It’s quite common for people to avoid consuming salt. It can cause bloating and contribute to high blood pressure. But, for your skin, salt can do wonders. Whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or using your own concoction at home, salt water can do your skin some good! Our experienced dermatologists at the Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery Institute share several benefits of salt water for the skin.

The deep sea water that does not get much light from the sun will have little to no bacteria, which means more nutrients. Research has found that treating people who have atopic eczema dermatitis syndrome (AEDS) in deep sea water has helped improve the symptoms. There are many other benefits of salt water for the skin.

A Great Remedy for Various Skin Conditionsinfographic on DIY ways to use salt for your skin

Magnesium, calcium, and potassium are all skin-friendly minerals that can be found in sea salt. These minerals are great benefits of salt water since they help combat acne-causing bacteria, and skin infections, and speed up the healing process. It can help reinvigorate and rejuvenate your skin, hair, and nails.

Those with oily skin can benefit from washing with a saltwater solution with its moisture-reducing abilities that can help control excess oil, which leads to clogged pores. It is said to be able to absorb the bacteria present in the skin to unclog the pores and shrink them. Saltwater can detoxify your skin and reduce acne breakouts. 

If you have eczema, you can really benefit by using salt water in your skincare routine since magnesium is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial mineral that alleviates itching and reduces moisture from bacteria and fungi that causes eczema. Deep sea water is full of other nutrients like zinc and potassium that will benefit the skin.

Gentle Exfoliant

Besides its “scrubby” element, sea salt acts as a great exfoliant that opens pores for a deeper clean, increases blood circulation, and allows your skin to better absorb moisturizers and other treatments. If you have sensitive skin, salt water should be used for your body instead of the face, where your skin is thinner and more easily irritated.

Salt can act as a mechanical exfoliant and scrub which will leave the skin feeling smoother, softer, and brighter with its ability to remove dead skin cells. 

Rejuvenating Scrub

If you don’t have sensitive skin and are looking to attain softer skin, incorporate sea salt into your skincare routine. One of the benefits of salt water for the skin is that it aids in skin cell turnover, helping you achieve a softer facial texture.

Lavender can also be mixed with salt as it is a natural antiseptic and can help increase circulation.

Anti-Dandruff Treatment

You don’t have to use salt water for just your face; you can also use it in your hair. Salt water helps loosen and remove dandruff while stimulating blood circulation for a healthier scalp. Also, sea salt stimulates circulation and eliminates the dandruff flakes which helps keep fungal growth at bay by absorbing excess oil and moisture. There are scrubs out there but if all you have is some salt and shampoo then you can combine them to create your own scrub. Use the fingertips to gently massage onto the scalp then wash the hair with cool water.

Contact Us Today!

With so many more benefits of salt water for the skin, we wouldn’t be surprised if you decide to visit the beach more often! If you’d like to learn more about washing your skin with salt water or if you’d like a professional skin rejuvenation facial, contact us today or visit our Wellington clinic at 561-426-1791 or Delray clinic at 561-637-0222 today!


Infographic added to page March 2021.