Why is the Dead Sea world’s #1 spot for treating psoriasis

Written by Zvika Gasner Koheleth, 15-January-2020, Edited 19-November 2020, Photography by Angela Hechtfisch

Dead Sea & skin disorder

The Dead Sea is a closed saltwater lake containing 26 kinds of minerals essential to the human body, half of them do NOT exist in the oceans and therefore it contains unique. The Dead Sea has been proven to be effective in relief for a variety of skin diseases including psoriasis (asthma of the skin), arthritis, and many more. It is only natural that these minerals and their benefits would become desirable for visitors around the world paying a visit to some of the hotels in the Dead Sea with spa, beauty & skincare activity.

Dead Sea minerals substances

The following substances appear in the Dead Sea minerals: Calcium – which cleans pores and relieve skin cells, Chloride – balances Alkaline levels for cells metabolism, Zinc – for cells renewal, Potassium – maintain the water level in cells, stimulates nerve function, Sulfur – improves oxidation, Boron – relieve symptoms of psoriasis, and many more. The Dead Sea Mud is also rich in various minerals mentioned earlier. These minerals stimulate circulatory activity, enrich oxygen in the skin, detoxifies and strengthens skin tissue.

Why is the Dead Sea world’s #1 spot for treating psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a noncontagious, chronic skin condition that produces plaques of thickened, scaling skin. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp. Why is then the dead sea is the #1 spot in the world for treating psoriasis?

Well, there are mainly 4 reasons for this: (1) The high concentrated water with essential salts & minerals, (2) the UVA (damage-free) filtered sun rays, (3) Dead Sea mud, and the (4) release of stress.

Dead Sea salts & minerals skin beneficial

These minerals balance moisture in your skin and body. Most of the minerals in Dead Sea salt reach deep penetration and make your skin permeable so that any skin moisturizer applied after the bathing would go deep inside your skin to give it a long-term moisturizing effect. Following this, the salts & minerals help break down thick plaques and allow sunlight to target the inflammation underneath.

Dead Sea Sun’s ray

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, more than 400 meters below sea level, and located in the Israeli Judea desert. The sun shines on average 350 days a year. The Sun’s rays must pass through the water haze, an effect caused by the minerals condenses, therefore the haze helps to filter out the shorter of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which are the most dangerous to the skin. The longer is the wavelength (that manages to “penetrate” the haze) the better and longer effect for psoriasis threatening.

Dead Sea black mud

From the bottom of Dead Sea, the lowest point on the Earth, the Black mud is obtained. It is highly rich in a mixture of Dead Sea salts and oils. Apart from various minerals present in Dead Sea salt, the black mud contains natural tar and silica. Since ages ago it is known that black Dead Sea mud is a terrific way of healing various skin disorders.

As you massage the skin with Dead Sea mud, you get a gentle peeling that works in several ways: the sulfur, which is abundant in the mud (which is responsible for its strong odor), dissolves the top layer of the skin, thus contributing to the rapid regeneration of the cells; The high salt content in it absorbs liquids and leads to an increase in the upper layers of the skin; And the herring (an important group of minerals) gently exfoliates the skin and helps remove the dead cells, resulting in stretched skin and shrieked pores. Therefore, Dead Sea black will exfoliate your skin, detoxifies and hydrates it, increases blood circulation, and reduces inflammation.

Psoriasis symptoms and decreasing stress

The 4th reason why the Dead Sea is so beneficial to psoriasis is the body-and-soul connection. The pleasant experience in the thermo-mineral pools while being exposed to the sunlight at the Dead Sea, improvement of blood circulation, detoxified skin, and reduced inflammation, all these decreases stress, that is a known factor as psoriasis symptoms relief.