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Published on Feb 20, 2019
INSIDER'S A.C. Fowler heads to the Dead Sea in Israel. Is it worth the trip and a bucket list must, or is it a total travel nightmare? A.C. will rate it on how crowded it is, if the mud bath works, and how well you can float in the salty Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea in Israel is actually not a sea. It's a lake, and it's bordered by Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. It's fed by the Jordan River in the north. It's called "dead" because no life can be sustained in the water because of its high salt content. At 10 times more than any other sea in the world, the high salt content means you can't sink in the water.
About 1.74 million tourists and locals visit the Dead Sea a year. Spring and fall are usually the best times of the year to visit the Dead Sea due to the milder weather. The average temperature near the Dead Sea is about 80 °F (26.6 °C).
At the Dead Sea, there are natural mud deposits, and the mud is supposed to be really good for your skin. The same minerals in the mud are also in the water.
Dermatologist Marisa Garshick explains that it's not just the quantity of the salt in the Dead Sea, but it's actually the type of salt that is found. The Dead Sea has a lot of magnesium, bromide, calcium, and potassium, and these elements may have true benefits for the skin.
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