Why use Dead Sea products?
Because Dead Sea cosmetics are different. These unique products leave absolutely no oiliness on the surface of the skin. They are equally effective in all atmospheres -dry or moist. Dead Sea products actually increase the moisture level and permeability of the skin, thereby allowing the minerals to penetrate into the deepest layers of the epidermis. This process, in turn, replaces essential minerals, which are necessary for retention of moisture and healthy cell growth.
The water of the Dead Sea contains 26 minerals including magnesium, calcium, bromine, and potassium, 12 of which are found in no other sea or ocean. Some are recognized for imparting a relaxed feeling, nourishing the skin, activating the circulatory system, and for easing rheumatic discomfort and metabolic disorders.
The following information illustrates just a few of the essential minerals found in Dead Sea cosmetics:
Potassium-Sodium: Supplies energy to skin cells
Magnesium: Activates enzymes to accelerate cell regeneration
Bromide: Soothes and treats skin ailments
Chloride: Helps balance body's minerals
Calcium: Strengthens cell membranes and eases pain
Dead Sea minerals list
the Sodium ions remove skin scales and improve its permeability. After penetrating into the skin, they bind the water and generate a feeling of suppleness, Relieve stiffness and muscle cramps and maintains neutral environment in the skin. Ideal for very dry skin.
Magnesium concentrations found in the Dead Sea is fifteen times higher than salts in other seas. Magnesium is essential for cell metabolism. For instance, a significant deficit in Magnesium has been discovered in skin scales and serum of patients with psoriasis. Magnesium supposedly affects the ripening of skin cells of psoriasis patients. Moreover, in cases of bronchi, Magnesium works as anti-allergic agent. Promotes healing of skin tissue and provides skin surface with anti-allergic element. Essential for cell metabolism.
Potassium improves the oxidation and regulates the electrical process of the muscles and the nervous system. Asthma patients achieve good results from inhaling the salt vapours. A moisture regulator maintains neutral environment in the skin.
Bromide concentration is 50 times higher than common salts. Thus having a very relaxing effect. Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and tranquilizes nerves.
Sulphur- A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins).
Besides other Dead Sea Minerals found in smaller amounts, the salt contains a natural tar called Bitumen which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Chlorine necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism.
Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism.
Calcium is necessary in strengthening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves. A building block for corrective tissue under the skin surface.
Zinc- plays a role in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation
The A to Z of Skin Care
Acetate: an ester of acetic acid; any word that’s combined with acetate in an ingredient list determines its function.
Acetone: the simplest ketone frequently used in toners. Acetone can cause irritation and drying if its concentration is high.
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol: a non-drying alcohol that softens skin. However, it’s also known for causing blackheads and whiteheads.
Acrylates: provides water-resistant properties for cosmetics. This ingredient is often referred to as Octylpropenamide Copolymer.
Alcohol SD-40: is a highly refined alcohol used in cosmetics. Because it evaporates very quickly, it’s often used as a way to quickly transport ingredients to the skin's surface to kill bacteria. Compared to ethyl (rubbing) alcohol, SD-40 is gentler on the skin.
Algae Extract: has antioxidant properties and restores skin’s moisture.
Allantoin: is botanical in nature. It helps heal and calm skin irritations.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA): this organic acid taken from fruit acids is used widely in anti-aging skin care products. It encourages moisture restoration, exfoliation and helps other ingredients to penetrate through the skin more effectively. Always use products containing AHAs in combination with sunscreen as they make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: has anti-inflammatory benefits, plus its water and fat soluble to protect skin cells.
Alum: an astringent that’s often used in after-shave products to treat nicks or razor cuts caused by shaving.
Ascorbic Acid: the medical name for vitamin C. L-ascorbic acid is often used in skin lightener products and anti-aging products because it stimulates collagen production.
Beeswax: derived from the natural honeycombs, is often used in moisturizing products such as lip balms, foot creams and body creams.
Benzoyl Peroxide: powerful antibacterial agent that helps kills acne by drying P. acne bacteria on the skin. Peroxide is also used to sanitize open wounds. Can be irritating.
Beta Hydroxy Acid: an oil-soluble organic acid used in exfoliators and acne-acne treatments.
Boric Acid: an antibacterial agent used in skin care products to give them a longer shelf life.
Caffeine: a stimulant present in coffee, tea and soda beverages is also useful can to soothe puffy eyes.
Camphor: an anti-infective agent with a unique taste and smell cools and refreshes itchy skin.
Cellulose: is derived from the walls of plants and used as an emulsifier and thickener in skin care products.
Collagen: the main epidermal protein supports the skin, bones, tendons, cartilage and connective tissue. Collagen is added to topical creams for its moisturizing benefits.
Cyclomethicone: a type of silicone that provides lustre and smoothness to skin care creams and cosmetics.
Dimethicone: used as a sealant in scar rehabilitation to smooth skin texture and provide moisture.
Elastin: a protein in the dermis (the layer of the skin beneath the epidermis). Elastin is responsible for skin elasticity and firmness. When it’s topically applied it has moisturizing effects.
Ethyl Alcohol: refined alcohol made from grain that’s often used in medicines, cleaning products, fragrances and astringents and toners. As it dries skin very quickly, moisturizers are always required after application.
Fragrance: a pleasant distinctive aroma usually blended from natural essential oils and concentrated chemicals distilled from plants.
Glycerin: this liquid derivative of bio- diesel production is used in cosmetics, liquid soaps, dynamite, inks and lubricants to lock-in hydration and keep skin moisturized, but it can also clog the pores.
Glycol Stearate: an emollient and emulsifier often used in body skin care products and shampoos to achieve a luminescent appearance.
Grape Seed Extract: a botanical extract known to increase the effectiveness of vitamin C by acting as a vehicle and a restorer of oxidized vitamin C.
Green Tea Extract: this derivative from decaffeinated green tea contains “catechins”; which are effective antioxidants known to help to prevent cancer.
Hyaluronic Acid: also known as "cyclic acid", is a powerful moisturizing agent.
Hydroquinone: a skin lightening agent. Two-percent concentrations are commonly found in over-the-counter lighteners; while prescription bleaching products have higher concentrations.
Isopropyl Palmitate: a skin softening ingredient that comes from palm and coconut oil, however it’s known to cause blackheads and whiteheads.
Jojoba Oil: natural oil taken from the seeds of the Simondsia Chinesis, a desert shrub. It’s very similar to natural human oil secretions so it’s non-greasy.
Kaolin: also called China Clay, fine clay that’s white in colour. Kaolin is often used in facial masks and powders that absorb oil.
Lactic Acid: used in chemical peels to hydrate, moisturize and strip away dry, flaky skin cells.
Lanolin: this oily substance that comes from sheep is commonly used in bath oils and hand creams to provide extra moisturize. In rarely cases, it can irritate the skin and cause skin allergy.
Lecithin: this antioxidant from nature is primarily derived from soybeans. It’s a natural emollient and emulsifier that helps to soften and replenish the skin.
Linoleic Acid: a vital fatty acid that fattens skin cells.
Liposomes: tiny spheres that transfer hydrating ingredients to skin cells.
Methyl Gluceth: attracts moisture and reduces skin dryness.
Mineral Oil: clear, unscented oil derived from petroleum hydrocarbons. Mineral oil is widely used in cosmetics to remove makeup, grease and excess oil from the skin.
Octyl Methoxycinnamate: used as an ingredient in non-PABA chemical sunscreens. May cause skin irritation in some cases.
Octyl Palmitate: often used as an alternative to mineral oil for its similar properties.
Octyl Salicylate: a sunburn and anti-bacterial preventative.
Oxybenzone: a UVB blocker used in sunscreen.
PABA: stands for para-aminobenzoic acid; blocks UVB sunlight.
Parabens: artificial chemicals, used as preservatives in cosmetics.
Petrolatum: Vaseline’s #1 ingredient is commonly used in creams to soften and soothe the skin.
Retinol: a fat-soluble vitamin A. Retinol is crucial for good vision and healthy skin, but in high concentrations it may cause skin irritations.
Retinal: also called “retinaldehyde” and a derivative of vitamin A. Retinal is one of the molecules responsible for light sensitivity.
Rose Hips: this botanical extract from wild roses is rich in vitamin C.
Salicylic Acid: a mild beta hydroxy acid that’s used as a safe exfoliant in chemical peels.
Silica: silicon dioxide; absorbs oil rapidly.
Silicone: a non-metallic chemical component to keep the skin healthy and refreshed; helpful in diminishing the appearance of hypertrophic scars.
Silk Powder: a natural fiber added to cosmetic products to give them their fine texture and to absorb oil.
Silk Proteins: used in some eye creams to prevent dehydration.
Sodium Bicarbonate: commonly called “baking soda”. This neutral acid raises skin PH levels.
Sodium Borate: commonly called “borax”; works as a preservative in cosmetics.
Sorbic Acid: a water-soluble acid and preservative.
Sulfur: this essential mineral module of vitamin B, kills bacteria causing acne. Found in many over-the-counter topical acne medications.
Titanium Dioxide: a chemical substance used in sunscreen products; blocks both UVA and UVB sunrays.
Vitamin A: a fat-soluble vitamin that keeps skin hydrated. Vitamin A is used in skin care products because it improves aging skin and firms skin texture. It can also dry out acne, but it makes skin sun sensitive.
Vitamin C: a water-soluble vitamin used in cosmetic creams, topical and oral medicines to boost collagen synthesis.
Vitamin D: a fat-soluble vitamin required for tooth and bone structure. It’s used in some prescription medicines to treat psoriasis.
Vitamin E: an oil-soluble antioxidant and emollient used in deodorants and hair care products to soften skin and hair.
Water: or H20, a colourless tasteless liquid used in all skin care products.
Witch Hazel: an effective astringent extracted from the leaves and bark of the
Hamamelis Virginia plant. It has botanical properties, helps improve acne, awakens puffy eyes and reduces excess oil on the skin.
Xanthan Gum: an emulsifier and thickener.
Zinc Oxide: this composite that increases immune function has anti-irritant properties so it’s commonly used in diaper rash creams and sunscreen products to prevent UV light from contacting the skin
Understanding your skin
Understanding your skin type is the key to vibrant, glowing, youthful-looking skin, not only because skin type is the way that cosmetics industry designates products, but because using a product made for your skin will drastically improve its health and appearance.
A skin care routine should be based on your skin type. For example:
• Normal Skin - can benefit from a variety of skin care products because it’s neither too oily nor too dry.
• Oily Skin – should avoid the use of rich, heavy creams and lotions infused with oils. Shiny skin tends to be acne-prone so the use of anti-acne products and water-based gels are recommended.
• Dry Skin – needs to be deeply moisturized with oil-based skin care products to re-hydrate, flaky, itchy, wrinkle-prone skin.
• Combination Skin – needs to be treated with skin care products made for both oily skin (in the T-zone area) and normal skin.
Acne-prone skin, know as “acne vulgarise”, is a common yet frustrating skin type to have. It’s characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, redness, inflammation and irritation.
Skin that’s acne-prone often has a shiny, greasy and unclean appearance. Large pores are also evident on the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, neck, upper back and shoulders. Acne-prone skin is primary influenced by diet, the environment and can sometimes be irritated by cosmetics.
Keeping the skin clean and controlling the skin’s oil are both extremely important for those with acne prone skin. One of the easiest home remedies for acne-prone skin is a facial mask made with a mixture of grated apple and honey. Let the mask sit on your face for 10 minutes, then rinse it off in cold water. The handy mask works well to dry the skin and obstruct the pores. Apple and honey also provide the skin with a variety of vitamins and other nutrients to make it healthy.
On a daily basis, a simple way to let the skin breathe is to minimize the use of cosmetics. Also always keep skin moisturized with a water-based moisturizer after it has been cleaned.
Aging skin is medically called “actinic elastosis” or “photo aging”. Skin naturally begins to lose its firmness during our mid 20’s. The main external factors that promote aging skin are sun exposure, gravity, sleeping positions and smoking.
As skin ages it takes on a thin and transparent appearance. Sometimes freckles or age spots (also called liver spots) begin to develop, as well as spider veins, wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Skin that was once supple and hydrated can begin to feel dry, itchy and appear to sag as we age because of damage to the fibbers underneath the skin’s surface.
Harsh soaps, perfumes, hot baths and astringents can make aging skin feels worse. Although nothing can stop age from taking its course, taking vitamin A can help renew skin and slow down the aging process. Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis will also help to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Diet is also connected to skin health. For healthy, youthful skin drink plenty of water and eat a daily dose of fruits and vegetables to give skin adequate nutrients to promote elasticity.
Does your nose look shiny while your cheek feels dry? This is a stereotypical description of combination skin.
Combination skin, as the name implies, is a mixture of two different types of skin. This skin type characteristically combines oily skin in T-zone pattern; which starts at the forehead, runs along the bridge of the nose and ends at the bottom of the chin. While normal to dry skin covers the rest of the face.
Combination skin is most affected by seasonal changes and stress. To care for combination skin, keep your skin clean by washing with a mild cleanser twice a day. Moisturize the dry area with a rich moisturizer; and control oily areas with large pores by applying a toners or mask after cleaning. Oil-absorbing makeup is the best choice for combination skin types. Because combination skin is so sensitive, use skin products that are light formula with no fragrances.
Dry skin, also known as “xerosis”, is a very common skin type. Dry skin is characterized by a parched appearance and a firm skin texture - especially in winter when skin is exposed to cold, dry air and indoor heating systems.
Dry skin most commonly appears on the arms face and legs – first appearing as small pink spots. If not treated, dry skin can turn into painful red patches of bumpy skin that will eventually become itchy and flake. Sometimes dry skin can be so itchy and irritated that it will disturb sleep.
To alleviate your skin’s dryness, cleanse with moisturizing products and apply a rich oil-based cream or lotion frequently throughout the day – and especially before bedtime. One effective way to keep dry skin hydrated is by decreasing the frequency, temperature and length of your baths and showers. Also avoid the use of harsh soaps when bathing or cleansing your face and always apply a moisturizing lotion to your entire body after bathing and before bedtime. Eat lots of fruits and drink plenty of water to replenish dehydrated skin.
If you have normal skin, consider yourself lucky.
Normal skin is well-balanced with a smooth texture that looks neither greasy nor dry. There are no visible pores or blemishes on the surface of normal skin. Normal skin typically can be identified after physical activity by pink cheeks. This flush of colour appears as a result of good blood circulation.
However, even normal skin can change with the seasons. For example high exposures to harmful UV sunlight, air pollution and stress can cause normal skin to become dry, oily or aged-looking. Therefore treat your normal skin to a regular skin care routine to prevent it from becoming slightly dry or oily.
After cleaning your face with mild cleanser, moisturize it with a light cream or lotion. Toner is only necessary if your skin feels tired, dirty or oily. Also normal skin is healthiest when it gets a chance to breathe. Give your skin a break and air out your pores by abstaining from wearing makeup regularly. Always shelter your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a sunscreen in summer and winter.
When asked to describe what oily skin looks like, one would typically imagine large pores, oily pimples and blemishes.
Oily skin excretes far more oil then it needs to, sometimes taking on a shiny, grimy appearance. Teenagers are the most common victims of oily skin, because of their raging hormones. In addition, diets rich in greasy foods, pregnancy, birth control pills, harsh cosmetics and hot temperatures are common triggers for an oily complexion.
To keep skin clean and to reduce dirt and oil, you’ll need to cleanse with a pure soap that doesn’t contain any artificial additives. Natural soaps will wash away the grease and prevent the pores from becoming clogged and dissolve sebum (the oily substance produced by sebaceous glands in the skin) effectively. Exfoliaters and clay or mud masks are useful for deep skin cleansing. Only apply an oil-free moisturizer after the skin has been washed. Oil-free moisturizers keep the skin hydrated lightly, but won’t clog the pores.
A diet rich in leafy vegetables and fruits will promote a drier, cleaner complexion. Avoid fried, spicy foods or deserts and candy chocked full of sugar and chocolate. Smoking and drinking alcohol are also the prime culprits of oily skin. Skin care made with herbal ingredients such as Aloe Vera, lavender, lemongrass, green tea, licorice root, rosebuds and witch hazel can help effectively control oily skin.