Sea salt is made by the evaporation of sea water through a process that retains many of its trace minerals which are essential for healthy skin. The unique mineral content of sea salt has many therapeutic qualities that go beyond exfoliation. Research has shown that high magnesium content of sea salts can be an excellent remedy for muscle pain and spasms, helping to reduce cramps and promote better blood circulation.
Dead Sea salts are believed to contain the highest amount of essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. Not to mention that the waters of the Dead Sea contain a whopping 27% of various salts, compared to just 3%of regular sea (or ocean) water. It’s no wonder that people who suffer from serious skin problems like psoriasis and other dermatological conditions have found refuge in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Recent research into the benefits of sea salt have also revealed that Dead Sea salts improved the skin’s overall hydration levels. This means that using salt scrubs helps to not only buff away dead skin cells, it also locks in more moisture which in turns reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps prevent new ones from forming.
We’ve already mentioned blood circulation, but it’s worth noting that massaging the skin with a Dead Sea salt scrub can help draw blood to the skin’s surface — releasing toxins and while promoting healing and regeneration of fresh, new skin cells.
When choosing a store-bought sea salt scrub, make sure to check the contents. Good scrubs should not have too many chemical agents and unpronounceable ingredients. Products that use natural oils and pure forms of salt will yield the best results without further clogging your pores or causing unnecessary irritations. Check out Natura Siberica’s “Sauna and SPA” Cedar Salt Body scrub, created with natural oils of cedar and red juniper, and organic sage. You’ll also love “Skin Tonic” a mineral salt body scrub made with Dead Sea salt and paprika oil.
If you’re in the mood for a DIY project and would like to make your own salt scrub at home, here’s what you’ll need.