What draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water each year? For one, the Dead Sea is an incredible natural sight to behold. Bordering between Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is famously known for its unusually high content of salt, which prevents marine animals and plants from surviving in it. The abundance of natural minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium, low content of allergens in the air, reduced UV radiation and higher atmospheric pressure make the Dead Sea a popular health and wellness destination.
The mineral-rich water and mud have been shown to help increase skin hydration, reduce wrinkling, decrease inflammation and relieve symptoms associated with acne, psoriasis, and rheumatoid conditions. With the many therapeutic benefits it has to offer, it’s no wonder that the Dead Sea is flanked with numerous health spas and resorts.
A few summers ago, while traveling through Jordan I had the chance to visit the Dead Sea. As I approached the intensely opaque blue-green water, I noticed people of all ages with a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, soaking in the salty body of water hoping to take advantage of its natural healing powers. I slowly entered the water, immersing my entire body so that my skin could absorb as much of the mineral-rich water as possible. After some time, my friend recommended that I get out of the water and apply the Dead Sea mud all over my face and body and then let it dry completely. The mud dried very quickly in the arid heat and I rushed back into the water for relief from the hot sun and to dissolve the hardened mud.
After the mud dissolved, I was completely surprised by how incredibly soft and smooth my skin was! I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from my visit, but I left the Dead Sea with supple, hydrated skin and wonderfully unique experience. Moreover, my experience proved to me just how important and beneficial natural minerals like calcium are to our skin. If you ever have a chance to visit the Dead Sea, go for it! Not only will it make for a great vacation and unforgettable memories, but your skin will thank you for it.
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