September 18, 2019 4 min read
Mud baths, mud facials, and other mud skincare practices are amongst the most ancient of human health rituals. Cultures from around the globe have utilized natural clay, mud, and even dirt to care for their skin for millennia. Just because our ancestors did it, does that really mean that clay for skincare is actually effective?
Today, we will answer that question by exploring how mud can benefit your skin, the properties of dead sea mud that make is so special, and discuss some frequently asked questions when it comes to natural mud and skin health.
Naturally occurring mud is an excellent ingredient for your skin. Yet it is important to understand that the mud from your backyard may not have the same benefits as mud sourced from the dead sea or other unique locations. In and of itself, mud has little benefit when used as a topical ingredient. It is the contents of the individual types of mud that truly bring out the best in natural mud and clay ingredients.
The most beneficial muds for skincare are those which are rich in minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and more. These minerals are great for evening out skin tone, nourishing skin, and even for gentle cleansing.
Another fascinating property of many muds is their negative charge due to the presence of ions. Certain types of ions found in clay, mud, and dirt have actually been shown to kill bacteria. While we still wouldn’t recommend slathering up with any old mud, this helps to explain why mud is actually a safe ingredient for topical use.
To explore these ideas further, let’s take a look at mud sourced from the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has been a veritable Mecca for the health-conscious since the days of Cleopatra. This destination is known for its high sodium content, actually allowing swimmers to float casually in the nutrient-rich water. In fact, studies show that bathing in the Dead Sea has reduced the symptoms of psoriasis and acne.
These same Dead Sea nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, and so forth, seep into the sea bed and into the mud. Many of the benefits of traveling to the Dead Sea can be reaped by using Dead Sea mud products. The skin healing properties remain similar, just with a different method of delivery.
Just a few of the health benefits of Dead Sea Mud include:
Probably not. The craze of eating mud to “detox” your system has been largely debunked. Geophagy, the term for eating dirt, clay, and other similar substances, is still widely practiced across Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, any potential health benefits from this practice are completely overshadowed by the risk of illness and/or parasites. While dead sea mud is perfectly safe as a topical ingredient, eating mud is likely to make you quite sick!
As a naturally sourced ingredient, mud is about as wide ranging as they come. The effects of your mud-based products will vary dramatically due to the quality of the mud itself, the method by which it has been manufactured, and the intended application. We prefer dead sea mud because it is well researched and proven safe for use on the skin. Yet there are many great options for those who take the time to do their homework.
As discussed in the previous sections, the efficacy of mud is primarily due to its high mineral content and natural exfoliating properties. The right mud utilized in the right way can absolutely have a positive impact on your skin health.
The Yellow Bird was founded on a simple idea: provide natural, effective products for affordable prices. We are proud to offer a wide range of artisan soaps, shampoo bars, charcoal face scrubs, and much more without ever using synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, or GMOs.
Our ingredients from natural sources whenever possible. Our Dead Sea Mud, Pumice, Charcoal Soap Bar is made in the US using cold processed, small batch manufacturing methods. If you are looking to incorporate the power of Dead Sea Mud into your skin and beauty routine, this is a great way to get started!
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