Sea Salt and Skin Health

August 07, 2019

Sea Salt and Skin Health

When we talk about using all-natural ingredients for skincare, it doesn’t get much more natural than sea salt. Humans have been using salt for a variety of purposes for thousands and thousands of years. In fact, the term salary is derived from soldier’s who were only paid if they were “worth their salt”.

Salt as a skincare ingredient is potent, natural, and safe. There are a few common misconceptions when it comes to salt as a beauty ingredient which may stem from dietary salt’s effect on our health.

Today, we will discuss sea salt, how it can benefit our skin health, an example of sea salt skin care products, and answer a few frequently asked questions.

What are the Properties of Sea Salt?

Sea salt is just that: salt which has been removed from the ocean and separated from the water. Typical sea salt extraction involves water from an ocean, sea, or saltwater lake being evaporated, leaving only the sea salt behind.

Nearly all sea salt will then go through a cleansing process. Manufacturers will often remove all insoluble chemicals while leaving the sea salt and the associated minerals in tact.

This creates a sea salt product which is coarse, packed with natural minerals, and ready to eat or to be used in other applications. Sea salt is extremely similar to table salt in most ways. The biggest difference in commercial products are that table salt typically has iodine added whereas sea salt is packed as-is. 

Sea Salt and Skin Health

How Sea Salt Benefits Skin Health

You may have heard that excess salt can lead to bloating, oily skin, and other health issues. These are all true of excessive salt intake in the diet. Salt is extremely gentle on skin. This is similar to the misconception that face oils cause acne: what we use on our skin and what we put in our diet cause entirely different results!

Here are just a few ways in which sea salt can benefit your skin health:

    • Sea salt is a gentle exfoliant. Due to its size and physical makeup, natural sea salt makes a great mechanical exfoliant which is easy on the skin.
  • Sea salt in bath bombs. Sea salt is also a great ingredient to use in a relaxing, natural bath bomb. Bath bombs use natural salts, baking soda, and potent essential oils to gently cleanse your skin and help you unwind!
  • Hair care products utilizing natural sea salt. It may not be directly linked to your skin, but sea salt in hair care has long been used to give hair natural body without stripping away natural oils.

Dead Sea Salt Face Scrub

To demonstrate how sea salt can be used in a natural skincare product, consider our charcoal salt & sugar scrub. Featuring mild, all natural ingredients including dead sea salt, fair trade organic sugar, and potent essential oils, this scrub offers a litany of advantages including:

  • Gently detoxifying and softening skin without removing natural skin oils.
  • Anti-aging properties which reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Deep cleansing from activated charcoal, sea salt, and willow bark extract.
  • Even, toned, and healthy looking skin with the power of kukui nut oil, almond oil, and more.

This easy-to-use charcoal salt & sugar scrub is just one example of the simple power of sea salt when combined with other key ingredients. 

Sea Salt and Skin Health

Sea Salt FAQs

Is Sea Salt beneficial for hair care use?

Absolutely! Sea salt is not a cleanser, so it will not keep your hair clean, but it can provide natural support to your hair and scalp. While some companies sell dedicated salt sprays, we believe in using sea salt as part of your everyday hair routine. 

Our peppermint shampoo bar uses sea salt in addition to essential oils, kaolin clay, and other all-natural ingredients to keep hair clean, beautiful, and full bodied!

Are all Sea Salts created equal?

Pure salt is pure salt. Yet all sea salts are a bit different as they will retain some of the mineral makeup of their source. Additionally, differing manufacturing methods will lead to variations in chemical makeup, shape, and size. 

Sea Salt and Skin Health

Is Sea Salt better than table salt?

Better? Not necessarily, although the two products are different. Sea salt coming from the ocean will typically retain some of the natural minerals that accumulate in the water. Table salt is most often mined from underground salt mines, which can also leave a different mix of minerals.

The primary differences between sea salt come down to size, texture, taste, and trace chemical differences. 

Natural Sea Salt Skin and Hair Care from The Yellow Bird

At The Yellow Bird, we are always looking for ways to incorporate natural ingredients into our health and beauty products. We started with a single product, and have since expanded to provide artisan soaps, shampoo bars, face oils, natural insect repellents, and much more!

Many of our products harness the power of natural sea salt. Consider giving one of these all natural products a try today!




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