Salt is a naturally occurring mineral that is rich in other minerals like magnesium, sulfur, calcium, sodium, and potassium. These minerals and other trace elements have numerous benefits for your overall health and for your skin. Salt helps keep your body’s electrolytes in balance, it aids in blood pressure regulation, and it reduces inflammation and pain from a sore throat.
But don’t reach for the saltshaker on your kitchen table just yet – table salt does not provide the same health benefits as natural, unprocessed salts. During processing, table salt is bleached and stripped of most of its minerals and trace elements. Instead, you can achieve healthier, glowing skin by taking a dip in the ocean, floating in a saltwater pool, or by mixing sea salt into a scrub or other skin care product. Here are some of salt’s most significant skin benefits:
1.) It aids in healing and detoxifying. Minerals in salt like potassium, magnesium, and calcium absorb toxins on the skin and kill bacteria that causes acne and skin infections. If you have a wound, cleansing it with a saltwater solution will help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation for faster healing.
2.) It helps prevent acne. There are several ways salt can help prevent or treat acne breakouts. It contains sulfur, which has antimicrobial properties that stop the growth of acne-causing bacteria on the skin. Sulfur is used in many over-the-counter acne treatments because it dries out your skin to reduce oiliness and unclog pores. Here’s a great excuse to visit the beach this summer to soak up the saltwater – you may have more acne breakouts during the summertime.
3.) It soothes inflammatory skin conditions. Salt is a rich source of the mineral magnesium, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Magnesium’s anti-inflammatory element soothes itching and redness associated with inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis, while its antimicrobial element helps stop bacteria and fungi from getting into open blisters or wounds at the site of an eczema rash. An infected rash is a common complication of eczema.
4.) It keeps your skin hydrated. Your body needs a balance of both salt and water to remain in a state of homeostasis (internal stability of physical and chemical conditions). In homeostasis, your body and skin are properly hydrated – if you have a sodium imbalance, your skin can become dry and dull. The minerals in salt help with moisture retention in your skin’s protective barrier.
5.) It’s a natural exfoliator. Salt is an abrasive that sloughs off built-up dead skin cells, dirt, and debris on the skin. Additionally, the minerals help open skin pores and increase blood flow under the skin, which allows moisturizer and other products to penetrate more deeply.
Even with all its health and skin benefits, be careful not to overuse salt as a skin care product. Over time, using too much will dry out your skin. If you’re out at the beach this summer, limit your time spent in the seawater and make sure to shower and moisturize as soon as possible after swimming. And most importantly, if you’re reaping the skin benefits of salt through the ocean or a saltwater pool, wear sunscreen. All the salt in the world won’t protect your skin from damage by the sun’s UV rays. Sun damage can cause physical signs of premature aging and skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States.
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