A Skin Care Essential, Salt Baths

October 28th, 2010

Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty but not everyone perceives it.”

I believe a way to improve your perception of beauty is by doing things that take care of you. Whether it is exercising, nutrition or skin care, they all tie in together and improve your attitude about yourself.

The following skin care tip is a take care of yourself step. I hope that by doing so, you will improve your image and how you feel about yourself- something we all can use a bit more of.

The Benefits Of Salt Baths As a Skin Care Essential

Woman Taking A Bath For Skin Care Purposes

Salt in its raw form has many benefits associated with it. The body recognizes it as an essential nutrient that improves overall health because of its many trace minerals, most of which are missing from our regular diet.

One of these essential minerals found in salt is magnesium and studies show that insufficient levels of this trace element can send the body into a stress response state. Simply put, when your body is stressed, your skin reflects it in many different ways. Your skin can become dull, dry, you can breakout.

Salt in its purest form and added to a warm bath can detoxify the skin. The warm water opens up the pores, allowing the body to release toxins through the skin and allowing the nourishing minerals to be absorbed via the skin, making it more luminous and bright.

There are several types of salts that you should use as a skin care essential for your nourishing salt baths.

The first is Himalayan Pink Salt created over 250 million years ago and filled with at least 84 trace minerals. It is consider the purest salt on earth and completely free of toxins. Not only should you use it in your baths but also to salt your culinary delights.

Bathing in this salt can stimulate the circulation, soothe sore muscles and detox the body by pulling out toxins through the skin.

The Dead Sea has been visited by many for its healing properties since ancient times and Cleopatra herself is said to have visited and for good reasons. The super dense concentration of minerals found in this salt accounts for many benefits.

Its best known for healing, soothing, softening and rejuvenating your skin. This nutrient rich salt has been described as a healing balm for your skin. However, its not palatable for the kitchen.

The last salt in our list is the classic problem solver, Epsom salt. Having been the only known bath salt for many years, it has staying power and with good reason as it was the ultimate relaxer after a long day.

It relieves aches and pains and can be used as an exfoliant helping to expose fresh new skin, eliminating toxins and of course soothing and reliving.

In fact all of these bath salts can be found in different products and can be used as a natural exfoliant giving you brighter and smoother skin.

The Right Way To Take A Salt Bath

I recommend at least a 20 minutes salt bath in warm water once a week in order to soak in all those minerals and for your skin to get the full benefits.

I usually use about a 1/4 cup of any bath salt and add it to a full tub. However, you can follow the recommended amount to use from the product package.

One last tip, try to find products with natural sources or organic additives as we are after all trying to detox the body by taking a salt bath. Unnatural additives in the salt can deplete your skin’s nutrients, moisture, leading to dryness and other issues.

Lastly, to round up your skincare and beauty routine I look forward to seeing you at Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary here in New York City. Please call 212/949.2350 to make your appointments now.


Joanna Vargas Salon
Skin Care Sanctuary