Did you know that sea salt can balance, protect, and restore your body and skin? This is because our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water. Sea salt has magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium which can play a major role in improving your skin’s health if included in your skincare routine. Sea salt can cleanse pores, balance oil production, improve hydration and thwart bacteria that causes breakouts and acne. Here are different ways in which you can include sea salt in your beauty regime to boost your skin’s health.Also Read - Winter Skincare Essentials: 8 Tips to Keep Your Skin Smooth And Radiant This Winter

Soothe your skin with sea salt mask

You can calm acne-prone skin and get rid of the inflammation by using a face mask made of sea salt and honey. Both the ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, so they soothe your skin and also balance oil production. To make this mask, mix two teaspoons of finely ground sea salt with four teaspoons of raw honey. Mix well and apply this on clean and dry skin. After 15 minutes, soak a washcloth in warm water and lay it on your face for 30 seconds. Then using your fingers, exfoliate your skin in circular motion and rinse with lukewarm water. (ALSO READ Top 5 beauty benefits of vodka: Transform your skin and hair by including vodka in your beauty routine!). Also Read - Beauty Hacks: Hair Length, Skin Pores and 3 Other Things We Cannot Control, Expert Says

Deep cleanse your pores with sea salt toner

You can use the sea salt as an oil-sapping facial toner as it cleanses your pores and balances the oil production. Using it on your face can also reduce breakouts. To make a sea salt toner, mix one teaspoon of sea salt with four ounces of warm water. Pour this solution into a bottle with a spray nozzle. Spray on dry skin, avoiding the eyes. Use this sea salt toner twice for noticeable difference.  Also Read - 6 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dry And Patchy Skin This Winter

Restore hydration with sea salt body scrub

The texture of sea salt makes it a great natural exfoliator. You can use it on your skin to slough off the dead skin cells and restore hydration. The minerals present in sea salt will also soften your skin and make it smooth. To make your own sea salt body scrub, mix quarter-cup of sea salt and half cup of olive oil. To this add 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice and apply this scrub in the shower to scrub your skin gently to get soft and smooth skin. (ALSO READ Priyanka Chopra Uses These 8 Beauty Products to Keep Her Skin Clear and Radiant).

8 Brilliant Ways to Add Sea Salt in Your Beauty Routine

Reduce water retention with relaxing salt bath

Sea salt cleanses your pores by absorbing dirt, grime, and toxins. Mineral rich sea salt helps your skin retain its moisture and the magnesium in sea salt may also help reduce water retention in the body. For a relaxing sea salt bath add one-third cup salt to a tub filled with warm water. After swishing the tub, soak for 15 to 30 minutes.

Nail brightening sea salt treatment

Your nails become stained over a period of time. You can use sea salt to get back your brighter and healthier-looking nails. Using the salt on your nails removes the stains and also softens your cuticles. For a nail brightening sea salt treatment, mix one teaspoon of sea salt, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of lemon juice and half cup of warm water. Soak your nails in this solution for 10 minutes and then proceed to scrub with a soft brush. Rinse your hands well and apply a nourishing moisturizer. (ALSO READ Beauty benefits of mint: 5 ways to use pudina to get rid of skin and hair woes).

8 Brilliant Ways to Add Sea Salt in Your Beauty Routine

Treat your scalp with sea salt

You can whip up an anti-dandruff treatment using sea salt as it helps to loosen and remove flakes from your scalp. It also absorbs excess oil and moisture from your scalp which helps to prevent fungal growth to prevent dandruff. All you have to do is sprinkle two teaspoons of salt on your scalp and using wet fingers massage it thoroughly on your scalp for 10 minutes. Follow this with washing and conditioning your hair.

Whiten your teeth with sea salt

You may know that a great hack to whiten your teeth is to use baking soda, but when sea salt is mixed with baking soda, it not only whitens your teeth but is also good for your gums. A saltwater rinse might help your swollen and irritated gums. Mix one teaspoon of sea salt with two teaspoons of baking. Dip a damp brush in this mixture and then brush your teeth normally. (ALSO READ 6 Simple Ways to Add Sugar in Your Daily Beauty Routine).

Sea salt mouth wash

Instead of the over-the-counter mouth wash, you can make your very own sea salt mouth wash. Sea salt acts as a natural disinfectant and kills the bacteria that causes bad breath. To make sea salt mouth wash, mix half teaspoon of sea salt, half teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter cup of water. Mix all the ingredients well and swish the solution in your mouth. Swish it well between teeth, then spit it out and rinse well.

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