I realize a block of salt does not seem like a likely addition to one’s collection of beauty products, but I recently discovered the joys of using salt on my skin and there is no turning back now. So of course, I had to share it with you.
Himalayan salt is often called the purest salt on earth. While table salt is terrible for you, you may know there is actually such a thing as good salt. Good salt is necessary to life, but I am not talking about the health benefits of taking it internally right now. However, since our skin absorbs a great deal of what is put on it, using Himalayan salt externally provides many health and beauty benefits.
It is important to clarify that a Himalayan salt bar is not soap. Although it does look like a bar you would keep in your shower and it is every bit as cleansing, this salt bar is heavier than a bar of soap, and hard as a rock (not surprising). To use a salt bar, simply rub wet hands over the bar (don’t expect a lather, it’s invisible–like magic), and use your hands as a wash cloth all over your skin. Leave it on for a minute or two before rinsing off. Don’t think it is really working? Lick the palm of your hand and you will get your answer. Also, don’t make the same mistake I did and rub the bar directly onto your skin. The bar is deceptively smooth, but can easily scratch your skin. Keep it on your hands, or transfer it to a wash cloth first.
After using this in the shower for the first time, I was surprised by how refreshed I felt afterward. I felt like I had just gone for a dip in the ocean! Because this salt is so smoothing and healing to your skin, some say that it is anti-aging. You would think that salt would leave your skin feeling dry, but the effect was quite the opposite. I have since used it on my face and have enjoyed the cleansing tingle it gives. Himalayan salt has been used for thousands of years, and is especially wonderful for treating acne because of its power to kill bacteria immediately. I am excited to incorporate it into my daily routine and reap the benefits!
What are your feelings about Himalayan salt? Have you ever tried it? Have I convinced you to if you haven’t?
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.