Salt of the earth [Thinkstock]You're probably well-versed in the perils of having too much salt in your diet. But what about in your beauty products? That depends on the issue you're trying to address.
Salt on Your Skin: Pros and Cons
Sea salt can leach moisture out of your skin. But it's a wonderful exfoliant. "In its raw, crystal form, salt stimulates skin renewal and boosts radiance," says Idit Gandelman, Global Head of Training at Ahava (a skincare company based on Dead Sea minerals). A handful of coarsely ground sea salt, mixed with skin-nourishing grapeseed oil can slough off dead skin cells, while the oil replenishes moisture.
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If you're looking for salty skincare that's also going to moisturize, search labels for products containing Dead Sea salts. "The Dead Sea has a much lower concentration of sodium chloride than normal sea water, and its salts contain a mix of other important minerals, including magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides," says