Sea salt in skincare seems an antiquated affair. But as Olentium looks to ancient ritual to provide answers to formulating contemporary cosmetics, and as our home is right by the Mediterranean sea, natural, tried-and-tested salts were going to be in our spotlight.
More of us are becoming aware of the dangers of certain synthetic ingredients in skincare such as phthalates, parabens, silicons and synthetic colourants. At Olentium, we are wise enough to know that natural good / synthetic bad is not a polar debate and that there is no such thing as ‘chemical free’; a term we see touted in lieu of meaning ‘all natural’. Let’s get one thing straight, even an unadulterated ingredient plucked straight from nature is composed of chemicals. It is also now deemed unfair competitive practice in the EU to label products as being ‘free from’ ingredients. Regulatory laws like the (EU Cosmetics’ Directive) determine safe use limits of all the so-called ‘nasties’ mentioned above. This means it would be unfair of a natural products’ manufacturer to imply those ingredients are somehow not safe for the consumer.
However, all this background does not detract from the fact that many of us would still prefer to avoid knowingly using certain chemicals on our skin. Bath products, while rinse-off and in more fleeting contact with our skin, can contain a great many fillers and aromachemicals that we might prefer to avoid.
Enter then an age-old product to soak in the tub with. – all-natural bath salts. They might seem to be something granny used or perhaps they have connotations with therapeutic Epsom Salts of yesteryear. But, brought bang up to date, sea salt in skincare has a beneficial role to play in new forms and extracts as an ingredient in various skincare and home spa products.
Here are some good reason why you need these salts in your life.
How is Mediterranean Sea Salt Sourced?
As the name suggests, Mediterranean sea salt is sourced from the Mediterranean sea and during harvesting, the sea water is evaporated and the Mediterranean salt is left behind. Unlike another popular variety of salt, namely Himalayan salt, Mediterranean salt is white in color and resembles coarse table salt while Himalayan Salt is pink in color and often referred to as pink salt.
Both offer their own unique mineral composition and various wonderful benefits for both your skin and your health, but because I will be using Mediterranean salt in my skin care line, this is the one I want to focus on.
Benefits of Mediterranean Sea Salt For Your Skin
You may think of salt in terms of an exfoliant due to its rough texture, and while you would certainly be correct, its benefits extend far beyond simply exfoliation.
It may be hard to believe, but strangely enough, sea salt actually has humectant properties, meaning it traps moisture in the skin and prevents moisture loss through the pores. In this way, sea salt offers beautiful all natural hydrating properties, whether you take a dip in the ocean or choose to soak for longer in your own oasis at home.
Mediterranean sea salt is also rich in minerals including potassium, iodine and magnesium that will help alleviate and soothe any skin conditions, while helping to calm and ease a restless mind or any tension in the body. Magnesium, in particular, is known for its anti inflammatory properties and will help to soothe and heal inflammatory conditions such as eczema. Magnesium will also be absorbed into the body when you soak for at least 20 minutes or longer, and will help to relax the muscles and create a calm and happy mind.
Sea salt also has intense detoxifying properties, and will help to draw toxins out of the body and the skin when you allow it time to works its powerful magic.
While a dip in the sea will certainly benefit your skin, helping to exfoliate, boost blood flow and soften and hydrate the skin, I recommend soaking in a tub for up to 30 minutes if you want to enjoy a full body detox, as well as relax your busy mind. There is certainly a place for sea salt in skincare today, just as in ancient times.
If you ever find yourself in beautiful Sicily, be sure to visit the salt flats of Trapani and there are still active salt pans in our home island of Malta as well as Gozo.