Your body sheds up to 40,000 dead skin cells every single day. However, that doesn’t mean the skin you see is brand new. In fact, the top layers of your skin are made up of dead cells that have yet to be shed.
If you suffer from dull or dry skin, you may have spent big bucks on various products trying to get that youthful glow back. But something as simple as a pink Himalayan salt scrub may be all you need.
And the best part is that you can make it at home!
Do you want to know more about pink Himalayan salt scrubs? Keep reading to learn the benefits of this scrub and how to make your very own.
What’s a Scrub?
Alright, let’s start by talking about what a scrub really is. Basically, it’s a skin care product that uses either salt or sugar to cleanse your pores and remove dead skin cells. Depending on the specific ingredients you use, you can see plenty of other benefits—but we’ll get into that later.
Why Use Pink Himalayan Salt?
Right now you may be wondering why you should choose pink Himalayan salt over plain salt or sugar.
Pink Himalayan salt can be found in varying coarseness levels. So, you’re sure to find the right texture to meet your skin’s needs.
The salt will exfoliate and cleanse your skin to reduce the appearance of acne. It’s also a natural antiseptic, which can actually treat your acne and reduce outbreaks more than sugar or any other type of salt.
Furthermore, pink Himalayan salt can tighten your skin and reduce oil to leave you with a clean and youthful complexion.
Ingredients for Your Salt Scrub
Have we convinced you to give pink Himalayan salt scrub a go? Great! Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to make your scrub.
Pink Himalayan Salt
It should come as no surprise that the main ingredient is pink Himalayan salt. But don’t just get the first bag of salt you see.
First, decide if you want a body or a face scrub. The skin on your face is more sensitive than in other areas of your body, so you’ll likely want to go with a super fine pink Himalayan salt for face scrubs.
If you want to use it on your body, consider going for something a tad coarser to ensure you’re exfoliating well. If you’re not sure which to choose or if you have sensitive skin all over, go with the super fine bag to start out with—you can always find something coarser later on if you discover your skin is tougher than you thought.
The next main ingredient in your scrub will be oil. There are a few different options, but we’ve outlined the two main ones below.
Coconut oil is a common ingredient in all sorts of skin and hair care products. And there’s a good reason why.
It contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties which can better cleanse your pores and fight acne while remaining gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.
Coconut oil is also an amazing moisturizer. Not only does it hydrate the skin, but it seals moisture in to better combat dryness.
There are also anti-aging properties at play. Coconut oil diminishes the creation of free radicals (one thing that causes aging skin) and can even promote collagen production.
While coconut oil is typically the more popular choice, olive oil can also be used in your salt scrubs.
Your skin naturally produces sebum, an oily substance that helps moisturize and protect your skin. If you have dry or cracked skin, your body may not be producing enough sebum. Olive oil contains squalene, which mimics sebum and can provide a smooth and soft skin barrier.
Much like coconut oil, olive oil also has plenty of antioxidants which have anti-aging properties.
This last ingredient is totally optional. But adding essential oils will give your scrub an amazing scent and some extra benefits. Below, we’ve outlined just a few essential oils that you may want to add to your scrub.
You probably know that lavender is a great essential oil for aromatherapy as it can reduce stress and anxiety. But it’s also good for your skin!
Lavender is a natural antibacterial, so it can reduce skin irritation, itchiness, and inflammation.
Not to be confused with rose or rose absolute, rose otto essential oil doesn’t have a flowery scent. But it does have some great benefits for your skin.
It can help moisturize your skin and has antibacterial properties that can fight acne. The antioxidants in rose otto can even prevent premature aging by promoting the growth of new, youthful skin cells.
If you suffer from scars or dark spots, consider adding a few drops of frankincense to your scrub. It has an amazing ability to heal damaged skin, including fighting irritation and redness as well as reducing the appearance of dark spots and even scars.
Making Your Salt Scrub
Once you’ve decided what ingredients to use, it’s time to make your scrub!
Start with 1 cup of your pink Himalayan salt. Then, pour ½ cup of oil on top of the salt. If you opted for coconut oil, make sure you put it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it first.
Then add your essential oils, if desired. Remember, that these are potent! You’ll only need a total of 5-10 drops.
Once all your ingredients are in a bowl, mix them together and store your salt scrub in a glass container with an air-tight lid.
How to Use It
If you opted for a body scrub, stand in the shower for about 5-10 minutes so the steam and warm water has a chance to soften your skin and open your pores a bit. Then, apply your scrub in a circular motion all over your body, making sure not to scrub vigorously—light pressure will be enough. Then, simply rinse it all off.
If you opted for a facial scrub, start by washing off any makeup and using a cleanser with warm water to help open pores and remove trace amounts of makeup. Then, apply the scrub with gentle pressure in circular motions, and end by rinsing it off.
Both body and facial scrubs should only be used 2-3 times a week.
Enjoy Your Himalayan Salt Scrub
As you can see, a pink Himalayan salt scrub is affordable, easy to make, and has so many wonderful benefits. So, what are you waiting for? Go make your scrub today!
Of course, you’ll need to buy your ingredients first. Check out our selection of pink Himalayan salt bags to get started!