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Providing relief for certain skin conditions:
Regular sea salt from ocean water is most commonly used in culinary settings. Benefits of a sea salt bath
If you’re looking for a way to relieve stress, ease achy muscles, and treat irritated skin, you may want to consider taking a sea salt bath.
While soaking in a tub, in general, is a nice way to pamper yourself after a hard day, adding sea salts is said to also extend the benefits to your skin, muscles, and joints.
Beneficial for rheumatic diseases
According to a systematic review published in the journal Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, sea salt baths have been found to be beneficial in treating rheumatic diseases, including:
Good for your skin
Your skin, which is your body’s largest organ, will also thank you for indulging in a sea salt bath.
“Board-certified dermatologists are recommending sea salt baths for patients with psoriasis, eczema, and other dry skin conditions,” explains Dr. Sapna Palep, a board-certified dermatologist at Spring Street Dermatology.
This comes as no surprise, especially when you consider that sea salt baths can help calm the symptoms of certain skin conditions.
“Salt baths can help remove scales and decrease the bothersome itching caused by psoriasis,” explains board-certified dermatopathologist, Dr. Gretchen Frieling.
She also points out that sea salts may help people dealing with acne and atopic dermatitis.
Relieves achy muscles and stimulates circulation
Other benefits of taking a sea salt bath are said to include:
easing muscle cramps
helping to relieve stiffness in joints
soothing achy, overworked legs and feet how to take a sea salt bath
When taking a sea salt bath for relaxation, medical esthetician Holly Cutler recommends the following steps:
Add 1/4 cup of sea salt to a standard-size bathtub filled to your comfort.
Aim for a water temperature of two degrees warmer than your body temperature to experience the healing benefits of the sea salt bath.
Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes or your desired time.
When you finish your bath, dry off and apply a moisturizer to your skin.
If 1/4 cup is not enough, Frieling says that depending on a person’s body size and skin condition, a healthy adult can add up to 2 cups of sea salt to warm water in a standard size tub.