7 Indulgent Ways to Use Bath Salts This Weekend

...and relax

photo: Maddi Bazzocco

Words by maven46
August 9th, 2019

Bath salts have been used for years to treat various mental and physical health ailments. They smell divine and look quite pretty if you ask us, and most importantly, they do wonders for your skin, body aches, stress and anxiety, and other ailments. Below you’ll find all the different ways you can use bath salts—even if you don’t have a bathtub—so keep reading and indulge in a little ‘me time’ this weekend.

As a Detox Bath

Adding different minerals to a bath can help remove toxins from your body and improve your health in many other ways. Add some detoxifying bath salts to your bath by pouring them into the running water to help them dissolve faster. Then, soak in the tub for at least 12 minutes. Add some essential oils for additional aromatherapy benefits as well; these can help heal bruises, reduce swelling in joints, and more.

For a Foot Soak

Add about half a cup of bath salts to a large container of warm water. Soak your feet for as long as you wish to soothe various aches and dispel odours. Treat yourself to an at-home pedicure while you’re at it—your feet (and new sandals) will thank you for it.

As a Facial Exfoliator

Use this technique before you go to bed, right after you’ve cleansed your face. Gently massage a handful of bath salts mixed with a little bit of your preferred oil into wet skin and rinse for amazing results. The exfoliation can help relieve dry and itchy skin as well as help brighten up your face by improving circulation. Just make sure to moisturise afterwards to soothe your revived skin.

For Soothing Muscle Aches

Here’s another one for the tub: grab some bath salts designed for muscle relief to help reduce inflammation and relax muscle tissue. Alternatively, you can pick up whatever type of salt you prefer and add in some drops of cinnamon bark essential oil. Paired together, these create a promising anti-inflammatory solution.

photo: Roberto Nickson

As a Shower Scrub

If baths aren’t your thing, you can reap the rewards of bath salts in the shower instead. Create a shower scrub with bath salts, your preferred oil, as well as some vitamin E oil. Grab handfuls of the mixture and scrub at the desired areas to help relieve pain. It will also help loosen any tension and work as an all-over exfoliator for soft and smooth skin.

For Relieving Congestion

Diffusers and humidifiers are beneficial in multiple ways—now you can create your own homemade version that includes the added benefits of bath salts. Place a scoop of salt into a bowl filled with boiling water, put a towel over your head, and breathe in deeply to help clear sinuses and help you feel fresher.

As a Face Mask

Make your own face mask full of enriching and natural ingredients. If you have dry to normal skin, mix 1/4 cup grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise, and 1/2 teaspoon bath salts. This thick, creamy solution will add some much-needed moisture to your skin for extra freshness. If you have acne, a face mask using Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt combined with honey is a great anti-inflammatory option.