All made by nature, salts, muds and oils are like superfoods for the skin, but what do they all do?
The benefits of salts are wide-ranging and can boost our bodies from the inside out. In their natural form, they contain many nutrients and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium. When bathing, the warm water opens our pores, allowing these minerals to be absorbed, purifying and cleansing the skin, enhancing its texture and radiance. This also draws out pollution, impurities, toxins, dirt, and even calms the nervous system. In skincare, they can slough off old, dead skin cells giving an instant glow.
For thousands of years, people have believed in the health benefits of mud, and in ancient times, muds were considered a cure for almost any ailment. Like salts, muds and other clays and peats are rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium and sodium, nourishing the skin and body. With an alkaline pH and negative ionic charge, muds also have a gentle pulling action, which shrinks pores, exfoliates and detoxifies. This promotes a more youthful complexion, hence the popularity of mud masks.
Mud from hot springs, volcanoes and marine sediments contains the highest amount of minerals, and mud from the Dead Sea, the deepest and most saline lake on earth, is said to contain high concentrations of magnesium, phosphates, bromides and other minerals. Scientific studies have shown that Dead Sea mud is particularly beneficial for skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne and has also proven useful in the treatment of rheumatological diseases, including arthritis.
When mixed with water, oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin and provides rejuvenation. This helps to soften and nourish the skin and has been scientifically proven to reduce signs of dryness and improve some skin conditions. Natural oils are recommended by experts for both their purity and efficacy. These oils are made using medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots and trees, which have proven and powerful effects on the body. From supporting the immune system, treating respiratory issues and soothing inflammation, through to promoting a sense of well-being, relaxing and calming the mind and inducing sleep, the power of aromatherapy is far-reaching.