The Dead Sea is a lake situated between Jordan and Israel, known the world over for the salinity of its water, which makes swimmers float like corpses. Its name doesn’t actually refer to this posture of swimmers, but to its plant-life which, due to the salt, is withered and stunted. Thus the Dead Sea is, in one respect, harmful to life. In another respect, however, the Dead Sea has proven salutary and highly enlivening: for millennia, it has been used as a health resort, frequented by the sick for its miraculous healing powers. The water contains such minerals as magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, and zinc. These minerals are thought to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis and osteoarthritis.
As well as its health benefits, Dead Sea salt has a number of beauty benefits, and it’s these beauty benefits that we will be exploring in this article. So let’s get started. To kick things off, let’s take a look at its minerals in a bit more detail.
Minerals And Their Properties
Approximately thirty percent of the Dead Sea is salt, which is a very high concentration. The lakecontains a melange of minerals, and manyof these are very good for the skin. Mineral balance varies from season to season, but, roughly speaking, the lake contains around fourteen percent calcium chloride, fifty percent magnesium chloride, and thirty percent sodium chloride.
Calcium, magnesium, and sodium are known to:
- speed cell repair
- promote hair growth
- remove excess sebum
- allay inflammation
For these reasons, you’ll find these minerals in a number of cosmetic products: creams, lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, etc. Here’s a few of the products in which Dead Sea salt is used.
Products using Dead Sea salt
Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash. £7 for a 150 ml bottle, this is a well-reviewed cream that combats cystic acne, reduces large pores, and leaves skin soft and clear.
Asutra Organic Dead Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub. £35 for 120z, this blend of Aloe Vera, Jojoba, and Dead Sea salt (among other ingredients) detoxifies skin and significantly reduces flakiness.
Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo. £12 for 340mls, this shampoo increases volume, promotes hair growth, leaves hair light and glossy, and decreases dandruff.
Besides the various products containing Dead Sea salt, you can also buy the salt itself. For example, Westlabsells 2000 grams ofDead Sea Bath Salt for £5.