You've likely heard that Himalayan Pink Salt is great for your health
, but did you know it's good for your skin, too? When used in a body scrub, Himalayan Pink salt
provides some serious exfoliation. And this is a good thing because... Our skin is constantly changing, so dead skin cells build up over time. This may cause skin to look dull in appearance and feel rough, dry, and/or flaky. Exfoliation is the antidote to all of this, removing dead skin cells, leaving skin smoother, brighter, and more vibrant. Besides the aesthetic benefits of exfoliation, many people find it extremely invigorating. It's a great way to wake yourself up in the morning or re-energize yourself in the afternoon.
Why Use Himalayan Pink Salt In Homemade Body Scrub?
Many exfoliating scrubs are made with sugar, which is a wonderful option, however, the grit of salt provides a next-level body scrub that removes dead skin cells more aggressively. This makes it a very effective scrub but also lends itself to more infrequent use (no more than once a week). Besides its effectiveness, the minerals found in Wildly Organic's Himalayan Pink Salt
can provide some extra skin-enhancing benefits. These trace minerals may help reduce inflammation and detoxify the skin. The detoxifying nature of minerals could also contribute to the removal of toxins that clog pores — making salt scrubs a great skin cleanser.
How To Make A Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
Here are two methods for making and using body scrubs with Himalayan Pink Salt. One can be made ahead of time and kept (or gifted) in a jar, while the other is meant for one-time use. Method #1 - Oil-Based Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Recipe
This first method combines the nourishing properties of Wildly Organic's Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
with the exfoliating action of salt. The result is an extremely luxurious body scrub. Because the coconut oil solidifies as it cools, this scrub has a "whipped" texture, which makes it easy to apply. You will need:
Melt the coconut oil. C ombine melted coconut and salt in a bowl and stir to combine. Next, add the olive oil and stir again. Stir the scrub from time to time as the coconut oil cools and hardens. It won't become completely solid but should form a nice thick texture. Use this as a simple hand or foot scrub, or, for some serious self-care
, give yourself a full body treatment. Just be sure to use caution as the shower can become very slippery. It's also a good idea to wipe the shower after use so as not to cause the next person who showers to slip! To use:
Apply a small amount of scrub in circular motions. It's important that you use a gentle hand as the salt is already quite abrasive. Wash off with warm water. Do not use on windburned, sunburned, or broken skin. Method #2 — Single-Use Salt Scrub
The quick version of this simple method is this: dampen salt slightly then apply directly to damp skin in circular motions. In spa-terms, this is referred to as a Salt Glow
. In fact, it's one of the most popular spa treatments! Luckily, you can replicate it at home for a fraction of the cost! You will need:
Pour salt into a bowl and add ¼ cup water or oil to dampen the salt. Stir to combine. To use:
Stand in the shower or bathtub and wet your body briefly by running the shower. Turn the shower off before proceeding with the salt glow. Using fingertips, rub salt gently over skin in circular motions, beginning at your toes and moving all the way up to your shoulders (avoid the face and other delicate parts). Finally, shower off to remove the salt. Follow with moisturizer, body butter, or body oil. Remember: scrubs should not be used on skin that is windburned, sunburned or broken.
Have you ever tried a salt scrub?