Health and beauty benefits of salt water

Our ocean-view vitality pool is filled with mineral-rich Dead Sea salt water to provide a more holistic and therapeutic experience than a traditional chemical-filled hot tub as part of ou marine-inspired Thermal Suite. Read on to find out how salt water could benefit your health...


From the Greek thalasso meaning 'sea' and therapia meaning 'treatment', thalassotherapy uses the healing and beneficial properties of the sea and the marine environment for your health and wellbeing. However, there’s no need to be battered and chilled by the Atlantic Ocean, instead, sink into sheer bliss in our saltwater pool in our world-class luxury spa on the coast of North Devon.

The history of sea saltwater therapy

The ancient Greeks knew all about the health benefits of mineral-rich water or “thalassotherapy” - who have long bathed in man-made pools filled with salty seawater. It was Hippocrates, the Greek physician also known as the "Father of Medicine", who first used the word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of salt water. They believed swimming in salt water could soothe your skin, improve blood flow, and increase functions in your immune system to name a few which are still believed to this day.

How could bathing in a dead sea salt water vitality pool benefit me?

Beautiful skin

Being the largest organ in the human body, as a rule, when our skin feels good, so do we. Equally, if our skin is suffering, so too, are we. Swimming in salt water is known to cleanse the skin and is believed to rejuvenate, exfoliate and detoxify the skin. According to a study in the February 2005 edition of the “International Journal of Dermatology,” bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution helps promote skin moisture and promotes cellular regeneration, improving the appearance of your skin.

Skin disorder relief

Following on from the aesthetic beauty benefits of salt water for the skin, studies have also reported that salt water can help to heal a myriad of atopic skin disorders ranging from eczema and psoriasis to acne - where sufferers constantly battle dry, irritable skin which is prone to infection and inflammation. It is believed that magnesium-rich water improves skin barrier function, enhancing hydration and reducing skin roughness and inflammation.
So, if your skin is dry or itchy, or you simply crave improved-looking skin,  swimming in salty sea water may be the simple solution!

Natural stress and muscular relief for well-being

We think that most people would agree that there's nothing quite like a swim in the sea! The activity of swimming is often referred to as a natural way to relieve stress. According to wellness pioneer and author J.I. Rondale, magnesium depresses nerves to relieve nervous irritability for an increased sense of calmness.  

Salt water also happens to contain the mineral bromide, which is known to activate the body’s healing mechanisms to fight conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and inflammatory diseases, as well as common aches and pains caused by physical and emotional stress. Magnesium-rich seawater purportedly can also help induce sleep - as could tiring yourself out with a swim we suppose!


Supposedly, stress is the number one contributor to ageing, meaning that lounging in our new luxury spa could be considered anti-ageing therapy! As above, in our ‘ Beautiful Skin’ section, a study has claimed that salt water helps promote the body’s natural self-healing processes, moisturising the skin and promoting cellular regeneration, improving the overall appearance of your skin. Maybe the lesson here is: the more you swim and bathe in salty sea water, the better you will look and feel! 

Boosts immunity

Salty sea water contains many vital minerals that have been known to be beneficial for your overall health. It’s believed that the compounds produce antibiotic, bacteriostatic and hormonal substances which can have biological balancing effects to help promote a healthy immune system. According to naturopathic doctors, Connie & Marcel Hernandez;

 “These substances are easily assimilated by our bodies during sea bathing. An interesting fact is that seawater has a similar composition as our blood plasma.”

This would suggest that it is easily absorbed and utilized by your body while swimming. In addition, it’s also claimed that swimming in seawater opens pores in the skin to allow the absorption of sea minerals and the expulsion of disease-causing toxins from the body as well as absorbing calcium for healthy teeth and bones.


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*These statements are for informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for medical counselling. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Saunton Sands and Source Spa shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused directly or indirectly by the information contained herein.