Dead Sea 101

Dead Sea 101

Dead Sea Jordan 101

1) Although the Dead Sea area might be one of the safest places to sunbathe, as it’s known for therapeutic UVB solar radiation, don’t let that fool you into not wearing your sunscreen and re-applying every now and then.

We all know how those sun burns can get pretty nasty and could ruin the rest of your trip.

 2) The Dead Sea’s world famous mineral black mud has a great soothing effect and is highly beneficial medically in treating skin conditions, but I would highly recommend you applying the mud first on a small area of your skin (your face not an option!) and leaving it for a while and check how your skin reacts to it before going ahead and slathering it all over, as people with sensitive skin might experience redness and itching.

The raw mud has high concentrate of minerals that might be too harsh for your skin, compared to the ones used in spas or sold commercially by manufacturers which tend to be less concentrated.

 3) The Dead Sea’s soothing super salty water, some ten times saltier than sea water, is also rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others.

So if you are thinking about jumping in head first, think again! As the smallest splash of water in your eye can leave you screaming like an opera queen. So I do recommend keeping your head above the water and wearing your sun glasses is a pretty good idea too.

 4) The Dead Sea’s unusual buoyant water has attracted visitors since ancient times, so if you are opting to enjoy this exquisite natural spa and God made huge bath tub ala- Cleopatra and King Herod the great, I do suggest checking yourself first for any wounds or nits and cuts, because Oh-Boy does it hurt!

It’s not called “The salt lake” for nothing you know.

 5) As you may know the Dead Sea is located at the lowest point on earth, over 400 meters below sea level. So while heading there I suggest grabbing a gum with you! Because the differences in pressure as you stroll down can get pretty uncomfortable especially for children or people with sinus or ear problems.  

 6) The Dead Sea isn’t called the Dead Sea for nothing; its high concentration of salt leaves almost no organic life to be able to survive in, although some form of bacteria and microbial fungi are present.

So what am getting to is go ahead and relax while you float around as no shark attack siren is about to go off like......EVER!

 

Travel tip shared by Larissa Qat

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