Wherever you go- you hear on how you should reduce your salt intake. People shrug their shoulders and say “too much salt is bad for you”. I follow their advice, who wants to float around like a bloated balloon or have blood pressure problems.
The other day, I chanced upon another kind of salt – sea salt. Entirely different from the normal table salt that we consume, sea salt is very rich in minerals that help in keeping body electrolytes in good shape. Being a beauty geek, I had to figure out if sea salt had any beauty benefits too or was it restricted to healthy eating only. Turns out that apart from the numerous health benefits sea salt can be used in skin care to get healthy, glowing skin.
Some of the benefits of using sea salts in your skin care regime are:
- better and improved blood circulation
- reduction in aches, pains and swellings
- cleaner pores
- combating acne
- helps to get rid of toxins.
Sea salt is an excellent facial scrub as it is a mineral rich exfoliant. If you want to use sea salt to extract the toxins from your skin you need to simply make a paste of some fine grain sea salt with a little bit of water and gently rub it on your skin before a bath. Leave this paste on for a couple of minutes before stepping in for your shower. Not only will your skin feel soft and supple, you will feel energized and refreshed as well.
To make a sea salt scrub that is invigorating and refreshing add a few drops of apricot or almond oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a cup of sea salt. Once you are in the shower use this scrub in circular motions all over your body to get silky smooth skin. Store this mix in an air tight container and use when required.
Use a sea salt facial scrub to get an intense moisturizing effect along with combating acne, getting cleaner pores and fighting wrinkles. For a easy to assemble face scrub take 1 tablespoon of fine grain sea salt, a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil such as lavender, avocado, jojoba etc and massage this mix on your face and neck in gentle circular motions. Rinse off with warm water and follow up with a light moisturizer.
A plain sea salt and water scrub is also excellent for those suffering from psoriasis and eczema and other skin irritations.
Try a sea salt foot bath using some essential oil such as neroli, lemon, tangerine or lavender to relax and pamper your peds at the end of a long day. This mix of sea salt and essential oils helps in calming and relaxing both the feet and body taking them to a balanced state apart from providing the obvious exfoliating and moisturizing benefits.
Have you used sea salts in your skin care routine? Tell us your story.