Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY: Acne Pink Salt Skin Treatment & Scrub

I was driving to my destination, just minding my own business, when all of the sudden, my eyes caught glimpse of a local business called The Salt Room. Intrigued, I immediately whipped out my Ipad (at the next red light) and began to research what this "Salt Room" was all about. Turns out that they utilize salt therapy to treat respiratory symptoms. What intrigued me most about this place which was geared towards treating physical ailments, was that is also offered facials. So I asked myself "does salt have beneficial properties to the skin?" Another online search and I learned that salt does indeed have the ability to improve our skin. Search results such as "salt scrubs," "salt masks," and "salt acne treatment," flooded my computer screen.
 

Immediately, I thought of my pink salt. If you remember from my last post, pink salt is unlike common table salt in that it isn't refined. In it's natural form, pink salt contains nearly 90 trace minerals. What we place on our skin gets absorbed into the body so pink salt is a perfect contender for creating a healing, all natural, skin care treatment.

There were different pink salt skin care recipes available online.  For my first experience, I decided to mix a little salt with some olive oil. I only used a pinch of salt and several drops (about a dime size) amount of oil. Mixed them together and did an exfoliating oil cleanse.  For those of you who already oil cleanse as part of your skin care regimen, adding a little bit of (fine grain) nourishing salt takes your cleanse to the next level.
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I didn't stop there, the following day I experimented with my Himalayan pink salt and Manuka honey to create a mask versus the scrub I created the day prior. Manuka honey is highly anti bacterial and has amazing skin healing properties.  Whenever I use this type of honey as a mask, I always notice the difference in my skin.
The salt granules dissolved ever so slightly in the honey.  Manuka is so thick and rich that it easily stays on the face when applied.  Ten minutes after the first application, I rinsed.  The salt made for a really nice exfoliator.   The manuka honey/salt blend was highly nourishing and left my skin so soft. Afterwards, my skin looked bright and beautiful.
 
Another version of this I will try in the future is mixing the salt with a little bit of lemon to help treat hyperpigmentation.   There is also a salt toner that I've read about which is said to be a powerful acne fighter. A simple version of the toner is sea salt dissolved in water.  I'd love to make this toner a part of my skin care ritual in the future.

For those of you who would like to incorporate healing salts into your skin care routine, my advice would be to skip the Morton's table salt.  Table salt provides none of the essential minerals that benefit our skin.  Your next option would be to go for an unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt.  Make sure you have no broken skin when you apply the mask/toner (the salt will sting your skin).  Avoid getting the solution in your eyes (cause salt water in the eyes is no fun).   Have fun experimenting until you find the right recipe for your skin.

  1. I'm always looking for diy skincare ideas. I'm going to have to buy myself some pink salt.

    Also, I favorite just about everyone of your posts. Keep up the great and informative posts.

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  2. Wow. Great post. I just found out that this salt is supposed to be good for cystic acne. I'm going to try your recipes. I'll let you know how it goes!

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  3. Loved this post! I recently got a huge cyst or zit not sure on my face after using coconut oil as a moisturizer. :( It was HUGE. But I remembered salt is highly anti-bacterial etc.. So I applied some salt slightly dissolved in water before bed, and I am amazed the size went down by 50 percent at least within two days!!

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  4. Hi Makeupfaeria14,
    I'm really glad to hear that it worked for you. Cystic acne is the worst. Hate those things.

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