THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
20 Friday, February 5, 1982
Israelis Using Scientific Techniques to Choose Cosmetics
scientific analysis de-
doing it a world of good.
How do women — or men veloped by Dr. Shabtay
Dikstein, a professor of
JERUSALEM — The for that matter — know pharmacology at
most expensiye face creams
and cosmetics from the best suitable for their particular sity Medical School in
known manufacturers may
Israelis are learning the Jerusalem. Special instru-
be ruining your skin. And
with the help of ments created and patented
then again, they may be
by Dikstein record the pre-
cise pH, softness and elas-
ticity of the skin. Anyone
ready to give 20 minites of
her time and pay a fee of
approximately $25 can re-
ceive a skin analysis in Is-
"Our goal is 'young
skin,' " says Prof. Diks-
tein. His definition of
"young skin" is based on
data drawn from a group
of Israeli women aged
21-25, indicating softness,
elasticity (or dryness)
and pH balance.
Readings from a client's
skin are compared with
these so-called "ideal"
Like most women in their
40s, I am interested in ac-
quiring or keeping a
"young skin," so I set off for
Street in Tel Aviv to meet
with cosmetician Aviva Or-
gad, who manages the clinic
where Prof. Dikstein's in-
struments are used in Is-
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-4
Ms. Orgad took a cursory
look at the surface condition
6346 Orchard Lake Road
of my 42-year-old face and
North of Maple, West Bloomfield
- asked basic questions to de-
termine my vital statistics,
state of health, medications
By MARY KROSNEY
Israel Govt. Press Service
By Israeli Artists
I might take and a complete tain locally-manufactured be partially attributable
list of all cosmetics I use. soaps which are low in .pH to harsh climatic condi-
Then I lay down on the cos- and good for dry skin. I tions in Israel.
Out of these 500, Prof.
metician's table, ready for bought them immediately.
And so, when I later Dikstein admitted he was
my encounter with Prof.
interviewed the profes- unable to treat five cases,
The first piece of equip- sor himself in his lab and which had extremely dry
ment is the indentometer, he reexamined me with skin.
• Soaps low in pH are de-
which measures the skin his pH meter, I was de-
Consumer groups in
softness and elasticity. It
probes painlessly into the that is, under 5.9. Regard- the United States are now
skin without piercing it, mg my borderline case of publishing information on
showing an indentation inadequate elasticity, I pH value in soaps.
• Just as every person is
capacity (for softness) and a was told of several elas-
so is his or her s
rebounce. rate on with-
drawal (for elasticity). market and told to use A cosmetic agent tha
Later I learned that my reg- one of them 10 minutes good for one person may
istered softness was border- before applying night damaging to a good friend.
• The most desirable
line and my elasticity was cream.
Prof.• • Dikstein, with creams should continue
slightly less than desirable.
Next came the pH white-coated assistants and working on the skin for at
meter, which measures lab technicians listening in, least 11/2 hours. Only a
the acid-alkaline balance gave me more inforation small percentage do.
on the surface of the skin. about his patented instru- Prof.' Dikstein is cur-
A high. pH (presence of ments and some informal rently working on cosme-
escessive alkaline sub- advice about the use of tics that will continue
working up to 12 hours.
stances) usually tells cosmetics:
• In the future, the
•The indentometer and
Prof. Dikstein and Ms.
staff hopes to de-
Orgad that the client is
using cosmetic agents, being used only in Israel. termine the effect of ciga-
including soaps, which They will soon be in use in rette smoking on skin con-
Germany and France. Prof. ditions.
must be changed.
- On Dr. Dikstein's scale, Dikstein is reluctant to sell
healthy "young" skin has a them to clinics lacking pro- Jerusalemite originally
pH-acidity reading of less fessional personnel because from Budapest, has been a
consultant to the interna-
than 5.9. Statistics of possible misuse.
• When analysis is tional drug industry for 25
gathered by the professor
show that women in a available abroad, it will- years, but he has taken a
higher age bracket (40-70) probably cost about twice as keener interest in cosmetics
have a higher pH and that much as in Israel today.
"People are constantly
• Surveys of the first
there is a direct correlation
between a high pH and in-
Tel aviv show-that 50 per- cosmetic advertisements,"
he complains. "There are no
Ms. Orgad applied the pH cent of those in the 20-39 wonder cosmetics. The av-
meter to my forehead, age bracket had prob- erage person can easily be
cheeks, neck, eyes and body lems which had to be cor- educated about his or her
— making disturbing cluck- rected. Eighty percent in skin and what cosmetic
ing noises as she recorded the 41-69 age bracket had agenst are best for his or her
the readings. "You know, similar problems. Most particular skin conditions."
your pH is very bad," she had dry skin, which may
said. Amplifying her diag-
nosis with fact, she called
out the gloomy figures to
me: "Forehead - 6.0; eyes -
6.1; cheeks - 6.2; body and
By RABBI MARC
hands - 6.5." It became
A Seven Arts Feature
Ms. Orgad also informed
Dr. Martin Luther King,
me that a high pH can also Jr. whose 53rd birthday was
indicate that the client is observed Jan. 15, was "one
not healthy, which she of the most respected and
didn't think was true for me. trusted friends of Israel and
In the past, repeated record- the Jewish people in the
ings of a high pH have spur- 20th Century."
red investigation into ill-
I first made that observa-
ness, sometimes diagnosed tion in my keynote address
as senile diabetes.
delivered from Dr. King's
Like -all clients, I was. pulpit in the Ebenezer Bap-
told to get back in touch tist Church in Atlanta on
with Ms. Orgad after the Jan. 15 two years. ago.
Hadassah staff had
Some civil rights and
checked over the figures
World leaders who
recorded by the inde-
ntometer and the pH
Arafat's friends would be
meter. I would be given a this towering "Prophet of truer to Dr. King's spirit if
list of cosmetics that are Non-Violence" would do they communicated to the
appropriate for my skin, well to read Dr. King's re- PLO chieftain this 1967
since the most popular cord of his views about Is- statment of the revered civil
cosmetic agents -avail- rael, anti-Semitism, the rights leader:
able in Israel have been Nazi Holocaust and black-
"Peace for Israel means
completely analyzed by Jewish relations. They security, and we must s
Prof. Dikstein's staff.
I am persuaded, that Dr. with all our might to pro
I left, depressed at the King would have been unal- its right to exist, its tern
possibility of throwing out terably opposed to any ef- rial integrity. I see Israel,
expensive jars of night forts to baptize the terrorist and never hesitate saying
cream and makeup, but PLO as legitimate, espe- it, as one of the great out-
hopeful that my face wasn't cially in light of the PLO's posts of democracy in the
a total write-off.
central role in Ayatollah world and a marvelous
A few weeks later, a call Khorneni's violent revolu- example of what can be
to Aviva Orgad confirmed tion and the PLO's rejoicing done, how desert land can be
that the high pH reading on over the Soviet Union's sav- transformed into an oasis of
my face was caused by my age rape of Afghanistan and brotherhood and democ-
makeup base, produced by Poland.
one of the most popular
As time passes, the mod-
manufacturers in the world.
and wisdom of Dr.
I tossed it out.
The high pH on my body King stated in January King become more apparent
was probably due to my 1963, "is both impractical and are missed more than
soap. She recommended cer- and immoral.
Dr. Martin Luther King:
A True Friend of Israel
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