Salt, the symbol of hospitality, incorruptibility, and considered to be the fifth element by alchemists, is without a doubt one of humanity’s most appreciated minerals. Additionally, has interesting properties to care for your skin. We’ll tell you.
DEFINITION, EXTRACTION, AND TYPES OF SALT
Salt is one of the most abundant compounds in nature. It is found in two states, in mineral form, and dissolved in the waters of seas and some lakes, called sea salt.
Sea salt is obtained through evaporation of saltwater and is composed of about 86% sodium chloride. It also contains other trace elements necessary for the organism, such as calcium, magnesium, and iodine.
The salt of the Dead Sea stands out for its richness in minerals and for the properties that support our skin.
It is obtained in a large geologic crevice situated between Jordan and Israel, that is 400 meters below sea level. It has been supplied by the waters of the Jordan River for more than 3 million years.
Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba used the salt and the clay of the Dead Sea in their beauty treatments.
THE PROPERTIES OF THE DEAD SEA SALT
Even though it can be damaging in large amounts, salt is necessary to maintain a good physiological balance between chlorine and sodium in our body.
The skin is one the organs that best reflects unbalance in this regulation system. The increase in the amount of sodium chloride in our bodily fluids implies an increase in the dehydration of the skin. This should be corrected by increasing the amount of water you ingest so that the skin isn’t dehydrated.
Dead Sea Salt is rich in minerals like magnesium, bromine, iodine, sulfur, potassium and magnesium carbonate. These minerals stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, activating the purification of the organism. It promotes the renewal and rejuvenation of the skin, increasing the flow of oxygen and facilitating cellular nutrition.
HOW TO USE DEAD SEA SALTS
SALT AS AN EXFOLIANT
One of the oldest uses of sea salt in beauty treatments was as an exfoliant for the face and body.
Because of its special form of crystallization, the salt produces a light abrasive effect that eliminates dead skin cells on the superficial layers of the skin.
For a soft facial exfoliation, you can use the Lavender or Rose Dead Sea Salt ground up and mixed with the Soapwort Facial Cleanser. Apply with a circular motion for a couple of minutes. Then, remove with water and apply the Jojoba and Sesame Facial Cream to soften and nourish the skin.
For a body exfoliation, you can use the Rosemary or Orange Dead Sea Salt mixed with the Almond or Avocado Oil. Briskly rub all over your body, focusing on the knees, elbows, and the soles of your feet. Then, remove with water and apply the St. Johns Wort Body Cream to hydrate the skin.
SALT BATHS: BRINES
The bath has its origin in a purifying ritual, since the Romans with their hot springs to the Arabs with the Hamman, the great civilizations have filled their worship with water.
The hot bath by itself is a perfect antidote for stress and anxiety. Adding the Dead Sea Salts only strengthens its cleaning and revitalizing effect.
When we take a salt or brine bath, the minerals of the salt penetrate the skin in the form of ions and act to balance and activate the flow of energy through our body. The detoxifying effect of a salt bath can be compared to 2 days of fasting.
For the best effect, put the water in the bathtub at about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), and add 100 g of the Dead Sea Salt of your choice.
Lavender Dead Sea Salt: Relaxing
Rosemary Dead Sea Salt: Stimulating
Rose Dead Sea Salt: Balancing
Orange Dead Sea Salt: Calming
The bath should last 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, dry well with a towel, keep resting for half an hour, and then apply a nourishing cream over your whole body. We recommend our Karité Butter with Argan Oil, which is buttery and has great coverage, nourishing every part of the skin.
The baths are recommended to treat problems with acne, psoriasis, wounds, or rheumatic sicknesses. In the case of a grave circulatory problem, these baths are inadvisable.
RECIPES WITH DEAD SEA SALT THAT WORK
Bath for sensitive skin: in bathwater of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), add 3 handfuls of lavender sea salt, and 2 handfuls of oat grains, and a liter of chamomile tea. Remain in the tub for 20 minutes.
Stimulating and Exfoliating foot bath: fill a basin or bowl with 3 or 4 liters of cold water, add one handful of rosemary sea salt, 10 drops of orange essential oil, and 5 drops of mint essential oil. Keep your feet in for 15 minutes. After, apply an exfoliating mixture made with half a spoonful of oat flour, half a spoonful of rosemary sea salt, 2 spoonfuls of aloe gel, and 5 drops of lemon essential oil.
Relaxing bath: in bathwater of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) add three handfuls of orange or lavender sea salt, a liter of a lemon verbena infusion, and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Remain in the tub for 20 minutes.
To enjoy, relax, and care for your skin.