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Let’s Get Dirty: The Surprising Skin Benefits of Mud from the Dead Sea

“Mudding” is an innovative spa treatment that seems to be everywhere these days. Learn about the benefits of covering your face and body in mineral-rich Dead Sea mud.

Despite several years of research regarding the unique minerals found in Dead Sea mud, it is still a mystery as to why the mud is so beneficial to the skin and body.  The results of clinical trials performed around the world, and involving a wide variety of medical conditions, indicate that Dead Sea mud is effective in improving the skin's natural processes, relieving rheumatic pain, relaxing muscles, and inducing a state of calmness and tranquility.  The mud is black in color and is generally harvested from the banks of the Dead Sea. Actually, the “mud” is an alluvial salt that has been washed down from the surrounding mountains and deposited on the shores of the inland salt sea. Layers of this salt have been deposited for thousands of years and have evolved into a rich Dead Sea “mud” that contains particularly high concentrations of magnesium, potassium, calcium, strontium, iron and boron. The end result is a rich and natural substance that can be utilized by the body as a source of essential minerals.


1. Detoxification

The mud has a drawing action that effectively detoxifies the skin by drawing out toxins and impurities. Consequently, the mud has proven to be of great benefit in detox programs that treat the oily skin of acne sufferers.

2.Improved Blood Circulation

Dead Sea mud is good for facials because it stimulates blood flow, which brings crucial nutrients and oxygen to the cells and flushes away toxins and wastes. This is essential for the healthy and normal functioning of the cells.

3. Improved Skin Health and Radiance

The high concentration of minerals in the mud nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin – naturally! This significantly improves the appearance and health of the skin, and gives itmore tone, a smooth texture, and a cleaner, refreshed look. Most importantly, the skin of the face becomes more elastic, thus minimizing wrinkles, pores and lines.

4. Treatment of Various Skin Disorders

Dead Sea mud has been proven useful in treating skin conditions such as vitiligo, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. This treatment is enhanced when it is combined with additional therapies that include bathing in the Dead Sea, sunbathing, and the usage of moisturizing creams. The mud restores the skin’s pH balance, and regular use of the mud soothes the skin, thus keeping any skin disorder in check.

5. Relief of Aches and Pains

Dead Sea mud has proven to be effective in treating rheumatic conditions, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendonitis, and sports injuries. It is beneficial for patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, and can even help soothe and relax sore muscles. A patient using Dead Sea mud for knee pain, for example, will experience less pain due to its soothing and relaxing effect.

6. Prevention of hair loss

In some cases, Dead Sea mud can prevent hair loss due to heredity, stress, and scalp infections. When the blood vessels of a hair follicle shrink, oxygen and nourishment are cut off. This in hibits the supply of hair protein, which is crucial for hair growth. As a result, hair growth is stunted and hair falls out prematurely. Dead Sea mud can be used to massage the scalp and increase circulation. Allow the mud to remain on the scalp for at least 10 minutes, then rinse and shampoo. Regular use of the mud will inhibit hair loss over time.

7. Minimization of Cellulite

Cellulite is fat that is located near the surface of the skin. It traps fluids and gives the skin surface a dimpled appearance. The high concentration of minerals in Dead Sea mud increases blood circulation and promotes nerve relaxation. Consequently, massaging an area of the skin affected by cellulite with Dead Sea mud can increase blood circulation and remove toxins through the pores, thus reducing the accumulation of cellulite.

On a cautionary note, Dead Sea mud should not be used as a replacement for prescribed medical treatments. However, it can be used as a supplement that can enhance prescribed treatments, and give you the maximum results you are looking for.

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