Dead Sea salts that are rich in more than 21 minerals.
From calcium to strontium or from magnesium to sodium, each salt imparts its own quality to make it a super salt and a superfood for your skin and hair nourishment.
Quite famous throughout the world as an elixir to stress with it sun-soaked mud spa; this age-old ingredient is still ‘unheard’ to most Indians.
The very qualities of Dead Sea salts even made the Cleopatra, the queen, a regular visitor to the place and are still credited with as one of her beauty secrets.
Let us pen down some of the major benefits of prominent salts present in the Dead Sea salts:
Magnesium: Detoxifies and cleanse. It promotes cell metabolism, and helps heal damaged or inflamed skin.
Calcium: Promotes skin growth and regeneration, moisture retention through the production of sebum, and stimulates the production of antioxidants.
Sodium: Cleanse and exfoliates, neutralize free radicals which can degenerate skin cells, and relieves sore muscles.
Zinc: Heals and rejuvenates skin, controls acne, and protects the skin’s lipids and fibroblasts cells that create collagen.
Sulphur: Decongest pores. It also has powerful healing, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties.
Here are some ultimate benefits that we get when all these salts combine together:
A natural exfoliator: The texture of Dead Sea salt makes it an excellent exfoliator, which combined with its high sodium content, helps in getting rid of dead skin cells, leaving you with fresh and with revitalized skin.
Purifies pores: Dead Sea salt has antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that help in cleansing and detoxifying the pores by removing oils and dirt. This helps to cure acne, blackheads and whiteheads.
Helps in skin allergies, eczema and psoriasis: Dead Sea salt can work wonders for skin allergies. The rich minerals work to help calm inflammation and mitigate allergies, eczema and psoriasis.
Helps fight off pro-ageing free radicals: Minerals in the Dead Sea salt fight off oxidation in the skin cells by eliminating free radicals, helping your skin look younger and more vibrant.
The Other Side
However, the biggest side effect of having so many ingredients is the fact that the probability of any one single ingredient not suiting to one is high.
It is for this reason that it is always recommended that the patch test be done before using dead sea salts in skin and hair care routine.
But doesn’t this happen in case of Ayurvedic Products as well? In general, Dead Sea salts are highly effective in restoring your skin and hair health.
One thing more that is to be kept in mind is the mud-based products, in general, are most suitable to normal and oily skin as they tend to remove excess oil from the skin.
So it is well recommended that dry and sensitive skin people take proper advice from the consultants before using mud-based products including the Dead Sea mud.
Skin Care Regimen
Let’s have a look at how we can bring Dead Sea mud to our skincare regime:
Dead Sea Mud is best available in the market in the form of a Face Mask or a Face Pack as a Dead Sea mud mask. This makes its use quite simple as the Dead Sea mud mask is applied in the same way we apply any other face pack.
Here is some basic procedure to follow:
- Wash off all the upper-level dirt with a cleanser or a face wash.
- Remove dead skin cells and deep penetrated dirt with a face scrub.
- Now apply the Dead Sea Mud Mask all over your face and keep it for 15-20 minutes so that it completely dries up.
- Now, wash it off to experience clarified, detoxified, super smooth and soft skin.
- It is well recommended to use the Dead Sea Mud Mask at least two times a week to experience visible difference on the skin. You will notice your blackheads getting mitigated and wrinkles getting disappeared.