Technically speaking, Epsom salt is not a salt at all. It's a naturally occurring mineral compound containing magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt is one of those sleepers in the health and beauty aisle that can pretty much do anything. From exfoliating your skin to relieving the itch of a bug bite, Epsom salt is essentially a cure-all. And the good news is it's budget-friendly, often coming in at less than $5 for a five-pound bag. While many people often reach for Epsom salt to relieve their aches and pains, Epsom salt can do far more than soothe sore muscles. Ahead we take a look at a few beauty and wellness benefits of Epsom salt.
Epsom salt makes a great exfoliator for your skin. It's abrasive yet gentle, and it completely dissolves in water (so, no complaints about the ocean here). It's also worth noting that Epsom salt crystals are not jagged, so they won't cause micro-tears on your skin. Instead, they gently slough off dead skin and rinse away clean, revealing a brighter, fresher complexion.
To make a facial scrub with Epsom salt, mix 1/2 teaspoon of the salt with your favorite creamy facial cleanser. And to make a body scrub, mix some Epsom salt with coconut oil, and you're in business.
Adds Volume To Hair
Epsom salt's prowess as a hair volumizer might be one of its best-kept secrets yet. When used as a part of your hair care routine, Epsom salt exfoliates your scalp, absorbs excess oil, and removes the buildup from hair products, leaving you with hair that's full of volume.
To use Epsom salt in your hair, combine equal parts Epsom salt and your favorite conditioner; comb the mixture through your hair and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
If you are remiss in prepping your skin for a day of fun in the sun, Epsom salt can come to your rescue.
For sunburn relief, mix a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salt into a cup of water, transfer the mixture into a spray bottle, and mist it onto the affected area.
Relieves Itchy Bug Bites
Epsom salt is great for relieving the itch associated with bug bites which quite often stems from inflammation. When a bug bites you, your immune system recognizes the irritant and begins the healing process through inflammation. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, and it has been proven to reduce inflammation.
To soothe an itchy bug bite, combine two tablespoons of Epsom salt with one cup of water. Dip a washcloth into the solution and apply directly to the bite for immediate relief.
If you're feeling a little puffy, an Epsom salt bath is great for temporarily reducing water weight.
To reduce bloat, add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to your bath water for every 50 lbs of body weight, sit, soak and relax.