How Do I Choose the Best Dead Sea Mask?

Erin J. Hill

You can choose the best Dead Sea mask for your situation by discussing options with your esthetician, trying various masks at home yourself, or researching various types online. Different skin types will likely require different forms of mask since oily, dry, and combination skin do not have the same needs. Consider this when making a purchase and avoid known irritants for your skin type.

Dead Sea masks made from mud can be helpful in treating acne.
Dead Sea masks made from mud can be helpful in treating acne.

Most of the time a Dead Sea mask is made of some type of mud, and they are primarily used for oily skin types. Mud masks absorb oil and moisture and help draw impurities out of the skin. They may also shrink pores for a smoother and more youthful appearance. Mud masks are especially beneficial for those with acne-prone skin, since they may help clear up pimples if used regularly.

If you have dry skin, you should probably avoid most Dead Sea masks that contain mud unless they also have moisturizing ingredients. Otherwise, you will experience even more dryness than usual and the skin may chap, peel, or flake. If you have combination skin, it's okay to apply a Dead Sea mask to the oily areas in order to dry them. A separate mask should be used on the dry areas of skin.

Not all types of Dead Sea mask are mud based or designed for oily skin. You can also find those that are moisturizing or made for all skin types. Ask your facial specialist about products he or she recommends. If you don't have one, a dermatologist may also have good suggestions on the type of products best used on your facial type.

There are a wide range of Dead Sea mask types for you to choose, ranging from very reasonably priced to very expensive. You can buy them in departments stores, spas, and beauty supply stores. In most cases, it is fine if you choose one type and give it a try before deciding on whether or not you like it for long-term use.

When trying a new mask, dab a small portion on an area of skin, such as your inner forearm to test for an allergic reaction. If none occurs, then apply the mask to your face. Follow the directions on the package or bottle. You may not be able to tell right away how a particular mask will react with your skin, although if your face become irritated that is a good indication that it's not a good choice for you. If your skin breaks out, becomes shiny or oily, or becomes too dry, go with a different product.

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