Question: My neighbor brought me back a small bag of Dead Sea Salts from her trip to Israel. She says its good for my skin. But my cardiologist has told me to cut back on salt to lower my blood pressure. Who is right?
Answer: While it is certainly true that excess dietary salt is not good for both your heart and yourskin, Dead Sea Salts have significant health benefits. How? One of the reasons is that rather than just plain sodium chloride, Dead Sea Salts are actually a mixture of beneficial minerals. The sodium chloride content is actually much much higher in traditional ocean water than in the water in the Dead Sea.
Dead Sea Salts have a payload of healthy minerals including magnesium, iodine, zinc, potassium and sulfur. A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, found that soaking in a a bath enriched with Dead Sea Salts relieves the pain of arthritis. The skin can absorb some of the minerals to increase circulation. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea Salts because the minerals help the skin retain moisture and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the psoriasis skin care benefits can be traced to the magnesium content in Dead Sea Salts. This essential mineral is known to bind water to skin cells, normalize skin cell growth and reduce skin roughness. All good.
You can purchase bags of pure Dead Sea Salt as well as in skin care products which include the salts in their list of ingredients. Many commerical Dead Sea Salt products are actually made from the mineral-packed mud that is near and in the Dead Sea. Mud facials with Dead Seal Salts eg AHVAVA Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask are especially effective. These beauty masks soak up excess oil, lift off dead dry skin cells while the magnesium helps the skin plump up with gorgeous moisture.