While health officials continue to warn of the dangers of too much salt consumption, some in the beauty and holistic health industries tout the benefits of salt when inhaled or applied topically. In fact, more salt-centered spas are popping up, claiming to rejuvenate the skin or ease respiratory issues.
Many believe that inhaling salty air will calm allergies, open the sinuses and drain mucus while reducing related swelling. “Breathing in salt gets the body to excrete excess liquid and loosens up mucus,” American Lung Association chief medical officer Norman H. Edelman, MD, told the LA Times. “So it’s not outlandish, but there’s no evidence.”
In the beauty realm, salt has been used as a natural exfoliator and some believe that swimming in the ocean’s salty water can detoxify the skin, help with cell rejuvenation, and ease conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Thalassotherapy is a wellness treatment that utilizes seawater for its therapeutic effects. According to a University of Kiel, Germany, study highlighted on SpaEvidence.com, soaking in the Dead Sea’s magnesium salt-rich water for 15 minutes was found to dramatically improve skin hydration and ease inflammation for patients suffering from dry skin.
With the growing interest in salt used in the air, in beauty products and in water, we’re sure to hear more about its wellness benefits. Meanwhile, you can learn more about salt-spa trends in the 2012 issue of SpaFinder, on newsstands now.
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