Whether you’re a bath person or more of a shower and quick scrub kind a’ gal – the benefits of including Dead Sea products to your skincare routine are boundless
Dead Sea salt has been venerated for its near-magical health and beauty benefits for thousands of years. The Ancient Romans paid their taxes in salt and soldiers were paid their wages in it – hence the term “salary” as salt in Latin is “sal”. This gives us an inkling as to how exceptionally coveted and precious Dead Sea salt has always been, being the only salt to contain more than 20 minerals.
A trip to the Dead Sea, a landlocked salt lake bordered by Israel to the west and Jordan to the east, should be on everyone’s bucket list, but until you make your way to its shores in person, the Dead Sea will be happy to come to you: in the shape of mud and salt baths, exfoliating creams, moisturizers, cleansers and face masks. No beauty routine is complete without the inclusion of a few quality Dead Sea products, and we’ve compiled a breakdown of the jaw-dropping reasons you need to slather yourself in Dead Sea products as often as you can.
What makes Dead Sea salt so extraordinarily powerful is its unique mineral composition – indeed out of the staggering 21 minerals found in each speck of Dead Sea salt, 12 can be found nowhere else on the planet. Many of these minerals fight off oxidation in the skin cells by eliminating free radicals, leaving the skin looking younger and more vibrant, while its hydrating properties keep the skin toned and refreshed.
A calming bath in Dead Sea salt water or mud can work wonders for skin conditions. The powerful salt minerals exfoliate dead skin and help calm inflammation, while fighting off allergens and microbes. Usually, the salts and minerals we absorb come from the food we consume. But we can never be sure that our bodies are absorbing enough. Dead Sea salt and mud baths ensure that an optimal quantity of minerals and nutrients get absorbed directly by the body tissues, which helps maintain a stable balance of fluids and rids the body of noxious toxins.
Dead Sea mud and salt have the natural ability to promote moisture retention and enhanced blood flow, which in turn helps keep skin soft, bouncy and hydrated. The secret behind this feat is the combined effect of calcium, zinc and potassium that act as natural blood flow boosters by deeply oxygenating body tissues.
The gentle yet abrasive texture of Dead Sea salt makes it the perfect exfoliator. The quality of the sodium within the salt flakes improves skin hydration, permeability and blood circulation, while simultaneously removing dead skin, leaving the skin feeling soft, revitalized and refreshed.
Bathing in Dead Sea mud and salt drains the lymphatic system and removes noxious toxins, thanks to potent anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. This in turn helps cleanse and detoxify the pores by getting rid of oils, dirt and other impurities, relieving your skin from acne, pimples blackheads and whiteheads.
Joint and muscle relief
Long hot soaks in Dead Sea salt water and pampering mud baths are a great way to relax, free your mind and sooth aching joints and muscles. The secret behind this healing effect is the presence of bromide, a deeply nourishing mineral that helps ease muscle cramps, while acting as an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying agent, thus reducing joint swelling, stiffness and soreness.
How to Apply Dead Sea Products
Whether you’re a bath person or more of a shower and quick scrub kind a’ gal, the benefits of Dead Sea salt are boundless and multi form. If you opt for a 20-minute soak, rub the salt into your skin in smooth circular motions to remove dead skin cells and other impurities and consider keeping a jar of Dead Sea salt handy in your shower to use as an invigorating body scrub. Massage gently into your neck, shoulder, arms and legs and rinse. And of course, face and foot scrubs are luxuriously therapeutic – all you need to do is dissolve a handful of Dead Sea salt into tepid water and gently use the grains to remove oils and dead skin to leave your skin feeling soft and replenished.
Scientists and researchers have meticulously analysed the acting properties of each mineral and nutrient present in Dead Sea salt, but there remains an eternal mystery to its miraculous alchemy. Though the mystery remains intact, one conclusion is undeniable: using Dead Sea products leaves skin looking tighter and smoother, and muscles and joints healthier than ever.