When it comes to masking, we don't waste any time studying up on the latest in skincare miracles: whether they be in Korean sheet mask form, DIY kitchen savers, or the charcoal variety. But in the world of natural masking wonders, the crème de la crème is said to find its source in the Dead Sea.
Since ancient times, the Dead Sea has been a renowned source of rejuvenation for royals and travelers with rheumatic illnesses and skin issues like eczema. OG beauty guru Cleopatra, according to legend, even set up shop there during her reign in Egypt, creating one of the first spas in the world because she believed so strongly in the sea's healing powers and skin-boosting benefits.
Eternally ageless celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore also incorporate it in their beauty routines, which is honestly a better endorsement than any. These days, you don't actually have to book a flight to Israel to reap the best of the region's skin benefits. Below, the many reasons why the Dead Sea mud is supposedly a cure-all for your skin and where to shop the best masks crafted from it.
1. It contains a high concentration of minerals that help you maintain healthy, youthful skin.
Purifying Mud Mask, $35; ahava.com.
Not even the best antioxidant-rich serums and salicylic acid scrubs can go toe to toe with the natural ingredients contained in the dead sea mud. The layers of sedimentary clay store a high concentration of over 21 minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfates, and bromide.
2. It can be especially beneficial for people with skin diseases like psoriasis and related joint pain from psoriatic arthritis.
Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask, $14; amazon.com.
Research on spa therapy in the region says that the most proven benefits to health from the Dead Sea are for treating psoriasis and joint and muscle pain. While much of the relief comes from actually soaking up the air and sea on location (the climate, air quality, and UV protection of the area all promote healing), the minerals in the mud still easily absorb into the skin, so they're worth a go when your tea tree oil just isn't cutting it.
3. It banishes acne.
Dead Sea Mud Mask, $12; radhabeauty.com.
The combination of an exfoliating clay texture, antibacterial qualities, and the way the clay soaks up oil, dirt, and impurities makes the mud a dream detoxer for treating acne. It's also supposed to minimize pores and keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay 🙏, so consider it like an all-in-one facial.
4. It's extra hydrating for skin.
Aria Starr Mud Mask, $14; amazon.com.
The mud is also said to help maintain natural moisture levels in the skin, stimulate blood flow to the capillaries, and oxygen to skin cells. By sealing and infusing your skin with the mud, the skin experiences a temporary "energy boost" resulting in a more rosy, radiant glow.