For centuries sea salt has been used in many ways for health and beauty. For those lucky enough to have swum regularly in the sea, they will tell you the significant positive difference sea water makes to their skin and hair.
How is Sea Salt Formed?
Sea salt is formed from the natural evaporation of sea water. It is mainly made up of sodium chloride, but also contains traces of many other minerals such as iron, magnesium, sulfur and iodine. Sea salt is also an antiseptic. It is often used in many commercial cosmetic products.
To exfoliate your face and to tighten the pores use water to wet your face. Keeping well away from your eyes, use two tablespoons of sea salt to massage into your skin. Do this for about two minutes. Wash away with cold water.
Steam Sea Salt Treatment
To open up the pores and soften the dead skin, Mix a third of a cup of sea salt into a small pan of water. Heat up and stir. Bring the solution to a boil. Transfer the hot solution to a plastic bowl. Sit with your face over the steam that emerges from the bowl with a large towel hanging over your head to keep the steam in. Do this for about ten to fifteen minutes. Then follow the instructions above for exfoliating the skin.
If you have acne, mix 4 tablespoons of sea salt in a cup of warm water and splash on your face everyday. Follow the two tips above three times a week. This should help reduce the redness from acne.
Mix one teaspoon of salt in a jug of hot water and soak cotton wool pads in the solution. Place on the area below or your eyes or on top of your closed lids and leave them on for five to ten minutes.
Sea Salt Hair Spray
Get a small spray bottle about 8 fl oz. Mix together one teaspoon of sea salt (finely grounded) and 8fl oz of distilled bottled water. Pour it into the spray bottle. Shake the bottle and spray onto damp hair. Use your hands to scrunch it up. Let it dry naturally. You could add other ingredients such as half a tea spoon of lemon or lime juice, a drop of essential oil, either ylang ylang, tea tree, rosemary or chamomile. You can use one at a time or all together, but check with your local health store to learn the benefits of each one. This will give your hair volume, waves and substantial hold.