No, there isn't any typo error. Yes salt. Good old sea salt can be used in your daily beauty routines. For gorgeous skin, hair, teeth and nails. Because our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water, its no wonder that sea salt is a natural friend to our body - to balance, protect and to restore.
Sea salt is different from our regular salt in that it contains more minerals - magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. Bringing sea salt from the kitchen into your bathroom can help to balance and improve skin hydration, strengthen the protective barrier and kick start your skin's anti ageing process.
For your Face
1) Balancing Mask
To Soothe Skin and Calm Breakouts and Irritation
Mix 2 tsps of sea salt with 4 tsps of honey to create a spreadable paste. Apply evenly to clean dry skin, avoiding your eye area. Let stand for 15 mins before rinsing it off with a warm washcloth. Follow up with your usual skin care routine.
2) Oil Sapping Facial Toner
To Clean Pores deeply and to Balance Oil Production and Thwart Bacteria
Mix 1 tsp sea salt with 4 ozs of warm water in small spray bottle until salt is dissolved. Mist on clean dry skin avoiding eyse. Use daily once or twice.
For your Body
3) Softening Body Scrub
To exfoliate and to soften skin and restore hydration
Mix a 1/4 cup of salt, 1/2 cup olive into a thick paste. You can also add drops of your fav essential oil. While in the shower, apply in a circular motion with a loofah or with your palms.
4) Rejuvenating Scrub
To hydrate, heal and aid skin renewal and to Increase skin's blood circulation
Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup of pure aloe vera juice or gel, 1/4 cup oil, 1 tbsp dried lavender flowers and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. If the resulting paste is too dry, add in more essential oil. I couldn't find lavender flowers in time so I made the mask without them.
Again, apply in the shower in a circular motion using your palms or a loofah.
For Your Hair
5) Anti Dandruff Scalp Treatment
To remove existing flakes while stimulating circulation for a healthy scalp. Sea Salt also helps to absorb excess oil and moisture to prevent fungal growth which is the root of dandruff!
Part your hair a few times and sprinkle 1-2 tsps of sea salt on your scalp. Wet your fingers and then slowly and gently massage your scalp for 10-15 mins. Wash and condition your hair per your usual routine.
For your Pearly Whites & Mouth
6) Teeth Whitener
To remove stains and to brighten your teeth
Mix 1 tsp sea salt with 2 tsps of baking soda. Dip a damp toothbrush in the mixture and brush teeth normally. If the taste is too intense, add a small pea size toothpaste on the toothbrush before dipping.
7) Natural Mouth Wash
To kill the bacteria that can cause bad breath and gingivitis.
Mix together a 1/2 tsp of sea salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/4 cup water till the salt dissolves. Then, swish the solution arund in your mouth, spit and rinse.
For Your Nails
8) Nail Brightening Treatment
Sea salt helps to soften cuticles and skin and strengthens nails. Baking soda and lemon in this treatment work to reduce nail yellowing and stains for brighter, healthier looking nails.
Mix 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl. Soak nails in this solution for 10 mins, then scrub with a soft brush. Rinse and moisturize.
Source - Women's Heath
I am sharing this mask know how from a lady Melinda ( See picture below) of Green Cottage Kitchen ( you can find it online).
Now that winter has come to Bluebell and has decided to park here for the next two months( oh man!!), I can feel the dryness on my face, torso, butt, feet ... I get terribly itchy all over if I don't apply moisturizer for even less than a day! The skin on my knuckles hv broken and sometimes they bleed. I try to keep them moisturized to get relief from the bleeding but you tend to get your hands more wet than the rest of your body. When they get wet, the moisturizer washes away.
Plus, it doesn't help that I am a germaphobe.Some one who is totally aversive to germs. I wash my hands very often sometimes more than necessary. Send a text? Wash hands. Touch a door knob ? Wash hands. I try to be extra careful because my family's health is dependent on my cleanliness. I screw up even a little - they suffer first.
Ok ok I can see I am deviating here :))
Recipe for Winter Face Mask ( for 2 masks)
1 medium banana mashed
1/4 cup organic plain youghurt
1 tsp honey( raw is best but you can use whatever you hv)
Mix all the above in a bowl and apply on to your face, neck and chest.
Reapply a second coat and then let it sit on you for 20-30 mins. Rinse and pat dry.
This mask can be refrigerated for 2-3 days. Because it is so natural, you can use it as often as you want.
Besides moisturizing the skin, the acids in the youghurt and banana can help to reduce age related/ acne spots.
There are many foods out there that promote healthier skin. Try these raw foods for their optimum benefit.
1) Kale & Spinach - helps keep skin firm because they contain phytonutrients that provide extra protection from sun damage. Try to get about 3 cups of spinach or kale or both in salad form every week.
2) Walnuts & Pistachios - they are both s rich source of Vit B and E that protect against cell damage. Vit E reduces premature aging of skin while Vit B1 aids circulation to give skin a healthy youthful glow. Eat them raw or toasted slightly.
3) Berries or Citrus - we all know about blueberries being a powerful anti oxidant while citrus fruits contain Vit C that helps boost soft supple skin. Have blueberries and other fresh fruits salad every day.
4) Apples - these fruits are also high in Vit C which aid in collagen production. The copper in Apples also aids in the production of melanin which works as s natural sun protector. Have an apple everyday either by itself or in salad or yoghurt.
5) Almond Milk - this nut milk is great for your skin. Apart from containing collagen producing copper, it also contains manganese which helps protect skin from UV damage. Use Almond Milk like your regular milk.
Apparently in 2013, Americans spent $11.4 billion on hair care products. Wow! That is a whole lot of money spent on chemicaly laden concoctions.
It really couldn't hurt to use more natural products to pamper our crowning glory.
Here is a list of one ingredient masks using things found in a typical kitchen. You will be doing good for the environment, these things are safer for your hair and it is a lot cheaper too.
1) Eggs - they are great for slathering to make your hair look awesome. For oily hair, use just the whites while for dry hair, the yolks. Apply about 1/2 cup of whichever part of the eggs you are using onto clean damp hair. If your hair is longer, you may need more. Leave it on for 20 mins and then rinse with tepid water and then shampoo.
2) Beer - beer can add pep and courage to limp hair just like how it empowers the shy. It contains yeast and vitamins which gives body and shine to otherwise limp hair. Pour one cup of flat ( no fizz) beer through your hair after shampooing and allow it to soak for 3-4 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
3) Cornstarch - it acts like dry shampoo by absorbing that extra grease in your hair. Sprinkle one tbsp of cornstarch onto your hair and gently work it in. Then, after 10 mins, brush it out completely.
4) Yoghurt - with its lactic acid and dairy fat, yoghurt both strips away residue that is dulling your hair and helps to moisturizer as well. Massage 1/2 cup of full fat yoghurt into dry hair, let sit for 20 mins. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
5) Avocado - helps to tame frizzy hair because of its oils and vitamins. Mash up half an avocado and massage onto damp hair, leave on for 15 mins and then rinse and shampoo as usual. You can also add 1 tbsp of yoghurt to boost your taming.
6) Honey - is there anything honey can't do? It's like this miracle syrup that works wonders. It helps to clear dandruff and itchy scalp as well. And make your hair shiny too!! Use 90% honey with only 10% warm water and massage into scalp for a few minutes. Wear a shower cap for 3 hours. Rinse it out and wash your hair as usual. Do this every other day for 4 weeks and then once a week to prevent it coming back. I agree it's quite tedious but your dandruff and itchy scalp will disappear naturally.
Acne can't be prevented but these natural steps help in their treatment.
1) Hygiene - it is important to frequently clean your face with facial soap and water so that excess oil can be removed. Gently exfoliate your skin regularly to remove the dead cells that have accumulated in your pores.
2)Do not Try to Squeeze or Remove Acne - a lot of people can't wait to get rid of them but squeezing or trying other means to remove them might leave a permanent scar on your face. Wait out the different stages while applying some kind of acne ointment.
3) Try natural home remedies
a) Pulp Aloe Vera and apply on the affected skin several times a day.
b) Apply Lemon Juice on the affected area, at night because sunlight sometimes stains the skin.
c) Milk and Oatmeal make an excellent exfoliant to remove excess oil and dead cells. Mix 3 tbsps of oatmeal with a little hot milk to form a paste. Let it cool and then apply on the face for 15 mins.
d) Boil a Carrot and then puree it. Cool and then apply the mush on your affected skin for 20 mins.
e) Lastly, Garlic has antibacterial and antibiotic properties that significantly helps to improve acne. Eating it raw is recommended.