What are the benefits of Dead Sea salt for your skin?
A true wonder of nature, the infamous Dead Sea lies landlocked in the Middle East between the regions of Jordan and Israel. While it’s been dubbed the Dead Sea (because no life can exist there), it’s actually not a sea, but rather a salt-water lake. What makes the Dead Sea unique is that the salinity is much greater than that of any other body of water. In fact, according to scientists, the water is nearly 10 times saltier than that of oceans (1). Along with a very high concentration of sodium chloride, the water is also rich in a number of minerals that are advantageous to overall health. This, along with the clean, unpolluted air and pleasant weather provide an invigorating environment that is truly unlike any other in the world.
The Dead Sea’s abundance of therapeutic properties have led many to travel to its shores and soak in the majestic waters. While it’s known to benefit the whole body from the inside out, usage as the treatment for an array of skin conditions is particularly popular and promising. The unique composition of the water helps it to penetrate the skin deeply without causing irritation. This is because the salt from The Dead Sea contains more than 21 minerals, all of which have been proven to nourish and treat skin in a variety of ways, leading to improved hydration and rejuvenation, allowing us feel and look healthier (and often much younger!).
Dead Sea salt benefits for acne treatment
Acne is one of the most common skin disorders of all. In fact, roughly 80% of all adolescents suffer from it at some point in their lives (2).Pure Dead Sea salt is very high in sulfur, which has been proven to work as a powerful cleanser used to treat and prevent blemishes and reduce and soothe skin inflammation (3).
Dead Sea salt benefits for psoriasis treatment
Various studies have also proven that Dead Sea salt has tremendous healing effects on psoriasis(4). Working in a variety of ways to alleviate discomfort, Dead Sea salt helps to strengthens skin tissue, improve blood circulation, eliminate toxins and balance the skin’s natural pH levels (5).
Dead Sea salt benefits for eczema treatment
Dead Sea salt can also help to treat eczema by exfoliating dead skin cells, rehydrating the skin and restoring depleted minerals. This aids in calming any itch, pain or other side effects, as well as disinfecting the treated area. The antiseptic properties of the Dead Sea salt removes irritants and impurities, which can greatly reduce the number of skin infections (6).
It’s easy to understand why salt from the Dead Sea has quickly grown to become one of the greatest sources of raw materials for skincare products. In this day and age, there’s really no need to actually make the trek all the way out to the Dead Sea to benefit from the healing effects of a salt skin care routine. Yes, pure, quality Dead Sea salt products can be delivered right to your door, and are just as effective.
SEACRET Spa offers a range of cruelty-free products that incorporate pure Dead Sea Salt minerals sourced straight from Israel. Grab a jar of the super popular Salt Scrub for a spa-like exfoliation treatment in the comfort of your own home!
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(3) Sulfur. (n.d.). Retrieved June 19, 2017, from http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/sulfur
(4) Hodak, E., Gottlieb, A. B., Segal, T., Politi, Y., Maron, L., Sulkes, J., & David, M. (2003, September). Climatotherapy at the Dead Sea is a remittive therapy for psoriasis: combined effects on epidermal and immunologic activation. Retrieved June 19, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12963909
(5) Hollo P, Gonzalez R, Kasa M, et al. Synchronous balneophototherapy is effective for the different clinical types of psoriasis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol.2005;19(5):578-581; PMID: 16164712.
(6) Proksch E, Nissen HP, Bremgartner M, et al. Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin. Int J Dermatol.2005;44(2):151-157; PMID: 15689218.