The changing of seasons can make your skin do some weird things. You may look down and be appalled by cracked, red, or dry hands or skin patches on the body. Dry skin is not only unpleasant to look at, but it can make you feel self-conscious. Listen, nobody is perfect and everybody has that one item in his or her skin care routine that contributes to flawless-looking skin. This Himalayan pink salt scrub could be that item for you.
You may be thinking, “Isn’t Himalayan pink salt meant for seasoning food? Isn’t that what those hipster salt lamps are made of?” You are correct on both accounts, but it is actually incredibly beneficial for your skin. Mined in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, primarily in Pakistan, Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest forms of salt. Ancient oceans deposited these salts in the Himalayas over 250 million years ago, and the salt beds were covered by lava, ice, and snow for millions of years. This makes Himalayan pink salt free of modern-day pollutants. Isn’t that cool?
Benefits Of Himalayan Salt
Rich In Magnesium
Magnesium is necessary for many chemical reactions in the body, but the primary functions include muscle relaxation and nervous system regulation. Himalayan salt has trace amounts of magnesium and a scientific review found that magnesium can possibly enter the lymphatic system via the skin. While you should obtain magnesium via dietary sources, you can also increase your magnesium intake with a scrub containing Himalayan salt.
In general, salt is a natural exfoliator that works to remove dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin. The essential trace minerals in Himalayan salt work to soften the skin and restore hydration as it scrubs away the dead cells, so you aren’t left with dry or raw skin.
Great For Acne, Eczema, And Psoriasis
The antimicrobial properties of Himalayan salt have been known to be beneficial for clearing up blemishes on the skin. You can apply the salt to the skin via a scrub, like the one in this article, or you can add it to a bath and soak in it. That’s especially beneficial if you have acne on your back. Mineral baths have also shown to be beneficial for people with eczema or psoriasis. The salt helps to reduce the redness, scaling, and irritation that is commonly associated with these conditions.
DIY Pink Himalayan Salt Coconut Oil Scrub
- 1.5 cups ground pink Himalayan salt
- 1/3 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil
- Combine the Himalayan salt and coconut oil in a large bowl and mix well with a spoon or your hands. Make sure that both ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Spoon this mixture into a glass jar and screw on the lid for optimal storage. You are now ready to use it!
- You can apply this scrub several times a week to help reduce dryness and combat other skin conditions.