Whether it comes from the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, or Dead Sea, natural salt is brimming with benefits. So much more than just our go-to for beachy waves, this ancient ingredient detoxifies, nourishes, and balances skin and strands. Sea-salt exfoliation once or twice a week is an effective way to cleanse skin, promote circulation, and stimulate the body's energy flow.
Our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water, so it's no wonder that sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. One of the major differences between sea salt and ordinary salt is the mineral content: Sea salt is laden with minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium, all of which play a key role in our skin's health, function, and cellular communication.
One study even found that the magnesium in salt can actually help lower levels of cortisol. A tranquil bath is the perfect way to reap these relaxing benefits. So dim the lights, play some soft music, and soak your stresses away — after you finish this article, of course — and watch how your skin, hair, and even lips are totally transformed.
There's no better way to chill out after a hot day than Herbivore Botanicals Detox Bath Salts. A blend of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils along with Cambrian blue clay detoxifies your body, clears your mind, and soothes your senses. ($18)
Pursoma Resurrection Bath is the perfect remedy to bring you back to life after an action-packed weekend away. Mineral-rich sea salt and French montmorillonite clay draw out toxins while wild seaweed and organic algae nourish dry, stressed skin. ($36)
Meow Meow Tweet Organic Bergamot Sea Salt Bar Soap combines exfoliating Pacific sea salt with essential oils of juniper and basil to clarify skin. Bergamot and lemon lend a fresh, summery scent — perfect to revive tired skin (and senses) after a long day at the beach. ($10)
With notes of green cactus mingled with fresh salty ocean air, Remy & Rose Sea Salt + Cactus Bar Soap not only smells amazing but leaves skin soft and supple. ($10)
Earth Tu Face Organic Lotion (Rosemary + Salt) is infused with sea salt, vitamin E, rosemary, and peppermint to hydrate and rejuvenate skin. Plus, the invigorating scent is reminiscent of fresh herbs and ocean breezes. ($38)
One With Nature Vanilla Shea Hand & Body Lotion with Dead Sea Minerals and Shea Butter nourishes and restores moisture — lost by the wear and tear of surf and sand. ($9.99)
Reminiscent of turquoise waters, Shiva Rose Sea Siren Body Scrub combines blue-green algae, Atlantic sea salt, shea butter, and lemongrass essential oil — for skin worthy of a sea goddess. ($65)
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Scrub Sea Salt exfoliates and renews skin with an energizing blend of Pacific sea salts; fresh citrus; and jojoba, macadamia, avocado, and sweet almond oils. (From $7.63)
Bottega Organica Rejuvenating Face Scrub — Sea Salt & Lemon is a coastal combination of Mediterranean sea salt to exfoliate, extra-virgin olive oil to cleanse, and thyme to purify skin. ($88)
L:A Bruket No. 50 Face Scrub Petitgrain blends exfoliating sea salt, astringent petitgrain, and nourishing sweet almond oil to gently exfoliate — leaving skin balanced and refreshed. ($32)
A fusion of Atlantic sea salt, aloe vera, sea kelp extract, and essential oils (palmarosa and rose geranium), Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray gives hair that just-left-the-beach look and scent. ($24)
La Tierra Sagrada Salt Spray for Hair creates surf-tousled waves. Alkalizing, mineral water (with natural sea salt) cleanses and nourishes hair, Palo Santo soothes scalp irritation, and rosemary hydrates and adds shine. ($14)