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!