Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Common Salt in Skin Care

Single-serving salt packets.Image via Wikipedia

Regular Salt (NaCl) is ubiquitous in our homes. It can be used in the following ways to aid and support your skin care regime

1. Exfoliation: Mix equal amounts of salt & oil (any oil you fancy). Use immediately (or else the salt will dissolve) as scrub to buff up your body & face. If you wish you can skip the oil, just dampen the skin where you intend to apply the salt & rub a dry spoonful of salt over it.

Salt demineralises (removes mineral ions that may be present on skin as a result of using body sprays or exposure to pollution - can result in free radical formation that damages collagen) and softens skin

Toner for Oily Skin: To reduce oiliness, fill a small spray bottle (50 ml) with tepid water, add 1 teaspoon salt, and spray on your face. Blot your face dry.

Sea salt and peppercorns.Image via Wikipedia

3. Acne: Dab pimples with salt solution twice a day. This takes time, but it will slowly dry out any pus and also prevent re-infection. It is an astringent, antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory.

4. Detoxification: Run a salt bath and immerse yourself or your feet for 20 minutes. Salt is an excellent detoxifying agent and can draw out impurities.
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