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​Salt Water and Your Skin: Facial Scrubs, Foot Baths and Restorative Bath Soaks

Posted by The Salt Box on 28th Feb 2018

There are so many ways that natural salts can be implemented into your health and beauty regime. Whether it’s soaking in a warm, aromatic bath, wrapping an epsom salt infused washcloth around sprain, strain or sore muscle, or adding salts to your favourite face oil or balm for a refreshing and cleansing face scrub, the restorative qualities of salt are truly magnificent.

Natural salts can be implemented into beauty regimens in a number of ways. From foot baths to face scrubs, let's look at what the magic of natural salt can do for you.

There are countless ways you can integrate natural salts into your lifestyle regime, whether it be for healing fatigued muscles, soothing a tired and weary spirit or sparking up dull and lifeless skin. Salts have detoxifying properties and the ability to imbue the body with vital minerals to help promote better health.

What are the Benefits of Using Natural Salts on Your Skin?

So what are the benefits if natural salts in your skincare regime? Firstly many salts have the ability to help detoxify the bloodstream and in doing so brighten complexion and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

When added to a warm bath, some salts can also have a profound detoxifying process. The skin is very porous, and through the process of reverse osmosis, the salts help flush out toxins, heavy metals, and accumulations of other harmful substances.

Using salts as a face scrub can increase circulation and reduce fine lines, removing dead skin cells and bacteria clogged in the pores can let the skin’s natural radiance shine through. But don’t stop at your face! Scrubbing salt over your entire skin’s surface is a great way to naturally cleanse your body, reduce the prevalence of imperfections, and leave you looking completely refreshed. 

Which Salts are Beneficial for The Skin?

There are so many different kinds of natural salt that are great for optimising our skin’s appearance. While some are better for soothing and relaxing, others work to exfoliate away dead and unwanted skin cells and blemishes. Some salts help to detoxify the bloodstream, while others work to finely restore our faces natural glow. So which one should you choose?

Epsom Salts: Epsom salt is excellent for soaking. They are loaded with magnesium, which is a key player in the production of energy in cells, so by increasing levels in the body, it can make your skin feel more revitalised. It also has excellent detoxifying properties, and will help flush out toxins and other impurities.

Dead Sea Salts: Dead Sea salt is rich in minerals, which have a range of benefits for your skin. It can be used as a scrub or to soak in. Its high sodium content helps slough off dead skin cells and flakes, while minerals like calcium, zinc and potassium work to promote moisture retention, helping your skin stay soft, plump and hydrated. It has anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for people with skin allergies and conditions.

Himalayan Pink Salt: Himalayan pink salt is also great as a scrub or to soak in. Himalayan bath salts have been known to minimise fine lines, cellulite and reduce inflammation. They can also encourage arteries to expand, increasing blood flow and circulation, and eliminate toxins and chemicals in the skin.

Hawaiian Black Lava Salt: Hawaiian black salt contains activated coconut charcoal, which is a natural detoxifying agent and will help remove impurities in the skin. As a scrub, it draws out dirt and oils and is a great way to naturally fight problem skin.

Hawaiian Red Salt: Hawaiian red salt is sea salt that has been infused with volcanic Alaea clay, which contains naturally-occurring trace minerals that have powerful detoxifying properties. The clay naturally draws out dirt and impurities and is excellent in a scrub.

It’s important to remember that some salts are more fine than others. Coarse or rock-like varieties are great for soaking in but are so suitable for using as a face scrub. In this case it’s best to turn to finer salts like pink Himalayan salt or ground Dead Sea salt for the best results.

How Can I Use Natural Salts In Your Beauty Regime?

The ways you can salt in beauty regimes are endless. Add a tablespoon or so to your favourite oils or balms for a refreshing and cleansing face scrub. Removing dead skin cells and toxins in the pores will leave your face looking and feeling radiant. 

If face scrubs aren’t your thing then a foot bath might be the way to go. Add some Dead Sea salts to a shallow basin and allow your feet to soak and soften before exfoliating using the remaining salt and moisturise with your favourite balm or cream.

You can extend this exfoliation technique to the rest of your body, adding a few tablespoons of sea salt to a mixture of coffee grounds and essential oils can make for a fragrant and stimulating overall body scrub, reducing the appearance of cellulite and energising the skin.

Lastly you usual facial routine can be taken up a notch by adding your favourite salts to a basin of hot water and steaming your face after using a face wash, opening up the pores and encouraging detoxification.

Natural salts are an inexpensive and simple way to mix up your beauty regime without too much effort or adding heaps of additional products to your bathroom cabinet.

Playing around with soaks, baths, scrubs and oil infusions could lead to you finding the perfect way to manage skin conditions, reduce stress and keep you looking fresh and revitalised. Check out our wide selection of natural bath salts here.