January 16, 2015

10 killer beauty hacks you can pull off using salt

Everyone has salt around the house. We cook with it so it's a must have in the kitchen! Did you know you can use salt for other things? Take a look below for 10 beauty hacks using salt!

Fight Breakouts:
A little salt does wonders for a zit, Combine ¼ teaspoon salt with 1 cup of warm water, soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the mixture, lightly press and hold for one minute. The salt will reduce swelling and redness.

Sexy Beach Waves
Next time you're at the beach, take ocean water, put it into a spray bottle, and spritz the resulting real-deal salt water on her hair for beach-like waves. If you're not next to a beach then just mix salt with water and put it in a bottle and voila!

Release Toxins
Dry salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, uses pure sodium chloride that is ground up by a halogenerator and dispersed into the air of a tightly sealed room, bed, booth, or cabin. The salt particles are then absorbed by the user's skin to release toxin buildup from surface layers and replenish deep layers with needed moisture. Skin cell rejuvenation is accelerated and pore-clogging bacteria is eliminated.

You can also reap the benefits of salt's replenishing powers at home, too. Throwing a cup of salt into a warm bath and soaking for a half hour is miraculous. The salt helps you to detoxify and de-bloat.

Facial Exfoliator
Mix salt with a facial oil and gently massage in circular motions, then rinse and cleanse your skin as usual.

Mix salt with lukewarm water and put the mixture into a spray bottle to gently mist your face, then pat dry.

Salt Scrub
Sea salt can help soften skin to make it more supple and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be helpful to reduce oily build-up that clogs pores, and it makes a great exfoliator for dry skin to remove dead surface cells without overdrying. Better still, salt also has healing properties which can actually speed up the recovery of cuts and scrapes.

You can make a body scrub from olive oil and salt with a couple of drops of essential oils that work amazingly well to refresh and soften skin for pennies. Use lavender, vanilla, cinnamon, whatever you like to scent it.

Eye De-puffer
Mix salt and hot water, apply to cotton pads, and gently apply the soaked pads to the eye area to instantly smooth and reduce the puffiness of your under eyes.

Foot Soak
Start filling a shallow basin with warm to hot water, adding a cup of salt, and soaking the foot in question for about half an hour. I do this twice a day until the infection is totally gone and starting to heal, which usually only takes one or two treatments!

Salt and baking soda make for the perfect mouthwash when mixed with water.

Chapped Lips
For most of us, the cooler weather in winter months translates to dry, chapped lips. Mix two or three tablespoons of Epsom salts with one tablespoon of Vaseline, gently massaging the mixture into your lips to remove dead skin before removing with a damp washcloth. Slather on your favorite deep moisturizing lip balm-give it a few minutes, and your lips will be in perfect condition for a swipe of lipstick.

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