Sea salt is a total multi-tasking powerhouse when it comes to its beauty benefits. Produced from naturally evaporated seawater, sea salt has been recognized for its beautifying properties for ages. From your face, to your hair, body and nails, read on to see why sea salt might just be the star of your summer beauty lineup!
- It Fights Acne
Sea salt helps combat the overproduction of oil, leading to clogged pores. It also absorbs toxins, including acne-causing bacteria, and works to treat those pesky dark spots pimples leave behind. For an easy blemish buster, mix 1 cup of warm water with 3 tablespoons of sea salt. Dip a washcloth in the mixture and place it over the affected area for a few minutes, then rinse and pat your face dry.
- It Exfoliates Skin
The texture of sea salt makes it the perfect exfoliant to remove dead skin. But sea salt’s exfoliating powers aren’t limited to its physical properties. The minerals in the salt itself open pores for deeper cleaning, and the purifying benefits help skin absorb moisturizer. For a simple scrub, mix a quarter-cup sea salt and a half-cup olive oil into a paste. Apply it in the shower, scrubbing your skin in a circular motion.
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- It Freshens Breath
Because sea salt wards off bacteria, it cleanses the gums and fights bad breath, making it an all-natural mouthwash. It even fights the bacteria responsible for conditions like gingivitis. Combine sea salt with warm water in a glass and swish the mixture around your mouth just as you would with any mouthwash.
- It Acts as a Facial Toner
Sea salt soaks up excess oils and helps even out your complexion, making it the perfect all-natural toner. Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a half-cup of warm water, and use a cotton ball to wipe down your face (avoiding the area around your eyes) daily for a gorgeous glow.
- It Stimulates Hair Growth
Sea salt is an organic root stimulator, promoting growth and allowing your hair’s natural oils to keep it healthy and strong. It also clarifies, sloughing away any debris left behind on your scalp. Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser is the perfect scalp scrub for an all-natural growth boost. Allure called it “one of those hair-care trends that should never go out of style.”
6. It Brightens Yellowing Nails
Sea salt makes an incredibly effective, all-natural nail whitener. Just mix 1 teaspoon each of sea salt, baking soda and lemon juice with half-cup of warm water. Soak your nails for about ten minutes, then scrub gently with a nail brush.
7. It Produces the Most Perfect Beach Waves
You know those covetable waves you get after a dip in the ocean- the ones you’re always trying to recreate at home? It’s the salt that gives your hair that perfect, piece-y twist. Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray is the next best thing to a day at sea. Just mist on clean, damp air and let it air-dry for textured ropey waves.
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Sea salt is the spa worthy secret that deserves a spot in your beauty cabinet this summer. This multi-tasking, all-natural, super ingredient will leave you wondering how you ever primped without it.
Jaclyn LaBadia, Feature contributor