Salt therapy even has a name Thalassotherapy, from the Greek word thalassa meaning "sea".
Naturally occurring earth minerals are absolutely critical to maintaining healthy skin! Not only are the minerals found in abundance in sea salts vital inside the body, but most us don't realize that sea salt dissolved in water and applied to the skin surface works to support healthy skin function and a strong skin barrier from the outside.
Many of us are tuned into the health benefits of Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salts for bringing relief to those with a wide range of skin problems ....Yet ask someone if they know about the amazing benefits offered by the application of high mineral content salt on their skin and you will most likely be met with looks of doubt and surprise!
Not only is mineral rich sea salt a welcome addition to our bath water, you might be stunned to learn that it can help keep your skin stay healthy, plump and free of pathogenic bacteria and yeast, control outbreaks and acne, enhance cellular communication and increase hydration, that's right HYDRATION!
BENEFITS OF HIGH MINERAL CONTENT SALT FOR SKIN
- Absorbs acne causing bacteria
& pathogenic yeast.
- Encourages healing of wounds.
- Helps treat skin infections.
- Helps regulate skin oil & sebum production.
- Reduces clogged pores reducing the occurrence of outbreaks.
- Considered to be a natural moisturizer, helping balance and increase hydration of the epidermis.
- Salt high in magnesium is anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial which can reduce itching and helps control the bacteria and fungi which cause eczema, acne and Rosacea.
- By increasing circulation on the surface of the skin and improving cell regeneration, salt helps open pores, enhance blood flow, and improve the absorption of body & facial oils, moisturizers, and other treatments.
- Strengthens the epidermis and increases cellular communications signals which slows as we age.
- Improves the skins complexion by reducing redness and roughness.
- Through osmosis, minerals in salt helps draw moisture and nutrients to the surface of the skin working to plumps up skin cells.
- Improves cellular metabolism, thereby increasing the efficiency of the skin's ability to convert nutrients into energy.
Earth minerals are are unique in their ability to mitigate the impact of environmental stress & pollution, sun damage and cellular aging of our skin. Of course not all salt is created equal! Only high mineral salts (sea salts) offer what we are seeking in a skin care formula so we will look at how sea salt benefits our skin. In fact, It is the minerals in the salt that act as natural moisturizing factors, they are hygroscopic which means they attract water. When salt is apply to the skin and allowed to stay there, it acts much like a pump, drawing water and nutrients to the skin's upper layers from deep inside the cells.
When my Perfection Scrub is used as a Salt Therapy (applied and allowed to remain on your skin) the minerals in the salt are bound to the skin by the inclusion of beeswax plus seed butters and oils, allowing the minerals and moisture to be absorbed more efficiently helping your skin age gracefully by supporting strong, resilient, supple skin which reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens out the complexion, reduces roughness caused by dry skin, and draws moisture to skin tissue helping to preserve hydration.
High mineral salt have the also helps your skin by strengthening its barrier function, which support healthy skins in a variety of ways.
Let's talk a little about how high mineral salts acts as an exfoliant. Aside from the obvious use of salt as a mechanical foliating agent what might come as a surprise is that dead skin cells start breaking down and sloughing off just in the presence of salt water. So to be effective an exfoliant we don't even need to scrub hard, we just need to put sea salt water onto our warm, wet skin (warm water enhances this process and also increases circulation) and even better, hold it there so it can work it's magic long after you have left the bathroom.
Leaving salt on the skin surface is vital to tapping into these benefits. I like to use my Butter Bliss Perfection Scrub for Faces in 2 ways. I use is as both a scrub and a for what I term Salt Therapy. My first application of the scrub at the end of the day removes dirt, grime, sunscreen and makeup. The butters and oils in the scrub penetrate deep into the pores and hair follicles where they gently dissolve dirt, makeup and sunscreen so it can be rinsed and wiped away. This is chemistry at work! Since “like dissolves like” (a basic premise of chemistry) I apply a small amount to my warm wet face and gently exfoliate as the salt melts on my skin. I then rinse it away with warm water and then wipe off any remaining product.
My second application of Perfection Scrub is the salt therapy step. I simply apply another small amount of my scrub in my hands and rub them together until most of the salt is dissolved, then I massage it into my wet skin … and allow it to air dry! My Perfection Scrub contains just enough beeswax to seal in moisture and reduce moisture loss. By allowing my face to air dry my skin is drenched in vital minerals and moisture. My skin feels dewy soft and supple. I have found that my skin texture has softened over time by using my scrub in this way.
MORE BENEFITS .... More long term benefits are gained by using seed butters and oils to cleanse and avoiding the use (and over use) of foaming soaps and cleansers which wash away the skin microbiome, leaving it in a state of dis-ease, struggling to replace and replenish it's biodiversity and damaging the skin's protective barrier making it vulnerable to a whole host of problems! My personal belief is that the increase in skin issues, and even skin diseases, are made worse (or even initiated) by the over use of surfactant based soaps and cleansers (I have no studies to back this up, it's just my opinion). That said using all natural REAL soap to clean your nether regions and underarms is just good personal hygiene. Minimize how much you use by diluting my liquid soap and using a foaming dispenser. The foamer adds a lot of air, so you are reducing the amount of soap used without even thinking about it thereby preserving more of you skin microbiome.
BUTTER BLISS PERFECTION SCRUB - SALT THERAPY APPLICATION
CLEANSING APPLICATION: STEP 1 (end of the day)
I use my scrub for cleansing at the end of the day to remove my sunscreen and dirt. Soften your skin before exfoliating with my Butter Bliss Perfection Scrub. This helps increase the efficacy of both the cleansing step and the salt treatment step which follows.
Splash your face with very warm water and use a warm, wet cloth pressed to to your skin. Apply a small amount of the scrub and begin gently exfoliating. You will notice that the salt begins to melt right away providing a very gentle scrubbing action. Caution: DO NOT USE THIS SCRUB ON DRY SKIN, always apply to wet skin.
I like to do STEP 2: Salt Therapy first thing in the morning. I find my face is rather dry and tight in the mornings – I sleep on my side and on my stomach so my face comes in contact with my pillow, causing facial oils to be removed during the night. Since the ingredients in my scrub enhance the efficacy of my sunscreen, as well as providing deep hydration throughout the day, I do STEP 2, allow my skin to dry for about 20 minutes or so, then apply sunscreen.
SALT THERAPY APPLICATION: STEP 2
To work as a long lasting salt therapy treatment I recommend a second application of the scrub immediately following STEP 1.
Apply a small amount of scrub and apply to warm wet skin. Very gently massage onto the skin until the salt melts …. do not rinse!
By allowing the salt to remain on the surface of your skin it works to provide all of the benefits listed above. If you would like to apply conditioning facial oils, continue to STEP 3.
NOURISH WITH FACIAL OIL: STEP 3
While your face is wet apply a few drops of my Wildcrafted Infused Facial Oils and massage into your skin – Continue to massage your skin while it AIR DRIES. By doing this step you are working the oils deep into the skin tissue and also sealing in moisture (when we say moisture we mean water). Applying the oils to your skin while still wet is a VITAL step when using facial oils, once which is commonly overlooked or unknown to those who are using facial oils. Learn more here
You are going to love how salt makes your skin feel! In my next post I will be providing instructions on how to make a salt mist you can make at home. Your skin loves you .... love it back