Product Type: Dead Sea Magik body care
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A Trip to the Magic Spa
Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask
Member Name: luxuryliner
Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask
Advantages: Clean, brighter skin and my spots were definitely smaller next day.
Disadvantages: It's a real pain to get off your face and scrub off the sink; it will also stain white towels.
So what is the Dead Sea Spa Magik range and why is it supposed to be so good? Well, it's a brand which offers a range of skin, hair and body care products, from shampoo to anti-ageing face cream. Their main selling point is that they're made with water from the Dead Sea, which borders both Israel and Jordan and is really, really salty (it's 33.7% salt in fact, which is very high for a body of water and 8.6 times higher than the ocean.) The water also contains loads of minerals such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium, which are supposed to be very good for skin; in addition to the water itself the mud and salts found in and around the Dead Sea are also supposed to be excellent for cleansing and rejuvenating the body and skin.
This particular product is a face mask made with mud from the Dead Sea, which promises to deep cleanse the face and make it instantly brighter with fewer impurities, as well as replacing nutrients and generally being good for you. I quote from the packaging that the mask "deep cleanses normal/oily skin, removes impurities, refines and softens skin texture, and gives skin a fresh, healthy glow". A quick look at the ingredients reveals that it's full of natural ingredients, including actual Dead Sea mud, Matricaria Flower Extract, Linden Blossom Flower Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract and Rooibos Leaf Extract; those are some pretty big promises so I was hopeful! The mask comes packaged in a small cardboard box with a leaflet and a plastic tube of the actual product inside. The design of the packaging is very clean-looking and I'd say almost 'medicinal' rather than indulgent or luxurious - it's white with blue highlights, very watery-looking and healthy. The leaflet gives you information about other Spa Magik products.
So how was the mask itself? I was surprised and delighted to see that yes, it really is the colour of mud: it's a dark greyish-brown! It doesn't really smell of anything, perhaps a bit mineraly and seaweedy if anything, but that's very faint. When you squeeze a bit out it's obvious that it's very thick and creamy, so a little really does go a long way. I made the mistake of putting too much on the first time and it didn't dry out properly, which I think didn't give as good effects as when I put a little less on and allowed it to dry. Applying the product is easy, just get some on your fingers and give it a good rub onto your face, avoiding your eyes. As it's so dark it's easy to see if you've missed any bits. The packet says to leave the mask for 1-5 minutes, but I ended up leaving it for more like 10 minutes and the effects were excellent. The problems come when it's time to get it off - it did dry on my face and needed some serious exfoliation with a natural sponge to get it all off, and even then I was left with seriously attractive six o'clock shadow around my jaw that my friend had to point out to me! I also found that it's a real pain to get off the sink afterwards and that it will stain light fabrics, so be aware of this.
What are the long-term effects like, I hear you wondering. My skin isn't really oily at all and using the mask hasn't dried it out or made it produce more oil to compensate; in fact I'd say that using this product once a week for a few weeks now has helped to balance and regulate what my skin is doing. The next morning my skin was definitely clearer, brighter and my spots had gone down, since then I've been using the mask once a week (using deep cleansing masks any more than that can make your skin produce too much oil and get even spottier, so go easy) and my skin is better than ever. Of course I can't put it all down to using this product as skin is good sometimes and bad at others, but I certainly feel it's had some effect.
I bought my Mud Mask from Boswells, a department store in Oxford, but I've seen Dead Sea Spa Magik products stocked in Lloyd's, Debenhams, Holland & Barrett and John Lewis, as well as in a few independent pharmacies. I paid £6.95 which isn't the cheapest product in the world, but as it works so well I'll be happy to buy another. Although it's a bit of a nuisance to get off and there's always the risk of it staining light towels, I'm so pleased with its overall performance that I thoroughly recommend the Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask and hope it continues making my skin even better. A clear, spot-free and clean-feeling face is worth risking of a couple of towels for, if you ask me!
If you're curious, you can visit http://www.findershealth.co.uk for more details about the Mud Mask and other products as well as a list of ingredients.
Summary: A great product, works like a charm. Just keep it away from your white towels!