Beyond its impressive uses in the kitchen where it takes baked fish, artichokes and caramel treats to new heights, sea salt is also a powerful beauty tool. The alkalizing effect of this naturally formed salt strengthens its antiseptic, softening and oil-absorbing properties, and the coarseness and uneven edges make it wonderful for exfoliating. You can even add an essential oil for extra fragrance in these salty tinctures.
15 Ways to Use Sea Salt
- The magnesium in sea salt makes it a powerful additive to a foaming facial cleanser.
- Rub a tiny bit into your scalp to absorb excess oil and give a your roots little extra bounce.
- Mix with a little dab of coconut oil and a spray bottle of warm water for a DIY version of those high-priced surf-hair sprays. Or even a toning body spray.
- Mix with apple cider vinegar for a complexion-evening facial toner.
- Gargle with warm water and a little bit of lemon to ease a sore throat or loosen up your pipes to sound your best.
- Clear up irritated pierced ears by soaking the sore spot in small cup of warm sea salt water for five minutes.
- Create a post-beach body scrub with sea salt, turmeric, aloe vera gel and honey.
- Relax your feet in a warm salt bath with baking soda and peppermint oil to soothe aches and prevent callouses. The salt will also help any itching from athlete’s foot or fissures.
- Combine equal parts olive oil and sea salt into a paste to soak and soften your cuticles.
- Add lemon for a great hand scrub.
- Add salt to your bath water to soften skin and relieve psoriasis or eczema breakouts.
- Or combine sea salt with Epsom salt for an achy muscle bath.
- Give yourself a spa treatment by filling a bowl with hot water and sea salt. Drape a towel over your head and carefully let the steam rise up onto your face.
- Muddle 12 ounces of sea salt to 4 ounces of sage leaves together. Bake the mixture in the oven on its lowest setting until it dries for a DIY toothpaste.
- Combat back or chest acne with a papaya and sea salt body scrub.