Moisturisers, cleansers, anti-ageing products, body washes, exfoliators, face masks… all those beauty products can make for a strain on the bank balance. But there’s one product that is low cost, completely natural, and very, very versatile.
Salt. Yes, salt. Sea salt and Himalayan salts both have a wealth of minerals that play important parts in your body’s function, health and cellular communication. From face masks to body scrubs to salt therapy, there is a whole catalogue of ways that salt can feature in your beauty routine. Here’s just a few:
Using Salt for Beauty Benefits
1. Mask yourself.
Salt and honey both have properties that can work wonders for the skin. Mix two teaspoons of finely ground sea salt with four teaspoons of raw honey, and spread evenly across the face (avoiding the eye area). Leave for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with a facecloth soaked in warm water, and then enjoy the natural glow.
2. Bath time.
Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, which is a clever little mineral that assists in muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and making protein, bone and DNA. A relaxing soak in a hot bath with a few scoops of Epsom salt can raise your magnesium levels, which often drop from stress. Your muscles and your skin will reap the benefits.
3. Scrub, scrub, scrub.
Mix some natural salt with your favourite body wash or skin cleanser to create a great exfoliant for your skin. Use it in the show so you can wash it off easily, and your skin will be soft and smooth. Alternatively, try mixing a couple of teaspoons of salt with a scoop of coconut oil, to make your very own natural home scrub. Silky soft at a low cost.
4. Salt therapy.
If you want to give your body and your skin an extra treat, book yourself in for some salt therapy sessions. Sit in a massage chair in a relaxing environment and breathe in the pharmaceutical-grade salt. During a salt therapy session, micro particles of dry salt are dispersed into the air. Dry salt is highly absorbent, so the small particles can permeate into your skin’s epidermis and absorb oils which contribute to acne, as well as reduce the frequency of eczema outbreaks and other conditions.
Salt has natural antibacterial properties that can thwart the development of bacteria and help normalise your skin’s pH level.
5. Bye bye flaky scalp.
Have a bit of dandruff? Mix a couple of teaspoons of natural salt into your shampoo, and then get to work in the shower. Give your scalp a thorough massage all over. You can even try it without the shampoo, massaging the salt straight into your scalp. Once you’ve washed the salt out thoroughly, shampoo and condition as usual. Instant results.
Go ahead and get creative with natural salts. Your skin will be so smooth, you’ll look like a grain of salt yourself!