5 ways to use epsom salts

By Lauren Kelp

Here are five ways you can introduce Epsom Salts into your beauty routines. So draw yourself a bath and queue up the Netflix, it's time for a detox.

1. Detox Bath
One of the main things Epsom Salts are used for are baths. This day in age, we are constantly surrounded by toxins. They're in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and commonly absorbed through the body's biggest organ, our skin. Epsom salt aids in drawing out toxins, and has several other additional benefits of it's own. When we submerge ourselves in warm water, it opens our pores, allowing the salts to draw out all the icky stuff. After taking a long soak about 3 times a week with Epsom salt, I found that many of my usual aches and pains from sitting at a desk all day gradually subsided. On top of that, I sleep a little bit deeper and feel like I can breathe a lot better. Simply draw yourself a hot bath, add 2-3 cups of Epsom salt, a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love the Serenity blend from DoTerra), and soak for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stand up slowly when getting out and drink a glass of water afterward.

2. Hair Care
Epsom salt is great for removing build up and helping tame oily scalps. I have been pretty lazy about washing my hair this season, so when I reach that point in the week where I cannot go one more day without washing, I find myself using up a ton of shampoo. To avoid having to shampoo twice (or three times if you're me!) simply add a dash of epsom salt to the shampoo in your hand and massage into your scalp avoiding the ends of your hair. The salt will help absorb and clean away all the excess oil, leaving you with a fresh head of hair. Be sure to follow up with a good conditioner so your ends don't get too dried out!

3. Foot Soak / Scrub
If you guys are anything like me, the dry winter air has really taken it's toll on my feet. My heels have gotten pretty scaly, which my husband does not appreciate being rubbed on his feet at night trying to get warm! Simply soak your feet in a tub of warm water with one cup of Epsom salt. This will not only remove odors, but soften any callouses. You can also mix with a bit of coconut oil to use as a scrub! I recommend adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the soak or scrub to make sure your toes stay minty fresh!

4. Blackhead Buster
Having blackheads around my nose and chin has been something I have always struggled with. While a lot of over the counter skin care products and regular exfoliation help with the appearance of blackheads, nothing has really ever gotten rid of them... until now. I mixed a dash of epsom salt with a bit of honey and lemon juice and rubbed the solution into my problem areas. After doing this about 3 times a week I can see a huge improvement not only in the appearance of my skin, but also the texture!

5. Buh-Bye Bloating!
Ladies, we all get a bit bloated once in a while. I absolutely hate those mornings I wake up and feel like none of my clothes look or fit right because I am a little bit more round than usual. One teaspoon of Epsom salt dissolved in a glass of water (then chugged because it tastes like crap) can help alleviate constipation by acting as a natural laxative. This will help reduce the bloated look, as well as settle your stomach. With swimsuit season coming up, you'll be ready in no time!

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