Himalayan pink salt, the purest sea salt available in the world, is a super trendy ingredient in the food world. But it offers a wide range of benefits to the body too as it is minimally processed.
Found in the Himalayan foothills of Pakistan, pink salt contains a lot of minerals, including magnesium and potassium. Using this ingredient in DIYs can give you healthy skin and hair. It can also be used as a foot soak to relax the muscles and relieve pain. Here are a few other ways you can add this ingredient to your beauty routine.
pH balancing mask
Pink salt has anti-inflammatory properties that heal and soothe skin by calming irritations and breakouts. It also helps retain moisture in the deeper layers of the skin.
How to: Mix two teaspoons pink salt with four teaspoons raw honey to form a paste. Apply evenly all over your face avoiding the eye area and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Soak a washcloth in warm water and lay it on your face for 30 seconds. Now gently scrub the mask for a minute and wash off.
Skin softening body scrub
Salt is a natural exfoliator and sloughs off dead skin cells easily. It contains essential minerals that soften skin and restore hydration at the deepest levels.
How to: Mix a quarter cup pink salt with half cup coconut or olive oil. You can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to this mixture. Apply in the shower using a loofah or your palms, scrubbing in circular motions. Be gentle with the scrubbing and monitor how your skin reacts. Wash off with a gentle cleanser and water afterwards.
Anti-dandruff scalp treatment
Salt helps loosen and dissolve existing product build up-and dandruff as well as stimulates circulation for a healthy scalp. Pink salt also absorbs excess oil and moisture to prevent dandruff in the future.
How to: Take a small amount of salt in a bowl. Section your hair and sprinkle this salt all over the scalp. Wet your fingers with water and thoroughly massage your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash and condition your hair and see the results immediately.
Faking those beachy waves and tousled hair is easy with a pink salt hair texturiser. If you are aiming for a messy look and want it to stay put for a long time, try this spray.
How to: Mix one tablespoon of salt with one cup of warm water and mix until dissolved. Now add one tablespoon of coconut oil and leave-in hair conditioner. Shake well before spraying on towel-dried hair.
Toner is an essential part of every skincare routine. Salt can act as a wonderful toner by tightening the skin, diminishing large pores and making the skin firm.
How to: Combine half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt with one teaspoon coconut oil, two drops of lemon oil and half a cup of purified water. Transfer to a spray bottle and mist all over after cleansing.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Nov 09, 2019
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.