Thanks to social media the skin care industry has never been more successful, seeing a near 60% increase in profitability over the last 10 years. People are realizing just how important it is to care for their skin the same way they care for the rest of their bodies. There's a difference, though, between taking good care of your skin and not-so-good care of it.
If you're just getting into the skin care game, you need to know the skin care essentials. Keep reading to learn how to properly care for your skin.
How to Care for Your Skin
Because the skincare market is exploding so much lately, millions of opinions on how to take care of your skin properly are coming out of the woodwork. How can anyone know what to trust?
When in doubt, the best route to go is often the natural one. With natural skincare solutions, you know exactly what's going into the products you're buying. There are no strange chemicals that can potentially harm you, or that you might have an adverse reaction to.
What's more, natural skin care products are usually made in a more sustainable way, meaning you're reducing your carbon footprint. Even mixing one or two natural products into your routine can make a huge difference to your skin. That's why we at The Salt Box love salt so much -- it's natural, and its benefits for the skin are amazing.
Why You Should Use Salt in Your Skin Care Routine
Salt is one of the most beneficial natural skin care solutions we know of.
There are very few skin care issues that salt doesn't help with. It works as a fantastic exfoliator, hydrates skin, and detoxifies at the same level as many factory-made skin care solutions. It's also extremely versatile, able to be used in a wide range of products including face masks, shampoo, moisturizer, and bath bombs.
Salt is 100% natural. You know exactly what you're dealing with when you're using salt. It's also easy to work with -- most salt-based skin care recipes just involve mixing salt into a few other compounds and you're done.
If you've never tried a salt-based skin care product, you're missing out big time. Hopefully, we can convince you to change that.
Learning the Skin Care Essentials
Whether you're a skin care newbie or a practiced veteran, your skin care routine could always use a shakeup. Here are some of the best ways you can rejuvinate your skin care routine, and your skin itself.
Use (and Make) a Salt Scrub
If you're ready to test the capabilities of sea salt for your skin, a salt scrub is one of the best ways to start.
Salt scrubs are incredibly beneficial to your skin. They help detoxify the skin, pushing out all the unwanted toxins and clearing out your pores. This leaves your skin softer and blemish-free with regular use, making it one of the best exfoliators you can whip up.
Making a salt scrub is easy -- just follow our Dead Sea Salt Scrub recipe and you're ready to go. Dead Sea salt has fantastic exfoliating benefits, but you don't have to use Dead Sea salt specifically. You can swap it out with one of our other sea salt products for similar effect.
We recommend using the salt scrub before every shower (morning or night) for best effect. Just rub it into your skin -- your face, your elbows, any dry areas -- and rinse in the shower. Make this a routine and you'll love the way it makes your skin look.
Have a Sea Salt Soak
If you're more of a bath person than a shower person, you can get whole-body skin care relief with a nice Dead Sea salt soak.
The best way to do this is with a bath bomb. Dead Sea salt bath bombs (and salt-based bath bombs in general) spread throughout the bath water, soaking into every inch of your skin. Not only does this hydrate your whole body, it also offers you relaxing benefits that you'll love after a long day.
If you're not the bath bomb type, give natural epsom salts a try. Epsom salts soothe and soften your skin, and are especially great if you have a condition like eczema. They're also known to help with inflammation and pain!
All you need to do is scoop the recommended amount of salts into your tub and you're ready to go.
Try a Bentonite Face Mask
Your face is (ideally) the first thing people see when they look at you. Considering this, it's important to make sure it's looking its freshest.
A bentonite-based face mask is one of the best ways to ensure this. Bentonite is a type of clay known for its ability to detoxify. On top of that, it's great at treating acne and removing heavy metals from the body, and is full of great minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron.
Try using our Bentonite face mask up to twice a day; once in the morning, and once before bed. We've made ours specially with honey to help soothe and cleanse the skin and promote relaxation. You'll love what it does for your face.
Treat Your Feet
One of the most overlooked part of any skin care routine is the feet. Unfortunately, your feet should be one of the main focal points!
If there's one area of the body that has the potential to crack and dry out, it's your feet. Just think about how much you use them, and how often they're cramped up in shoes. After a long day, there's no better way to treat your feet than a soothing magnesium foot bath.
Magnesium flakes are flakes of concentrated magnesium chloride, which is a natural type of magesium. By mixing them into a foot bath, you can reap all the hydrating and rejuvinating benefits of magnesium. This includes bone support, detoxification, muscle tension relief, and general hydrating of foot skin.
Try ending your day with a relaxing magesium flake foot bath. You'll love the relaxation it brings you, as well as the moiturizing effects.
Say Goodbye to Dandruff
Dandruff is just dead skin that happens to collect in the most unfortunate place -- the head. If you have dandruff, you need to treat it like a skin care issue and tackle it.
Salt is actually a great way to fight dandruff. All you need to do is take about two teaspoons of your favorite skin salt, sprinkle it onto your head, and massage it into your scalp for about 10 minutes. Then, wash your hair out, condition it how you like, and you're done!
You can use Dead Sea salt, or just about any other type of skin care salt you'd like. Perform this task in the morning, or on days when your dandruff seems worse than usual. You'll notice instant results as the sea salt removes all the dandruff and hydrates the scalp, stopping it from creating more.
Don't Forget About Your Nails
Your nails aren't technically skin. Even so, your nails are an important part of your body and you can't ignore them in your skin care routine.
Skin care experts believe that salt strengthens nails and softens the cuticles, leading to overall healthier, more attractive nails. If you're the kind that loves getting their nails done, you'll love this little-known skin care secret.
All you need to do is mix a teaspoon of your favorite salt, baking soda, and lemon juice into a bowl of warm water. Soak your nails in the mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then finish off by scrubbing your nails with a brush. A new toothbrush will work great.
Wash your hands off, then finish the process with a good moisturizer. You'll glow the rest of the night.
Remove Excess Facial Oil
We all get blemishes on our face, but we don't have to deal with them. Salt can help take care of the issue.
Try mixing a teaspoon of sea salt with about four ounces of warm water. Put this in a spray bottle, and let the salt dissolve fully. You now have a sea salt mist that you can spray all over your face to remove all that excess facial oil.
Oil is the cause of acne, blackheads, and clogged pores. With this daily mist (use it once or twice per day) you can win the fight against blemishes.
It's Time to Experience Absolute Skin and Body Care
If you're looking for a revamp to your skin care routine, don't sleep on the skin care essentials above. By mixing these tips into your skin care routine, you can learn how to take care of your body skin properly. From your face to your feet, you'll love the way your skin looks and feels every day.