In a moment of stress and much-needed retail therapy, I let myself be swept away by one of those scary mall 'pushcart' retail assistants.
Maybe it's a little harsh calling them so but they can feel quite pushy at times if you are not in the mood for it. Though that very day, I really couldn't be bothered and didn't mind someone enthusiastically selling their whole product range to me. Plus I had time to kill to sample the 1001 creams they were happily slathering on my hands. ha!
Needless to say I did walk away with something which I had a good impression of and this is only a small fraction of the products that were mentioned to me.
I am still intrigued with this other thing that was pushed to me but I will do some searching up about it first.
The brand in question is Seacrets which hails from Isreal and is said to harness their primary ingredient from the nutrient and mineral rich Dead Sea.
The first item that the sales assistant (who was from Isreal) tried on me would be their classic Dead Sea Salt, a dry bodyscrub. I was quite sold on this because my skin (or rather hands/palms), at that time, was in need of a good scrub and this felt very nice on.
I haven't indulged in a whole lot of dry salt scrubs and the ones I have used are usually salt scrubs that are soaked in an accompanying oil so this was different and I liked the after-feel of it — clean and soft with the option of my own follow-up moisturizer.
While I imagined my skin to feel stripped post-scrub — softer and exfoliated but stripped too since it is a scrub — it was strangely not!
From my close-to-nothing experience with dry salt scrubs, I remember that they all left my skin in a little scrubbed out and stripped of moisture.
Don't get me wrong, 'scrubbed-out' would be them working their scrubby magic and leaving my skin smoother (as they are suppose to) but at the price of stripping my skin of moisture as well.
Thus, I was quite bought over by the Seacrets bath salt leaving this soft yet still plumped (note: not supple sort of hydration) feeling on my hands post-scrub. Maybe salt scrubs have evolved to be this miraculous or maybe it's the magic of the Dead Sea but I was quite happy to lug a tub home to slough off all that dead skin.
From their sales-pitch mention, while you scrub, your skin is nourished with the minerals and nutrients from the Dead Sea derived salt, hence you don't feel your skin getting all stripped out.
They had this available in 3 scents, Ocean Mist (which I have), Milk and Honey (I think?) and one more which I think is unscented? I really can't recall but I do love the refreshing scent of Ocean Mist.
The sales assistant was also trying to sell me a follow-up body moisturizer which I wasn't so keen on (I think I could open a moisturizer store with what I have at home already!) but at the very end she said she would 'throw it in for free' with my purchase since I was hemming and hawing over the sea salt scrub.
So here it is...
Incredibly rambly entry for a small haul, so much for keeping it brief - again!
Not referring to this scrub specifically but I realize that once you give your skin some tough love and a good slough-over every now and then, your moisturizers would often times end up becoming more potent.
No matter how much cream I was piling on my skin before, some areas still felt really dehydrated. Now, after a scrub-a-dub-dub with this harsh seasalt, these areas are taking in moisture more readily and aren't leaning towards stretchy and dry.
Thus I guess sometimes (in the context of the whole dry-but-oily skin dilemma) if your skin is dry, it isn't always about piling even more moisturizer over!
If you intend to check Seacrets out for the dry salt scrub (which I'm really loving, honestly), I believe the pricings of the products, while fixed, are a little 'flexible'. It seems the sales assistants have the power to bundle stuff up at what they call 'a better rate for you' so ... just look around and don't get too taken with their enthusiasm!
Just a heads up! Thanks for reading!