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Salt, it’s not all bad especially where the skin is concerned…

March 22, 2011 by Works with Water
Salt For The Skin

In a week where salt is a negative topic, we want to tell you how salt can be used positively to help the skin… just don’t ingest it!

Salt has many healing properties that are beneficial for the skin. Salt, when combined with water, helps protect skin from excessive water loss and from infectious germs. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties can help treat skin diseases and other skin conditions.

  1. Antiseptic Effect – Salt acts as an antiseptic when put in contact with the skin, it reduces inflammation and itching.
  2. Anti-Bacterial Effect – heard of the phrase “rubbing salt into the wound” well this is the reason why… Salt bonds with the moisture in the skin to create an antibacterial substance, protecting the skin from germs, by depriving bacteria of adequate water/moisture that they need to grow and thrive.
    Additionally, it regulates the fluid pressure within the skin cells, protecting the skin from excessive water loss ensuring that the liquid in the cells does not evaporate.
  3. Exfoliation – Sea salt is one of the best exfoliants you can use for your body. If you want your skin to look healthy and radiant, exfoliate regularly. By removing the top layer of dead epidermis cells, you will make your skin appear smoother and less wrinkled. The sea salt also helps promote the body’s natural secretion of healthy oils, relieving dry and flaky skin.
  4. Reduces Fatigue – Along with treating various skin ailments, salt can promote healing of sore muscles and reduce fatigue. When added to bath water, salt decreases inflammation and increases blood circulation to tired muscles.

Salt is an inexpensive ingredient so why not nip out and grab yourself some sea salt and start making your own salt scrub, combined with essential oils or body oil, you will look and smell fantastic!

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