Sea salt is not just a healthy alternative to table salt! You’ll be astounded to learn the many beauty benefits of sea salt for skin, hair and more!
Sea salt is produced from the evaporation of sea water and it has been obtained by people since prehistoric times! Laden with minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, iodine and others, sea salt plays is useful for many body processes including proper cell-to-cell communication in the body.
When used topically, it’s good for improving the appearance of skin, hair, teeth and nails! In this article, we shall explore the beauty benefits of sea salt! Read on!
15 Beauty Benefits of Sea Salt for Skin, Hair & More
Below are 15 amazing beauty benefits of sea salt for your skin, hair & more!
1. Reduces Acne
Sea salt is good for reducing acne by killing acne causing bacteria and removing excess oils on the skin. It also shrinks large pores and dries out acne. Make the sea salt facial toner below to minimize pesky acne!
2. Facial Toner
If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, sea salt makes a great natural facial toner. It soaks up excess oils and helps dry out acne. Here’s how to make a facial toner with sea salt:
- Sea Salt Facial Toner: Dissolve ½ tsp of sea salt into ½ cup of distilled water. Pour the salty water into a spray bottle. Now add 1 tsp of witch hazel and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake well and store in a cool dry place. Spray onto your clean and dry face. Wait for it to dry then moisturize.
3. Skin Exfoliator
Exfoliating your skin is so easy and fun using sea salt! To make a sea salt scrub, all you need to do is mix sea salt with honey, a skin care oil or aloe vera gel. Then slowly scrub onto wet skin in the shower or over the bathroom sink if it’s a face scrub. Wait for 10 minutes for best results then rinse with warm water. Voila! Smooth soft and supple skin awaits!
4. Treats Psoriasis & Eczema
Did you know that sea salt can help relieve symptoms of psoriasis & eczema? Using sea salt helps relieve itchy skin while removing the dry flaky & scaly patches of skin caused by psoriasis and eczema. Have a healing bath with sea salt to get relief from psoriasis and eczema:
- Healing Bath: Mix 1 cup of fine sea salt with 2 tbsp of coconut oil. You can also mix in 10 drops of lavender essential oil, but this is optional. Add this mixture into a warm bath and stir it with your hand to disperse the salt. Soak for 15 minutes. You can have this bath 2 times a week.
5. Has Anti-Aging Properties
Using a sea salt scrub helps firm and tighten skin which is good for lifting sagging skin. Sea salt also has a high magnesium content which increases cell turnover. This keeps skin looking youthful and supply for longer.
- Anti-Aging Face Scrub: Mix 1 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp honey with 2 drops of an anti-aging essential oil such as geranium or rose. Scrub this mix in gentle circular motions on your face, avoiding the eyes. Rinse off after 10 minutes for soft and supple looking skin!
5. Get Rid of Cellulite
Cellulite is formed by accumulation of toxins and old fat cells in areas such as the thighs and butt. Dry brushing, detox baths, body wraps and scrubs are how you can help reduce those unwanted dips and dimples. Try this anti-cellulite scrub with sea salt!
- Anti-Cellulite Scrub: In a bowl, add 2 tbsp fine sea salt, 1 tbsp creamy coconut oil and 7 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Mix well and take it to the shower with you. Scrub onto cellulite prone areas for 4 minutes, after wetting your skin in the shower. Rinse off then soap up as usual.
6. Skin Softener
Rough elbows, knees are heels can be softened using a sea salt scrub, bath or foot soak!
- Skin Softening Body Scrub: Mix up 1 cup of fine sea salt with ¼ cup of grapeseed oil. Now add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil and mix well. Put 1-2 tbsp in a bowl and take it to the shower with you. Scrub it onto wet skin then rinse off and lather up with soap as usual.
7. Rejuvenating Bath Salts
Bath salts are relaxing and rejuvenating bath treatments that not only beautify skin but also soothe the mind. Sea salt can be used as homemade bath salts – you just need to add a moisturizing oil and beautiful scented essential oils! Try this homemade lavender bath salts recipe:
- Lavender Bath Salts: Into a large airtight container, add 4 cups of coarse sea salt, 3 tbsp of sweet almond oil and 35 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix well and store in a cool dry place. Place ½ cup of these bath salts into a warm bath and stir the bath with your hand to disperse the salts.
8. Natural Mouthwash
Sea salt is antiseptic and helps fight bad breath! Make a natural mouthwash with it as follows:
- DIY Mouthwash: Dissolve ½ tsp of sea salt and ½ tsp baking soda in ¼ cup of warm water. You may add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Swish the solution in your mouth and between teeth. Spit and rinse.
9. Detoxifying Foot Soak
Salt is one of the best things to add to a foot soak. It has a detoxifying effect that helps draw out excess fluids in the foot for those suffering from edema. It also rejuvenates tired feet and helps soften dry flaky & cracked feet! Here is a foot soak recipe with sea salt: Homemade Foot Soak for Dry Cracked Feet
10. Teeth Whitener
Remove unsightly stains from your teeth using sea salt! It has an abrasive texture that helps whiten teeth by scraping off plaque, food stains and tartar. Here’s a teeth whitening recipe you can use:
- Teeth Whitening Scrub: In a small bowl, add ½ tsp sea salt, ½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp coconut oil. Now add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix this up and scoop it up with your toothbrush. Brush your teeth with it then let it sit for 2 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. Use once a week.
11. Dandruff Treatment
Plagued with dandruff? It’s time to get out the sea salt! It helps loosen & remove dandruff flakes on the scalp while disinfecting it. It also helps remove excess oiliness and dirt that contributes to dandruff. You can use a sea salt spray or scrub to tackle dandruff. Here’s the spray recipe:
- Anti-Dandruff Treatment: Dissolve 1 tsp of sea salt in 1 cup of water then add 1 tsp aloe vera gel, 1 tsp coconut oil and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil. Store in the refrigerator. To use, spray it all over your scalp & hair 20 minutes before you shower.
12. Nail Brightener
You need to use sea salt for your nails if they are dull-looking, weak, have yellow stains and are prone to breakage. You can use a sea salt scrub for nails but I prefer making a nail soak solution which I find is more effective! Make this sea salt nail soak:
- Nail Brightening Solution: In a large bowl, add ¼ cup of water, 1 tsp liquid soap, 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp sea salt and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix everything to form a solution. Soak your nails for 10 minutes then rinse them thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize with olive oil. Also check out these 5 Essential Oils for Nail Growth, Recipes & Tips for stronger longer and healthier nails!
13. For Beach Waves
Get amazing wavy hair perfect for beach season using sea salt! All you have to do is make a texturizing hair spray that will give you gorgeous waves! Sea salt works by drawing out excess oil and water from the hair strands, leaving it texturized and wavy!
- Beach Waves Hair Spray: Warm up 1 cup of distilled water then dissolve 1-2 tsp of sea salt into it. Let it cool down completely then pour it into a spray bottle. Finally, add 4 drops of bergamot essential oil and ¼ tsp coconut oil. Shake well and spray onto damp hair then scrunch it up with a towel.
14. Deep Cleanses Pores
If your face feels clogged up, use sea salt as a facial scrub for a deep cleansing! Do this preferably after facial steaming for an intense pore purifying action!
- Pore Purifier: In a small bowl, add 1 tsp of sea salt, 1 tsp of raw honey and 2 drops of tea tree essential oil. Gently scrub this all over your clean face (after facial steaming), avoiding the eyes. Keep it on for 7 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Tone with cooled green tea then moisturize with a water-based moisturizer like this Green Tea Face Moisturizer!
15. Clarifies Hair
Product build-up can leave your hair feeling gross and looking limp! Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of that gunk and clarify your hair – and that’s by adding sea salt to your shampoo. If you want to know the recipe for how to do it, please see: DIY Clarifying Sea Salt Shampoo
Where You Can Buy Sea Salt
For beauty purposes, you can buy either fine ground sea salt especially for exfoliating your face or coarse sea salt, for bath salts & body scrubs.
Ensure to buy pure minimally processed sea salt rather than the refined versions. Refined versions are pure white and powdery. Meanwhile real sea salt is slightly grey and a bit moist. I like and recommend Fine Ground Celtic Sea Salt which comes in a 16 oz bag. You can also get Coarse Celtic Sea Salt which also comes in a 1 pound bag.
Are you ready to enjoy the beauty benefits of sea salt for your skin, hair and more?!