Amazing beauty benefits of sea salt

Sea Salt is  naturally found in sea water and accounts for about 3.5 percent of the world’s oceans. Originally, it is  colorless,  odorless and  translucent , having a distinct and characteristic taste. Sea   Salt is also  found in  different colours  such as white, pink, grey, red, brown and black due to  presence of impurities and minerals too imparts different colors to it . It is one of the oldest food seasonings as well as an important method of food preservation. The idea of using salts actually came from the ancient times when people bathed in mineral springs or hot springs for health benefits. Now, of course, they are packaged and available as bath additives are added to bath water, along with other ingredients. Dead Sea salt is known for its many health benefits. The salts that are generally used for the skin are crystals of the normal salt that we use (sodium chloride), epsom salts, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), borax, etc. Sea salt  is a total powerhouse when it comes to skincare.Sea salt is laden with minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium   is a humble, yet potent beauty ingredient  which  can balance, protect, and restore your body and skin.
Himalayan salt is one of the purest salts on Earth—they’re the dried remnants of the original, primal sea from hundreds of millions of years ago   which promote optimum biological function and cellular maintenance, can help replenish the body’s electrolytes, to help improve immunity, balance alkaline/acid levels, as well as reduce toxins within the body   .Sea salt is   beautiful symbol of its oceanic source    which  comes with a score of beauty benefits as it  cleanse pores, balance oil production, improve hydration and thwart bacteria that causes breakouts with   its vital healing properties..
 Here are different ways in which you can include sea salt in your beauty regime to boost your skin’s health.
1—Glowing Skin
Regular intake  of  glass  of  water with  sea salt  everyday  help to detoxify the body and reduce inflammation in the body  which  brings   natural glow to the skin  and hair . Sea salt cleanses your pores .
. Simply mix one teaspoon sea salt with half a cup of warm water. Using a cotton ball, apply this solution on your entire face except the area surrounding your eyes. Apply this once  a  week to get  supple and clean  skin. 
Skin Toner
Salt can be used to reduce facial oiliness .You can use salt as skin toner  .Add teaspoon of salt  in  a bowl  of  water.Mix it   and  store  it in  bottle in  cool dry place . Use it like toner to  detoxify your pores and  control the oil production in your skin.   If you have oily skin and are fed up of trying so many products, salt is a boon for you
2— Facial exfoliator
Mix together  olive oil and  salt in equal quantity  and massage the mixture  into your face.. Wash your face with lukewarm water.  This acts as a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and preventing pores from getting blocked.While in the shower, simply rub crushed sea salt all over to remove dead skin and improve circulation. This will even work on your scalp to help remove pesky dandruff, too. However, if the skin is dry and dehydrated, or even sensitive, salt should not be used as a scrub to exfoliate the skin. It can be too harsh on the skin, causing redness and rough patches. It can also increase dryness of the skin. Actually, it is better not to use salt by itself to scrub the face or body. It should be mixed with a cream, lotion or oil. In winter, or for normal to dry skin, salt may be mixed with olive oil, almond oil or apricot kernel and used on face and body. It can also be mixed with aloe vera gel, or fruit or vegetable pulp. If the skin is normal to dry, after using a salt scrub, apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, or moisturising lotion if you are indoors.
 3—Balancing Mask
Both salt and honey have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts and irritation. They also help to balance oil production and retain hydration in the layers of skin where it’s needed most.
Mix two teaspoons sea salt  with four teaspoons unfiltered  honey to create a  paste. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, avoiding eye area. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Before rinsing, soak a washcloth in very warm water, and gently wring out. Lay the warm washcloth on your face for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to gently exfoliate in a circular motion while rinsing your skin thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with your usual skin-care routine.
4—Heals the wounds
Salt has anti-inflammatory,healing  properties which help to heal the wounds of the skin. Bathing with salt water helps to kill the bacteria and also help to heal the wounds    as well as cure serious conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Sea  Salt  bath   opens  up the  skin  pores, improve blood  circulation and hydrates  the tissues   making  your skin softer, supple and acts as a moisturizer for dry, chapped skin and balances oily skin.  
 5——Whiten teeth
It helps  you for beautiful smile also by removing stains from your teeth and also make  them whiter.
Add  salt to  baking soda in equal amount  and scrub it on your teeth with a clean toothbrush. Brush your teeth daily with this powder to   remove plaque and brighten and  shine your teeth. A mouthwash can also be prepared by adding 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda to a 6-ounce glass of water and rinsing with it. You can alleviate toothache by mixing  a tablespoon full of salt with a cup of hot water and gargle the mixture.
 6—Use as a body scrub
Sea salt is effective homemade exfoliator.  The grains of the sea salt act as the natural exfoliant and the minerals present in it makes the skin softer. . Mix quarter cup of sea salt with half a cup of olive oil. Massage your arms, legs, feet and face gently with this mix to get rid of the dead skin in the most natural way 
 7—Brighten nails
Sea salt is also very effective in making your nails brighter and healthier.    Mix of one teaspoon each of salt, baking soda, and lemon juice mixed together   with half a cup of warm water  .  Now, soak your nails in this mixture  for about 10 to 15 minutes followed by gentle scrubbing with a soft brush. This process will remove dust from your nails and will make them softer as well as brighter.   
As we all know, salt is added to warm water to relieve joint pains. You must store the salt in an airtight container in cool and dry place . Always  use a fresh and dry spoon every time you need it. This will help in prevent sea salt from clumping because of moisture   
Choosing a right sea salt is not a rocket science. In case you want to know the purity of the salt, all you need to check is the FSSAI  approved mark on it . 
The author is international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen of India