Did you know that sea salt isn’t only great for cooking? It also has incredible hair and skin benefits!
What Is Sea Salt?
Sea salt is what is left over after ocean water or saltwater lakes evaporates. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace materials (like potassium, calcium, and magnesium) and elements, which then add flavor and color. It’s for this reason that no two pieces of sea salt are alike – they all come in a variety of different coarseness levels.
Sea salt has specific components, each providing a beneficial quality. These include:
1. Calcium – soothes skin cells, strengthens cells, and cleanses pores.
2. Magnesium – increases cell metabolism.
3. Bromide – heals and has anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Sodium Chloride – hydrates skin cells, removes toxic waste.
5. Zinc – improves cell growth and regeneration, natural UV rays blocker.
6. Sulfur – relieves symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.
How Sea Salt Helps Your Hair
Half of the population suffers from dandruff. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, use sea salt to get rid of those annoying dead skin cells. After all, it’s pretty embarrassing to have white flakes all over your shoulders. Many “experts” will tell you to buy anti-dandruff shampoo, but there’s a more natural and cheaper way to approach the issue. Besides, many shampoos contain damaging chemicals that you don’t want anywhere near your hair!
Simply divide your hair into sections and sprinkle 1 or 2 teaspoons of sea salt onto your scalp. Massage with wet fingers for about 10 minutes, then wash as you normally would. This will not only get rid of those annoying flakes, but will also absorb any excess oil in your hair, which will prevent it from becoming greasy. Because all the moisture will be sucked away, sea salt will also stop fungal growth.
Have you noticed your hair thinning lately? You can also use sea salt for hair growth! It revitalizes the follicles and increases blood circulation in the scalp, which stimulates growth.
Just wash your hair as normal, then massage your scalp with sea salt for 10-15 minutes before washing out your hair again. Do this twice a week for two months, and you’ll see the return of beautiful thick hair.
How Sea Salt Helps Your Skin
Sea Salt serves as an excellent exfoliator. Experts say you should exfoliate your skin once to twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells and keep it healthy. In fact, many high-end salons use sea salts in their exfoliating treatments; however, make sure you pay attention the grade of sea salt being used to do this. It shouldn’t have rough or sharp edges, as this could cause damage and redness to your skin. Make sure to rub gently in circular motions.
You can also use sea salt as a natural detoxifier, as it absorbs toxins from the skin. Make a paste from sea salt and water, apply to your skin for one minute, then massage off gently in the shower. Voila! Your skin will be detoxified!
Other skin benefits of sea salt include increase circulation, antiseptic effects, softer skin, and fluid retention.