For centuries, the Dead Sea has seen hundreds – if not hundreds of thousands – of people flock to its shores, all to soak their ailments away in its highly healing mud. Even the great Queen Cleopatra bathed in its buoyant waters! Bordered by Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, this historic salt lake is unique in that it contains a bounty of salts and minerals that help treat several aches, pains, and even skin problems.
The Dead Sea’s therapeutic effects stem from its incredibly rich mineral composition, which comprises of more than 21 different minerals. The minerals aid in rejuvenating the skin and in treating a host of medical conditions. Some of the powerful minerals that Dead Sea mud contains are:
- Calcium – Calcium plays a major role in healthy bones and teeth, as well as blood circulation.
- Magnesium – A powerful anti-inflammatory mineral that is vital for normal bone function and energy production in the body, magnesium also improves sleep and strengthens bones.
- Potassium – Potassium is an electrolyte that is important to hydration, muscle contractions, and pH balance.
- Sodium – This electrolyte is essential for blood pressure, the absorption of nutrients, and fluid balance.
- Sulfate – Sulfur supports cartilage and connective tissues and cleanses the body of toxins.
How the Dead Sea Mud Mask Helped My Skin
While I cannot fly out to the Dead Sea to experience the salt lake for myself, I might have something even better at hand: the Dead Sea Mud Mask from Kedma Skincare. Formulated with mud from the Dead Sea and beeswax, this mask is everything that I need and more.
As someone with dry, acne-prone skin, I’m always on the lookout for good hydrating masks. I’m glad to say that Kedma Skincare’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is the one for me. This mud mask removed impurities and dead skin from my face, leaving me with fresher skin that has been rejuvenated with the mud mask’s vitamins and minerals. It also exfoliates my face, renewing my skin’s layers and helping it retain moisture. The high magnesium content in the mud mask not only soothes, softens, and moisturizes, it also improves the skin’s barrier function and reduces roughness and inflammation in dry skin.
Additionally, since Dead Sea mud has been proven to have an antimicrobial effect on some bacteria that live on human skin, the mask also reduced my acne breakouts. The mud has even minimized the look of my pores and has gotten rid of all my blackheads! I haven’t had skin this smooth and supple since I was a child.
How to Use the Mask
To use this mask, you have to clean your face first. Use your favorite facial cleanser, then make sure to pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Then, get a dollop of the mud mask and apply it to your face. Leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is completely dry. You’ll know that it is working when you feel the skin on your face tighten. Once dry, rinse with warm water, making sure to use gentle circles. This mask is good for all skin types.
Other Benefits of the Dead Sea Mud Mask
The use and benefits of the Dead Sea Mud Mask aren’t just limited to the face. The product can also be applied to different body parts to relieve various aches and pains. This is part of the reason so many people flock to the Dead Sea in the first place: the mud and water in the salt lake contain several health benefits.
Prevents Premature Hair Loss
When blood vessels in your hair follicles shrink, oxygen is reduced, which causes premature hair loss. Dead Sea mud can help you keep the hair on your head. All you have to do is apply some of the Dead Sea Mud Mask on your scalp, making sure to massage it thoroughly. Let it stay there for 5 to 10 minutes, before washing your hair as usual. While premature hair loss isn’t that much of a problem for me, I still have occasional hair fall. I tried this on my scalp for a few weeks and found fewer hairs on my comb afterwards.
Provides Relief for Skin Conditions
Chronic skin conditions are difficult and frustrating to deal with. As someone with acne, I know this pain very, very well. Fortunately, the high concentration of salts and minerals in Dead Sea mud can have a positive effect on eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, blackheads, and, yes, acne.
Reduces Arthritic Pain
In an experiment, researchers from the Rheumatology Unit in Soroka Medical Center at Beer-Sheva, Israel heated Dead Sea mud packs and applied it to the limbs of those with arthritis once a day for 20 minutes, every day for two weeks. The participants experienced a marked decrease in their arthritis symptoms, a decline that lasted about three months.
Soothes Chronic Back Pain
In a 2014 study by the Israel Medical Association Journal, 46 patients with chronic lower back pain were put into two groups: the first group was treated with mineral-rich mud compresses, while the second group was given mineral-depleted compresses. Both groups had the mud compresses applied to them five times a week for three consecutive weeks. The result? Those who were treated with the mineral-rich mud compresses reported less back pain than those who were treated with mineral-depleted compresses.
Minimizes the Appearance of Cellulite and Stretch Marks
Stretch marks and cellulite, while common and natural, are unsightly markings on your body. Trust me, I know – my body is dotted with these blemishes. But if you want them gone, as I do, you can apply the Dead Sea Mud Mask to reduce their appearance. They’ll still be there, but they won’t look so obvious.
As you can see, there is a lot to love about the Dead Sea Mud Mask. Aside from cleaning and detoxifying the skin, it is also therapeutic and has various health benefits. I expect that I’ll be using this mud mask for a long, long time. I’ll definitely make it part of my regular skincare routine.
Hey, if it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for me.