If you are anything like me, your feet can get a little, shall we say unsightly, in the winter. All that dry air and those heavy socks just suck the moisture right out of you. Here's were sea salt scrubs can benefit the whole family's feet. Even my 11 year old son loves the way this makes his feet feel. They can help exfoliate, clean, and moisturize your body.
Sea salt body scrubs are amazing! There are endless ways to create sea salt body scrubs at home and you probably already have the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch!
A simple sea salt body scrub is made up of 2 basic ingredients: salt and a good moisturizer. If you want additional benefits, you can also add in essential oils for their wonderful aroma and healing properties. For this particular recipe I am adding Lavender and Peppermint oils.
Let's talk about the salt. You want to select a fine sea salt. Sea salt has a nice size and density for a body scrub and has gentle exfoliating properties. Please don't use regular table salt as it is too abrasive and may cause tiny cuts on your skin. You should be able to find fine sea salt at most markets. If you have sensitive skin, you can also use sugar, which is more gentle on the skin.
I personally prefer Dead Sea salt. Did you know that Dead Sea salt is really good for you?
The waters from the Dead Sea are unique in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal sea water. Further, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. The balance of the salts in Dead Sea water are magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides.
Why are Dead Sea salts beneficial? Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). So we can see that bathing in high quality sea salt could replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism.
For the moisturizing portion of this recipe, most people already have coconut oil on hand and it is a great staple for this and other DIY beauty recipes. You may also consider using olive oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, or almond oil. Personally I prefer Coconut oil partly for how it feels on my skin but also the smell can take me on a quick relaxing tropical vacation in the middle of winter.
For the essential oils in this scrub I only recommend using Young Living essential oils. For more information on YL oils click here. I choose Lavender for it's natural ability to help dry, cracked skin and Peppermint to help with tired, sore foot muscles.
Peppermint & Lavender Salt Scrub
In a small glass bowl, mix together the coconut oil and essential oils. Add the salt and stir gently. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Store in a cool, dark space when not in use.
To use your salt scrub:
Gently massage 1-2 tablespoons onto feet. Rinse with warm water.
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