Image by Mikael Jansson for Vogue, July 2014
Turn bath time into a wellness experience. Just add salt.
WHAT ARE BATH SALTS?
Bath salts are powdered minerals usually made out of magnesium sulfate, sodium chloride, sodium hexametaphosphate, sodium sesquicarbonate, borax, and sodium citrate. Soluble in water, they are beneficial when added to warm water in baths for the various wellness properties they offer, from combating stress and fatigue, to reducing inflammation, soothing infections and detoxifying skin.
DIFFERENT SALTS FOR SPECIAL BENEFITS
Detoxify Himalayan salts are ideal if your body is under stress. They work effectively to counteract the electromagnetic energy absorbed during the day from sources including digital devices.
Problematic skin Dead Sea salts are made from a mix of magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium, and are popular for their deep hydration and skin healing properties. They are a go-to for easing skin conditions like eczema, acne or psoriasis.
Sore muscles Epsom salt is excellent for relaxing muscles by flushing out the build-up of lactic acid.
Relaxation Magnesium salts are mined from now extinct lakes and seas from the Jurassic period and are useful for reducing inflammation and stress. A big scoop at night before bed is ideal for deeply relaxing muscles and preventing restless legs.
Cellulite Epsom salt is useful for restoring the health and tone of skin. It is also a popular go-to for treating dreaded cellulite. To a warm bath, add ¼ cup Epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt and 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar.
HOW TO BATHE
Fill the tub with warm water and add 250-500g of your chosen salt, swirling around to help dissolve and distribute throughout.
Hot water is clever at releasing muscle tension. For optimum results, be sure to lie deep enough in the bath so that shoulders and neck are totally immersed. This can make a big difference and help ease chronic tension.
While soaking, expect to feel your body temperature rise before finally settling back down. Don’t be alarmed! This is a sign that a peaceful night’s sleep lies ahead.
Repeat two to three times a week for maximum results.