As summer heats up, you might want to pick up some Epsom Salts. Beauty experts say it can help brighten your skin before you go out in the sun, soften it afterward and get your feet ready for sandals season.
For beach season exfoliate before going out in the sun to rev up circulation, facilitating the elimination of toxins or impurities that may be trapped in the skin. Your skin will be left luminous, smooth and soft in texture allowing for better absorption and easier application of sunscreen. Read more about beauty benefits of Epsom Salt here: The Beauty of Epsom Salt.
After a day outdoors, a soak in an Epsom salt bath or floatation tank for 20 minutes will relax tired muscles and soften the skin, which may be dry from the sun or sandy beaches. Add a few drops of aromatherapy oil, such as lavender or frankincense, to make it more relaxing, then use a very rich moisturizer afterward to further soften the skin. The Epsom Salts helps retain moisture, eliminate toxins and relieve stress.
To soothe summer skin, here’s a quick and easy facial mask while in the bath:
Mix a tablespoon each of Epsom salt, honey and olive oil (for oily skin add a few drops of lemon juice). Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse and moisturise.
Here are two other summer tips:
For Perfect Feet:
Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salts into two litres of warm water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. A few drops of eucalyptus oil are great for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with more Epsom Salts concentrating on the heels to remove any dry, rough spots. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
For mild sunburn:
Make a compress by soaking a cotton washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (two tablespoons per cup), then apply to the skin.
Create a paste to apply to the skin by adding a teaspoon of Epsom salt to about a cup of hot water until it dissolves, then chilling the solution in the fridge for 20 minutes. Note: Clean the skin and pat dry before applying the paste.
Take an Epsom salt bath, by adding two cups of Epsom salt to the water and soak for at least 12 minutes. If you don’t have a bath mix two tablespoons of Epsom Salts in a cup of water and put in a spray bottle and apply as needed.