It’s a fact, the Dead Sea is a natural treasure trove of minerals. The mud of the Dead Sea has been used for centuries to promote faster healing. The constituency of the mud itself, and its clay-like properties also meant that it was effective in unclogging pores, which is prescribed for acne sufferers. There is one important factor which is not mentioned very often..The pH of Dead Sea mud is alkaline, ranging in pH between 8-9. Our skin’s natural pH is 5.5, so it is best kept at that level, so the trick is to reduce the alkalinity of the mud before applying it to the face. Otherwise the skin’s natural balance is disrupted, creating extreme dryness.. If you’ve ever felt particularly tight in the face after a glorious Dead Sea clay mask, that’s the reason why.. it’s too alkaline.
Another natural wonder is apple cider vinegar, made of fermented apple juice, this liquid has been recommended for everything from hair buildup to skin treatments. The pH of apple cider vinegar however is too acidic, ranging anywhere between 2-3. This means that once again, it is too acidic to be used on its own on the skin, risking skin irritations.
The above two when mixed together create an ideal pH balance of around 5.5, which means that it is as close as possible to the skin’s natural pH. This makes it effective yet gentle on the skin. This mix is great for acne, exfoliation, clogged pores typical of oily and combination skin. It also makes a great treatment for ‘backne’, back-acne 🙂