​Dead Sea Salt – What is all the Hype?

​Dead Sea Salt – What is all the Hype?

Published by Andrea Taylor on 3rd May 2020

Dead Sea Salt – What is all the Hype?

Mediterranean Tan is known for its beautiful, glamorous products that are full of the absolute best exotic ingredients in the world. Mediterranean tan is also the only brand in the world manufactured in a certified organic environment, under the supervision of the medical industry. So, when it comes to health and safety Mediterranean tan is the benchmark that all others aspire to and Organic Beauty Brands agrees. Mediterranean Tan is honored to be recognized and awarded membership to Organic Beauty brand , and true to every that Mediterranean Tan does, the brand has taken one further step and is certified MADE SAFE and ALLERGY FREE.

Mediterranean Tan was featured recently on Organic beauty brands and in particular our body scrub. In an era where we are more aware of health and safety concerns this comes as a timely reminder that the products we use on our skin are more important than ever. The skin is the largest organ of the body and the products we use on our skin can have a massive effect to our health.

When it comes to removing tan, there are a lot of toxic products on the market, most tan erasers have bleach-based products such as urea, ammonia or harsh chemicals to remove tan or dead cells. Most brands found in supermarkets try to hide the toxic ingredients by stating a combination compound such as UREA – which combines ammonia and nitrogen. Most consumers will know that, or believe that “urea” is non toxic as body makes urea as a waste product.‘Thankfully the urea used in the cosmetic industry that I use, is from synthetic sources ant not animal derived, it is formed from ammonia and carbon dioxide’. 

‘They do get a lot of bad press as a preservative, due to the fact that they are proven formaldehyde.' releasers.’https://thenakedchemist.com/what-is-urea-and-its-b...

The article written by Organic Beauty Brands highlights the issues with chemical exfoliates damaging the skin. In relation, to tanners’ skin, any product used on the skin has the potential to damage the acid mantle and the pH of the skin, which in turn will affect the result of the tan. Chemical exfoliation uses very high alkaline ingredients to strip the top layer of the skin. This acute change in pH will affect the tan in one of two ways. Firstly, the pH is way too alkaline and will turn the tan orange. A pH of around 5 is needed on the skin at the time the tan is applied for a perfect deep dark colour. Secondly, the stripping of the amino acids, oils and hydration of the top layer of the skin will mean that the tan will not take at all. Stripping off the skins natural defense also leaves the skin at risk of contracting pathogens, dehydration, irritation, inflammation, dermatitis and the risk of contracting diseases.

WHY DO WE LOVE DEAD SEA SALT? Simply it is the BEST ingredient for your skin, especially if you are a tanner.

DEAD SEA SALT VS OCEAN SALT( OR SODIUM CHLORIDE).

Dead Sea salt was used by the peoples of Ancient Egypt[1] and it has been utilised in various unguents, skin creams, and soaps since then.[2] Dead Sea salt refers to salt and other mineral deposits extracted or taken from the Dead Sea. The composition of this material differs significantly from oceanic salt. Unlike dead sea salt, oceanic salt is high on sodium chloride and will dry and harm the skin.

Mediterranean Tan’s body scrub is made up of ethically sourced dead sea salt direct from the dead sea. The benefits to dead sea salt are numerous. Dead sea salt has ultra-fine granules that GENTLY remove the super thin 150 microns thickness dead outer layers of the skin without damaging the lower layers. This leaves the lower level of the acid mantle intact. Producing a perfect canvas removing the lumpy, bumpy and patchy top levels of skin, but exposing the firm, flat and still hydrated lower levels of the skin.

DEAD SEA SALT VS PINK HIMALAYAN SALT.

Dead sea salt is considered many times better for a tanners skin than Pink Himalayan salt, because the pH of Pink Himalayan salt is 7.6 which is neutral. The pH of dead sea salt is 6 and has less drying effects on the skin. A tanner needs a skin pH of close to 5 for the perfect tan.. What’s the big deal? The pH of a substance is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. 7 is neutral, the pH of pure water. Each number on the scale is 10 times as strong as the number preceding it. Normal adult skin is somewhat acidic, having an approximate pH range of 4 to 6. According to scientists this low pH is caused by carbon dioxide in the air. So using  Pink Himalayan salt is not 10 x times but 10 x 10 ( up to 10x10x10)= 100 - 1000 times worse for a tanners skin. Dead salt can be the savor here. Dead sea salt has a pH of 6 and given that a tanner needs a high pH dead sea salt is the answer.

Along with all the mineral benefits, non drying effects, better pH for tanners skin Dead Sea salts have been claimed to treat the following conditions:

Rheumatologic conditions

Rheumatologic conditions can be treated in the balneotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation.[3]

Common skin ailments

Skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis may be relieved by regularly soaking the affected area in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis.[4] [5] High concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt may be helpful in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation,[6]

Allergies

The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt may help relieve allergic reactions of the skin by reducing inflammation.[6]

Skin ageing

Dead Sea salt may reduce the depth of skin wrinkling, a form of skin ageing.[6]

References

Mediterranean Tan training manual. 

Jump up to:a b c Ma’or, Zeev et al. "Antimicrobial properties of Dead Sea black mineral mud", International Journal of Dermatology, May 2006. Retrieved on 2008-04-13.

2.^ The Rough Guide to Jordan: the rough guide. Matthew Teller, Ian J. Andrews, Tony Howard, Rana Husseini. Published by Rough Guides, 2002. ISBN 1-85828-740-5, ISBN 978-1-85828-740-9

3.^ Harari, Marco; Shani, Jashovam. "Demographic evaluation of successful antipsoriatic climatotherapy at the Dead Sea (Israel) DMZ Clinic". International Journal of Dermatology. 36 (4): 304–305. doi:10.1046/j.1365-4362.1997.00204.x.

4.^ "The Dead Sea" Archived 2008-04-20 at the Wayback Machine National Psoriasis Foundation. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.

5.^ Proksch, Ehrhardt MD, PhD et al. "Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin", International Journal of Dermatology, February 2005. Retrieved on 2008-04-13.

6.^ Jump up to:a b c Ehrhardt, Proksch; Nissen, HP; Bremgartner, M; Urquhart, C. "Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution: follow-on review". International Journal of Dermatology. 44 (2): 151–7. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2005.02079.x. PMID 15689218.

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