||Dead Sea, ISRAEL The joke goes that you can push your mother-in-law into the Dead
Sea and shell never drown. Depending on your point of view, this is either good news
or bad news. Or perhaps just very old news since everybody knows that the Dead Sea has
been around some 4,000 years, and has attracted celebrities dating back to the Queen of
Sheba who bathed in the seas rich, black mud, and Herod the Great who rejuvenated
himself in the steaming mineral water.
Todays Dead Seascape looks
vastly different from that of ancient times when there were no Hyatts or Radissons, only
the waters recuperative powers.
Situated at the worlds lowest point (1,290 feet below sea
level), the Dead Sea still has the earths highest concentration of minerals. It also
has 50% more bromine so you wont need a Sleep-Eze, 15% more magnesium than the
ocean, so your skin will be toned and refreshed. But if youre still not convinced
that Israels Dead Sea is the perfect relaxing getaway, consider the low altitude,
high temperatures, sparse rainfall and pollen-free atmosphere -- all good for the body and
I came here 20 years ago from Romania, says Sarah, the
Dead Seas doyenne of beauty. Before I arrived in Israel I was sick all the
time, she explains while preparing her special skin creams for clients arriving from
Italy, Germany and France.
Located in the RADISSON MORIAH PLAZA DEAD SEA HOTEL, SARAHS
BEAUTY SHOP has a list of treatments that you wont find in many spas or salons - and
at such modest prices. Along with haircuts and pedicures there are also facials ($55),
eyelash/brow tints ($20), make-up lessons ($20), lymph drainage -face ($35), and
everyones favorite, the mini lift ($60). Inquire how long each session takes and her
answer is always, You cant measure beauty in time.
Gliding gracefully into her late 60s, Sarahs a classic belle
with hardly a crinkle. Its all the Dead Sea, she says. I exercise
5 times daily. Never mind all the jogging and aerobics, she cautions.
Theyll kill your body. Not the Dead Sea. Its spiritual. Healing.
But now its time for healing of a different kind --cosmetic!
The mini lift approaches. The expert puts on her glasses and adjusts the magnifying glass
that shows the clients every line, wrinkle, and crevice. Unlike any normal make-up
mirror, this one can pick up a fleck of dust, so dont be surprised to look up and
see your face suddenly resemble Route 66.
Can you see what I see? she teases as the mirror shines
on my reflection. Study how you look NOW, she emphasizes. When Im
finished, you wont see the heavy lines. If you stayed awhile and did several
treatments a week, youll never need the plastic surgeon. Then she points to
her own miraculous face and smiles.
Although I dont ask for an eyelash tint, she applies one.
We all must look DIFF-ER-ENT from time to time, she says enunciating each
syllable. This is what I tell my customers, especially my friend, the aging
ballerina from Paris. When she visits I always give her a fashionable look which is
tremendous for the spirit.
The next time I glance at the magnifying glass, my lower eyelids
resemble those of Liz Taylors. Before I can say thank you, she is applying her
restorative mix of Vitamin E, aloe, and Dead Sea minerals to my face. It will harden into
a masque and remain on for 30 minutes which will give her time to consult with another
client. Too much sun! I can hear her saying. I will begin to heal your
face. But first take a glimpse at how you are NOW.
Minutes pass and when I look up, I stare back at what looks like an
advertisement for The Phantom of the Opera. Sarah sighs: Your mouth is
not in a good place, she informs me. Of course she is translating from Romanian and
Hebrew and I cannot figure out what she means. Your mouth -- its all wrong. It
is not calm. I bring my hand up and feel around my face. It feels like Braille.
Excuse me, but I need to put my finger in your mouth. Without warning, she
pokes a finger in and the shape alters. There! she says. There! You must
believe me when I tell you how beautiful youre going to be!
It seems like forever before the alarm rings. Thankfully, the rinsing
begins and particles of creams and other minerals float away. DIFF-ER-ENT! she
exclaims. Wonderful! She summons the other patrons. You should have seen
her before I started. She takes a pencil and points to all the places with lines.
What do you think NOW? she asks. Yes! they murmur.
She shines a bright light on my face and the magnifying glass comes
down. I open my eyes and look. The miracle appears! Ah, can you see those deep lines
now? she questions. Then she answers herself, Of course not! Now do you
believe me? As if there were ever any doubt.
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SARAHS BEAUTY SHOP is located in the Radisson Moriah Plaza Dead
Sea Hotel, 90 minutes drive from Jerusalem.
Call Phone: 800-221-0203 and ask Radisson for the resorts spa packages
and special relaxation treatments.
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