Epsom Salt as a Beauty Product!

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Got dull looking skin, need a pedicure or have sore muscles? Good old drugstore Epsom salt may be your answer! Some people may remember Epsom Salt only as something their grandparents kept in the medicine cabinet, but many experts recommend Epsom Salt as a beauty product, after exercise or to boost your body’s levels of magnesium. Epsom Salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is easy to use and easy to find in your local pharmacy or supermarket and it costs just a few bucks. Magnesium helps to reduce inflammation, improve muscle and nerve function while preventing artery hardening and blood clots. Sulfates will add nutrients, flush out toxins and even help ease migraine headaches. Women over 40 need these minerals!

I recently had  some HUGE knots in my shoulder and a sore neck. After a deep tissue massage, my massage therapist told me to get some epsom salt and add to a warm bath. Her exact instructions were: first put in cold water, then switch to hot and add the epsom salt, this will help it to dissolve better, when the water reaches a comfortable  temperature, soak for at least 10 minutes. I tried it and you would be amazed at what a difference it makes!

Epsom Salt– actually magnesium sulfate – can help people maintain optimum levels of both magnesium and sulfate.  Sulfate helps form joint proteins and helps keep joints healthy, flushes toxins and improves absorption of nutrients. Magnesium helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body, performing more functions than almost any other mineral. Among the benefits: magnesium helps reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps, helps muscles and nerves function properly and helps prevents artery hardening and blood clots.

  • To ease muscle pain and fading bruises. Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub) and bathe three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.  Also can be used to make compresses.
  • To soothe feet aching from a tough workout or a long day, add a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak them.

For pampering

One of the first budget cuts for many families is spa trips and expensive bath salts, but Epsom Salt can be used to create the ultimate at-home spa, and it’s something several experts recommend to look and feel better (http://www.goop.com/newsletter/33/en). A relaxing bath or exfoliating treatment will leave your skin radiant and glowing.

  • Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Place Epsom salt in your hand, dampen it and massage it into your skin.
  • Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
  • Bathtime Bliss: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of essential oil for a skin softening and a wonderful aroma.
  • Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
  • Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance or essential oils to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container. Put in a mason or decorative jar and you have a great DIY gift!

For health

Experts say by soaking in Epsom salt, not only will you help burn away stress, you’ll also make your body healthier by boosting your levels of magnesium, sulfur and sulfate. Here’s more information from interviews with renowned experts:

If you’d like to learn more, please visit either www.epsomsaltcouncil.org or www.facebook.com/epsomsalt

For the Holidays

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After your holiday toast this year, save the champagne you don’t drink. Experts say it can be combined with Epsom salt for a relaxing soak that detoxifies, constricts your pores and helps tone your skin.  “Opened champagne can go to waste or go flat quickly,” said Kristin Fraser Cotte, CEO and founder of The Grapeseed Company. “This is a way to utilize it and have great skin benefits.”

Fraser Cotte suggests a “Grapes of Bath Champagne Soak.” Here’s how to make it:

  •  Combine half a cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup of powdered milk in a bowl, then add 1 cup of champagne.
  • Warm 1 teaspoon of honey in the microwave for 30 seconds, then add it to the mixture.
  • Pour into running bath water, and when the tub is full, add rose petals, hop in and relax.

“When you soak in hot water, that opens your pores,” Fraser Cotte said. “The Epsom salt is great for detoxifying, cleansing and relaxing sore, tight muscles. The champagne helps to detoxify the skin. The carbon dioxide, or bubbles, in sparkling wine aids in tightening and constricting pores. It gives the Epsom salt a little boost.”

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Comments

  1. Definitely going to try the soak for muscle soreness!

  2. My dad always swore by epsom salts for muscle soaks, foot soaks and other things. Fun post!

  3. Definitely going to try the soak for muscle soreness!

  4. I’ve always heard this is excellent for sore muscles. I love all of the ideas in this post!

  5. My dad always swore by epsom salts for muscle soaks, foot soaks and other things. Fun post!

  6. Jess Scull says

    I didn’t realize there were so many uses for this!

  7. That Champagne soak sounds fantastic. Wonder if I can do it with soy milk powder?

  8. Love these ideas, especially the champagne soak. How decadent!

  9. Sounds perfect for after a workout

  10. I’ve always heard this is excellent for sore muscles. I love all of the ideas in this post!

  11. Oooohhhh that champagne soak is calling my name. I never realized Epson salt had so much goodness to it. Great post!!

  12. Jess Scull says

    I didn’t realize there were so many uses for this!

  13. I love epsom salt

  14. I love epsom salt soaks, they are very relaxing.

  15. That Champagne soak sounds fantastic. Wonder if I can do it with soy milk powder?

  16. Love these ideas, especially the champagne soak. How decadent!

  17. Sounds perfect for after a workout

  18. betzy carmona says

    I want to try this

  19. I use it a lot in my warm bath water for soaking 🙂

  20. Oooohhhh that champagne soak is calling my name. I never realized Epson salt had so much goodness to it. Great post!!

  21. I love epsom salt

  22. I love epsom salt soaks, they are very relaxing.

  23. betzy carmona says

    I want to try this

  24. I use it a lot in my warm bath water for soaking 🙂

  25. Thanks for the excuse to get some champagne! I love Epsom salt baths with essential oils and a bit of bubble bath. And the oils make the bathroom smell nice for days.

  26. Thanks for the excuse to get some champagne! I love Epsom salt baths with essential oils and a bit of bubble bath. And the oils make the bathroom smell nice for days.

  27. I always keep some epsom salt in the house, so many great uses.

  28. I always keep some epsom salt in the house, so many great uses.

  29. I use these a lot for back pain!

  30. I have a gigantic tub of one that I keep in my bathroom for exfoliation!

  31. I use these a lot for back pain!

  32. I have a gigantic tub of one that I keep in my bathroom for exfoliation!