FYI Beauty Secrets – Epsom Salts

You don’t need to purchase expensive dead sea salts for your baths to achieve soft, supple skin. An inexpensive package of Epsom salt purchased from Walgreen’s can do everything from calm you to reduce swelling to exfoliate your skin.

Epsom salt, or rather magnesium sulfate, is a mineral found in water, but it doesn’t contain sodium chloride, which is what makes up regular table salt. Whereas table salt invigorates you when used externally, Epsom salts properties relax and calm you. So, if you’ve had a rough day, here’s eight great tips on how you can relax and renew with Epsom salts.

  1. Bath Salts. Add 2 cups Epsom salts to a bathtub of nice warm water, and soak for up to 30 minutes. Besides relaxing you, Epsom salts also has properties that enable toxins to be withdrawn from your body, so an Epsom salts soak is good for medicinal purposes too!  
  2. Body Scrub. Mix 2 cups Epsom salts, 2/3 cup olive or grapeseed oil, and 40 drops of your favorite essential oil. Store in a tightly sealed bottle and use within five to six months. When you’re ready to use it, scrub it over your entire body and then rinse. (Warning: If you have sensitive skin or sunburned skin you should not try this.)
  3. Bruises or Sprains. If you’ve got a bruise or a sprain, Epsom salts can help. It has properties that reduce swelling, which means you’ll heal quicker. Just add two cups to warm bath water and soak.
  4. Face Cleaner. This is a great facial cleanser and can be used nightly. Just mix 1/2 teaspoon in with your regular store bought facial cleanser, apply, and rinse.
  5. Face Exfoliator. Wet your face, rub Epsom salts over it, and rinse. You’ll notice a huge difference in the softness of your skin.
  6. Face Mask. An Epsom salts mask achieves wonders for oily or normal to dry skin. The difference is in the ingredients combined with your Epsom salts. For oily skin mix: 1 egg, 1/4 cup lemon juice,  1/4 cup of non-fat powdered milk, and 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salts. For normal to dry skin mix: 1/4 cup finely grated carrot, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, and 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salts. Apply the mask, and leave it on for up to 15 minutes. Rinse.
  7. Foot Soak. If your feet ache, this works like a charm. Add 1/2 cup Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet. When my feet bother me I use Epsom salts in my electric foot bath my sister gave me. I love it, as do my feet!
  8. Hair Volumizer. Want volume but don’t want to pay expensive store prices? Here’s something that will work even better. Mix equal parts of Epsom salts and your favorite conditioner together. Massage into your hair. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes and rinse. Poof! Fabuli hair!

Fabuli = better than fabulous, more than incredible, and totally outdoes stupendous!

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