Since ancient times, the waters of the Dead Sea, have been renowned for their therapeutic properties and healing qualities. People of long ago used it to naturally treat a variety of illnesses and skin conditions. What makes the Dead Sea special is its high salt content which is super rich in minerals. Dead sea salt contains a boatload of minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, potassium and zinc, which are easily absorbed by the skin. Because of its dense mineral content, dead sea salt is extremely bitter and isn’t edible but it does have INCREDIBLE beauty benefits for skin, hair and more as you’ll find out below! But first, let’s look at some of the minerals in dead sea salt and what makes them beneficial for beauty!
With regular dead sea salt baths, you can actually clear those awful itchy psoriasis patches forever! A number of studies have proven that dead sea salt has a tremendous healing effect on psoriasis. According to Everyday Health, people soaking in the Dead Sea get immense relief from a combination of the mineral-rich water, sunlight and oxygen-rich air. Give yourself a soothing dead sea salt bath by soaking in hot or warm water with about a handful of dead sea salt.
Water retention not only causes puffy skin but also makes you look…well puffed up. One way to reduce water retention is to actually drink more water which helps the excess water drain out through your bladder. Another effective way is by taking dead sea salt baths, of course! The minerals, especially potassium which is well-known for getting rid of water retention, help relieve excess fluid from the body.
Using cellulite cream and seeing no results? Toss it aside and start soaking in dead sea salt baths. The minerals help detoxify the body from the outside. Draw a hot bath, add dead sea salt and soak for 20 minutes. The minerals released from the salt not only break down the old fat cells that are responsible for the dimpling effect but also help get rid of toxins by assisting in proper lymph flow.
Warm baths with a handful of dead sea salt added can improve eczema by exfoliating the dead cells and flakes, soothing the itch as well as disinfecting eczema patches and relieving the pain.
Hives, itchy skin, weird red bumps, dermatitis and other skin allergies can all be calmed and healed using dead sea salt. The rich magnesium and bromide content help soothe skin while keeping away allergenic elements and microbes that cause negative skin reactions.
One surprising benefit of dead sea salt for skin is its anti-aging benefits! Research shows that the minerals in dead sea salt contribute to a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling of skin! They not only ward off pro-aging free radicals but also help exfoliate, hydrate, detoxify and soften skin, thereby promoting youthfulness.
Dead sea salt reduces and soothes skin inflammation such as acne inflammation and inflammation associated with sunburns, eczema & psoriasis patches as well as atopic dry skin. Use a little in a warm bath to help naturally heal skin inflammation.
Soaking in a dead sea salt bath can help soften up the rough areas of your body like the elbows, knees and heels. If you have cracked heels and calluses on your feet, prepare a foot bath by filling a tub with hot water, adding ¼ cup of dead sea salt and a squeeze of half a lemon for extra exfoliating properties. Now relax your feet in this water for softer heels.
Got cystic acne or itchy bacne? Start using dead sea salt! We already know it contains a lot of zinc & sulfur, that have both been shown to be a very effective acne treatment when used topically, so use it as a gentle scrub or soak in a bath to disinfect and cleanse acneic skin!
If you have chronic dry skin, using dead sea salt can help improve your skin’s lipid barrier and help replenish its natural moisture. Use this dead sea salt lotion on your skin after a shower for well-hydrated skin!