5 Volcanic Mud Baths You Can Visit To Stay Youthful
Have you ever considered getting a volcanic mud bath? For thousands of years, people all over the world have believed in the healing powers of mud facials and body treatments which can be found at high-end spas all around the world.
Volcanic mud baths are the mixture of hot spring water and volcanic ash. Not only does volcanic ash acts as Mother Nature’s natural skin purifier, but it is also rich in minerals like sulfur, magnesium and zinc. This gives it exfoliating properties that helps to remove dead outer layer of skin. Besides that, zinc helps to heal inflammation and the magnesium salts gets rid of inflammatory disorders of skin and joints. Meanwhile, sulphur is used to treat skin irritation and infection, including acne along with slowing down the aging process due to its ability to protect against toxic effects of pollution and radiation. Other benefits include giving you a super soft skin.
Volcanic mud can be in body baths, compresses, full body wraps and face masks. But if it were up to us, we’d prefer to just submerge ourselves into au-naturale volcanic mud bath. Here are some of the world’s best volcanic mud bath you’ll have to visit at least once in your life.
1. Boryeong, Korea
At the Boryeong Mud Festival, visitors will be able to enjoy mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the giant mud bath. But if you’re into relaxing activities, you can always chill in the mud massage zone. Though this may seem all fun and games, but the mud is actually rich in germanium and bentonite which is said to have healing properties. If you’re planning to visit Korea, be sure to stop at Boryeong to get your skin rejuvenated.
2. Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is said to be one of the world’s first health resorts and has been used for a thousand year. Fun fact, the Dead Sea is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean and contains 21 minerals, with nearly half of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Just floating in the world’s saltiest water can relieve you from skin problems, joint pain and heart complications. While the mud helps to remove toxins from the body and heal minor wounds. Sounds like something we could all use considering our hectic lifestyles!
3. Santorini, Greece
Visit the Santorini volcano on the island of Palea Kameni and enjoy bathing in its warm, sulphuric waters which is supercharged by past eruptions and has high levels of iron and manganese. Not to mention its mineral-rich mud. Your boat will probably drop you off for a short swim from the shore, so massage your skin with the mud and rinse yourself when it’s time to sail again. You can also visit Nea Kameni, where you can walk right up to the volcanic crater and snap a photo.
4. Milky Way Lagoon, Palau
You may not be familiar with Palau, but this Micronesian island is quite popular for being one of the best diving spots in the world because of it’s incredible underwater ecosystem. However, you’ll be diving into something a little different — white limestone mud that is said to promote longevity and exfoliates your body for a beautiful glow. At the Milky Way Lagoon in the Rock Islands of Palau, locals even claim that you’ll emerge looking 10 years younger. That’s something we can’t resist.
5. Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa, New Zealand
Located near Rotoroa City, which is an hour ride if you take the ferry from Auckland, is the only thermal park in New Zealand owned by the Maori, a native tribe of people who’ve lived there for over 700 years. What’s so fascinating about the Hells Gate is that it has been used to heal soldiers after battles. Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa is a 50-acre geothermal reserve that includes pools of boiling mud, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot waterfall, along with the country’s largest mud volcano. There are three types of mud that you can find at Hells Gate, white mud (to relieve burns), black mud (to treat arthritis) and grey mud (to exfoliate). There’s also a spring-fed waterfall for rinsing (and cooling) off.
So if you’re out of ideas for your next vacation, you can always choose one these spots to travel and unwind.