Let’s start with the first shocking fact: the Dead Sea is actually a lake. Additionally, it’s the lowest point on earth below sea level (430.5 meters). The lake can be found between the East side of Israel and the West side of Jordan. The Dead Sea has been called like this as it’s impossible for fish, algae or plants to survive due to the high salt level.
Why do you float?
The Dead Sea is famous for the fact that anybody can float in it without any practice. This is because water goes in (rain and surface water) but is unable to get out again. Due to the warm climate the water loses H2O content and the salt becomes more concentrated for about 65,000 years already!
For centuries, people have been using the dead sea mud for their own health benefits. It turns out that the mud contains minerals small enough to get through your skin pores. Studies claim that the minerals have a healing and relieving effect on the skin:
- Reduces the depth of wrinkles
- Soothing effect on allergic reactions through magnesium and bromide
- Helps relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne by regular visits
- The minerals have a stimulating effect on blood circulation
Although the Dead Sea is definitely worth a visit, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when going:
It’s best not to put your face underwater and try to avoid being clumsy before going as it can be unpleasant entering the lake with open wounds or cuts.
Because the water is so salty, it’s best to take short dips of 20 minutes to avoid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Be careful when floating, because once you end up on your stomach it’s pretty hard to get back on your back. Due to the salt level it’s difficult to put your feet on the ground to reposition yourself.