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The benefits of Epsom Salt

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02 February 2023

February is the month of love and self-care, and what better way to show your skin some love than by incorporating Epsom salt into your skincare routine?

 

Also known as magnesium sulphate, Epsom Salt has been used for centuries for its many benefits, including its ability to soothe and soften the skin. And one of the main benefits is its ability to exfoliate; it’s a natural exfoliant that can help to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and leave the skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

 

To use Epsom Salt as an exfoliant, you can either use it straight as it comes (our crystals do the job nicely!), or you can mix them with a small amount of your favourite oil (such as coconut or olive oil) and gently massage it into the skin in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and follow up with a moisturiser.

 

Soften and soothe

Epsom salt can also be used as a soak to soften and soothe the skin. A warm Epsom Salt bath can help to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation, which can be especially beneficial during the cold winter months when the skin tends to be dry and itchy.

 

You can add as much or as little as you like to a bath, but we suggest a couple of cups of crystals to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes for maximum benefit.

 

Another plus point of Epsom Salt for the skin is its ability to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes thanks to the magnesium it contains, which can help to reduce inflammation, leading to a reduction in puffiness and dark circles. To tackle this, mix equal parts of Epsom Salt and water to make a paste and apply to the affected area, gently massaging into the skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

 

Trouble spots

Epsom Salt can also be used as a spot treatment for acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties of can help to reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne – particularly good as a natural treatment for teenagers dealing with troublesome skin. Again, you can mix equal parts of Epsom Salt and water to make a paste then apply this to the affected areas, leaving for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

 

You do have to be mindful that when you’re using Epsom Salt as a skincare treatment, it’s important to use it in moderation, as overuse can dry out the skin. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to your diet during the winter months. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats can help to nourish the skin from the inside out. And of course, it goes without saying that drinking plenty of water is also important for keeping the skin hydrated.

 

Incorporating Epsom salt into your skincare routine can be a great way to show your skin some love this February. Even better if you can incorporate it into a regular skincare ritual. And whether you’re married, single or in a relationship, some self-love this February is never a bad thing.

Just had a lovely Sunday soak in the salts. My skin feels lovely and soft. Would totally recommend.