Whether you keep up with the Kardashian’s or not, you probably couldn’t help but notice eldest sister Kourtney in the news recently. Ms. Kardashian paid a visit to congress with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in support of legislation sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, and Susan Collins of Maine. The legislation introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act to protect consumers’ health and create uniform safety rules for companies by strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate the ingredients in personal care products. Safety rules for personal care products have not been updated since 1938. In light of the pending legislation, and our own commitment to all-natural ingredients, we thought it was a great time to take a closer look at our lineup of safe, gentle, and effective skin care products. We’ll look at some of our ingredients and how they work, as well as some ingredients we steer clear of for all of our products. Healthy Living Inside and Out The health benefits of natural foods has never been clearer. If you’ve made a change to a healthier diet, you know how good it can make you feel. Once you’ve committed to a healthier lifestyle with what you put IN your body, it only follows that you also consider what you put ON your body as well. While research is somewhat limited, some studies indicate that approximately 80% of lotions, sunblock, and oil enter our blood stream within 26 seconds. Think about the transdermal nicotine patch and Nitroglycerine patches and you can see the effectiveness of delivering substances through the skin into the body. Where to Begin It can be complicated to scrutinize your entire skincare routine, so a general rule of thumb is to pay closest attention to products used in the following ways:
  1. Anything you soak in such as bath salts or bubble bath
  2. Anything you apply and do not wash off, such as lotion, face and body creams, and oils
  3. Shampoo and conditioner. Even though you wash it off, it often makes its way over your entire body while you’re using it.
Because the natural oils in your skin help keep you moisturized, using a natural cleanser that removes impurities, but doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils is essential. Start with our Mild Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. It is rich in Dead Sea minerals and Vitamin C. It gently cleans, moisturizes, and rejuvenates your skin. It is formulated with Chamomile extract to soften and calm, and the mild exfoliating scrub is effective but not abrasive, and leaves skin looking and feeling radiant. Our Mighty Minerals Explained Dead Sea Salt contains around 20 minerals and trace elements, most of which promote good health within our bodies. These six provide great benefits for healthy skin as well, and are found in our Salt Cellar Bath & Spa Products.
  • Magnesium promotes healing of skin tissue, soothes damaged skin, and protects skin from microbes that cause allergies.
  • Sulfur is a natural disinfectant and detoxifies the body.
  • Calcium promotes cell renewal, enhances hydration, and helps to prevent wrinkles & fine lines.
  • Bromide relieves muscle cramps, calms nerves, and repairs skin cells.
  • Potassium replenishes moisture, reduces puffy skin, and helps to reduce water retention.
  • Sodium relieves stiff & sore muscles, exfoliates dead cells, and detoxifies skin.
All-Over Clean The minerals in Dead Sea salts help relieve symptoms of psoriasis, acne, itching, rashes, bug stings, eczema and other skin conditions. Our Dead Sea Soaps are naturally rich in minerals and trace elements from the Dead Sea. They gently remove dirt and impurities while restoring your skin's natural balance without relying on harsh chemical agents. Black Mud is a good choice for gently drying oily skin, while seaweed is good for oily/combination skin. Sulphur helps with skin issues such as psoriasis, and eczema, and Dead Sea Salt is a good all-around cleanser. Make Way for Moisture Our Body Butters combine Shea Butter, Dead Sea minerals, and natural oils that soften and revitalize your skin. The thick formula moisturizes rough skin and revives its elasticity without clogging pores. Rich in vitamins A and E, it's ideal for treating dry skin, cracked elbows and knees, scars, and dermatitis. Choose from kiwi, mango, lemon, or vanilla for a touch of aroma therapy to go along with your natural skin care routine. Naturally Great for Him and Her! Our all-natural shave cream and after shave combo is ideal for all skin types. Our shave cream is a rich blend of Dead Sea minerals and natural extracts. It delivers a smooth and comfortable shave with a light, clean scent. It’s great for faces and legs alike, so share and enjoy the results together! Our Aftershave Balm soothes razor burn and leaves skin smooth, supple, and well protected. Stay Away! We’ve explained what we use in our products and why. Parabens are a group of ingredients you’ll be glad we DON’T use. Parabens are chemicals which are used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics and other products. Commonly used parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. According to an article by by Karen Eisenbraun for livestrong.com, Parabens are known to reduce sperm levels, cause breast cancer, and trigger early puberty. We are proud to say we do not use parabens in any of our products. Wrap It Up! While you make decisions about the food you and your family eat and the products you use every day, it’s nice to know you can take some of the guesswork out of making healthy skin care choices by incorporating Salt Cellar all-natural spa products without sacrificing the results you are looking for.