To get naturally glowing, healthy skin, nothing works quite like a good sea salt scrub. A combination of sea salts and essential oils, these concoctions simultaneously exfoliate dead skin and hydrate the newer skin beneath it. This dual process leaves your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. Rougher sea salt scrubs are great if you’re in need for a good exfoliation; they easily remove dead skin from roughed, calloused areas like elbows, hands, knees and heels. If your skin is fairer, you might want to try a gentler scrub, which will still exfoliate and hydrate your skin without irritating it.
The Sea Salt Body Scrub from Alba Botanica Hawaiian Spa is definitely on the gentler side. Aside from sea salt, this fragrant salve is chock full of tropical oils, like jojoba, macademia, kukui and sweet almond. In order to ensure that your skin stays moisturized and refreshed, the scrub also boasts emollients, fatty acids and tons of nutrients. All of these ingredients are hypo-allergenic and pH balanced, making this scrub gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. Plus, it’s 100% vegetarian and made without any animal testing—so it’s a skin-loving treat you can feel good about. It’s pretty inexpensive, too; it sells on Google Products for as little as $4.05 for 14.5 ounces (at SMARTbomb.com).
Got a thirst for healthy, glowing skin AND a sweet tooth? Pick up a tub of Almond Cookie Sea Salt Scrub from Carol’s Daughter. This decadent scrub, which promises to “turn your bath at home into a spa,” (Carol’s Daughter, www.carolsdaughter.com) is made of sea salt, jojoba, wheat germ oil, and other grade-A, all-natural ingredients. The secret to its supple skin recipe? Avocado, which is full of fatty acids and oils for naturally glowing, healthy, hydrated skin. This one’s a bit on the expensive side--$28.00 for half a liter at Dillard’s—but it’s a luxury that’s worth the price tag. If you end up grabbing yourself a tub, here’s a word of advice: mix it often, or it will dry up and become hard as a rock.
No place on earth has salt like the Dead Sea. A sea so salty you can float in it, the Dead Sea offers up some of the most effective, luxurious sea salt scrubs on the planet. Thankfully, many companies offer these scrubs at prices all of us can handle. The Body Scrub from Obey Your Body is full of highly concentrated minerals straight from the Dead Sea, and is enriched with plant extracts. It also features oils for a delightful smell (scents include “purity”, “kiwi” and “ocean”). A super-exfoliant, this scrub leaves skin smooth and silky. Plus, it’s only $20 on Amazon, making for an exotic luxury that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.