Did you know that our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water? It’s no wonder that sea salt is often used to balance, protect, and restore the body & skin. Now that we will have to miss the salty ocean for a while (bye bye summer!), it’s time to learn a bit more about how to use salt in our beauty regime. I did some research and found some cool head-to-toe tips for you guys, enjoy!
Before you start with DIY beauty treatments, first it’s important to understand the difference between sea salt and ordinary salt! You see, Sea Salt is loaded with minerals such as calcium, sodium and potassium, which play a very important role in our skin’s health. When the mineral balance is off this will result in symptoms such as dryness, dullness and irritation. Especially now that the colder, dryer weather is setting in, it’s perfect to use sea salt to get your minerals back in balance.
1. Anti-Dandruff Scalp Treatment
The Facts: Salt loosens and removes the existing flakes while stimulating circulation for a healthy scalp. It also absorbs excess oil and moisture in order to prevent fungal growth and prevent the root of dandruff.
The DIY: Sprinkle one or two teaspoons of salt on your scalp. Then massage your scalp gently with wet fingers for 10-15 minutes (or even better: let someone else do it for you!). Wash and condition your hair and tadaaa! Immediate results.
2. Balancing Mask
The Facts: Just like salt, also honey has anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the skin and calm down breakouts and irritation. The combination of these two ingredients helps to balance oil production and retain hydration.
The DIY: Mix four teaspoons of raw honey with two teaspoons of finely ground sea salt to make a spreadable paste. Apply the paste evenly to clean, dry skin and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Before you rinse off the paste, soak a washcloth in warm water and gently wring it out. Lay the warm washcloth on your face for 30 seconds. Then use your fingers to softly exfoliate in circular motions while rinsing your skin thoroughly with warm water.
3. Facical Toner
The Facts: As we know now, salt helps to deeply clean your pores, to balance your oil production and to prevent bacteria that originate breakouts and acne. Use this toner once or twice a day to keep your skin balanced.
The DIY: It’s easy! All you have to do is to mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Make sure you are moisturizing your skin well while spraying it on your face… et voilà!
4. Eye De-Puffer
The Facts: Sea Salt soothes the skin and absorbs excess moisture, exactly what you need to get rid of those puffy eyes!
The DIY: Mix salt & hot water and apply this to cotton pads. Gently place the soaked pads to the area around your eyes to instantly smooth and reduce the puffiness.
5. Chapped Lips
The Facts: For most of us, the cooler weather in the autumn months translates to dry, chapped lips. The rough texture of salt makes it an excellent scrub to remove dead skin and to smoothen the lips. Vaseline is a great moisturizer and protects damaged skin.
The DIY: Mix two teaspoons of salt with one teaspoon of Vaseline and gently massage the mixture into your lips in order to remove dead skin. Take a damp washcloth and remove the mixture . Now put some extra Vaseline on your lips to get them in perfect condition and you are good to go!
6. Relaxing Salt Bath
The Facts: Salt absorbs dirt and toxins which cleanses your skin’s pores deeply. Salt’s mineral content helps to restore the protective barrier in skin and helps it hold hydration. The magnesium in sea salt may also help reduce water retention (i.e., bloating) in the body!
The DIY: It couldn’t be easier! Add one-third cup of sea salt to a tub filled with warm water and move it around till the salt dissolves. Relax in the bath for 15-30 minutes and enjoy!
7. Hand Scrub
The Facts: Just like the lips, also your hands get more dry as soon as the colder months kick in. Making a scrub with sea salt will stimulate the circulation of the skin and to balance the moisture. Using olive oil will give an amazing hydration boost and will help to protect the skin.
The DIY: Mix 2 teaspoons of sea salt with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and use the mixture to gently scrub your hands for 5 minutes. Wash your hands with soap to get rid of excess oil and then apply a hand crème. Immediate and super soft results!
8. Nail Brightening Treatment
The Facts: Salt does not only soften cuticles and skin, it also strengthens the nails. Baking soda and lemon reduce yellowing and stains in order to make the nails look brighter and healthier.
The DIY: Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with half a cup of warm water in a small bowl. Soak your nails in this mixture for 10 minutes and then scrub them with a soft nailbrush. Rinse your hands and apply a hand crème.