Salt and skin health, who would have put that together.

BIG-turn2,000 years ago, Hippocrates used salt liberally to heal a number of conditions and diseases – milk and salt water were combined as an early morning drink to heal diseases of the spleen, steam from salt water was inhaled to cure respiratory ailments, a mixture of salt and honey was applied topically to clean ulcers, and salt water was used externally to treat skin diseases. Yes I know with modern research, some of the effects of these early treatments have been discredited but, skin infections are still very common.

What does salt do for your skin? In addition to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight infection very effectively, it exfoliates, stimulates circulation, hydrates the skin, increases moisture retention, helps regenerate skin cells, detoxifies the skin, and helps to alleviate even the most severe dry skin conditions.want to consider adding salt to your skin care routine.

How do you use it? Those of you who know me know how I use it, in its most natural form, the sea. Bodysurfing, sailing, swimming or like I did yesterday floating on pool toys. In the absence of the above activities, you can bathe or shower in it, soak your feet or hands in it, or use it in masques and cleansers. Salt baths have been used for thousands of years. Today many people travel to health spas and natural springs to bath in waters high in salt and other minerals. In addition to treating your skin, salt baths have the added benefit of reducing inflammation of the muscles and joints, relaxing the muscles, and relieving pain and soreness. Most of us have some of these issues particularly in summer when we are outside engaged in more sports than we are used to.

Natural salts such as Himalayan crystal salt are the best types to use as they contain many beneficial minerals lacking in regular table salt. Sorry Morton Salt Girl yes Morton pours, but it’s a fact its been stripped of much of its salty goodness.  Himalayan crystal salt, for example, contains 84 of the 92 required minerals, and in similar ratios to those found in a healthy body. Bleached and cleansed table salt has been reduced to only two – sodium and chloride. The extra minerals not only nourish the skin, their absorption through the skin is beneficial to the entire body.

PLEASE, in cases of serious skin infections or disease, you should consult a dermatologist. Find one who is in favor of natural remedies rather than chemicals if you can.  If you do have dry skin or simply want to beautify and nourish it, try natural salts.

Salt and skin health, hope you see the benefits now !