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The Natural Mineral That’s Good For Your Skin

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Good skincare can be hard to come by. Quality ingredients can be costly, and some products don’t even contain a high enough percentage of the good stuff to be effective. But, what if you found out that there was a good skincare product that covered about 71% of the earth, and that there was no scarcity of it, in fact, there were oceans of it. The list of the benefits of salt water for your skin is becoming more and more widely acknowledged lately and might be worth investigating. Read on to find out why you might want to bring a jar the next time you’re at the beach.

Salt’s Effect On the Body
Ok, so let’s start with the basics. What is salt? Salt is a combination of chloride and sodium found in at least three percent of our oceans. When the water evaporates, the salt crystal is left behind, and it is in these natural salt crystals that vital nutrients are found. With a rich mineral content including key minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, salt has been known to boost weight loss, improve levels of blood sugar, reduce symptoms of asthma, and regulate cardiovascular health.

All salts are not created equal
Ok, so before you go rubbing table salt on your skin, you should be aware that table salt is bleached and highly processed and has probably been stripped of anything that could possibly be of benefit to your health. In fact, when doctors warn against salt, it is probably table salt to which they are referring. When it comes to skin care, you’re better off with the unprocessed salts.

Sea Salt
Natural sea salt is a good choice for skin care. It is made of many of the minerals naturally occurring in our bodies already, including calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which help in cell communication and healing. Sea salt will prevent mineral deficiencies which can result in dry, dull skin, blotchiness, and irritation, improving hydration and strengthening skin’s outer layer.

Pink Himalayan Salt
Only recently popularized in Western culture, people from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, have been reaping the benefits of pink Himalayan salt for over 2,000 years. Also unprocessed, it is full of the skin strengthening minerals that the body needs.

Benefits of Salt Water
So, you may be wondering how exactly this natural commodity works on your skin. Here are some of salt water’s reputed benefits:

Salt water can

  • Close open pores
  • Absorb excess oil
  • Kill bacteria that causes acne
  • Lessen the appearance of scars
  • Exfoliate dead skin
  • Restore skin’s pH levels
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase hydration
  • Speed the healing process

Drinking Salt Water
While you may have guessed that it is not advisable to drink anything you might find in the ocean, you’re the own brew of salt water may help to detoxify cells and improved digestion, in fact, there’s even a name for it. A warm glass of salt water, known as “Sole” is the new way to start the day and begin internal healing. A natural form of salt added to warm water will aid digestion, reduce inflammation, detoxify cells, and improve your sleep and bone health.

The Salt Water Effect

salt and water

We all know that salt makes food taste delicious, but did you know that salt can actually be an all-natural beauty staple? It’s true, from body scrubs to mouthwash, salt can do more than just season your french fries.

Regular iodized salt, otherwise known as table salt, can be effective in several of the following applications; however, sea salt (which is also readily available in grocery stores) contains many more minerals that will amp up your beauty routine. Epsom salts, which are particularly effective at pulling toxins from the body, are typically found in the health and beauty section of grocery stores. Gourmet salts such as Himalayan pink salt can also be used (and would make an excellent DIY gift idea), but tend to be a bit pricier and harder to find.

Skincare
Salt can be used to treat a number of skin conditions, including acne. To help the healing process of a pimple, soak a cotton ball in some warm salt water (3 Tablespoons salt + 1 cup water) and then hold the cotton ball on your pimple for 3-4 minutes before rinsing with plain water. Do this once or twice daily until your pimple has healed.

Excessive intake of sodium often can leave you with swollen or puffy eyes. Draw out the retained water with a salt water compress: Soak a washcloth in warm salt water and apply it to your eyes for 10 minutes.

Dental Health
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Salt alone can treat dental conditions such as gingivitis and sore gums, but combined with antiseptic essential oils such as tea tree, creates a natural and effective mouthwash. Make your own by combining 2 cups of water with 12 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and storing it in a clean, airtight container.

Body Care
As a natural exfoliant, it makes sense that salt would make a terrific body scrub. Make your own custom body scrub by mixing 2 cups of coconut oil with 1 cup of coconut oil and 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (if you want some ideas, try orange, grapefruit, or lavender). This scrub is too harsh for the delicate facial skin, so just use it on your body!

Tired, sore muscles can benefit from a soak in Epsom salts. Add 1 cup to your bath water, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a spa-like experience. Bonus: Soaking in Epsom salts for 20-30 minutes can increase your body’s magnesium levels, which is a good thing since most of us are deficient on this essential mineral.

Hair Styling
Highly coveted beachy texture can be yours with an at-home sea salt spray. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of hot water with 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, then shake well to combine. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils if you want a scented spray! To use, spray directly onto damp hair, scrunch it in with your fingers, and air dry for the ultimate beach look.