Ordinary salt is largely sodium chloride, which is very dehydrating, but mineral salt, such as Dead Sea salt, is rich in magnesium and calcium, which improve hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin. Indeed, those minerals—in addition to zinc and potassium, other components of unrefined salt—are classified by scientists as “natural moisturization factors” for the way they support the skin’s water balance.
One of the natural wonders of the world is the Dead Sea, which is 1,200 feet below sea level. Over millions of years, the hot dry air and high evaporation rate have contributed to the high salt concentration present in the Dead Sea, making it one of the saltiest lakes in the world. Compared to the 3% salt content of ordinary sea water, researchers claim that the Dead Sea water contains 32% salts with relatively high concentration of 21 minerals such as magnesium, calcium, bromide and potassium. Twelve of these minerals are not found in another other sea or ocean. Research has shown there are specific benefits to each of these Dead Sea minerals such as:
Minerals in Dead Sea Salt
-Chloride–balances minerals in cells and in the body, necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, which is vital for cell metabolism
-Bromide–heals and relieves disorders, and has relaxing effect as an anti-inflammatory agent, can be used as a natural antibiotic
-Iodine–vital for cell metabolism and regulates the metabolic energy, necessary for the production of hormone thyroxin
-Zinc– natural regulation of cell growth and regeneration. Facilitates cell renewal and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis (renews skin). A great antioxidant this mineral is a free radicals scavenger. It also improves sebo-regulation (anti-acne properties), anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural UV rays blocker
-Boron– replenishment of the Boron mineral helps to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
-Potassium– improves oxidation, stimulates and maintains nerve signals and muscle contractions, necessary to maintain water balance in order for cell metabolism to take place, assists cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste products. An imbalance of potassium often leads to water retention. Signs of potassium deficiency include abnormally dry skin and acne as well as flare ups of Psoriasis.
-Sulfur–necessary for secretion of bile from the liver and for converting toxins into non-toxins. Has also been shown effective to help relieve symptoms of skin disorders such as Psoriasis and Eczema.
-Sodium Chloride–nourishes and hydrates skin cells and removes toxic waste, improving its permeability
Acne: Dead Sea Salts have a high sulfur content and useful in the cleansing required to purify the skin of acne sufferers
Reducing Stress: Dead Sea Salt and Mineral Mud from the Dead Sea offer wonderful relief of the symptoms by increasing circulation and detoxification necessary to remove the by products from the stress cycle thereby freeing your cells from toxins. They also moisturize the skin and enhance relaxation of the body, which in turn enables one to obtain adequate sleep, necessary for regeneration of the body
Psoriasis: Skin is assisted in eliminating toxins, regenerating new cells, increased circulation and general body purification, which has resulted in lengthening the duration of remission and has been recommended as an alternative treatment for the conditio
Cellulite: Dead Sea Salt can assist in detoxifying, improving circulation and suppleness of the skin, and can assist in the general cleansing of the skin, necessary to remove the impurities that are otherwise trapped within the tissue
Skin Allergies: The high magnesium and bromine content in the Dead Sea Salt is beneficial for anti allergic due to its cleansing, detoxifying of the skin, providing smoothness and relaxation
Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema: Sever itching often subsides, clearing is usually good
Dry Skin: Regular soaking with Dead Sea salts and then applying a moisturizer can also alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. High mineral content in the Dead Sea Salt, helps both in cleansing and replacing required electrolytes necessary for healthy skin
Wrinkles: Research into the benefits of minerals from the Dead Sea Salt has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkles
Arthritis: Minerals in the mud found in the Dead Sea improve blood circulation necessary to reduce the inflammatory response, together with the detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.
Hair Loss: By using Dead Sea Salt in cleansing the scalp, it improves the hair follicles ability to allow hair to growth, in turn reducing hair loss
Dandruff: Dead Sea Salts contain sulfur in a natural form. In addition the other minerals assist in detoxifying and cleansing which is vital to restore the balance of cells to reduce the oiliness of the scalp.