How to Overcome Dry Skin with Dead Sea Minerals

March 29, 2016 Team AHAVA

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Are you suffering from dry skin? You’re not alone – and minerals from the Dead Sea can help.

 It’s a fact that people everywhere (nearly 30-50%) are dealing with the griefs of dry skin, reporting symptoms of roughness, blotchiness, and itchiness. Not only are these symptoms uncomfortable, but leaving dry skin untreated can lead to duller, older-looking skin. The good news is that it’s possible to treat dry skin, and prevent the sagging effect that comes along with it; the right mineral moisture recharge can definitely help.

What Causes Dry Skin?

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If you have dry skin, you may be thinking that there is no natural solution. In reality, your skin is always fighting for moisture. By itself, your skin contains a natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which is made up of water-soluble compounds that act to bind water in the outer layer of your skin.

As a result, your skin is able to maintain elasticity and moisture, and remain protected from external assault.  Over time though, your skin begins to lose its NMF, along with its natural ability to maintain moisture in the surface layer.

This causes fat cells to shrink and moisture transfer to slow, prompting dry skin to appear along the skin’s barrier.

The main culprits in the deterioration of NMF are the sun and the lack of an effective skin care regimen. Being outside in the sun is inevitable, but you should always ensure that you have a system to protect your skin and prevent moisture loss.

Follow these AHA! how-to guidelines to treat your skin with the care it deserves:

1. Shower with warm, not hot water, for no longer than 10 minutes. Hot water draws moisture out of your skin.

2. Replenish the moisture in the air with a humidifier. This is especially necessary in cold climates, because indoor air often causes a drying effect in the skin.

3. Avoid washing with soaps and scrubs. Instead, choose a gentle, soap-free cleanser.

4. Avoid skin care products with alcohol or menthol as these ingredients can irritate dry skin. Seek out a hydrating cream, that will nourish, not irritate your skin.

5. Protect your skin from harsh elements. Always wear sunscreen with at SPF of 30+ when you’re outside, and always cover up exposed skin in cold climates.

6. Use a gentle exfoliant to help remove the build up of old skin cells. This will stimulate cell renewal.

 

How to Treat Dry Skin

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If done correctly with the right products, effective treatments for dry skin can replenish moisture at the surface and help to repair skin barrier damage. Because components of NMF are highly efficient humectants (substances that hydrate skin by attracting water and locking moisture in)  skin care products containing them can help keep your skin soft and supple. Humectants draw water from deeper skin layers and lock them into the surface. Some humectants used in cosmetics include glycerin, urea, and sorbitol.

Natural humectants, however, are far more effective than the synthetics ones mentioned above. Synthetic humectants pull moisture from the deeper layers of your skin, but don’t strengthen your skin, while natural humectants do both. In addition to attracting moisture to the surface, natural humectants deliver moisture and nutrients to deeper layers, improving the skin’s ability to hydrate itself more often.

Minerals as Skin Humectants and Barrier Repair Agents

So where can you find natural humectants? From the earth, of course! Minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium are natural humectants that support the skin’s water balance, as they play a role in cell metabolism. They are found in the fluid between and inside cells. These minerals are believed to contribute to cellular activity, including strengthening cell membranes, preventing cell shrinkage, and creating cell energy, which allows moisture to absorb and bind to skin more efficiently.

What Dead Sea Minerals Can Do for Your Skin

Through the natural process of solar evaporation, AHAVA has harnessed a balanced blend of the minerals mentioned (magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium) in the waters of the Dead Sea. This mineral blend forms the basis of the Osmoter™, which draws moisture and nutrients from the skin’s deeper layers to the surface of the skin, in turn making the skin feel and look younger and softer. By rebalancing the distribution of naturally occurring minerals in the cells, the Osmoter™ also works to optimize cell metabolism and strengthen the skin against UV damage.  Dead Sea minerals, when applied to the skin, help bring moisture and key nutrients from deeper layers, to the epidermis – the outermost, visible layer. This helps your skin look healthy and hydrated.

Having dry skin can be a hassle, but you don’t have to let it rule your life! With the discovery of natural sea minerals, it is now easier than ever to combat dryness and protect the skin from damage using an all natural solution. The most important thing is to be happy in the skin you’re in. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

Have any dry skin questions or solutions to share? We’d love to hear from you!

 

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