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Kitchen Secrets for Beautiful Skin: Salt


Dr Ashutosh Gautam

Ever wondered why sea salt was such a prized item in ancient times? Well, thats because its one of the essential nutrients required by the body for digesting food, conducting nerve impulses, contracting muscles, maintaining pH in blood, and balancing electrolytes in intracellular and extracellular fluids. And then theres its prime pride of place in the kitchen as a taste maker or enhancer. But salt goes even beyond, as a skin, body and hair-care ingredient. Our bodies contain the same composition of minerals and nutrients as sea water, so it is easy to understand that sea salt isa natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin.

Skin Balancing Face Mask Both Honey and salt are excellentdeep-pore cleansers.Mix two teaspoons of salt in four teaspoons of Honey to make a paste. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, avoiding eye contours. Keep on for 10-15 minutes, and wash offwith plain water while gently moving your fingers in a circular motion to exfoliate dead skin cells.

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Body scrub Makea gentle exfoliating body scrub by adding a quarter cup of salt, half a cup of Olive oil and 10 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to make a thick paste. Apply in the shower with a loofah or washcloth, gently scrubbing all over your body in a circular motion.

Rejuvenating face scrub Salt is a skin-softening exfoliate that restores the skin. Aloe vera hydrates, heals, and aids skin cell turnover, and Peach improves skin texture and helps to fight skin damage caused by sun and pollution.

Mix a half cup of salt, a quarter cup of Aloevera juice or gel, a quarter cup of coconut oil and paste of Peach fruit. Apply evenly on face, leave for 510 minutes, and gently scrub in a circular motion while cleansing with plain water. This face pack is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Beta Carotene, Potassium, Magnesium and Selenium, whichhelps protect skin from hazardous UV rays. Mantras Peach Saffron Himalayan Rock Salt Micro Exfoliating Face Scrub contains the goodness of million-year-old rock salt rich in 84 minerals, Saffron oil which improves skin radiance, and Peach extracts that helps to reduce wrinkles.

Salt is not only used in beauty recipes but to treat health conditions such as asthma and obstructive pulmonary diseases that do not respond to regular treatment. Those who suffer from Asthma have sodium chloride deficiency in their lungs; by breathing in salt, the salt molecules enter the moist lungs and breakdown into Sodium Positive ions and Chlorine ions. The blocked mucus in airways gets cleared, reducing the dependence on medications such as inhalers and nasal sprays.Salt therapy is also recommended for chronic skin conditions such as Psoriasis and eczema. Many salt spas are promoting Himalayan rock salt pink crystals because they are the most nutrient-dense salt of all considered to be beneficial for headache, weight loss, and to detox the body and balance hormones.

Dr Ashutosh Gautam manager clinical operations & brand development at Shree Baidyanath Ayurveda Bhawan

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