Dead Sea Mud is a naturally occurring substance found in one of the most unique bodies of water in Israel. Dubbed the world’s first spa, Queen Sheba and Cleopatra are said to have used the mud’s natural healing properties to get that youthful glow. From Royals to Tourists, thousands travel every year to get their own spa treatment in the magical waters to cover themselves in the healing mud.
Among fans are the likes of Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore who, let's be honest, defy the odds of aging. The minerals found in the Dead Sea are meant to detoxify and purify the body, leaving skin feeling cleansed and renewed.
What's actually in Dead Sea Mud?
According to Seacret Spa; "it’s incredibly rich in many nutrients and minerals, including magnesium, phosphates, sodium and bromides. And it’s that higher than usual concentration of natural elements, that your facial skincare can benefit from"
How do I use it?
Apply an even layer over the face (avoiding the lip and eye area) or body and leave for 15-20 minutes or until the mud has dried. Wash off with a warm washcloth in circular motions and enjoy that fresh glowy skin!
Are there any risks?
Like adding any new product into your skincare regime, it’s always best to do a small test patch before applying large amounts to the face or body (particularly for those of us with sensitive skin!) For optimal results, follow the instructions on the packet and do not leave the mask on for longer than suggested. Only use once a week to avoid any skin irritation.
When can I expect to see results?
After only a few uses, you’ll start to see the mud working its charms and results are more radiant and refined looking skin. Say hello to that glow!
What are the benefits?
1. It detoxifies the skin and absorbs excess oil
The minerals in the mud work together to absorb any excess oil, dirt or toxins on the skin. It can also help to minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment 30g, $37, available at mecca.com.au
Sky Organics Dead Sea Mud Mask 250g, $24.71, available at au.iherb.com
2. It helps to fight acne and rosacea
Dead Sea mud has been shown to help minimise acne; drawing out any impurities for smoother looking skin. It can also reduce the appearance of redness or rosacea, achieving a more even looking skin tone.
Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask 249g, $48, artnaturals.com.au
7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Tube 175ml, $10, available at target.com.au
3. It targets a variety of skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis
Applying the natural properties of the mud to affected areas has been known help improve psoriasis, eczema and even alleviate joint and muscle pain. In some cases, it has even helped to relieve symptoms of arthritis. Can your ordinary soap cleanser do that?!
Yeouth Dead Sea Mud Mask 236ml, $30.80, available at au.iherb.com
Ahava Natural Dead Sea Body Mud, $30, ahava.com
4. It contains anti-aging and hydrating properties
The exfoliating clay texture helps to remove dead skin cells whilst the minerals in the mud invigorates the skin and stimulates blood flow, leaving a more youthful and radiant appearance. It is also incredibly hydrating and can soothe any skin that is rough, swollen or irritated.
10&CO The 4am Set Dead Sea Mud Mask, $48, 10andco.com
Seacret Spa Mineral Rich Clarifying Mud Mask, $115, au.seacretspa.com
So, if a trip to Israel to bathe in the Dead Sea isn't really in the budget right now, opt for one of the high-quality on-the-go options and reap the wondrous benefits of the mystical salty waters. Until we find the definitive answer to eternal youth, an at home, all-in-one facial using Dead Sea mud seems like the next best thing.