How The Ocean Can Help Your Skin: A Guide to Sea Salt Skincare
Updated on September 7, 2021 by Alyssa Thompson
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Have you ever been to the beach, and on the way home noticed that your skin was glowing and feeling healthier than ever? That’s because of the sea salt in the ocean! Though many people may believe that salt will just aggravate your face and make everything worse, sea salt skincare could be a gamechanger for your skincare routine when used properly. That age-old question “is sea salt good for you?” The answer is yes!
It is important to note before we delve into the benefits of sea salt skincare, that we are talking exclusively about sea salt, not table salt! Sea salt is better nutritionally than table salt because it isn’t processed and so it still regains all its original minerals and other health benefits. (1)
Speaking of minerals: sea salt is rich in several minerals that can help your skin to thrive and stay healthy. It contains minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and sulfur which all provide their unique benefits to your skin. (2) We have below a few benefits of using sea salt skincare every day, as well as some DIY recipes so that you can start making your skin healthier today.
Sea Salt Skincare: The Benefits, How To Start, And Recipes
The Benefits Of Using Sea Salt For Skin
Just like sugar scrubs, and other exfoliants, sea salt scrubs are a great way to exfoliate not just your face but your body as well! The coarseness of the sea salt will help to scrape away any dead, dull skin to help keep your face bright and beautiful. Consistently using a sea salt scrub can help to keep your skin visibly smoother and brighter, while also getting rid of dry skin. Although there are many benefits when using sea salt exfoliators, you should also be careful to make sure that you don’t create minor abrasions on your skin. To do this, make sure that any physical crystals in the scrub are fine enough to not scratch your skin! (3)
The calcium, magnesium, and potassium in sea salt are all great hydrators and can help to moisturize and firm your skin up. This will especially help (along with the exfoliation) to keep flaky, dry skin away and help your skin to feel smooth and plump. Sea salt also contains electrolytes that can be helpful for keeping your cells strong and healthy. Aside from these hydration benefits, sea salt skincare can help the minerals go through your cell walls, stimulate anti-inflammatory reactions and help to reduce wrinkles and swelling. No puffiness and no wrinkles! (4)
Sea salt is great for cleansing your skin and keeping out all the dirt and bacteria because it is an antimicrobial. This means that it will actively fight against and protect your skin from acne-causing bacteria and any others! Think of it like a fish after you’ve caught it and are preparing to either cook it or transfer it somewhere else. Many fishermen will salt their fish with sea salt because bacteria cannot grow in a high-salinity environment. So, if it can’t grow on salted fish, who’s to say it will continue to grow on your face and body after you use sea salt skincare? Sea salt is also very absorbent and can help to get rid of any persistent blackheads or clogged pores to clean up your skin.
Balancing the pH levels of your skin as well as any other oils and other impurities is super important when trying to keep your skin nice and clear. Sea salt skin care can help here as the salt is absorbent and anti-bacterial. It will help to quickly soak up any impurities or sebum to help control your face’s oil. Hint: this means fewer oily faces! Sea salt toners are a great way to help achieve this.
How To Start Using Sea Salt Skincare
So now that you know all the benefits of sea salt skin care, you may be asking yourself “What products should I use?” or “Where do I start?”. We have all the answers for you! Here is a list of different kinds of sea salt skin care products that you can use to keep your skin healthy.
- Salt scrubs
- For Exfoliating!
- Hair Shampoos or Gels
- For Cleansing!
- Bath soaks
- For Hydration!
- Face masks
- For Hydration and Balancing!
- Face wash
- For Cleansing!
- Face toners
- For Balancing!
DIY Sea Salt Skincare Recipes
If you are more of a DIY person or like to make your own skincare, we have several sea salt skin care recipes to get your skin going.
DIY Sea Salt Scrub
- 1 cup of Coconut oil
- Essential oils (pick your favorite!)
- 1 cup of Sea Salt
- Warm your coconut oil just until it turns into a liquid
- Stir around 15 drops of your essential oil and your sea salt together in a bowl
- Pour the coconut oil into that bowl and mix it all until combined
- Put into a jar or other container and use in the shower as an exfoliator!
DIY Sea Salt Face Mask
- ½ cup of Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon of Grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon of Grapefruit zest
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil
- Mix all the ingredients to form a paste
- Transfer the mask into an airtight jar or container for future storage
- Apply the mask to your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth
- Massage into your skin for 5 minutes and then let it sit for 15 more minutes
- Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water and enjoy your fresh skin!
DIY Sea Salt Face Toner
- ½ cup filtered water
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt
- Add all the ingredients to an airtight container and shake together for 3 minutes, or until all the salt has dissolved
- Lightly apply the toner all over your clean face with a cotton pad or cotton ball!
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