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I try to put away some time every week to have a couple of hours to pamper myself. This usually involves lighting a nice candle, having a bath and using a face mask and some body products. When I am having a bath I like to put something in it to help me relax and I also think if I am using something to pamper myself with it may as well also be something that is good for my skin at the same time.
I really like Magik bath salts which I buy in the chemist for £3.50. They contain pure Dead Sea salts and can be used for a variety of things. The list of uses for these salts is quite long and they can be used to help with skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczmea to conditions such as Arthitis. I use them mainly for relaxing and because they leave my skin looking and feeling lovely afterwards.
I just grab a handful of the salts and throw them in the bath while I am running it and then when my bath is full I just lie in them for half an hour or so.
These salts work wonders with my muscles and leave me feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated. If I have any slight pains in my muscles they are relieved and especially my neck where I seem to carry most of my tension is much better and less stiff and sore.
The smell of these salts is lovely and they have a really relaxing quality which helps me switch off a little and breathing it in helps me to switch off and enjoy the me time. I have to say that I really do find lying in a hot bath with these salts to be really relaxing.
When I get out of the bath my skin is felt feeling really soft and smooth and although I don't suffer any major skin conditions I do get dry itchy patches on my legs and I find that these salts make a big difference in how bad these patches feel afterwards. It doesn't get rid of them but they look less scaly and also feel less itchy afterwards for a couple of days.
If you have aches and pains or skin conditions or even if you are just looking for something for the bath that will help you to relax then these salts are a really nice treat.
I stumbled across these bath salts while I was browsing the beauty and skin care section on Amazon. I had heard of bath salts before but wasn't really sure what they were or what they did so I decided to have a read of the product description and I ended up buying them to try.
I was actually really excited to try them and thought that this could be the answer to helping my skin improve, as I have dry skin and bad eczema flare ups from time to time. These bath salts have several benefits as the are anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral and antiseptic. They're also said to be hydrating and healing - see why I was so excited about trying them?!
I also bought my Mum some as she has got cartilage damage in her knee and these bath salts are supposed to help relieve aches and pains. Anyway, I paid just under five pounds for each 1 kilogram bag which I think is really good value.
The bags are easy to open with a pair of scissors however I'd advise being really careful to make a neat cut, I made the mistake of just cutting it open without really concentrating and the cut means that the salts fall out really easily and spill everywhere and the bag isn't resealable.
Using the bath salts is really easy, I just run a bath and then put a couple of handfuls of the salt in. I was expecting it all to completely dissolve - and most of the salt does dissolve but every time I've used it so far there is usually still quite a few solid pieces of the salt which isn't uncomfortable or anything but it can feel a bit gritty against the base of the bath so when I'm laying in the bath I am able to feel it.
The salts have a pleasant smell to them which is hard to explain but it reminds me a bit of lavendar oil and it is relaxing and it isn't very strong at all so it isn't overpowering or anything. The salts don't really change the appearance of the water or anything other than making it turn a little murky if I put too many in. I find a couple of handfuls is enough. Wile I am in the bath I notice that the water feels silkier and my skin feels really soothed. I usually soak in the water for about half an hour making sure that I leave my arms under the water during this time as my arms are where my eczema is the worse.
After my bath my skin always feels really soft and cleansed, but after over a month of using the bath salts three times a week I haven't actually seen much of an improvement in my eczema and I still get flare ups. My skin in general is less dry and doesn't get as flaky as it used to. When I bought it I thought that if I washed my hair in the bath water after I'd put the salts in it would have a good effect on my hair but again I've not really noticed any difference. I asked my mum if she's had any luck with hers, which I gave her last month hoping it would help her with her knee pain. She said she finds it relaxing and likes how soft it makes her skin feel and it does help to ease the pain noticeably if she soaks in the bath for half an hour or so but she still needs to take a pain killer.
All in all I feel a bit let down by these bath salts. I had expected them to help heal my eczema and make my skin look a lot better but all it really does is moisturise and smoothen my skin so I don't think I'll be re-purchasing another bag once I've used the rest of them up. I am going to give the bath salts four out of five though as they are moisturising and i feel really relaxed and calm while soaking in the bath with these salts in the water.
I adore baths after a long hard day, especially as my bath is absolutely ginormous and so easy to relax in. I love buying products that I can use in the bath but that will also be beneficial to my awkward and sensitive skin. The Dead Sea Spa range is one that I have only discovered in the last year or so and I am a big fan already, favouring their bath salts among the many products they offer.
The Dead Sea Spa Magik bath salts are recommended for sufferers of dry or flaky skin, for example eczema or psoriasis sufferers. The minerals contained within the bath salts noticeably improve the moisture of my skin and also maintain a healthy complexion. I suffer from rosacea and sometimes am prone to break outs around my shoulders which is all rather gross, but I always find that having a hot bath with these bath salts reduces the anger in the breakouts, and within a few days they have healed completely.
Aside from having beneficial impacts on the skin, these salts do wonders for relaxing and giving you a general feeling of well-being. My dad loves telling people that my childhood eczema was cured when I swam in the Dead Sea when I was a child, which is obviously full of salt, and while I won't claim the work of any miracles going on with this product, it's not far off!
I was suffering from general aches and pains a few weeks ago, the after effects of a bug most likely, and I found that a hot bath with a handful of these salts did wonders for relieving the aches. The salts also contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antiseptic properties! I have also found that my dry and cracked heals from winter have dramatically improved (just in time for my holiday!). If you peel while on holiday, have a bath with the salts in when you return and you will find your skin hydrates and the peeling stops.
The guidance on the salts easily breaks down the quantity of salts to be dissolved in the water but it did make me wince when I realised that for some ailments you are expected to use the full box, with the note that the higher the mineral concentration in the water, the better the result. This of course could be costly for those with long-term ailments but if it works and its natural, I guess it is what it is.
Dead Sea Salts should be dissolved in the bath water in the following quantities:
For Psoriasis - 1kg in warm water (37C). Soak for 20 minutes, rinse off and relax for 1/2 hour. Repeat every third day.
For children under 10 years of age use 0.25kg (or as advised) per bath.
For Eczema - 0.25kg to 0.5kg in lukewarm water, soak for 20 minutes, rinse and relax. Repeat every third day. For babies, use 1 heaped tablespoonful in a baby bath with a few drops of Spa Magik Skin Softener - repeat every other day.
For Arthritis 0.5kg to 1kg in a warm bath. Repeat daily.
For sprains, bruises, strains, open wounds 0.25kg to 1 kg in a warm bath.
For Relaxation - 1 handful in a warm bath.
A 1kg bag will cost you £4.68 on Amazon which is a great price, however psoriasis sufferers are recommended to use 2kg in under a week so the cost will soon mount up.
As another suggestion, for sufferers of dry and itchy scalps I would recommend taking a look at the Dead Sea Shampoo. I haven't used it myself but after the results I have seen from this particular product I can only assume it will have similar effects.
Unscented, I often place a few drops of oil in the bath or have an oil burner in the bathroom going at the same time to give the smell of my favourite scents.
For relaxation purposes and sufferers of skin allergies I would without a doubt recommend these salts. I have used similar salts by Lush and even Radox but did not notice any difference to my skin and would suggest that they are solely for relaxation purposes.
I am a huge fan of Dead Sea Magik products and whenever I am feeling a little bit 'yuck' or a little bit 'eurgh', I tend to revert back to using a product from this range. Now I do suffer from backache, especially when I am stressed and one of the things which I use to help ease the dull ache is a hot bath, it does work for me, despite my husband being a total cynic on the whole 'hot bath' thing.
The Dead Sea Magik brand offers a range of products for your skin, your face, your body, your hair, anti-ageing and sun protection to name but a few. You can find these products in places such as your local pharmacy (mine is a Lloyd's), Holland & Barrett, Debenhams and John Lewis to name a few and the prices for a product range from £1.99 for a sachet which I would recommend using as a trial if you are unsure right up to over £50 for a variety of products within a package.
So where are these products comes from? Well, it is said that for centuries, people from all over the globe have travelled to the Dead Sea to benefit from the therapeutic effects of its mineral crystals. The Dead Sea lies between Israel and Jordan and the is rich in many minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium to name but a few and for decades it has been believed that minerals such as these work together to help to relieve common skin problems such as irritation and itching caused by skin complaints like eczema and psoriasis, whilst at the same time stimulating blood circulation and skin cell rejuvenation. Along with these minerals it is felt that the natural mud and salts nourish, cleanse and detoxify the body therefore leaving it looking and feeling healthy and beautiful. It is also said to help create a wonderful relaxation atmosphere and alleviate aches and pains due to the magnesium and potassium in the water. All of which you can read about online in many different articles.
Dead Sea Salts are a particular favourite of mine when relaxing. By that I mean when I just want to lay in the bath, not wash my hair or scrub myself using various lotions and potions, just lie there, eye mask on, a few candles alight around me and for a good 45 minutes, lie there and think of nothing (can someone please invent something to keep bathwater hot for a few hours). Dead Sea Spa Magik Boxed Bath Salts are sold in a 500g box which can be purchased from any of the stores mentioned above and from places like Amazon and they retail between £4 and £5. The box itself is bright white and there is to the bottom left, a see through section of the box so you can see the salts which are quite finely ground. The rest of the box features the name of the product and the brand along with two little excerpts which say:
"Nature's way to soothe aches and pains, relax and improve skin hydration" and then "We blend mud, salt and mineral extracts from the depths of the Dead Sea to deeply hydrate, repair and soothe your body and mind...Enjoy"
It then claims "Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts contain 21 beneficial minerals which are used on the skin for their curative and therapeutic properties, which include hydrating, healing, energising, and relieving aches and pains within the body. Anti-bacterial and antiseptic, they can assist with the healing of Athlete's Foot, and they also work to reduce the appearance of cellulite - a must-have for any bathroom". Perfect!
When it comes to using these salts, ensure that you have been running the hot water within your bath for a few minutes, there should be at least 1-2 inches of water before you add anything to it, the reason being is to allow any natural oils the chance to immerse themselves totally within the water and release the ingredients which are going to look after and be kind to your skin, as well any fragrances and scents that will help you to relax. With the Dead Sea Salt, you will need at least a handful of the salt and then simply scatter it into your bath giving it time to dissolve into the water. Once your bath is ready, slowly immerse yourself into the water and the first thing I always notice is the seaside smell, it is hard to describe, but whenever I go to the seaside, there is a 'smell' which I instantly find relaxing, I am not talking fish and chips or sweaty arcades, the smell of the sea air which I find relaxing. Once in the bath, the salt has totally dissolved into the water and naturally there are no bubbles.
The ingredients within this sea salt are, for me anyway, quite fascinating and there are four that stand out for me. Starting with Magnesium which in products like this is referred to as 'The Healing Mineral' it is known for it's anti-stress properties by helping the mind to relax whilst at the same time soothing aching muscles and joints. Potassium and Sodium come together to keep your skin naturally hydrated and in doing so the potassium helps by removing unwanted fluids from cells and the Sodium helps to draw water in, leaving your skin soft and smooth to the touch. Calcium is an anti-ageing mineral and it works with your own natural collagen and elastin to keep your skin looking and feeling good. Finally there is Bromide which is referred to as the relaxing mineral and it helps to calm and relax the nerves and promote a sense of wellbeing and calmness as you begin to relax. I found all of this information out from a little booklet that once accompanied a gift set I was given a few years ago and I was totally fascinated by it. This product is also 100% natural and it contains no parabens.
Once you have left the comfort of your hot bath and are drying your skin, it is amazing how silky smooth your skin feels from tip to toe and if like me you have a few areas where dry skin is a problem at times, you will also notice, or I certainly did, that the dry skin had gone and in its place was soft, smooth skin. As for the dull ache in my back, again, I was feeling much more relaxed and calm from my nice hot bath and the dull ache had gone and I could move much more freely and sit still and watch a film without the need to keep getting up and moving around.
As I have said, I am a huge fan of these Dead Sea Salts, they are much better for me than Radox bath salts and they are 100% natural and for me, do everything they claim to do. They are an inexpensive item and widely available which for me makes them even more of a must and if you are still a little bit sceptical, have a look around for the sachet versions which are often available for around £1.99 and try it for yourself.
Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead Sea Bath Salts / Magnesium: The Healing Mineral / This mineral is known as the anti-stress mineral / It helps to relax the body by soothing aching muscles and joints / Magnesium helps to desensitise, soothe and calm / It does this by helping to protect the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves of the body / Potassium and Sodium: Purifying and Hydrating Minerals / Working together they help to regulate the water within the body thus keeping the skin naturally hydrated / Potassium helps to push out any unwanted fluids from the cells and Sodium helps to draw water into the cells / Calcium: The Anti-Ageing Mineral / Calcium promotes a healthy skin by working closely with the natural collagen and elastin in our bodies to maintain tone and elasticity in the skin / Bromide: The Relaxing Mineral / A natural relaxant for the mind / Research has shown that Bromide helps to calm and relax the nerves, promoting a sense of calm and general wellbeing.