What Is Epsom Salt?
Chemically, Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which breaks down in water to give magnesium and sulfate ions. These magnesium ions pass through the layers of the skin and enter your blood directly and get to work.
So How Does This Magic Salt Work?
Epsom salt is rich in magnesium ions. When the salt comes in contact with your skin, the ions pass through multiple dermal layers and reach the bloodstream. This way, there is no involvement of the GI (Gastrointestinal) tract.
It is because of this transdermal movement of magnesium that Epsom salt is used in medicine to cure hypomagnesemia (low levels of magnesium).
Ok-storytime (squeamish may want to skip). When I was in high school I was on a swim team and constantly in and out of dirty locker rooms. At some point I developed a very odd, circular fungus on the bottom of my foot. Over the counter stuff only angered it so eventually we went to an orthopedic doctor who couldn’t identify it either (great), so he tried to freeze it off—TWICE. Nope, didn’t work. So, there I was with this gross and now very painful thing on the bottom of my foot. My mom came home with epsom salt and told me to try soaking my foot for 20 minutes. I did this two nights in a row and on the second night the weird, gross circle of fungus literally opened up and out came these balls of—I don’t know what—but they were gross. And that was it! Healed right up and never came back!!
This began my love of epsom salt. If it can pull a fungus out of my skin that over the counter medicine, doctors and modern medicine couldn’t, than OBVIOUSLY it can pull a little toxins and gunk from my pores. It is a miracle salt.
HOW TO USE: (Hint, #3 is my FAVORITE)
Since your skin readily absorbs magnesium, it restores the electrolytic balance in the cells. This change in balance has a direct effect on your muscles, brain, and thereby, hormones.
These hormones could have a variety of functions like free radical scavenging, activating ion channels, etc. All in all, Epsom salt and hot water are a match made in heaven!
Add about two cups of Epsom salt to your hot water bath twice or thrice a week and see the change.
Add Volume and life to hair
Having a bad hair day? Or a frizzy hair week altogether? Epsom salt is your savior! To remove excess oil that is making your hair look flat and limp, use this salt along with your hair products. It gives your hair volume and bounce. It can also control the frizz and dullness of dry and damaged hair.
However, keep in mind that the magnesium in Epsom salt might react with the pigments if your hair is colored. Washing color-treated hair with Epsom salt might cause the color to fade off.
Add equal proportions of hair conditioner and Epsom salt (three teaspoons of each) to a bowl. Mix well and apply from the scalp to the tips. Leave it on for about 2 minutes and wash with cold water. Say hello to happy hair!
Exfoliate and repair skin
By now, you are aware that magnesium can pass through your skin effortlessly. When applied topically, the magnesium ions interact with water and hydrate the skin. According to a study done by volunteers in 2005, skin roughness and inflammation reduced significantly when seawater rich in magnesium was used for bathing and cleansing.
Epsom salt thoroughly exfoliates your skin and gets rid of the accumulated dead skin patches, blackheads, tan, and cuts or infections that give rise to inflammation.
What more do you want? You found your all-in-one skin troubleshooting agent in Epsom salt – didn’t you? I literally take a handful and pat it on my face and let it absorb while I wash the rest of my body. Whatever doesn’t absorb in that time (probably 5 mins) I scrub into my skin as an exfoliant. No joke my skin has NEVER looked better—EVER.
I have tried a bunch of Epsom salts now (bout 15 years worth) and this is my 100% go-to. I love it. I swear by it. I use it every day. Even my husband uses it now and has commented on the quality of his skin.