Is Dead Sea Mud Good for My Skin?

Dead Sea mud has been used in beauty regimens since antiquity.

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It is said that Cleopatra herself used to bathe in mud from the Dead Sea, and by now you’re probably aware of the many spa treatments, facial masks, baths and body wraps that incorporate Dead Sea mud. But what exactly is it? If you chose a Dead Sea mud mask over a regular purified mud mask would you be doing yourself a favor? There are many advocates of Dead Sea mud that would answer yes, since Dead Sea mud has its own unique properties.

Abundant in Minerals

Mud already contains properties that can naturally help your complexion, such as sulfur, chloride and fluoride. Yet because of the Dead Sea’s unique geographical location on the Syrian-African fault, it contains additional minerals and salt. If you suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, don't be afraid of slathering some Dead Sea mud on your face. Advocates of authentic Dead Sea mud claim that the sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and other minerals abundant in the Dead Sea have healing effects and can help alleviate certain skin diseases.

Exfoliant

You perhaps never thought mud would go on your face other than by accident, but one of the reasons regular mud and Dead Sea mud are popularly used for facial masks is because they make great exfoliators. Purified mud's texture lends itself perfectly to create the right weight and consistency for a soothing facial mask in which abrasives can be mixed, while the fine mud grains of Dead Sea mud are an added bonus.

Absorbs Oil

If you have acne or oily skin, Dead Sea mud can also come in handy. When applied facially, the mud absorbs excess oil from the skin as it dries. It also removes impurities and can help unclog pores. For those who are blessed with good skin, it is recommended to apply a moisturizer afterwards to avoid any dryness.

Tightens Skin

Dead Sea mud can also help with aging skin. It has a tightening effect on skin as it dries, helping reduce the appearance of saggy skin. It also helps with circulation, giving skin a rejuvenated look.

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