You don’t typically associate salt with great skin, but the truth is, salt is a powerful detoxifier. While this benefit isn’t typically linked to salt in your diet, bathing in pure salt can help rid your skin and body of toxins. The warm water helps open pores, allowing toxins to be released and permitting minerals to be absorbed by the skin.
Salt contains a wide variety of minerals and trace elements, but there are certain ones to look for when choosing a good bath salt. Known for its extreme purity and lets face it, pretty pink hue, Himalayan pink salt is a great beauty enhancer. The crystalline salt can be pricey due to its exotic source, however, it’s well worth it. Most varieties contain trace elements of calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, and claim to do everything from balance the body’s PH to alleviate flu and fever symptoms. It’s also a potent antioxidant.
“Bathing in this pure salt can help stimulate circulation, soothe sore muscles and detox the body by pulling out toxins through the skin,” explains Megan O’Keefe, International Relations Director for Saltworks.
There are several ways to enjoy Himalayan pink salt too, including in food as a daily supplement. “The trace minerals are important for digestion and balance, and the flavor is superior to any of its processed and bitter counterparts,” says O’Keefe.
Suitable as a soak or a culinary salt, Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt ($13) contains 84-plus minerals that work together to replenish the skin with the nutrients it needs. The main elements are calcium, magnesium and iron.
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