by Aarti Kapur Singh
Try these 8 effective ways to use salt for gorgeous skin, hair, teeth and nails
The human body contains the same amount of minerals and nutrients as sea water! Common table salt is the most important type of salt present in our bodies. It makes one around 0.4 per cent of the body’s weight at a concentration pretty well equivalent to that in seawater. So a 50kg person would contain around 200g of sodium chloride – around 40 teaspoons.
One of the major differences between sea salt and ordinary salt is because of the rich concentration of minerals in sea salt. Sea salt contains magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium, all of which play a key role in maintaining gorgeous skin, hair, teeth and nails. Absence of these essential minerals can result in dryness, dullness, irritation, blotchiness and even serious skin and hair health conditions.
Try these 8 effective ways to use salt for gorgeous skin, hair, teeth and nails —
1. As a calming mask
Sea salt and honey can be combined together to make a balancing mask. Both salt and honey have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts and irritation. They also help to balance oil production and retain hydration in the layers of skin where it’s needed most. Mix a tablespoon of finely ground sea salt a tablespoon of raw honey to create a spreadable paste. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, avoiding the area around the eyes. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Before rinsing, soak a washcloth in very warm water, and gently wring out. Lay the warm washcloth on your face for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to gently exfoliate in a circular motion while rinsing your skin thoroughly with tepid water.
2. As a mattefying face toner and pore cleanser
Sea salt helps cleanse the pores on your skin, balance oil production and kill bacteria that cause breakouts and acne. Also, unlike other oil-reducing cleansers that dry out the skin’s natural moisture, sea salt is an ideal way to cleanse your skin without drying it out. To make an effective cleanser-cum-toner for summer, mix one teaspoon sea salt with 250ml of warm water in small spray bottle until salt is dissolved. Mist on clean, dry skin, avoiding eyes. Use daily or twice daily.
3. As a softening body scrub
Besides being a natural exfoliant that is also super gentle, the minerals in sea salt also soften skin and restore hydration. To make a basic everyday salt scrub, mix a half a cup each of salt and olive oil into a thick paste. Apply in the shower with the palms of your hands, gently scrubbing your skin in a circular motion. Let it soak for 2-3 minutes before washing off.
4. Anti-Dandruff Scalp Treatment
For those who are plagued with limp hair because of dandruff, salt is the best bet! It helps remove dandruff, and also increases blood circulation to promote a healthy scalp. All you need to do is part your hair into 1/2-inch wide portions, and sprinkle one to two teaspoons of salt on your scalp. Using wet fingers, massage your scalp gently and thoroughly for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash and condition your hair normally. You will see immediate results. Sea salt absorbs excess oil and moisture to prevent fungal growth – so common in hot and humid months.
5. Teeth Whitener
Salt and baking soda are both gentle abrasives that remove stains and brighten teeth. Salt is also a natural source of fluoride, an essential nutrient for strong teeth and gums. To make an easy tooth brightener, mix a teaspoon each of salt and baking powder. Dip a damp toothbrush in the mixture, and brush teeth normally. If the taste is too intense, try putting a dab of toothpaste on the brush before dipping it in the mixture.
6. As a nail bath
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