Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Dead Sea

I just had a luxurious mud bath.

Yes, you read that correctly. I caked my body in mud and then rinsed it off with steaming-hot water, leaving my skin soft and beautiful. And it's all thanks to the Dead Sea.

My own photo, taken in Israel. Jordanian mountains in the background.

The Dead Sea, found along the borders of Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank, has long been a skin-care oasis--we're talking even before the Romans were around. The high concentration of salt (salt makes up approximately one third of the sea) and minerals have been known to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even arthritis!

There's nothing like taking a dip in the Dead Sea and floating about. While the water stings all of the little cuts you never knew you had, you emerge with skin softer than you knew was possible.

Floating with my friend Inbar (left).
A silly picture with a friend from my trip. Look at that view behind us!

It's hard to recreate the Dead Sea, even in your bathtub, but you can still benefit from its healing powers. There are plenty of beauty products that feature Dead Sea mud or salt, from bath salts to foot cream to plain old mud. My favorite brand is AHAVA (which you can find at Ulta), but there are plenty of others, too! (I know you can get the Freeman Dead Sea mud mask at the drugstore or Ulta, as well.)

Whether it's in Israel, Jordan, or the West Bank, I highly recommend visiting the Dead Sea at least once in your lifetime. Just make sure to cover your body in mud before taking a dip! While I can't speak for the other two places, I know that it's an easy day trip if you're spending time in Jerusalem. (And if you're in Jerusalem, or Israel in general, email me--I'll tell you more sites to see!)

c/o Tracy Hunter
c/o Itamar Grinberg

Have any of you ever been to the Dead Sea? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

P.S. Did you know that the Dead Sea is on the lowest point of land on Earth? And the temperature is already well over 100˚F in early May!


  1. I loved the dead sea! And from the looks of your pictures, it would appear we both went through the same 'resort' entrance on the beach. The one negative I recall is that there was no soap in the showers, and I forgot to bring some of my own, so after swimming I was super sticky for the rest of the day. Totally worth it though; such an amazing experience!

  2. Hmm, don't remember that part. We went straight from swimming in the Dead Sea to riding camels, so I don't think we were too concerned about the stickiness! What a coincidence if we did go in at the same entrance. I went with a Birthright trip, aka, touristy haha.

  3. What a wonderful post & beautiful photos. I've never been abroad but I plan on seeing the world some day....I'll have to add this to my list of places to go!

  4. I never knew that about the dead sea, and how it's beneficial to your skin. I guess it's true you learn something new every day. I am sucker for some good mask. I will look for these the next time I wanna do a pamper day. Thank you for sharing Chole, it was really interesting. :D

  5. The Dead Sea is so awesome! Though when I went I'd just broken my toe the day before, so it hurt like all hell to walk around in that mud, lol. And I wasn't expecting it to be so shallow and sharp on the bottom! But wow, what a cool experience. Definitely want to get back there someday!

  6. Great photos! It sounds so fun! I must add this to my bucket list :)


  7. OW! I had fallen on Masada and had a giant scrape...that hurt, too!

  8. Oooo I want to try a mud bath so badly! This sounds amazing!

  9. I would love love love to go to the dead sea!

  10. Ugh, I'm insanely jealous! Looks like a blast... and I've heard it does WONDERS for your skin!

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  11. I have heard great things about doing a mud bath. I think being able to swim in the Dead Sea would be a great experience!

  12. What a beautiful area! I can't wait to visit there one day, but for now I'll enjoy my AHAVA products :)

  13. Oh my gosh those are just amazing photos! I had heard of the Dead Sea and never knew if it was truly real that you could float just like that! I love that it treats all kinds of skin problems, etc. I would definitely love to go!

  14. This is so cool! I didn't know about it but taking a bath there has so many benefits! I hope one day I get to visit and enjoy it as well! Thanks for sharing :)
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  15. My skin had seriously never felt better. I was so sad I couldn't just bottle up the entire sea and take it home with me!

  16. Swimming in it somehow feels much better on your skin than the mud! Not sure why.

  17. YES! It's SO true! You walk in it and are like, what I'm not floating. But as soon as you lean back in the water...

  18. I hope you get to experience it, too!


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