Not just that weird bag of stuff your gran kept under the sink for slugs…
Epsom salts aren’t really salt. It’s actually Magnesium Sulfate. It comes from a bitter saline spring in a place called Epsom in Surrey, England.
Magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed through the skin so you get the direct benefits instantly.
Magnesium helps you to relax because when absorbed it affects the levels of relaxing serotonin in the body. It improves your mood by boosting serotonin and reducing adrenaline.
Sulfates help to eliminate toxins from the body. This is especially helpful in easing sore muscles or any other inflammation.
Here are a few everyday beauty uses for Epsom salts:
Please note that if you are pregnant or have existing skin or heart conditions you should consult your doctor before using Epsom salts
- Body Scrub
- Cellulite MURDERER
- Facial Exfoliator
- Lip Scrub
- Acne Treatment
- Blackhead KILLER
- Foot Beautifier & Deodoriser
- Sunburn Soother
- Muscle Soreness Reliever
1. Body Scrub:
Mix about half a cup of Epsom salts with olive oil or liquid coconut oil. Soak in the bath until your skin is warm and softened a little, then use the mixture to scrub your whole body concentrating on the knees and elbows to remove rough patches.
This will get your blood circulation going and the absorption of the magnesium will help you relax and eliminate toxins.
2. Cellulite MURDERER
We all have cellulite. We do. It is what it is, but we can improve the appearance of the skin by eliminating toxins and reducing water retention as a result. Magnesium sulfate draws toxins out of the cells.
For a cellulite buster recipe mix:
1 cup epsom salts
1/2 cup olive/coconut oil
3 drops grapefruit essentail oil
Use the mixture to scrub the thighs, hips and buttocks in circular motions. You can use it on your belly too but much more gently. Rinse off in a warm bath and soak for a while.
Wrap up warm and drink lots of water to FLUSH!
3. Facial Exfoliator
For a detoxifying and clarifying facial scrub, mix half a teaspoon of Epsom salts into your facial cleanser once or twice and week.
This scrub is especially helpful for acne prone skin as it pulls toxins out of the skin, reduces the inflammation of existing acne or spots and clears blocked pores by removing dead skin cells and excessive sebum.
Remember to rinse properly after using this method.
4. Lip Scrub
Ever get those little raggy bits on your lips that you keep licking or biting and eventually you pull at it with your teeth and tear a strip out of what feels like your whole face? Yeah, me too.
What to do:
1/2 teaspoon Vaseline / petrolium jelly / weird lipbalm you don’t usually use
1 pinch Epsom salt
Mix the two ingredients together and gently scrub your lips in circular motions. Don’t be rough about it, you want to get rid of the raggy bits, not create an army of them.
DON’T LICK YOUR LIPS BY ACCIDENT! It doesn’t taste nice, trust me.
Rinse off properly. I found that my lips actually look plumper after doing this. I think it is because the scrub improves circulation. I’m not complaining.
5. Acne Treatment
I touched on this in the facial scrub section but here is a little more info.
Magnesium has a gift for reducing inflammation. Those big, red, throbbing volcanoes of misery on your skin, that’s inflammation caused by the infection in the pore.
Epsom salts are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which simply means that it works to reduce the redness and swelling and clear the infection-causing bacteria.
For an Epsom salt mask you can mix:
1 Tablespoon Epsom salt
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Optional 2 Tablespoons of oats to bind the mixture and soothe the skin.
TIP: I blitz my oats in a coffee grinder for masks, just less messy and it binds the ingredients better
For a spot treatment:
1 Teaspoon of Epsom salt
1 Cup Warm water
Mix these until the salt is completely dissolved. You can put it in a spray bottle and spritz your face if your acne is widespread or use a cotton bud and dab the mixture onto the spots individually. Don’t get it in your eyes. Leave it to dry and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off properly as the salt mixture can burn if left on too long.
6. Blackhead KILLER
As you know, blackheads are pores clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. When exposed to air at the opening of the pore it turns the gunk black. Ta DAH! Blackhead city.
Now, here’s how you can scrub those little monsters away:
1/2 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Epsom Salt
3-5 Drops Iodine
Add the iodine to the salt and mix together. Bring the water to the boil and add to the salt/iodine mixture.
You then have to leave the mixture to cool down a little. It should be warm but not uncomfortably hot. Use a cotton ball to dab the mixture onto the affected areas.
Leave it on your skin for 10 – 15 minutes until it’s dry.
Gently remove with a washcloth and warm water. Don’t scrub too hard. The solution is meant to loosen the impurities, you just have to gently rub them away. You will see an improvement every time you do it.
7. Foot Beautifier and Deoderiser
When your feet are tired and swollen after a long day, add a handful of Epsom salts to a basin of warm/comfortably hot water and soak them for at least 10 minutes. You can add peppermint oil to the water to refresh them or some lavender or chamomile to relax tired tootsies. The anti-inflammatory properties of the salts will take down swelling and relieve pressure on tired muscles.
We all get sweaty, smelly feet from time to time. Epsom salts have anti bacterial properties that will help get rid of your smelly feet while relaxing them. Same soaking procedure but you can add some lavender or tea tree oil to the mix to help kill any odour causing bacteria.
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8. Sunburn Soother
Sunburn is mostly painful and uncomfortable because of the swelling and inflammation caused by the burned skin. In order to get that swelling down and minimise the misery:
2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salts
1 Cup of water
You will need to use hot water to dissolve the salts properly. Let it cool all the way. You can even put it in the fridge for extra cooling.
Put the mixture in a small spray bottle and use it to spritz your sunburn. You can also use it on a washcloth as a cold compress.
You want to cool the area as much as possible and reduce inflammation.
9. Muscle Soreness Reliever
By far the most popular use of Epsom salts is as a muscle relaxer and detoxifier. By adding one or two cups of Epsom salts to your bath you can relieve stress and relax tired or sore muscles. It even helps to heal bruising.
After a tough workout or long bike ride, I pamper my body by having a long hot soak in an Epsom salt bath. I don’t have as much muscle soreness or fatigue and it disinfects any small cuts or scratches from a day’s mountain biking in the boonies.
Well, those are all beautifying uses for this very natural remedy.