People’s obsessions can be anything from shoes to cars. Most of us have something we collect, treasure, research, admire or lust after. My obsession is with skin and finding ingredients in nature that enhance, repair, heal and protect it. I get giddy over things we have in our cupboards that can transform skin. I love to find the latest “skin miracle” at my local grocery store. I love when there is easy access for everyone to be able to indulge and use these ingredients. I have to admit there are very few people I can call and share my excitement. Most of my friends do not understand being shaken with delight over something like salt. It seems basic, but salt is simply amazing!
Not all salt is the same and not all salt provides the same skin loving results. Salt is generally produced one of three ways: deep-shaft mining, solution mining or solar evaporation.
Evaporating seawater produces real sea salts. This process leaves different trace mineral and elements depending on where the seawater is from. There are a wide variety of sea salts available. These include everything from salt harvested off the coast of France, Israel and Pacific sea salts. All offer a different mineral makeup and all have different properties that are good for skin.
Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits. It is more heavily processed and also contains an additive to prevent clumping. The processing of table salt eliminates minerals and elements that are beneficial for skin.
Salts from deep shaft mining or solution mining such as Epsom or Himalayan salts can also have a unique mineral component beneficial for skin and bath soaks.
All salts are not created equal when it comes to skin. For this reason when I teach DIY classes, I only use pure salts with a mineral and trace element content that have a desired outcome I am looking for in the product we are making. One simple way I like to illustrate the difference between the make up of salts is to have my students taste a grain of (pure with no additives) dead sea salt (do not do this at home if it has scent or there are additives in it) and a grain of pure sea salt. The flavor speaks volumes on how different the mineral make up of salt can be.
There are so many beneficial uses for salt it would be impossible to list them all. Here are a few that illustrate just how awesome salt can be. When used as a bath soak they do everything from help heal psoriasis and eczema, to help regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes, flush toxins, relieve stress and revive you. Additionally some research has shown that children with autism have a deficient detoxification pathway that uses sulfate to get rid of toxins, and the pathway can get clogged when there is not enough sulfate. Bathing in Epsom salt helps raise sulfate levels in the body, which can get the detoxification pathway flowing again.
When used as a scrub salt gently cleanses pores and exfoliates. Exfoliating is imperative for healthy, youthful, glowing skin. Dead skin cells not only clog pores they also make your skin look dull lackluster and can make our appearance age. When you exfoliate, you remove the outer layers of dead epidermis (skin) cells, which also speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing smoother, healthier skin cells and reduced wrinkles.
Economical, powerful and readily available, salt is a perfect at home spa and beauty treatment that is both affordable and you can easily make products with. This cost effective beauty wonder will not only save your skin and wallet but also eliminate waste from packaging and manufacturing when you buy in bulk and make your own.
Age Defying Facial Scrub
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt (Super finely milled or put fine milled in a food processor for a few whirls)
- ½ teaspoon strongly brewed coffee, white, green, black or red tea
- ½ teaspoon soy milk or cream
Place all ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse till combined, or mix well by hand.
Stress Relieving Bath Soak
- 1 ½ cups of Epsom salt
- ⅛ cup of well ground oatmeal (try to get as close to a power as you can with the tools you have at home using either a food processor, spice or coffee grinder or blender)
- ¼ cup of any milk (Nut, soy, goat or cow, fresh or powdered)
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 drops of carrot oil
- 2 drops of vitamin E
- 2 tablespoons of orange juice
If you use powdered milk you can mix the main ingredients in advance and keep in a sealed container, and add the optional ingredients directly into bath.
Muscle Relief Soak
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 2 cups dead sea salts
- ⅛ cup powdered mustard
- ¼ cup pure sea salt
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- ⅛ a teaspoon fresh ginger grated
- 2 tablespoons of strongly brewed tea of chamomile, licorice, valerian, devils claw or cramp bark
You can mix the main ingredients in advance and keep in a sealed container, and add the optional ingredients directly into bath.
10 Salt Tips And Tricks
- Removing dead skin cells: In the shower or bath after soaping gently massage your entire body with salt. It both exfoliates and aids the circulation.
- Reviving tired, swollen achy feet: Soak feet in a bowl or basin with a combination of equal parts baking soda, Epsom salts, and sea salts.
- Mouthwash: Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda for a mouthwash that freshens breath. Add 1 teaspoon of salt mixture to ¼ cup water.
- Mosquito bites, poison ivy: Soak in salt water to relieve itch and irritation
- Clean your shower or tub: If you use any type of moisturizer when bathing it can make surfaces slippery. Sprinkle equal amounts of baking soda and fine milled salt on shower floor or bathtub after bathing, and scrub away when finished to prevent oil build up.
- To detoxify: Use a combination of 1 cup Epsom salt, ½ cup sea salt and 1 tablespoon of kaolin clay for a detoxifying bath soak.
- Beach waves: Mix sea salt, coconut oil and water and put in a spray bottle. Use on wet hair to create the beach wave look when dried. How much salt you use depends on the level of curl you want and coconut oil on dryness of hair.
- Facial toner for acne prone skin: Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and put in spray bottle. Spray on face (keep out of eyes). Make sure to moisturize your skin as well.
- For dry calloused feet: Mix equal parts sea salt with cornmeal and baking powder for a perfect feet treat. Soak feet first to soften, then scrub and moisturize.
- Brighten your nails: Forget the fancy pricey nail whiteners, make your own. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1-teaspoon sea salt and soak nails for reduced yellowing and to remove dirt.