Sea Salt Benefits + 9 Ways of Using It!
Sea Salt Benefits + Uses of Dead Sea Salt
With the growing awareness about parabens, sulphates and other harmful chemicals, people nowadays are resorting more towards natural products and home remedies. There are a huge number of cost-effective ingredients in our kitchen itself which have numerous benefits for skin/hair and sea salt is one of them.Today’s post is about the benefits of sea salt and how to incorporate it in your beauty regimen.
Let’s move on to see what exactly is sea salt and the various uses for it.
Benefits & Uses of Sea Salt
What is Sea Salt?
Sea Salt is the salt that is produced from the evaporation of sea water. Unlike, our usual table salt which is processed artificially through many methods, sea salt is the natural form and hence contains a lot of crucial nutrients and minerals including magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. Research shows that our body contains the same concentration of minerals that sea salt contains. Most of skin problems like dryness, dullness, irritation occurs when the skin’s minerals are out of balance. So adding sea salt is a great way to incorporate various essential minerals to your skin.
Uses of Dead Sea Salt
From scrubs to hair sprays to compress, there are numerous uses of sea salt which I’ll be listing down below.
D-I-Y Sea Salt Body Scrub
Sea salt is used as a body polisher in many expensive spas. However, you can make this easily at home. Further, it helps to detoxify the entire body by absorbing toxins from the skin. The iodine content in the salt regulates metabolism and potassium prevents water retention. The essentials minerals soften skin and restore hydration. This sea salt body scrub exfoliates dead cells and smoothens rough skin. Additionally, it improves blood circulation in the body.
How to make sea salt body scrub: Mix 1/2 cup of sea salt with a 1 cup of olive oil or almond oil. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Massage onto your skin while bathing using a loofah. Avoid applying on wounds and scratches. Make sure you use fine sea salt and not the larger ones as it might be harsh on your skin. For sensitive skin, you can add 1/4 cup of aloevera gel and 5 capsules of vitamin E.
D-I-Y Sea Salt Face Mask
Ground 2 teaspoons of sea salt into a fine powder. Add two teaspoon of honey to the powder. Mix well and apply on clean face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes and gently rinse off while rubbing lightly. The mask helps to soothe and calm breakouts and balance oil secretion. It also deep cleanses the pores and is anti- inflammatory.
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D-I-Y Sea Salt Tonic
This is an effective toner for oily, acne prone skin. Just dissolve two teaspoons of sea salt in a cup of warm water. Store it in a bottle and use as a face tonic everyday. You can pour it in a spray bottle and use it as a facial mist too. Sea salt water is a natural anti-septic and helps to clear and heal acne.
D-I-Y Sea Salt Hair Spray
For those beautiful beach waves, you can try this sea salt hair spray which adds great texture to the hair. Dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water. Shake it well. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil/coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of aloevera gel or any leave-in conditioner. Add few drops of essential oil and shake the bottle well to mix everything. Spray on slightly damp hair and scrunch with a towel to create loose beachcurls.
D-I-Y Rejuvenating Sea Salt Bath
There are a large number of people who head to the Dead Sea for bathing (which is the saltiest sea in the world) for its therapeutic benefits. You can easily enjoy a relaxing sea salt bath in the privacy of your own home. Just add quarter cup of sea salt to a bath tub filled with warm water. Add some rose petals or dried lavender flowers for a more aromatic experience. Soak for 20 minutes. You can feel yourself fresh and rejuvenated after the bath. It is a great detoxifying treatment.
Sea Salt Benefits + Uses!
D-I-Y Sea Salt Shampoo
You must have heard of the popular Lush’s Big Shampoo which is a volumising shampoo made with sea salt. Its easy to make your own sea salt shampoo at home without spending a bomb. Add 3 teaspoon of sea salt to 1/2 cup of shampoo. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and few drops of essential oil. Your own homemade sea salt shampoo is ready. It helps to give thicker, fuller hair. Also, massaging your scalp with this shampoo reduces hair loss. Use it just once in a month, else it might dry out your hair too much.
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D-I-Y Sea Salt Mouthwash
Sea salt is a natural source of fluoride which is good for dental health. It helps to freshen your breath, eliminates harmful bacteria, aids in toothache and strengthen gums. Also, gargling with sea salt water can relieve sore throat and burning sensation. To make a sea salt mouthwash, dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in water water, add a pinch of baking soda and few drops of peppermint oil or extract. Mix the solution well and use as a mouthwash daily. Regular usage can also help to whiten teeth.
D-I-Y Sea Salt Eyewash and Eye Compress
A sea salt wash helps in relieving eye irritation, eye strain and puffiness. It is also a natural cleanser and defends against aging vision concerns. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in half a cup of cold distilled water. Remove all your eye makeup and creams. Pour the mixture into a small shotglass and invert over your eyes while tilting your head backwards. Open your eyes and roll them in all direction for the solution to completely cleanse your eyes. This is also an effective, anti-bacterial treatment for pink eye (conjuctivitis). For an eye compress, simply dry roast some sea salt in a thick bottomed pan till it is warm. Transfer the salt to a clean cloth and tie it like a bundle. Place over closed eyes for a calming, stress-relieving effect and also to reduce dark circles and eye bags. Caution: Use only distilled water and 100% pure sea salt as eyes are very sensitive and delicate.
D-I-Y Sea Salt Nasal Spray
For people suffering from sinus problems, make your own nasal spray using sea salt. Dissolve 1 teaspoon sea salt in a cup of warm distilled water. Add a pinch of baking soda. Transfer the mixture to an empty nasal spray bottle and shake well before using. Caution:Use only distilled water and 100% pure sea salt.
Other benefits of Sea Salt
* Maintains electrolyte balance in the body which is necessary for optimum blood circulation and overall body health.
* Helps in treating skin conditions like acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.
* Helps in maintaining balanced levels of blood sugar.
* Regulates heartbeat.
* Relieves muscle cramps.
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So these are some of the benefits and ways of using sea salt. How do you incorporate sea salt in your daily beauty regimen? Share your experiences in the comments.
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