Inside of our bodies lie the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water, so it’s no surprise that sea salt is a natural way to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin.
The difference between sea salt and ordinary salt is the mineral content: Sea salt is full of minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium. All of these minerals play an important role in our skin’s health, function, and cellular communication. When your skin’s mineral balance is all thrown off, bringing sea salt from the kitchen into your beauty routine can help balance and improve hydration, strengthen the protective barrier of our skin, and kick-start the cell-to-cell communication signals that slow down with age.
1. Face Wash
Both salt and honey have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts and irritation. They also help to balance oil production and retain hydration in the layers of skin where it’s needed most. If you’re noticing annoying menstrual acne, dryness from weather changes and etc, give a sea salt balancing mask a try.
Here are the steps: Mix two teaspoons sea salt (preferably finely ground) with four teaspoons raw honey to create a spreadable paste. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, avoiding eye area. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Before rinsing, soak a washcloth in very warm water, and gently wring out. Lay the warm washcloth on your face for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to gently exfoliate in a circular motion while rinsing your skin thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with your usual skin-care routine.
2. Facial Toner
Sea Salt helps cleanse out pores ever so deeply, balance oil production and thwart bacteria that can instigate breakouts and acne. If your skin is prone to becoming oily throughout the day, give a sea salt toner a try after your skincare routine, followed by a natural moisturizer.
Here are ya steps: Mix one teaspoon sea salt with four ounces of warm water in small spray bottle until salt is dissolved. Mist on clean, dry skin, avoiding eyes. Use daily or twice daily.
3. Rejuvenating Scrub
It gets better folks. Sea Salt can also be used as a skin-softening exfoliant which restores skin. Used along with aloe vera, it will hydrates, heals, and aids skin cell turnover. Throw in a little lavender, and you now have a natural antiseptic that increases circulation.
Try it: Mix together a half-cup salt, a quarter-cup pure aloe vera juice or gel, a quarter-cup oil (your choice!), one tablespoon dried lavender flowers, and 10 drops essential oil of lavender. The resulting mixture should form a thick paste; if it’s too dry, add a few extra drops of oil. Apply in the shower with a washcloth, loofah, or the palms of your hands, gently scrubbing your skin in a circular motion.
Have you used sea salt in any of your skin regimens? I’d love to hear from you!