The benefits of the Dead Sea salts

The Dead Sea is a salty lake located between Israel, Cisjordan and Jordan. Its salt concentration is exceptional: around 25% compared to 3% average for other seas. The salts of the Dead Sea are highly concentrated in different minerals, which give them unique properties, and differentiate them from other marine salts.

Properties of Dead Sea salt

The Dead Sea is rich in mineral salts because of the warm climate facilitating their concentration thanks to water evaporation.
Unlike sea salt, which is mostly composed of sodium chloride, Dead Sea salt is composed of various minerals like potassium, magnesium or calcium.
This high concentration in minerals gives to the Dead Sea salts interesting properties for the skin. Potassium, magnesium1 and sodium2 protect and strengthen cutaneous barrier function, thus improving skin moisture. The anti inflammatory effect of these minerals also reduces redness and itching. Dead Sea salts also relieve other body inflammation like rheumatisms and aches.
Anti proliferative properties of magnesium are particularly valuable for improving the condition of people with psoriasis or atopic dermatitis.

Association with essential oils

Dead Sea salts can be mixed with different essential oils to bring additional benefits to mind and body.
In contact with the hot water of the bath, volatile aromatic compounds will diffuse into the air and be inhaled. These molecules will activate specific receptors in the olfactory bulb. The use of essential oils will cause the release of neuro-messengers in the brain and contribute to their relaxing (release of serotonin), euphoric (release of endorphins) or stimulating (release of noradrenaline) effects.

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1. Proksch, E.; Nissen, H. P.; Bremgartner, M.; Urquhart, C., Bathing in a magnesium‐rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin. International Journal of Dermatology 2005, 44, (2), 151-157.
2. Yoshizawa, Y.; Kitamura, K.; Kawana, S.; Maibach Howard, I., Water, salts and skin barrier of normal skin. Skin Research and Technology 2003, 9, (1), 31-33.