How your skin benefits from Dead Sea minerals

Also known as the Salt Sea, the Dead Sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley. It is a unique source of some of the most critical minerals and salts in the world, twelve of which are unique and can be found nowhere but here. Some of these elusive and exclusive minerals are almost identical to the minerals of our body, mainly found in the skin cells, and therefore could be irreplaceable nourishment for your skin. Over millions of years, the hot, dry climate and high evaporation coefficient caused the high salt concentration present in the Dead Sea, and now it is one of the saltiest lakes in the world.

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The exceptionally high concentration of minerals in the Dead Sea area is incomparable to anywhere in the world and is the subject of multiple types of research. The marvelous healing properties of the minerals, particularly for the skin, were discovered in the 18th century. Since then, interest in Dead Sea minerals grew with increasing speed. In the years that followed, the Dead Sea became internationally famous for the natural cures present, and the destination became trendy among tourists from all over the world.

As such a precious resource, the Dead Sea is now under heavy protection. This means that only a few producers and brands have been accredited to harvest directly from the sea.

While ordinary sea water contains only about 3% salts, the Dead Sea is estimated to contain 32% salts with a high concentration of 21 minerals such as magnesium, calcium, bromide and potassium.

Dead sea mud for spa treatments in a cup on the beach. Photo: depositphotos.com

Scientists have proven the unique benefits of each of these Dead Sea minerals such as:

Calcium—provides skin growth and regeneration, sheds old skin cells, regulates the skin’s essential functions. Moreover, calcium in the skin may also help prevent skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI).

Magnesium—is completely anti-allergic, it cleanses the skin, accelerates the metabolism of cells, reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Note: the concentration of magnesium found in the Dead Sea is said to be fifteen times higher than salts in any other sea.

Chloride– softens the skin and hydrates it, balances minerals in cells and the body, improving cell metabolism

Bromide–heals and relieves disorders, and has relaxing effect as an anti-inflammatory agent; can be used as a natural antibiotic

Sodium Chloride—it is stimulating, cleansing, antiseptic and astringent. It can effectively cleanse your skin; nourishes and hydrates skin cells and removes toxic waste.  The sodium compound can also help safely thicken various beauty products.

Iodine– common aid for skin conditions like pimples or acne. It is also used for treating skin disease caused by a fungus (cutaneous sporotrichosis); essential for cell metabolism and regulates metabolic energy.

The southern part of the Israeli shore Dead Sea. In the background mountains of Jordan. Photo: depositphotos.com

Zinc– helps repair damaged tissues and heal wounds.  Highly effective in treating topical irritations and injuries, such as acne, skin sores and minor wounds, by helping cells to regenerate.

Boron– prevents infection, makes skin glowing and fresh; absorbs excess oil in the face and disperses pigment evenly.

Potassium– Keeps skin cells hydrated internally and moisturized, improves oxidation, plays a vital role in cell regeneration, which is much required for healthy glowing skin

Sulfur–  sulfur ointments or creams might provide benefits if you have a skin condition such as acne, eczema or psoriasis. Consult your physician before using any sulfur product on your skin to discuss the potential health risks and proper application.

Dead Sea minerals are known to cure skin disorders through strengthening the skin tissues, maintaining the chemical balance of the skin, stimulating blood circulation and eliminating toxins from the skin. Minerals provide protection and strengthen cell membranes against dehydration and environmental hazards.

A young woman in a bathing suit is enjoying the natural mineral mud sourced from the dead Sea, Israel. Photo: depositphotos.com

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