5 Great Uses of Dead Sea Salt For Your Skin

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Dead sea salt on beach at sunrise. Israel

Dead Sea Salt refers to salt and other mineral deposits extracted from the Dead Sea . This salty composition differs significantly from oceanic salt. The Dead Sea Valley, in Southern Israel, is also the lowest land mass on earth—1385 feet below sea level. A visit to the Dead Sea is a unique experience for the body and soul. A vacation from the rat race with the bonus of taking a dip in the waters saturated in minerals and vitamins that do good to the skin.

Dead Sea Salt was harvested as far back as 3000 years ago by the people of Ancient Egypt and since then has been utilized in various unguents, skin creams, body scrubs and soaps.

The Dead Sea’s mineral composition varies with season, rainfall, depth of deposit, and includes the essential minerals Magnesium, Bromide, Iodine, Potassium, Sulfur, Calcium, Sodium, and Zinc.

Magnesium heals the tissues while sulfur—a natural disinfectant, accelerates hair growth; potassium adds moisture to the skin; zinc treats and cures acne; calcium accelerates the growth of nails, and bromide refreshes your skin.

Use Dead Sea Salt on your face and body—scrub and exfoliate : Dead sea salts granules are large and rough. If you want to use this salt it on your face as an exfoliant grind the salt until it is of a finer texture. Mix two tablespoons of ground salt crystals with one tablespoon of oil.  Oils to use can be Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Argan Oil or Marula oil. You can add a drop or two of your favorite serum as well. Apply to face and massage very gently for a couple of minutes and then rinse off.   Dead sea salts can also be used as a rinse following the use of a clay Masque. Once the masque is removed and face is clean, dissolve 2 tsp of salt in 2 cups of warm water. Once dissolved, dip a cotton towel into the salty water and massage the towel over your face.  The high mineral content of the salt is rejuvenating with anti-aging properties to the skin.

Coconut Verbena Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Use Dead Sea Salt in your bath The best recipe for a home spa that does good for your body and soul – 4 tablespoons of Dead Sea salt, 5-7 drops of aromatic oil of your favorite scent— mint for the treatment of the respiratory system, lavender for relaxation, and add two tablespoons of drinking soda for strengthening the ties between salt and oils. ​Scented candles, soothing music and eye cover will improve your overall relaxation.

Use Dead Sea Salt for your hair Wash your hair, wipe it slightly with a towel and massage the scalp gently for about ten minutes with Dead Sea salt, then rinse thoroughly for soft and dandruff –free hair.

Benefits of Dead Sea Salt on your fingernails and toenails. Dip your feet in a tub with warm water and sprinkle two tablespoons over the nails. Keep nails wet for twenty minutes. The result: healthy fingernails and toenails free of fungus and infections.

Yummy to sprinkle on your food In its basic form, Dead Sea salt isn’t edible, since its many minerals, especially magnesium, taste bitter. For culinary use, the salt is dissolved, rinsed off most of its minerals, then recrystallized and rinsed again to clean the top layer. The result is a natural and quality sea salt used in leading cuisines worldwide because its coarse grains dissolve relatively slowly and help to longer preserve food freshness. It also accelerates the digestion of food.

Rosemira Products​ Dead Sea Salts are Featured in:

Coconut Verbena Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Lavender & Geranium Deep Cleansing Clay Masque

Dead Sea Salts

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Let’s Go Lymph – Lymphatic Energizing Foot & Body Scrub

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4 Best Clays to Help Detox and Rejuvenate Your Skin

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The Rejuvenating properties of Clay
A collection of Clay powders for skin rejuvenation

Clay is a finely-grained natural rock or soil material that combines one or more clay minerals with possible traces of quartz, metal oxides and organic matter. Throughout history people have developed the art of forming clay to make ceramic objects and pottery.

MEDICINAL CLAY

The first recorded use of medicinal clay is written on Mesopotamian clay tablets around 2500 B.C. Also, ancient Egyptians used clay. The Pharaohs’ physicians used clay for its anti-inflammatory agents and antiseptics. It was used as a preservative for making mummies and is also reported that Cleopatra used clays to preserve her complexion.

Four popular clays for skin products are Bentonite, Australian Reef Red, Kaolin White, and Rhassoul.

 BENTONITE CLAY

 Bentonite clay is one of the most popular and powerful clay skincare ingredients. The U.S. is one of the top producers of bentonite clay worldwide. Bentonite clay is derived from naturally occurring volcanic ash. It’s highly absorbent and has a high percentage of montmorillonite, a soft group of earth minerals. Bentonite clay draws impurities and oil to your skin’s surface and absorbs oil while tightening and toning your skin. When mixed with water, the clay swells and allows for maximum absorption of sebum and surface debris. This impurity magnet is ideal for oily and congested skins prone to acne, as well as people with mild eczema and rosacea. Bentonite clay is also a great addition to foot and body treatments.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Passionate Fig Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub


Passionate Fig Scrub for Oily Skin

RHASSOUL CLAY OR MOROCCAN RED CLAY

 Rhassoul Clay is derived from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and has been popular for millennia. This clay is rich in ancient minerals and has a high concentration of silica and magnesium. Rhassoul Clay, also known as Moroccan Red Clay, is effective at decongesting pores, absorbing excess oil, and drawing out toxins. It also improves elasticity and stimulates circulation. This clay mixes well with water and is an effective facial and body cleanser.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Passionate Fig Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Frankincense & Rose Scrub Dry/Mature Skin

AUSTRALIAN REEF RED CLAY

Two earthy elements contribute to the formation of red clay soils. First, the bedrock must contain enough iron to produce the reddish iron oxides that color the soil. Second, the climate must be relatively warm and wet. Its high iron content and essential minerals help revitalize the skin to support soft and healthy-looking skin. Once applied to the skin, red clay binds impurities and dirt into its paste until dried. Its drawing abilities make it a great toner and cleanser for acne-prone, oily, and problem skin. The rich color from the Australian Reef Red Clay is also used in organic hair coloring, giving a natural red color that is impermanent. It’s also used in soaps and bath salts.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Mandarin & Cucumber Red Balancing Masque  ( part of a 5 Masque Sample Kit)

Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser

Mandarin & Cucumber Red Clay Skin Detox

WHITE KAOLIN CLAY

White Cosmetic clay, also known as White Kaolin clay, is a very fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties. White Cosmetic clay is found in virtually all powdered and dry cosmetics and most wet cosmetics, including soaps, scrubs, poultices, deodorants, facial powders and masks. The mildest of all clays, white kaolin is less absorbent than other varieties and is highly moisturizing, making it perfect for those with sensitive, aging and especially dry skin.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Green Clay & Rose de Mai Gentle Masque

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Lavender & Geranium Deep Cleansing Masque

Green Clay & Rose Dry Skin

Summary

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may already be familiar with clay masks. Clay is popular for good reason–it helps draw out the impurities as well as absorb excess oils on the skin’s surface. I’ll also mention that clay masks are good and healthy for everyone regardless of your skin condition. Clay masks also allow for self-care and reflection—downtime to step back and soak in the essence of Earth.

THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN C SERUMS AND YOUR SKIN’S YOUTHFUL GLOW

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Pomegranate Juice contains higher levels of Vitamin C than most fruit     juices, and 3 times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. 

Winter is just around the corner, and while the days are hot, we’ve already had a few light rains. Just as we need to prepare the yard, cover firewood, take down hammocks, and remove outdoor pillows for storage, so we need to prepare our skin for the season ahead.  Soon I’ll be sharing with you my recommendations for an effective fall skincare routine. However, beforehand I’d like to respond to a question that keeps coming up, the answer to which is relevant year-round.  

Pomegranate’s rich nutritional profile protects skin from
         free radical
damage and early signs of aging.

We all hear about one ingredient or another as the one most important for the youthful nature of our skin. Different ingredients come into the forefront, grow in popularity and are then replaced by the next best thing. Sometimes it’s Fruit Stem Cell cultures, other times it’s a particular Superfood, Resveratrol or one oil vs. another, Argan, Marula, Prickly Pear or Pomegranate Seed Oil.

Some of these ingredients stand the test of time and one of those is Vitamin C. As it relates to Skincare benefits, it’s often discussed and recommended.

Using a powerful topical anti-oxidant is the most important ingredient for the long term health of our skin. Vitamin C is rightfully considered the king of anti-oxidants by the beauty industry, and has proven to stimulate Collagen and to brighten and smooth skin. As an anti-oxidant however, it can be beaten, both in terms of stability and efficacy.

There is a new generation of anti-oxidants that are more effective in protecting against free-radical damage. One of those is a Red Algae also known as Astaxanthin. It’s one of the most potent antioxidants around.  Unlike other anti-oxidants, including Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, Astaxanthin is very stable, does not break down into Vitamin A, so is ideal for topical skincare. It’s 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than Green Tea Catechins, and 75 times stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid.  

Astaxanthin Seaweed growing along the mountain range at Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia
 Astaxanthin Seaweed growing along the mountain range at 
Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

So when I’m asked if our See Me C Repair Serum is the best source of Vitamin C among our serums, the answer is, not quite. We have several Serums formulated with ingredients rich in Vitamin C, and with strong Anti-oxidant properties. They’re each formulated with a different set of ingredients to achieve similar benefits and perhaps different results.

For example if we compare See Me C Repair Serum and our Seaweed and Me Youth Serum we’ll find a different set of ingredients resulting in varying concentrations of nutrients and slightly different action.

n our Seaweed Serum, a very high concentration of Astaxanthin Red Algae is infused in Argan oil which is one of the best sources of Vitamin C in terms of oils. With both ingredients in the same Serum it’s a high potency Vitamin C Serum, but it’s even more important as an overall antioxidant serum overtaking Vitamin C in terms of efficacy against free radical damage. 

Marula Oil – a far more powerful antioxidant replaces Argan Oil in See Me C Repair Serum, alongside Pomegranate Oil- both rich antioxidant oils, effective at fighting free radical damage. The latter Oil is also rich in Vitamin C while also considered the richest source of Punicic acid, whose antioxidant strength is comparable to that of green tea Catechins. 

 

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The Anti-Aging Guide We’ve All Been Waiting For

All of us wish to look younger for longer. And often, our go-to solution for getting rid of signs of aging is to use a wide array of anti-aging products. While the use of anti-aging creams is recommended by experts, you will be surprised to know that the best anti-aging secrets also involve a wide array of factors, including your nutrition and lifestyle.

If you wish to keep skin aging at bay, you may want to know all of the things that you can do to achieve a younger and more flawless looking skin. Well, that is what this guide is for! In this article, we will be covering all the bases-from nutrition to skincare to lifestyle tips-to ensure that you will forever look young.

Anti-Aging Nutrition Tips

Let us start this guide with the most basic yet important factor of an anti-aging regimen of all-nutrition. For your information, what you eat has a great influence on how fast your skin will age. Lucky for you, there are lots of natural anti-aging foods that you can incorporate in your diet to impede the process of aging and even, make you feel younger, and address wide array of skin aging signs such as dark spots, skin dryness, saggy skin, and many others.

These foods include tomatoes, berries, honey, green tea, fishes, yogurt, nuts, avocados, other fruits, and leafy greens. It is said that these types of food contain high amounts of antioxidants that can protect the skin from free radicals that may cause damage and promote aging. In addition to that, they also contain fatty acids which are known to keep the skip soft, smooth and supple (and wrinkle-free!).

In addition to having a balanced diet, it is also important for you to take some supplements so you can make sure that your body will get all the nutrition it needs even as you grow old. Some of the supplements that you should take include collagen and vitamin E as these are the two most important vitamins and substances that our skin needs.

Anti-Aging Lifestyle Tips

Aside from nutrition, your daily habits can also affect the aging of the skin. So one of the natural anti-aging tips that you should know is about changing your lifestyle. Because of this, we must pay attention to what we do on a daily basis. To ensure that your skin will stay as healthy as possible, keep in mind the following tips:

Avoid smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol as these can dehydrate the skin, making the aging process a lot faster.

Get enough quality sleep. It is during our sleep that our body (including the skin) is able to heal and recover. That is why it is important for you to get at least 8 hours of good sleep in a day to ensure that the healing process will not be disrupted.

Avoid being stressed out. We know that stress is a part of our daily lives, but according to studies, chronic stress is the number one factor that may cause signs of aging. That is why you need to take the time to relax and take a break. Maybe go out for a walk or do some form of meditation so you can calm your mind.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

And of course, you need to take good care of skin. That means choosing the right anti-aging products and establishing a good skincare regimen. With that in mind, here are simple ways on how to do that:

Prioritize your eyes.

Keep in mind that signs of aging can first be seen around the eye area (aka wrinkles and fine lines). It is because this sensitive part of the skin is the first to lose its firmness and elasticity. That is why it is always important that you use an eye cream that is gentle on the skin yet contains a wide array of firming and toning ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Squalene, and vitamin K.

 

 

Try out natural homemade remedies.

If you are dealing with dry skin, the best anti-agers to use are anti-aging home remedies as these are free of unwanted chemicals like parabens, petroleums, and other occlusives that may do more harm than good.

One of the best home remedies for dry skin is the avocado-honey mixture. To make this home remedy, place tablespoon of honey with 3 tablespoons of fresh cream and ¼ of an avocado in a blender and puree until it becomes smooth. Apply the mixture to the skin for an hour and rinse off with warm water.

Go for a retinoid.

Want to hit two birds with one stone? A retinoid is what you need as it can help target two signs of aging-wrinkles and clogged pores. This vitamin A derivative was initially used as an exfoliating agent which can unclog pores but eventually, it has been discovered that it can boost the production of collagen which can help improve the look of wrinkles.

Choose the right anti-aging product.

One of the most popular anti-aging tips for the 40s is to use an anti-aging cream. But with the wide array of anti aging creams out there, how would you know which you should choose? Simple. Always take a look at the ingredients label. The best anti-aging ingredients to look out for are Retinol, Vitamin C, AHA’s, Salicylic Acid, Green tea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and CoenzymeQ10 (CoQ10).

Have a massage or a facial.

Many people think that these two activities are for relaxation but in truth, they can be for health and beauty too. A massage can help boost the circulation of the blood in the skin, making sure that the cells are receiving all the nutrients that they need to stay healthy. Many of us are in an endless search for the fountain of youth, but the harsh reality is there isn’t one. However, there are lots of things that you can do to achieve that eternal glow. With the guide that we have provided, you can surely prevent the appearance of signs of aging now and even, in the near future.

Written by Natalie Bracco for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

How Much Time Should You Spend In The Sun To Get Vitamin D (And Avoid Skin Cancer)

Extract the maximum from the summer without feeling the burn.

The advent of summer, in theory at least, brings with it the glory of sun-filled days filled with barbecues, trips to the seaside and all manner of other enjoyable outdoor pursuits.

It seems churlish to dampen any enthusiasm for that time spent in the sunshine, but as with almost everything, there are health concerns to consider. Chief among which is the time-honoured battle between your vitamin D requirements and the risk of skin cancer.

To make sure you’re getting the balance right, here’s Dr Stephanie Munn, consultant dermatologist from Bupa Health Clinics, with three tips for ensuring you get the perfect amount of vitamin D this summer without risking your skin safety.

The sunshine bank

One of the fantastic things about our bodies is our ability to store excess vitamin D for use at a later date, meaning we can bank enough sunlight during sunny months to see us through the cold snaps. However, we all know the risks associated with too much sun exposure, so it’s about taking a balanced approach. You don’t need to avoid the sun completely, but you do absolutely need to avoid burning. Being in the sun for a short amount of time between 11am and 3pm will give your vitamin D stocks a boost. People with paler skin should aim for a short period in the sun every day for about ten to 15 minutes while those with darker skin will need a little longer.

During this time, aim to have a third of your skin surface exposed, focusing on less sensitive areas like forearms, hands and legs. You will still absorb the necessary rays while wearing sunscreen, but you’ll need to stay out for longer.

Made-to-measure sunshine

Everybody needs the same amount (10mcg) of vitamin D on a daily basis to maintain healthy bones, but the rate at which we produce the vitamin differs enormously. People with darker skin need more exposure [to the sun] to get the recommended amount than those with very pale skin, who are at greater risk of burning. You’ll also need more exposure as you grow older.

Use of sunscreen, the weather, time of day and a host of other factors mean that it is tricky to gauge whether you’re getting your daily quota. If you’d like a more definitive view of your vitamin D levels, you can get this checked with a simple blood test through your GP or at a Bupa Health Clinic.

Monitor your moles

Recent research by Bupa Health Clinics revealed that only 14% of the population regularly check their moles to see if there are changes. Even worse, only 23% of people have seen a GP or dermatologist immediately when they noticed a change.

A good trick is to take pictures of your moles and then compare them with what you see on your body on a regular basis to check for any change in shape, size, texture or colour. Use the ABCDE rule to know exactly what to look out for.

A – Asymmetry. Do both halves of the mole look the same?
B – Border. Is the edge of the mole uneven or fuzzy?
C – Colour. Is the mole a mix of different shades or colours?
D – Diameter. Is it bigger than 6mm from side to side? (The end of a pencil is about 5mm across.)
E – Evolution. Has the mole changed?

People with a lot of moles and pale skin should have their moles checked by a dermatologist or GP, who’ll recommend when you should come back and how often you should have checks in the future.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

How To Treat Sunburn

Soothe your sore skin faster so you can get back out into the sunshine.

We’re realists here at Coach. We know that we can inform you of the finer points of using sunscreen and which are the best sun creams until we’re red in the face, but at some point you – and, if we’re honest, we – will take our eye off the big blazing fireball in the sky and end up with red faces.

In the UK, the reason is often utter disbelief that the sun will be hot enough to actually burn us. Even in the midst of a savage summer heatwave, Brits take a cavalier attitude towards protecting their skin. Research from Bupa Health Clinics found that 73% of UK adults don’t apply sunscreen in the UK, and 30% say they are less careful about applying sun cream at home than they are when on holiday abroad.

If you are someone who has succumbed to sunburn, then after scolding yourself for being so careless it’s time to consider some treatment options. We asked dermatologist Dr Stephanie Munn from Bupa Health Clinics for her top tips for soothing sunburn. Take it away, Dr Munn.

Stock up on aloe vera

This is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Aloe contains enzymes that reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to damaged tissues, and it also contains antibacterial compounds which assist in avoiding infection.

Using aloe vera to treat sunburn also helps new skin cells form, which encourages the healing process. You can find aloe vera gel in most pharmacies and supermarkets.

Apply a cold compress

Anyone who has suffered sunburn will know your skin can feel hot to touch. To cool it down, place a cold compress, or a damp towel or flannel, on the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat this throughout the day or when you feel the skin is getting too hot.

By doing this you’ll be soothing the skin and taking some of the heat out of it. When you get home take a cool bath or shower to help relieve the soreness, but remember to pat your skin dry afterwards – don’t make the mistake of rubbing burned skin with a rough towel.

Manage any blisters

Severe sunburn can result in blisters. It’s an indication that you have a second degree burn which is really damaging to the skin. These types of burns can take up to three weeks to heal – the worse the burn, the longer the healing process will take.

Soak the burned area in cool water for a few minutes and take painkillers if you need some relief. If your blisters are small just leave them to heal, but if they are causing you problems it’s best to go to A&E to get them treated.

Cover up

Keep covered up until the burn has fully healed. Wear clothes that cover the skin effectively and make sure the sun’s rays can’t get through the material. Repeat sunburn can put you at a substantial risk of skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

If you have other symptoms, seek help

If your sunburn causes you to feel unwell with symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, dehydration or vomiting, then seek medical help because you could have heatstroke. If you have concerns about your sunburn then it might also help to visit a dermatologist. It’s an especially good idea to get your moles checked if you’ve been sunburned or if you notice a change in them.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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The Top 5 Natural Skin Care Fixes for Working Moms

Busy working moms often won’t have time to follow a strict beauty regime, but these home remedies offer a great quick fix.

Organic beauty products are on the rise, with recent research suggesting the market will be worth $22bn by 2024. No surprise there: the benefits of natural skin care are known the world over, with mainstream brands such as Lush and Body Shop leading the trend in the global market. In 2017 alone, there has been an estimated 10% growth in sales in the USA. Now, most fashion bloggers and beauty gurus reach for the natural aisle in favor of toxin-heavy and potentially damaging products.

This growth in popularity is partly down to current beauty trends. A full eyebrow has been all the rage since Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne rose to fame, and now beauty brands such as Benefit and Anastasia Beverly Hills offer a wide range of makeup to get the look. But all that pruning and preening takes time, and so it’s no surprise consumers have turned to natural remedies such as castor oil to get hassle free, naturally thick brows.

Don’t stop there! Natural skin care and beauty products can help you to glow from within without spending hours in front of the bathroom mirror. Let these five natural skin cares fixes help you…

Cucumber water

You read right! Water is essential if you crave a clearer complexion. H2O helps to keep wrinkles at bay by providing skin cells with the fuel they need to repair themselves. The essential drink will also flush away impurities and toxins that can cause breakouts. Add cucumber for a healthy dose of nutrients and vitamins, and you’ll glow like a goddess within no time at all.

Greek yogurt

Probiotic yogurts are already a staple on your shopping list. Now beauty brands such as Korres are bringing the foodie trend to their own natural skin care range. If you’re stuck for cash, the good news is you can knock up a face mask at home using Greek yogurt, honey as an antiseptic, and bananas as a fantastic source of antioxidants. Mash them together and hey presto! Just remember to wash it off properly when you’re done.

Floral cleansing water

Rose water and chamomile are big features on the natural skin care scene, thanks to their plumbing and replenishing properties. If you’ve skipped out on your water intake or simply want to give your skin an added boost, there’s a natural solution. Add some rose petals to room temperature water and distill for a few hours before you wash up before bedtime. Your skin will love you for it!

Castor oil

Traditionally used to aid digestion, castor oil will make your hair grow thick and fast when applied topically. Many beauty gurus have smeared this natural product on their brows, to get the Delevingne look without resorting to drastic measures. Give it a try!

Apple cider and baking powder

This powerful concoction isn’t recommended for sensitive skin, but if you can tolerate the mixture, it will help to scrub away the most stubborn of blackheads. That’s because apple cider helps to open pores and address toxicity levels, while baking powder acts as a natural exfoliant. Have fun, pop-a-holes!

Do you have more natural skin care and home remedy tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Emily Green for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.