Why Salt Is In The Beauty Spotlight

Why Salt Is In The Beauty Spotlight

With the microbead ban finally in place and an increasing amount of us on the hunt for natural skin solutions, it’s no surprise the humble grain of salt is making a beauty comeback. Primed to detoxify, cleanse and purify, a whole host of beauty offerings – from scalp scrubs to bath soaks – are here to take your skincare game to the next level...

The therapeutic effects of bathing in mineral-rich waters have been known since time immemorial, and whether it comes from the Atlantic or Dead Sea, natural salt is brimming with benefits. So much more than just a haircare must-have for beachy waves, this ancient ingredient is one to keep on your radar if you’re on a quest for smoother, clearer and happier skin.

In terms of go-to granules, there are three types to look out for: pink Himalayan, Cornish and Dead Sea. How do they differ from normal table salt? In a nutshell, they’re purer, unrefined and packed full of reparative minerals – think magnesium, sodium and potassium – which are easily absorbed into the bloodstream to revive the body and ease weary muscles. Stressed-out souls should try Therapie’s cult Himalayan Detox Salts, dubbed the ‘natural version of Valium’, which will help to balance your energy flow and reduce cortisol levels, while those prone to eczema and psoriasis should make a beeline for Susanne Kaufmann’s Alkali Deacidifying Salts, proven to bolster the skin’s barrier and reduce inflammation.

Salt’s beautifying powers go further than just the bathtub – use Christophe Robin’s iconic Cleansing Purifying Scrub weekly in place of your normal shampoo for shinier, healthier strands, while MAKE Beauty’s Lip Repair duo will soften and soothe dry lips. Our top tip? Stock up on a salt-based scrub for silkier, smoother limbs come summer – we love Ren’s fresh-sea-air-in-a-tub offering.

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