6 DIY Epsom Salt Recipes to Spruce Up Your Skin Care Routine

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A lot of people kind of remember Epsom salt as a product that was in the medicine cabinet when they were growing up, but have no idea what this product can actually do for their skin. A soak or exfoliating treatment using this naturally occurring compound restores vital magnesium levels in the body, reduces stress, and leaves skin radiant and glowing. It also leaves skin soft and smooth among many, many other uses both for your body and around the house. Best of all, it costs only a few bucks and can be found at your local pharmacy, grocery store, even at the dollar store, and of course online on websites like Amazon.

Epsom salts are always in my bathroom available for a nice soak in the bath, but my most favorite way to use them is for a foot soak. Even if I don't have time for a full at-home pedicure, simply soaking my feet for 15 minutes in Epsom salts mixed with warm water makes a world of difference to my tired, aching feet.

Epsom salts come in a variety of different types, from plain to ones with the addition of scents like eucalyptus, lavender, or chamomile. You can make your own scents with fragrance oils or essential oils right at home (more skin care recipes). Your only limitation is your imagination when it comes to customizing Epsom salts.

DIY Epsom Salt Recipes

Here are some great tips that the Epsom Salt Council supplied us with on how to use Epsom salts for your skin:

  • Homemade Bath Crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 tsp of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.
  • Glowing Skin Exfoliating Treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches. This is great for elbows, knees, and rough heels.
  • Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 tsp of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
  • Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for 15-20 minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
  • Stress Relieving Soak: Add two cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or lavender oil for a refreshing scent.
  • Natural Hair Volumizer: Combine equal parts warm conditioner and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes.

These tips were sent to us from the Epsom Salt Council and they have a great website that lists other ways to use Epsom salts. (Any science geeks? You'll love reading about the health benefits of sulfate.)

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