I headed for the kitchen, picked up the salt shaker, wet my hand and applied some salt onto it. I then, dabbed the wet salt onto the subject area. I felt some stinging, which immediately made me feel 'Ooo ahh, it's working'. The stinging lasted for a few minutes, and then I just dusted the salt off and let my skin breathe.
I did some google'ing and came across several topics about using salt in skincare. There were 2 things that jumped out.
- Acne Treatment
According to this website Salt (Sodium Chloride) is an astringent and anti-inflammatory. This website states that it softens skin and acts as a detoxifying cleanser that draws impurities out of the body through the skin.
If you think about it we are advised to use salt water to rinse our mouths if we get an ulcer to help clear it up, so why shouldn't it work on spots? Using salt water as a toner for your face will probably work wonders. I have only used it for a few days and am liking the effects, one of my spots has almost disappeared and the other is flat as a button but slightly pink.
However, after more research I came across an interesting article on Savvy Skin. Jeni, the writer posted a list of skincare ingredients to avoid if you have acne-prone skin. Sodium chloride (salt) is on that list, perhaps things we consider 'natural' remedies are more harmful than they are good? It's a tough one as skin care is SO personal. Personally, I am all for natural ingredients, The best ever skin treatment I have had is definitely sea water which does wonders for my skin, some others include, honey and lemon juice. Our ancestors didn't have a choice of complex skincare products like we do today. Coconut oil is on the list too which seems a little bit crazy.
I thought I would pick your brain a little with this post. What are your views?