As a former eczema sufferer, I relied on Epsom and Dead Sea salts to moisturise, soften and soothe my skin.
I was looking for a product range to use on myself and when I came across Ahava I realised I found my match.
Out of all the products in the Ahava catalogue my star product is most definitely the Liquid Sea Salt.
Its gel consistency is extremely easy to use and the liquid contains a formula called The Osmoter™ which is a Dead Sea mineral concentrate that helps gently exfoliate and nourish the skin.
You apply the gel to the body before the shower and massage it in for two minutes, then you rinse it off. It is like a cleanser for the body but with the added bonus of mildly lifting dead skin cells, making it ideal for flaky skin. Therefore, for sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis, you can achieve a mild exfoliation without irritating the epidermis.
Liquid Sea Salt also contains grapefruit oil, Dunaliella algae and Vitamin E. It is worth noting that the Dunaliella algae is a natural source of glycerol.
According to a 2008 study (Glycerol and the skin: holistic approach to its origin and functions, Fluhr JW, Darlenski R, Surber C.) “[…]glycerol plays a role in skin hydration, cutaneous elasticity and epidermal barrier repair”.
Main properties of glycerol include:
- skin barrier function
- retention of lipids in the skin,
- protection against irritants,
- acceleration of wound-healing processes
- antimicrobial effects
making it beneficial for conditions like atopic dermatitis.