Dry and sensitive skin conditions are real socialites; they love company. Most of the people I’ve spoken to who wrangle with eczema or psoriasis, sensitivity or rosacea have more than one skin bug bear.
It makes sense. If your skin is dry and/or easily irritated, it’s likely to be so all over.
My eczema is pretty under control at the moment. But my scalp is drier than paper in the Gobi desert. So I’ve been messing around with my shampoos and conditioners in search of something a bit more targeted.
Dead Sea Spa Magik’s Mineral Shampoo is touted as a ‘miracle solution for dry, flaky scalps’. While there are no miracle solutions to any skincare problem – and this is no exception – it’s a really rich, creamy formulation with a light, fresh seasidey fragrance. I’ve been using it for just over a week and while my scalp isn’t perfect, it is definitely better. Less dry, a bit less irritated. Plus my hair feels very, very soft and the effect lasts well into the second day, which may not sound like much but is significant for someone who has to wash their hair every other day minimum.
I’ve been combining it with the Hair Serum, an intensive hair treatment. It’s not really a conditioner and would probably be too heavy for daily use. But used a couple of times a week, particularly if you’ve got the time to wrap your head in a warm towel for 5 minutes to really let it sink in, its concentrated moisture hit adds gloss and helps to disguise split ends. Watch out for your roots if you’re prone to oiliness – it might be a bit much there.
Dead Sea Spa Magik’s USP is that it contains de-ionised water with pure Dead Sea Minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromides, chlorides and sulphates). Their products also contain organic plant extracts and are free from parabens, artifical fragrance and animal-derived ingredients.
They’re also a bargain – the shampoo retails at about £7.89 for 330ml and the hair serum costs £15.69 for 150ml (although remember it’s a once or twice a week product…).
You can find them in Boots stores nationwide or from Holland and Barrett: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product.asp?BID=222&showAll=true
Ingredients: Harmonised Water(TM)* (Aqua, Maris Sal), Sodium Coceth Sulfate(1), Cocamidopropyl Betaine(1), Sodium Beeswax(2), Zinc Pyrithione, Lauryl Pyrrlidone, Sodium Chloride, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract***, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Blossom) Flower Extract***, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract***, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract***. Source – (1)Coconut Oil, (2)Natural Beeswax.
*Special de-ionised water with pure Dead Sea Minerals Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium as Bromides, Chlorides and Sulphates. **Allergen-free blend with essential oils. *** Certified as organic according to the EEC council regulation No. 2029/91.
Ingredients: Harmonised Water TM* (Aqua, Maris Sal), Glycerin1, Cetearyl Alcohol2, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,Cetanol2, Amodimethicone, Tridceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lactic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract***, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Blossom) Flower Extract***, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract***, AspalathusLinearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract***. Source – 1Vegetable, 2Coconut.
*Special de-ionised water with pure Dead Sea Minerals – Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium as Bromides, Chlorides and Sulphates. ** Allergen-free blend with essential oils. *** Certified as organic according to the EEC council regulation No.2029/91