Let’s talk about toxins and all things yuck. They’re basically everywhere, and most people don’t realize just how terrible some items can be. From the foods we eat, to the cosmetic/beauty items we use, to household cleaners. We breathe in toxic cleaners, perfumes/colognes. We eat processed foods that are filled with chemicals, and we lather up our bodies with soaps and lotions that are equally filled with some pretty nasty stuff.
Que in sea salt scrubs. Sea salt scrubs are not just for spa day. Far from it! There are so many wonderful health benefits to using sea salt scrubs.
At a minimum, salt scrubs are great to exfoliate our skin. They help remove all those yucky dead skin cells. Dead skin cells build up, clog pores and can cause acne. Exfoliating leads to smoother, softer and healthier skin. More importantly, it encourages detoxification.
Rubbing a salt scrub on our bodies stimulates our lymphatic system, which helps our bodies natural detoxification efforts, leading to the elimination of those nasty stagnant toxins in our bodies.
If you’ve ever used any product like this before, you may be asking… But what about a sugar scrub??
Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliation, but do minimal work when it comes to detoxing the body. Sugar scrubs tend to be gentler and are great for those with sensitive skin. But Sea Salt is filled with so many minerals that our body is able to absorb through our skin, so that helps give salt scrubs a few more points over a sugar scrub.
There are many different types of sea salts that are great to use in a salt scrub.
Dead Sea Salt comes from the Dead Sea region and contains a higher concentration of trace minerals such as potassium and magnesium. It contains unbelievable therapeutic benefits absorbed through the skin.
Himalayan Sea Salt has a pinkish color due to the trace amounts of iron found in it. Himalayan sea salt is believed to be some of the oldest salt found on the plant, and is also very beneficial for body detoxification.
Epsom Salt, which is actually magnesium sulfate, and is widely known for its muscle soothing benefits. Epsom salt is especially good for people with skin conditions are those skin areas that require more scrubbing.
Black Sea Salt, or Black lava sea salt is found in regions that contain high volcanic activity. This salt gets it color from the trace amounts of activated charcoal.
So, what’s the best way to use a salt scrub, to make the most of its detoxifying properties? It’s best to start with a steamed-up bathroom, where your pores have the chance to open up and allow the salt scrub to maximize its effect.
Once you’re ready, grab a handful of the salt scrub and being scrubbing all over your body in circular motions. Once you’ve scrubbed your entire body (or the parts you’d like to), simply rinse off with water. Grab a moisturizing body oil or lotion to help replenish (remember to find some good natural stuff!), and apply to replace moisture back to your skin. Use this 2-3 times a week for best results!
Such a simple thing, with oh so, many health benefits!