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Sea Salt Scrub Benefits: Is Their Popularity Deserved?

The Benefits of Salt Scrubs

I think the popularity of Sea Salt Scrubs is well deserved given the benefits they offer, over and above just feeling softer and fresher after using one.

ZirYab's Tropical Sea Salt Scrub
ZirYab’s Tropical Sea Salt Scrub

“…significantly improved skin barrier function compared with the tap water-… . Skin hydration was enhanced…  which means the treatment moisturized the skin. Skin roughness and redness of the skin as a marker for inflammation were significantly reduced after bathing in the salt solution. This demonstrates that bathing in the salt solution was well tolerated, improved skin barrier function, enhanced stratum corneum hydration, and reduced skin roughness and inflammation.”

Sea Salt  is Obviously a Great Exfoliator

The abrasive nature of the salt lifts up the dead skin cells while the oil helps slough the cells away more gently than salt could do alone. But be careful, the oil makes tubs and showers slippery.

Sea Salt is also a Source of  Minerals

The skin can absorb minerals, that’s why we soak in Epsom Salts, the magnesium take away muscles aches. Depending on the Salt, the mineral content will differ and admittedly, it’s only small amounts that are  absorbed into your body.  Nevertheless, the skin offers a different way to give your body needed minerals including sulphate, magnesium, calcium and potassium

Sea Salt is an Antibacterial

This is great for mild skin conditions including:

Body Acne:

Salts scrubs aren’t recommended for anyone with open cuts or sores but they are a good way to address mild acne issues. I think they are especially good to avoid getting  bum pimples that many of us find embarr-ass-ing (pun intended).  Since the bum has a large area of skin and, due to its position, often gets the least active cleaning action per inch then the rest off our body. A salt scrub means you can give it the attention it deserves without needing to rub hard. The stimulation alone may help prevent bum spots but also minimizes acne by being a gentle antibacterial.

Eczema:

While not a good treatment for those with open sores, sea salt’s antibacterial qualities can help control eczema. Sea Salt scrubs are a good way of utilizing the benefits of sea salt at lower quantities then dumping loose sea salt directly into a bath tub. For Eczema, one might try soaking in a bathtub for five minutes, standing up, very lightly spreading the sea salt over damp skin and letting it rest for at least 30 seconds before lowering  back into the bathtub and letting the sea salt dissolve into the water. Then the sea salt gets another turn to do more good for your whole body.

So, it might be worth giving Sea Salt Scrubs a try.