The saltiest water in the world, the Dead Sea — which borders Israel and Jordan — has been said to heal psoriasis, osteoarthritis, sinusitis, and other ailments thanks to the salty mineral-rich water. The water is so salty, in fact, that you'd be wise to hold off on even shaving your legs for days before submerging... just to avoid the sting. And once you do get in the water, you'll be shocked at your body's uber-buoyancy. The water found in the Dead Sea might have healing properties, but the mud is a wonder of its own — and that's the magic product we're talking about.
It's long been used by celebrities and top spas across the world. In fact, the products are making waves in the entertainment industry after Soos Dead Sea Spa products for pets was added to the Grammy gift basket this year. It’s it’s good enough for Arianna Grande’s dog... it’s good enough for us. (Kidding — sort of?)
Getting this mud straight from the source is even better. If you plan a visit to Jordan, you’ll want to shop the markets of Amman, do a photo shoot at ancient Petra, check out the Dana Biosphere Reserve, and ride camels at Wadi Rum. Of course you should also have some spas on your itinerary, and since the top options are in five-star hotels (one of which is a castle) it’s a no-brainer.
Facials in all the best spas in Jordan (the Kempinski, Six Senses, Intercontinental, Four Seasons, Movenpick) have Dead Sea mud on the menu. With these luxurious treatments taking place in an area with naturally filtered UV light and very high oxygen levels, it’s a ultra-unique spa experience that leaves your skin beyond radiant.
The best spa in Jordan, according to the World Spa Awards, is the Ishtar Spa by Resense at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. Once you’re scrubbed with the minerals and salt from the sea, you get rubbed down with the best mud in the world and wrapped up, burrito style. While the mud works its magic, you relax with a head and neck massage.
The spa also has a luxe pool — so if the water starts to burn (as salty water tends to do), you can jump into the water and regroup. Another thing to keep in mind? The mud does stain swimsuits — so don’t wear your brand new Vitamin little black bikini here. Instead, wear one you don’t mind getting ruined. They say the salt scrub can help cellulite on your bum and thighs, so your cute bikini will be ready to wear when you’re back in action!
If you’re not planning a trip to the Middle East, don’t panic: You can get this mud online: Shop on the Nordstrom site for Ahava Natural Dead Sea Mud for a scant $16 a packet. It wouldn’t be the same as flying your friends out to stay at the Movenpick Castle in Petra... but a staycation with the girls would definitely be improved with a little exotic mud.
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