Dead Sea salt: Is it really the King of Salts?
Updated: Apr 18
We've all heard that Dead Sea products are supposed to be amazing for your skin - and the price certainly reflects that. However, just because something is billed as the "King Of" doesn't make it true (hello, Budweiser).
So, is Dead Sea salt really all it's cracked up to be?
The Dead Sea: A destination for travelers on a healing mission
People have been hitting the shores of the Dead Sea for centuries to soak in the special waters known to be so salty, you float even if you can't swim. The Dead Sea has the highest concentration of minerals of any saltwater body in the world; it's filled with natural healing elements that not only treat skin conditions but, when used in natural bath products, penetrate to improve health from the inside out.
Serious minerals for a serious soak Dead Sea Salt contains a lot more than sodium! In total, the mineral salt contains at least 21 minerals including magnesium (the main composition of Epsom salts), calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, zinc and potassium. These essential minerals naturally occur in our bodies, but we're also supposed to replenish them daily through our food supply. Sadly, the average diet is sorely lacking in these minerals because our food supply no longer contains high concentrations of these minerals due to industrial farming practices and depleted soils. Supplementation can help, but the bioavailability - the body's ability to actually absorb minerals in pill form - is questionable. Fortunately, Dead Sea salt baths are a method to absorb these minerals in quantities necessary to detoxify and cleanse our bodies.
Healing properties of Dead Sea salt Whatever regular sea salts can do, mineral-rich Dead Sea salts can do more of, including:
Rapid healing of skin tissue
Assists with cell metabolism
Relaxes muscles, relieves stiffness and muscle cramps
Balances the thyroid gland
Detoxifies and rids the pores and body of toxins, helps expel wastes
Balances moisture in the skin and body
Reduces water retention
Regulates the nervous system
Strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores
Boosts immune system
Encourages cell proliferation
Skin healing properties of Dead Sea salt While the individual minerals in Dead Sea salt are valuable enough, together they can really produce some amazing benefits to the skin. Contrary to the myth that salt water is drying, these minerals are actually moisturizing and nourishing to the skin, helping it maintain its own natural moisture barrier - which can help skin look younger and healthier and more elastic, because it pulls moisture from the lower layers of skin up to the surface. Of course, nourished skin looks younger...and so does relaxed skin. After a soak in Dead Sea salt, you're certainly sure to be relaxed and feel better, which translates into looking better, too! Common skin disorders are often improved by the use of Dead Sea salt, also - and it's completely safe, with none of the side effects that medicated creams can have. That makes Dead Sea salt the natural choice for relief of common skin issues like acne, psoriasis, dry skin, eczema and dandruff. Essentially, the minerals in the salt work with the skin's own natural healing systems to restore balance to the skin, disposing of bacteria and toxins as well as excess oil, replenishing moisture, providing nourishment and establishing the proper pH so the skin can re-set itself.
More health benefits of Dead Sea salt You know those miracle products advertised on the Shopping Channel that are supposed to do 3, 3, THREE things in one? Well, Dead Sea salt has got them all beat. Because it's high in potassium, it fights water retention and penetrates the skin to rid the body of the toxins that get trapped below the skin's surface - the same toxins that cause cellulite to build up. So with regular use, you can expect smoother skin not just on the surface, but at a deeper level, too.
Dead Sea salt is also considered to be an anti-inflammatory agent, and anyone with a chronic health condition whose symptoms are caused or exacerbated by inflammation knows that fighting it is no easy matter. Chronic inflammation is best tackled on multiple fronts, from diet and exercise to medicines - and Dead Sea salt having no side effects or known drug interactions, it's a safe form of natural medicine to provide relief from sore, swollen and stiff joints characterized by such ailments as psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis.
In fact, Dead Sea salt is so potent, relaxing and effective that the H20 Float Spa, a popular float spa in Toronto, is now using our Dead Sea salt as an addition to their float tanks - which already contain 1,000 kg of Epsom salts each!
There's nothing like the real thing: Natural bath products
Saltzbaths is super excited to offer Dead Sea healing bath salts in two varieties: pure Dead Sea salt, with 100% natural and pure ingredients to boost the sensory experience. "Seaside" is enhanced with powdered seaweed and citrus essential oils, while "Tranquility" adds an essential oil blend for spa relaxation. You can also experience the healing power of the Dead Sea in our deluxe Dead Sea facial mud mask, which absorbs excess oils and pulls the dirt, bacteria and toxins out of your face for toned pores and the smoothest skin you've seen in ages. Enjoy a little luxury at home in your tub - no plane ticket to Jordan required!