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From the relaxing sounds of the waves crashing against the shore to a long romantic walk in the soft sand, there's no denying it, the ocean has some great healing powers. As just another example, studies have proven that sea salt is good for your skin and can easily be added to your morning, or nightly, beauty routine.
But don't just take my word for it; science says that sea salt isn't just a delicious seasoning -- it's a powerful health and beauty tool when used correctly. While many of us already know it enhances the flavor of food, some are just learning that it also helps to exfoliate the skin, making it exceptionally useful for those who experience dry or sensitive skin problems (like me). Anyone who can relate to that might enjoy using sea salt because it can help to remove dead cells that block pores and cause outbreaks of acne -- gross.
Besides the magnificent exfoliating powers, since sea salts come from evaporated seawater they contain trace minerals as well as sodium chloride. These minerals have been shown to help nourish the skin with important nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron, there have even been suggestions that the added minerals can help remedy some minor health conditions.
Many spas now offer sea-salt scrubs as a beauty treatment, but in the old days, women used to make sea salt scrubs at home. They would simply sprinkle some coarse salt on their wet hands and gently rub their faces with it. Today, you can find a range of ready-made scrubs in health stores - or make your own!
Sea salt can be combined with an array of household ingredients like lemon juice, sugar or moisturizing oils for added benefits. I, personally, love to mix Florida sea salts with my discarded morning coffee grounds for a natural, environmentally-friendly exfoliating super scrub. Honestly, the only two things that have worked for my acne is the mixture of sea salt scrubs used in conjunction with this OTC acne cream.
You can try to make your own scrub by mixing fine or coarse sea salt with skin-safe oils. The oils, like coconut oil, will help the salt to dissolve in water and moisturize your skin at the same time -- and potentially add a little much-appreciated aromatherapy to your routine.
And if you feel super adventurous, you can bottle some sea water up to try distilling at home for some very organic locally-made salt.
As always, I do recommend checking with your primary care doctor or dermatologist before starting any new beauty or health routine.