Why is black mud from the Dead Sea so often referred to as Black Gold? As you probably know, the Dead Sea is actually a salt water lake. As it’s landlocked, there are no outlets; sea water can flow in, but not out. Therefore the water stays there until the sun evaporates it, leaving behind the salts and, at last count), over 35 minerals, some so unique, they are not present in any other seas or oceans.
This high salt content means that fish or plant life can’t survive in the water, hence the ‘dead’ part. The black mud at the bottom of the Dead Sea absorbs this unusually high concentration of salts and rich minerals which have documented health benefits – black gold, indeed.
People travel from all over the world to the Dead Sea to be treated with its water, salt and mud. You see photos of celebrities all the time floating in the sea, or rolling around in the rejuvenating black mud.
- Firms up the skin.
- Nourishes and purifies the skin.
- Leaves the skin silky-smooth and younger looking.
- Removes deep-seated impurities by detoxifying and exfoliating the skin.
- Relieves symptoms of skin ailments such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
- Therapeutic treatment of muscle stiffness, inflammation of joints, arthritis and chronic rheumatism.
The Black Mud for the La Cure range of products is extracted directly from the Dead Sea bed and packed at source within the Jordan Valley. La Cure purify the mud and mix it with sweet almond oil and honey. La Cure Black Mud contains no chemical additives.
How I use it:
- Apply to dampened skin, using a mask brush, or spatula, avoiding the eye area.
- No need for a thick layer, it goes further than you think – that’ll be the almond oil.
- Spread an even layer over the face, working fairly quickly. The mud becomes less workable as it begins to dry.
- Treatment time varies from 3 minutes — for sensitive skin) to 10 minutes – for normal/oily skin). My skin can take the full 10 minutes without any irritation.
- Afterwards, fill a sink with warm water and use a muslin cloth wrung out and pressed over the face to soften the mud. This is an easier and less messy way to take it off than splashing with water.
- Stir the jar before use.
- Scoop up the mud – but not with fingers, use a spatula or spoon, and apply to affected areas. I find it’s especially beneficial to shins that are prone to dryness and for softening the appearance of the neck and chest areas. I’m going to try the mud on the back of my hands next.
- This mud can also be used on the face, which makes the huge salon sized jar a more economical buy.
- Leave for about 20-30 minutes, you’ll know by the obvious lighter colour change when it’s completely dry.
- Rinse off with warm water.
You can definitely detect a hint of honey, but, and this is a lovely bonus, as soon as you add water to the mask, the scent of the sea really hits you. If you’ve ever been on holiday along the Mediterranean, then the fragrance will take you right back to the beach.
The first thing you’ll notice is that your face is incredibly soft and shiny – squeaky clean in fact. There’s no redness – or pinkness, and I have very sensitive skin. The mud doesn’t collect in pores the way some mud masks are prone to do. Blemishes are ‘quietened’ down, this is a mask you can use on the actual day of an event. It’s gentle enough to use twice a week on oily skin.
I’ve used this mask on my two teenage sons. Their skin varies from clear (rare) to spotty (common). It didn’t irritate their skin or leave it pink – to the contrary, as a well documented anti inflammatory, the mud alleviated redness and calmed their angry spots.
As with everyone else I trialled this product on, their skin was smooth and shiny afterwards. My 17-year-old was particularly impressed and said it was ‘OK’ (high praise indeed!) if I wanted to apply the mask on him once a week.
If you want to use the mud purely as a face mask, then the tube should hold quite a while. Remember, a little goes far, you just need enough to cover the skin. Squeeze out a little and work fast. It would be more economical though for the salon sized 1 kilo jar at £29.00.
You can also mix a tiny amount – say, half a teaspoon of the mud, with just enough lukewarm water to create a runny consistency and apply to the face.
There are other products in the La Cure Dead Sea range: Bath Salts (of course!); Moisturisers; Shampoo; Soap and Sea Salt Scrubs etc.