Monday, April 7, 2014

Healthy Skin at the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal spa that was created by pooling waste waters from a geothermal power plant that was built in 1976. People did not start bathing in the waters until five years later, and when the water was discovered to help treat psoriasis, the Blue Lagoon company was formed in 1992. The Lagoon is a huge tourist destination. The milky, blue waters contain minerals such as silica, sulphur, and algae all of which exfoliate and smooth the skin. There are "pots" of the mud located in various parts of the spa in which visitors can smear the mud on their skin. What many people do not know is that the Blue Lagoon is an actual spa that helps to treat skin conditions. In order to get a spot at the clinic, whose dermatologists and nurses treated over 6000 patients in 2005, one must first get a referral from a dermatologist, at which point then, a single room costs upward of one-hundred dollars per night. The clinic also promotes healthy eating and exercise as well as offering UVB light therapy, a practice used very commonly for skin issues, chiefly psoriasis. Below are photos I personally took at the beautiful Blue Lagoon.

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