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The Pros & Cons Of Applying Salt To Your Skin

Posted Mar 09 2012 8:48am

Salt is a mineral necessary for life. But when it comes to skincare, the relationship between humans and salt gets a little complex. On one end, salt can help skin to be healthier, while on the other end, salt can prevent proper skincare as well as cause damage.

When concerning themselves with the health benefits and detriments of salt, most folks concentrate on alternative water softener and reducing sodium in their diet. But here we will focus on the pros and cons of salt when it comes to the health if your skin:

Salt Exfoliates

The coarseness of sea salt makes it an ideal natural exfoliant when mixed with olive oil or other natural thick liquid agents. A perfect way to achieve this is to draw a bath to the height of your ankles, then take 2 cups of coarse salt and mix it with ¼ cup of water to create a sort of sludge. Get into the bath and apply the concoction to your skin, rinsing off with the warm water.

Salt Stimulates Blood Circulation in the Skin

Salt increases circulation under the skin when lightly applied. This helps to keep skin looking young and as well as enhance your sense of touch. In addition, increased blood flow to the surface of the skin serves as a temperature booster on a cold winter day.

Salt Sterilizes

One of the most obvious uses for salt on the skin is as a disinfectant. This is especially the case when it comes to cleaning paper cuts and other small wounds. But in addition to that, salt’s sterilizing properties can also be used to help reduce the amount of bacteria on the surface of the skin, which can help reduce acne.

Salt Stops Soap from Working

The downside to the coarseness of salt is that it prevents the globular properties of soap to be enacted properly during a wash. The salt will essentially keep soap from being able to get inside your pores and pull the dirt out. It’s important that you never use salt water for washing whenever you’re using soap as well.

Salt Stings

One signature aspect of using salt as an antiseptic is that it stings without mercy. While you may think the pain is a sign that the salt is doing its job, a stinging sensation is not normal unless there’s an obvious wound present. If you feel a stinging sensation when applying salt to your skin, stop immediately and ask your doctor.

Salt Corrodes

Pour some salt into the palm of your hand and make a ball with your fist for five minutes. When you open your hand, the area of skin where the salt was is most likely going to be red and rough. While this demonstrates how useful salt can be in the aforementioned circumstances, it equally reveals how destructive salt can be when not applied in moderation. Never leave salt on your skin for longer than a minute or so.

Salt is a mineral no human can afford to live without. But while this mostly pertains to diet, don’t hesitate to use salt for skincare as well. Just make sure you do so responsibly, as salt is a strong compound that can harm your skin as much as help it.

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