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How does a mud bath improve the quality of your skin?

        Health | Spa Health

A tourist at the Dead Sea covers herself in rejuvenating mud before taking a dip in the famous waters.
A tourist at the Dead Sea covers herself in rejuvenating mud before taking a dip in the famous waters.
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Sink naked into a tub of hot, thick, slightly stinky mud and you'll discover what every child knows so well: Getting dirty can be a joy.

Like most spa treatments, a mud bath can relieve stress, ease the body and calm the mind, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. But the mud bath has something else going for it, too: It can improve the condition of your skin. The results can be dramatic enough that some dermatologists recommend it to their patients as complementary therapy.

So, how can a mud bath help?

While no one is entirely certain why a mud bath can be therapeutic, it seems to be strongly tied to the anti-inflammatory effects of certain fancy-mud ingredients.


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