To the lowest point on earth, and nature’s best spa. Thank you for being the highlight of my trip and currently one of my favorite places in the world. You’re a real one.
The name says it all. It’s a dead sea, nothing lives in it. It’s just too salty. So salty that this is the perfect place to vacation if you don’t know how to swim. All you can do is float! The salt keeps your body up on the surface of the sea. All I did was close my eyes and feel the sun on my body and embraced the silence. All I heard was the sound of the water calmly hitting shore.
I’m not a hypocrite though and I know what you’re thinking because I preach the SPF (which I ALWAYS have on), but the UV rays here are low since it’s the lowest spot on earth. AKA it’s so difficult to get burned or end up with skin damage. You bet I took advantage.
Formed by a rift in the earth’s crust, the Dead Sea is a national treasure. It’s the lowest point on earth as the shores are approximately 1400 ft (430 meters) below sea level (as of 2016). Every few years, the water recedes. Yup, that’s right, the dead sea is actually dying (ironic). 34% of the sea is salt with extremely high mineral content. Can you IMAGINE the health benefits? Let’s get into that…
When I said nature’s best spa, I meant it. It’s said that at times doctors prescribe visits to the dead sea because of the benefits the mineral content in the water along with the natural mud laying on shore contains.
List of some benefits the Dead Sea’s mineral content and mud has to the largest organ on the human body, SKIN:
- Relieves acne
- *I can attend to this because I had three huge pimple enemies from traveling and after just one day in the sea, they flattened out!
- Improves elasticity (aids collagen production)
- Decreases appearance of wrinkles
- Minimizes the appearance of pores by clearing them out
- Rids psoriasis (reduces inflammation in general)
- Decreases the appearance of cellulite
- Pulls out impurities laying on the surface of the skin
- Aids in respiratory issues
- Helps the bones relax
- How does it aid all of the above?
Typically what you’re supposed to do is take the mud from shore, smother it all over the face and body, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then soak in the dead sea water as you wash it all off. When the mask is on your skin, it’s pulling out all impurities. As it does this, it’s also stimulating blood circulation. When you take it off in with the sea’s water as you’re soaking in it, the minerals from the water (such as magnesium, potassium, iodine, calcium, zinc, etc.) are seeping into that fresh layer of skin and giving you all the QUALITY benefits.
WHERE TO STAY?
The Dead Sea is a 45 minute drive from Amman, Jordan’s capital. I would suggest renting a car from wherever you are coming from. When you arrive, you’ll see that there is a strip of resorts. Most of them have day passes where you can have a room for a day to keep your things and check out later that night. Almost every resort has their own entry way to the sea and private area. My favorite resort to stay is Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa. The hotel is so beautiful as it is right on the beach. The rooms are designed to make you feel like you’re staying in a spa. They have a few restaurants in the resort that all have amazing food. At night, they turn the lights on, have live music playing, and everyone’s dancing the night away.
If you’re not staying in a resort, there is a mall called Samarah Mall on the strip that has many delicious restaurants and souvenir shops.
portable charger. Trust me, it comes in handy when you’re at the beach. It also helps when its cute and people keep throwing compliments 😉 (click here for cute charger)
Clothes, I guess
Chapstick (click here for my current favorite)
Dramatic straw hat to make yourself feel important and relaxed if you know what I mean (click here for my favorite one ever)
Sandals (click here for my ride or die pair)
If you ever end up at the Dead Sea, tag me in your mud mask photos. Cheers to traveling the world, and keep pullingravity. 😉