The Dead Sea has been a source of healing for centuries, offering natural skin care treatments in its salt, mud and water. But another unique component can be found in its water- Sulphur, which is nowadays used in the form of sulphur soap. What exactly is sulphur and how can it benefit your skin?
Well, spelled sulphur or sulfur, it is a non metallic chemical element that can be found in the earth's crust, the oceans and even on meteorites. It is naturally yellow, and can omit a very peculiar harsh odder when heated.
Sulfur is used for many purposes, but in skin care it is mainly used to treat acne and other skin ailment. Sulphor treatment goes back to the Romans, who used to soak in sulphur hot springs to alleviate skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema and acne. The reason it is so beneficial to skin ailment is its karyolitic properties. What it means is that sulphur can promote shedding of dead skin cells, to reveal a new fresh and healthy layer of skin. In addition, it has comedolytic drying properties, so that is can dry inflamed skin and reduces the appearance of breakouts and other skin patches cause by inflammation.
So when your skin is suffering from any skin disorder, especially acne, psoriasis and eczema, sulphur soap can ease the inflammation (in case of acne) and promote exfoliation (in case of eczema).
Sulphur is an effective treatment for your skin, but not too many places have sulphur hot springs you can soak your body in... that is when a Dead Sea sulfur soap comes in handy! The advantage of sulfur soaps from the Dead Sea is off course the unique minerals found in the bottom of the sea, which have been clinically proven to benefits skin, promote anti-aging and overall wellbeing.
Since sulphur can naturally dry the skin and cause shedding, it is important that the soap contain natural moistures like olive oil and calming elements like Aloe Vera extract. Well balanced soap should help the skin's healing processes without causing any irritation, itchiness or over drying the skin. Also, it should be suitable for body care as well as facial care, to treat acne on large body areas. For oily skin type, with a tendency to breakout, it is recommended to use on a regular basis to prevent the appearance of acne. Normal to dry skin types should use this soap on a need to basis, to prevent the skin from over drying.