The Dead Sea, situated between West Bank and Israel, is the lowest point on earth. It is fed by the river Jordan and has the highest salinity levels. To be more precise, the salt in it is 6 times more than the amount of salt present in the oceans. The sea is so salty because it is continuously fed by the local rivers of the area and there is no river that drains the sea. So, the water gets collected in the sea and it slowly evaporates leaving behind minerals and salts. This process has been going on for years. No wonder the soaps and mud masks made from the salts of the Dead Sea are loaded with benefits.
Salt that is found in other seas is made up of 90% sodium, whereas salt in the Dead Sea has only 10% sodium and the rest is a high concentration of other minerals like magnesium, bromine, potassium, and calcium. It is because of the presence of such minerals which are highly beneficial for the skin, that people travel from all over the world to the Dead Sea to benefit from its properties. Its mud baths have been popular since the time of the Pharaohs. The healing properties of the salt is known to help people with skin aliments like eczema and psoriasis.
Dead Sea cosmetics are known for their anti-aging properties. The salts are rich in magnesium chloride, which is why they benefit the skin. Dead Sea mud benefits the skin by providing protection and preventing it from damage. The texture also becomes softer because of soaps and mud mask. The salt accumulated from the Dead Sea is known to reduce acne from the face and body.
Regular use of Dead Sea mud soaps makes the skin softer and younger looking. The salt scrubs are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. The advantages of these salts and other products are not only limited to the skin, their therapeutic properties are also known to relax the muscles.
Dead Sea Mud Soap Recipe
Now that we have covered the health benefits of sea salts, let's take a look at how the soap is made.
- Dead Sea salt
- Epsom salt
- Melt-and-pour Soap base
The quantities of the above ingredients should be in proportion with each other. First, melt the soap base. Make sure that you follow the instructions written on the melt-and-pour base package properly. Let it cool for sometime, then mix in the Dead Sea salt and some Epsom salt. Add in the essential oils, you can decide to mix as many as you want. Place the mixture into soap making molds and set it to cool in a safe place. In about a day's time, your soap should be ready.
Making the soap can be quite painstaking but the good news is that one can always order a bunch of Dead Sea salt products over the Internet.