The ocean is a vast depth of many nourishing and rejuvenating ingredients. Sea salt, the most abundant mineral in the sea, is one of our favorite ingredients because it is linked to deeply with where our human ancestors came from.
Many of us remember the first moment we experienced sea salt, emerging from our first swim in the ocean as a child and realizing our faces were covered in salt. At a young age, we didn’t realize how exfoliating and cleansing this was for our skin.
The properties of sea salt are endless - here are some of our favorites as described by Jonae Fredericks (for Livestrong).
Sea Salt Uses
Exfoliate and Detox
A natural detoxifying ingredient, sea salt absorbs skin toxins. To detoxify with sea salt, apply a salt scrub to your skin prior to taking a shower. Leave it on for one minute, and massage off gently as you shower. Massage in a circular direction to remove dead skin cells as you exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating regularly is essential to maintaining glowing skin, so make sure to exfoliate your entire body regularly! Try adding our Brazilian Glow Red Clay Salt Scrub to your beauty routine.
Invigorate and Cleanse
Exfoliating with salt scrub is an abrasive action, and it invigorates the skin, improving circulation and giving the skin a natural glow. Not only does scrubbing with salt remove bacteria from the skin and unclog pores, but it also kills bacteria and reduces skin inflammation. Follow an invigorating sea salt exfoliation with our Wild Superfood Multi-tasking Oil to moisturize and restore the skin.
Encourage the regeneration of new skin cells with salt scrub! Removing dead skin cells allows new, glowing skin cells to regenerate. This regeneration process tightens the skin and reduces skin discoloration, evening out the skin tone and giving a firmer, younger-looking appearance.
Heal & Improve Circulation
Regular exfoliation using a salt scrub increases skin circulation, allowing your skin to return to its natural, glowing state. Not only does sea salt scrub help with circulation, but it also has antiseptic effects, which promotes the healing of any damaged skin. Sea salt is processed differently than table salt, so it’s full of natural, healing minerals that provide the skin with nutrients.
Warm seawater has been used for centuries to promote relaxation. Originating in ancient Rome and Greece, this practice is now called ‘thalassotherapy’ which comes from the Greek word Thalassa, meaning ‘sea’. According to Health-Benefit-of-Water.com, sea salt bath therapy provides psychological benefits and improves quality of sleep.
Promote Cell Health
Author Jacques de Langre, a California-based biochemist, reports that sea salt contains 92 trace minerals, 24 of which are essential to the maintenance of optimal health! Deficiencies of these minerals can harm the body’s cells, reducing the cells’ ability to control and balance their ions. This type of cell damage can lead to muscle spasms, brain damage or nervous disorders. Sea salt facilitates and easy exchange of liquids and minerals between blood vessels and tissues. This is something table salt does not achieve.
Reduce Joint Pain
Similar to epsom salt soaks, sea-salt baths can help to ease aching joints and muscles. Soak everyday for 20 minutes to relieve muscle pains and even improve your mood and mobility.
If you are ready to massively improve your skincare routine with sea salt, you can start by making your own do-it-yourself recipe - here is a quick option for you: combine fleur-de-sel with your favorite oils and herbs for a spa-like scrub experience in your own home, or try combining sea salt with one of our Brazilian Koalin Clays.