We were at dinner on Saturday night & we overindulged! This was a ‘splurge’ and we wanted to make sure we did it up right & made ourselves proud. We’re not overeaters by any means, but we know how to get down! However, since we don’t ‘get down’ very often, the minute I finished my plates, yes plural, I noticed how gosh darn thirsty I was. I mean, I felt so thirsty that my eyes began to feel dry. I knew, after eating a jumbo shrimp cocktail, cheesesteak egg rolls, bread with butter, a steak (topped with lump crab & hollandaise), french fries with some glorious dipping sauce and finished the meal off with with bread pudding………. no judgement……… I knew, that my body was in salt overdrive. I mean, I bet I had more salt than I had had all week or maybe weeks LOL. But dang dinner was good. SO. MUCH. FOOD. How am I even alive!? Anyways, this got me thinking. Sure, too much salt is a bad thing for our bodies & I clearly paid for it that night and the following day, but how does it play to our skin’s health!?
Salt works as an antiseptic and antimicrobial that draws out gunky impurities from your pores, leaving you with clean & balanced skin. When salt is applied to the skin, it can be drying, so it actually drys out any acne or blemishes faster. But like our table salt, it doesn’t always have to be so darn drying when used & moderation and the right kind of salt. Magnesium-rich salt can improve the skin’s barrier function which will result in greater skin hydration. And it doesn’t stop there. Sea salt is shown to reduce inflammation in eczema. Essentially, when used correctly (and with the right products), salts can provide hydration & help with cell turnover.
There are two types of salt typically used in skincare routines – sea salt and Himalayan salt. If you have sensitive or dry skin, Himalayan salt is the gentler option. It is unrefined, hand-mined and has I think over 80 naturally-occurring minerals and elements like zinc. Sea salt, contains traces of the essential minerals from the water it originated in. These minerals make sea salt a natural detoxifier!
If you’re ready to experiment with salt in your daily skincare routine, we’ve scoured the web & spotted some really easy DIY’s that you can consider. Just remember, like my meal, too much salt can actually be a bad thing. So test it on your skin and experiment with the frequency.
Our Favorite DIY’s
Add one-third cup salt to a tub filled with warm water. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
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.
Mix a quarter-cup salt and a half-cup olive oil or softened coconut oil into a thick paste. Considering adding 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Apply in the shower with a washcloth or loofah gently scrubbing your skin in a circular motion. Be careful you don’t get it on your feet or you will bust your ass. AKA fall… I’ve done it.
Our Favorite Store Bought’s!
‘A scrub crafted from Pacific sea salt that improves skin tone and boosts circulation, with the help of fair trade sugar and organic plant oils.’
‘Mineralizing multitasking elixir delivers immediate hydration + prepares skin for maximum absorption of serums and moisturizers. Organic Seaweed, Dead Sea Salt and Aloe Vera restore skin’s mineral balance.’
‘Elevate your regular bath water with Herbivore Botanicals Detox Bath Salts. Infused with a nutrient-rich blend of Pacific sea salts, Cambrian blue clay and eucalyptus oil, Detox Bath Salts envelops your body in a stress-reducing bath. Enhance your bath regimen with this gentle formula to achieve softer and smoother skin.’
‘Inspired by simple Swedish style, made in America. This fresh-smelling Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap creates soft suds for bathing or shaving, while embedded salt flakes provide gentle exfoliation. Mineral-rich sea salts are an age-old tonic for softening and moisturizing the skin.’
‘Mineral salt cream that provides deep moisturization and itch relief for dry & flaky skin, while strengthening the protective function of the skin. Contains 8% sea salt that soothes itchiness and peony extract, phytosphingosine and ceramide that deeply moisturize the skin.’
‘Best for folks with…
- Dehydration (Alicia’s Tip: dehydrated skin lacks moisture. Oily skin types can have dehydrated skin, too)
- Dark spots, uneven skin tone
- Fine lines, wrinkles
- Dullness, lack of radiance’
‘Refreshing, exfoliating, hydrating…what doesn’t this scrub do? Our cult classic scrub has a mineral-rich mix of fine and coarse sea salt for serious exfoliation, balanced with coconut oil and avocado butter to soften the skin. That punchy citrus scent? It comes from lime oil as well as limes extracted in vodka to brighten and tone. Just one scrub with this beauty and you’ll see why it’s so popular!’
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