What Are Bath Salts & Soaks?
Bath soaks and bath salts are water-soluble pulverized mineral based bath products used in bathing to relieve stress and pain. From history, as found in the recordings in China, 2700 BC, Hippocrates first introduced the idea to use salt water in healing. He suggested immersing patients in sea water. The Greek followed suit in the use of seawater. Nowadays, the use of bath salt is common. The purpose has only taken a slight difference form for healing the skin.
Using the right bath salt or soak for your skin type can bring you many benefits. Not all bath salts and soaks are recommended for your skin. If you want something specific and beneficial to your skin type, take the advice below with importance.
First of all, you should know what bath salts exist and what benefits they bring.
Dead Sea Salts
Originated from the Dead Sea, just as the bar implies, it has therapeutic properties. Breaking down its composition we have magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides. The chemical composition exhibit the following benefits: development of stronger nails, deep moisturizing, balancing skin moisture, improving the immune system, and boosting body energy. It is recommended as both body scrub and bath soak. You should not use excessively.
Epsom salt has a fine crystal appearance that looks like table salt. Breaking down the chemical composition we have magnesium, sulphur and oxygen. It is used for detoxification (removal of the body toxins), to relieve stress and muscle pain, and perform skin exfoliation. For those in sports, it is wise to use this bath salt for the benefit of muscle management. However, if you are sulphur sensitive, use another salt.
Other types of bath salts exist. Their compositions are similar to the two we have mentioned. And their benefits are a mixture or similar to the two.
Bath salts are soluble in water and will produce effervescence bubbles. Most are designed to have similar effects with hot spring or minerals bath: to clean the skin, aid the penetration of skincare products and make bathing a pleasure. They are available on the market in boxes and bags. Be careful with the bath salts and soaks you choose. Many fake products, which are similar in appearance and color to the real baths salts exist and are paraded as bath salts. You should seek recommendations, just as we have given above.
What Are the Bath Salt Benefits You’ll Get?
Why should you care about using bath salts? If you want to know why you need such commitment as bathing with salt regularly, these are the benefits:
To Clean, Detoxify and Exfoliate the Skin
Bath salts clean the skin of impurities, grime and dirt. If you ever want clean skin after a tired and hard day, add some bath salt into the water, watch it form bubbles and wash your skin off. The salt will open up the skin pores and allow dirt to be removed. Also, some bath salts – Epsom salts – help to remove the dead skin cells, so newer, fresher skin is revealed. Another example of bath salts, phosphate, acts like detergents, softens calloused skin, and makes exfoliation easier. So you slough off dead skin and enjoy a gorgeous look.
Higher Penetration of Skincare Products
After the bath using the salt, your skin relaxes, and the pores become open. This will increase the amount of the time for a skincare product that you applied to get into your skin and work more effectively.
How have you been treating skin issues? The remedy can be a regular and simple bath soak. Bath salts can treat issues such as arthritis, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, back acne, other pains like muscle soreness, body aches, and muscle soreness. It can also be used on the scalp – washing with it regularly will prevent dandruff and fungal growth.
To Tone the Face
We said bath salt is used as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. If you want to tone your skin texture, you can use the bath salt on your face. Cleaner pores, exfoliated skin, and nourished with ingredients, the skin of the face – and the body entirely – will become brighter and showing a beautiful tone.
Multi-Purpose Benefits of Hydration, Balancing Skin Oil and Nourishment
Wear the bath salt like a mask and you will keep the skin hydrated, cure irritations and balanced the level of oils in your skin. Why? Bath salts have anti-inflammatory properties.
Taking a bubble bath or a bath with a bath bomb is refreshing enough, while adding a bath salt that will exfoliate and make your skin newer is more than enough. A negative ion is created when the bath salt is dissolved in warm water, which combines with the skin positive ion to relieve stress. The skin falls into a deep state of being de-stressed. You become calmer and energized again. Your muscles feel a new life spring into them. For smelling feet, this product can change that in a simple soak. Put some bath salt in a cup of water and wash the feet. It works like a foot massage.
Your Skin Type and the Right Bath Salt
Not all bath salts are alike. Use the right bath salt for your skin type and enjoy more benefits.
• Bath Salts for Tired and Dull Skin:
Use bath salts that have a blend of rosemary and lavender. The menthol component of the ingredients would increase circulation across the skin surface and improve skin appearance. Also, citrus bath salts can also help to energize your skin.
• Bath Salts for Stressed or Oily Skin:
We have a piece of advice. Stay away from lavender bath salts if you have sensitive or oily skin. Try adding coconut milk and honey. Rosemary works well.
• Bath Salts for Dry and Flaky Skin:
Your skin needs much hydration. Choose almond oil and orange peel to bath salts to give you as much hydration as you need.
• Bath Salts for Puffy Skin:
Mineral, clay and seaweed bath salts are the best for you. They will help detoxify your skin. And your skin would benefit from the power of negative ions – it draws in nutrients into your skin.
Here are some DIY recipes for common ailments.
• DIY Bath Salt for a Cold:
When you feel a cold coming on, try this bath salt soak.
• 1 cup of Epsom salt • ½ cup of baking soda • 4 tablespoons of crushed ginger • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
• Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
• Warm the water in the bathtub and add the mixture.
• Soak for 20 minutes.
• Store the leftover in an airtight container for future use.
• DIY Bath Salt for Detoxing:
Here, you will use clay to detoxify your face. And the salt will exfoliate the skin.
• ½ cup of Epsom salt • ½ cup of bentonite clay • 2-10 drops of essential oils of your choice
• First, combine the Epsom salt and oil to form a mixture.
• Mix some clay with water to get a smooth paste.
• Apply the paste of clay to your face.
• Prepare warm water in the tub and add the bath salt.
• Get soaked for about 20 minutes.
• As you wait, use a washcloth to gently remove the clay mask.
• DIY Bath Salts For Eczema:
Agreed, eczema can be quite stubborn. With this bath salt, you can smile with relief.
• 2 cups of Epsom salt • 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar • 2-5 drops of essential oils of your choice
• You can either add the ingredients directly to a warm bath or you can mix them separately and add to your bath.
• Let it dissolve and soak for 20 minutes.
• DIY Bath Salts For Psoriasis:
You can also prepare a bath salt soak to help with psoriasis, and this is how you do it:
• 2 cups of Epsom salt • ¼ cup of pure Dead Sea salt
• Add the two salts together.
• Prepare your bath and add the mixture.
• Soak for 20 minutes.
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