Dead Sea mud masks: the skincare trend you will love


Dead Sea mud masks: the skincare trend you will love

Cleopatra had given this a thumbs up too

By LORI KEONG  June 7th, 2017

When it comes to masking, we don’t waste any time studying up on the latest in skincare miracles: whether they be in Korean sheet mask formDIY kitchen savers, or the charcoal variety. But in the world of natural masking wonders, the crème de la crème is said to find its source in the Dead Sea.

Since ancient times, the Dead Sea has been a renowned source of rejuvenation for royals and travelers with rheumatic illnesses and skin issues like eczema. OG beauty guru Cleopatraaccording to legend, even set up shop there during her reign in Egypt, creating one of the first spas in the world because she believed so strongly in the sea’s healing powers and skin-boosting benefits.

Eternally ageless celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore also incorporate it in their beauty routines, which is honestly a better endorsement than any. These days, you don’t actually have to book a flight to Israel to reap the best of the region’s skin benefits. Below, the many reasons why the Dead Sea mud is supposedly a cure-all for your skin and where to shop the best masks crafted from it.

Why you should a dead sea mud mask to your beauty kit

Purifying Mud Mask, Rs 2,255, ahava.com

It contains a high concentration of minerals that help you maintain healthy, youthful skin

Not even the best antioxidant-rich serums and salicylic acid scrubs can go toe to toe with the natural ingredients contained in the dead sea mud. The layers of sedimentary clay store a high concentration of over 21 minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfates, and bromide.

Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask, Rs 900; amazon.com

It can be especially beneficial for people with skin diseases like psoriasis and related joint pain from psoriatic arthritis

Research on spa therapy in the region says that the most proven benefits to health from the Dead Sea are for treating psoriasis and joint and muscle pain. While much of the relief comes from actually soaking up the air and sea on location (the climate, air quality, and UV protection of the area all promote healing), the minerals in the mud still easily absorb into the skin, so they're worth a go when your tea tree oil just isn't cutting it.

Dead Sea Mud Mask, Rs 770; radhabeauty.com

It banishes acne

The combination of an exfoliating clay texture, antibacterial qualities, and the way the clay soaks up oil, dirt, and impurities makes the mud a dream detoxer for treating acne. It's also supposed to minimize pores and keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay

Aria Starr Mud Mask, Rs 900; amazon.com

It's extra hydrating for skin

The mud is also said to help maintain natural moisture levels in the skin, stimulate blood flow to the capillaries, and oxygen to skin cells. By sealing and infusing your skin with the mud, the skin experiences a temporary "energy boost" resulting in a more rosy, radiant glow.

 From: ELLE UK

Tried-and-tested skincare tips from ELLE’s best

We went shopping around Elle HQ for skincare tips that actually work and here’s what we found out. 

Mamta Mody, Beauty Editor

Forgoing a soapy face wash for a non-foaming cleanser has been one of the toughest changes in my skincare routine. I’m so accustomed to suds and that squeaky clean feeling that the first few times washing my face after I made the switch, I wasn’t even sure it was working. But I’ve to come to realise that it’s one of the best way to cleanse my face without aggravating sensitive skin. 

Malini Banerji, Interim Editor

I love routines and that reflects in my skincare regime. Night time is when the real game begins… a 3-step cleansing process, mainly to remove the dust, grime and pollution since I don't wear much make-up. I start with soaking cotton pads in Bioderma Crealine and wiping off the traces of dirt from the skin. I am a lover of oils, be it face, hair or body. The Shu Uemura cleansing oil is a complete game-changer. It foams up when it comes into contact with water, while being gentle on the skin.

Rochelle Pinto, Digital Editor

Extreme photosensitivity is one of the worst things to happen to a beach bum. But I've learnt to balance my skin karma by ensuring there's always a healthy layer of sunscreen between me and the sun. With skincare products, cheap isn't always cheerful, which is why I stick to French pharmaceutical brands like Avène, La Roche-Posay and Ducray. My bank account may complain, but my skin doesn't. 

Salva Mubarak, Senior Features Writer (Digital)

The one skincare habit I've not changed ever since I understood the meaning of skincare is to use as few products as I can on my face. I remember my grandmother drilling the importance of finding one product that suits your skin type and never letting it go. So my everyday skincare routine is a two-step process involving a Dove face wash (that I have been using forever) and the God sent Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light face cream.

Hasina Khatib, Features Writer (Digital)

I’m usually iffy about face packs, (thanks to the fear of smearing, as well as constant ribbing from my younger brother) but even I can’t deny this genius concoction: Heat one tablespoon of poppy seeds in water for five minutes. Add a handful of powdered almonds and one tablespoon coconut milk. Cook until dry. Once cooled, apply religiously for a week and your skin will thank you with that lit-from-within glow.

Trisha Chawla, Beauty Assistant

Investing in a primer was the best thing I could do for my make-up routine. It smoothens out my skin, which makes my liquid foundation look more evened out. Plus, your whole make up stays on a whole lot longer, even through a night of dancing. L’Oreal’s Base Magique Primer is my go-to for a matte look while Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter is just right for days when I want that dewy look like Kim K.