Place of origin is not the only difference between Dead Sea salts and Epsom salts. Their mineral composition and the effects and benefits they have on the skin are the major difference.
For starters, Epsom salts are not salts at all, they don't contain sodium chloride. Instead their mineral composition is magnesium sulfate. Regardless of their composition, Epsom salts are used to soothe muscles, swollen joints, and aches and pains.
The more versatile Dead Sea salts are rich in magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride, sodium, calcium, sulfur, iodine, and bromide. Bromides are known to help relax and ease muscular aches and pains as well as aiding with the natural repair of the body. Potassium improves oxidation and helps regulate the electrical process of muscles and the nervous system, It is also vital in assisting cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste products. An imbalance in potassium often leads to water retention and muscle cramping.
Used to clean, moisturize, soothe and nourish the skin, Dead Sea Salts have been shown in a study conduct in 2012 to benefit arthritis and psoriasis. Dead Sea salts, according to Podosense, "improve skin condition, reduce fatigue, enable relaxation and reduce symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema, acne, arthritis and rheumatism." The minerals found in Dead Sea salts heal and regenerate the skin, naturally cleaning and freeing pores of impurities. Dead Sea salts most affective if the water is not too hot, causing body to eliminate rather than absorb minerals (2 degrees warmer than body temperature is ideal).
Why we chose Podosense?
Dead Sea salt of course!
Podosense is a foot care line using Dead Sea salts created in Quebec, by Guyane-Èlise Lacoste, and offered here at Beauty Cult. The products are all natural with organic ingredients and are made in Canada. Minimal packaging has been chosen in order to "offer a quality product rather than a package which is attractive but overpriced, unnecessary and harmful to our environment."
Beside Dead Sea salts, Podosense also focuses on using essential oils, for their proven and practiced health benefits, and Apple Cider Vinegar for its soothing power and ability to treat rashes, eczema, corns and fungus.
Specifically designed to treat feet with a variety of ailments, there are products for eczema, fungus, psoriasis, perspiration and relaxation.