What are the benefits of Dead Sea mud?
What does Dead Sea mud do to your skin (and is it good)?
Can Dead Sea mud masks *really* get rid of (almost) any annoying skin disorder?
In this article, we’re going to dive DEEP into the mud (not into the Dead Sea itself – that will kill you) and find out what the fuss is all about.
Dead Sea Mud Benefits for Your Skin & Body
1. Relieves skin disorders
Dead Sea mineral mud is a godsend for people suffering from all sorts of challenging skin disorders. Here’s just a partial list of skin disorders Dead Sea mud & salts can have a major effect on:
Unlike other artificial black mud masks, Dead Sea mud masks contain actual mineral mud, extracted from the surface of the Dead Sea, which contains huge concentrations of salts, minerals, and antioxidants that can relieve all sorts of major skin disorders.
2. Exfoliates Your Skin
“If you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there”.
No truer words have been spoken… especially when it comes to dead skin cells: We may not see them, but trust me – they’re there, and they’re very dead… putting you at risk of collecting all sorts of toxins (those damn toxins… we’ll talk about them in a sec).
Well, nothing like Dead Sea mud to get rid of dead skin cells (see what I did there?).
Besides the health benefits, it also makes your skin look all glowing and pretty.
3. Detoxifies & Cleanses Toxins
Like I mentioned previously, our skin is a magnet for toxins and unhealthy bacteria. It absorbs a lot of nasty oils, dirt and (sometimes poisonous) particles from the air. Over time, our skin accumulates a lot of those toxins, which results in blackheads and a variety of annoying skin conditions, sometimes even chronic infections.
That’s where Dead Sea mud comes to the rescue!
Dead Sea Mud (particularly mineral mud masks) contains a LOT of salts & minerals, and a certain amount of clay (the amount varies from each brand). That helps cleanse these toxic particles and detoxify your skin – leaving it refreshed and rejuvenated.
4. Rich in minerals and ingredients your skin needs
Dead Sea mud is mostly famous for its unusually high concentrations of salts and minerals from the Dead Sea. But it’s one thing having high doses of salts. It’s a whole other thing when it’s mostly salts & minerals that are SUPER healthy for maintaining a healthy skin.
What minerals are we talking about exactly? Here’s the full list:
- Silicon dioxide
- Phosphorus pentoxide
Did you know?
The Dead Sea actually contains 21 (!) different minerals, and a whopping 33% concentration of salts and minerals… that’s 10X more than the Mediterranean Sea (!!).
5. Minimizes pores
Cleansing the pores on your face is only half the battle. Because when those toxins flush out of your pores – that still leaves your pores exposed to unwelcome impurities.
Not to worry!
Dead Sea mud doesn’t just leave your pores hanging… it also minimizes them, keeping toxins away from setting up camp on your skin, thereby minimizing your risk for infection.
How nice is that?
6. Improves facial skin elasticity
Dead Sea mineral masks can help get rid of toxins, exfoliate your dead skin cells and minimize pores.
Increased facial skin elasticity!
Or in other words – soft, nourished and damn-fine looking skin.
7. Keeps your skin hydrated
How many skin care products did you try that dried up your skin like the Sahara Desert?
Does the same thing happen with Dead Sea mud? No ma’am (or sir… who knows? 🙂 )
Those awesome Dead Sea minerals I listed earlier keep your skin all nice and hydrated while reducing inflammation and roughness.
8. Can be used on different body parts
Most people simply use Dead Sea clay on their faces… boy, are they missing out!
Dead Sea mud can be used on several body parts and has a TON of uses:
- Get rid of skin disorders with a Dead Sea mud face mask
- Soften your hands with Dead Sea mineral hand cream
- Relax your feet with Dead Sea foot cream
- Wash your face in the morning with Dead Sea Face wash
- Wash your body with Dead Sea mud soap
- Use mud soap as shaving soap
- Prevent hair loss (using Dead Sea mud shampoo)
- Reduce cellulite from arms & legs
9. Combats cellulite
Dead Sea mud improves your blood circulation & metabolism (I’ll talk more about that later)
What does that have to do with cellulite, you ask?
Increased blood circulation = trouble for our fat and body fluids that accumulate in our skin tissues = goodbye cellulite!
If you’ve got some cellulite you’d like to get rid of, rub some Dead Sea mud on those areas and let those magical minerals do their thing.
10. Eliminates stretch marks
Stretch marks are common during pregnancy. Unfortunately, women sometimes take these stretch marks to heart and become very conscious about it.
To that, I’ll say two things:
- Stretch marks are completely natural…so don’t worry too much about them.
- If that’s too hard, then Dead Sea mud is known for alleviating stretch marks, if not eliminate them completely (depending on their size)
11. Prevents hair loss
Allow me to throw a frightening statistic your way: 40% of women suffer from hair loss by the time they are age 40.
Note: Actually, it’s roughly the same for men.
This happens when the blood vessels in your hair follicles shrink and oxygen is reduced, which suppresses hair protein growth à causing premature hair loss.
Well, good news ladies (and gentlemen): Dead Sea mud can have tremendous benefits for your hair – it can actually keep your hair on your head!
But for it to work, you’ve got some homework to do when you’re in the shower (do it, or I’ll call your parents):
- Grab some of that Dead Sea clay
- Massage it on your scalp
- Let is stay there for 5-10 minutes
- Wash your hair with shampoo as usual
Dead Sea Mud Benefits for Your Health & Wellbeing
12. Improves your sleep
Guess what happens when you’re all of a sudden stress-free?
You sleep like a baby!
And while you sleep, your skin cells kick into regeneration mode, replacing the exfoliated skin with brand new ones.
13. Increases blood circulation & metabolism
Dead Sea mud is rich in minerals… you got that by now.
But let’s talk about what actually happens in your body when you rub some of that lovely mud on your skin.
The minerals found in the mud stimulate your body’s blood circulation. This, in turn, relaxes your muscles and nerves, making you feel calmer and less stressed.
It also helps heal old wounds – and that’s why it stings so much when you dip in the Dead Sea… just in case you were wondering.
14. Contains anti-aging properties
Dead Sea mineral mud does more than just clear out toxins from your pores. It actually minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, reduces cracks and makes sure to smoothen those lines that showed up after you celebrated all those birthdays.
Anti-aging for the win!
15. Restores Your pH balance
The extraordinary benefits of the Dead Sea mineral mud help restore your body’s pH levels.
For the non-science geeks in the crowd – pH is simply a measure of how acidic our body is. The more balanced your body pH levels, the better.
Why is a balanced pH so important, you ask?
A balanced pH significantly reduces the risk for diseases… or as my nanny used to say – it helps keep the Boohoos out!
16. Relieves stress
If you ever had a chance to rub your body with mud and float in the Dead Sea, you probably noticed how amazingly relaxed you felt for the rest of the day.
In fact, every time I go to the Dead Sea (I try to go at least once a year), I keep saying to myself: “Why the hell do I not come here more often”.
I live in Israel, so it’s inexcusable… but since you probably don’t have that perk, you can settle for getting a mineral-rich mud soap (or face mask) and get all of the benefits straight to your doorstep.
Did you know?
A study made in Arava science center in Israel showed that not only do Dead Sea minerals reduce stress, they actually induce positive stress, therefore increasing our skin’s resistance to negative stress factors and increase elasticity.
17. Reduces joint pains (arthritis)
Not only does Dead Sea mineral mud have the ability to increase blood circulation, but it has also had to significantly reduce joint pains.
It’s particularly effective for people suffering from arthritis (a disorder caused by joint inflammation).
In fact, a study conducted in Soroka medical center in Israel proved that arthritis patients show significant improvement after being treated with Dead Sea salts.
Other Dead Sea Mud Benefits
18. A spa in your own home
You don’t have to travel all the way to the Dead Sea in Israel (although you should… it’s great!) and pay a huge amount of money to enjoy everything the Dead Sea has to offer… you can pay HUNDREDS of times less and do it from the comfort of your own home!
All you need is some the Dead Sea’s finest mineral mud, and you can have your own little spa retreat right (minus the jet-lag).
Dead Sea mud is cheap, especially considering their almost “too good to be true” benefits.
Warning: I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you about the following: STAY AWAY FROM SHOPPING MALLS.
I’m sure you’ve seen those kiosks in shopping malls with those sneaky salespeople try to lure you in to demonstrate the effectiveness of their Dead Sea selection. Don’t get me wrong, usually, their products are pretty good… the problem is they use it to slap a ridiculous price, and you end up paying a fortune.
Most of the times, you can buy anything they sell for at least 50% less online (and I’m being conservative)
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
20. You can DIY at home
Since Dead Sea mud is a natural component, you know what that means: you can experiment with your own homemade mud soap (or mask)!
If you’re up for a fun little DIY project, here’s a cool Dead Sea mud soap recipe you can follow.
21. Makes you want to visit the Dead Sea in Israel 🙂
Nothing beats rubbing mud all over yourself and floating on the Dead Sea 🙂
Consider the Dead Sea mud mask you order online as the “preview” for the real thing – that is, until you visit the Dead Sea in Israel and upload a ridiculous picture to Instagram of you covered in mud.
Note: If you come, jump by and say hello 🙂
Told you Dead Sea mud has a lot of benefits 🙂
But keep in mind – even though it’s effective, it’s not Hermione waving a magic wand… So don’t expect for them to cure all your problems overnight.
Like anything else in life – to see real changes, you need to patient and persistent, otherwise, you won’t see significant results.
(and if someone promises you overnight success without putting in any effort – run as fast as you can!)
Till next time!
P.S: Oh, before I forget – let me know in the comments if this helped you or not. I’d love to hear your feedback 🙂