Dull, tired and flaky or even breaking out, is that how you would describe your skin? If your answer to this question is a ‘Yes’, then it’s time for some serious pampering with a sea salt body scrub or salt glow treatment as it’s popularly known. Salt scrub treatments are a rage across spas everywhere.
The reason being, sea salt used in these scrubs is full of vital minerals necessary to keep skin radiant and healthy. It gently exfoliates the skin and will help you get rid of any dead skin cells, leaving your skin velvety soft and smooth. A salt scrub treatment need not be expensive at all.
And neither should you have to hit a posh spa and spend tons of money to get one. With just a small quantity of sea salt and a few basic ingredients from your kitchen, you can create your very own, all natural, spa quality salt scrub in just a few minutes.
Body Cleansing Salt Scrub
Moisturize with the Goodness of Sea Salt and Olive Oil
Mix together a cup of sea salt and a cup of olive oil in a glass bowl. Add a few drops of any essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood to this mixture. Cover and let this scrub rest for at least fifteen minutes before use. This will allow the sea salt to soak up the olive oil.
While the sea salt gently exfoliates your skin, olive oil will nourish and moisturize it and the aroma from the essential oil added will help you to relax. This scrub can be stored in an airtight glass jar without refrigeration for a month and is suitable for all skin types. You may want to reduce the amount of olive oil used if your skin is too oily.
Tone with Citrus Fruits and Sea Salt
To a cup of sea salt, add a cup of lemon juice, orange juice or grape juice and mix thoroughly to create a fresh and fruity salt scrub. The juice you’re using should be freshly squeezed and not from a bottle. For best results use this scrub immediately.
The citrus fruits present in this scrub, not just tones your skin but also restores its pH balance. The vitamin C present in them helps to diminish dark patches and blemishes on the skin. Vitamin C is absorbed better into the skin when it’s in a salt scrub form and this in turn increases the production of collagen protein responsible for skin firming. This scrub is suitable for normal to oily skin.
Deep Cleanse with Yogurt and Sea Salt
Mix equal parts of plain unsweetened yogurt and sea salt in a glass bowl until salt is completely dissolved. Add to this a tablespoon of lemon juice. Use this scrub on blackhead affected area. Yogurt used should be organic and not refrigerated.
As the salt is getting rid of all your dead skin cells and opening up your pores, the lactic acid in yogurt causes collagen production to increase and this in turn will replace the blackheads or acne with new skin cells.
The healthy bacteria present in yogurt works wonders for maintaining skin health. Lemon juice present in this scrub acts as an astringent and toner. It diminishes any blemishes or scars. This scrub works well with all skin types.
Treat Acne with Antiseptic Salt Scrub
Mix together 2 tablespoons of sea salt, a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons of honey. Use this scrub over acne affected area.
Turmeric with its antiseptic properties is very effective in getting rid of acne as it destroys the acne causing bacteria. Honey present in the scrub moisturizes and hydrates skin giving it a velvety appearance. It also has antibacterial and inflammatory properties which help in acne control.
Any crusting that might have occurred due to the acne gets cleaned out by the salt. This scrub can be stored in a glass jar for about a month when refrigerated. The antiseptic scrub can be used on all skin types.
Create a firming Scrub with Egg whites, Lemon juice and Sea Salt
Whisk 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl until runny. Add to this mixture 3 to 4 tablespoons of sea salt and mix well. Do not let this scrub sit for too long in the mixing bowl as the egg white will start to dry up when exposed to air.
Egg whites are a rich source of proteins and vitamin B, which are essential for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. They also create a firming and tightening action. When combined with salt’s exfoliating powers, they firm up skin much easily.
For best results after using the scrub, let it rest on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes to enhance the tightening effect from egg whites. Other than giving your skin its much needed dose of vitamin C, lemon juice also lightens it considerably. This scrub is best suited for oily skin. You may want to add egg yolks too, if you have dry skin.
Don’t fuss too much if you cannot find sea salt. The salt scrub can be created with kosher salt or even refined cooking salt. Sea salt is best because of its natural mineral content. Dead Sea salt is the most therapeutic. If you find sea salt too coarse for your skin, break it down in a blender.
For your skin to absorb the salt scrub better, cleanse with warm water or a warm damp towel. Indulging in a steam bath will produce optimum results. This way your pores will open up and the ingredients present in the salt scrub will penetrate your skin easily.
Always massage scrub gently to your face and body. Massage for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes at least. Rinse of scrub completely with lukewarm water and then splash cold water all over your skin to tighten pores.
Avoid using soap or foaming cleanser after a salt scrub for a few hours. Application of a light moisturizer or baby oil post use of a salt scrub that does not contain oil will soothe out any dryness that might have occurred.
Salt scrubs can be a little abrasive because of the sea salts texture. Stick to using them only once a week.