Discover the Benefits of a Sea Salt Bath
As someone who suffers from arthritis and eczema, I have recently discovered the benefits of a sea salt bath and how regular bathing with sea salt has numerous health advantages.
Discover the health benefits of bathing in sea salt or Epsom Salts
Sea salts are packed with minerals that are beneficial to your body and health. Minerals such as magnesium, zinc, potassium and others are nature's cure for a wide range of skin problems. Pampering yourself with a sea salt soak is a wonderful way to treat your body and boost your health. In this article, we look at some of the amazing benefits that result for soaking in a salt sea bath on a regular basis.
The best types of sea salt for bathing
It is important that you use sea salt or Epsom Salts and not table salt.
Sea salt is available in packs at select healthcare stores and pharmacies. While it is often difficult to find raw sea salt in your local supermarket, you can use Epsom Salts as an alternative. Both sea salt and Epsom Salts are affordable, so that you can look at using either regularly to add to your bathwater.
GOOD TO KNOW: Sea salt is not the same as table salt, or the salt you use for seasoning. Regular or table salt undergoes a process that removes most of the minerals that are present.
Benefits of Sea Salt or Epsom Salt Bath
The main mineral in sea salt that is beneficial to your body is magnesium. Not only is magnesium good for your skin and helps to prevent dry skin, it also improves hydration and acts as an exfoliator. Magnesium is also excellent for anyone who suffers from eczema or psoriasis, and I find it helps tremendously with my all-over-body eczema that I get as a result of intensive treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
If you have been in search of a way to ease achy muscles, relieve itchy eczema or psoriasis, or to control dry skin, a hot soak in a sea salt tub after a hard day at work will work miracles. Or treat yourself to a once-weekly pampering by adding sea salt or Epsom salts to your bathwater.
GOOD TO KNOW: Dermatologists like to recommend sea salt bathing for patients with eczema and psoriasis, as it helps to relieve that irritating itch. As always, speak to your healthcare specialist before undertaking any new treatments.
Keep feet and toes soft with regular sea salt or Epsom Salts baths.
Sea salt bathing is great for softening and removing dry skin, and with winter just around the corner, you should bathe at least once a week to see results. If you're someone who prefers to shower rather than a bath, you can make it a foot spa with sea salt and warm water to keep your feet nice and soft.
How much sea salt to add to your bath water
If you fancy the idea of treating yourself to a sea salt bath, whether as a means of relaxation or for media reasons, it is important not to add too much. Follow the steps below for dosing of bathwater:
• You only need to add about a 1/4 cup of sea salt granules to a standard size bathtub. If you have a larger tub you can add about a 1/2 cup of sea salt.
• Make sure the sea salt is dissolved in the water before you climb in.
• Take a long, relaxing soak and let the sea salt ease away your aches and pains and work its magic on your skin.
• After bathing, dry as usual and apply aqueous cream or your choice of moisturiser. A non-scented moisturiser such as aqueous cream is advised for those with eczema or other skin irritation.
GOOD TO KNOW: While sea salt or Epsom Salts are safe, do a dip test before you soak for longer. Don't bathe in sea salt or Epsom Salts if you have open wounds. Consult your healthcare specialist before undertaking regular salt baths.