Salt—Beauty Friend Or Foe?
By Shellie Terry Benson |
On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 90-plus percent of Americans still consume too much sodium, putting themselves at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. While we at NewBeauty are concerned for your overall health, we had to wonder about the role salt plays in our lives aesthetically. Turns out, the troublesome sodium consumption isn’t only what comes out of the salt shaker. In fact, 75 percent of sodium consumed comes from pre-packaged commercial foods or those that are served in restaurants, the CDC reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. Not only do processed foods (like canned soups, frozen dinners, potato chips and the like) add dangerous sodium to your diet, but opting for these foods instead of wholesome fresh foods means you’re missing out on important nutrients and antioxidants that promote healthy cell turnover and reduce inflammation. These too vital functions are the keys to saving your skin from premature aging. However, the body does need some salt for vital functions—and it can also play a role in your beauty routine. Using unrefined salt in meal preparation (like lightly colored sea salt that hasn’t been stripped of its nutrients the way white table salt may be) will give you a great nutrient boost, especially magnesium and potassium. However, sea salt is still a form of sodium, so keep your usage in check. Beauty-wise, the magnesium offered in salt plays a role in better digestion, detoxification and stress reduction, which, in turn, will keep aging at bay, while inhaling or bathing in salt is believed to improve mental acuity and aid in skin rejuvenation. You can reap these benefits by visiting a spa with a salt cave or simply taking a trip to the beach. At home, salt can be a great, natural exfoliator. You can make your own by mixing salt with a light oil (try sweet almond oil) or opt one of our favorites: Hugo Naturals Sea Fennel & Passionflower Sea Salt and Sugar Body Scrub.