Epsom Salt, the $3 wonder

September 10, 2014

Many of us know epsom salts as a good foot soaker and muscle relaxer, but did you know this thrifty buy from the local store can do a lot more? From natural exfoliation to a ‘bloat soak’, epsom seems to be working wonders

Hair volumizer

Adding Epsom salt to conditioner helps you to rid your hair of excess oil, which can weigh hair down and leave it looking flat. Create your own homemade volumizer by combining equal parts Epsom salt and conditioner. Apply and leave in for 20 minutes before rinsing. Repeat the treatment weekly.

Dry lips

Always find yourself fumbling for lip balm? Try giving your lips a deeper treatment using Epsom salt. Combine a few tablespoons of salt with a teaspoon of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline), apply the solution to the lips, and gently rub it in. The solution helps remove dead and/or dry skin and will leave your lips looking fuller and healthier.

Pedicure

Treat your feet to even more fun with a low-cost, at-home Epsom salt pedicure. Mix one half a cup of Epsom salt with warm soap water and soak. Remove nail polish, cut and file toenails and then soak again for five minutes. Epsom salt’s natural exfoliating properties will help soften rough and callused skin, leaving your feet feeling spa-fresh.

epsom-salt-scrubDeep exfoliation

For a more thorough exfoliation treatment, combine two cups of Epsom salt with a quarter cup of petroleum jelly. This solution works well for extra-dry, tough patches of skin. Add a few drops of fragrance, such as lavender, for a special at-home spa feel. Don’t use on broken or irritated skin. Reember, this is SALT, you don’t want it up in some wound. And because this is petroleum jelly, make sure you rinse down your shower well.

Coffee Body Scrub

An instant pick-me-up that provides a jolt while softening and hydrating skin. With all natural ingredients that smell heavenly as you exfoliate, it’s a treat. Combine equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar. Add vegetable glycerin (available at natural foods stores such as Whole Foods) or olive oil until you reach desired consistency. Add two tablespoons of ground cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla extract or essential oil, and stir to blend.

epsom bathEpsom Salt Bloat Beater

Celebrities do it, trainers do it. And now you know their secret to looking svelte, with or without Spanx. But personally, I’m always a ‘with’ gal myself when it counts. Bathing in Epsom salts helps to reduce water retention and tummy bloating because magnesium and sulphate are absorbed through the skin and toxins and excess fluids are drawn out as goodness goes in. And remember, the salt also helps with muscle ache and fatigue, so you’re not only beating the bloat, you’re treating your muscles to some much needed R&R.

You can soak in an Epsom salt bath 1-3 times a week in a dilution of two mugs of Epsom salts per bath. Gwenyth Paltrow does it, models do it, and now you can too.

What are your favorite Epsom Salt recipes for body care?

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