Sea salt is all the rage – usually with caramel and dark chocolate – but did you know the list of sea salt uses goes well beyond the kitchen? Unlike table salt, sea salt is minimally processed and evaporated from ocean water or salt water lakes. Because of this it retains some trace minerals and elements, which add flavor, texture, and color. If you want more beauty benefits, are looking for a few beauty and home hacks, or have an abundance of sea salt, here are some great sea salt uses that don’t involve food. Some might surprise you!
Sea Salt Uses
1. Treat your nails with this brightening mask
You may have a weekly face mask routine, but when was the last time you treated your nails to a mask? Try this easy DIY recipe to brighten your nails – a great idea between manicures.
INGREDIENTS: 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, ½ cup warm water
DIRECTIONS: Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Soak nails in the sea salt solution for 10 minutes. Gently scrub nails with a soft brush. Rinse hands and moisturize with your favorite hand lotion.
2. Keep your candles from dripping
To prevent your favorite tapers from dripping wax and making a mess at your next dinner party, soak your new candles in a strong sea salt solution (dilute sea salt in warm water and allow it to cool slightly) for 2-3 hours before burning.
3. Enjoy your fresh cut flowers longer
Forgo the packet of so-called flower food and add a sprinkle of sea salt to your vase to keep your next arrangement fresh.
4. Make this DIY lip scrub, perfect for cooler months
If you tend to suffer from dry or peeling lips, this sea salt lip scrub will gently exfoliate them.
INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons sea salt, 1 tablespoon organic honey
DIRECTIONS: Combine sea salt and honey in a small dish. Gently apply to lips. Wipe with a warm, wet cloth (again, be gentle!). Apply your favorite balm to lock in moisture.
5. Homemade Sea Salt Spray
Achieve perfect beachy waves without a day at the beach (or expensive product!).
INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon sea salt; 1 tablespoon melted, unrefined and organic coconut oil; 1 tablespoon leave-in conditioner; 1 cup warm water; optional: your favorite essential oil
DIRECTIONS: Combine warm water and sea salt in a glass spray bottle and shake until salt is dissolved. In a separate bowl, combine melted coconut oil and leave in conditioner and add to spray bottle. If desired, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a refreshing scent. Apply several sprays to towel-dried hair.