When the party season comes around, we all want to look our absolute best. Looking good during the season of velvet, fake fur, real diamonds, sequins and (normally) no tan can come down to one simple thing – having a beautiful complexion anf feeling great to boot.
The skin can become dull and problematic during the winter. Some people find that the skin becomes dry and lacklustre, others suffer from breakouts as the skin works less efficiently. Some get chapped skin, others might find that the skin on the face and elsewhere may just need a wonderfully stimulating, soothing boost… which is precisely where Dead Sea Mud comes in.
Dead Sea Mud is an extraordinary substance, famous throughout the world as being rich in nourishing, soothing, purifying, detoxifying, stimulating and health-giving minerals. But the big questions remain – what exactly is it and what can you actually do with it? What can it help with and how? Read on…
What is Dead Sea Mud?
Dead Sea Mud has been harvested from the banks of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, lying between Jordan and Israel. It contains around 45,000 million tons of salts which are extraordinarily rich in 26 or more minerals the world-famous Dead Sea Minerals. It is extremely beneficial for the skin and body. It is not what we think of as mud or ‘dirt’ in the ordinary sense – it is in fact alluvial silt that has washed down to ground level from the majestic peaks in the surrounding landscape, ending up on the shores of this inland sea of salt.
Critically, this is mud that has evolved over thousands of years as layer upon layer of silt has settled to create this remarkable natural gift. Dead Sea mud is exceptionally high in levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, boron, strontium and iron and can supply the body with many of its essential mineral needs.
How Dead Sea Mud Helps Your Skin
Here are 5 truly fantastic ways in which Dead Sea Mud can help to get your skin ready to party all through the festive season:
Clearing up Acne
Dead Sea Mud contains many beneficial minerals, but it has also been shown to annihilate acne-causing bacteria. The unique, dark, enriched Mud can be used in masks, exfoliators, lotions and soaps to great effect. This is because Dead Sea Mud has been proven to have antimicrobiological properties. In other words, when scientists carried out lab tests where they exposed acne-causing bacteria to Dead Sea Mud, the results were astonishing – the bacteria rapidly lost its viability, it could not survive.
That is great news for anyone who suffers from acne and wants a highly effective natural solution. Apply Dead Sea Mud as a face mask and let it rest on your face until it starts to dry, then rinse your skin clear. Do this on a weekly basis and the improvements in the condition of your skin can be dramatic – wave goodbye to unsightly, uncomfortable acne.
Preventing or Reducing Wrinkles
Dead Sea Mud has a significant role to play as part of a highly effective anti-aging treatment. Studies have shown that Dead Sea salt when applied could lead to as much as a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling in the skin.
When it forms the basis of a face mask, Dead Sea Mud can have incredible results. The highly saline Mud actively helps unfold the wrinkled skin area and generate new cells so that the complexion becomes smoother and less lined. The difference in the tone and texture of the skin can be visible after just a few applications of Dead Sea Mud.
The extremely high concentrations of salt and minerals in Dead Sea Mud can work absolute wonders on skin that is itchy and sore with eczema. People sometimes think eczema skin is dry, because it lacks oil, but it is actually because skin afflicted with eczema does not retain enough water. To correct dryness, the best thing to do is to mask the skin in Dead Sea Mud for 20 minutes, then bathe, pat the skin dry and apply a natural emollient like Argan oil to lock in the moisture.
Easing Aches and Pains
The exceptionally high concentration of minerals in Dead Sea Mud is thoroughly recommended for natural relief of aching muscles which can be caused by arthritis pain, plus to help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia, muscle stiffness, joint inflammation and back pain. Applying Dead Sea Mud can help ease knee aches and pains by stimulating the circulatory system and relaxing the nerves. Research from Ben Gurion University concluded that patients who were treated with Mud compresses made mineral-rich Dead Sea Mud reported less knee pain from osteoarthritis. It has proved equally effective for chronic low back pain – in studies pain severity was reduced in patients who had been treated with Dead Sea Mud compresses. Try applying Dead Sea Mud to painful joints such as knees, wrists and elbows. Leave it on until it dries and then rinse it clear for the best results.
Cleansing and Minimizing Pores
A Dead Sea Mud mask can vastly improve your complexion by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, increasing radiance and vitality. Apply a purifying mask of the mud to your face and leave it to dry. As it does so, toxins are drawn out from your skin cells. The skin of your face is left looking clean, clear, well-nourished and refreshed.
The purifying face mask works by creating a seal over the skin. The blood circulation increases, and the face becomes warmer, so that the pores release sebum and toxins through perspiration, as well as absorbing nourishing ingredients in the Dead Sea Mud mask. The skin is also more able to absorb vitamins, proteins and Dead Sea minerals and therefore to regenerate a healthy cell layer. These benefits last for some days as the performance of the skin’s vital regeneration functions are enhanced and the skin’s texture is visibly improved.
Where Can I Find Dead Sea Mud?
Dead Sea Mud comes in many forms and is used in a wide variety of products. If you would like to apply a body wrap or facial mask, try Seacret or the Ahava range of products which is available from a high street chemist such as Superdrug. There are also Dead Sea Mud soaps such as the range offered at Boots.