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Natural ingredients in skincare can be a lot more effective and a lot less damaging than chemicals. One of our top picks for the summer months is sea salt. As our bodies contain the same concentration of nutrients and minerals as sea water, the salt has a whole host of incredible benefits. No matter what your skin type is, this versatile ingredient can effectively treat it.
Sea Salt is produced by taking sea water and letting it evaporate. What is left behind is then scraped up and washed in a brine solution, followed by water to remove any dirt and impurities. Afterwards, it’s processed, packed and sold on.
When regular salt is being produced, it is processed a lot more, removing the minerals and nutrients present beforehand. Afterwards, artificial additives are used alongside bleaching agents to restore it back to a white colour. Due to the sea salt’s less extensive processing, it still contains all of the naturally occurring beneficial minerals which make it good for the skin.
Unlike regular salt, sea salt is packed with minerals including potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium which are vital to health. When you’re suffering with bad skin, it’s often due to unbalanced mineral content, meaning that a sea salt skincare treatment can be just what you need.
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, sea salt skincare can leave it feeling soft and balanced. It will effectively cleanse pores, detoxify the skin and balance oil production. Due to its natural antiseptic properties, it can also kill bacteria, preventing acne breakouts.
For sensitive skin sufferers, sea salt works to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, preventing reactions from external aggressors. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits, calming the skin when inflamed.
Even though a lot of people commonly associate salt with dryness, sea salt can work wonders for dry skin too. Not only does it work as an exfoliator to scrub away dead skin cells, it’s also great for improving hydration and retaining moisture.
If these benefits weren’t enough, it can increase blood circulation, remove dandruff and reduce water retention and bloating as well. You can even use it to improve your dental health by gargling to reduce pain from sore throats, sores, ulcers and bleeding gums.
You can find sea salt in a range of skincare and bodycare products here at Mankind.
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