Sea salt contains a variety of minerals that are especially beneficial for the skin. It is for this reason that Dead Sea salt is used therapeutically to promote healing and beauty. It has been in many different ways been incorporated into skin care routines to maintain healthy skin. Here is more on the benefits of sea salt bath for your skin and general health.
A Little about Sea Salt
Sea salt has essential minerals like potassium and magnesium that are therapeutic. They also have rejuvenating qualities thus keep your skin bright and beautiful.
First of all, let’s find out what this salt is all about:
Also known as solar salt or bay salt. Sea salt is produced by evaporating sea water or water from saltwater lakes. This is done with minimal processing as compared to table salt with is extracted from sedimentary deposits and is heavily processed to remove minerals.
Depending on the source of water, sea salt may vary in composition of minerals and elements. This creates a variety of flavor, color, and levels of coarseness.
According to Bruce Neal, an Australian Professor, the consequences of consuming sea salt and regular table salt are similar. These are largely attributed to the main ingredient which is sodium chloride. One big difference is that table salt has a higher amount of iodine compared to sea salt.
Either way, whichever type of salt you choose to consume or use in your skincare routines, be sure to do so in moderation.
Benefits of Sea Salt Bath for the Skin
Sea salt contains a variety of minerals and elements that are considered beneficial for the skin. It contains natural healing properties thus considered a perfect natural ingredient in beauty products and therapeutic remedies for most skin ailments. Here is more:
Sea salt is an excellent disinfectant. Since the old times, Ancient Egyptians and the Roman doctors used sea salt in ointments to heal cuts and scrapes. While I was growing up, my grandma would always put salt on a bleeding wound to stop the bleeding, clean it up and prevent entry of microbes. Well, salt on wound sounds like adding on to the pain but it sure does work.
Sea salt soaks are also used to hasten healing for cold sores and piercings.
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Place a ¼ teaspoon of ground sea salt in a cup
- Add half a cup of warm water
- Use clean cotton balls to soak up the salty solution and apply to the wound, cold sore or piercing
- Do this several times a day for best results
Sea Salt Bath Detox
Sodium chloride, a mineral in sea salt helps to get rid of toxins and other by-products of metabolism. The skin is the largest organ of the body where detoxification and elimination occurs. As toxins build up in your system (in the kidneys, liver, and colon) your skin may present with inflammation, acne and other skin problems.
If the other elimination organs are overloaded, your skin will try to compensate. It will release toxins through the surface by sweating. In addition to acne and skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, other symptoms of a toxic overload may include:
- Dark under eye circles
- A dull complexion
- Mix a ¼ cup each of sea salt, Epsom salt, baking soda, apple cider vinegar
- Dissolve this mixture in 500mls of boiling water
- Fill a tub with hot/ warm water and pour in the mixture
- Add 10 drops of your desired essential oil
- Soak in the bath for at least 30 minutes
Relax, Reduce Stress and Sleep Better
We (beauty conscious) all understand that beauty sleep is a very important part of improving your skin and general health. The body repairs itself while you take that quality sleep for at least 7 hours a day.
Sea salt baths have a soothing and calming effect thus help in inducing restful and rejuvenating sleep. You get to relax and calm our nerves making you sleep better. Bromide, magnesium, and potassium in sea salt soothe aches, relax your muscles and relieve pain. This brings relaxation to the entire body thus help to sleep better.
Benefits of more and better sleep include:
- Fewer wrinkles
- Brighter eyes
- Less puffy eyes
- A glowing complexion
- More productive at work
The variety of minerals in sea salt provides healing and therapeutic measures for people who have dry, itchy and sensitive skin conditions. Sea salts are rich in anti-inflammatory agents such as zinc and bromide which help relieve pain, irritation, and swelling. It also helps treats inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis.
Regular sea salt baths have been used as a co-treatment in natural remedies to improve psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema.
Sea salt is coarse and grainy in nature. The presence of minerals such as sodium and calcium make it a perfect agent for exfoliation. Use it to remove the top layer of skin which is majorly made of dead skin, grime, and bacteria. Dead skin cells contribute to rough skin, clogged pores, and blemishes.
Improve Circulation and Make the Skin More Permeable
Minerals that are present in sea salt penetrate into the skin and make it more permeable. Sea salt baths used before application of topical creams and medications provide better and longer lasting results.
Sea Salt and Acne
This is an incredible way to cleanse pores, balance the production of oil and get rid of bacteria that cause acne and pimple breakouts. Sea salts baths help to get rid acne on the chest and back. Soak in a sea salt bath to effectively get rid of acne on the buttocks (buttne).
According to seasalthealth.com, to help with acne,
- Sea salt improves circulation and helps the skin to breathe
- The potassium in sea salt helps in water balance
- It helps in absorption of nutrients and also to get rid of wastes and impurities
- Calcium helps to clean up skin pores and make the cell membranes stronger
How to use a Sea Salt Bath to get rid of Acne
- Add 2 cups of sea salt into a bathtub filled with warm water
- Soak in for at least 20 minutes
- Shower and rinse off with plain water to remove the salt
- Pat dry and do not forget to moisturize
Taking sea salt baths enhances circulation and improves the skin’s integrity. A bigger shot from the regular bath which only serves to clean. There are various ways to use sea salt which will count for those big steps in making changes to your lifestyle.