Co-authored by Ella Mariano
You will see so many different types of bath products using salts. Be sure to look for what types of salts are being used. Otherwise you could be getting a product with processed salts that have little to no benefits. Some of the best salts with the most benefits are Himalayan Salt, Hawaiian Salt and Dead Sea Salt. These are ancient sea salts that are full of rich nutrients and minerals. Many products will claim to have these salts. Only trust those that state Guaranteed Certified Authentic. It is important that products like Bath Teas, Bath Salts and Salt Scrubs state this.
Here's a fun fact, Epsom salt is not actually salt. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate in crystal form. The magnesium sulfate and minerals absorb into your body and helps with muscle aches and blood circulation.
Benefits of salt soaks and scrubs
Salt has many benefits including that it contains minerals that can help reduce inflammation and replenish tired and dry looking skin.The most effective way to experience skin benefits of salts is in a soothing and relaxing hot bath. The salts dissolve in your bath water, releasing precious minerals that your skin and bones thirst for. As you soak in your hot bath, your pores open and absorb the minerals released by the dissolved bath salts. You can also experience the benefits through Salt scrubs or salt/sugar blend scrubs. By using a salt scrub you are exfoliating your skin and are removing all of the dead skin cells on your body which helps clean out your pores and prevent those stubborn white heads and black heads.
How to use a salt scrub and when not to use a salt scrub
- Wet your skin. Soak in the tub or stand under the shower for 5 to 10 minutes before you begin scrubbing.
2. Gently rub the salt scrub onto your skin in a circular motion using your hands
3. Before rinsing let the salt scrub sit on your skin for a couple of minutes then rinse it off with warm water. (You do not have to use any soap after the scrub)
4. Dry off
5. Once you are dry apply lotion to moisturize your skin. (Make sure you do this directly after drying off.
6. Repeat two to three times a week. (For very sensitive skin once a week)
(Do not use a salt scrub after getting a sunburn, surgery, using a skin lightener, before or after a chemical body peel, or a bug bite)
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many times a week can I use a salt scrub? For very sensitive skin once a week, if you do not have sensitive skin then two to three times a week.
- Can I use salt scrubs on my face? Yes, you can. But I would recommend using a brown sugar scrub instead. It would be a lot gentler on your face than a salt scrub.
- Do you use the salt scrub on wet or dry skin? It is better if you use a salt scrub after soaking your skin in warm to hot water for several minutes then rub it into your skin in a circular motion with your hand.
4. Can I use a salt scrub after I shave my skin? Yes, you could, but your skin would be more sensitive and using a salt scrub after shaving could irritate your skin.
5. Do you need a loofah or a cloth to apply the salt scrub? No, you do not. In fact, you could just use your hands.
6. Are salt scrubs bad for your skin? No, they are not. In fact, they are really good for your skin because they help remove dead skin and clean out pores.
7. Can salt scrubs be used daily? Yes, they can but I would not recommend it because it could create small cuts in your skin. Instead, I would recommend using it 2 - 3 times a week (For very sensitive skin once a week).
8. Should you moisturize after using a salt scrub? It is totally up to you whether you want to or not, but I would definitely recommend it, because using a salt scrub alone won't keep your skin looking healthy.