Every time I drive down to the Dead Sea I find it difficult to believe that just half an hours drive from Jerusalem the scenery and climate change so drastically.
But the heat, although overpowering sometimes, is still more bearable to me than the humid climate of the Mediterranean coast.
The sun here, at the lowest point in the world, has its harmful rays filtered out and sunbathing is beneficial to many skin complaints.
If you’re visiting the area for health reasons then check out how much your hotel offers free of extra charge. You should be able to get the use of the hotel’s beach, indoor Dead-Sea –water pool, Jacuzzi and solarium without having to pay anything extra. Maybe also the use of sulphur pools and sauna.
Remember if you have any scratches, open wounds etc the salt water will be painful so stick to clear water pools. If you suffer from high blood pressure or heart problems or are pregnant then be guided by the notices which give the maximum amount of time that should be spent in the various treatment pools.
This is the best place to stock up on Dead Sea skin products and often the hotel shops have excellent prices, but take a trip to the mini-malls in the shopping area by the hotels as they have very good package deal prices – shop around.
If you found the treatments beneficial then take some mud and sea crystals back home and continue the treatment there.
You don’t have to stay in a hotel to get the benefits of the Dead Sea. There are several day spas and, as the distance from the main towns is relatively short , you can get a lot of sunbathing / treatments without having to stay overnight.
People fly in from all over the globe to benefit from the Dead Sea water, mud and sun. Those of us living here are fortunate that it is so much easier ( and cheaper) for us.