Salt has been a commodity in giving taste to food. In almost every recipe, salt is a necessary ingredient. Sure, it gives flavor to your food. But, have you ever known that salt can also be a part of your beauty regimen? Yes, table salt.
You can simply mix table salt with warm water to have a salt water face wash. You may be wondering; won’t it be harmful to your skin? Won’t my face breakout if I use salt water as a face wash? Well, read on to see salt in a whole lot different picture and discover the benefits it can give to your skin.
Sodium Chloride (NaCl) or more commonly known as salt, is an ionic compound which has a natural form as a crystalline mineral or rock salt. Salt is present in vast quantities in seawater where it is the main mineral component. Salt is one of the oldest and the most universally used food seasonings. Salt is also widely used in preserving food, called salting.
Benefits of Salt Water Face Wash
Salt can be mixed with water to be a salt water face wash. With the salt’s antibiotic and antiseptic properties, in addition to the exfoliating and nourishing effects, the skin can greatly benefit from using it. Below are some of these advantages (or merits, profits,… – try to use variety of words, do not repeat one word) when using salt water face wash.
Acne is one of the most common skin problems, particularly on the face.
Excess sebum causes it – the oil secreted by the skin’s sebaceous glands. When there is excess oil on the face, it can clog the pores resulting to trapped dirt and bacteria, causing infection and inflammation in the skin which results in red bumps or commonly referred to as pimples.
When used as a face wash, salt water acts as an exfoliator. It softens the clogged pores so the dirt will resurface to the outer layer of the skin for ease of washing them off.
Salt contains sulfur and potassium which helps synthesize oxygen to maintain the normal level of water in your skin. When the skin is properly hydrated, its glands will function perfectly preventing overproduction of sebum. Saltwater face wash allows the skin to get rid of impurities by proper nourishment absorption.
Saltwater face wash can also be used as a skin toner. Toning is essential for people with oily skin because they are more prone to acne. Skin toners also help in deep cleansing of the skin especially when you want to remove makeup residue or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen.
The antibacterial properties of salt water will greatly benefit the skin by removing dirt and deeply cleansing the pores. Besides, (please don not use “also” many times) Iteliminates excess oil from your face, leaving your skin its natural moisture level.
Since salt water has an antibiotic property, it can be used as a natural skin detoxifier. Since the face is the most exposed body part, it also absorbs different kinds of dirt, bacteria, and toxins. If our body needs a detox to get rid of the toxins, our skin needs it, too.
Using salt water face wash can help absorb toxins from the skin. With its detoxifying ability, it partially removes dead skin cells caused by trapped dirt in the skin. When your skin is deeply cleansed, it will give you a fresh and healthy glow.
When you are stressed out, either because of traffic or a work-related issue, the stress is possibly visible in your skin, particularly your face. Sleepless nights can make your skin oilier than usual causing it to develop zits or acne.
Your go-to stress reliever when you are stressed and tired is a massage parlor, right? You want to give your body and muscles the relaxation they deserve. What about your skin? It needs relaxation, too. Using salt water on your face can be a relaxing moment for your skin.
It’s like a rejuvenating session for the skin. Applying salt water to your skin energizes skin cells and reduces the all-day stress that if also feels. Saltwater face wash keeps moisture locked in and keeps the skin hydrated. Well-hydrated skin gives you a dewy and glowing appearance. So, stress no more and give your skin the relaxation it deserves without leaving the comforts of your home.
Due to its antibiotic and antiseptic properties, salt water can be a perfect facial skin protection. Whether you use salt water face wash to exfoliate your skin, as a skin toner or to treat an acne or even just to relax your skin, it prevents more dirt and bacteria from entering your skin’s surface.
Salt helps sustain the normal level of water in the skin. It eliminates excess fluid in the skin and then improves blood flow. (this ides is repeated from the above paragraph). Salt assists the skin to perform its natural ability to fight infection and prevent dirt and bacteria from entering its surface.
How to Use Salt Water Face Wash
Now that you know what benefits you can get from using salt water as a face wash, you probably want to know how to make one at home. It’s easy to make a salt water face wash. Just add one tablespoon of table salt or sea salt in a bowl of water. It does not matter what kind of salt you will use; any kind will do. Allow the salt to dissolve.
Once the salt has been completely dissolved, use a cloth to dip into the salt water, then apply all over your face. Let the salt water stay on your skin for several minutes before rinsing it with warm water.Others choose to let the salt water dry on their face but it is not necessary. You may repeat this process daily if it suits you and if you do not have any breakout after doing it the first time.