Why You Should Use Salt Scrubs (Recipe Included)
Written by: Brandi Monasco
People are raging over salt and sugar scrubs and with good reason.
While salt scrubs may seem a bit more harsh on your skin than sugar scrubs, you also reap the benefits of salt when using a salt scrub. Salt contains two major compounds that are essential to your body: magnesium and sulfate.
The magnesium found in salt is needed to keep your cardiovascular system healthy and to help fight inflammation. It is also important for energy production as well as creating the compounds that make up your bodily fluids and tissues. Magnesium also helps to reduce inflammation.
Sulfate, or sulfur, also plays an important role in your body, being that it is the third most vital mineral that your body needs. Sulfate can be found in your skin, bones and muscles and plays an important role in all three areas. Sulfate is also responsible for the detoxification of your body as well as the conversion of vitamin B1 and biotin.
A good salt scrub helps your skin to “breathe” easier while also promoting better circulation and tightens your skin and improves your skin texture.
Along with the internal benefits, salt scrubs are good for removing dead skin on your elbows and feet. When you use a salt scrub for exfoliation, you are removing the dry, flaky dead skin to help reveal the soft skin below. Salt also contains antibacterial properties that work to fight against the itchiness and uncomfortable feelings of certain skin conditions.
Removing excess dead and flaky skin using a salt scrub helps encourage the growth of new skin cells, which can leave you with tightened and younger looking skin.
Recipe For Coconut Salt Scrub
What you need:
- 1 cup of coarse sea salt
- ½ cup fractionated coconut oil
- 25 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix all ingredients together well and store in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or a plastic that is safe for essential oils.
How to use this scrub:
1. Wash your skin with soap and water and rinse well.
2. Scoop out the salt scrub with a clean spoon.
3. Apply a generous amount of the salt scrub to your wet skin.
4. Start by working on one area of your body at a time. When you are finished with that area, apply the scrub to another area and work there.
5. Massage the salt scrub into your skin using a circular motion.
6. Rinse the scrub off with warm water.
7. Pat your skin dry.
8. Apply your favorite whipped body butter for extra moisture.
Give this salt scrub a few tries and let us know how it goes. Do you have a favorite body scrub? Share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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